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Centennial’s It’s Academic Team Wins 7th in the Nation

Words: Hibah Khan / Photos: Caio Goolsby

The Centennial “A” JV It’s Academic team was ranked 7th in the nation at the History Bowl on April 28th from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Crystal City, VA. Three It’s Academic JV teams and one Varsity team qualified for the National Tournament. The “A” JV team is comprised of captain sophomore Adam Knox, sophomore Tobias Moser, sophomore Caio Goolsby, and freshman Anthony Duan.

The competitions, though fun and exciting, progressively became more difficult. Goolsby explained, “While most of the games were easy victories, as the day wore on, we faced harder and harder teams and we had many close games. In fact, during the decider match, we lost the game by one question.”

Regardless of their loss, the team had another game the next morning, which only Duan attended. Duan managed to single-handedly crush the opposing team to secure 7th in the nation for the team. In addition, Duan won 4th in the nation for the individual competition. The team’s members are appreciative of the amazing efforts of Dr. and Mrs. Seifter, their coaches, who have been a key aspect of the outstanding success of the It’s Academic team.

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You Don’t Know Me Until You Know Me: Dr. Michael Fowlin Speaks to Students

Words: Hibah Khan

On the morning of April 20, the students at Centennial listened to Dr. Michael Fowlin, who went by Dr. Mykee, a psychologist and speaker. He gave a speech that emphasized the fact that everyone wears masks to hide their true selves in an effort to evade pain.

The event, organized and paid for by the Centennial PTSA, was offered in two assemblies to the entire school.

Dr. Fowlin incorporated five characters in his talk based off of true events he witnessed or experienced in his lifetime. These stories were used to convey different messages to the audience about important issues like gender equality, racial injustice, and mental illnesses.

Many of the students were deeply moved by this emotional talk because it exposed them  to truths about themselves that they may not have seen before. Dr. Fowlin explained that people are more than their handles: what they wear, the color of their skin, and the grades they get are not what defines a person. He emphasized that pain is not a bad thing; pain is the thing that empowers a person to create something magnificent in the world. His mission was to explain to the student body that they are not alone, and they have a purpose in this life.

“I think it was really eye opening to me and some parts of it I’d never thought of before. I hope everyone takes it with them and learns from it!” said sophomore Regina Wang.

Dr. Fowlin received a standing ovation after he spoke, indicating that he was able to connect with the audience in a way that the students hadn’t experienced before. He voiced the concerns the students have beyond their “handles.”

In the end it was an impressive event that allowed the students to view their struggles in a new light.

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Arming the Teachers

Words: Hibah Khan

After the fatal school shooting on February 14 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, much discussion has sparked across the country about what must be done to solve the lethal problem that is school shootings. Discussion in Maryland has implied that the state has proposed arming the teachers with guns in order to further protect students from gun violence in the event of a school shooting. While a couple other states already have this idea in motion it is unlikely Maryland will follow in these footsteps. The idea was proposed by someone in Carroll County and most other people do not agree with this solution arguing that it will not promote peace and safety.

Different perspectives on the issue have been made apparent. Some include requiring teachers to always have a weapon on their person while some only require a few teachers in the building to carry a weapon. Regardless of how this change may be implemented, it is clear that in the event of this legislation being passed the atmosphere for the students and teachers in a classroom would change drastically. The perception of teachers by students may change as well. Currently, teachers are able to build healthy relationships with their teachers and view them as not only a role model figure but potentially a friend. Adding guns to this image will cause it to vary drastically, and this may or may not be best for a school environment.

“Being aware that a teacher has a gun would definitely make me feel unsafe in the school building” said sophomore Casey Stratton. “Schools are a place for learning not guns.”

“Installing more effective door stoppers or implementing a more effective safety protocol would do so much more than arming teachers” Stratton explained.

Proposals such as Stratton’s need to be made by not only the state government but the federal government as well. A highly publicized shooting followed by everyone protesting and then the entire event dying out is a cycle that needs to end. The leaders of our country need to be urgent in implementing the change that is necessary to preserve the future: the students of the United States of America.

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Centennial’s STEM Club

Words: Hibah Khan

The STEM club, also known as Science Olympiad, is co-sponsored by Mr. Piluk and Mrs. Rice and holds meetings every Thursday in Piluk’s room, 507. The co-presidents are Chy Murali and Nicole Meister.

The Science Olympiad represents Centennial by competing in multiple competitions every year relating to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) topics. The first competition this year will be in December, and state competitions will be in February.

The team will be training in pairs by taking practice tests. The STEM club welcomes people of all backgrounds and interests; however, if you have a strong engineering background, the STEM club is for you.

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Centennial Football is Defeated by Howard Before Homecoming

Photos and Words: Hibah Khan

The 2017 Homecoming Football Game was on Friday, October 13 at Centennial High School against Howard High School. Although the final score of the game was 26-14 with Howard on top, the bleachers were filled with students from Centennial who came to the game to support the JV Football team. Junior Siheir Coleman scored two touchdowns for a total of twelve points. After the first touchdown, Centennial coaches decided to go for a two point conversion, sophomore Justice Murrell ran the ball into the end zone adding two points to the score board. In honor of Homecoming, the marching band dressed up as Star Wars characters for the Halftime Show. Win or lose, it was a fantastic Friday night for the Centennial Eagles, full of spirit, laughs, and a good time.

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