Tag: Jacob Mauer

Cultural Masks

Words: Jacob Mauer

Photos: Madhu Lal

Guest Photographer: Danielle Kalivretenos

Centennial students in Mr. Hanssen’s Art II and Art II GT classes have begun making masks. The masks, when finished, will be an expression of their individual cultural identities both on the outside and inside. The masks are made by putting paper mache over the students’ faces to recreate their faces. Once the masks have dried, the students will decorate the inside of the mask and outside separately.

Mr. Hanssen said, “[the mask] is what you see on the outside and what you are on the inside.” Hanssen also said the masks are expected to be finished in three weeks, if not, by the end of the quarter.

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Blue Ocean Competition

Words: Jacob Mauer

Blue Ocean Strategy is a book about entrepreneurship by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. The Blue Ocean Competition is an event put together by the authors and FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America.

This year’s competition will be held at Centennial High School, hosted by the Future Business Leaders of America on Saturday, April 23, and registration open now. The competition is statewide and offers prizes exceeding $2,000.

“Anyone can register at the blue ocean website,” said Kristin Taylor, a business teacher at Centennial, “all someone needs is an idea to start.”

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Tennis Interest Meeting

Words: Jacob Mauer

A mandatory meeting for Centennial’s Tennis has been rescheduled due to winter storm Jonas. The meeting has now been rescheduled for Thursday, February 4. The meeting will be held in Ms. Fisher’s room, room 404. The meeting will begin at 2:15pm. At the meeting, important tryout information will be given like important paperwork.

Missing the meeting is really ill-advised, but if this happens, please talk to Ms. Fisher either during Eagle Time, before or after school, or by her email erin_fisher@hcpss.org.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Words: Jacob Mauer

The winter season brings with it a theme of giving, and along with this theme comes the Red Cross blood drive. The Red Cross is coming to Centennial High School to collect blood donations from students over the age of 16, who sign up. Once the blood has been collected, it is screened and then distributed to local hospitals to help benefit those in need.

If you wish to donate blood, you must be 16 or older and weigh more than 110 pounds. Consent forms must be filled out by both the donor’s parents and the student’s teachers. If the donator signing up is 17 or older, a parental signature is not required.

Jeffrey Li, a Centennial student, is leading the blood drive along with the Red Cross to bring in as many people as they can. Their goal this year is to achieve 50 donations. About 90 forms have been distributed, but there are still many time slots that Li wants to have filled. This, according to Li, is why the deadline has been pushed back to Friday, December 18.

Li hopes to bring the drive up from an annual event to bi-annually. The blood drive in 2014 met it’s goals and this one is set to break it’s goal as well.

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Hour of Code

Words: Jacob Mauer

The Hour of Code Maryland Contest is back in 2015. This is a contest created by the Maryland State Department of Education,  where a $10,000 of technology donation to the public school that ensures that every student has a minimum one hour of coding experience during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13).

Donation funds are provided by The Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. Jack Smith, the Maryland Interim State Superintendent of Schools, said that the contest is intended to help students prepare for careers in demand while having fun doing so through games and puzzles based around coding.

According to the Maryland public schools website over 4,500 students were enrolled in computer science and information technology courses over the 2014-15 school year. That year the winning school was Old Mill Middle School South in Anne Arundel County.

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Black Friday: How It’s Changed

Words: Jacob Mauer

Traditionally, Thanksgiving was a time for appreciating family, food, and all that we hold dear to us. This contrasts greatly with the Black Friday controlled Thanksgiving we celebrate today. Black Friday began as a time when stores would turn financial loss, in the “red,” into profit, “in the black”. Black Friday began in 1960, and is still with us due to it’s ability to generate massive amounts of profit in very little time. All stores have to do is set lower prices and watch as hordes of families mindlessly flow into their stores.

In the past, the two events have been held on the fourth Thursday and Friday of every November. However, stores have started to begin sales the night before the traditional date. Some states prohibit sales on Thanksgiving because of “blue laws”. These laws, which were put into effect in the 1600’s, prohibit sales on certain days. In the past, the laws prohibited sales on Sundays, but Thanksgiving is also protected in some states. Every year, more and more people are beginning to abandon Thanksgiving traditions in favor of waiting for Black Friday sales. Thanksgiving dinners are being cut short and family members are being sent home earlier and earlier as the years progress.

Over the course of just nine years, there have been seven deaths and ninety-eight injuries linked to Black Friday shopping. Although most of the incidents were due to negligent motorists, uncaring of pedestrians, a fair amount of the fatalities were linked to brawls between customers in stores and in parking lots.

On the night of Thanksgiving, 2012 the Tandel family lost two of their daughters in a car accident on their way home from Black Friday shopping. Arvind Tandel, the father, was driving his wife and four daughters back from shopping on Black Friday at 6:49am. Mr. Tandel,  having only had a few hours of sleep, drifted into traffic, causing a collision which resulted in his two daughters being killed.

There is no reason why Black Friday needs to be the day following Thanksgiving.  I am in favor of moving Black Friday to a different date, separate from Thanksgiving. It feels wrong to go from talking amongst family and friends about gratitude, to searching desperately for the best deal of the night. It isn’t just people breaking tradition, it is people jeopardizing their safety for sale items. If stores continue to compete for earlier opening times and bigger sales, then I predict that the same stores will set a precedent for other holidays to be infringed upon.

This year Recreational Equipment Incorporated (R.E.I), an outdoor equipment store, has released a statement saying they will be closing all of their 143 stores on BlackFriday. In lieu of promoting sales, R.E.I created their own campaign encouraging people to spend time outside instead of participating in Black Friday. R.E.I is using #OptOutside to encourage people to show how they are spending their Black Friday. Jerry Stritzke, C.E.O. and president of R.E.I. says, “We’re a different kind of company—and while the rest of the world is fighting it out in the aisles, we’ll be spending our day a little differently.”

Hopefully other Companies will follow R.E.I’s footsteps and refrain from having such sales so close to a national holiday.

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Terp Tuesday

Words: Jacob Mauer

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Tuesday, October 6  is the second day of Centennial’s Spirit Week and also Maryland Day. Maryland attire such as hats, shirts, pants, and other Maryland colors and decals were worn by students and teachers alike to show state pride.

Maryland Day in a way ties together the school in a special way, as most people wear the same or similar clothes. “It [Maryland Day] shows how even though we are all different, we are all still proud to be in Maryland,” says Andrew Valienski, a senior at Centennial.

As the second day of Spirit Week wraps up, students begin to prepare for Twin Day which is on Wednesday, October 7. 

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