Tag: Jisoo Choi

Centennial Student Performs in All National Honor Ensemble Symphonic Orchestra

Words: Caroline Chu

The weekend of November 12, Centennial junior Jisoo Choi participated in the All National Honor Ensemble Symphonic Orchestra in Grapevine, Texas.

Choi played viola and performed works by Hector Berlioz and Arturo Marquez.

She was selected from a national group for acceptance after submitting a video audition and a recommendation from Allen Leung, Centennial’s orchestra teacher.

Choi credits her interest in the All-National Honor Ensembles to the Centennial Music Department. She describes the program as having given her “a diverse repertoire and an interest in all aspects of music theory and performance.”

At the event, she enjoyed seeing “how unifying the shared love for music was.”

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Are Student Leadership Conferences Worth Attending?

Words: Caroline Chu

You open your mailbox, which contains an official-looking letter with an gold seal. Upon opening the letter, you find out that you’ve been invited to a leadership conference held at a prestigious university. You’re enticed by the offer, but aren’t sure whether or not you should go. After all, many of these programs come with a large price tag.

Sophomore Jisoo Choi attended the Hugh O’Brian Maryland Leadership Conference over Memorial Day weekend. The conference costs about 400 dollars to attend, but Choi says that all of the expenses were covered by the school, local corporations, and organizations, and that she believes “the experience was more than worth the money.”

“The conference definitely boosted my confidence so that I could feel more comfortable in public speaking roles, and also gave me new insight and viewpoints to a lot of the social issues that were addressed in the keynote speakers’ presentations and group discussions” Choi said.

Choi describes the time spent with the rest of her student group and its facilitators as “intellectually stimulating” and “memorable.” She recommends the conference to any upcoming sophomores. “It’s a truly eye-opening and life-changing experience, and it puts leadership in context while making it easier to start influencing a change in the world” Choi adds.

Julie Wang, a sophomore at Centennial High School, attended the Girl Up leadership summit last July, which is open to students aged 12-22 years old. Agreeing with Choi in regards to the cost, in the hundred dollar range in the case of the Girl Up leadership summit, Wang says her conference was “worth every penny!”

Wang describes the conference as the “highlight of [her] summer,” and says she was able to network and gain self-confidence, which allowed her to start a Girl Up chapter at Centennial High School.

To Wang, a highlight of the conference was when the First Lady, Michelle Obama, who Wang calls a “gender equality champion,” spoke to conference attendees. Her favorite part of the conference was visiting Capitol Hill to lobby Congress about providing quality education for girls and boys living in refugee camps.

Wang says she would “definitely recommend the conference to any individual who is interested in gender equality, international issues, global development, or any sort of social issues that affects youth.”

Are student leadership conferences worth attending? Jisoo Choi and Julie Wang seem to think so.

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Girl Up Rafiki Bracelet Fundraisers

Words: Caroline Chu

Centennial’s Girl Up club will be selling rafiki bracelets, which are handmade by Kenyan women, outside of the cafeteria from March 7 – March 11 during all lunches. The profits will go towards providing food, water, healthcare, and education for girls in India.

Members of Girl Up will communicate with the staff at We, an organization that advocates for various causes and in turn empowers the global community, to fulfill their fundraising goals.

“This is a project that all of us in Girl Up are very passionate about. We hope to raise money and awareness for girls in developing countries who don’t have the resources that we take for granted,” said sophomore club member, Jisoo Choi.

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Centennial Music Program Well Represented

Please congratulate:

The following choir students have been accepted into the Maryland All State Senior Chorus. They will perform in Baltimore in February:

Jack Goodman, Duo Hong, John Hunter, Daniel Kelly, Darrien Yu, Taruna Emani, Juhi Dwivedi, Grace Nardei, Cecilia Hsu, Rachel Jacob

The following students have been accepted into the All Eastern Honors Choir, which is made of students from states across the East Coast. Maryland only makes up 6% of the choir, and 3 of that 6% comes from Centennial. Students received top audition scores in their All State audition and must be a current and past member of the Maryland All State Chorus to be nominated and accepted.

Rachel Jacob, Cecilia Hsu and Daniel Kelly

Information provided by Jessica Cummings

The following 9th grade students have been selected for 2015 Maryland Jr. All State Orchestra!
Jisoo Choi Viola
Peter Ho Cello
Steven Hu Viola
Angela Kou Violin
Nicole Lee Violin
Alice Lin Violin
Nicole Meister Violin
Courtney Tse Violin
The following students were selected to the 2015 All-Eastern Orchestra. These students will be participating in a high caliber orchestra, consisting of the very best student musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. Kudos to these students and their impressive achievement!
Alice Kuan 11th grade
Hannah Lee 12th grade
Justin Lidard 11th grade
Information provided by Allen Leung