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It’s Academic TV Tournament Win

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Centennial’s It’s Academic won the Baltimore Metro Championship for the It’s Academic TV Show on Saturday, April 30. This is the second year in a row that Centennial’s team has won the competition, and the seventh time in 13 years.

Captain Gary Tse, Kevin Costello, and Siri Neerchal, won the semifinal match against Severna Park and Archbishop Spalding High Schools, and the final match against Century and James M. Bennett High Schools.

The team will move on to the Superbowl match, which will be filmed at WRC TV channel 4, in two weeks.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Words: Diana Cagas

This weekend was a big moment for Centennial’s theatre program. On March 17-20, the school’s auditorium was illuminated with colorful beams of light and the stage was decorated with amazing set designs as the theatre department performed The Drowsy Chaperone.

Centennial theatre does an excellent job when it comes to engaging an audience with its best quality of work, especially when the cast and crew put in an endless amount of effort to rehearsals.

Not only did the show include live music from some of Centennial’s best musicians, but the musical also featured jaw-dropping choreography.

In the third musical number titled “Cold Feets”, Robert Martin, the male lead played by sophomore Steven Mitchell, sang about having the jitters on his wedding night. Moments later, Mitchell was joined onstage by senior Eddy Choe, who played George, Robert’s best man. Both actors sang and tap danced, but that was not the best part. What seemed to impress the audience was when both Mitchell and Choe started on the left side of the stage and took turns carrying each other in flips until they ended up on the other side. After this moment happened, the auditorium was filled with parents and children saying “Wow!”

It is always a great thing to see the actors having a grand time on stage. Throughout the show, the audience was in awe at how amazing the roles fit each actor.

The Drowsy Chaperone could not have portrayed itself as “a pu-pu platter of tunes” if it weren’t for senior Kevin Costello and junior Jack Goodman’s pastry puns, senior Grace Nardei’s hysterical spit-takes on freshman Colton Smith, junior Minnie Gregorini and sophomore Sydney Grossman’s vexing yet hilarious role as Kitty, junior Maddie Caldis’ fitting personality for playing the drowsy chaperone, sophomore Ethan Kinstler and senior Nina Parekh’s outstanding narration as the Man in Chair, the 50+ background singers as the staff and guests of the wedding, the pit band, the background producers, and of course Kathryn Carlsen, the show’s director.

The musical also featured some first time leads, including Mitchell playing the fiancé of senior Stephanie Crispell’s character, Janet Van De Graaff, and junior Jun Lee portraying his role as Feldzieg.

The show had a total of four productions, and a long-lasting applause was held at opening night on Thursday, March 17. It truly was a wonderful performance by all who contributed in Centennial’s spring musical.

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History Bowl Regional Championship

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Saturday, March 12, 36 teams participated in the History Bowl Capital Region Championship. At the end of the tournament, five of Centennial’s teams qualified for the National Championship, which will take place in Virginia on April 23.

Senior Aniruddha Rao won a silver medal in honor of being the second best player in the Varsity Division of the History Bee; sophomore William He won the Bronze medal for the Junior Varsity Division.

Centennial’s A Team, which includes senior captain Gary Tse, junior Jason Li, senior Kevin Costello, and junior Siri Neerchal, came in second place overall. The Centennial B Team (comprised of senior Aniruddha Rao, junior Rohan Laljani, senior Pranav Ganapathy, and junior Aidan Newell) and C Team (including juniors Christopher Cha, Sahil Saini, Mohammed Billah, Richard Cui, and Yashas Lokesh) both triumphed for several rounds in the playoffs.

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It’s Academic Victory

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Saturday, February 6, Centennial’s It’s Academic TV Team, composed of senior captain Gary Tse, senior Kevin Costello, and junior Siri Neerchal, defeated Hereford and Reservoir High Schools 675 to 385 to 260 respectively. The air date of the competition will most likely be at the end of April. The competition started with 81 teams and has been narrowed down to 9 teams for the semifinals. This will be taped along with the finals on April 30 at WJZ TV studios. It’s Academic is the defending champion of the Baltimore Metro and the TV Superbowl against DC and Virginia.

The It’s Academic Team thanks the Drill Team for going to the competition as well as Assistant Principal Jim Zehe for attending (when you watch the taping, please pay special attention to how he is introduced by Gary). The team was also supported by the  Centennial Lane Elementary It’s Academic Team and the Burleigh Manor It’s Academic team at the taping.

Centennial’s Quiz Bowl Team comprised of seniors Gary Tse, and Kevin Costello, and  juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li,  is now ranked 16th in the nation and our school has qualified 3 teams for the premier national championship competition in Dallas, Texas over Memorial Day Weekend. Centennial will host the State Championships for History Bowl on March 12 and a regional Middle School/Elementary competition on Sunday April 10. It’s Academic  has qualified two teams for the National History Bowl competition at the end of April.

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It’s Academic at the History Bowl Tournament

Words: Caroline Chu

On Sunday, November 15, Centennial’s It’s Academic team sent seven teams to the History Bowl Tournament. The tournament was held at Saint Anselm College in the DC Metropolitan area. The Centennial A team, comprised of captain Gary Tse, Kevin Costello, Siri Neerchal and Jason Li, came in second place in the Varsity division, losing in the finals to Richard Montgomery High School.

The It’s Academic D team, comprised of captain Jakob Boeye, Steen Aime, Bryce Plunkett, and Balaji Kodali, tied for third place in the JV division. Both teams qualified for the National History tournament and received plaques. Boeye, a member of the It’s Academic D team, received a bronze medal for individual performance in the JV History Bee.

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It’s Academic- Georgetown University Invitational Tournament

Words: Brianna Belt and Bridget Israel

On Saturday, October 31, Centennial High School sent their four best It’s Academic teams to the Georgetown University Invitational Tournament. Centennial’s A team had two signature victories going 11-1 over Thomas Jefferson A, the highest ranked team in Virginia. Gary Tse, senior captain, put on an amazing performance along with senior Kevin Costello and juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li.

Winning this tournament skyrocketed Centennial into the National rankings, and qualified Centennial’s A team for both national tournaments in Dallas and Chicago in May and June. Centennial’s B team also showed out by placing in fourth and beating Thomas Jefferson A in a head to head match. Junior captain Rohan Laljani and sophomore William He led the team and put up career stats for the day, with excellent help from junior Christopher Cha and freshman Steppan Konoplev.

Junior Yashas Lokesh, captain of the C team and junior Mohammed Billah, captan of the D team both had outstanding performances. Centennial High School will be hosting 90 teams from around the country next week on Sunday, November 8 for our annual Quiz bowl Tournament.

It’s Academic Defeats Old Mill and Carver Center

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Saturday, October 24, the Centennial It’s Academic TV team defeated Old Mill and Carver Center 655 points to 435 and 320, respectively. The TV team consisted of captain and senior Gary Tse (who returns after his Superbowl-winning performance last May), senior Kevin Costello, and junior Siri Neerchal. On January 9, 2016, the tournament will air at 10 A.M. on channel 13, WJZ TV CBS Baltimore.

The team’s next TV taping for the first playoff game will begin on March 1. They have many upcoming competitions, including the Georgetown University Invitational on Halloween and the History Bowl at St. Anselm’s Abbey School in November.

In the largest regional tournament in the country, Centennial will host over 80 teams on Sunday, November 8.

It’s Academic is grateful for the performance on TV by Centennial’s Drill team, who is reliable and professional. It’s Academic thanks the administrators, especially Assistant Principal Andie Roberson who appeared on the TV show, and the Centennial Boosters.

“This level of success would be impossible without their financial support,” director Eric Seifter commented.

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It’s Academic Tournament

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Sunday, October 18, Centennial’s It’s Academic Club sent nine teams to the Blake Academic tournament. The tournament, which took place in Montgomery County, had a total of 30 teams competing. The Centennial A team, comprised of Kevin Costello, Jason Li, Siri Neerchal, and captain Gary Tse, went undefeated in nine games. This is the fourth consecutive year the team has won the tournament. The runner-up was Centennial’s B team, including Christopher Cha, Pranav Ganapathy, Yashas Loves, and captain Aniruddha Rao. The B team had a winning streak until it lost to Centennial’s A team in the finals.

Centennial’s C team, composed of Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, Rohan Laljani, and captain Sahil Saini made it to round eight in the playoffs. Centennial’s D team, which included William He, Bryce Plunkett, and co-captains Fayyaz Zaidi and Aidan Newell, went undefeated until the quarter finals, and came in 4th place overall.

Last week on Saturday, October 10, the club sent four teams to the University of Maryland tournament. The teams came fifth and sixth place out of 21 competing groups, and were prolific enough to qualify their A and B teams for the PACE national tournament, which will held in Chicago in June. At the tournament, senior Gary Tse, junior Siri Neerchal, sophomores Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, and Bryce Plunkett, and freshman Steppan Konoplev delivered outstanding performances.

The team’s performance in the tournament next weekend will be shown on TV.

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It’s Academic Takes the Prize

Words: Madhu Lal

The It’s Academic team hosted the Capital Region Championships for the National History Bowl on Saturday, March 7. The event housed 30 different groups from distinct schools, all of whom competed head to head in a variety of history related competitions.

Teams are split into different levels, and Centennial’s varsity team is comprised of seniors Ryan Heslin and Weijia Cheng and juniors Gary Tse and Kevin Costello. The junior varsity team comprises of Rohan Laljani, Jakob Boeye, William He, and Steen Alme.

During the event, teams went head to head against their competitors, each round testing the accuracy and depth of knowledge the students possessed. By the end of the numerous trivia rounds, Centennial emerged victorious. Despite having to compete against both private and magnet schools, Centennial’s varsity team was able to win first place in the championship and the junior varsity team, won second place.

Along with the History Bowl, a separate event, History Bee competition, was won by Weijia Cheng, with Ryan Heslin coming in second.The team as a whole has been recognized as one of the top 20 national ranking quiz bowl participants and have qualified three of their teams to compete in the National Tournament in Crystal city, Virginia on April 25.

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