Tag: Mackenzie Brandon

Poetry Out Loud

Words: Madhu Lal

Yesterday Thursday, November 18 the auditorium was filled with students waiting for their peers to recite poetry during the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition aimed to encourage youth to explore the subject of poetry through selecting and memorizing a poem of their choosing. The organization also hopes to help individuals who participate in Poetry Out Loud, with strengthening their public speaking skills through recitation.   

Students first participated in class competitions, the winners moved on to the school competition. The contestants included Tara Laneheart, Chetana Jadhav, Tori Montanez, Anna Moorhead, Fayyaz Zaidi, Miguel Fernandez, Mackenzie Brandon and Megan Hromek.

After a series of impressive performances, the winners were named, the Poetry Out Loud winner was Miguel Fernandez, first runner up was Megan Hromeck and second runner up was Fayyaz Zaidi. These students will be moving on to the next stage of the competition, the regional competition which will be held at the College of Southern Maryland.

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Girls’ Soccer Senior Night

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, October 20, the Centennial Girls’ Soccer team took on Glenelg in the 2015 Senior Night game. The seniors honored were Reese Western, Mackenzie Brandon, Rachel Braun, Megan Oliver, Izzie Chausse, Jesse Dunagan, and Lynsey Reckard.

Centennial dominated the time of possession in the first half, getting multiple scoring chances in the first 15 minutes. Junior Jasmine McCree converted an opportunity 13 minutes into the game to put the Eagles ahead.

Continuing the offensive momentum, senior Reese Western scored on a very skillful shot less than 10 minutes after the first goal. Four minutes later, Western scored off a penalty kick to put the lead at 3-0 at halftime.

A big reason for the first half dominance was the intensity of the defense and midfield. Seniors Megan Oliver and Jesse Dunagan, along with junior Cristina Narron played airtight defense, stopping any Genelg attack quickly and efficiently.

Senior Allie Durkee and sophomore Kirsten Wikner created multiple scoring chances in the middle of the field and set up their teammates nicely.

Seven minutes into the second half, Western completed the hat trick, extending the lead to 4-1. Glenelg would put one shot in the back of the net, but that was all they would get, as Centennial won 4-1.

Centennial’s next game is at Reservoir on October 22.

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Pop Concert and Photos

Words: Ashley Berry

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Wednesday, May 20, Centennial High School held their annual choir Pop Concert. Students from every Centennial choir group performed various popular songs from different genres such as: Stay by Rihanna, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

Solos, duets, A Capella, small groups, and large groups made the show a night to remember. The Acafellas and C#, Centennials two A Cappella groups, sang to 21 Guns, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Geronimo; Concert Choir started the night with Bohemian Rhapsody. Madrigals ended the first act with Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Women’s Choir started the second act with My Boyfriends Back by Angels. An all freshman group, Aparajita Kazi, Moitri Kazi, Max Shen, Basilica Arockiaraj, and Minu Mandal, performed Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Soloist Stephanie Boisvert took the show in a different direction when she sang to Life of the Party, while Cece Denby danced contemporary on the stage. Montria Walker, a powerhouse singer, took on the classic I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston and earned much praise. Other soloists, Eddy Choe, Mackenzie Brandon, Cecilia Hsu, Jayla Waters, Juhl Dwivedi, Sky Betz, Jun Lee, and Jesse Kinstler sang It’s A Beautiful Day, 1901, Simple as This, Stay, Skinny Love, Warrior, Lay me Down, and Hallelujah, respectively.

The only duet of the night was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown sang by John Hunter and Montria Walker. All Centennial Choirs sang the Skyrim Theme, ending the night, along with a big ‘thank you’ to their beloved teacher, Jessica Cummings.

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