Tag: Maddie Wirebach

Juniors Suit Up for Practice Interviews

Words: Maddie Wirebach

Photos: Harshitha Sayini

For weeks, juniors have been preparing for a rite of passage: junior interviews. Every year the junior class drafts resumes and dresses up for the mock interviews, a requirement to graduate, in order to prepare for real life interview situations. Originally, the interviews were supposed to be during the last week of March, however due to snow days, they took place this week on April 9 and 10.

The interviewers, typically various community members, sit down with each student and ask them interview-style questions. These questions range from goals and aspirations to favorite books or movies.

During the interview, the interviewer records notes on a feedback paper which is later handed back to the student. The paper covers criteria such as eye contact, sociability, and the quality of the resume.

Many students go into the interviews nervous, so the sense of relief once finished is like no other. To all future juniors: a firm handshake and a smile goes a long way!

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Centennial Welcomes First Ever Student-Run One Centennial

Words: Maddie Wirebach


Last Thursday, Centennial students had the opportunity to participate in the first-ever One Centennial event. The theme, Unity in Diversity, was aimed at helping students better understand the differences among them to ultimately unite Centennial as a school. With 28 workshops, the topics ranging from human trafficking to school safety, students were able to choose the workshop that interested them most.

The other element to One Centennial was the speaker portion in the auditorium, featuring TED Talks from students, as well as guest speaker Dr. Gina Massella.

Sophomore Hibah Khan delivered an uplifting talk about the importance of kindness, Junior Nicole Attram discussed unity in the face of adversity, and senior Samyukta Rao delivered  a humorous and humbling monologue about empathy.

In the future, Centennial hopes to absorb the lessons and messages shared and establish One Centennial as tradition.

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The Impact of March for Our Lives and the Students of Parkland

Words: Maddie Wirebach

I don’t think I can adequately express the sheer power and passion that radiated through every single inch of Pennsylvania Avenue. There are just no words to describe the feelings I felt as I stood in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of people, proudly and peacefully demonstrating our desire for change. I felt empowered, yet enraged standing in the shadow of the Capitol building, the very building in which so little action is being taken to end this senseless violence. I was so happy to be a part of the march, but my heart sank every time the cause of the movement crossed my mind.

I watched as performers I love took the stage and sang beautiful songs. It was hard to fight back tears as I listened to the heartbreaking stories of kids who have been directly affected by gun violence.

The most powerful moment for me was when Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez stepped onto the stage. Her statements echoed down the avenue, the crowd totally enamored and hanging on her every last word. And she left us hanging: in utter silence for minutes. The stillness lingered as the crowd watched and waited for Gonzalez’s next word. But she just stood, eyes burning into the lens of the camera, her face stone cold, yet filled with passion, rage, and unrest.

Gonzalez’s silence, in retrospect, is quite symbolic of my lack of words. In some cases, there are moments that simply cannot be recreated with words.

For me, her silence said more than anything words could say. Those minutes of silence allowed my mind to be flooded with a million thoughts, but at the same time, none. In that time, I genuinely understood why I was at the march. I knew I was there because I am tired of seeing kids like me being senselessly killed. I was there because not a day goes by where I don’t think “Am I next? Is Centennial next?”

If you think about it, our school is no different than Marjory Stoneman Douglas. In fact, we are extremely similar, right down to the exact same mascot. We are as much the home of the eagles as MSD is, making this even closer to home. The impact and courage of our fellow eagles has spread and inspired students at Centennial, including juniors Jen Solan and Matt Sorak.

Solan applauds the students for displaying the strength our generation holds.

“The actions of the students are a demonstration of the power and potential of our generation,” Solan noted.

“[They] are actively sharing their voices in a mature and effective way that emphasizes the validity and importance of their opinion,” continued Solan.

Sorak admired the opportunity the MSD students have created for our voices to be heard.

“I think high schoolers across the country finally feel like there’s a chance to change; that maybe we won’t have to be scared anymore.”

The march is something I will never forget, especially Gonzalez’s parting words: “Fight for your life before it’s someone else’s job.”

That’s why it is so important to do all that you can right now. Register to vote, write to your representatives, because something needs to change.

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Centennial Students Participate in Nationwide Walkout

Words: Maddie Wirebach / Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida

This morning at 10:00 am, Centennial students participated in the nationwide walkout for gun reform.

Braving the bitter temperatures, students held up homemade signs with cries for policy change for seventeen minutes, one minute for each victim in the shooting in Parkland, FL. Sophomore Julia Stitely displayed her support for gun reform with her sign, reading “How many lives have to be lost for you to listen?”

Another sign read, “Fear has no place in our schools.”

Senior Sophie Lovering, who helped make the walkout possible for Centennial students, was very pleased with how things worked out.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. All of the students who decided to participate were respectful, understood the purpose of the walkout, and returned to class in a timely manner,” said Lovering.

Lovering encouraged the students participating to utilize the power of social media to show their support.

“I know that the pictures/videos taken and conversations started will effectively communicate our pro gun-control message to the local, and hopefully national, community.”

Harshitha Sayini, a junior, admired the power in each poster.

“It was nice to see all the posters made by students encouraging gun reform.”

Sophomore Yousif Omer led a powerful chant, reassuring students that they matter, and so do their opinions.

Flyers were handed out detailing the student-organized trip to the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24, in Washington D.C.


For more information about the planning of the event, read here: https://chswingspan.com/2018/03/12/lovering-plans-chs-backed-walkout/

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Centennial’s National German Exam Results

Words: Maddie Wirebach

On February 1, over 20,000 students nationwide took the National German Exam, including Centennial’s second, third, and fourth level German students.

Written entirely in German, the electronic exam tests students’ comprehension of the German language through an audio/video section as well as a reading section. Both sections feature multiple choice questions regarding the selected text, audio, or video sample.

In Maryland, students won a total of 143 medals. In true eagle fashion, many Centennial students demonstrated outstanding work, winning a collective 35 medals. Congratulations to these students and to everyone who participated!

Gold Medalists: Naige Correal-Winters, Anjali Gajendiran, Madeline Harris, Adam Hawtof, Lucas Jones, Thomas Luo, Jessica McCarthy, Emily Przybyla, Carolyn Reynolds, Lucrezia Righi, Malika Shah, Maximilian Shen, Madison Wirebach, and Matthew Zhang.

Silver Medalists: Elif Akbas, Joshua Tylor Braun, James Daly, Lauren Herr, Saraf Islam, Jason Kraisser, Nadine Meister, Erebus Oh, Ethan Steuernagle, Jerry Sun, Brian Tran, and Binderiya Undrakhbold.

Bronze Medalists: Chris Agnew, Dominic Cangialosi, Diana Dinh, Alexandra Fang, Noah Hanssen, Abigail Hill, Hannah Murphy, Simone Sabnis, and Meg Thompson.

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Lovering Plans CHS-Backed Walkout

Photo: Delanie Tucker/ Words: Delanie Tucker and Maddie Wirebach

On February 26, 2018, senior Sophie Lovering and staff member Kayleen Reese held a meeting with Centennial principal, Claire Hafets, several assistant principals, SGA members, and security staff, to discuss holding a walkout for gun reform.

After the devastating news of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, the students of the targeted school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, banded together to raise awareness for gun reform. Their unity caught the attention of thousands worldwide, one of them being Lovering.

Lovering heard about the numerous walkouts and protests being planned, and immediately felt that willing Centennial students should be able to speak their minds and participate in the nationwide walkout for gun reform. She emailed Hafets, who told her to work with Reese and pull together other faculty members, along with SGA members Swadhin Nalubola and Greg Costello.

“I was trying to help Sophie do what she can’t do as a student, like posting Canvas announcements about the walkout and getting materials together to help with posters, so students knew and could come to the cafeteria for the planning,” Reese explained.

A Canvas announcement was sent to all Centennial students, stating that the March 14 walkout will happen at 10:00 am. The announcement encourages students who are choosing to participate to wear orange, the color of the movement, and bring posters. There will be no penalty for those choosing to walk out, so long as students participate in the walkout peacefully and return to class after the walkout. Students interested in participating should sign up on chseagletime.com for Ms. Reese under social studies.

Reese expressed how the walkout would be good for the students to understand that they do have a voice in the matter.

“I think that too often we’re told that we’re not going to be able to have an impact. . . and I think we need to know and practice our democracy. It is about what the people want,” said Reese.

In the meeting, Lovering and Reese discussed how the walkout would be advertised at Centennial. Although the walkout is advertised by the Women’s March Organizers as a walkout for gun reform in order to reduce gun violence and make schools safer, there was controversy in the meeting on how it should be viewed by the students.

“There was miscommunication on what the walkout was for,” Lovering admitted.

Some of the staff members present felt that the 17-minute walkout should focus on the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Lovering, however, felt very strongly that although the victims should not be forgotten, the focus of the walkout should primarily be on gun reform.

“Of course, we want to honor the victims, but this walkout, specifically, is more geared towards pro-gun control,” Lovering explained.

Lovering was straight forward with her stance on gun reform.

“I’m not completely anti-gun, I think that’s a misconception that people who are pro-gun control are completely against the second amendment. I have no desire to own a weapon, but I don’t think civilians have any reason to own assault weapons,” she stated.

The meeting, in Lovering’s opinion, went fairly well, despite the few disagreements brought up.

“I think, personally, it was what I had hoped for in general. There was definitely a compromise over where the walkout will happen. But overall, it was a successful meeting, and I think we are achieving the goal we initially set.”

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Centennial Welcomes Ms. Hammond

Words: Maddie Wirebach

Centennial would like to welcome Sarah Hammond as the newest member of our Special Services team.

Q: What school were you at before?

A: “Prior to working at Centennial, I was not in the Howard County Public School System. I worked for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, in Baltimore City. I also worked for Trellis Services.”

Q: What do you think of Centennial so far?

A: “I love Centennial! It’s a great school and an awesome work environment.”

Q:What would you say is a unique trait you bring to Centennial?

A: “I think I have a good background in working with students with special needs in a variety of different settings. So, I’ve worked in home, in school settings, as well as in a clinical setting.”

Q: What college did you attend?

A: “I attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for my undergrad degree, and then I attended Johns Hopkins University for my masters in grad school work.”

Q:What is your favorite thing about school?

A: “I love learning, and I love being in that environment where information is being shared and students are being supported. And I also enjoy just the community in the school.”

Q: Do you have any advice for Centennial students?

A: “I would say enjoy everyday, because your time goes very fast, and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can.”

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