Tag: Melinda Gwanzura

The Do’s and Dont’s of Finals

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

As the 2015-2016 school year comes to an end Centennial High School students are beginning to prepare to take their final exams. Here are some study tips to avoid stress and get the grade.

Don’t Cram

Trying to study for an exam the day before may be one of the worst decisions any student can make. Especially if they need a certain score on the exam in order to receive a specific overall grade in the class for the year. The method not only stresses out test takers but enhances your chances of performing poorly on the exam, as we all know.

Do Take Breaks

Instead of cramming, students should try breaking down study time into reasonable time increments. Such as, studying for 30-50 minutes with 5-10 minute breaks in between. This idea is a much more efficient way of retaining information according to the Pomodoro Technique.

Don’t Be Afraid

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not asking for help or asking questions in class may be one of the top reasons students find themselves stressed when it’s time to review material for their exams. Realizing that your teachers don’t expect you to remember everything from third quarter to now may be the best way to look at things. So, when they have those review sessions don’t be shy, just ask. Get involved and engage yourself. This will not only leave a good impression of yourself on the teacher but will definitely decrease the amount of material you’ll need to study.

Do Eat Health

Keep your workspace organized to reduce stress. Eat a healthy breakfast and remember to put yourself first. Finals will eventually come to an end. Try to stay focused and take care of yourself.

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Preparing for Prom

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Prom can be seen as one of the most memorable events most high school students attend. It’s a time that not only allows upperclassman to come together and celebrate, but permits students to go out and make memories that can last a lifetime. Some Centennial students take several months to prepare for this impressionable event, carefully picking out dresses, tuxedos, and party buses.

The process of preparing for Prom may just be as exciting as the event itself. Tori Montanez, a senior at Centennial High School gushed over how she daringly asked out her prom date, “At first I wanted to kind of do it in an extravagant way or gesture but the guy I asked to Prom is one of my super close friends. We basically grew up together so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on him. So, instead I decided to just pull him off to the side one day and just have a mature conversation regarding the event.”

Montanez then went on to share how her preparations for this year’s prom stating, “ I actually found my prom dress a few months ago while I was thrift shopping! I know a lot of girls don’t usually do that but I saw potential in it and instantly fell in love with the dress!”

Senior, Sabrina Wang, also shared the hassle of finding the perfect dress, “I finally found my dress a few weeks ago and I’m absolutely in love. I’m just so excited because dress shopping was both a pain and complete bliss. But, I’m reminded whenever I try on the dress, how worth it will all be!”

Wang said, “I’m definitely glad I went to my junior prom because now I kind of know what to expect when it comes to the basic preparations and arrangements my friends, date, and I have to make. I mean I’m not saying you need to go to both proms but it definitely gives you a slight upper hand if you attend your junior prom.”

On the other hand senior, Xander Castle-Smith, suggests that people, especially seniors, over complicate the event stating, “After the promposal most things are pretty simple. I feel like we put too much pressure on this, when in all honesty the night’s outcome really just depends on what you make out of it. It really isn’t necessary to stress out over prom but you just kind of live in the moment.”

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Centennial Teach-In

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

On Friday, April 8, 2016 Centennial High School’s administration held in-school field trips for students. The unique assemblies were held throughout the day and were held to educate students about various cultural and racial issues. Centennial High School’s Teach In allowed students the option to select three sessions of their choice to attend. Each session took up two class periods with a lunch block at the end of the second session. Guest speakers included Ira Jarrett, Dr. Warren, Ken Jennings, Roslyn Lindner, Shawn Gladden, John Krownapple, and David Hellinger. One of the last sessions by John Krownapple, Director of Cultural Proficiency, examined cultural proficiency within Centennial High School.

Krownapple explained how, “Cultural proficiency is the knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs that enable people to work well with, respond effectively to, and act supportively towards people of and in cross-cultural settings.”

Krownapple then discuss and later examined how cultural proficiency applied to students at Centennial, giving them all an opportunity to discuss and debate their own personal stance of the ideas regarding teachers, students, and overall environment/nature of the school.

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Spring Break Plans

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

As Spring Break quickly approaches, Centennial High School students and staff are reminded that this school year is sadly coming to an end. However, most, if not all of them are looking forward to a much needed vacation.

Freshman Anong Teke cannot wait to finally get some much needed sleep, “I’m excited to get some sleep, it feels like we haven’t been on break in forever.”

Agreeably, Ms. Dodds, said, “ I can’t wait to just stay home and hang out with friends over the break.”

Some students and teacher, on the other hand, won’t be seeing this break as a relaxation time, senior Samantha Courtemanche said, “ I’ve picked up some extra shifts over break.”

Regardless of whether or not you have plans for vacation, the break still marks the middle of the third quarter and the beginning of some of the most exciting senior events. So, stay safe and make sure to enjoy the break while it lasts.

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SAT: Old vs. New

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

On Saturday, March 5, various students took the new version of the SAT. Some students were retaking the exam, while others were taking it for the first time.

Junior Quentin Lehman, one of the students who took both the old and new SAT, said the old SAT was much more challenging, “ There was way more sections in the first one and it was much more tedious compared to the newer one.” Lehman went on to state, “ I personally feel that the new version is a much better assessment because we had more time to answer the questions due to the shorter sections.”

Similarly, students who took only the new version agreed that the assessment was relatively easy. Juniors Charlotte DeCarlo, Michael Martinitis, and Melissa Nussbaum all agreed that the level of intensity of the new version of the SAT was only a 6 out of 10. The three also concurred that the math section of the test was the most difficult portion.

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Physical and Mental Health

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Students have been required to take classes like health since early childhood, so when it comes to mental health, students assume they know what to do. However, what most people seem to overlook is the major role your mental health has on one’s overall physical health.

According to U.S. News and World Report Education, Centennial High School is one of the nation’s most academically competitive schools, mostly known for its students’ outstanding standardized test scores.

Sara Khawaja, a sophomore at Centennial High School said, “Centennial High School definitely is a very academically focused and challenging school. It’s hard sometimes, especially the weeks leading up to midterms and finals. You can tell a lot of people want to do well but it’s hard to know what to expect sometimes. Plus, the pressure from your family to do well leads to what I think may be one of the main reasons why a lot of us here are stressed.”

The high stress levels indicated by students may be a problem. Many studies have shown how vital teen years are for both mental and physical development. For instance, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health claims that “The choices made and behaviors adopted during teen years affect adolescents’ overall well being and potentially, their overall health throughout their lives.”

Because so many students claim to have high stress levels, it is important for them to learn how to combat stress in a healthy way. Robert Slopek and Kelly Borowski, Centennial’s Health and Psychology teachers, both agreed that a healthy lifestyle starts in your mind. Claiming that, if you have a positive attitude, then you will want more and better for yourself. One’s psychological state has a tremendous impact on their overall health.

Slopek also suggests that students should try relaxation exercises such as “Progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises and just trying their best to positively handle stress, whether that’s just going out on a light jog or disconnecting to electronics to enjoy some time to themselves.”

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Leaping Into 16- A Leap Year Birthday

Words: Melinda Gwanzura

Photos: Izzie Chausse

Leap Year birthdays are extremely rare, considering that the date February 29 only comes around every four years. The chances for someone to be born on Leap Day would only be 1 out of 1,461,according to the law of averages, meaning that there are only 200,000 people in the United States who share this birthday, according to the Huffington Post. Extraordinarily, one of these 200,000 people in the nation attends Centennial High School. Sophomore Kaleb Addisu is celebrating his “fourth” birthday today.

Addisu explained, “I usually celebrate my birthday on March 1st if the year isn’t a leap year because March 1st would be the day that falls right after the 28th of February.”

Addisu added, “ I really don’t plan on doing much [tonight]. I mean I went out for dinner with my mom the other night, but I have a [basketball] game today so I can’t really celebrate unless we win. If we do win though, then that would be enough of a celebration for me.”

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