Tag: Minah Mubasher

Centennial JV Wrestling brings home a win, Varsity not as fortunate against Hammond

Words: Minah Mubasher

Photos: Zach Grable

The Centennial High School JV wrestling team started the season off great, defeating the Hammond Golden Bears 48-34 on Thursday, December 6. Unfortunately, Varsity was not as lucky, ending the night with a final losing score of 46-21.

    JV player, Ibaad Shaikh made excellent pins on his opponent and won his match. “I think we did better than last year,” said Ibaad.

    Varsity player, Jason Kraisser scored the first few points for the Varsity team. His teammate, Chris Lee, had all eyes in the audience on him in his multiple-round match against his opponent. The tension in the gym was high, but Lee came through and won his match. However, his teammates were not as fortunate.

    Both the Eagles and the Golden Bears worked very hard at last nights’ match, and we can be sure to expect more greatness. With this year’s wrestling team, Centennial is definitely going to be on its best game.

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Life in Guatemala: An Interview with Olga Cobo Raymundo

Interview: Minah Mubasher

What was your life like in Guatemala?

My life was bad. Guatemala was dangerous. The gangs there killed my friend, Lucia. She lived next to me and was my best friend. She would always buy me gifts and was very nice. We would do our homework at my house.

Would you like to go back to Guatemala?

I cannot go back to Guatemala. I want to stay here with my father, mother, and my little sister. I also have many new friends here. Even if I wanted to go back, my mother does not have money for a plane.

How have you been adjusting to life here in Maryland?

When I came here, I was 12 years old. The people here were very nice to me. Living here is easy because there is less fear and it is safer here.

What do you miss most about Guatemala?

I miss my house in Guatemala. I also miss my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and my grandparents. My grandpa is very sick. He cannot walk and only has a couple more years to live. My mother sends him money to help pay for his medicine.

What do your friends in Guatemala think America is like?

My friends Elena thinks life here is fun. My other friend, Albaro wanted to come to America with me. His father is here and it is safer. All my friends think America is rich and that there are famous people everywhere.

Do you like life in America or Guatemala Better?

I like it here better. Everything here is better. The school is better and so are my friends. Even the food here is more tasty. There are many more options in America. I didn’t like the meat in Guatemala. The meat vendors did not wash it very well.

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Tropical Tuesday at Centennial

Words: Minah Mubasher

Photos: Zach Grable

Centennial High School’s annual spirit week is off to a great start. Although the weather was gloomy and outside, Centennial students did not disappoint in delivering a colorful, Tropical Tuesday. From flip flops and Hawaiian shirts to shades and suntan lotion, Centennial’s school spirit is high.

As spirit week continues, we can all be sure that the student body and staff will not fail to display their school spirit.

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Art Overload

Words: Eliza Andrew / Photos: Minah Mubasher and Harshitha Sayini

At the end of every school year, the hallways are decorated with the most captivating art pieces created throughout the school year. Mrs. Collins, Mr. Hansen, and Ms. Elliott have collected the many amazing pieces crafted by each art class, to show off their phenomenal talents. These art pieces are on display in the hallway on the walls next to the cafeteria, as well as outside of the auditorium. The display truly embodies the amazing talent that lies within the walls of Centennial. 

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Those Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas: What’s the Holiday Season Like?

Photos: Minah Mubasher and Harshitha Sayini / Words: Caroline Chu

Symbols of Christmas are everywhere. Blow-up figures of Santa dotting lawns, Christmas tree cookies sold at chain restaurants, and wreaths covering neighborhood doors are all commonly-seen images.

These symbols represent a vast majority of American beliefs. According to Gallup, 75% of Americans identify with a Christian religion. However, not everyone celebrates Christmas. This statistic seems to suggest that 25% of Americans, a sizeable portion of the United States, do not celebrate the holiday.

Members of this religious, or non-religious in some cases, minority may feel left out during the holiday season because of the fact that such an emphasis is placed on Christmas in American society.

Some of the people that fall under this blanket religious category are Amirah Elgendy, Jake Horen, and Zoha Fatima, all Centennial students.

Elgendy is a Sunni Muslim, and feels as though society is not as inclusive as it could be. She states, “[The holiday season] does not tie all religions together as well as it could because holidays like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa aren’t given as much attention during this time.” Horen, who is Jewish, echos similar beliefs in that he interprets holidays other than Christmas as still represented, but not to nearly the degree Christmas is.

Fatima, a Shia Muslim, sees things in a harsher light, believing that Muslim holidays are not represented well throughout greater American society, but also believes that this representation will increase over time.

However, the period from late November to January 1 is still overwhelmingly positive through the eyes of a few non-Christian Centennial students. Elgendy points out the fact that many people who aren’t Christian still celebrate Christmas, and that therefore, many Americans are tied together through widespread celebration.

Horen is similarly convinced that the holiday season, a season in which he is able to be an individual and celebrate Judaism, “brings everyone together.”

To him, this feeling of unity may ironically spring from the differences between groups of people. He believes that “everyone does their own thing in the holiday season, and who am I to try and change things up?” After all, these differences in viewpoint are crucial for the formation of identity and individuality.  

It’s important to remember that different religions still value many of the same principles, and time with family is an example of this. Because school is held during Eid, a Muslim holiday which can fall between November or December, Fatima is unable to visit Muslim family members living in London or Pakistan, which she wishes she could do.

During the same holiday, Elgendy does a special prayer with her family in the morning, and always celebrates with them by eating out. Like Elgendy, Horen uses a holiday he celebrates — Hanukkah — to connect with his family, lighting the menorah and saying prayers with his close relatives.

Concepts like closeness with family may allow for an expansion in recognition of winter holidays other than Christmas. Elgendy has a hope for the future of the United States of America: an expansion in knowledge of differences. She comments, “[Americans should] stay educated on the multiple other religious holidays during the holiday season, and recognize them.”

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Centennial Celebrates Character Day

Photos: Laila Abu-Ghaida, Harshitha Sayini, Minah Mubasher

On December 20, Centennial students dressed up like their favorite holiday characters.  Inspiration came from holiday classics to new favorites.


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Centennial Welcomes Mrs. Khaksari

Words: Minah Mubasher

Irene Khaksari is a new guidance counselor this year at Centennial High School. She has been counseling for 13 years, and was inspired to get into counseling from personal experiences she had with educators when she was a student.

Prior to CHS, Khaksari worked for a school in New York City and then at Wilde Lake. She is an alumna of Loyola College. Although it can be hard to adjust to a new environment, Khaksari is handling it well, finding it “challenging but fun.”

Khaksari has many goals for Centennial such as meeting the needs of all of the students, no matter what classes or sports they are involved in. She would love for every student to be part of some extracurricular activity and invested in this school and education.

The custodial staff, Carole Sormanti, the leadership from the front office and the counseling team are among Khaksari’s favorite things about CHS.

“Centennial is a great place to be,” said Khaksari,“and I am excited for this opportunity to work with the CHS family.”

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