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Centennial’s STEM Successes Recognized at Celebration of Excellence

Words: Maggie Ju / Photos: Piper Berry

The Celebration of Excellence for Intern-Mentor and Independent Research students was held on Wednesday, May 2, in the Centennial cafeteria. Complex, intriguing projects that showcased the accomplishments of Centennial students were displayed.

This is the last year of teaching for Ms. Michelle Bagley, the supervisor for the two G/T programs. Students presented her with flowers and personalized notes.

“I treat each one of them as unique individuals,” said Ms. Bagley. “It was wonderful to hear them speak about my impact on their lives.”

Throughout the programs, many students participated in various science competitions, and their successes throughout the year were acknowledged at the celebration.

In the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a prestigious national STEM competition, three Centennial seniors received awards: finalist Chy Murali and semifinalists Katie Gao and Swadhin Nalubola.

“In layman’s terms, I look for patterns in datasets and try to predict a gene’s significance on different types of cancer,” Gao said. She intends to explore biomedical research beyond her undergraduate years.

Despite “talent” being in the name of the competition, Gao does not view the key to success as such. She said, “It doesn’t take some unattainable magical quality to do good research. What you do need, however, is a nurturing mentor, lots of hard work, and a little luck.”

Nicole Meister, another high-achieving senior, is no stranger to recognition for her scientific achievements. Recently, she was a finalist in the Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

My project was focused on improving the accuracy of a neural network that could classify features in X-ray scattering images,” she said. “I’m passionate about computer science and research because I feel I can make a difference with my work and improve the lives of others.”

Of all the opinions of the night, none were as important as Ms. Bagley’s. Thirty-eight years of fostering bright minds culminated in the last celebration of her students’ hard work.

“The evening was wonderful,” she declared.

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Centennial Welcomes Mrs. Rice

Words: Piper Berry

Centennial would like to welcome Mrs. Rice, the newest addition to the science department.

Where did you go to college?

“My undergraduate college was the United States Naval Academy and I graduated from there in 2000 with a degree in Ocean Engineering. I went to Johns Hopkins University for my masters in civil engineering. I’ve also attended University of Maryland University College for my MBA.”

Where did you work before you came to Centennial?

“I am in the Navy so I was working as an instructor down at the Naval Academy as part of active duty.”

What do you think of Centennial so far?

“I think it’s great! I love that the students like to ask a lot of questions because it makes for a nice, interactive environment.”

What is your teaching style?

“I prefer students to have a lot of hands-on projects so that they are doing more inquiry-based learning. I think that it’s important for students to take responsibility over their own learning so I like to give them the tools and let them come up with the solutions on their own.”

What is one unique trait that you have that you are bringing to Centennial?

“I think with my unique military background I can definitely help a lot of students, not just in chemistry or forensics, but also help them as they are trying to make career decisions.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to your students?

“Don’t be afraid to be unique. I love ideas that come from students so I would encourage students to have confidence in their ideas because you never know where they could lead.”

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Centennial’s She’s the First Club

Words: Piper Berry

The She’s the First Club is very excited for their third year at Centennial. The purpose of the club is to raise money for girls’ education around the world. They are currently supporting the educations of Roopa in India, Kimberly in Guatemala, and Jayanthi in India.

Senior Caroline Chu, the club president, believes that “everyone deserves a shot at an education, regardless of gender.”

The club plans to sell lemonade and other drinks at the Homecoming Carnival and has plans this year for Zumbathons, bake sales, an Ice Cream Social, and much more!

The first Zumbathon will be on October 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

She’s the First Club typically meets on the first Tuesday of every month and the second, third, and fourth Monday of every month after school in Ms. McKinnon’s room, Room 904. Come check it out!

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Centennial’s Pre-Medicine Club

Words: Piper Berry

The purpose of the Pre-Medicine Club, according to its Co-President Deanna Yi, is to “create a nurturing environment where students are able to learn about the field of medicine, volunteer in the community, and engage in activities that aid in starting their pathway to a medical career.”

Coming up in November, the Pre-Medicine Club is holding its annual Medical Seminar open to anyone in Howard County who wishes to learn about current research, innovations, and the experiences of various qualified speakers.

Meetings take place every Wednesday in Room 409. The entire board of the Pre-Medicine Club, including Daniel Hemani, Mallika Kadabha, Christopher Chen, Jocelyn Mathew, Reem Hashmi, and Co-Presidents Deanna Yi and Supraja Kanipakam, are so excited for the year ahead and invite everybody to drop by their meetings and check them out.

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Centennial’s She’s the First Scholarship

Words: Piper Berry

On Friday September 29, the She’s the First Club received a $500 scholarship from Mary Gaskin of Natty Blocks Boutique.  The celebration of the scholarship was actually held on June 17 at The 3rd Annual Glitz ‘N Glam Women Entrepreneur Awards Gala at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center & Conference Center, Columbia, MD.

This yearly event is hosted by Iron2Iron4Women, which is a nonprofit organization helping minority women, entrepreneurs and young people.

Trish Lawson, the founder of Iron2Iron4Women, met students in the She’s the First Club two years ago at a bake sale and ever since has been extremely supportive of the club and recommended them for this scholarship. The scholarship is helping the club with their long-term goal of awarding a female senior of Centennial High School a She’s the First Scholarship, one of which will be awarded this year!

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