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It’s Academic Victory

Words: Mevie Henderson

Centennial High School’s It’s Academic team competed in their first competition at WJZ TV on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The It’s Academic team was lead by senior captain Siri Neerchal, alternate and senior Rohan Laljani, senior Sahil Saini, and junior Jakob Boeye. Centennial clenched the winning title by soaring over the competition totaling a score of 805 points. Catholic High School came away 340 points and Mount Hebron had 300. Over the past 10 years no one has beaten Centennial High School’s record score of 805 points.

During the taping of the show, Centennial’s Drill team cheered on the It’s Academic team. Lynnette Moore, the Vice Principal represented the faculty of Centennial and also helped to encourage the team, as she is a veteran of It’s Academic tapings. Also to support the Eagles’ efforts was bus driver, Michael Gelman. The Eagles are so overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm they have received from students and teachers at the tapings. This win represents a lot to the Eagles as the veterans of the program, Saini, Boeye, and Lalijani have been involved with It’s Academic since middle school, with their program led by Dr. Lantz. The Centennial It’s Academic team also extends thanks to: Centennial Boosters, Ms.Hafets, Ms.Beall, and Ms.Vanderpool, who have been there to support the team.

For the third year in a row, the Centennial It’s Academic team, has been ranked top 20 in the nation for It’s Academic teams. The taping will be aired on October 1 airing on WJZ TV.

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History Bowl Regional Championship

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Saturday, March 12, 36 teams participated in the History Bowl Capital Region Championship. At the end of the tournament, five of Centennial’s teams qualified for the National Championship, which will take place in Virginia on April 23.

Senior Aniruddha Rao won a silver medal in honor of being the second best player in the Varsity Division of the History Bee; sophomore William He won the Bronze medal for the Junior Varsity Division.

Centennial’s A Team, which includes senior captain Gary Tse, junior Jason Li, senior Kevin Costello, and junior Siri Neerchal, came in second place overall. The Centennial B Team (comprised of senior Aniruddha Rao, junior Rohan Laljani, senior Pranav Ganapathy, and junior Aidan Newell) and C Team (including juniors Christopher Cha, Sahil Saini, Mohammed Billah, Richard Cui, and Yashas Lokesh) both triumphed for several rounds in the playoffs.

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It’s Academic- Georgetown University Invitational Tournament

Words: Brianna Belt and Bridget Israel

On Saturday, October 31, Centennial High School sent their four best It’s Academic teams to the Georgetown University Invitational Tournament. Centennial’s A team had two signature victories going 11-1 over Thomas Jefferson A, the highest ranked team in Virginia. Gary Tse, senior captain, put on an amazing performance along with senior Kevin Costello and juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li.

Winning this tournament skyrocketed Centennial into the National rankings, and qualified Centennial’s A team for both national tournaments in Dallas and Chicago in May and June. Centennial’s B team also showed out by placing in fourth and beating Thomas Jefferson A in a head to head match. Junior captain Rohan Laljani and sophomore William He led the team and put up career stats for the day, with excellent help from junior Christopher Cha and freshman Steppan Konoplev.

Junior Yashas Lokesh, captain of the C team and junior Mohammed Billah, captan of the D team both had outstanding performances. Centennial High School will be hosting 90 teams from around the country next week on Sunday, November 8 for our annual Quiz bowl Tournament.

It’s Academic Tournament

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Sunday, October 18, Centennial’s It’s Academic Club sent nine teams to the Blake Academic tournament. The tournament, which took place in Montgomery County, had a total of 30 teams competing. The Centennial A team, comprised of Kevin Costello, Jason Li, Siri Neerchal, and captain Gary Tse, went undefeated in nine games. This is the fourth consecutive year the team has won the tournament. The runner-up was Centennial’s B team, including Christopher Cha, Pranav Ganapathy, Yashas Loves, and captain Aniruddha Rao. The B team had a winning streak until it lost to Centennial’s A team in the finals.

Centennial’s C team, composed of Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, Rohan Laljani, and captain Sahil Saini made it to round eight in the playoffs. Centennial’s D team, which included William He, Bryce Plunkett, and co-captains Fayyaz Zaidi and Aidan Newell, went undefeated until the quarter finals, and came in 4th place overall.

Last week on Saturday, October 10, the club sent four teams to the University of Maryland tournament. The teams came fifth and sixth place out of 21 competing groups, and were prolific enough to qualify their A and B teams for the PACE national tournament, which will held in Chicago in June. At the tournament, senior Gary Tse, junior Siri Neerchal, sophomores Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, and Bryce Plunkett, and freshman Steppan Konoplev delivered outstanding performances.

The team’s performance in the tournament next weekend will be shown on TV.

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It’s Academic

Words: Madhu Lal

The sophomore and freshman group within the It’s Academic team, team A, participated in the Johns Hopkins NAQT Tournament on Sunday, April 19. Team A consisted of sophomores, Rohan Laljani (captain), Sahil Saini, Steen Alme, and Jakob Boeye. In a 16 team tournament, team A came in 2nd place, losing to Richard Montgomery, a team composed of upperclassmen. Team A, comprised of freshmen and sophomores, is now the third team to qualify for the NAQT Nationals, held in Chicago. Team A also defeated the Varsity teams of River Hill, George Mason, Annapolis, Walt Whitman, and Easton high school.

In addition to Team A’s victories, Centennial’s B team, consisting of sophomore, Aidan Newell, William He (captain), Bryce Plunkett and Fayyaz Zaidi. Team B came in 4th in the tournament, behind George Mason. Both the A and B teams qualified for the PACE National Tournament held in Reston, Virginia in June. Centennial’s academic team has qualified 4 teams for PACE National tournament. Individual accolades are not yet available.

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It’s Academic Takes the Prize

Words: Madhu Lal

The It’s Academic team hosted the Capital Region Championships for the National History Bowl on Saturday, March 7. The event housed 30 different groups from distinct schools, all of whom competed head to head in a variety of history related competitions.

Teams are split into different levels, and Centennial’s varsity team is comprised of seniors Ryan Heslin and Weijia Cheng and juniors Gary Tse and Kevin Costello. The junior varsity team comprises of Rohan Laljani, Jakob Boeye, William He, and Steen Alme.

During the event, teams went head to head against their competitors, each round testing the accuracy and depth of knowledge the students possessed. By the end of the numerous trivia rounds, Centennial emerged victorious. Despite having to compete against both private and magnet schools, Centennial’s varsity team was able to win first place in the championship and the junior varsity team, won second place.

Along with the History Bowl, a separate event, History Bee competition, was won by Weijia Cheng, with Ryan Heslin coming in second.The team as a whole has been recognized as one of the top 20 national ranking quiz bowl participants and have qualified three of their teams to compete in the National Tournament in Crystal city, Virginia on April 25.

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