Tag: Sahil Saini

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge Review

Words: Caroline Chu

On Saturday, February 25, two Centennial teams competed in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. This year’s problem required students to create a model that would determine the overall risk posed to specific national parks as a result of climate change.

Senior Suzie Byun led Mr. Watson’s team, and senior Sahil Saini headed Mr. Kennedy’s team. The two teams were not competitive with each other, and even shared food during lunch. Saini said the competitors were “happy campers.”

The competition, which focuses on real-life modeling, is described by Byun as “a different type of approach to math.”

Though the real-life application area of mathematics was not something most competitors were used to, Byun still hopes both teams finished well.

The competition results will be announced in April.

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Orchestra Concert

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

On Tuesday, December 13, the Centennial High School Music Department held their Orchestra Concert. Many parents and students came out to show their support and dedication for the musicians.

The showed started out with the String Ensemble playing “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and featured many soloists from Amanda Wang, Thomas Luo, Amilee Huang, Shun Shueh, Dylan Chao, Paulina Balderas, Lori Zhao, Anjali Gajendiran, Eric Novey, and Andy Lee. This performance was followed by “Fugue in G Minor”, “Fantasia on Greensleever”, “Heart of Fire”,  conducted by student intern Ms. Konopka from the Peabody Institute, and ended with “Christmas Waltz”.

There was a quick intermission after the “Christmas Waltz” in order for the String Orchestra to take their places on stage.

The String Orchestra featured many seniors playing a short version of their last winter Orchestra Concert. The performance started out with “Serenade for Strings” conducted by Mr. Leung and featured soloists from Mary Monroe and Peter Ho. It ended with the popular song “Sleigh Ride” conducted by Ms. Konopka. At the end of the show Mr. Leung took the time to give recognition to Daniel Wu, Suzi Byun, Siri Neerchal, Sahil Saini, Sean Cooley, and Ethan Lin, the seniors who made All State.

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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 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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