Tag: Sarah Kruhm

Sharbaugh Accepts Teacher of the Year Award at Board of Education

Words and photos: Sarah Kruhm

On Tuesday, April 24, the Board of Education of Howard County hosted students and teachers of the county’s 13 public high schools to celebrate those chosen to be Senior Teachers of the Year 2018.

Those invited included: the teachers chosen, principals, and students who voted for them. The ceremony consisted of a few words from superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano and the presentation of certificates to the Teachers of the Year.

Each school created a video to express their affection towards the nominated teacher, and shared their reasons for choosing said teacher. For Centennial High School, John Sharbaugh was voted Teacher of the Year, and was accompanied by principal Claire Hafets, teacher Michelle Van Gieson, and four of his previous students: Megan Daugherty, Victoria Chiu, Sarah Kruhm, and Mary Grace Lambert.

Wilde Lake High School posthumously nominated Laura Wallen, a teacher who passed away in September, as their Teacher of the Year. Her parents were present to accept her award, and many wore stickers with her initials to honor her memory.

 


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Many Students, One SMOB

Words: Sarah Kruhm

On March 2, Kieran Newell, a junior at Centennial High School, began his campaign for the Student Member of the Board of Education. One of the two finalists in the county, Newell is the first candidate from Centennial to make it this far in the election process in five years. If Newell is voted into the position for the 2018-2019 school year, he will be the first member from Centennial to be in the office ever.

The Student Member of the Board, or SMOB, is a significant position in the Howard County Public School System. Supported by the Howard County Association of Student Councils, the post of SMOB entails one student representing the entire student body as a member of the Board of Education, and as representation of “Many Students, One Voice.” Every year, students in Howard County public middle and high schools vote for one current high school sophomore or junior to be the next year’s SMOB.

As a final candidate for SMOB, Newell is very aware of the pressure of the election, but he believes that his determination and outgoing personality will make him the best contender suitable for the position.

“In order to be an effective Student Member,” Newell reveals, “I must be willing to speak to as many students as possible and make a conscious effort to do so; my personality will assist me in my interpersonal endeavors.

At the Delegate Convention on February 21 at Wilde Lake High School, the applicants for SMOB were reviewed and the final two candidates were nominated. There, students were able to voice their feelings regarding the present representation, announcing that they felt their ideas and beliefs were not being heard by members of student government. As a serious issue, Newell hopes that he can reach out to the diverse population of Howard County and establish proper representation for all.

“I believe that everyone has a voice, and I believe that the Student Member is there as someone who votes on the behalf of the student body based on what the student body wants.” Newell discloses, “I believe that the Student Member should be someone who can be the change the students want to see.”

If elected, Newell states that his first priority would be to improve communication between the Board and the student body. As he observed the current lack of representation and communication, Newell initially decided to run for SMOB to make the changes he wanted to see accomplished within the Board.

The public forum, where the candidates openly discuss their goals and solutions if elected, will be held on March 14. The general election, in which all Howard County public middle and high school students vote, will take place sometime in the middle of April.

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Centennial Jazz Band’s Spectacular Eagle Time Performance

Words: Natalie Knight Griffin

Photos: Sarah Kruhm

On Wednesday, February 21, Centennial’s Jazz Band gave a superb and exciting performance in the auditorium during Eagle Time. Free tickets were distributed to students that were interested in attending.

The concert consisted of three pieces titled “Just Plain Meyer,” “Sophisticated Lady,” and “Granada Smoothie.” Solos were performed by several students, each one standing up before the crowd and playing an individual, challenging run of notes.

Soloists during the first and second pieces included: Colin Eng playing the tenor saxophone, Swadhin Nalubola on the alto saxophone, Rainer Hlibok on bass trombone, Henry Bar-O on trombone, and Sean Li on alto saxophone. Colin Homassel, playing the flugelhorn, and Jack Keane on the trombone paired up for an unaccompanied performance during the third piece.

The band played the music from their recent Berklee Jazz Festival national competition, in which the group won fourth place. The impressive placement against hundreds of schools from around the country was no surprise when listening to the passionate and immaculate performances from students. In preparation for the competition, jazz students have been attending daily before school rehearsals since the beginning of the school year.

Although this was the group’s only Eagle Time performance, they encourage students to attend their future events.

 


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A Sweet Surprise: Krispy Kreme Announces Opening in Catonsville

Words: Sarah Kruhm

Nothing compares to the feeling of pure satisfaction when first biting into a fresh doughnut, and nothing tastes quite as good as the original Krispy Kreme. This spring, Krispy Kreme will open a new location in Catonsville. Previously a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, the store will be established at 6447 Baltimore National Pike. This ideal and convenient location is only eight miles from Centennial High School, situated east of U.S. Route 40 in Baltimore County. The advantageous distance is a huge triumph for the Centennial community, which has not had a store this close since the Krispy Kreme in Columbia closed in 2009.

Senior Sydney Grossman disclosed her love for Krispy Kreme doughnuts and revealed how she is a very dedicated fan.

“As a kid, I went to Krispy Kreme every week with my family,” Grossman said. “They serve the best donuts in the entire universe.”

Founded in North Carolina in 1937, Krispy Kreme has established numerous store locations nationwide and worldwide. Known for its red “hot light” announcing fresh, hot glazed doughnuts made in-store everyday, Krispy Kreme is a unique fan-favorite.

The Krispy Kreme in Catonsville is preparing for its grand opening on March 20, and is currently hiring employees for various job opportunities.

“We are hiring applicants who are 16 and older,” General Manager Sherri Koblinsky confirmed. “The best part about Krispy Kreme is hiring a great team and building a family.”

Koblinsky hopes to positively impact the community through various fundraisers and to enlist the community’s support for these public programs.

Senior Allison Brown expressed her enjoyment for Krispy Kreme and her excitement towards the store opening.

“I can’t wait for this new location in Catonsville!” Brown exclaims, “I have three gift cards I can finally use.”

As students start to struggle through the beginning of the second semester, Krispy Kreme will provide a sweet salvation for students to help relieve their stress and sorrow.

“I have been hoping that one would open near us again. I will definitely be making the trip to Catonsville to visit my favorite food establishment,” Grossman confessed.

If you are interested in applying for a position, or wish to learn more about the store opening, visit or contact Krispy Kreme Catonsville through Facebook. For more information about the Krispy Kreme franchise, visit krispykreme.com.

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Centennial’s Vintage Voices Club

Words: Sarah Kruhm

On Saturday, February 17, Vintage Voices will perform a special Valentine’s Day compilation at Brighton Gardens of Columbia. The performance will occur at 2:00 p.m., and it will include classic songs that reflect the holiday’s theme: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Footloose,” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Although the performance occurs at a private senior home away from the public eye, students are always welcome to join and participate in the club and in its performances.

Sophomore Maddie Hasson is one of the co-presidents of the club, and she happily praised its impact on the community. “Being in Vintage Voices is a lot of fun,” Hasson gushed. “Performing for senior citizens is always rewarding, especially when they sing along with us! Overall, being the club is a very special experience.”

If you would like more information about Vintage Voices and its events and how you can join, email vintagevoiceschs@gmail.com or visit Ms. Borowski in room 908.

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Maryland All-State Music Students Announced


Words: Sarah Kruhm

Please congratulate the following students on being accepted as wind players to the Maryland All-State Junior and Senior ensembles. CHS band students occupy nearly 10% of All-State ensemble wind sections, more than any other high school in the state. The Centennial students recently welcomed include:

Hyungjoo Han (flute alternate), Emmeline Murphy (oboe), Asha Kline (bassoon), Alexa Patnaude (clarinet), Tomas Germanas (clarinet), Samuel Cheng (clarinet), Richard Gao (clarinet), Larry Du (clarinet), Colin Eng (baritone saxophone), Joshua Oberly (trumpet), Joseph Tsaiho (trumpet), Carter Matties (trumpet), Alexander Chen (tuba), John Sedor (percussion), Helen Yang (clarinet), Nadine Meister (clarinet), Kevin Xu (clarinet), Shane Hou (tenor saxophone), Keegan McCardell (horn), Joanna Park (horn), Tobi Ajiboye (trombone), Jack Keane (trombone), and Norman Zhang (trombone alternate).

The following students are being accepted into Junior and Senior All State Orchestra. Kudos on their hard work and getting into such a prestigious ensemble.

Senior All State members are as follows: Violin 1: Alice Lin*, Angela Kou, Emily Kim, and Allen Wang. Violin 2: Nicole Meister*, Nicole Lee*, Leah Mitchell, Vicki Li, Joon Park, Ruoheng Zeng, and Joshua Qiu. Viola: Jisoo Choi*, Steven Hu, and Ethan Lin. Cello: Hannah Kim, Peter Ho, and Genevieve Lee.

*Placed in top 4 and will audition for section leader.

Junior All State members are as follows: Violin: Aaron Chen, Helen Li, and Justin Liang. Viola: Melody Chu.

Congratulations to freshman Sean Kim on winning the Howard County High School GT Orchestra concerto competition. Sean plays cello and his concerto will be featured in the BSO side by side concert in February at the Meyerhoff.

Also congratulations to sophomore Leah Mitchell on winning 2nd place in the 2017 Friday Music Morning Club Strings Competition. She received a cash award of $700.

The following students were accepted in to the Maryland All State Choir: Ana Cunningham, Nicole Ouellette, Kai Daley, Anika Huang, Rachel Harris (Soprano Alternate), Moitri Kazi (Alto Alternate), Lauren Herr, Sabrina Ochoa, Srija MakkapatiCaroline Shimeall, Ashley Xu, Charu Dwivedi, Shardul RakshitWilliam QuAntariksh Tulshyan, and Ameya Sriram.

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Centennial’s International Thespian Society

Words: Sarah Kruhm

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a universal theatre honors society with chapters established all over the globe, including at Centennial High School. Sponsored by Centennial’s theatre teacher and director Ms. Kathryn Carlsen, the club meets on the first Wednesday of every month. Currently, the club is discussing this year’s annual fall play, Almost, Maine, which will show November 16-19.

On November 1, the club discussed the current point system, in which every member must earn 8 credits each quarter to remain in the honor society, and the multiple ways an individual can receive credit, such as by seeing a show or attending set build on Saturdays.

Senior and International Thespian Society President Ethan Kinstler divided the club into separate committees consisting of the various components that contribute to the production: Marketing, Design, Costume, Props, and Set. He requested each board to create a schedule of due dates to complete their designated assignments, including the creation of the playbill, the building of the set, and the possession of costumes and props, in pursuance of making the show’s performance next weekend something to remember.

More information about the show, and about ITS, can be found at chstheatre.org.

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