Tag: Seniors

Senior Crab Feast

Photos: Corey Grable

Words: Miranda Mason

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Centennial seniors returned to the school from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual crab feast, a night of eating crabs and socializing with classmates.

During the event, members of the junior class acted as waiters, bringing crabs out to all the tables. In addition to the crabs, other food such as macaroni and cheese and chicken wings were also served.

“I’m glad the class is all together,” said senior Jabari Mansell. “It’s a good opportunity to get to know everyone better.”

Assistant Principal Pamela West was one of the administrators that also attended the event, and she considered the night to be a success.  “They look like they’re having fun; like they’re hungry,” said West.

Boys’ Soccer Team Honors Seniors

Words: Giana Han

The Centennial boys’ soccer team played its final home game of the regular season on Oct. 14 against Reservoir.

At 37 minutes, one of Centennial’s senior captains, Heston Priestley, had to come out because of an injury. The rest of the half was uneventful, with a score of 0-0 at the end of the first 40 minutes.

The second half started with an assist from Ian Abee to Tommy Wang for the first score of the game. Eleven seconds later, Kevin Wilson, the Eagle’s goalie, went diving to play defense, leaving the goal undefended. Reservoir took advantage of this and tied the game.

Priestley was able to reenter the game, and, at 29 minutes, Priestley scored the second goal for the Eagles after an amazing assist from Wang. Two minutes later, however, Wilson was carded, and the Gators were given a penalty kick. They scored, tying the game at 2-2.

The Eagles were able to grab the lead again at 18 minutes, with Abee assisting Priestley for the third Eagle goal of the night. Within a minute, the Gators were able to tie up the game.

However, immediately after scoring the goal, Reservoir’s player was ejected for running off the field to high-five fans, bringing the number of Reservoir players down to 10.

The Eagles scored their fourth goal, but it was determined that it did not count since the clock ran out while the ball was on its way into the goal. An unfortunate comment from one of the players to the ref sent the Eagles into overtime down one player.

The first 10-minute overtime started out 10 v. 10, since each team was down a player. The Eagles scored the only goal, but it was taken away because of an offsides call. The game went into a second overtime, with another Centennial goal that did not count because of an offsides call.

The game ended after 100 minutes of play with a tie between Centennial and Reservoir at 3-3.

“We played our hearts out,” said Priestley. “I’m going to miss the excitement and anticipation leading up to every game.

Priestley ended the game with two goals, while Wang had one goal and one assist, Abee had two assists, and Wilson had nine saves.

“I was a little sad,” said Paul Watson, another senior. “It was probably one of the last times I’ll play on this field for Centennial.”

The team has twelve seniors this year. The twelve of them, along with the rest of the players, have come together into a tough team. “My favorite thing is the team spirit. It’s fun hanging out with the guys,” said Watson

“I love playing the game that I love with people I love,” said Priestley.

The twelve seniors on the team are Ian Abee, Jun Baek, Anthony Chiu, Max Dwyer, Andrew Gavlin, Chris Lee, Alex Lingg, Martin Lenweiter, Heston Priestley, Garrett Scheetz, Will Vea, and Paul Watson.

Field Hockey Senior Night

Words: Giana Han

The Lady Eagles enjoyed a victory over Reservoir in the Senior Night game on Oct. 14.

The Lady Eagles controlled the field hockey field for the majority of the first half. At 10:16, Margaret Maclean, one of the senior captains, scored the first goal of the game and grabbed a lead for the Eagles.

At six minutes, Reservoir’s Allison Costenbader tied the game at 1-1 with the Gator’s first goal. The first half ended with a score of 1-1.

The second half was an intense battle for the lead, and the two teams were neck and neck until 7:53, when senior Robin Cagle scored the Eagle’s second goal. This goal carried the Eagles to the win at the end of the game, with a final score of 2-1.

“We played really hard,” said Crowe. “It was definitely very scary when it got tied.”

“With coming off of homecoming, the bad weather which kept us from practicing, and the heat today, they were phenomenal,” said the head coach, Tara Carr. “Those were the major deterrents, and they played through and came out on top.”

The final score of the game is also the final score that seniors Kay Kelly, Margaret Maclean, Kathryn Peterson, Mary Crowe, and Robin Cagle will ever celebrate over on that field in the regular season.

Maclean has been contributing to the team’s success since her freshman year. “I’m going to miss all the girls,” said Maclean. “Every year we’re a family. We make it that way, we’re all sisters.”

The team will miss their seniors, but they are lucky enough to have a strong base between the juniors who will be returning next year, the sophomores, and the two freshmen, Mary Baldy and Maggie Sullivan.

These players are major contributors to the team, and will lead the team in future seasons, but nonetheless, the seniors will be missed.

“It’s hard every year to watch them start as quiet freshmen and become leaders,” said Carr. “The juniors have big shoes to fill.”

What’s the Fuss over Class Ranks?

Words: Caroline Lawrence

At last- the miniature manila envelope that sits in your quivering hands contains the key to your dream school, your future. Two simple numbers that will determine your acceptance or rejection.

Or will they?

Seniors have been buzzing about class rank since its official release on Friday, but the hype is superficial.  While this list has been the subject of much planning and anticipation since freshman year, in reality, it will not have much bearing on anyone’s future.

One of the biggest concerns regarding class rank is that, by not attaining a certain level, a student has ruined all hopes of getting into his or her top choice college.  Fortunately, class rank is not by any means a make-or-break feature in an application.  First of all, every rank is relative.  Being in the top fifty percent, for instance, at Centennial means something different than being in the top fifty at another school in Howard County, which means something different than being in the top fifty at a high school across the country.  Colleges know this and take high schools’ reputations into account when evaluating applications.  Additionally, many schools boast of their holistic review approach, meaning they peruse every application looking for all the qualities that make their applicant an interesting person.

Even with holistic review, the application process creates a rank of its own.  Colleges will devise their own scale of desired GPAs based on the pool of applicants they receive, and a student’s position within his or her high school is not relevant unless it is exceptionally high or exceptionally low.  The majority of students who fall in the middle will not be strongly affected.  Besides, class rank is often naturally correlated with standardized testing scores and GPA independent of rank, so it is unlikely to stand out compared to other elements of the application.

Another common misconception is that a low class rank indicates a low likelihood of success in college and the professional world.  In fact, many would be surprised – and some dismayed – to know that your success in middle school is more relevant to your achievement in college than your high school GPA is (“The Forgotten Middle,” ACT.) This might be because your middle school grades are a better indication of your natural academic character – whether you are driven to achieve even when the stakes are relatively low, as they often are in undergraduate studies.

As you begin to apply to colleges, anxiously awaiting their responses, just remember: in the end, class rank is mere frippery decorating the substance of your application.  It is not an indication of your chances of getting in or of your future success.  What will matter is the person you show yourself to be.

Senior Final Exam Schedule

Graduation for the CHS Class of 2013 is rapidly approaching, but some tasks still need to be completed before May 24. Among these tasks, are final exams for seniors. The exams will take place during regular class time, on the days which they are scheduled. Exams dates are as follows:

Tuesday, May 14 – Exams in Period 3 & 4A

Wednesday, May 15 – Exams in Periods 1 & 2

Monday, May 20 – Exam in Period 4B

Tuesday, May 21 – Exam in Periods 5 & 6