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​Centennial Dresses Wackier Than Ever

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos:  Zach Grable

On Wednesday, May 2, students and staff wore their wackiest apparel to celebrate another successful day of prom spirit week. Students enjoyed wearing anything but their normal attire.

Many showed their school spirit by rocking their craziest hats, funniest shirts, and wildest socks.

Students can look forward to participating in two more spirit days: Class Color Day on Thursday, and College Sweatshirt Day on Friday.

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Centennial’s Science Olympiad Team Wins Big at States

Words: Shawn Kruhm / Photos: Takumi Fukazawa

On April 14, the Science Olympiad Team placed first in the State Tournament at Johns Hopkins University.

Leading up to the State Tournament, the team participated in four other competitions: three invitationals and regionals. The team performed exceptionally well in all five tournaments. In the State Tournament, Centennial’s Annie Liu won a bronze medal; Chy Murali, Ruoheng Zeng, and Mayur Krishna won silver medals; and Franklin Yang, Takumi Fukazawa, Eric Kim, Matthew Zeng, Jerry Yuan, Leo Wu, Thomas Luo, Nicole Meister, Jocelyn Matthew, Nadine Meister, and Helen Yang won gold medals!

All year long, the team has worked hard and practiced to get to where it is now. Many students have been members of the team for several years.

“I have been a part of the Science Olympiad Team for two years,” said Sophomore Takumi Fukazawa. “My favorite part of the club is being able to choose what science to study as well as being able to bond with the team.”

The Science Olympiad team will travel to Colorado to compete in the National Tournament on May 18.

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Centennial’s Allied Softball Team Takes on Hebron

Words: Shawn Kruhm

On Thursday, April 19, Centennial’s allied softball team traveled to Mount Hebron for an exciting game.

It turned out to be a hard fought game in which both teams played exceptionally well. Centennial’s Mike McCarthy lead the team as the starting pitcher. He received support from junior Ian Winters at first base and senior Dominic Roybal at second. Winters recorded six outs to help the defense.

Junior Hassan Hamound and senior Jonathan Hanks also came out to play. They both proved to be power hitters at the plate, combining for three singles and two doubles.

The allied softball team’s next game is at Centennial on April 24. Make sure to go support them and show your school spirit.

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Centennial’s Table Tennis Club Update

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Table Tennis Club continues to welcome all students of Centennial High School. The club meets every other Wednesday after school in the cafeteria. Everyone interested is greatly encouraged to attend.

The Table Tennis Club is a great way to take a break from school and have a good time. It is very casual and students can go whenever they want. President Ruoheng Zeng and Vice President Tae Wan Kim are the club’s only official members.

Not only are students welcome, but teachers are also encouraged to join. Allen Leung, a teacher at Centennial High School, is the club’s newest member.

Jarret Emery said, “He has been joining us regularly and seems to be really enjoying himself.”

As always, if anyone has any questions regarding the club, contact Mr. Emery at jarrett_emery@hcpss.org.

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Centennial Girls Track and Field Complete a Record-Breaking Journey Towards the State Title

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos contributed by: Kirsten Wikner

Centennial girls track and field ended a successful winter season in the best way possible: seniors Claudia Pilcher and Kirsten Wikner, and juniors Cora Blount and Alison Betler won the 4×800 meter relay state title. This marks the first time in Centennial history that a girls indoor track and field team won the 4×800 meter relay at the state level.

The four girls started their record-breaking run in counties where they won the 4×800 relay. They moved up to the next level and competed at regionals, where they won the 4×800 relay in record time, finishing the race with a time of 9:53, the quickest 4×800 time in Centennial history, for both indoor and outdoor track and field.

Pilcher, Wikner, Blount, and Betler then took their talents to the track and field state championship. Pilcher began the race, followed by Wikner, Blount, and Betler. It was a tough race, but the girls fought through it and came out on top, finishing with a time of 9:59.

We had a pretty big lead in the beginning of the race but at times it was close and there was a lot of really good other teams,” said Pilcher. “I knew that Alison, Cora and Kirsten are all incredible runners and as soon as Alison pulled ahead in the last 2 laps, we realized we were about to win states.”

The girls have created a special bond and will remember their journey forever. They had so much support from each other as well as family and friends attending the event.

“Crossing the line in first place was an unbelievable feeling. M

y teammates did a great job of positioning us in the lead so all I had to do was maintain that. I had a lot of people cheering me on which really motivated me to make my move into first,” said Betler. “Winning a state title is something that every runner dreams of, so being able to make that dream into a reality was incredible and definitely a moment I’ll never forget.”

Wikner added, “It is very special to win a state title especially since it was with this relay team. I’m so happy we could win it together.”

While they all have tremendous talent and drive, the girls acknowledged their coach, Kevin Mccoy, for playing a huge role in their success.

“I always knew Coach McCoy was standing on the sidelines for each race, cheering us on and pushing me to go 110% every time,” said Pilcher.

“It was like a rush of happiness,” said Blount. “I cried because I was so happy that all our hard work paid off.”

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Centennial’s Table Tennis Club Update

Words: Shawn Kruhm

The Table Tennis Club welcomes all students of Centennial to attend their meetings every other Wednesday. The next meeting will be held on February 14. Currently, the club’s only official members are the President and Vice-President; anyone who is interested is encouraged to come.

Although the Table Tennis Club does not have many consistent members, its sponsor, Jarret Emery, said that the club continues to meet his expectations.

He shared, “Our club is awesome. Everything is going well.”

As always, if anyone has any questions about the club, contact Mr. Emery at jarrett_emery@hcpss.org.

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Students Talk About Class Selections for 2018-2019 School Year

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Course recommendations and class choices for the upcoming school year have begun and students are starting to stress.

Many students at Centennial are involved in multiple activities outside of school. Having to find a balance between school and extracurricular activities is a struggle. This causes many high schoolers to stay up late and lose sleep. Overwhelming yourself with a large school workload and numerous activities is something students should take into consideration when selecting their classes.

Darian Avery, a sophomore at Centennial High School, said, “It’s not hard to be challenged at Centennial. With sports and other outside activities that require time out of your nights, it’s a challenge finding time to make it all work.”

Along with getting good grades to please both themselves and their parents parents, students want to do well in school to impress colleges. Most high schoolers have already started to think about their future. Many students want to take higher level courses, like junior Olivia Weakland to get into the school they want.

I want to take harder classes to challenge myself to look better for college,” Weakland said.

Challenging yourself is a good thing until it is taken too far. Stress starts to build up when students want to take more intense classes, but they do not know what will be too much.

Sophomore Sarah Sopchick said, “I stress about choosing the classes I’ll take next year because I want to make sure I find a good balance and I don’t want to overwhelm myself.”

As long as students know their strengths and weaknesses, they should not struggle or stress about their class selections. If the course they are taking is too challenging for them, they can always drop to a class that is less intense.

“I don’t stress about classes coming up next year. I don’t think there’s much of a reason to. Stressing over classes is pretty pointless because they are what’s tomorrow and people should focus on today,” said Centennial junior, Kieran Newell.

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