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NAHS Field Trip

Words: Shweta Maruvada

On Friday, April 19, 2013, 28 National Art Honors Society students from Centennial High School taught various art forms at Pointers Run Elementary School (PRES) to students from grade levels 1-5. Preparations for this event have been occurring for the past 6 weeks, and the students will be teaching at the school the entire day, until 3:30. This event usually takes place every year, but was cancelled last year due to the lack of grant money.

According to art teacher Nan Collins, “Our students are basically learning how to deliver an art lesson, and have the students create something in a 45-50 minute window (class) and actually walk away with a new skill, or a new artifact, or a new understanding of some aspect of art. And our students are basically learning to teach. And they are going to learn what goes into creating a new and creative art lesson.”

There is a general protocol that PRES performs every year, according to Collins. “They suspend all other classes for the day, and they have only art classes. And so the kids go from one art class to the next all day long. Our students will be teaching the same lesson three times,” she said.

The students formed groups of 2-3 people in order to teach around 25 elementary school students. They collected enough materials for the 75 students, and created a prototype of the artifact the students will create as an example. The activity being taught by each of the groups is specific to a grade level, which each team was allowed to choose.

Participating in the event are NAHS students: Cassie Bernhardt, Blair Dettmer, Alex Booth, Kylie Caldwell, Jacqueline Chen, Christin Downie, Carolyn Gagnon, Julia Gao, Delaney Green, Giana Han, Isa Hanssen, Hanna Jackson, Aneeza Khawaja, Karina Kotyleva, Beth Lyman, Feitian Ma, Morris Mou, Eunice Nam, Daniel Park, Ye Eun Park, Courtney Payne, Manvith Sama, Roxanna Shadmehr, Alison White, Erin Yamaguchi, Mary Yu, Weong Yun, and Parastoo Zia Zarifi.

Senior Kylie Caldwell, junior Morris Mou, and Erin Yamaguchi are planning to teach fifth graders a project entitled “I Come in Many Folds”. This artwork focuses and stresses the significance of combining text and art in real life. According to Mou, “For our project, we are working with the medium that is perhaps forgotten often – paper itself. We really want to share with the kids, the fact that ordinary paper that we draw and paint on in our everyday life possess tremendous possibility of being molded, shaped, and even sculptured.”

Although this is Mou’s first time working with PRES students for NAHS, he remembered the field trip two years ago was also a success with a lot of participants from the society. “I think this field trip definitely provide an amazing opportunity for art students to experience and explore a possible career in the education fine arts. Like everyone else, I [was] really excited about Friday, considering how much I have always wanted to spread my passion for art with the community, and through National Art Honor Society, we are able to connect with the elementary school students and share our love of arts,” said Mou.

The trio decided to focus on a group of fifth graders due to the complexity of the project. The students would need to be able to handle a more creative and intellectual attitude in copying and redesigning one’s font. “So, on one side of the foldable we require the kids to write their name in aesthetically pleasing font, whether its cursive, serif or sans serif. And, since we are only requiring them to design their names on one of the four side, there also leaves a lot of artistic freedom for them to utilize their creativity to produce intricate visual composition themselves,” Mou said.

Seniors Blair Dettmer and Courtney Payne are planning on working with fourth or fifth graders, teaching them how to create “Nature Fans”. Although this is the first time Dettmer is going for NAHS, she still feels comfortable with the idea of handling the students. “Nature fans is a play on words that Mrs. Collins came up with. They’re simply paper fans with a design on each side – one with complimentary colors, and the other with analogous. This way, the kids can learn about the different types of colors, along with detailed patterns found in nature,” she said.

However Dettmer and Payne had first planned on creating Fans that resembled designs on Grecian pots than Nature, but later decided on Nature Fans due to the complexity of the latter project. “We thought that perhaps girls would want to draw flowers on theirs, but of course we couldn’t exclude the boys! Instead, we went with the more broader term of just nature,” said Dettmer.

Alison White, Ye Eun Park, and Daniel Park are going to teach fourth graders an art entitled “Impressionistic Gardens”. They are planning to taking two pictures of impressionistic gardens and giving each student a tiny section of the picture. The student will then have to recreate the their portion, which afterwards will be combined to form the complete picture again. “It was a group idea,” said White. “We started out thinking of paper flowers and combining them to make 3D gardens. But working with tissue paper seemed easy for them, so we let go that idea and started thinking about different mediums and decided on oil pastels for their waxy texture.”

White is attending this trip for the first time, and though she is not a fan of public speaking, she enjoys being around children. The group plans on demonstrating the basic idea to the fourth graders, then giving them free rein for their own projects. They also plan on educating them about a few impressionistic artists, during the class time.

This event was exciting for both the NAHS members and the PRES students, who were allowed to take a one-day leave from classes to attend the art activities in their rotation schedule. The NAHS team worked hard to make this event a success, and hoped to learn and teach new forms of art to the elementary students who had been looking forward to the day.

Senior Takeover Day at CHS

Words: Shweta Maruvada

Centennial High School (CHS) seniors upheld the long-term tradition of the school’s Senior Takeover Day on Friday, March 29th, 2013. This is always a new learning experience for the senior students, who are not used to being the ones in control. The rest of the students also look forward to this CHS tradition. According to junior Deepika Sagar, “It was fun, and it was a nice break from all the academic work we have been doing. I honestly enjoyed it and think we should have senior takeover day more often.”

Katie Judd and Ashley Grooms took over for dance teacher Rebecca Clark. Judd and Grooms choreographed routines in the morning before classes began. For each class, they went through a typical dance class according to the level being taught. “While taking over, I learned the style that the different levels (and ages) of dancers learned best with and the best ways to get everyone involved (with dance 1, a game of freeze dance was the best way for everyone to have fun; for senior company, having an improvisational ‘dance-off’ was best),” said Judd.

Grooms also enjoyed taking over for Clark. “We taught a very short dance class for each period and then played freeze dance. The final two people in each round ended up having a dance off. I guess the best moment would have to be during 6th period when Jacob came in and had a dance off with Shannon. It was so much fun! Honestly I don’t think I really learned anything new apart from that I still love teaching dance classes!” she said.

Art 1, 3, and 4, usually taught by Nan Collins was taken over by Courtney Payne and Blair Dettmer. The classes were told to work on their clay pieces, while Payne and Dettmer wedged the clay and assisted the students. All the students were given candy as a special treat for the day. According to Payne, “The best thing that happened was getting to emulate Ms. Collins and make jokes out of her classroom pet peeves. Ms. Collins hates it when students put their backpacks on the table, so we jokingly yelled at someone that did that. It was quite funny to all parties involved. The worst thing that happened was having to clean up all the clay mess!”

“We learned how much clean up goes into being an art teacher. Blair and I didn’t really remember how to use clay properly since we hadn’t done it since Art 1, but Ms. Collins quickly refreshed us on that. Lastly, for me at least I learned how hard it is to get people to listen to you. Overall I had a great time,” said Payne.

Amanda Mazer took over for Officer Perry. According to Mazer, “We watched the cameras all over the school and parking lot, reported some suspicious activity to Mike, and monitored the hallways during passing periods. Then we wrote a traffic ticket for Mr. Hollwedel! We also did a building check to make sure all of the school doors were locked and everyone was safe. Of course Mr. McCoy didn’t have his locked.”

“The best part of the day was hanging out with Perry. The worst part was when he yelled in the hall that I was ‘the new sherriff in town’ it was so embarrassing,” said Mazer.

Ben Evans and Bri Pomerantz took over for assistant principal Joelle Miller. Similar to Miller’s routines, Evans and Pomerantz went to classes, participated in lessons, pulled kids from class, and gave detentions. “Seeing the look on kids faces when I was yelling at them and they had no clue why, was definitely a high,” said Evans.

However, Evans also faced the difficulties of being in control. “I learned that being an administrator is incredibly difficult. Kids don’t listen, and there are many jobs you wouldn’t think they would do, such as changing the sign out in the front.” He was grateful for Miller’s work and congratulated her on encouraging him throughout the day- “Shout out to Mrs. Miller for being such a great mentor and going along with my craziness.”

Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s senior takeover, and supporting the seniors and faculty/staff who worked so hard to make it a success.

The Year Without Summer

Words: Shweta Maruvada

“A volcano exploded in Indonesia in 1816, sent an ash cloud up into the stratosphere, deflected the sunlight, changed weather patterns around the world, so that in Europe, its very cold, and very rainy. In the eastern United States, it’s cold, and very dry. And the question is what effects did that make?”

This question is answered in William P. Klingaman and Nicholas Klingaman’s newest book, The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History. The ebook was published by St. Martin’s Press on February 26th, 2013, and can be found at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.

W. Klingaman’s ninth book, the entire writing process took between two to three years. “The editor (Danielle) came up with the idea. She’s German and Germany suffered a lot on this. They called me and I agreed to do this with my son. It’s much easier that way”, said William Klingaman.

Nicholas Klingaman, who holds a PHD in climate science, researched the scientific portions of the book. According to W. Klingaman, “Anything scientific he did it. I said ‘Nick this is you’ and I rewrote it so I can understand it. I said to write the ‘and’ [on the cover] very small so our names could be the same size.”

W. Klingaman did research in college and also worked for the state department for a few years before writing on his own. “Its really hard to do free lance writing that way. And then I decided to teach high schoolers,” said Klingaman.

Some of W. Klingaman’s best sellers are 1929, which was sold to a German publisher, The First Century, sold to a British publisher, and Der Crash. He used to get an advance of 40 thousand dollars for his books, but the prices have decreased considerably. The advance for The Year Without Summer was 20 thousand dollars.

2012 Book to Movie Adaptations

by Shweta Maruvada

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Fans of Lord of the Rings movie franchise should get ready for another adventure with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releasing in theaters on December 14th, 2012. A prequel to the Lord of the Rings and based on the novel by JRR Tolkein, The Hobbit explores the life of Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo. It follows Bilbo from the time he finds the cursed ring to its destruction, clearing up any holes from the original Lord of the Rings films.

The first in a film series, The Hobbit will star Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as actors from the previous movies such as Andy Serkins, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, and Sir Ian Mckellen. It will be directed and produced by Peter Jackson.

Senior Nancy Wismer has read all three volumes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. “My favorite was the first one, because that’s just where it started,” Wismer said. She has not read The Hobbit but she is excited for the movie to come out in theaters.

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Weather Preparation (Shweta Maruvada)

According to The Washington Post, the East Coast is about to be hit by a Hurricane researchers have named Sandy. However, not only is a hurricane coming our way, researchers have found out other bizarre news – this storm will be a combination of a hurricane and another major storm. The prediction is that Sandy will hit our area as early as Sunday, showering relentless rains, winds and flooding like Maryland has never seen before. The major problem is not finding out if we are going to be hit – it’s the impact that this storm holds for our family and homes. So what should we do to minimize the impacts of this freak storm coming our way?

Most students at Centennial are well aware of this situation and already have safety plans. Senior Helen Kramer stated, “We’re buying staples like ice in case the fridge goes out, and taking reasonable precautions like not going outside in horrible weather or driving over streams in a storm”. Like Kramer mentioned, power outages and water problems are very likely in this weather, so keeping an extra amount of ice or water separate from any taps seems like a good idea.

CBC news also mentioned that gas and electric companies such as Potomac Edison are already gearing up for potentially thousands of power outages across the entire state of Maryland, since the storm will leave virtually nothing untouched. So keeping extra non-electric cooking appliances or doing the laundry right now, or saving some water in those big tubs could be of major assistance later on. Also, the safest areas during these storms are usually closed basements and areas away from any open windows. If you do have glass windows, be sure to close the blinds or shut them, because if the glass breaks, there will be a higher chance of someone getting hurt.

Taking small measures such as food, water and safety around the house may seem ridiculous now, but it’s always better to be prepared than be sorry later on.

Fresh Paper (Shweta Maruvada)

Think of your kitchen. Of those juicy blackberries and fresh luscious red apples your mom bought at the store yesterday. Of those peaches and lemons that are waiting for you to get home. Now think of what would happen if they sat outside for 3, 4, even 5 weeks. And that pretty picture is just swept clean away. So now you think, what am I going to do with this rotten fruit? A simple answer to this complicated story: Fenugreen’s FreshPaper.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fenugreen, Kavita M. Shukla, a Centennial alumna, and her team arrived at Centennial High School on Monday, September 24, 2012 to share this information with middle school students. According to their website, fenugreen.com, they “will launch these products to the Mid-Atlantic region, but really hope to reach the villages in India”.

“We have people using this across the country, and we have people using these across the globe,” Shukla said. Continue reading “Fresh Paper (Shweta Maruvada)”

Spirit Switch (Shweta Maruvada)

photo provided by Grace Cha

Rebellion can take many forms. At Centennial, the definition has come to terms with Spirit Week, with paint on faces, and the tagging. Each year, the Student Government Association (SGA) decides which spirit days they wish to hold throughout the week. However, this year, students were allowed to vote for select days. The 2012-2013 Spirit Week was only 4 days long due to Rosh Hashanah, so students had to be more careful with their choices.

The senior class, anxiously waiting for their 12th year to finally celebrate their 80s Decades Day had already made plans. When the student polls came out however, the SGA announced that Decades day wasn’t going to be one of the days. Senior Ashley Grooms expressed her disappointment with the students’ decision. She has never been a fan of Wacky Tacky day, so she wasn’t planning on participating anyway. “I was a little annoyed at first that decades day was not chosen as one of the spirit days,” Grooms said. Continue reading “Spirit Switch (Shweta Maruvada)”