Tag: Siri Neerchal

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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It’s Academic TV Tournament Win

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Centennial’s It’s Academic won the Baltimore Metro Championship for the It’s Academic TV Show on Saturday, April 30. This is the second year in a row that Centennial’s team has won the competition, and the seventh time in 13 years.

Captain Gary Tse, Kevin Costello, and Siri Neerchal, won the semifinal match against Severna Park and Archbishop Spalding High Schools, and the final match against Century and James M. Bennett High Schools.

The team will move on to the Superbowl match, which will be filmed at WRC TV channel 4, in two weeks.

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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

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

On Sunday, February 14, tryouts for the Maryland Quiz Bowl All-Stars were held in preparation for the National All-Star Academic Tournament, which will take place at the University of Kentucky in mid-June.

Two Centennial students, juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li, were selected to be part of the five-member team that will be competing in the tournament. The team will also consist of junior Logan Feingold from Quince Orchard High School, senior Alex Echikson from Richard Montgomery High School, and senior Ho-Jung Yang from Walter Johnson High School.

On Saturday, February 20, twelve of the best Quiz Bowl teams in the United States were invited to the Battle for Mid-Atlantic Dominance, held in the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware. Centennial’s It’s Academic sent a team led by seniors Gary Tse and Aniruddha Rao and three sophomores: Steen Alme, Jakob Boeye, and William He.

Centennial’s team participated in 14 matches over 12 hours, and tied for fifth place, defeating teams from Detroit Catholic, Wilmington Charter, Richard Montgomery, Hunter College, and Quince Orchard High Schools. Centennial’s It’s Academic will play against these teams again at the National Championship competition in Dallas, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend.

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It’s Academic Victory

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

On Saturday, February 6, Centennial’s It’s Academic TV Team, composed of senior captain Gary Tse, senior Kevin Costello, and junior Siri Neerchal, defeated Hereford and Reservoir High Schools 675 to 385 to 260 respectively. The air date of the competition will most likely be at the end of April. The competition started with 81 teams and has been narrowed down to 9 teams for the semifinals. This will be taped along with the finals on April 30 at WJZ TV studios. It’s Academic is the defending champion of the Baltimore Metro and the TV Superbowl against DC and Virginia.

The It’s Academic Team thanks the Drill Team for going to the competition as well as Assistant Principal Jim Zehe for attending (when you watch the taping, please pay special attention to how he is introduced by Gary). The team was also supported by the  Centennial Lane Elementary It’s Academic Team and the Burleigh Manor It’s Academic team at the taping.

Centennial’s Quiz Bowl Team comprised of seniors Gary Tse, and Kevin Costello, and  juniors Siri Neerchal and Jason Li,  is now ranked 16th in the nation and our school has qualified 3 teams for the premier national championship competition in Dallas, Texas over Memorial Day Weekend. Centennial will host the State Championships for History Bowl on March 12 and a regional Middle School/Elementary competition on Sunday April 10. It’s Academic  has qualified two teams for the National History Bowl competition at the end of April.

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It’s Academic at the History Bowl Tournament

Words: Caroline Chu

On Sunday, November 15, Centennial’s It’s Academic team sent seven teams to the History Bowl Tournament. The tournament was held at Saint Anselm College in the DC Metropolitan area. The Centennial A team, comprised of captain Gary Tse, Kevin Costello, Siri Neerchal and Jason Li, came in second place in the Varsity division, losing in the finals to Richard Montgomery High School.

The It’s Academic D team, comprised of captain Jakob Boeye, Steen Aime, Bryce Plunkett, and Balaji Kodali, tied for third place in the JV division. Both teams qualified for the National History tournament and received plaques. Boeye, a member of the It’s Academic D team, received a bronze medal for individual performance in the JV History Bee.

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