Tag: Stephanie Boisvert

Congratulations to Ms. Holt, Teacher of the Year

Words: Ashley Berry

On February 11, Howard County Public School System announced Shalonda Holt as its 2016 Teacher of the Year. As many Centennial students know, Holt is a biology teacher at Centennial, and a majority of the sophomore class is taught by her. Holt will now serve as the Howard County nominee for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year, and will represent Howard County in the pool for Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

After teaching for nine years, Holt still loves it every day. “I really love working with the students,” said Holt. “One reason that I decided to become a teacher is because I love learning; I love learning from my students.” She even recalled that when she was a little girl, she loved playing “school,” and said, “Now I am fulfilling my dream.”

Along with nine other teachers from around the county, Holt was nominated by other staff members and students. Holt said she was honored to be nominated, and “I just felt incredible knowing that I am able to have an impact on people.”

Although loved by students and faculty alike, Holt was still surprised when she heard that she won. “I was in total shock,” admitted Holt, “I did not think I would win because there are so many incredible teachers in this county who are doing amazing things. I witness this everyday working here at Centennial.”

Stephanie Boisvert, a senior at Centennial who had Holt as her biology teacher her sophomore year and is still close to her today, said, “She has inspired me to reach my full potential. No matter what I’m going through, whether it’s school or my personal life, I always know she is there to help me. I have so much respect for her.”

In an article published by the Howard County Public School System, HCPSS Superintendent Renee Foose commented Holt, along with the Principal of the Year, “are great examples of the character and dedication found in our school system.”

After her initial shock from winning the award, Holt was honored. She said, “This award means so much to be because teaching is my passion; it is my life. I could not imagine doing anything else.”

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Pop Concert and Photos

Words: Ashley Berry

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Wednesday, May 20, Centennial High School held their annual choir Pop Concert. Students from every Centennial choir group performed various popular songs from different genres such as: Stay by Rihanna, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

Solos, duets, A Capella, small groups, and large groups made the show a night to remember. The Acafellas and C#, Centennials two A Cappella groups, sang to 21 Guns, Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Geronimo; Concert Choir started the night with Bohemian Rhapsody. Madrigals ended the first act with Stand by Me by Ben E. King and Women’s Choir started the second act with My Boyfriends Back by Angels. An all freshman group, Aparajita Kazi, Moitri Kazi, Max Shen, Basilica Arockiaraj, and Minu Mandal, performed Demons by Imagine Dragons.

Soloist Stephanie Boisvert took the show in a different direction when she sang to Life of the Party, while Cece Denby danced contemporary on the stage. Montria Walker, a powerhouse singer, took on the classic I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston and earned much praise. Other soloists, Eddy Choe, Mackenzie Brandon, Cecilia Hsu, Jayla Waters, Juhl Dwivedi, Sky Betz, Jun Lee, and Jesse Kinstler sang It’s A Beautiful Day, 1901, Simple as This, Stay, Skinny Love, Warrior, Lay me Down, and Hallelujah, respectively.

The only duet of the night was No Air by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown sang by John Hunter and Montria Walker. All Centennial Choirs sang the Skyrim Theme, ending the night, along with a big ‘thank you’ to their beloved teacher, Jessica Cummings.

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