Tag: Zach Grable

Student Athletes Sign Off

Words: Delanie Tucker

Photos: Zach Grable

On Wednesday, November 13, seven of Centennial’s student athletes made their college intentions public.

Each of the seven had already committed to their college of choice, where they will go to continue their academic and athletic careers.

Although they all signed at the same time, none of the seven will attend the same college, and their sports of choice differ.

The students that signed are: Jackie Sterenberg to Frostburg State, Alison Betler to Towson University, Abby Doff to McDaniel College, Marissa Lagera to Monmouth, Courtney McVicker to Marshall University, Ashley Molz to American University, and Jason Kraisser to Campbell University.

Both McVicker and Molz will be attending college to play Division 1 soccer, as they played together on Varsity for Centennial.

“Committing was really rewarding for me because I grew up wanting to play collegiate soccer,” McVicker expressed. “It made me feel like all of the effort and training I had put in finally paid off.”

She continued this by stating how she decided on a college.

“Choosing Marshall was a simple decision. As cliche as it sounds, the first time I stepped on campus I had a ‘this is it’ moment; I knew it was where I wanted to go to school.”

Betler is one of the few that chose to stay local. She will attend Towson University, a school in Maryland, for cross country.

Lagera, attending Monmouth, will continue her athletic career, playing D1 lacrosse.

Lagera is very proud of her accomplishments, and thanks everyone that helped her achieve them.

“Having my friends, family, and coaches [with me] made it even more special, because they too have worked so hard for me to be able to have this and I loved being able to share my success with them.”

Another committed student was Doff, who will play collegiate field hockey.

Sterenberg, a volleyball player, is another that felt it was important to find a college that is relatively close to home.

“I was looking all up and down the east coast and something about Frostburg made me feel comfortable and at home,” Sterenberg commented. “I am most excited to contribute to the team as they compete division 2 for the first time and be part of a welcoming atmosphere.”

Lastly, Kraisser, the only male athlete, will be attending college for wrestling.

“Something I learned as an Eagle is to always persevere,” Doff expressed. “I will definitely be taking that with me through college.”

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Centennial Immigrants Share Their Stories

Words: Javiera Diaz-Ortiz

Photos: Zach Grable

Imagine being raised in a certain culture, speaking a familiar language, feeling tied to a community and knowing no other way of life. For many students, immigration turns their entire lives upside down. Positive and negative experiences alike, immigrants experience major changes throughout the transition process.

Senior Anne Vicari was born in Brazil and immigrated to the United States in 2010, at the age of nine. Her native language is Portuguese, so the first task she had once moving to Maryland was becoming fluent in English.

However, Vicari claimed that learning to speak the language was not the most difficult part because English “is not as complex as Latin rooted languages.” Rather, the most challenging part for Vicari was leaving her family behind.

Vicari immigrated with only her mother, which meant saying goodbye to the rest of her family.

“The most difficult part of adapting was learning to be away from family,” she stated.

On a more positive note, Vicari feels grateful for having been given the opportunity to gain a new perspective.

“The [best] part of immigrating, other than being able to experience a different culture, was going back to Brazil and telling all my friends and family about my new life,” added Vicari.

Another senior at Centennial, Helen Huang, immigrated from China a few days before her sixteenth birthday.

Like Vicari, Huang’s first language was not English, but her English class in China facilitated this part of the process for her. However, conversational parts of the English language were a factor she had to spend more time learning.

“I [didn’t] know how to respond to ‘what’s up’ or ‘how are you doing’,” she remarked.

One major difference that Huang noticed between China and Maryland is the structure of classes in high school. She noted that in China, she had only one assigned classroom, not several destinations to go to each day.

“I think it’s harder to make friends [since] we usually have only one period together,” Huang added. Even though it was difficult at first, Huang has met many new people at Centennial and maintained several friendships.

“The best part is I [am able to] experience a totally different culture,” claimed Huang, “Immigrating actually [broadened] how I view the world.”

Similar to Huang’s view of immigration, senior Sera Lim, who immigrated from South Korea at the age of seven, stated that she is more “aware of the different foods, activities, traditions, and even historical values not represented in Korean culture.”

Lim’s first language was Korean, and it became difficult for her to communicate with others once first arriving.

Lim has since made an interesting observation between her “old” life and her “new” life. She noted that the sense of community is different.

“In Korea, transportation was very easy and children could walk to a supermarket by him/herself; unlike the United States, where the car is the main source of transportation,” noted Lim.

Vicari, Huang, and Lim all showcase the rush of positive and negative aspects which immigrants are met with. The immigration process shapes an individual and transforms their view of the world.

“Getting to learn and experience a new culture was one of the most interesting parts about immigrating,” Lim expressed, “From immigrating, I am more open and aware of the different foods, activities, traditions, and even historical values not represented in Korean culture.”

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Atholton Defeats Centennial Varsity Volleyball

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Zach Grable

On Tuesday night, Centennial Varsity Volleyball lost to Atholton High School in straight sets – 25-23, 25-13, 25-20 – marking only their second in-county loss (8-2, 8-5 overall). This was a tough match-up for Centennial as they were going up against an undefeated Atholton team (10-0 in county, 13-0 overall).

In the first set, Atholton jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, forcing coach Michael Bossom to call a timeout and regroup with his team. However, Atholton continued to have control over the game, and they extended their lead to 14-7.

Centennial rallied from the deficit and tied the game at 19-19, due to seniors Jackie Sterenberg and Nicole Attram’s several kills.

The Eagles did everything they could to win the set, but Atholton managed to take the first set, finishing with a score of 25-23.

Atholton carried their momentum from the first set into the second. Atholton propelled themselves to a 25-13 victory after quickly gaining a 10-2 lead over the Eagles early in the set.

Keeping their composure, Centennial bounced back and played a back and forth game with Atholton all the way until the end of the third set.

Both teams were unable to gain a decent-sized lead over the other, until Atholton scored three straight points, making the score 20-17. Centennial responded to this well, and the Eagles answered with their own 3-0 run to tie the game 20-20. However, Atholton was able to win the last five points and defeat Centennial 25-20.

The Varsity Volleyball team looks to end the regular season with a road win versus Glenelg on Thursday, October 25, at 5:30pm.

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Centennial’s 2018-2019 Pancake Breakfast

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Saturday, September 29, Centennial’s annual Pancake Breakfast was held in the cafeteria.

This fundraising event helps Centennial PTA and Boosters.

There were many students and parents in attendance, as well as the Oriole Bird.

 

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Centennial Celebrates Decades Day

Words: Natalie Keane

Photos: Zach Grable

On Thursday, September 27, students went back to the past for Decades Day, the fourth day of Spirit Week at Centennial.

Spirit Week is coming to a close and Homecoming is almost here, but all throughout the school students showed their spirit with bright colors, patterns, leather jackets, and tie dye t-shirts.

Tomorrow marks the final day of 2018 Spirit Week, Color Day. To show your spirit for Centennial, wear your class color: freshmen wear black, sophomores wear blue, juniors wear white, and seniors wear red.

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Tropical Tuesday at Centennial

Words: Minah Mubasher

Photos: Zach Grable

Centennial High School’s annual spirit week is off to a great start. Although the weather was gloomy and outside, Centennial students did not disappoint in delivering a colorful, Tropical Tuesday. From flip flops and Hawaiian shirts to shades and suntan lotion, Centennial’s school spirit is high.

As spirit week continues, we can all be sure that the student body and staff will not fail to display their school spirit.

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