Principal's Newsletter February 10

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:00pm

Eagle News

Congratulations to Mr. Jeremy Whitaker, Social Studies Teacher. He is the Senior Class of 2017 Teacher of the Year! Centennial seniors were given the following prompt to nominate one teacher from each of their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years... "Nominate someone who inspired you to learn, challenged you to become a better person or had the most impact on you."

On February 4th, Centennial It's Academic TV Team (Captain Siri Neerchal, Sahil Saini, Jakob Boeye, and alternate Rohan Laljani) traveled to WJZ TV in Baltimore for our Playoff taping and this show should appear on April 8th, but that date has not been finalized.

Our Drill Team and Assistant Principal Jim Zehe and over 70 audience members from our school family attended.

Centennial won against Frederick High School and Baltimore City College 645 to 340 to 320. We now advance as one of the final nine teams in the Baltimore Metro Region. Our next taping will be in mid-May. Thanks to the Centennial Boosters whose financial support is the undergirding for our success.

Don't forget! Watch Jeopardy on Fox at 7pm on February 15th to see Centennial alumna Clarissa Santori and at 7pm on February 17th to see Centennial alumnus Gary Tse compete on the College Jeopardy Championship!

Centennial’s Mock Trial season is off to a strong start!  We have won our first two trials of the season against Howard and Marriotts Ridge.  We will face off against Glenelg next Wednesday, 2/15.  This year’s case is modeled after the Flint Michigan Water Crisis and requires students to play both the prosecution and defense in front of real judges and lawyers. Mock on, Eagles! 

The Zaching Against Cancer basketball tournament will be held during Eagle Time from March 8 – April 5.  All registrations are due Feb. 24th.  There will be a team meeting (captains or a team member must attend) in Mr. Slopek’s room on March 1st. 

This is just a reminder that Food for the Soul, Words for the Heart is on Friday (6 pm-8pm) in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.


Congratulations to Hye Jun Yoo. He won the following Scholastic Writing award:

"Labeled"-- Personal Essay-- Silver Key 


News from Indoor Track Region Championships Highlights:


1600m 8th place David Riina

3200m 4th place Ethan Carpenter (Qualified for the state meet)

4x400m Relay 5th place Cameron Martin, Anthony Ferrara, Juan Parra, Greg Costello

4x800m Relay 4th place Anthony Ferrara, Steven Mitchell, Daniel Gao, Greg Costello (Qualified for the state meet)



1600m 7th place Kirsten Wikner, 8th place Alison Betler (Both qualified for the state meet)

3200m 7th place Alison Betler, 8th place Cora Blount, 10th place Kara Taylor (All three qualified for the state meet)

4x400m 5th place Olivia O’Connell, Marissa Lagera, Claudia Pilcher, Allison Krahe

4x800m 4th place Olivia O’Connell, Mary Monroe, Claudia Pilcher, Allison Krahe (Qualified for the state meet)


The following students will be participating in the Maryland All State Choirs this weekend. The weekend culminates in a performance Sunday afternoon at Morgan State University. The concerts are open to the public and tickets ($10) are available at the door. The Mixed Chorus performs at 3:30 pm, and the Women’s Choir performs at 5 pm. Please wish them luck!


2017 Senior All State Mixed Chorus

Miguel Fernandez

Duo Hong

Shardul Rakshit

Jack Goodman


2017 Senior All State Women’s Chorus

Lauren Herr

Sabrina Ochoa

Caroline Shimeall

Srija Makkapati

Ting Li and Suzie Byun were selected to present at the Junior Science and Symposium at Georgetown. Congratulations!


Centennial High School's G/T Research Program and Science Honor Society is hosting its First Annual Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Conference!
RISE aims to educate and inform students across the county by having professionals with STEM backgrounds give informative speeches*, student research presentations, science-related club displays, and interactive booths with other professionals in their prospective fields. Additionally, this will be a fantastic chance for students to find various internship and volunteering opportunities within their areas of interest.
Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Location: Centennial High School (4300 Centennial Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21042)

Admission: Free! Light refreshments will be provided.
We are currently looking for speakers/sponsors to participate in RISE Conference. If you are in a STEM field and would like to share your research with students, please contact for more information!


The next issue of The Wingspan will be out on Monday, February 13. The issue features articles on Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., New Year’s Resolutions (and how to keep them going), Hello Dolly, and more! The issue will be available as well for download at after 2pm on Monday. 


Thank you Anne Vicari and Sera Lim, CHS student judges who will be helping judge the National History Day Competition at Ellicott Mills:


She's the First thanks and celebrates our successful event "How to Survive High School" on February 8th. This event was 100% student lead. The attendance for the event was 22 people, however the impact that it left on all of us was powerful!
Some remarks from our survey form were: "very informative", "this was helpful" "thank you so much," “I am interested in joining this club", "keep up the great work."
Our student lead panel discussed GPA, Teacher/Student Relationships, Extracurricular, Balanced Life/Time Management, Standardized Testing, and College Application process.
Of course we discussed the mission behind 'She's the First' also.
***Student's to congratulate***
She's the First Club Members
Suqi Wu- President and Founder of CHS' She's the First Chapter
Mehnaz Ashraf - Vice President
Flora Jeon - Press/Event Coordinator
Caorline Chu - Secretary
Saviena Vijoy
Hannah Parker
Emily Heleba
Maryam Elhabashy
Olivia Chery
Manya Kokalmatt
Our Awesome Panel:
John Lee
Siri Neerchal
Neil Rabb

We are so grateful to share that we received $131.50 in donations from last night’s event. As you may remember the Centennial High School Community helped send Jayanthi, a girl from India to school. Jayanthi will be a first generation high school graduate. Jayanthi now loves math and hopes to become a doctor one day.
What's next......
Tomorrow She the First is off to a Howard County Girls Empowerment Summit at Wilde Lake Middle School, 4:30pm-6:30 pm. The session will begin with keynote speaker - Hammond High School's Principal, Marcy Lenard.  After there will be various outbreak sessions. CHS' She's the First Members will present. We are looking forward to this enriching event.


Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets