Principal's Newsletter February 17

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:45am

Eagle News:


Congratulations to our 14 Finalists in the 2017 Competition for National Merit Scholarships: Suzie Byun, Ryan Krawczyk, Rohan Laljani, Jason Li, Ivy Liu, Mary Monroe, Siri Neerchal, Sahil Saini, Jade Singh,  Allison Wei, Gordon Wu, Emmy Zhao, Angela Zhu, and Nicholas Zou.


Centennial’s Mock Trial team won its third trial, which makes their record so far this season 3-0.  Their next trial will be against River Hill on Thursday, 2/23.  Mock on, Eagles!

2017 National German Exam Results

In January, Centennial German students (level 2, 3, and 4) participated in the National German Exam. CHS German students put in strong performances on this exam.

 Students earning the Gold Award:

Caroline Aissen, Naige Correal-Winters, Lauren Herr, Saraf Islam, Ivan Khokhlov, Thomas Luo, Emily Przybyla, Carolyn Reynolds, Simone Sabnis, Malika Shah, Maximilian Shen, Ryan Sutton, Brian Tran

 Students earning the Silver Award:

Christopher Agnew, Anjali Gajendiran, Adam Hawtof,

Jason Kraisser, Owen Marcinek, Nadine Meister, Jerry Sun, Binderiya Undrakhbold, Madison Wirebach

 Students earning the Bronze Award:

Brandon Boone, Christopher Cha, Angela Endres,

Jessica McCarthy, Parker Tewell, Meg Thompson

 Congratulations to these students and all of the other German students who participated in the National German Exam. 


Jazz Band competed in Boston last Saturday and placed 5th…awesome performance!


Last Friday our annual Food for the Soul and Words For the Hear took place hosted by CHS Delta Scholars. We were honored to have Calvin Ball, Bess Altwerger, Sandra French, Diane Martin, and Tonya Grice as our guests.


On Saturday, February 11, at St. Mary’s College in Leonardtown, MD, junior Sydney Grossman competed at the Poetry Out Loud Regionals. She won third place in the poetry recitation competition, which allows her to move on to the state competition. Ms. Grossman represented Centennial High School well against students from schools throughout central and southern Maryland. All students participate in two rounds in which Ms. Grossman recited the poems “Ways of Talking” by Ha Chi and “Not Horses” by Natalie Shapero with confidence and consideration. A third round took place to determine the order at States in which Ms. Grossman recited “Up-Hill” by Christina Rossetti. States is held at the Baltimore Museum of Art on Saturday, March 18, from 1-3pm. Good luck Sydney at States! And if you miss her there, you can see her on Centennial’s stage in the musical production of Hello Dolly from March 23-26.


Two Centennial High Art III students have recently won Scholastic Art awards.
Tricia Park won an Honorable Mention with her drawing Wading Through My Imagination and Julie Wang won a Silver Key award with her drawing Mitosis. Congratulations to these very talented artists.


From February 2nd through February 9th, the CHS Model UN team competed in the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference hosting over 1,650 students from around the U.S. representing the United States and South Africa on various historical positions in historical enactments.

Congratulations to Yash Tareja taking home Best Delegate for representing South Africa in the F1 Grand Prix, Amy Guo taking home Outstanding Delegate for Representing Goshi Hosono in the Tahoku Earthquake Response of 2011, and Brittney Murugeson taking home a Honorable Mention representing Edward Low in the Quad Competition between the Spanish, Dutch, and British Royal Navy Battles.


Model United Nations will be hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Sunday, March 12 at the Columbia Mall! A portion of all sales go to the club if you bring this poster: . We appreciate all the support!


Centennial placed third in the Maryland Science Olympiad Central Regionals on Saturday.  Now on to States…


On Saturday, February 11th, Centennial’s Its Academic Team competed at the Johns Hopkins Invitational Winter Tournament against a total of 24 teams.

Centennial placed five teams out of eight teams in the top playoff bracket (

Centennial A (Rohan Laljani captain, Jakob Boeye, Emmy Alme, Fayyaz Zaidi) went undefeated 11-0 and came in FIRST PLACE.

Centennial B (Chris Cha captain, Max Shen, Yashas Lokesh, Steppan Konoplev) came in SECOND PLACE.

Centennial D (Ranga Emani captain, Peter Wilschke, Keertik Bacon, Ethan Koerner) came in 6th place.

Centennial C (Adam Knox captain, Toby Moser, Naige Correal-Winters, Brandon Koerner) came in 7th place.

Centennial E (Leo Wu captain, Radwan Mezghanni, Vivek Laljani, Ian May) came in 8th place.

Several of our students won Book Awards for the highest scoring:

Jakob Boeye (2nd place), Emmy Alme (4th place), Christopher Cha (5th place), Adam Knox (7th place), Rohan Laljani (8th place), and Peter Wilschke just missed getting a book at 11th place.

We have qualified three teams for the National Tournament (HSNCT) in Atlanta over Memorial Day. We are applying for wild-card bids for one or two other teams to qualify. Thank you Eric and Sara Seifter


The Centennial High Speech and Debate Team competed in the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League at Arundel High School on Saturday, February 11. The Baltimore Urban Debate League schools also attended, which means a very large number of students from many schools competed. Centennial's Public Forum team of Amber Fang and Kristen Lee earned a gold medal! We had 2 novice teams of Lauren Brown/Velina Chapoval and Summer Shen/Ameya Sriram compete and they did very well in their respective rounds. Shanvi Panda and Vrinda Thapliyal both attended to observe and learn from watching in order to prepare for the next meet and support their teammates. Centennial Speech and Debate has medaled at every BCFL meet we have attended this season and we are looking to continue that success at the next meet on March 4 at Reservoir High School!


Choir students sang Valentunes on February 14th throughout the day.

Madrigals performed on February 16th at the HOCO Chamber Choir Festival. The event was live streamed.

Congratulations Kevin Huang and Tingyu Li. They are Coca-Cola Scholars and have advanced as Regional Finalists in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Only 250 students become Regional Finalists after the review of 1,914 Semifinalists, who were chosen from among nearly 86,000 applicants this year.

Congratulations to Danny Hemani. He was selected to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Georgetown.


The following are students who were selected to speak or perform for the 2017 Senior events:


Senior Awards Night:

MC- Brittney Murugesan

Speech- Daniela Thomas

Performance- Dance- Sarah C. Kim and Grace Zhang



Farewell Assembly:

MC- Emma Pomeranz and John Lee

Speech- Daniel Zheng

Performance- Audrey Lawrence and Jun Lee



MC- Neil Rabb

Speech- Maryam Elhabashy

Performance- (Instrumental) Allison Wei, Ken Chen, and Claire Lee

Turning of the Tassel Speech- Madeline Caldis

Ryan Cavey, Ryan Conway, Phillip Crispell, and Jake Ewart are travelling to Cuba next week on a Goodwill Baseball Mission Trip.  They will be the first teens from Maryland to travel to Cuba for a baseball exchange.  They will practice their Spanish, learn about Cuban history and culture and play baseball against some of the best baseball talent in the world.  They will receive coaching from Cuban coaches and meet some Cuban professional baseball players.  The boys will also visit a Cuban high school for a day.  Through this school visit, we hope they will come away with new-found appreciation for CHS! The boys had a send off from Ho Co Executive Alan Kittleman on Monday.  Here is an article from Ho Co Times which talks about the trip. . If you are interested, you can follow our team’s blog here:

February 23-26 the CHS Model Congress Club will be taking a field trip to attend the Harvard Model Congress Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Boston. Harvard Model Congress is the largest government simulation conference in the world.

We are having our Second Semester School Improvement Team Meeting on Monday, February 27th from 2:30-3:00pm in the Media Center.

When you have a chance please stop by and see our new decorating for our front entrance…Eagle pride!

 Have a great and safe weekend.

Claire Hafets