Principal's Newsletter for April 13, 2018

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:24am

Eagle News:

Congratulations to Jason Kraisser. He was named All-Metro Wrestler of the Year!

Congratulations to Greg Costello, Juan Parra, Meg Thompson, and Isabel Trojillo…spring College Signing Day!

Katie Gao and her co-committee members are advertising for their science conference called RISE (Research In Science and Engineering). This conference is sponsored by Science National Honor Society. RISE aims to educate and inform students across Howard County by hosting workshops led by professionals with STEM backgrounds, student research presentations, science-related club displays, and interactive booths with other professionals in their prospective fields. Additionally, this is a fantastic chance for students to find various internship and volunteering opportunities within their areas of interest.

Spread the word of this conference to other high schools in Howard County and ask that interested students register for RISE here:

Centennial’s Mock Trial team maintained its undefeated season as it won its match against Renaissance Classical Tutorial in Regional Championships. The team will move on to state semi-finals on April 19th in Annapolis. This is the furthest any team from Howard County has advanced in the 35 years of the Maryland Bar Association’s Mock Trial competition. The team is one of the top four teams in the state of Maryland! Go, Eagles!

Cole, Jack

Gajendiran, Anjali

Goldstein, Adam

Hamoud, Hadeel

Hasson, Kayleigh

Kim, Emily

Lanehart, Tara

Murphy, Corinna

Roy, Kunal

Slattery, Mary

Zaidi, Fayyaz

Zhou, Judy

I am proud to announce that the Centennial High School Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra, and Music Conference in December 2018. With over 17,000 attendees from around the world, The Midwest Clinic is the largest music conference of its kind. After an intense and highly-selective audition process, the

Centennial High School Wind Ensemble is one of only five high school bands from the United States invited to perform at the conference. The ensemble is only the fourth high school band from Maryland to be accepted in the 72 year history of the conference, with the last band selected in 1973. We are beyond thrilled to be honored with this invitation and to be the first high school band to represent the state of Maryland in 45 years!

The Centennial High School Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band of Centennial High School. Every ensemble in the band program has received high-praise at local, state, and national festivals. In 2018, Centennial High School sent more students to the Maryland Music Educators Association All-State Bands and Orchestra than any other band program in the state. Student musicians are active performers in youth orchestras and bands in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. Centennial High School band alumni can be found in the top music schools and conservatories throughout the country. The program thrives in a community of outstanding music educators and programs in the elementary, middle, and high school levels, partnered with unwavering parent, community, and administrative support.

David Matchim was appointed Director of Bands at Centennial High School in fall 2011. Under his direction, the Centennial High School band program has doubled in size, with over 240 students in three concert bands, marching band, percussion ensemble, and an award-winning jazz band. He was the 2016 recipient of the Howard County Parents for School Music, Music Educator of the Year Award. He received a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and master's degree in music education at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

If you are curious to see their reaction to the news yesterday, check out this post on the CHS twitter account: you for supporting our music program!

Green School News:

Twenty students meet during Eagle Time on April 4th for a campus clean up. Several trash bags were filled with empty water bottles, snack wrappers, papers, disposable coffee cups and lids and other various types of litter. Much of the trash was collected along fences and around our stadium/track area. We hope to continue to have periodic campus clean-ups in order to maintain a litter-free school yard. Thank you!

The Baltimore Science Fair was held at Towson University. Nicole Meister won first place and will be heading to Pittsburgh to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

Centennial students took many specialty awards from groups such as the Air Force and Army. A complete list of all the winners can be found at

The following students won awards:

Vanshika Agarawal

Katie Gao

Niki Gooya

Steven Hu

Sayak Maity

Jocelyn Mathew

Nadine Meister

Nicole Meister

Chy Murali

Swadhin Nalubola

Vignesh Pernati

Samyukta Rao

Arnav Sinha

Andrew Zhao

Rasa Welsh was named to the All-Howard County Girls Basketball Honorable Mention team last week by the Baltimore Sun. Rasa was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Rasa was 4th in the county in steals and led the girl’s varsity team in points per game, rebounds per game and steals per game. Congratulations!

Vignesh Pernati's research at UMD was accepted for publication in the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal. He has been working there for 2 years…this is great news. Congratulations!

PARCC/HSA Testing Dates @ CHS. Attendance is mandatory! These are graduation requirements…

ELA10, ALG2, GEOM: April 24, 25, 26, 27, 30

ALG1: May 15,16

HSA-GOV: May 21, 22

From Ms. Duran, Mrs. Shoresman, and Mrs. Clark:

Thank you to everyone who came out to attend WorldFest last night! We hope you enjoyed the delicious food, participated in enriching classes/panel discussions, admired the performances and talent show!

We also wanted to thank everyone who helped us execute the event: the World Fest PLC, club sponsors, Stephen Doff, Cheryl Beall, and the extraordinarily patient custodial staff--we could not have pulled this off without all of your assistance!

We look forward to making next year even better!

Schedule of Senior Activities for 2018 will be mailed home soon!

Graduation Wednesday, May 30th at 8:00 am

Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets