Principal's Newsletter for April 27, 2018

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:03am

Eagle News:


Saturday, April 21st was a  fantastic day for Howard County Schools in It's Academic!
Starting last September, 81 teams in the Baltimore Metro area competed on the It's Academic TV show. The semifinals consisted of 9 teams. Both Mt. Hebron and Centennial High Schools won their semifinal matches and then competed in the final match with Century High School from Carroll County.
Centennial High School won the Baltimore Metro Championship for the 4th year in a row (and 9th time since 2003) winning $5,000 in scholarship money.

These matches will appear on June 9, 2018 and June 30, 2018 on WJZ TV CBS at 10AM.


On April 19-20, thirteen students from Centennial's Model United Nations club traveled to Georgetown University to participate in the 2018 National High School Model Arab League conference sponsored by the National Council on US-Arab Relations.  CHS students represented the countries of Qatar and Tunisia in six different committees; they served as diplomatic representatives working to address critical current issues facing the Arab world in 2018.  The participating students were Caio Goolsby, Sanjan Pilla, Urvi Patel, Lena Straub, Zareen Ahmed, Apoorva Ajith, Lauren Stipe, Radwan Mezghanni, Maggie Ju, Constanza Montemayor, Anushka Parab, Adithi Soogoor, and Grace Chen.  Caio Goolsby (Joint Defense Committee) and Constanza Montemayor (Council on Political Affairs) earned Distinguished Delegate awards for their efforts. 


Thank you KAPA for providing the staff the most delicious lunch on April 18th…it made the day wonderful!


Congratulations to the Orchestra and Choir programs on their recent competition at Kings Dominion. The Orchestra received superior ratings and first place in their division. In addition to their awards, the CHS String Orchestra was awarded the distinguished "First Place, Best Overall" Orchestra of all divisions in the competition. 


The CHS Choir received superior ratings and second place in their division. Congratulations to all students involved and representing Centennial this past weekend. 


Members of the CHS Junior & Senior Dance Companies and Dance 4GT traveled to Walt Disney World from 4/17-4/21 to participate in the Disney Performing Arts Program.  While in Florida, dancers took an audition workshop lead by Disney Cast Members, danced the hula before enjoying an authentic Hawaiian dinner, mingled with characters at a private breakfast, watched live shows and performances around Disney's four theme parks, and performed a full show on the Marketplace Stage in Disney Springs!  The dancers worked hard to get there, and were thankful for all the support from friends, family, and CHS staff.  They definitely made Centennial proud!


On Thursday, April 19th, students enrolled in Dance III/IV traveled to HCC to participate in the first ever HCPSS Composition Adjudication.  Dancers from around the county had the opportunity to present choreography they created based on collage, written word, and visual art for HCC Dance staff and students.  Congratulations to these dancers for their hard work and dedication to dance!  


Congratulations!  Last night, the Centennial Dance Program presented the 16th annual Spring Dance Concert, Disney Dreamin'!  The show featured over 100 dancers that are in Dance I through Senior Dance Company!  Students performed ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dances to songs from a variety of Disney movies such as Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Moana, and so many more!  If you missed last night's show, stop by the CHS auditorium at 7pm tonight.

Tickets are available at the door.


Mr. John Sharbaugh was recognized by the Board of Education as Centennial’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Recognition on April 24th.


Congratulations to the students who have been inducted into the World Language Honor Society on Tuesday, April 24th. Eagle Excellence!


The Social Studies Department is very proud to announce that Alex Na is the recipient of the County Executive Award for Excellence in Government and Politics for 2018.  Alex is a student with exceptional dedication, dependability and maturity.   In addition to taking our required courses, he distinguished himself in various AP level Social Studies electives.  Because of his interest in politics, ability to communicate with peers and adults and his strong work ethic, he was our nominee for the Student Page Program for the Maryland Legislature.  He has been an active member of the Model United Nations Club since Freshmen year, has run for multiple board positions in the club, and currently serves as Fundraiser Coordinator.  He consistently wins awards at MUN competitions and represents the best of Centennial High School in all he does. 


Congratulations to Tricia Park. She won the Juror Award (Top Award) for her beautiful painting “Together Right Now” in the Senior Show and Abbigail Hong won Honorable Mention for her photograph “Uber Street.”


After a tight competition, Centennial’s Mock Trial team lost its match against Allegany High School this evening. Please congratulate these wonderful students on Monday who have put in many, many hours to prepare and create a legacy that will hopefully continue year after year. They’re amazing representations of what a Centennial student is: hardworking, sincere, and dedicated. Go, Eagles!

Hadeel Hamoud
Kayleigh Hasson
Fayyaz Zaidi
Kunal Roy
Corinna Murphy
Tara Lanehart
Anjali Gajendiran
Mary Slattery
Judy Zhou
Emily Kim
Adam Goldstein
Jack Cole
Phillip Wang

Centennial Students presented at the Howard County Conservancy on Student Scientists in Action on April 25th …Watershed Report Card.

Congratulations to Supraja Kanipakam. She has been interning at the Food and Drug Administration for nearly two years, and recently the Columbia University's Junior Science Journal informed her that they would like to publish her research in its journal. The published journal will be available in 2-3 weeks!

With Prom coming up on May 5th, we will be having a spirit week leading up to the Saturday of Prom! The spirit days are as follows:

Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Maryland/Zaching Day

Wednesday - Wacky Tacky Day

Thursday - Color Day

Friday - College Spirit wear Day

Even if you aren't going to Prom, we encourage you to participate and hope for a huge turnout for the last spirit week of the year!

Parents of Centennial Juniors/Seniors:

As Prom season quickly approaches, the CHS Administration and PTSA Late Night Committee are asking each of you to encourage your son or daughter to attend the CHS Late Night after prom party and NOT host parties of your own/allow your children to have parties at home or in hotel rooms.  There are plenty of other nights/opportunities for you to host parties for your student and on this special night we want you to make the hours after prom all about CHS LATE NIGHT!  CHS Late Night has successfully hosted over 500 students each year for the past three years and it is a not-to-be-missed event.  We are serving Qdoba, Chick-fil-A, pizza, Cinnabon and smoothies, giving away t-shirts and over $10,000 in prizes plus there are gift card and cash prizes as well.  We have many activities to entertain them including inflatables and games of chance where students can earn raffle tickets for the prizes, a cash machine and prize wheel where they can earn gift cards and cash and we have booked an illusionist/mentalist and DJ to entertain them in the wee hours.  What more could you ask for?  When our school and community collaborates on ONE event on ONE special night for our students, there is no greater sense of school spirit or school pride.  In this instance, bigger is definitely better, and the more students who attend, the more fun they will all have.  It is our hope that all Centennial juniors and seniors will attend CHS Late Night at the Mall, whether they attend prom or not, so that they can all have a wonderful Centennial evening.

Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets