Principal's Newsletter for May 4, 2018

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 2:12pm

Eagle News


Once again, Centennial artists have won prizes at the Elijah Cummings Congressional Art Competition.  Katie Harris (Art III AP) won FIRST PRIZE, and her charcoal drawing "Self Portrait With Pashmina" will be displayed in the tunnels under the Capitol in Washington for one year.

Abbigail Hong (Photo III AP) won the curator award from the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture for her powerful photograph titled "Uber Street".

Bing Bing Chang won FIRST PLACE in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society Art Contest. She will receive $100 and a one-year student membership to the B&O Railroad Historical Society, and a membership for CHS media center.  Her work will be featured on the back cover of the society's quarterly magazine, The Sentinel.  Five copies of prints will be made for limited sale. EAGLE PRIDE...


Congratulations to Shardul Rakshit, for his essay Tagore Society Essay Contest 2017. His essay has been selected as the winner entry for this year through three tier screening of thirteen judges.


Centennial High School sent three teams to the National History Bowl and Bee in Crystal City, Virginia on the weekend of April 28-29 with 258 of the best History teams in the country. Our accomplishments were overwhelming.  The Centennial A Team consisting of sophomores Caio Goolsby, Tobias Moser, captain Adam Knox and of freshman Anthony Duan achieved SEVENTH PLACE IN THE NATION, one of our best placements ever. For the coaches, the highlight came on the second day, when only one team member (Anthony Duan) was available to compete in the final game to determine placement of 7th or 8th in the nation. Anthony Duan also competed in the JV Individual History Bee, where hundreds of the top students compete on their own in six grueling individual rounds, followed by quarterfinals for the top 36 students and semifinals for the top 16 and a televised final for the final 6.

Anthony won FOURTH PLACE IN THE NATION. This is the highest achievement for History Bee placement for Centennial.


The PAWS Club will be holding a "Treats and Toys" drive from May 1-31st. Please consider donating new or gently used toys to be distributed to local animal shelters. All treats or food must be unopened. Items can be dropped off in the box in the front office or brought to room 305. 

Some of the items most in need are:

Cat Toys, Fancy Feast wet food, classic varieties, Friskies wet food, any variety Donut style cat beds, Kitty Litter, Kong style toys, Hard chew toys for dogs Wet dog food , and No Rawhide or similar chew toys please .


On Wednesday, the theatre department celebrated our incredible season of shows at our annual banquet.  At the banquet, we inducted the following students into the International Thespian Society:


Gabrielle Castle- Smith, Seth Crumley, Emily Dahlgren, Kai Daley, Sara Domerchie, Kayla Moore, Ilana Mongilio, Kieran Newell, Amelia Nur, Daniyar Sheets, Lizz Stroud, Saviena Vijoy, Ian Winters

The theatre department also celebrated the class of 2018 with their final performance on the stage during senior showcase. It was a night filled with wonderful scene work and songs! Bravo to the Theatre Class of 2018.


On Tuesday, May 2nd the Gifted and Talented Celebration was held at CHS. This evening celebrates the students and the business community that supports these advanced level learners in their research and the development of real world products. Over 100 students presented their research to parents, mentor, and students. Some of the projects included the developing an Automated Vascular Access Device(AVAD) to control hemorrhaging in the battlefield, creating a tutoring program for student of immigrant families, designing Cybersecurity software to prevent stolen data, organizing a Toys for Tots program for the HC Council, and teaching and conducting a piece for the Peabody Children's Choir. The students also presented Mrs. Bagley with a note and flowers from each of the over 100 students to celebrate her as she plans on retiring at the end of the school year. Debbie Blum and Karen Saunderson from the G/T Office and Patrick Saunderson, our community superintendent, were also in attendance, as was Mrs. Bagley's family. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the accomplishments of these talented students.


Please congratulate the 32 newly inducted members of the National English Honor Society: Meenakshi Adiyodi, Lydia Asisten, Piper Berry, Alison Betler, Hannah Boodin, Allison Brown, Gabrielle Castle-Smith, Minseo Choi, Mackenzie Dabbs, Emily Dewhurst, Grace Garner, Julia Gruppo, Madeline Hasson, Jack Keane, Natalie Keane, Hibah Khan, Hannah Kim, Seoyoung Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Sihyun Lee, Constanza Montemayor, Meghan Moore, Shanvi Panda, Neal Patel, Jawayria Rehman, Shubhi Saxena, Areebah Shah, Summer Shen, Olivia Tsai, Allison Vanisko, David Wang, Vrinda Thapliyal, and Judy Zhou. These students will join over 60 of their peers who serve the school and community through English-related activities, and share a common love of the English language and literature.


Prom and After Prom are this weekend…Please take the time to speak your son/daughter about making good choices…not to be impulsive and to think before he/she acts.


Thank you parents for supporting and volunteering your time to our students and school. Our community is a family where laughing, learning, encouragement, and involvement happens everyday! The only way to express our gratitude to all of you is to simply say Thank you!


Have a great weekend.

Claire Hafets