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Centennial High School students make a science out of winning prizes


NOW THAT THE school year is coming to a close, this seems like a good time to highlight the accomplishments of local students. This week's column focuses on Centennial High. Please send contributions from other schools for future columns.

Young Centennial High scientists have been snapping up prizes at local science fairs. Kavita Shukla, a junior, took first place at the Baltimore Science Fair for her work exploring the antibacterial properties of the herb fenugreek, said Michelle Bagley, the school's Gifted and Talented Resource Program teacher.

Shukla has a patent pending on paper that has been treated with the herb, Bagley said.

Since Shukla won the Baltimore fair, she qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 6-12 in San Jose, Calif. The competition draws 1,200 students from 48 states and 40 nations, Bagley said. The grand prize is a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

Another Centennial High science star is Shuai Wan, a senior who won first prize and $4,000 at the Maryland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held in College Park. Shuai, whose project involved trauma-related tissue injury, went to Orlando, Fla., late last month for the national competition, Bagley said.

Music to their ears

Centennial High's music department has a lot to sing about.

The jazz band will play at Baltimore's Inner Harbor from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said band director Max VanDerBeek.

The jazz band placed third out of 17 schools this year at the Maryland State Jazz Festival, held March 9 at Arundel High School, VanDerBeek said.

In other music news, Centennial students traveled to Orlando early last month for Musicfest, an annual national high school music competition. Todd Hrico, choir director, said he traveled with the concert choir, barbershoppers and the madrigal group. Each group receives a ranking of superior, excellent, good or fair.

"All three of my choirs received excellent ratings, the barbershoppers then came in third place and my concert choir came in second place," Hrico said. "I was extremely pleased."

The orchestra, traveling with strings director Cathy Cammarata, received an overall superior rating and took second place, Hrico said.

At the Festival of Music held April 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va., Centennial's wind ensemble took third place and received a superior rating. The symphonic band earned a rating of excellent, VanDerBeek said.

District Court open house

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the District Court of Maryland in Ellicott City held an open house May 1.

The public was invited to view court operations and ask questions, said Nancy Mueller, administrative clerk in Ellicott City.

The courthouse is always open to the public, but "we did have some people that came in for that specific purpose," she said. "I think the citizens who came in were pleased with our operation." The open house gave residents a chance to view renovations. A fifth courtroom and new judge's chambers are being added, she said.

Mount Hebron 5K

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ninth annual 5K Viking Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run held April 29. The event raised $2,800 for extracurricular activities at Mount Hebron High School.

Here are the top winners in each category: 5K run overall male: Michael Brosenne (17:14), Seth Kampf (18:01) and Matt Sanders (18:03); 5K run overall female: U'Tonna Sherrod (21:10), Kathleen Lindermayer (21:35) and Thera Wolven (22:35); 5K male Mount Hebron student: Chris Appel (19:12), Russ Osborn (19:55) and Kevin Lambert (20:29); 5K female Mount Hebron student: Jessica Galindo (22:35), Caren Broglie (24:38) and Ali Lemons (24:40); 5K middle school male/female: Lawrence Soto (21:31) and Bria Eulitt (24:33); 5K elementary school male/female: Tyler Knight (24:11) and Kerry Hamill (30:30); 5K Mount Hebron faculty male/female: Martin Goode (24:09) and Addie Kaufman (33:36); 5K Mount Hebron parents: George Olean (19:08) and Judith Chatfield (23:20); 1-Mile fun run male/female: Shaffer Bond and Meredith Evans.

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