February 2019 Edition


Centennial's Valedictorian for the class of 2019 is Marianne Lamarche, and its Salutatorian is Karis Wang.

Tessa Sergile is Centennial's 2019 STAR Student-senior with the highest overall SAT score. She chose Ms. Wiesendanger - who teaches French - as STAR Teacher, the teacher who has influenced her the most.  Congrats to Tessa and Ms. Wiesendanger!  Go Knights!


What an amazing accomplishment – State Champions!! We are so very proud of you.  The Knights won 5 of the meet’s 11 events!  Contributing to this State Title are the following State Champion #1 race finishes:

ELLY DEAS – State Champion in 100 backstroke
KATHARINE WARD – State Champion in 200IM
MADELINE SINGLETARY – State Champion in 500 freestyle

Other top 10 finishes
Elly Deas – 2nd in 100 butterfly
Katharine Ward – 3rd in 100 breaststroke
Madeline Singletary – 3rd in 200 freestyle
Tessa Sergile – 5th in 100 butterfly
Venla Harknonen – 5th in 500 freestyle
Hannah Collerette – 7th 50 freestyle
Alexis Bender – 7th in 100 breaststroke
Venla Harknonen, Gabby Born, Alexis Bender, Hannah Collerette – 7th in 200 freestyle relay

New School Record:
Elly Deas – 55.79 in 100 backstroke

With multiple state titles in the
100BK, medley relay, and 400FR relay and two individual school records, Elly Deas leaves Centennial as the most decorated girls swimmer in the program’s 20+ year history.

Congratulations to the girls on this year's State Team: Allee Howard,
Elly Deas, Maddie Singletary, Taylor Graham, Venla Harkonen, Katharine Ward, Tessa Sergile, Alexis Bender, Hannah Collerette, Taylor Graham, Anna Teodorescu, Gabby Born, Carina Hererra, Sarah Buchanan, Elena Jerkovic, Taylor Davidsion, Lizzy Buchanan


Centennial Named AP Honor School! 

Centennial was recognized as an AP Merit, AP STEM, AP STEM Achievement and AP Humanities school by the Georgia Department of Education.

  • AP Merit Schools are schools with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP STEM Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses 
  • AP STEM Achievement Schools are AP STEM schools where at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams are scores of 3 or higher.
  • AP Humanities Schools are schools with students testing in all the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course.

Thank you to students, teachers, staff, and parents for all working so hard to make this happen.  GO KNIGHTS!

These Knights will be Competing in College!

Congratulations to 23 amazing Senior Athlete Knights for committing to further their sports in college! This was a record National Signing Day at Centennial! Go Knights!

Oscar Lee – Dartmouth – rowing
Will Holt – Marist College – rowing
Olivia Diaz – Univ of North Carolina – Volleyball
Ryan Siracusa – Univ of Maryland – Lacrosse
Frankie Cecere – Furman – lacrosse
Brett Meskill – Sacred Heart – lacrosse
Justin Wright – Univ of Mount Union – lacrosse
Christina Fabrizio – Mars Hill – lacrosse
Kamryn McNeil – Tusculum – lacrosse
Elly Deas – Naval Academy – swimming
Jonathon Cannon – Univ of Georgia – baseball
Camren Landry – Georgia State – baseball
Tahj Willis – McDaniel College – baseball
Sam Janis – Oglethorpe – baseball
Grace Long – SCAD – soccer
Max Brosmer – Univ of New Hampshire – football

Jack Barton – Furman – football
Will Edwards – Kennesaw State – football
Cal Dickie – Lenoir-Rhyne – football
Dexler Benjamin – Tusculum – football
Malcolm Gallagher – Univ of Virginia College at Wise – football
Sylvester Mathis – Morehead State – football
Matt Willbanks – The Apprentice School - football

Teacher and Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Centennial's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Chris Buechner and Professional of the Year Dana Smith! We are so lucky to have you. Go Knights! 


Centennial Presents Godspell! – Tickets on Sale Now

Please join the Centennial Knights Players for their spring musical production of Godspell! 

In Godspell, a small group of people tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing.  The show is an eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville employed amidst a dystopian society.  The message of kindness, tolerance and love comes vibrantly to life in Centennial's production of Godspell.

Click here to purchase online tickets:

Centennial Student Moving onto State Technology Competition! 

For the second year in a row, Centennial’s Clancy Weaver placed 1st in Graphic Design in the Fulton County Technology Competition held at Centennial on 1/30.  She will be moving onto the state competition. Freshman Holden Rohrer placed 2nd in Independent Programming Challenge at the County Tech Competition.  Way to go Knights!!

Boys Swimming

The boys finished in 7th place in the State Swim Meet which was their 3rd Top 10 finish in the past 4 years.

Top 10 finishes
Sebastien Sergile – 3rd in 500 freestyle
Camden Bowers – 4th in diving
Austin Yearout, Justin Bender, Sebastien Sergile, Bryan Teffeteller – 6th in 200 medley relay

Congratulations to the boys on this year's State Team: Camden Bowers, Ben Engel, Sebastien Sergile, Justin Bender, Matthew Bender, Bryan Teffeteller, Austin Yearout, Aidan Saunders, Rhese Goodsite, Derek Rehberger, Ethan Ramaglia, Nick Morris, Hudson King

Prom at the Fernbank, March 16

Tickets will be sold online or Tuesdays and Thursdays each week during all 3 lunches 

  • February 19th and 21st, $75 for Seniors and $80 for Juniors
  • February 26th and 28th, $80 for Seniors and $85 for Juniors

*You can also pay for your ticket online by following the directions below.  If you pay online bring your receipt to H-64 in the morning or after school to get a receipt.

  1. Please go to chsknights.com, select “Resources”, click “Online Payment Portal”. You will need to sign in or create an account. If this is a new parent account, please add the student to your profile. 
  2. Choose an activity you are paying for. Be sure to follow the direction stated under the activity, enter the quantity and add to cart.
  3. Proceed with purchasing additional activities at Centennial High School or check out.
  4. Select your student profile and click “next” to enter your credit card information. Only Master Card or Visa is accepted.

Note: All items in the shopping cart should be for the same school.

Ghost Out 2019 - March 11-15: Let's Keep Our Students Safe Prom Night! 

This is a week long alcohol and drug awareness program aimed at our high school students. Teenage traffic accidents, particularly on Prom weekend, are the number one killer of teens. Over 1/3 of these accidents are caused by alcohol, drugs, or distracted driving. Our intention is to impress upon our student drivers to make good choices and keep the CHS Prom a Night to Remember not a Night to Forget!
Thursday, March 14 - CHS is partnering with AAA Auto Club for a Prom PROMise Program.  During all three lunch periods, all students will be invited to drive on a "driving simulator" which will demonstrate the hazards of distractive driving.  Then they will wear goggles, which impair their vision, and be asked to "walk a straight line".  Roswell Police Officers will also be present to talk about the laws associated with impaired driving and answer any questions students may have. 

Other Ghost Out Highlights Include: Prom Day Prize Giveaways, a Prom PROMise pledge wall, Loft videos and more!
Make Prom Night a Safe Night! Encourage your daughter/son to make good choices for themselves and their friends.

Centennial School Governance Council

Looking to make a difference at Centennial?  Have some innovative ideas? Consider running for our School's Governance Council! Parents and Staff can declare their candidacy until Wednesday, February 20th.  Find information about the role of the governance council, information about elections, and candidate resources here: https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/7358

Curious about what the governance council does?  Come to our next meeting, Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 AM in the Learning Commons Conference Room - on the agenda: Centennial's budget and new Requests for Flexibility!  Find out more on our website: http://www.chsknights.com/our-school/school-governance-council/

Meet with Principal Newbold 3/21 6pm

Save the Date for Dr. Newbold's next Principal's Plug-In!  This is a great opportunity for a casual conversation about some of the exciting things happening at Centennial.  Please note the evening time. Meeting will be located in the Learning Commons.  We hope to see you there!!!

Centennial Students Attend 2019 Goizueta Youth Leadership Summit 

Two Centennial students (Saa Brielle and Josiah Harris) attended the 2019 Goizueta Youth Summit sponsored by 21st Century Leaders.  The Goizueta Business School of Emory University was a chief partner for the conference. The intensive two-day leadership experience allows students to participate in leadership workshops, network and attend social activities with their peer and local professionals.  This year’s theme was: “Georgia Arts on My Mind”.  The focus of the sessions was exploring the careers, talents, and leadership of the arts and entertainment industry in Georgia.  On the first day, students had a presentation by Lee Thomas, the Deputy Commissioner for Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment.  The second day allowed students work in teams to problem-solve like the MBA students do, coming up with a creative business solution to a topical case study.

Sophomore Parent Night – 3/5 at 6pm in Auditorium 

A representative from college test prep company, Applerouth, will discuss how to help your child become a stronger applicant in the college admissions process.

They will cover the following topics:

  • What drives college admissions decisions
  • How to submit more competitive college applications
  • How your child can achieve his or her best scores on the SAT and ACT exams
  • How to use grades and test scores to leverage better financial aid offers

Parents: please come to this very informative night. The college application process is very complex - take every opportunity to learn as much as you can. It will really help you and your child.

Centennial Students Moving onto State Science and Engineering Fair at UGA!!

Ajay Pandey, Anika Chawla, and Bodhana Veeramachaneni won 1st place in the Environmental Science category at the Fulton County Regional Science and Engineering Fair with their project DNA Barcoding: Analyzing Pond Drainage and Ecosystem Health. They will be moving onto the state level competition, Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) being held at UGA March 28, 29.

Also moving onto GSEF are Arsham Gharei and Crystal Favorito with their 3rd place regional win in the Biomedical and Health Science category.

Congratulations also goes to 3rd place regional winners in the Animal Science category - Zach Gordon, Jenny Liu, John Atkinson for their project, Biodiversity in Leaf Litter.

Go Knights!!

Centennial's Model UN Team Wins Big at UGA!

Centennial attended the UGA Model UN Conference February 8th-10th and took home Honorable Mention for Small Delegation, representing Thailand.  In addition, other individuals won awards in their committees:

Christine Pang and Kaitlyn Camera - Outstanding Delegation in DISEC
Renata Ocampa and Skylar DeWitt - Distinguished Delegation in SOCHUM
Mia Mitchell and Holden Rohrer – Best Position Paper in SPECPOL
Grace Truax - Honorable Mention in OIC
Onto New York in March! Go Knights!


HOSA:  Health Occupations Students of America

On February 25th from 6:30pm-8:00pm, Centennial HOSA will participate in an important event -- You Matter.  The evening will include a presentation from John Trautwein of the Will to Live Foundation.  John is a parent who lost his son to suicide at 15 years old.  With depression and mental health concerns on the rise among teenagers, it is more important than ever that we keep an open dialogue with our students.

Centennial HOSA is a diverse, multicultural organization preparing to provide healthcare through service in an increasingly global community.  

For more information on HOSA, please contact Ms. Cochrane at CochraneJ@fultonschools.org
For more information on YOU MATTER, please contact Jennifer Wunderlich at jenwunderlichphoto@gmail.com


Interact Club – Centennial Students Receive $24,000 in Scholarships for 1-year Study Abroad Opportunities!

The Centennial Interact Club is proud to announce that for the second year in a row, our sponsor -- the Rotary Club of North Fulton -- will participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange.  This exciting program will bring an international high school student to Centennial in the 2019/20 school year.
The exchange student will live with 3 separate host families, each for approximately 3 months.  The Rotary Club is currently seeking host families in the Centennial school district.  A host family will welcome an international student in their home for approximately 90 days. Our local host families are a vital part of the cultural exchange program.
Host Family Benefits

  • See a foreign land through the eyes of your “adopted teenager”
  • Have your family learn a new language and about another culture, its holidays, foods and traditions
  • Make a new friend for life that you can stay in touch with forever
  • Perhaps your child will someday apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange program

The Rotary Club of North Fulton is also proud to announce that it has awarded two prestigious Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships to Kaitlyn Camera and Marissa Fish of Centennial High School in Roswell, GA.

These scholarships, each valued at over $24,000, covers room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend for the 2019-2020 academic year. In August 2019, these outstanding students will begin their role as global ambassadors when they depart for their year-long exchanges: Kaitlyn in France and Marissa in Italy. Between now and their departure, they will attend North Fulton Rotary meetings and participate in extensive Rotary sponsored training for
resiliency and cultural adaptation. Kaitlyn and Marissa will also study their new languages and research their countries to prepare for their Rotary Youth Exchange year abroad.

Annually, 9,000 students worldwide, between the ages of 14 to 18 years old participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The global program began in the 1920's and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding the world. Rotary Youth Exchange Georgia District 6900 is in its third year of sending local students abroad and hosting international students here in Georgia.  Interested candidates for the 2020-21 outbound program will be invited to apply as class begins in the fall.
For more information on Interact or this wonderful host family opportunity, please contact Marcelle Male at male@fultonschools.org or North Fulton Rotarian Mike Mudd at Mike@JMMudd.com

Centennial Chorus Students Participate in Georgia All State Choirs

Centennial Chorus students Sara Andrews, Reece Rock, Jack Southard, Brendan Kennedy, and Joseph Scott had the privilege to participate in the 2019 Georgia All State Choirs February 14-16 in Athens, GA. Each choir has approximately 200 singers from the entire state selected through a strenuous two audition process, so this is a great accomplishment for our singers.

Centennial’s Foundation of the Fine Arts (FFA)

To Parents of Seniors in Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Theater, and Visual Arts,

There is still time to support the Foundation for Fine Arts! Join at the MAJESTIC level and your membership will include a gold brick to be inscribed with your student's name to hang in the auditorium lobby at Centennial HS.  Membership information is available at our website. The link is below. 
Become a Member – Centennial High School Foundation for the Fine Arts

FFA Spirit Night
Take a night off from cooking! Join the Foundation for the Fine Arts for a SPIRIT NIGHT at BAMBINELLI's. Wednesday, March 20th from 5pm-8pm. This includes take-out orders. Bambinelli's is located at 2500 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. 

Centennial’s student newspaper, the Accolade, is now fully digital!!

The staff and adviser, teacher Leslie Wolfe, decided to move the Accolade online for a couple of reasons: to increase the paper’s visibility and readership, and to save money. The annual hosting fee is about one-quarter the cost of printing six issues of the paper each year. 

The Accolade has been publishing since the school opened in 1998, some years publishing monthly, others once or twice a semester, and since 2011, six times per year. 

A huge benefit is the ability to update stories in real time and provide more current coverage of events. With a news cycle of about a week as opposed to the six-week production cycle of the printed newspaper, the staff will be able to provide coverage of events much more quickly than previously. News items such as sports scores, events around the school, club news, community news that affects students, and trends, will be more current. 

In addition, as the staff builds the site, it will provide links to stories and sites that provide in-depth content, as well as videos, interviews, original art and cartoons, and polls on topical issues. 

As you look for ways to find out what’s happening at Centennial, the hope is that by going digital, the Accolade will grow into a relevant 21st century source of news and information.   

Check out the Accolade at: https://theaccolade.org!

Upcoming College Visits at Centennial 

Juniors and Seniors should take the opportunity to come and learn about these colleges. The more colleges that you are exposed to, the more you learn about what you like and don’t like about schools – big, little, near, far, urban, rural, etc.

Univ of West Georgia 2/20 Cafeteria lunch
Gwinnett Tech 2/21 Cafeteria lunch
Augusta College 2/22 Cafeteria lunch
Mississippi State 2/22 Cafeteria lunch
Reinhardt Univ 3/6 Cafeteria lunch
SCAD 4/15 D-03 10am

Parents: Please take the School Climate Survey 

So far, only 88 Centennial parents have taken this survey.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on how Centennial is doing.  This survey is 24 questions and takes 10 minutes to complete.  Just by taking this survey, you help to raise our school's report card rating.

Each school receives a School Climate Star Rating (an important part of the CCRPI score or how our school is graded) and we need your input. Please take the time to fill out the Georgia survey at http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents. Survey responses are anonymous.

2018-19 Mock Test Schedule at Centennial High School 

Mock tests are an excellent tool for sophomores and juniors to use in determining their test prep strategies for their college exams.  College bound students should try to take one of these practice exams prior to taking the real thing. These mock tests are conveniently administered at Centennial. 

March 2 - Mock ACT Saturday, 9 am - 1:15 pm
(event code M309591)
March 23 - SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test Saturday, 9 am - 1:30 pm
(event code M309592)

To register, go to applerouth.com/signup and enter the event code. Cost is $5. Money goes towards Centennial PTSA.  

Centennial Knights Place 3rd at State German Convention!

The German department represented Centennial well this past weekend at the annual State German Convention. Students competed in a variety of language and culture competitions earning both individual success and earning points for the team total. Centennial got 3rd place overall out of about 20 schools in attendance. The following students received individual awards in their respective levels:

Declan Campbell -1st place in Vocabulary
Isabel Roberts – 2nd place in Spelling, 2nd place in Poetry
James Montgomery- 2nd place in Spelling
Jack Southard – 2nd place in Spelling
Annie Cloonan – 1st Place in baking Schwarzwälderkirschtorte
Mabel Htay – 2nd place in Poster
Sophia Adesanya- 3rd place in baking Apfelkuchen
Anna Girard-3rd place in Nametags


Our quiz bowl team made history for our school by making it all the way to the quiz bowl finale for the 1st time and getting 2nd place. The students responsible for that wonderful placement are Karen Seaver, Mabel Htay, Jack Southard, and Jay Ead.

We are extremely proud!!! Go Knights!


#1 - Both Senior and Graduation Dues are mandatory if you want to participate in graduation activities.  

#2 - Senior Dues - $45  

  • Senior Dues pays for all senior week activities.  You will not be able to participate unless this fee is paid. Bring $45 payments to Ms. Jimenez in I-58 or Mrs. McKay in the Learning Commons (Make checks payable to Centennial High School.)  

#3 - GRADUATION DUES -  $115 ARE DUE MARCH 1!!!!!! 

Graduation dues are payable at GABalfour.com

If these fees are not paid before March 1st, a late fee of $25 will be added to the order, and additional rush shipping could also be incurred depending on how late the order is made.   Orders placed AFTER March 1st, will not be delivered in the first round of shipments.

Graduation Dues include the following:

  • Graduation cap and gown
  • Class of 2019 tassel
  • Leather diploma cover
  • Centennial's graduation medallion
  • Rental of graduation facility, tickets, programs, etc.

*If you would like to use an old gown:

  • You must have the cap AND the gown.
  • YOU MUST CONTACT Ms. Prelac - prelac@fultonschools.org - for permission PRIOR to paying.
  • AFTER GETTING PERMISSION, you can pay online. Payment is due by April 1.

#4 -  Graduation Yard Signs for Class of 2019

Ordering information will be coming soon. 


  • To receive text messages on Remind 101 - Text @3eaed6 to 810-10.
  • To join our Google Classroom - Use Class Code: mcyffn to get information on Senior Treats, Senior Week, Graduation, etc

#6 - Use the Counseling Website    - Check out the College and Career section of the Counseling website.  It has all kinds of valuable information including how to get transcripts. You can access it through the school website or at http://www.mycentennialcounseling.com/college-careers-3/

#7 - More Dates For Your Calendars:  

Prom - March 16, 2019 at Fernbank.  For juniors and seniors.
Senior Week - Monday March 25th- Friday March 29th. The full calendar and schedule will be released in the coming weeks.  For seniors to be eligible to participate, they must pay their $45 senior dues. 
Graduation Practice - Friday May 17, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 @ Ameris Bank Amphitheater (formerly named Verizon Wireless amphitheater). All graduating seniors will receive 12 tickets. Ms. Prelac will be handing out extra tickets at the end of Graduation Practice. If a family needs more tickets than the allotted 12, see Ms. Prelac.
Baccalaureate – May 19, 2019 5pm at Mt. Pisgah
Graduation - May 20, 2019 8pm Location: Ameris Bank Amphitheater

#8 - For additional senior information please contact the following teachers who are the Senior Co-Sponsors this year:

Sheila Jimenez - jimenezs@fultonschools.org
Stephanni Prelac - prelac@fultonschools.org

Senior Post-Secondary Acceptances

Senior parents, have you all already received college acceptance letters? If so, please have your scholar copy their letter and bring it to the counseling office. We are going to be starting a college acceptance wall and we want everyone to be included. College, military, whatever it is bring it on in! 

North Georgia Community Foundation Opens Scholarship Applications

The applications period has recently opened for scholarship applications administered by the North Georgia Community Foundation.

The deadline for area high school seniors, current college students and non-traditional students to apply is March 15.

“As the Foundation has experienced substantial growth in the past few years, scholarship funds have been greatly impacted and I think this is a great example of our donors’ desires to pour into the next generation,” President and CEO of the North Georgia Community Foundation Michelle Prater said. This year’s round will offer seven new scholarship opportunities to their previously established funds: The Xander Corso Memorial Scholarship, The Gainesville Invests in Future Teachers Scholarship, The You’re the Reason Scholarship, The Gainesville Spring Chicken Scholarship, The Mary Render Acree Memorial Scholarship, The David M. Martin Memorial Scholarship and The Class of ‘69 Memorial Scholarship.

In order to apply or ask questions, visit ngcf.org/scholarships.

You Matter - A Night with John Trautwein! February 25th at 6:30pm

Students and parents please join us for an open and honest conversation about depression and suicide. John’s message of love, hope and the importance of recognizing the Life Teammates that exist today is one all Centennial families need to hear! We hope to see you there!

*** Please take a moment and RSVP through MySchoolAnywhere to assist us with our planning. Thank you!

FCS School Board Community Meetings  

Centennial High School is represented by three FCS school board members.  Each board member holds monthly community meetings to keep residents informed about issues and give citizens the opportunity to comment on Board agenda items.  

  • Linda McCain - Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 AM at Wilson Creek Elementary School
  • Katha Stuart - Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 AM at Roswell North Elementary School 
  • Julia Bernath - Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 PM at North Springs High School 

2019-2020 Fulton County Schools Calendar 

The 2019-2020 school calendar has been approved by the board. School will be starting a week later this year, on 8/12/19.  Please check it out as you plan your vacations and college visits for the next school year. 


Georgia PTA Day at the Capitol

Georgia PTA Day at the Capitol is on Thursday, February 28th.  Join fellow PTA members from around the state to learn about current legislation and then go to the Capitol to advocate for all of Georgia's children.  Find more information and registration here, http://www.georgiapta.org/event/pta-day-at-the-capitol/?instance_id=90929  

Cost is $10 for PTA members and $15 for non-members.  This program is appropriate for students.

Centennial Junior’s Girl Scout Project Helping Stress & Anxiety in Teens

Junior Sarah Friedrichs is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award by addressing an issue that she cares a lot about: Stress and Anxiety in Teens.  Sarah has held workshops for middle and high school students where she gives information to help them identify causes of stress and anxiety, as well as resources to help handle their anxiety.  She has created Stress Kits that include these resources which she has donated to Centennial High School.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.  It is very prestigious and difficult to earn.  Girls typically work 1-2 years on their Gold Award projects with less than 6% earning the award annually. Thank you, Sarah!

Best Way for Parents to Help Teens: Authentic, Ongoing Conversations

As our tweens and teens strive to develop into their own, parents and caregivers must be on the lookout for at-risk behaviors that lead adolescents on a journey of unhealthy habits.
The good news is, when potential danger arises, every parent or guardian is already equipped with the best tool... Your Voice! By asking specific questions and listening without judgment, you create a safe space for young people to invite you closer into their world.
Team GCAPP understands that talking to young people about sex, relationships and boundaries, self-esteem and peer pressure could be awkward and uncomfortable for even an adult! Parents' S.O.S! is here to help with a wealth of advice, tips and accurate information to share.


2 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety is our body’s mental and physical reaction to the thought of potential threats or harm. Small levels or measures of anxiety are good and needed to help keep us from danger. However, too much anxiety can be overwhelming and leave someone feeling helpless and paralyzed. Some signs that indicate you are dealing with anxiety can be severe worry, feeling overwhelmed, lack of concentration, sleep problems and more. These symptoms can lead you to avoid the anxiety-filled or scary situation to find temporary relief because you think the worst will happen. However, there are better ways of dealing with anxiety.

The first way to reduce anxiety is to challenge the anxious thoughts. In order to do so, you determine the irrational thoughts and replace them with rational alternatives. You should try to determine what the worst, the best, and the most likely outcomes would be if the anxiety filled situation were to happen. Then you should question if the anxiety filled situation would still matter in the long run, such as a year from now. If not, you can then produce a more rational thought that you can use to replace the irrational thought. Having a different thought about the situation will help you better deal with it. 

The second way to reduce anxiety is deep breathing. Deep breathing can be done in the comfort of your own home or secretly in the classroom and at work. Try to clear your mind and take a deep breath in through your nose for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for an additional 4 seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth for 6 seconds. Pay close attention to your deep breathing and feel the sensation of the air entering in and leaving your body. Do this exercise a minimum of 3 times to help reduce your focus on the anxiety producing situation until you feel better. 

Troy J. Law, MA
Associate Therapist
The Summit Counseling Center


Introducing Centennial High School’s New Business Partner Program!  

We are very excited to announce that Centennial High School PTSA has outlined a new business partner program for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our goal is to build relationships that are both beneficial to the business and corporations objectives while enriching the academic experience for our students and supporting our teachers and staff.  If you own a company or know someone who does and are interested in partnering with Centennial, please have them contact Amy Hastings or Marci Saunders at presidents@centptsa.org for more information.  Or visit our website at centptsa.org.  Click on the Become a Business Partner Tab.  

Please welcome Tide Cleaners to our Business Partner family!  Present this code at any of the 3 Tide Locations and a portion of what you spend goes directly back to Centennial. Please check your inbox for more information to come! 



Donate Money to Your School Just by Shopping! 

When you shop @AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Centennial HS PTSA.

Selecting your charitable organization:

  • Use this link to go to AmazonSmile: https://smile.amazon.com 
  • If you already have an Amazon account then log in using your existing Amazon information. Note: the accounts are linked, but you have to be on the AmazonSmile website in order for them to make a donation to your specified charity. 
  • AmazonSmile will prompt you to select your charity. Select Centennial High School PTSA Roswell Georgia. 
  • Start shopping!

Earn Money for Centennial by Shopping at Publix

To support your school, sign up for Publix Partners through your Publix.com account and select your desired school. Then, enter your phone number at checkout each time you make an eligible purchase.

Shop at Kroger and Earn Money for the School 

Did you know that our PTSA earns money every time you buy groceries at Kroger if you have gone online and assigned your Kroger Plus card to Centennial?  To get started visit http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com. and link to "Centennial High School PTSA". Then just remember to swipe your Kroger Plus card or use related phone number when shopping.  It is an easy way to support the PTSA while you are getting your shopping done!  

Accident Avoidance Workshops
Be sure to mention the Centennial PTSA as your referral, as AAW donates a portion of their proceeds from the workshops back to our school.

Concerned your teen driver is not prepared to handle the crazy traffic? Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops’ goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers’ development of their decision making abilities and physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle’s capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves. Accident Avoidance Workshops covers “Emergency Driving Conditions” (what to do when everything goes horribly wrong) to prepare them to survive potentially fatal accidents. Ask anyone who has taken this course for their thoughts on how effective it is, how much better their teen driver handled basic driving techniques afterward, how much more confident both parent and teen driver felt after the workshop. As an added bonus, you can receive an insurance discount for completing this defensive driving course. Sign up for an Accident Avoidance Workshop at a location near you! 

AAW is "driver trainin' the way it ought'a be!" www.accidentavoidanceworkshops.org

Contact Us

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