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The Voices of Centereach High School

What does the Character Education Word of the Month mean to you? Every month, Middle Country Central School District promotes a word that highlights good character. These good character words, and their definitions are located on our Middle Country District calendar and are practiced everyday in the lives of our school community. The members of Cross Currents Newspaper club in 2022, want to emphasize the voices of our community by asking students, faculty and staff members each month, what the Character Education Word of the Month means to them. For the month of April, the Character Education Word of the…

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Celebrating Black Excellence

Written by Madison Lloyd On February 8 , 2022, Centereach High School hosted their annual Black History Month Celebration. This year, the Black History Month committee focused primarily on celebrating Black excellence of the past and present, and excellent it was. The night began with the introduction of the Master of Ceremony, Keyana Demosthene. President…

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2021 Pep Rally

Written by Madison Lloyd On September 24, 2021, Centereach High School was able to have its first real event of the year: their annual Pep Rally! Unable to do one last year due to COVID-19 responses, the students were over the top excited to bring back the tradition. Student athletes all over the school wore…

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Centereach Homecoming Class Skits

Written by William Mercado The 2021 Homecoming event was a day full of jam packed excitement. Throughout the day, an assortment of representatives from all aspects of Centereach High School gathered to support the amazing game that followed! Kicking off the day, the Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors all put on their own skits, each…

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Centereach High School’s Alice in Wonderland Drama Production

Alice: Behind The Scenes Written By Gabrielle Lloyd and Co-written by Alex Villegas “If you’re not in theater, do it and if you’re in theater, stay doing it because it is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life.”  – Julia Ferrara, Grade 12 We all know the tale of Alice…

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Homecoming Game 2021

Written by Ashley Hashimoto The Centereach Cougars football team had a fantastic homecoming against Copiague with an astonishing score of 50-14. On this beautiful afternoon, touchdowns were scored by Micheal Mazza, Riddick Drabb, Justin Robbert, Jaimeson Shea, and Jason Zaita, all to help work towards the win. Tackles and defensive efforts of Jacob Lalchan, Matthew…

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CHS Halloween Music Concert

Written by Gabrielle Lloyd Everyone is sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19, the virus that disrupted our world, and has yet to push us back to normalcy. It has impacted everything where school is concerned. Our classrooms, the lunchroom, class events, field trips, sports teams, drama productions, and the musical wing. On a normal…

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Friends of Music Awards

By Madison Lloyd As Centereach High School moves towards the end of a very challenging year, it’s time to say goodbye to another group of students, Class of 2021. To follow the trend of any other ordinary school year, CHS proceeded to host an awards ceremony for its seniors. What was different, however, was the inclusion of its Friends of Music Awards. Usually, these music awards are given out to students during CHS’ annual POPS concert, but without concerts being held due to the circumstance of COVID-19, it wasn’t possible for the music awards to run its customary track. Nevertheless,…

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Life Skills

By David Garcia There is no question that the COVID Pandemic has changed the way people operate in the world.  Everyone has been affected, especially schools and students. To respond to this Pandemic, everyone has tried to find ways to comply with the new restrictions in a safe and productive way.   Instead of negativity, the CHS Life Skills Program has thrived and created some of the most exciting educational activities this school has ever experienced. These activities will teach students valuable life skills and work experience that will get them ready for the work force and the future to…

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Shrek – The Musical

By David Garcia Once again against all the challenges that covid presents, the theatre company puts on another amazing musical performance with Shrek The Musical. This spring production was about a green ogre (played by the one and only Joseph St George) named Shrek, who after being mocked and feared his entire life, decides to live in isolation at a repulsive green swamp. Shortly after, numerous fairy-tale characters (such as Pinocchio, a talking donkey, and the Three Pigs) barge into his swamp. Shrek’s solution to this issue is to help all of the intruders take back their homes. Things change…

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CHS Gives Back to the Community

Madison Lloyd Over the course of this school year, the students and staff of Centereach High School have made it their duty to give back to the community. What better way to accomplish this goal than through its multiple honor societies, the most notable being National Honor Society (NHS). NHS has a mission statement that centers around the promotion of character, scholarship, leadership, and service within school and community life. Even with the struggles of this year’s way of life, they have not lost those aims and values; they have only exceeded the limits of excellence. This perspective is clearly…

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P.S. I Love You

Leah Barahona I was very privileged to have the opportunity to interview Ms. Arizmendi via email to hear her thoughts on this year’s P.S I Love You Day (Week). She gave us a lot of insight into the story of how P.S. I Love You Day came to Centereach and what its future holds. What inspired you to bring PS I Love You Day to Centereach? Have you had previous ties to the organization? The year prior to getting this position at Centereach HS, I was doing a leave replacement at Three Village and one of the counselors asked me…

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12 Angry Men

– David Garcia In spite of Covid, the show must go on. And so it did with Twelve Angry Men directed by Ms. Duryea and Ms. Landgrover. This fall drama production was about a group of men who have all been tasked with being on jury duty for a very intense case. The case holds the fate of a young boy who is on trial for presumably stabbing his father to death. This sets the scene for a performance filled with drama, suspense, and sorrow. The talented cast that performed this musical consisted of (cast list).  After the musical, I…

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Chamber Orchestra

Madison Lloyd The events over the past year can definitely be characterized as harsh and unfavorable. Since that ball dropped at 12:00 am on January 1st of 2020, it has been one bad thing after the next. But, hopefully, people have all found outlets to relieve the inevitable stress that 2020 left in its wake. For some, that may be looking towards music. Thankfully, due to the amazing capabilities of the staff at Centereach High School, students looking for this outlet are able to attend after school clubs that can fulfill these wants and interests. Like the Chamber Orchestra, for…

The 2022 PTSA Fashion Show

The 2022 PTSA Fashion show was a spectacular night for all who attended! This year’s show was held in the Cafeteria on Thursday, March 10th, to help raise money to give scholarships to graduating Seniors. The models showcased street-wear to prom-night attire. The clothing that was modeled was provided by Macy’s and Black Tie Tuxedo By…

Deck the Halls 2021

Written by Isabella Elshafei Deck the Halls is a festive Centereach High School tradition where students compete in decorating the hallways as part of our yearly Class Competition. This beloved event never fails to create a sense of community among our students and holiday cheer before our winter break. This year, Deck the Halls featured…

Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Scenes with Stage Crew

Written by William Mercado Centereach High School’s Drama team put on a great showing of Alice in Wonderland. However, the show wouldn’t have had the same magic without the help of their Building, Running, Painting, Lighting and Sound crew! Quite a few students worked to build set pieces, paint them, work the lights and the sound for the production. Crew members even set the stage and handled backdrops during the live shows in complete darkness all in a matter of seconds! All of these efforts, from a variety of students, helped set the scene and give the actors the stage…

Hispanic Heritage Night 

Written by Alex Villegas & Aidan Keating On October 14th, 2021, Centereach High School celebrated Hispanic Heritage and Culture. The event was complete with traditional singing, dancing, a raffle giveaway, refreshments such as coffee & churros, and an inspiring speech from Señor Batista about the American Dream. During the event, Centereach’s very own students organized an informative slide presentation on traditional dances of Hispanic origin and accompanied each with a demonstration and lively music. Additionally we also got to see an amazing solo performance from Dyra Cardinas.  After his speech about growing up in Panama and what life was like…