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January 25, 2023

CHS Class of 2023 – Commencement Planning Guide

Congratulations Seniors and Parents! Your hard work and determination have brought you here. Listed below you will find important information about the commencement process.


SENIOR PHOTOS:  The deadline for submitting senior photos is Friday, February 17.  Email your photo to

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Announcements will be distributed on Friday, March 3 from 10:40 am – 12:50 pm in the Commons.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your order, you may call the Jostens office at 1-800-863-0961 Ext. 0 or go to

SENIOR CLASS PHOTO:  Wednesday, April at 10:00 am in the gymnasium.

SENIOR MEETING (mandatory):  Friday, April 7 during Advisory in the Auditorium.

SENIOR SERVICE DAY:  Friday, May 5 is a day for the seniors of Centennial High School to give back to their community.  This event is facilitated by Student Council.

CAPS AND GOWNS: Jostens will distribute caps and gowns in the Commons on Monday, May 8 from 10:40 am – 12:50 pm.

CREDIT RECOVERY WORK:  Must be completed by May 19 at 4:00 pm.

SENIORS’ LAST DAY:  Tuesday, May 23:  All academic work must be completed and turned in prior to this date to allow time for the teachers to evaluate work and assign grades.  All fines and fees must also be paid.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT NIGHT:  Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00pm in the Main Gym.

SENIOR BREAKFAST AND SLIDESHOW:  Thursday, June 1 at 8:15 a.m. in the Café Jag. 

COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE (mandatory): Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the Main Gym.   

COMMENCEMENT: Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.  There is seating for approximately 14,000 people, so we will not issue tickets for commencement.  Graduates are to arrive at Hilton Coliseum by 9:00 a.m.

Please note: All fees and fines must be paid, or a payment plan must be in place, in order to participate in Commencement. Families have received a statement from the district office if there is a balance due.

January 17, 2023

National Honor Society

The Ankeny Centennial High School chapter of the National Honor Society will be accepting applications in January and February of the current calendar school year.   Applicants may be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and students must have an unweighted cumulative (all grades starting in 9th grade) grade point average of 3.5 or above to apply.  Please complete the application to be considered for National Honor Society.   Any questions should be directed to Tim Garner, National Honor Society sponsor at Centennial H.S.  His e-mail is, and the Centennial H.S. phone number is 515-965-9610.

January 17, 2023

Seal of Biliteracy

The window to sign up for the Seal of Biliteracy exam is now open. This award recognizes students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English, by high school graduation. The testing window is March 20-31; students can sign up here: 2023 Seal of Biliteracy Sign-up. Contact your Counselor or Modern Language teacher to learn more!

December 20, 2022

Senior Photos and Recognition Ads for Yearbook

Families of Senior Parents:

Attached is pertinent information and deadlines to note when submitting senior photos and recognition ads for the 2022-2023 yearbook:  Parent Letter Centennial (1)

November 28, 2022

2021-2022 Yearbooks

We still have quite a few 2021-2022 yearbooks awaiting to be picked up by last year’s seniors.  If you have a 2022 graduate that ordered a yearbook, please stop by the front office anytime between 7:30-4:00 M-F.  Or if they have a sibling that attends CHS, their sibling can pick up the yearbook for them.

October 17, 2022

Skilled Trades Camp – a big success!

This summer, Ankeny students got a hands-on look at different jobs within the trades industry. The skilled trades camp, put on by the Des Moines Home Builders Association, allowed these future graduates the chance to learn about additional options to a viable career outside of the school setting. Students traveled to different unions and were able to interact with specific responsibilities of plumbers and steamfitters, electricians, carpenters, as well as non union job sites. This opportunity provided clarity which pathway to take which could help them plan their next few years of high school and beyond. This camp gave our students confidence in making decisions about their pathway after high school. Check out the video!

September 20, 2022

2023 National Merit® Scholarship Competition


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Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among the honored students are Ankeny Centennial High School seniors Charlotte Brink, Adeline Brooks, Brady Carr, Rebecca Gabrielsson, Jenna McClain, Kyle Melcher, Caden Miller, and Rondi Quass.