Elks' Students of the Month

Newcomerstown High School will be recognizing outstanding achievements for the senior class members by having a student of the month. Students are selected based on being well-rounded with multiple achievements in areas such as character, leadership, service, athletics, citizenship and scholarship.

This month's senior recipient is John Machan. Machan is the son of Gregg and Beth Machan. He is a member of the NHS Choir and Expressions. He was inducted into the National Honor Society in his junior year and received a Scholarship Award his freshman and junior years. He is a five year member of NHS Marching Band, and a four year member of Concert Band, Thespians, a manager of the varsity football team. His future plans are to attend Muskingum University and major in radiology.

The November Elks Student of the Month is Alexys Long. Lexy is the daughter of Scott Long and Donna Yoder. She is a four year member of Student Council and became a member of National Honor Society in her junior year. She has been class secretary all four years of high school. She is a three year member of the Leadership Team and a high school mentor her freshman and senior years.

The November Elks Student of the Month is Alexys Long. Lexy is the daughter of Scott Long and Donna Yoder. She is a four year member of Student Council and became a member of National Honor Society in her junior year. She has been class secretary all four years of high school. She is a three year member of the Leadership Team and a high school mentor her freshman and senior years.

She has been an office aide her junior year. Presently, she is ranked seventh in her class and received Distinguished Honor Roll in grade 9-11. She was recently awarded the NHS Wendy Heisman Scholarship. She has been spotlighted as Athlete of the Week for Track in May 2009 and cheerleader in September 2009. She is a four year member of the track program and cheerleader. She earned a varsity letter in cheerleading in grades 10-12, and captain of the squad her senior year for football and basketball seasons.

Her COA Camp Awards are: Best Jumper (10th), Cheer Leadership (11th), COA All-American (12th). She is a four year varsity letter recipient in track, and is a captain of the track teams her junior and senior years. She was 100m IVC winner in grades 10 and 11, and 200m IVC winner her junior year.

She is a member of the Newcosean yearbook staff for two years. She is also the NHS Homecoming queen. She and the rest of the cheerleading squad started the Youth Cheer Program, and she has started a student volunteer program this year at NHS. She is an avid Relay For Life team member for four years and team captain for two years. She participated in the Leadership Tuscarawas volunteer program her junior year.

Testing dates 2009-2010

Nov. 7 SAT

Nov. 17 PLAN (sophomores)

Dec. 5 SAT

Dec. 12 ACT

Jan. 23 SAT

Feb. 6 ACT

Feb. 9 ASVAB

March 13 SAT

March 15-26 OGT (sophomores through seniors)

April 10 ACT

May 1 SAT

May 5 AP Calculus

May 12 AP English

June 5 SAT

June 12 ACT

NHS Trojans news!

Go to the following Web site to get all of the up-to-date information from the guidance office: www.nctschools.org/moodle. Click on the High School Guidance link and login is as a guest for quick and easy access to the page.

Expressions

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Expressions has a busy schedule. We will be singing during a customer lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at Adventure Harley-Davidson in Dover. Then, in the evening at 6 p.m., they'll be singing at the Christ United Methodist Church for a Christmas in the Courtyard celebration. The public is invited to help us spread the cheer at either location.

Character Counts!

(Below is an article submitted by NHS senior Kristen Fenton for the purpose of celebrating Character Counts Week, Oct. 18-24.)

Character by: Kristen Fenton

Reputation is what you do when everyone is watching, character is who you are when no one is around. Many people hear this and don't give it a second thought, but to me and fellow students at Newcomerstown High School, character is a big part of life. At a young age we learned the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. These principles represent the meaning of character, but to have character one must put these pillars into action. Together the students and faculty of Newcomerstown High School are involved in many activities that benefit both the students and the community, and more activities will be in effect before long.

Many, if not all, extracurricular activities must have involved students that show leadership and character. Athletes as well as band members all must have not only the ability to perform well, but also respect in order to conduct themselves in an honorable manner. Many of our teams show leadership even off the playing field. The Newcomerstown basketball team, for example, will be organizing a fundraiser in the near future to benefit the Newcomerstown Public Library. The library has undergone severe budget cuts and the team is pitching in to keep them in working order.

There are also groups of students that willingly volunteer their time in order to help other students and the community. One such group is the students involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring program. These exceptional high school students contribute their time to assist younger students within the school district. They do everything from helping the children with homework, to just being a friend to talk to. These students are positive role models that have the chance to influence and shape the younger children in the district.

Trustworthiness. Respect. Responsibility. Fairness. Caring. Citizenship. All the principles are separately essential; however, when brought together to bring around an accomplishment, they create character.

Dates to remember

Nov. 16 Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 Winter sports picture day

Nov. 19 Last drivers education class

Nov. 19-21 NHS Play 7:30 p.m. at NMS

Nov. 23 Sophomore field trip to BCC

Nov. 25 Two-hour early dismissal (last day before Thanksgiving break)

Nov. 26-30 Thanksgiving break

Dec. 1 Return to school