Elks' Student of the Month

Newcomerstown High School will be recognizing outstanding achievements for our 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 Jessie Rexroad. Jessie is the daughter of Ed and Tammy Rexroad of Newcomerstown. Jessie is a member of National Honor Society and a four-year Academic Scholar.

She is a recipient of the Hugh O'Brian Leadership Award, Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Award, and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine Award. She is an active member of Light in the Valley Ministries Church, a member of her church's youth group, a teacher of children's church, and a teacher of vacation bible school. Jessie has been a var- sity cheerleader for both football and basketball. She was a co-captain of the cheerleading squads her senior year. She lettered in softball and played on the Twisted Sisters fast pitch softball team for the past eight years. Her community and civic projects include Share-A-Christmas, community clean-ups, Akron Children's Hospital "Change Bandit" Program, helped organize and teach youth cheerleading program, and a Back to School Fair. Jessie's future plans are to attend college to major in Pre-Medicine, continue on into medical school and be- come a neurosurgeon.

Guidance news

Seniors: You should really have a plan of what you are choosing to do following graduation. If you are planning on applying to college, you need to get those applications out there! If you need transcripts, ACT scores, reference letters, or other information, please stop in the guidance office and Mrs. Robinson will be happy to help you.

Spanish students have guest speaker

The Spanish students had a guest speaker come in and talk to them during class on Friday, March 9. Willie Santiago, from Cuba, talked to the students in Spanish about Cuban schools, culture, language, and history. Students were able to interact with Mr. Santiago and practice what they have learned in Spanish class. They asked him questions in Spanish and, overall, were able to understand the conversations. Mrs.Welch and Miss Yerian would like to thank Willie Santiago and all of our students who participated in this wonderful learning experience!

Science Fair results

Best of Show: Mathew Hursey - Congratulations, Mathew!

Superior ratings: Maci Bates, Emily Davis, Megan Espenschied,Tyler Graves, Angelica Hanby, Kennedy Hensley, Cassidy Johnson, John McDonnell, Alex Nay, Abbey Neighbor, Steven Poe, Falesha Robinson, Aerial Green, Joshua Green, Nathan Marinucci, Garrett McDonnell, Alicia Moore, Alyson Rexroad, Jessica Stewart, Lindsay Garretson/Erin Burrier, Samantha Watson/Danielle Hartline, Jared Brooks/Cole Hinton, Greg Howard, Kyle Pritchard, Nate Bourne, Jeff Baumgardner, Zach Gibson, Derek Crank, and, Marcus Hursey.

'Just Another High School Musical'

Practices are under way for the Newcomerstown High School Thespians' production of Just Another High School Musical to be held April 12, 13, and 14 (Curtains open at 7 p.m. at Newcomerstown Middle School.) The musical is about a group of high school actors who have been abandoned by their drama teacher the opening night of the show. This leaves the show in the hands of a blas assistant director (played by Chelsee King) and a focused yet nervous stage manager (played by Cha- rise Fultz). Armed only with a box of scripts, boxes of props, and the actors' own imaginations, what ensues is a comical attempt to perform a show worthy of the au- dience. The supporting cast members, all of whom play multiple roles, include Lindsey Amore, Nate Bourne, Kirsti Buss, Shauna Cox, Lexi Filby, Chelsea Gard- ner, Bridgette Grewell, Alexys Gribble, Macy Hannahs (returning to play the role of the drama teacher), Dan- ielle Hartline, Ricki Jenkins, Shawna Lawrence, Megan Miller, and Meagen Poffel. With numbers like We Apologize in Advance and A Christmas Carol Rap, the show is sure to please audience members of all ages.

Parents who host, lose the most!

Parents play a major role in their children's choices about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. A recent national survey of parents and teens by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found one-third of teen party-goers have been to parties where teens were drinking alcohol or using other drugs while a parent was present. By age 17, nearly half (46 percent) of teens have been at such parties where parents were present. Newcomerstown High School has teamed up with the Drug-Free Action Alliance along with national sports icon and the 2012 Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking campaign spokesperson Clark Kellogg to spread the word in our community that underage drinking is unsafe, unhealthy and unacceptable. As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission. You also cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. There are legal consequences if you do. According to Ohio law, you can be prosecuted and face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and loss of property. With prom and graduation season upon us, it is imperative for parents to be aware of the increased risk of teen alcohol parties occurring and the potential dangers that accompany those alcohol-fueled gatherings. Simply taking away the car keys does not solve all of the problems related to underage drinking. It is important for parents to proactively take measures to help ensure these special times are fun, yet safe and drug-free for their teens.

Blood drive at NHS

On Friday, April 13, the Newcomerstown High School Student Council will once again be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive in our media center. Any student age 16 or older by that day could be eligible to give, however, 16 year old students must have a permission form signed by their parent/guardian. Sign-ups will take place during lunch periods the week before the blood drive. More information will be handed out as the day approaches, but if you have any questions, see Mrs. Lenhoff in room 124.

Dates to remember

March 16: Jostens delivering senior items

March 16: End of third nine week grade period

March 22: MD students to Kids America

March 23: Grade cards to students at lunchtime

March 29: Easter Assembly (NHS Gym)

March 30: Faculty/student softball game at 2:30 p.m.

April 2-6: Newcomerstown Spring Break

April 9: Newcomerstown Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m.

April 12, 13, 14: NHS Spring Musical at NMS at 7 p.m.

April 13: NHS Blood Drive (NHS media center)

April 20: Fourth nine week mid-terms to students