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 Seth Roe.

Seth's parents are Denny and Deanna Barlow of Newcomerstown. Seth is a member of the National Honor Society, and a committee member of "No Bullies Allowed." He has received Academic Honor Awards in grades 10, 11, and 12.

He has been a team member of the various athletic team: golf, grades 10 and 11; basketball, grades 9, 10, and 11; and, track; grades 9 and 10. Seth has volunteered at Friends of the Homeless Shelter and various community clean-ups.

Seth is currently attending full-time as a post secondary student at Kent State University-Tuscarawas Branch, and has made the dean's list his first semester. Seth's future plans are to be accepted and attend The Ohio State University.

Olympic Day in planning stages

Newcomerstown High School first period Chemistry students and the Student Council are planning an "Olympic Day" scheduled for May 18. This day is designed to be a fun day involving students and staff members participating in activities that will be exciting for all to enjoy!

Student honored by Goodwill Industries

Jacob Jones, a student at Newcomerstown High School, was recently honored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. at a breakfast banquet in Canton. Jacob is the son of Jay and Teresa Jones of Port Washington.

During the summer of 2011, Jacob was able to go to work at Goodwill in New Philadelphia and learn many skills and do different jobs. This was no easy task as he has a form of Autism that has affected his ability to communicate. Through a program specialist Jacob was able to communicate using nonverbal cues to perform his various jobs. He was nominated from a large number of candidates and then selected to receive the "Achiever of the Year" Award for his outstanding work ethic.

We, at Newcomerstown High School, along with Jacob's family are extremely proud of Jacob and his accomplishments. He was able to expand his communication, social skills, and self-confidence during his time at Goodwill. In the words of his mother, "Goodwill gave us hope for his future; it is truly a place where they give individuals like Jacob opportunities to go from great to beyond great."

Bowl For Kids Sake

The NHS Track and Field Team participated in Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Bowl For Kids Sake on March 30 at Cy Young Lanes bowling alley. This event raised money for kids in our community who are in need of mentors and role models to guide them towards happy and successful futures. There were 25 high school participants from NHS. These students raised a total of $659. Jocelynn Lenhoff raised the most money, with a total of $145 dollars. She received a Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt and six games of bowling at Cy Young Lanes.

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 partygoers 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 teen

National Honor Society tapping

The spring Honor Society luncheon and tapping ceremony took place on Thursday, March 29. Seven juniors were welcomed into the Society because of their outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The minimum cumulative grade point average for Honor Society members is 3.5, but activities, accomplishments, awards and behavior are carefully considered by the Faculty Council when new members are selected.

The new members are Kaydi Dodd, Kelsie Hinds, Allie Hinton, Quintin McCune, Amanda Perkins, Christian Poe, and Chandler Shryock.

They will be formally inducted at the Honors Awards Banquet on May 1, along with the four seniors who were selected in the fall: Logan Brosius, Shannon Kincaid, Jocelyn Miller, and Seth Roe.

The officers are President Kaitlyn Hinds, Vice President Kelsey McCune, Secretary Chelsea King, Treasurer Emily Hogue, and Historian Jessie Rexroad.

National Technical Honor Society inducts three NHS students

Three Newcomerstown High School students that attend Buckeye Career Center have been selected to join BCC's chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). They are, Haley Corbett, Shawna Lawrence, and Eric Rose.

They will be honored at a breakfast on Friday, May 4 at 8 a.m. in the Buckeye Room at Buckeye Career Center.

It is a great honor to be selected as the criteria the students need to achieve consists of: Passing all parts of the OGT's; GPA of at least 3.6 the first semester of this school year and last school year; 95 percent attendance rate; two letters of recommendation; active club membership; and, no in-school or out-of-school suspensions.

Dates to remember

April 20 Fourth nine week midterms to students

April 25 Teen Roadeo, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds

April 30 BCC open house from 5 to 7 p.m.