School News

Long-Time NC Guidance Counselor Tom Lusk Passes Away

July 9, 2012


Long time guidance counselor Tom Lusk passed away July 5th.


Tom graduated from Newark Catholic in 1961. He received his B.A. degree from the College of St. Charles Borromeo in 1966. He then went on to receive his Masters from Xavier University in 1970.


Tom started his long career at Newark Catholic in January of 1967. During his forty-five years at NC, Mr. Lusk taught English, Latin, speech and psychology. He was a guidance counselor for juniors and seniors and ran guidance seminars for grades 9-12. During his years as guidance counselor, he helped thousands of students receive millions of dollars in financial aid and academic scholarships. Tom served as Advisor to the student council for over 25 years. Mr. Lusk was principal at Newark Catholic during the 1996-97 school year.


Tom’s forty-five years of service to Newark Catholic, its students and families is unmatched. We thank Tom for his love and passion for Newark Catholic High School. He will be missed by everyone who came in contact with him.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Lusk family.

Two Graduates Receive Honors from the Diocese

June 10, 2012

Ana Sabo Awarded Bishop Hermann Service Award

Ana Sabo, daughter of Roy and Elizabeth Sabo, of Granville, has been awarded the 2012 Bishop Herrmann Service Award. She is a recent graduate of Newark Catholic.


Sabo’s volunteer service included National Honor Society; Drama Club; Newark Catholic summer gym assistant; Newark Catholic’s St. Joseph the Worker Day; the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store, Giving Tree and Haven; Licking County Humane Society; Star’s Cat Rescue; and New Beginnings family shelter.


She and her family are members of St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Granville. She plans to attend college in the fall to study fashion design.


The award was established by the late Columbus Bishop Edward Herrmann for graduating Catholic high school seniors who have displayed outstanding service to their schools and communities.



Nate Ohl Named to All-Diocesan Academic Honor Team

Nathanael Ohl, son of Paul and JoEllen Ohl of Alexandria, has been named to the Diocese of Columbus’ 2012 All-Diocesan Academic Honor Team. He is a graduating senior from Newark Catholic.


Ohl has participated in the National Honor Society, Latin Club and 4-H. He has competed on the varsity golf and wrestling teams as well as on the USA Ohio Greco-Roman Wrestling National Team.


He and his family are members of St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Granville, where he is an altar server. He attended St. Francis de Sales School. He has volunteered with Newark Rotary and Newark Catholic’s St. Joseph the Worker Day.


Ohl is one of this year’s class valedictorians, has been an honor roll student for all four years of high school. He is an academic All-Ohio for golf and the state runner-up for greco-roman wrestling. He also has received outstanding achievement awards in Latin I, II, and III; Biology I and II; Chemistry II; honors chemistry; Algebra II with trigonometry; pre-calculus; was the student of the year in honors geometry; and was a recipient of the Resnsselaer Polytechnic Institute Award in math and science. He will attend the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., to study engineering.

NC Senior Nate Ohl Receives Appointment to West Point

February 2, 2012


Nate Ohl shows his official West Point Appointment (click to enlarge)


On January 28, 2012 Nate Ohl received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The appointment states, “On behalf of the President of the United States of America, the Admissions Committee of the United States Military Academy takes great pleasure in announcing an APPOINTMENT to Nathanael Paul Ohl, Class of 2016,” Deborah J. McDonald, Colonel U.S. Army, Director of Admissions.


Nate’s journey to apply and be accepted to West Point began in March of 2011 during spring break, when he visited the academy and spent half of a day with a fourth class cadet (a freshman). He had to complete a rigorous application process that began in May and included being academically qualified, physically qualified and medically qualified. He was also interviewed by a former U.S. Army Officer who is a graduate of West Point. In September he received a Letter of Assurance to West Point, which stated that he would be accepted if he received a Congressional Nomination. After interviewing with committees representing Congressman Patrick Tiberi, Senator Robert Portman, and Senator Sherrod Brown, he received a nomination to West Point from both Congressman Tiberi and Senator Portman.


West Point is a top tier academic institution on the same level as Ivy League universities as well as the premier leadership institution in the world. All cadets must go through rigorous military training as well as extremely rigorous academics. The acceptance rate is approximately 10%. Following graduation, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and must serve five years on active duty. Notable graduates of West Point include in part; Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas McArthur, George Patton, many astronauts, including Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Norman Schwartzkopf, David Patreaus, John G. Hayes (former president of Coca-Cola), and Michael Krzyzewski (Duke University basketball coach).


Nate stated the following, “I am honored to have been selected to attend one of our nation’s finest institutions. I am excited to experience the many challenges and opportunities which West Point has to offer.”


Congratulations, Nate!


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You can now make Online Donations to the NCHS Foundation

December 27, 2011

You can now Donate Online and provide all the same information as in a traditional donation (click to view enlarged)

As we begin a new year, the NCHS Foundation has added a new capability to our website for your convenience.


You can now make Online Donations to the Foundation and pay with your Credit Card or your PayPal account. 


Just go to the NCHS Foundation pages found under “Support NC” and click on the Donate Online logo.  Or you can click on the logo here:



The Foundation has contributed over $1.1 million to the school since inception 26 years ago.


Would you please help us continue to support Newark Catholic High School as it grows by making a tax-deductible donation today?


You may wish to make a memorial donation, recognizing a relative or cherished friend.  No gift is too small and by supporting the Foundation you help to continue our legacy of Catholic education for all the children of Licking County and beyond.


We value your online security and so all of our online payment processing is handled through PayPal. 

NC Golf Coach Joe Giles Retires After 30 Years

December 3, 2011

NC Golf Coach Joe Giles


Newark Catholic Golf Coach Joe Giles (NC 1974) has announced his retirement after serving as NC’s Varsity Golf Coach for 30 years.


During his tenure as head coach, NC’s golf teams have enjoyed much success, including getting to the State Finals on 3 different occasions.  This year’s team placed 5th in the state, following the 3rd place finish in 1998 and the 4th place finish in the 2001 State Tournament.  His teams have also won two league titles.


Coach Giles is a PGA Professional who has been recognized with numerous awards, including being named a 2010 and 2011 Golf Digest Top 10 Instructor in Ohio and a PGA Southern Ohio Teacher of the Year.  The success and development of this year’s team has benefited greatly over the years from the many lessons from Coach Giles.


Giles leaves the team in strong shape, including returning 3 of the 5 members of this year’s state finals team and other up and coming returning players.


Today Giles can be found at Granville Golfland where he continues to give lessons and develop players of all ages and skill levels.


Thank you, Coach Giles, for 30 great years of service! 


Pictures of Coach Giles

Click on a picture below for a pop-up slideshow of Coach Giles.


NC Boys Golf Finish 5th in State

October 16, 2011

Stephen Stein, Coach Dick Schmitz, Nick Mercer, Will Nodo, Coach Thom McManus, David Meurer, Head Coach Joe Giles, Sean Thomas

Congratulations to the Newark Catholic Boys Golf Team for finishing 5th in the State (Division III) this year, concluding with the state tournament held October 14 & 15 at the OSU Scarlet course in Columbus.


The tournament was played in very challenging weather conditions, with high winds and cold temperatures making the Scarlet course a real test.  NC’s team started strong and near the top both days, but couldn’t sustain the strong play long enough to come out on top.  They still grinded it out and and finished in 5th place out of the 12-team field competing at the championship.


Kudos to all the Newark Catholic supporters who showed their support and school spirit, attending the tournament to support the team in less than ideal conditions.  A great testament to the NC family.


This has been a year of many accomplishments for the NC Boys Golf team, including:

  • 5th Place in the State
  • Sectional Champions (first time for NC)
  • Lowest team score ever for NC on its Moundbuilders home course (153)
  • Lowest team score ever for NC (+2), tying the low round of 146 set back in 2009
  • First place championship at the Circleville Invitational
  • Tied best-ever finish in MSL (2nd), matching the finish in 2010
  • Overall record of 88 – 26

Congratulations to the NC Boys Golf Team!  Well done!

Building Our Future Campaign

October 15, 2011

Successful Campaign So Far — Still Need Your Help

The Building Our Future Capital Campaign has been successful to this point. To date, we have raised $1.8 million of our $2.2 million goal for this campaign. During the process, we have been able to add a few extra necessities to the package without adding any extra costs to this project. However, we still need to raise $400,000 to make this project complete.


If you haven’t made your contribution to this much needed project, please contact Advancement Director Thom McManus at 740.344.3594 ext. 248 or via email:


Every bit helps and every contribution to this campaign places your name on the “Donor Wall of Fame” at Newark Catholic High School forever! Get together with your family members to assemble a gift that will recognize your family as NC supporters and ensure the future success of Newark Catholic High School.


The renovation process has begun!

The Diocese of Columbus has granted permission to begin the renovation process.  Work has begun this summer and is expected to be completed by next summer, in time for the start of the 2012 school year.


Expanded St. Catherine of Siena Chapel & New Education and Art Wing (click to enlarge)

Updated Main Entry, Guidance, & Girls Locker Room (click to enlarge)

Artist's View of Updated Building (click to enlarge)



For more information:  See our website pages


Thank you for your support of Newark Catholic High School

Honoring Our Athletic Hall of Fame Members

October 13, 2011


Newark Catholic has a longstanding history and tradition of excellence in Athletics and in Service by supporters of the school and its programs.


We have added a page to our NC website to honor the current members of our Athletic Hall of Fame and welcome the class of 2011.


You can find our new Athletic Hall of Fame page in the Athletics menu on our website, or can view the page directly with this link.



Also on this new webpage is a Nomination Form you can use to nominate people for the next Hall of Fame class.  The nomination criteria is included with the form.


2011 Induction Ceremony and New Members


Inductee’s are: Tom Callahan, Brendan Courtot, Mary Weisgerber Harrington, Mike Helfer, Jim Marquis, Jeff Roberts and Bob Rogers.


Award of Merit inductee’s are: Charles Riley, Elvira Schell, Dan Swickard and Frank Walther.


The Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Newark Catholic High School


Social Hour from 6 – 7pm, dinner at 7pm with the Induction Ceremony following the dinner.


Tickets are $50 each and can be bought at the high school or at Tony Adams State Farm Insurance, Mid City Auto Body and Hickman’s Barber Shop. For more information, call Dan Swickard (740) 366-6513.


The honorees will also be introduced at halftime of the Newark Catholic vs. Whitehall football game Oct. 14. A meet-and-greet mixer will take place at the high school after the game.