School News

NC Fall Update

September 9, 2012


The 2012-13 school year is off and running! It’s been a fast and furious fall at Newark Catholic so far. Homecoming Week was filled with fun and school spirit. The students dressed up as twins, super heroes and donned their favorite spirit wear. Father Wilson helped us all remember our roots during Homecoming Mass and the football team beat Heath in front of the Homecoming royalty of Kevin Bourne, King and Courtney McCracken, Queen.



All School Retreat

During Catholic Schools Week, the NC students had their annual retreats. This year was a little different because the NC Campus was shut down due to construction. The freshmen held their retreat at St. Francis de Sales, the sophomores went to The Church of the Blessed Sacrament while the juniors and seniors held their retreats at Sts. Peter & Paul Retreat Center. “MVP” (Morals, Values & Principals) was the freshmen theme.” Unity through the Church” was the theme for the sophomores. The junior retreat theme was” My Moral Mission” and the seniors took the” Emmaus Walk”. All of the retreats were centered around the four Cardinal Virtues; Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice.


Fall Sports

After a loss in the season opener, the football team has picked up steam in running off six straight wins! The latest victory was 25-9 over arch rival Licking Valley at White Field. The Green Wave then took care of Whitehall with a 41-6 win setting up an MSL-OHIO showdown with Granville. The Green Wave sit atop of Region 23 and the MSL-Ohio with just two games to play.


In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Coach Helfer, the volleyball team finished the regular season 21-1.The Lady Wave garnered the number one seed in the Central District. The Ladies captured the always tough Golden Spike tournament and clinched the MSL-Ohio title.


Cross Country is very young this year but are rounding into top form at the right time. The girls recently captured the Cambridge Invitational while the boys took second as well as both teams finishing 4thin the MSL.


The Girl’s Golf Team set some new team record scores this year and won more matches than ever before. The girls will only be losing one senior to graduation, so the future of girls’ golf at NC looks good.


The Boy’s Golf Team was looking to make a return to the State Tournament this year but were edged out in a playoff for the final spot for the State. The Green Wave golfers did beat Granville twice this year ending a thirty-three year drought against the Blue Aces as they finished with an 86-20 record.


Academic Wing

The new Academic Wing is well under way and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012! The new classrooms should be ready for students and teachers for the start of Second Semester in January. It hasn’t always been convenient for our teachers and students, but everyone is getting excited about the new edition!

Service Hours Update: 2013 Touch of Class Auction Added

August 28, 2012

Thank you to everyone who is making use of our new Service Hours Online Tool this year.  We are pleased with the participation and the positive benefits so far this year. 


If you haven’t signed up for your hours yet, or haven’t created your account, there is still time.  Do it soon while you still have a choice in hours to work.



The 2013 Touch of Class Auction has just been added to the database.  This event has 334 workers needed to be signed up.  You can go in and sign up to work your favorite shifts and tasks now.


A few stats of interest from the participation thus far in the Service Hours Online Tool:

  • New service hours tool went online on June 3  (just under 3 months ago)
  • There are 205 worker users who have created accounts
  • Those users represent 168 different households  (some households have multiple accounts)
  • 4,786 service hours have been signed up  (1,204 tasks/shifts have been signed up)
  • 58 households have all their required hours signed up
  • 93 households have at least 25 hours signed up so far

Thank you to everyone who is actively using our new Service Hours Online Tool. 


We believe things are going smoothly, but if you run into issues or have questions, please contact the school office.

NC Welcomes New Teachers

August 28, 2012

There are some new faces in the classrooms at Newark Catholic this year. The Spanish department went through a complete overhaul replacing both teachers. Ms. Natasha Gallagher is teaching Spanish 1&2, as well as “Period Zero” at St. Francis de Sales. Mrs. Linda Blanchard is teaching Spanish 3, 4 & 5 including the Ohio Dominican “Dual Enrollment” courses for Spanish 4 & 5. Mr. Greg Wolfe is also new to the NC Math Department this year. Greg is teaching Algebra 1 & 2.


We welcome our new teachers to our community and staff. If you see their smiling new faces, make sure to welcome them to the Newark Catholic community.


Mr. Greg Wolfe Mrs. Linda Blanchard Ms. Natasha Gallagher

2012 Graduates Earn Over $3.2M in Scholarships

August 27, 2012


Congratulations to the 62 members of the Newark Catholic class of 2012 who have earned more than $3.2 Million in academic scholarships!  (as reported up through June 8th)


This large amount of scholarships earned speaks to the high caliber of students, people, and education at Newark Catholic.


We are proud of each of our graduates for their many accomplishments.


Wondering where the Class of 2012 is off to next?

Here are the plans of our fine graduates as we know so far:


  • Devani Adam – Walsh University
  • Brian Back – University of Cincinnati
  • Jonathan Berryhill – Ohio University
  • Jordan Berryhill – Central Ohio Technical College
  • Lauren Blair – undecided
  • Natalie Bowman – The Ohio State University
  • Mariah Brennan – Mount St. Joseph
  • Joshua Brown  – The Ohio State University
  • Tia Brown –  Westminster College
  • Lisa Brownlee  – Columbus State Community College
  • Ian Buchanan – Otterbein University
  • Dakota Burger – Columbus State Community College
  • Meghan Ceneviva – Xavier University
  • McKenzie Clark – Columbus State Community College
  • Olivia Daniels – The Ohio State University
  • Jack Durham Jr. – Ohio University
  • Elane Edly – Ohio University
  • Eric Eisenbach – undecided
  • Hayley Feightner – University of Dayton
  • Trevor Garber–  Otterbein University
  • Carrie Ghiloni – Ohio Dominican University
  • Colleen Gilmore – undecided
  • Jayla Graves – Marietta College
  • Catherine Harrington – University of Louisiana Monroe
  • Eleanor Horton – Capital University
  • Shane Jewell – The Ohio State University
  • Nicholas Klein – The Ohio State University
  • Nicole Lewis – University of Akron
  • Cristina Lopez – The Ohio State University
  • James Lough – The Ohio State University
  • Renee Lutze – Columbus State Community College
  • Elizabeth Maddern – The Ohio State University
  • Madison Marmie – Ohio University
  • Luke Mauter – Otterbein University
  • Trent McCabe – Columbus State Community College
  • Taylor Meek – Ohio University
  • Nicholas Mercer – College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Nathanael (Nate) Ohl – United States Military Academy
  • Olivia Ortega – undecided
  • Clay Parker – The Ohio State University
  • Tanner Potts – Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Joseph Pourier – Walsh University
  • Megan Ridzon – The Ohio State University
  • Jordan Riley – undecided
  • Julia Roche – Eastern Michigan University
  • Joel Roth – The Ohio State University
  • Spencer Ruess – The Ohio State University
  • Ana Sabo – University of Cincinnati
  • Joshua Scott – Central Ohio Technical College
  • Ali Scullion – The Ohio State University
  • Connor Shook – Walsh University
  • Erin Sims – Heidelberg University
  • Audrey Stallworth – The Ohio State University
  • Stephen Stein – University of Toledo
  • Jessica Tomlinson – Columbus State Community College
  • Katherine Toth – Bowling Green State University
  • Garrett Vernau – Tiffin University
  • Haley Wagner–  Bowling Green State University
  • Logan Walker – undecided
  • Kimberly White – The Ohio State University
  • Hannah Winter – undecided
  • Brittany Wolfe – Ohio University

Girls Golf Coach Gina Carpenter (NC ’01) Dies After Long Illness

July 25, 2012


Gina received her first set of golf clubs as a gift from her father, and the sport quickly became one of her greatest passions. She worked for several years at the Licking Springs Trout Club, eagerly waiting for the end of the work day when she could then play 36 holes with her cousin and great friend, Cory Conley. She was the head coach for the Newark Catholic Girls Golf Team the past 4 years, and was truly devoted to her team.


She was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament Elementary and a 2001 graduate of Newark Catholic High School. Gina continued her education at Ashland University and The Ohio State University where she studied sports management and psychology.


Gina passed away at the Arlington Care Center on Monday, July 23, 2012. She was the daughter of Paul and Sharon (Sutton) Carpenter.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carpenter family.


There’s a nice story about Gina in the Newark Advocate here.

Wollenberg Named Advocate’s 2012 Female Athlete of the Year

July 10, 2012

Caroline Wollenberg (click to enlarge) - photo courtesy of the Newark Advodate

Congratulations to Newark Catholic senior Caroline Wollenberg for being named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year by the Newark Advocate.


As a junior, Caroline was an MSL-Ohio Central District pick in both basketball and softball.  She helped NC win the MSL and District titles in basketball, and almost to the district championship in softball.


Caroline led the Green Wave’s basketball team this year with 81 percent foul  shooting and 52 percent field-goal shooting, averaging 11 points and 7 rebounds per game.


In softball, she batted .462 with 5 home runs, 33 BI, and 30 runs scored.  She was NC’s cleanup hitter and third baseman.


See the online Advocate story here.


Click on one of the pictures below to see a pop-up slideshow.  Reminder that there are thousands of NC pictures available here for viewing and purchase, starting at just $0.69.  Proceeds benefit the NC Athletic Association.


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.