Class officers learned team building and leadership qualities at the Leadership Retreat. Officers learned the importance and responsibilities of being a leader through activities and advice from guest speakers Aaron Dicken, Mayor Greg York, and Mr. Amman. Students also learned of a new point system where officers may earn a leadership pin.
Leadership and service, along with scholarship and character, are integral parts of National Honor Society. Students participate in many community service projects. Each year NHS students participate in the following:
- Collect toys and canned goods for Westminster
- Deliver Valentines and visit with Glen Oaks residents
- Help with Second Harvest food pantry distribution
- Tutor elementary, middle school, and high school students
- Help with elementary fall/spring festivals
- Bring-a-Buddy night for a basketball game
The Peer Mentor program is a leadership program at New Castle High School. Twenty-six students were chosen for training this year. These students must meet the criteria of caring about others, being good listeners, and having good grades. The students are 11th and 12th graders. Elementary students who need tutoring in their academic skills or need a buddy to look up to are also selected to be a part of the program. New Castle High School peer mentors are paired with elementary students from our six local schools. The buddies meet for thirty minutes each week to discuss topics such as making good decisions, staying organized, doing well in school, being a good friend, and so much more. Established over twenty years ago, this program continues to make a positive difference in our community.
The Renaissance philosophy: students and educators work together to RESPECT student character, academic excellence and staffulty, and when they RECOGNIZE, REWARD and REINFORCE achievements in these areas in fun and meaningful ways (for real, we’re talking fun), that leads to RESULTS.
At NCHS, our Student Government has been focused on community involvement and fundraising. This year, we hope to continue that focus. We are currently planning our November Fall Dance and most of those profits will go to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. We also plan to help New Castle’s Tru Harbor by donating supplies each month starting in October. We are also planning a food drive competition for November to help Little Blessings and several food banks in the area in time for holidays. Student Government is working close with Riley Children’s Hospital to plan and organize a Dance Marathon in February. Those proceeds will go to Riley Children’s Hospital. We are also planning a joint effort with the middle school for a Zumbathon with proceeds going to Riley. The Student Government cabinet this year has some wonderful leadership from our officers: President Sarah Maddy, Vice President Zoe Conway, Secretary Emily Smith, and Treasurer Abby Hamilton. They have some awesome goals and work so well together as a team.
TASC is a community service based program that NCCSC students participate in. It works with the Henry County Community Foundation. There is one student from grades 8-12 that serves on the committee.
United Voices is a student-made, student-led organization. The goal is to honor those whose lives have been lost to senseless violence, break the stigma against mental illness, show love, compassion, and understanding, to be heard, and to make a change. In April 2017 we held a “walkout” that was a huge success. We hope to continue that legacy annually and also increase our activities. We have set up message boxes around the school as a way for kids to spread kindness, share their thoughts, and make their voices heard. We need you to help us continue the legacy. Meetings are held every other Thursday in M113.
The Junior Rotarian Program makes connections between top New Castle High School seniors and community businesses and organizations. Each year, sixteen students are chosen to participate in the program. Each senior meets with a group of local Rotarians at Primo Italian restaurant in downtown New Castle twice yearly. Most weeks, the meeting features a guest speaker and a program on local education, the Henry County YMCA, youth sports, politics, or other topics of local interest. The program culminates with a banquet for all Rotarians and Junior Rotarians in May.