New Castle Senior High School
Jordan Earns Eagle Scout Award Print

Congratulations to ninth grader Zachary Jordan, who recently achieved a milestone in earning the Boy Scout rank of Eagle.  For his Eagle project, Zachary chose to restore the New Castle VFW Post 315's memorial box containing a memorial plaque and the VFW's flagpole, which were in a deteriorated condition with the block walls crumbling and caving in.  Besides being an eyesore, it was also a safety hazard.  Zachary led his troop members in tearing down the existing structure, rebuilding the block walls, refilling it with mulch and topsoil, and planting flowers to make the memorial box presentable once again.  

As a member of Boy Scouts of America, Troop 712, Zachary started pursuing his interest in the Scouts in kindergarten as a Cub Scout.  Through the years as a Scout, he shared that he has made many friends and enjoyed a lot of fun experiences.  His message to young students who may be interested in becoming a Scout is, "Keep with it!"

Way to go, Zachary!  

Sr. High Students Rock PJAS Competition Print

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Congratulations to our New Castle Sr. High students and teacher sponsors, who once again earned top-notch honors at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) State Competition at Penn State University.  Our students earned twenty-two (22) First Place awards, forty-four (44) Second Place awards, and one (1) Third Place award. These State Awards are the most for any school (public, private, parochial, cyber or charter) in the state of Pennsylvania!

Eighth Grade:  Evan Brown, Brayden Cartwright, Nicholas Papa, Sophia Reider, Haley Stabile
Ninth Grade:  Skylar Duffee, Mia Esoldo, Kelly Green, Alexandra Hunkele, Hannah Jones, Ashley Kohnen, Katelynn McFall, Savannah McQuaig, Alexa Reider,  Andrew Salem, Mark Torsello, Megan Vercilla, Jonah Warner, Adriana Wheeler
Tenth Grade:  Jordyn Essinger, Sierra McCullough,  Kiera Thompson
7th Grade:  Abby Gonzalez
8th Grade:  Angelina Domenick, Abby Fenske, Lindsay Frabotta,  Alexis Gish, Nicolette Pierce, Alyssa Salem, Olivia Valenti, Annalynn Wharry
9th Grade: Angela Bradley, Maria Cade, Chase Caravella, Grace Currie, Ian Frost, Alexandria Hunkele, Zachary Jordan, Annalynn Lalama, Angelo Mangino, Carmie Matarazzo, Joseph Morgan, Adriana Wheeler, Victoria Young
10th Grade: Karyn Annarumo, Eva Ashbaugh, Haley Beckman, Devynne Booker, Jonathan Brown, Carley DiPietro, Jaiden Eggleston, Jmya Eggleston, John Ford, Matt Gibson,  Andrew Gonzales, Levi Green, Zane Hamill, Ethan Hamill, Rianna Lyden, Joey Pauletich, Katelyn Peak, Haley Piatt, Concetta Pounds, Paige Shaftic, Francis Shon, Lexi Thompson, Edward Turney, Alexis Wesner
Ninth Grade:  Mariah Shepherd 
Special thanks to the following teacher sponsors for the hundreds of after-school hours spent with the students to prepare them for Regionals and States:  Mr. Bill Bradley, Mrs. Susan Harlan, Mr. Chadd Quimby, Mrs. Suzette Senchak and Mrs. Leah Ann Williams.  Congratulations to all of our PJAS students and staff on a job well done!


District-wide Art Exhibit Print

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On April 29th, 2015 the 2nd Annual New Castle District-Wide Art Show was presented by art teachers Ryan Miller, Season Nogay,  Kaycee Aubel, and Rebecca Mays.  Artwork and individual senior shows from grades preK-12 were displayed in the school lobby and arts wing.  Parents, family and supporters of the arts came to view the works of art that ranged from recycled and reused sculptures to traditional drawings and paintings.   Awards were given to students who exceeded in the production of those displayed.  The judges included Mrs. Marino, Mr. Blund,o and Mr. Crum along with Mrs. Nogay And Mrs. Aubel as advisors.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

  • Best of Show - Jason Montgomery, Grade 9
  • First place - Jamielyn  Liskooka, Grade 9
  • Second Place - Ethan Green, Grade 12
  • Third place - Derek Brown, Grade 10 and Makayla Stoner, Grade 9


Lawrence County Trivia Competition Print
New Castle students once again left their mark at the most recent Academic Games competition, this one being Lawrence County Trivia. Lawrence County Trivia is a game based on about 200 cards, much like those in Trivial Pursuit, with six questions on each card . The categories are sports, history, industry, people, buildings, and geography.  The questions are all based on Lawrence County history and written by members of the Historical Society. There are five rounds of six questions.  Scoring is based on the number wrong. If out of 50 students, 46 missed the question, the remaining four students earn 46 points. The students have to study in the Gifted Ed class period but also on their own.  At the junior high level, this is the first time any of the participating students have played. 

The results of the 2015 Lawrence Country Trivia Competition are as follows:

Senior High Individual (the top 10 were recognized):
  • Eric Groves - 8th place
  • Anthony Houston - 7th place
  • Casandra Maas - 2nd place with 656 points
  • Jonah Warner - 1st place with 725 points
Senior High Teams (out of 16 teams)
There was a first place tie between two New Castle teams; both had a score of 227.

Team 1 Anthony Houston, Eric Groves, & Jonah Warner
Team 2 Cassandra Maas & Michelle Pfahles

Junior High Individual (the top 10 were recognized):
  • Sophia Reider - 9th place
  • Rachel Lloyd - 7th place
  • Stephanie Toy - 6th place
  • Marissa Polding- 5th place
  • Austin Browne - 2nd place with 252 points
  • Lindsay Frabotta - 1st place  with 270 points

Junior High Teams (out of 7 teams)

Team 1  Jeffrey Shaftic, Matthew Ball,  & Austin Browne - 4th place with 45 points
Team 2  Sophia Sager, Rachel Lloyd, & Marissa Polding - 3rd place with 53 points 
Team 3  Sophia Reider, Stephanie Toy, & Lindsay Frabotta - 61 points
Congratulations to all of our participating students on a job well done! 
Challenge Program Awards New Castle Seniors Print
challengeprogram.jpgThe Challenge Program, Inc. recently distributed $200 financial incentives to the seniors at New Castle Senior High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Community Service. Golden Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation is the sponsor of the program at the school.

Pictured front row, left to right: Dylan Smith, Academic Improvement, and Brady Haering, Community Service.

Back row, left to right: Christopher Ball, STEM; John Italia, Attendance; John Deep, Academic Excellence; and Mark Nord of Golden Hill Nursing& Rehabilitation.

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New Castle Senior High School
300 East Lincoln Ave.
New Castle, PA 16101
Phone: (724) 656-4700
Fax: (724) 658-3916

Principal: Mr. Richard Litrenta
Asst. Principal: Mr. Ralph Blundo
Asst. Principal: Mrs. Tabitha Marino
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