NSG.bmp History of NHS Student Government

Brief Overview of Founding

The most recent version of a "student council" or "student government" organization was created during the 2002-2003 school year under the direction of Mr. Brent Freccia at the behest of then Principal Flo Rieman.

The prior organization, known as the Student Government Association, was disbanded in the early 1990's with many of its responsibilities divided amongst other school organizations, most notably BAASU (which took over the Talent Show), the class councils (Spirit Week) and the Student Activities Advisory Committee (a forerunner of the modern "Sportsmanship Committee", it was placed in charge of PepFests and Homecoming). The driving student forces behind what became known as Newark Student Government were Meredith Mosko (Class of 2005) and Chelsea Mayer (Class of 2006).

Due to further restructuring of membership criteria (transitioning from homeroom representatives to an "open" body), the Constitution was re-written in 2004. The full text of the Student Government Constitution can be found here.

Advisors of Newark's Student Government

  • Mr. Brent J. Freccia (advisor since 2002)

Past officers of Newark's Student Government (from most recent)


  • President Shawn Patterson
  • Vice President Glenn Watson
  • Secretary Jess Ermak
  • Treasurer Laura Newhard
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Michelle Lepori-Bui


  • President Justine Watson
  • Vice President Alexis Cutonilli
  • Secretary Catharine Parker
  • Treasurer Sarah Hurst
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Jae Shim


  • President Chelsea Mayer
  • Vice President Sarah Hale
  • Secretary Catharine Parker
  • Treasurer Alexis Cutonilli
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Justine Watson


  • President Lynzee Nichols
  • Vice President Chelsea Maher
  • Secretary Josh Read
  • Treasurer Kate Saltz (was impeached in December, replaced by Kaira Patrick)
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Maria Murtaugh (was impeached in October, replaced by Meredith Mosko)


  • President Eli Turkel
  • Vice President Chelsea Maher
  • Secretary Josh Read
  • Treasurer Stephanie DeSanno
  • Historian Aaron Kendall


  • Executive Council (developing the Constitution): Meredith Mosko, Eli Turkel, Josh Read, Stephanie DeSanno, Aaron Kendall, Abdula Mian, Lynzee Nichols, Bethanie Walker, and Dawn Brown

Activities run by NSG since restarting the organization in 2003

Current Activities

  • Homecoming (2004-present)
    • 2004 - Mardi Gras
      • Winning Homecoming Float - Class of 2007 (Sophomore Class)
    • 2005 - Enchanted Evening
      • Winning Hall Decoration - Class of 2006 (Senior Class)
      • Winning Homecoming Float - Class of 2009 (Freshman Class)
    • 2006 - Under the Sea
      • Winning Hall Decoration - Class of 2008 (Junior Class)
      • Winning Homecoming Float - Class of 2008 (Junior Class)
    • 2007 - Polynesian Luau
      • Winning Hall Decoration -
      • Winning Homecoming Float -

  • Faculty Dodgeball Tournament (2005-present)
    • 2005 - Personal Studies team defeated the English Department team 2-1 (6 teams)
    • 2006 - English Department team defeated the Math Department team 2-0 (4 teams)
    • 2007 - Black Team defeated the Yellow Team 2-0 (4 teams)

  • Student Dodgeball Tournament (2007-present)
    • 2007 - NHS Baseball defeated The Bangaz 2-0 (9 teams)

  • Mascot (2006-present)
    • 2006-2007: Attended Fall PepFest, DIAA 1st Round Football Game at Middletown, Choice Open House 2007, Student Dodgeball Tournament, Faculty Dodgeball Tournament, Newark Survivor Tournament cafeteria meet-and-greet, Spring PepFest, 114th NHS Graduation Ceremony, and the 2007 Relay for Life.

  • Newark Survivor (2007-present)
    • 2007 - The Fantastic Freccia's (the Student Government team) won with 39 points (5 teams)

Activities currently "retired"

  • Newark Welfare Committee Winter Food Drive (December 2004)

  • PepFest (Fall 2004, Winter 2005, Spring 2005) - transfered responsibility to the Sportsmanship Committee in the Fall of 2005)
    • Scrubs vs. Pros basketball competition (Winter 2005 PepFest) - Scrub team beat the Varsity team in the five minute game 10-9

  • Prom Fashion Show (March 2005) - problems with vendors and safety issues led to this activity being abandoned
    • Held a modeling competition to select students to participate in the Fashion show
    • 16 students were selected and participated
    • Five dollar admission was charged, about 200 people attended

  • Hurricane Katrina relief drive (September 2005)
    • Raised over $1,500 for Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, MS following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
    • Used I-Flurtz as the fundraising tool and also matched funds collected/raised by other student organizations in the school community

  • iFlurtz Fundraiser (2004 and 2006) - no longer needed additional funds from fundraisers