NEWARK – Joseph Windholtz isn’t exactly a prankster, but he knows how to make people smile.
Case in point: the daily announcements at Newark Catholic.
“Riley Stalling and I got a little creative,” said Windholtz, who graduated from the top of his class on Sunday. “We took advantage of an inflow of technology from (IT teacher) Russ Nelson. We had a lot of stuff and tried it, played music to wake them up.”
Director Beth Hill definitely agreed.
“What could be nicer than starting our day at NC than with Joseph Windholtz playing his favorite music (which was mostly my music days),” she said. “It was electric,” said a close friend and senior colleague Duncan Humphries. “They definitely had fun and made everyone’s day to get things started.”
At a school that offers its students a multitude of options, Windholtz used the full potential. He was a Senior Class President and was an active member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. And he was the director of the Kairos Retreat, albeit reluctantly at first.
I said, “someone else can do it,” said Windholtz, who was apparently called to direct everything. “I filled out my application just to appease her. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. It was a lot of fun. I saw each other from a different angle because I was an intermediary between adults and teenagers.” in my upper class. “
Unsurprisingly, his extremely active school life didn’t stop there. Through St. Francis de Sales Troop 8, one of the largest troops in the area and one of the oldest in Ohio, he finally achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
“At first I wanted to renovate the St. Francis garden, but my master scout said that was not enough,” said Windholtz. “Then I talked to Mr. (Chris) Grieb (Campus Minister) about the NC Chapel and made a shrine for St. John Bosco. I painted a mural, but that wasn’t enough. So I added a bookcase to finally to meet the requirement. “
Joseph comes from a family of active athletes. Older sister Patty played golf and softball and was a member of the swimming team. Younger brother Nick is a newbie to baseball while middle school student Elizabeth is jumping into softball. “They are definitely all more athletic than me,” he said. “Swimming was the only sport I did. I wasn’t very good, but at least I tried.”
It’s hard to imagine that he’ll find time to exercise anyway. But staying so busy doesn’t bother him.
“I get on well with it,” said Windholtz. “I take things, keep doing it and keep going. I keep getting involved, but I don’t feel stuck. Outside of school, I still live my life and have fun. It’s definitely a balance between work and free time.”
“He was found on Fridays at the Game Club in Mr. Nelson’s room and challenged his friends and both Mr. Nelson and Mr. (Bob) Smith with various games of skill and chance,” said Hill. “May 4th is probably his favorite day of the school year. He enjoyed the day in his Star Wars gear and shared his excitement with all of us in NC. He’s a quiet but very entertaining young man.”
He’s lucky to have had a good friend like Humphries over the past few years, who has been almost as active as him. Humphries, who played hockey for the Newark Generals and will continue to do so at Denison University, also ran for the Green Wave, was President of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society.
“He’s a scholar and an athlete,” said Windholtz. “He’s very good at math and science, and whatever he does he’s going to tear it up.”
Hill said Windholtz’s smiles and genuine concern for others always prevailed. “He’s very reliable and often lets me take advantage of his kindness by giving building tours, moving furniture, running errands, helping a student or faculty member, or even putting items in the trash can.” She said. “Joseph never hesitated to help others and made sure he looked after them when needed.
“I don’t know how he does everything he does, but what he does he does with pride and thoroughness,” added Hill.
Windholtz has big plans for the future. The 3.89 student will be visiting either Miami of Ohio or Bowling Green and plans to take part in the Air Force ROTC.
“I want to join the Air Force, become a development engineer for them and for the Space Force,” he said. “I love missiles. It’s a new opportunity and I want to be part of it.”
Humphries has no doubt that Windholtz will succeed.
“He’s a born leader who has done a lot for our school,” said Humphries. “Anything he wants to do, he has the motivation and the heart to do it. He’s very open about what he believes in and what he wants to do.”
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