Liberty's Cancer Crushers awarded
The LHS Cancer Crushers were awarded the Relay for Life 2015 Team Spirit Award this morning. The American Cancer Society representatives were very impressed with how involved our kids were with the Relay event this year. Liberty members were involved with planning the event and even attended (and helped at) the other Relay events in the Lehigh Valley. Not only were the ACS reps thrilled, but attendees at the event were also very impressed with how many Liberty students were in attendance, and they commented numerous times about how it was nice to see so many students involved with the event.
Last year, Liberty only had three kids present at the Relay for Life event. This year, we had just about 40 kids attend over the 24 hour period. At 3 AM in the morning, 22 Liberty kids were still there supporting the cause. It is nice to show the community that our kids ARE great kids and that they can do great things!
Once again, thanks to everyone who supported Liberty's Cancer Crushers this year. We can't wait to inspire more hope next year!
May 25th declared Josh Plum Day
May 25th, 2015 was declared Josh Plum Day in the City of Bethlehem for his contribution to our City. Josh recently completed a Combined Arm Service Memorial in front of Liberty High School to honor the memory of all those who served our Country.
Plum awarded EPC Scholar Athlete Award
Josh Plum was awarded the Character & Sportsmanship Award for the 2014-2015 School Year at the EPC Scholar Athlete Luncheon at the Stroudmore Country Inn. Out of over 15,000 Student Athletes in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Josh was selected to receive this award. Josh is a three sport athlete and was the PA State Rifle Champion in 2015. Josh also recently completed A Combined Arm Services Memorial located directly in front of Liberty High School.
LHS PJAS Happy in Happy Valley
The following students represented Liberty at the PJAS State Competition in 2015. They presented their individual research projects to judges at the Pennsylvania State University.
- Stephen Wisser, 1st Award
- Man Nguyen, 1st Award
- Riley Walters, 1st Award
- GianCarlo Seixas, 1st Award, Perfect Score
- Milind Jagota, 1st Award, Perfect Score, Special Award: Physics, Penn State Scholarship Award: Physics
- Rounak Samanta, 2nd Award
- Liam Murray, 2nd Award
Liberty Seniors Awarded Scholarships
Liberty gets nominated for 4 Freddy Awards
Congratulations go out to Liberty Theatre for its nominations for Aida
- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Brielle Rivera as Aida, Liberty
- Vic Kumma Award for Outstanding Solo Vocal Performance Brielle Rivera, "Easy As Life"
- Outstanding Performance by an Orchestra
- Outstanding Use of Lighting
Intermediate Marketing Musikfest class reveal their band selections for the summer festival
Hurricane Football lends a hand
Liberty Football players volunteered to help clean up Sand Island, the canal the tow path on Saturday, April 18th.
Coach Truby was contacted by April Andrews, a former student who works for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor to see if he could get some students out for an Earth Day clean up event. Over forty members of Liberty's football team worked from 9-12 on Saturday to make Bethlehem just a little nicer.
LHS Team takes third at Cedar Crest College's Bio Olympics
The science department is proud of the novice team we fielded for Cedar Crest's Bio-Olympics. In a group of 18 esteemed and seasoned teams, we brought home one third place team award in Experimental Design and Analysis. This is the first time in history that LHS has competed. We look forward to next year's competition (now that we know what to expect!) and an even better showing!
Plum on target for States
Senior Josh Plum shot to win the 2015 Pennsylvania State Champion Scholastic Individual Shooter award. That's one senior who was right on target!
College Selection Day: Liberty Edition
Liberty High School is pleased to announce the college selection of twenty-three of our standout athletes.
- Football Louis Csaszar Villanova University; Izaiah Avent Lafayette College; Cameron Brusko University of New Hampshire; Elijah Hall West Chester University; Darius Gomez Delaware Valley College; Ray Pacheco Delaware Valley College; Josiah Wright Muhlenberg College
- Field Hockey Chelsea DeFrancisco DeSales University; Tejya Johnson Widener University
- Cross Country Alex Fitch Misericordia University
- Golf Dominic Marfisi Albright
- Cheerleading Lizzy Golden Temple University; Payton Pinter Kutztown University; Abby Tenaglia Kutztown University
- Wrestling Kyle Gildner Wilkes University; John Ritter Wilkes University
- Swimming and Diving Jacob Jones Marywood University; Evan Smith Shippensburg University
- Baseball Ben Kraihanzel Eastern University; Michael Mittl Moravian College; Logan Steidinger Albright University
- Softball Precious Torres Marywood University; Kayla Wirth- PSU-Hazleton
- Boys LAX Tyler Seddon University of Tampa
- Track and Field Casey Clearie East Stroudsburg University
Delaware Valley Science Fair: Jagota Nails First
Ceren Alici, Milind Jagota, Stephen Wisser, GianCarlo Seixas attended the Lehigh Valley Science Fair at Lehigh University March 14, 2015. The purpose of this regional science fair is to increase awareness in the areas of mathematics, science, technology and engineering and motivate students to pursue careers in these fields. Upon placing in their individual categories at the Lehigh Valley Science Fair, they were invited to attend the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF). DVSF includes students who placed in their respective regional science fairs in Delaware, New Jersey and NorthEastern Pennsylvania.
Of the four Liberty High School students that qualified to compete that the Delaware Valley Science Fair, the following young men received awards for their research projects:
- GianCarlo Seixas eceived a 3rd place award in 10th grade physics for his project titled: Investigations of the Geomagnetic Model.
- Milind Jagota received a 1st place award in 11th grade physicsfor his project titled: Transparent Conductors Based on Metal Nanorods. Milind also won a silver metal in the overall 11th grade science fair. This qualified Milind to attend the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which he will be attending in May this year. Milind's research efforts awarded him a partial scholarship to Drexel University and University of the Sciences. Additionally, Milind received the DuPont Excellence in Science Award, NANO/BIO Interface Center Award, The Franklin Institute Physics Award and the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award.
Travel to France Next Summer
Georgia Tech visits Project Lead the Way
Georgia Tech sophomore engineering and computer science students visited Mr. Bing's Project Lead The Way - Introduction to Engineering Design class last week. Bing's niece Megan Tappan, and her five friends Christina Herd, Dillon Weeks, Luke Telljohann, James Nugent, and Jennifer Zhang) took advantage of their Spring Break from Georgia Tech to take a road trip up the East Coast.
The Georgia Tech students shared how much they wished they had a high school level engineering program to help them prepare for college with Bing's class. They encouraged the Project Lead the Way students to keep working hard and continue to learn new skills, as these skills will serve them well in the very near future. The Liberty students were able to ask questions of "real life" college students and an excellent discussion evolved including everything from college life to tuition costs and scholarships.
Liberty Science Olympiad Team brings home five medals
Liberty's Science Olympiad Team brought home five medals from Kutztown University on Tuesday, March 10th.
- Scrambler - 1st Place Medal: Milind Jagota & Dan Keyes
- Write-it Do-it - 3rd Place Medal: Jenny Kaufmann & Josh Ledyard
- Disease Detectives - 3rd Place medal: May Wai & Ben Kussmaul
- Technical Problem Solving - 4th Place Medal: Jenny Kaufmann & Ben Kussmaul
- Anatomy & Physiology - 1st Place Medal: Paula Escott & Emily Ledyard.
Liberty Grapplers put on strong showing at States
Coach Karam, his staff and his wrestlers capped off a very impressive season with a solid representation of Liberty High School at The PIAA State Wrestling Championships in Hershey this last weekend. Kyle Gildner, Luke Werner, Andrew Gunning, and KJ Fenstermacher battled hard in all of their matches. Congratulations to KJ who finished 7th in the State and Andrew who finished 5th in the State. Well done!
Liberty Robotics places 10th
The team of Isabel Stoeckley, Wyatt Evans-Gartly, Jeff Baser, and Jacob Shaw qualified for the quarter finals where Liberty lost to last year's State Champions. Later this month Liberty will compete in Pittsburgh, to to attempt to qualify for the US Open Robotics Competition in Iowa, in April.
Manion represents at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
This Saturday, February 28th, Rebecca Manion represented LHS at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare Competition at DeSales University. She performed beautifully, and made it to the final round! Although she ultimately did not place, she opened the student showcase and earned the following ranks against 65 other competitors: Round I: 2nd place ranking; Round II: 1st place ranking; Round III: 4th place ranking.
Liberty sending four to Hershey
Four Liberty Wrestlers will compete in the PIAA State Tournament beginning this Thursday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Liberty had 3 NE Regional Finalists in Luke Werner, Andrew Gunning, and KJ Fenstemacher. Kyle Gildner will also be headed to states, placing 5th in the NE Regional tournament. Luke Werner and Andrew Gunning finished in 2nd place and KJ Fenstemacheris a Northeast Regional Champion!
Congratulations Coach Karam and Liberty Wrestling!
Liberty Swimming's Boys take Second Place in District XI
Individually, Julia McCarty qualified for the PIAA State meet in the 200IM and 100 Breast Stroke. Both of Julia's swims are new Liberty High School Records! Robert Negron also qualified in the 50 Freestyle AND our 200M Freestyle Relay Team of Robert Negron, Jacob Jones, Brandon Hlavady, Evan Smith are DXI CHAMPIONS!
Congratulations Coach Faust and all of the Swimmers for an outstanding season! Good Luck at Bucknell next week at the PIAA Swimming Championships.
Liberty takes 4 Bronze Medals at LVC/MVC Science Olympiad
This year, the LV Conference and the Mt. Valley Conference were combined in one competition at NCCC. Because of the combination of conferences, there were far feweer metals awarded. Despite that, Liberty won four bronze medals:
- Disease Detectives: May Wai & Ben Kussmaul
- Cell Biology: Sienna McNett & Jenny Kaufmann
- Anatomy & Physiology: Paula Escott & Emily Ledyard
- Wright Stuff (powered aircraft): Stephan Alhov & Theo Lee
Colvin produces video for new ESOL students coming to Liberty
LHS Broadcast Journalism is proud to present, Senior Nick Colvin's Introduction to Liberty for ESOL Students a video created by Nick and a small group of ESOL students Colvin lead, organized, produced and edited this production. During the first semester, Nick and the small group of English Language learners worked collaboratively on what a new English Language Learning student might need when first entering LHS. They felt like this introduction to the LHS campus in conjunction with a physical tour would lessen the anxiety of entering such a large building. Click Here to watch the video.
Plum named State Champion Individual Shooter
Senior Josh Plum was crowned State Champion Individual shooter while the Liberty Rifle Team took 8th place overall. All State Honors go out to Josh Plum as Individual Shooter and Kyle Ross for Team Shooter.
The results were electronically scored as a new targe was shot this year for the state matches.
McHenry's Health 2 Class makes a video
This video was created by Health 2 block 3 students in honor of IHeartInclusion Week. The students began the process by discussing all the physical, academic and social challenges that are present at Liberty High School. They prepared short video clips to represent some of the differences among them. To pull the project together, the students then discussed different qualities that make them similar. Enjoy as you watch some of Liberty's finest in the short film "We Are One".
Five Wrestlers Advance to Regionals
Liberty Wrestling is sending five wrestlers to next weekend's Regional championship. Luke Werner at 106 lbs won his weight-class and pinned every one of his opponents. At 113 lbs, KJ Fenstermacher finished in 2nd place along with 220 pounder Andrew Gunning, who also finished in 2nd place. Kyle Gildner took 4th at 285 and at 138 John Ritter finished in 5th place. Each of these wrestlers will be in competition this coming weekend at Regionals, here at the LHS Memorial Gym Friday and Saturday, February 27th and 28th.
Miller & Fenza represent Liberty at Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League All Star Game
Liberty artists make their mark at the East Central PA Scholastic Art Awards 2015
Please congratulate Meaghan Seybert for earning a Silver Key in the 2015 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards. Kiera Ginthner and Raisa Kochmaruk both earned Honorable Mentions. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday February 22 at noon at William Allen High School. Their artwork will be on display at the Allentown Art Museum through Sunday, March 15.
Manion takes 3rd place at the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition
Senior Rebecca Manion represented Liberty at the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Competition at the Adrienne Theatre in downtown Philadelphia. Students from 20 schools competed, and Rebecca won third place with a monologue from Richard III and Sonnet 145. She will be honored at an awards ceremony in March, where she will receive an engraved medal and a $250 scholarship.
Liberty Chess clinches Steel Division Championship
After defeating Allentown Central Catholic last evening, Liberty's own wood pushers played Nazareth to a draw finishing the season wih a 9-1-2 record. This was one of the team's best seasons ever. Liberty will face Parkland on Thursday, February 19th. If the team wins, they will go against the "Northern" division champions onf February 27th. Congratulations to: Captain Jeremy Lutack, Milo Foell, Ryan Kehler, Evan Heaney, Devin Schrader, Ashley Schaeffer, Brian Hill, Andrew Malozzi, Man Nguyen, Sawan Ruangsang volunteer assistant coach and Advisor Mr. Dave Ambrose.
Air Products Supports BASD MiniTHON
BASD MiniTHON members thank Air Products for their donation of $3,500 to help in the fight against pediatric cancer. Thank you for your sponsorship Air Products!
Abbey Lewis to attend Regionals
Liberty senior, Abbey Lewis has earned the opportunity to attend the Regional Competition of Poetry Out Loud. Congratulations to Abbey and many thanks to Mr. McKenna and Mrs. Hricik for their support!
Robotics club makes it to States
Congratulations to Colin Muller!
Lewis Rocks Poetry Out Loud
On Friday, December 19th, Liberty High School hosted a school-wide contest for Poetry Out Loud with lead teachers Sara Hricik and Mark McKenna. This national recitation contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through recitation and memorization. Each student must memorize three poems from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology, one of which must be 25 lines or fewer and one written before the 20th century. This year's winner, senior Abbey Lewis, presented "Over and Under" by John Brehm. The runner up was sophomore Stephanie Collado, who presented "Four Portraits of Fire" by Lorna Dee Cervantes. Abbey will represent Liberty at the regional contest on February 5th, 2015, at the Allentown Art Museum. Congratulations to all who participated!
Cancer Crushers Bears
LHS Cancer Crushers will be selling custom-made Teddy Bears that will be given to sick children to help them have a "Beary" special holiday season. The group is asking for a minimum donation of $10 for each bear.
If you or a group of individuals / department would be interested in purchasing (sponsoring) a bear for a child, please email Mr. Little. Each bear will wear a tag naming its sponsor when it is given to a child at a local hospital. All proceeds go to support Relay for Life. Thanks for helping to inspire HOPE this holiday season!
2014-15 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Hall of Fame Committee at Liberty High School is pleased to announce the 2014- 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. Eighteen individuals and two State Championship teams will be recognized at the January 31st 2015 event hosted by The Liberty Athletic Club. (read the whole story here)
Varsity Scholastic Scrimage takes Steel Division Championship
Liberty's Varsity Scholastic Scrimmage team won the Steel Division Championship on Monday at Freedom.
Liberty and Easton finished the season with a 4 and 1 record, but our 715 total points outscored Easton's 625. Liberty will compete in the semi-finals on Dec 8th. Congratlations to Jenny Kaufmann (Captain), Sam Kaufmann, Milind Jagota, Ben Kussmaul, and Julian Mark
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LHS Broadcasting visits WLVT Chanel 39
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Liberty High School's Broadcast Journalism class visited PBS39 at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks. WLVT's Laura McHugh greeted Broadcasting students upon their arrival and started the kids on a tour of the WLVT Channel 39 broadcasting, studio, control rooms and production facilities. After the tour, students watched as the third of a three part series, Focus: Obamacare: Ready or Not was taped to be aired next week.
On the Focus set McHugh explained the process of taping a weekly program to the students. Once the taping of the Focus episode was complete, McHugh, reporters Brittany Garzillo and Grover Silcox along with Videographer Jeff Frederick and Master controller spent time helping the Liberty students use the WLVT equipment to tape an episode of the Liberty Daily Bulletin, to be shown on Friday. Students operated the cameras, and controlled all aspects of the production under the expert's supervision. Click HERE to see MORE Pictures from the visit. The Broadcast footage taped at WLVT 39 will be posted later today.
Math Team Finding the Formula
Liberty's Math team returned from competition at Bloomsburg University yesterday with the following achievements. Of the 72 teams in the competition:
Our team consisting of: Milind Jagota, Ben Kussmaul, Jenny Kaufmann and Tim Walters finished in 2nd place in the Brain Teaser competition and they finished in 3rd place in the Quiz Bowl
Our team consisting of: Brice Kessler, Lucy Kitch-Peck, Andrew Malozzi, Jocelyn Snyder, finished in 3rd place in the 24-Game competition.