May Science Students of the Month
Be prepared for your Junior Year!
The LHS Science Department would like to congratulate the Sara Thorpe and Joe Lule who were named May's Science Students of the Month. Sara consistently demonstrates a desire to learn and clearly is intrinsically motivated. Sara's enthusiasm and her admirable work ethic will surely bring her much success in the future. Joe Lule is a junior taking physics, earning an A every marking period. He will be attending to Millersville University to major in world studies. Congratulations to both of these outstanding students.
LHS Senior Athletes Sign
Seventeen of Liberty's Senior student-athletes signed Letters of Intent today with the colleges they will be playing for next school year in a ceremony at LHS. Coaches and parents were in attendance to watch the signing ceremony.
LHS Athletic Director Sam Senneca and Liberty Principal Joann Durante also spoke to the assembled crowd. Liberty's Signing Day had been postponed due to snow and then a watermain break earlier in the year.
Student-Athletes present at today's Signing Ceremony: Ashley Bothwell, Swimming, Weidner University; Sam Boyer, Football, Moravian College; Anthony Cabrera, Wrestling, Ithaca College; Vanessa Chambers, Track, Muhlenberg College; Jess Cygan, Cross Country & Track, William & Mary; Tom Darlington, Cross Country & Track, Monmouth University; William Duffy, Football, East Stroudsburg University; Caroline Fitch, Swimming, Kings College; Dior George, Softball, Moravian College; Thomas Haller, Baseball, York College of Pennsylvania; Darrun Hilliard, Basketball, Villanova University; Dante Holmes, Football, Dean College; Jacob Kelhart, Swimming, Clarion University; Drew Persa, West Chester University, Football; James Sawyer, Baseball, University of Scranton; Kaitlyn Schnalzer, Volleyball, Weidner University; Ellen Walker, Soccer, University of Scranton.
LHS Principal Joann Durante also took this opportunity to announce that Liberty had, for the 21st year running, won the right to hold the Liberty / Freedom Bell, thanks in no small part to the efforts of these student-athletes.
Author Jack Gantos visited Liberty on Tuesday, April 19th to speak to English classes about his book Hole in my Life. Students from several classes had the opportunity to listen to the author speak and answer their questions in a small-group setting. [read more here]
From Mr. Gantos's biography:
Jack Gantos is author of over forty books for children from the Rotten Ralph picture books, collections of Jack Henry short stories, upper elementary and middle school Joey Pigza novels, young adult novels—Love Curse of the Rumbaughs, Desire Lines, and a memoir, Hole in My Life. His work can entertain readers from the cradle to the grave.
Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Masters Degree Program in Children's Literature, Writing and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools and libraries. His works have received a Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, National Book Award Honor and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN Award for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children's Literature. His most recent novel is Dead End in Norvelt, due out the fall of 2011.
Smull advances to United States National Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to Junior Jud Smull who has advanced to the National level of competition for the American Chemical Society's United States National Chemistry Olympiad. Jud was one of only 10 students from the Lehigh Valley to move on to the national competition. The initial local test was held Saturday (March 5th) at Muhlenberg College. Liberty had 22 students participating. There were over 90 students competing at the local level.
Approximately 10,000 U.S. students between the ages of 13 and 18 enter local Chemistry Olympiad competitions vying for a chance to compete in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad. ACS local sections conduct competitions each March to select nominees for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad. Each local section can send 10 students to participate in the national competition. Exams for the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Competition will be administered April 14-18, 2011. Nearly 1,000 students are expected to participate in the three-part, 4.5-hour exam. The 20 top-scoring students are eligible to compete at a study camp for the International Chemistry Olympiad which is to be to be held July 9-18, 20011 in Ankara, Turkey. We will keep you updated on Jud's progress and congratulations again to Jud Smull on this impressive accomplishment!
Liberty Junior Gilrain-McKenna Runner-Up in State Finals of Poetry Out Loud Competition
Aidan Gilrain-McKenna, a Liberty High School junior, placed second in the 2011 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State Finals held at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg on March 14, 2011. Aidan was one of 12 regional finalists chosen from over 10,000 high school students who participated in this year's competition.
The annual Poetry Out Loud competition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and is a program designed to encourage the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins in the classroom. Winners advance to a school-wide competition then to a regional and state competition, then ultimately to the National Finals. Gilrain-McKenna placed first at the regional level at a competition sponsored by the Allentown Art Museum. For the competitions, each student memorized and performed 3 poems. Students are judged on voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, accuracy, and overall performance.
Gilrain-McKenna's performance included presentations of Mark Doty's "Golden Retrievals," Donald Hall's "A Poem with One Fact," and William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 29: "When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes." Natalie Chickey, Liberty High School English teacher, coached Gilrain-McKenna, and commented, "Aidan's performance was remarkable; he owned each of the poems he recited. We are all so proud of his poise, his overall performance, and his commitment to this project."
This year's State finalist was DeVonna Smith, a senior at Reading High School, who will now compete in the National Finals to be held in April in Washington DC.
The State Finals were attended by Governor Tom Corbett and his wife First Lady Susan Corbett. Liberty High School will receive a $200.00 award from the Poetry Foundation to be used toward the purchase of poetry books for the school.
Read about Aidan's latest competition on Lehigh Valley Live.com: Liberty High School junior Aidan Gilrain-McKenna comes in second in state finals of poetry recitation contest
Read about Aidan's Regional win here.
Smull & Telles take 1st place in Chemistry Lab competition of the Science Olympiad
Congratulations to Jud Smull and Juliana Telles for taking FIRST PLACE in the Chemistry Laboratory competition of the Science Olympiad. Juliana and Jud beat out over 30 other schools to win this division of the competition. Great Job Jud and Juliana!
Lehigh Mathematics Competition
On Saturday, March 5th, The students of the Liberty Math Team competed against 324 other students from 58 schools and placed in the following positions:
12th grade individual placement:
• Ben Kraft - 2nd place
• Shonak Patel - tied for 3rd place
12th grade team placement:
• Liberty - 5th place
LHS Grenadier Band Visits Disney World
Cabrera awarded the John Fenstamaker Memorial Scholarship and takes 112 lb class at 17th Annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic
Anthony Cabrera captured the 112 lb. championship at the 17th Annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. In addition to earning his 100th victory earlier in the tournament, only the 11th wrestler to do so in Liberty's 88-year history, Cabrera was also awarded the John Fenstamaker Memorial Scholarship before the tournament finals. The scholarship, named for Liberty High School alumnus and former assistant wrestling coach, was presented by John's father, mother, sister, and other family members present.
Brett Marino earned his first high school tournament title on December 29th by winning the 17th Annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Marino earned an 11-2 major decision in the finals to secure the victory, after defeated the #1 ranked wrestler in the semi-finals to advance to the championship round.
Grimaldi Gonzalez, in his first year on varsity, accomplished an early-season goal by advancing to the finals in the 17th Annual Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Although Gonzalez eventually placed second, he achieved an impressive feat for a sophomore.
As a team, Liberty High School finished sixth at the tournament, placing six of their wrestlers on the podium.
LHS Art Club Members win High School Division at Peeps Fest
Senior Liberty Art Club members Nick Gonzalez, Yarelis Calderon, Julie Laky, Sylvia Branco and Tiffany VanHorn won the High School Division for their Peep-filled diaroma, "The Phantom of the Opera." For winning, the students received an awards certificate and a free tour of the Just Born Candy Factory.
November Science Students of the Month
The Liberty High School Science Department would like to congratulate the following students for their exceptional work in their science classes. Erica Allred was nominated for her initiative and leadership in laboratory work in her Research Biotechnology class and Anthony Colon was nominated for his hard work and outstanding participation in his Earth & Space Science class. The Science Department is very proud of these fine science students.
Liberty High School senior Juan Carlos Rodriguez studies genetics at Rutgers University
Liberty High School senior Juan Carlos Rodriguez spent his summer studying the genome of duckweed at Rutgers University this summer. Now, the LHS Senior has three of the DNA sequences he isolated listed in the National Center for Biotechnology Information database.