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Seniors Celebrate Cinco de Mayo...
Cinco Celebration PreviewClick Here for more Pics of the Fun!
The rest of Liberty High School was working hard on the 4-sight Tests, but Liberty’s Senior Class took a little break from end-of-the year pressures to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. In their own inimitable style – a day late. Ms. Moore and her staff cooked the Class of ’08 a hearty breakfast of French Toast, hash browns and sausage while the kids played in the wading pools and on the slip ‘n’ slide, before returning to class to continue with the rest of the school day once the underclassmen completed their testing.

Liberty Girls Lacrosse Club takes 1st Place at Parkland Tournament

The varsity squad of the Liberty Girls Lacrosse Club placed 1st in the Fifth Annual "Rock the Cradle" Lehigh Valley Lacrosse Tournament, held at Parkland High School on Sunday, May 18th. Liberty's girls beat out teams from Central Catholic, Emmaus, Nazarath, Parkland and Southern Lehigh. To cap off the season, Liberty's Lacrosse JV squad placed 4th. This was the best finish for both Varsity and JV teams in the five years of the tournament.

Scholastic Scrimmage Wins Big

2008 Scholastic Scrimage Team
Liberty’s Scholastic Scrimmage team finished the regular season in the Lehigh Valley Conference with a record of 9 wins and three losses. They followed up their winning season by beating both Nazareth and Freedom in the Eastern Division playoffs and then Emmaus in the Lehigh Valley Conference Championship match. Under the guidance of advisor and Scholastic Scrimmage coach David Ambrose, Captain Andrew Frantz, ’08, Greg Blocki, ’08, Dan Bossert, ’08 and Ben Kraft, ’11 will face Moravian Academy on June 3rd for the final match of the season.

Bethlehem Area Public Library Community Poetry Contest

Amanda Feliciano and Jeremiah Cruz, students in Liberty's special education department placed 1st and honorable mention in the community poetry contest showcased by The Bethlehem Area Public Library. An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday May 10th, at the library's main branch at 2:15pm. The winners will be published in an anthology of poetry which will be added permanently to the public library's collection.

Budget cuts lead to sale of School?

This morning the following picture was anonymously sent to the
LHS web site in-box:

Freedom HS for sale?

Initially, we were confused by this alleged sale of our sister school. It had to be a hoax, didn't it? A doctored picture? Upon closer examination of the image, it was revealed that the school behind the "For Sale Sign" was indeed Freedom High.

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At this point, a closer reading of the sign seemed to be in order...

Freedom for Sale Sign

Suddenly it was all making sense! Someone was taking advantage of the new Classified Section in Liberty Life! The May Issue came out today, 05.21.08.

Clinton Campaign Visits Liberty High School

Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign visited Liberty High School’s Memorial gym on Sunday, April 20th. The Senator spoke to a gymnasium packed full of supporters, many of whom began waiting in line as early as 6:30 am.


Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan welcomed the crowd to his alma mater, and was followed at the microphone by Ed Pawlowski and Easton’s Mayor Salvatore Panto. Each of the Mayors endorsed Clinton in turn. It was a virtual who’s-who of Democratic Party dignitaries as Don Cunningham, T.J. Rooney and Governor Ed Rendell each spoke briefly to the

Campaign Stop

audience before Rendell introduced the Senator from New York to the excited crowd.


Senator Clinton began by thanking all who came to listen to her speak. She spoke about the need to bring the people of the country together, while drawing distinctions between her proposed solutions and those of her opponent, Barack Obama. Clinton told the crowd that the campaign should be about what the people of the country could do together. “I believe in the promise of America.” the Senator told her cheering supporters.


Clinton continued calling for fiscal responsibility in government and the need to get control over the price of oil.


Some of her loudest applause came when Clinton talked about creating “green” jobs and getting the country away from its dependence on oil. “The country that sent men to the moon will be the first to declare energy independence.” Senator Clinton promised.


Clinton’s promise to abandon the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind brought the most enthusiastic response of the afternoon from the crowd.


Chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” began when the Senator promised to end the war in Iraq and make sure that all of our veterans were taken care of.


Clinton spoke for nearly an hour in the packed gym, and upon finishing her speech, signed autographs and spoke with supporters before moving on to her next campaign appearance.

Neither the BASD Board of School Directors nor Staff supports any particular presidential candidate and all presidential candidates are welcome to use BASD facilities at their own expense.

LHS Grenadier Band Presented with official
Tournament of Roses Parade Flag

The President of the Tournament of Roses Parade, “Corky” Conzonire and his wife Marilyn, arrived at Liberty today to present the official Rose Parade Flag to the Grenadier Band. The Conzonires arrived in Bethlehem so that he could attend the 40th Anniversary Concert of Liberty’s Grenadier Band and make this special presentation.


State Representative Steve Samuelson, Superintendent Joe Lewis, Principal JoAnn Durante and Liberty staff and students looked on as Mr. Conzonire praised the hard work and dedication it took on the part of the 250 Liberty Band members to be chosen as one of the 15 bands to march in the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade which will be watched by over 70 million people around the world on January 1st, 2009.

Rose Parade Presentation

Mr. Conzinire told the audience how impressive it was to have been met at the ABE International Airport by Liberty’s Herald Trumpets. “Forgive me,” he said while dabbing at his eyes, “I just found the whole experience very moving.”


As the President of the Tournament of Roses Parade, Conzinire also chose the theme, Hats Off to Entertainment, “and I am positive,” he said, “that Liberty will offer great Entertainment at the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.


Band Director Greg MacGill thanked everyone for their support, and expressed his appreciation to Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and State Representative Steve Samuelson for their letters of recommendation to the Tournament of Roses Band Committee, as well as Superintendent Lewis and Mrs. Durante for their continued support.


Senior Drum Major Andrew Frantz accepted the Tournament of Roses Flag and thanked Mr. Conzonire and his wife on behalf of all Grenadier Band Members.

Before tonight’s concert, Mr. and Mrs. Conzonire will tour Liberty High School, be given a private tour of Bethlehem by Mayor Callahan, and visit other places of interest in the Lehigh Valley.


The Grenadier Band’s Spring Concert will be held in Memorial Gym, on March 28th and 29th at 8:00 pm. The Concert will feature a special video segment celebrating 40 years of the Grenadier Band. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available at the door.

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Liberty Students Shine at the PA Junior Academy
of Sciences Competition

On Saturday, February 23rd, Liberty students competed in the PA Junior Academy of Sciences Competition at Easton High School. Students compete individually in their area of expertise –  biology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, earth and space science, behavioral science, botany, zoology, and biochemistry. Students have ten minutes to present their project with overheads and other visual aids, and then about five minutes to answer questions from the judges.  Judging is conducted by area science teachers and science professionals in the corresponding areas of expertise.


Congratulations to all of our student competitors!


The following students attained First Place awards in their categories. They will represent Liberty at Penn State University in May.

  • Rachel Anthony, Earth & Space Science
  • Divya Chalikonda, Microbiology
  • Dilesh Chudasama, Microbiology
  • Meghana Pendurthi, Microbiology
  • Caroline Vail, Microbiology
The following students received Second Place awards in their categories.
  • Candace Copio, Biology
  • Zach Daniels, Behavioral Science
  • Abhiroop Das, Ecology
  • Jason McGavin, Biology
  • Avani Pisaptii, Chemistry

If a student is awarded first place according to the scoring rubric, they will go to the state competition held at the Pennsylvania State University on May 18-20th, 2008. Students will compete for scholarships, bonds, and promised admission to certain colleges within Penn State at the State event.

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Liberty Students Rock State DECA Competition

The following DECA members were state finalists last week in Hershey:


• 5th place Hospitality Marketing Research: Melissa Pieller, Kristina Pieller, Georgia Spano

• 5th place General Marketing Research: Vrinda Jagota, Juliana Telles

For these two events, the students completed an in-depth marketing research paper on the company of their choice. Then at the competition the students presented the paper.  This year's focus for General Marketing Research was to create a "Green Marketing Campaign."


• 5th place Food Marketing: Dilesh Chudasam

Dilesh completed a test on Food Marketing and General Business, and was involved in two role-plays (business simulations) related to his event.


4th place DECA Quiz Bowl: Colin Santoro, Alex Russo, Mark Moyer

The DECA Quiz Bowl is an event, similar to Scholastic Scrimmage, where students answer questions by buzzing in before the other team.  The competition is in a bracket format, and the field is seeded based on a preliminary test.  Our team advanced to the Final 4 in the state. 

The following students have qualified for the National
Competition in Atlanta in late April:

• 3rd place General Marketing Research: Puja Shah, Danielle Zimmerman, Niha Pendurthi

The students completed an in-depth marketing research paper on the company of their choice, and, at presented their papers at the competition. This year's market research focused on creating a "Green Marketing Campaign."


• 3rd place Sports and Entertainment Individual: Ben Doll three-time National Qualifier


• 1st place Sports and Entertainment Team: Matt Piazza, Dan Bossert (3-time National Qualifiers, two-time State Champions)

For these two events, the students completed a test on the Sports and Entertainment Industry and General Business, and were involved in two role-plays (business simulations) related to their event.

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11 Liberty Seniors take part in National Signing Day 2008

Signing Day
Mrs. Durante welcomed the parents, friends and athletic representatives from colleges and universities as they packed into the LHS Art Gallery to watch 11 Liberty senior athletes take part in National Signing Day. The first Wednesday in February has become known as National Signing Day, the first day a senior student-athlete can sign a national letter of intent to attend and play for a recruiting college or university. Mr. Senneca also welcomed everyone to the occasion and announced that this was the largest group of Liberty student-athletes ever to take part in National Signing Day festivities.
Liberty High School would like to congratulate all
of today’s signees:
    • Caitlin Donnelly, Field Hockey, Lehigh University
    • Christie Jones, Field Hockey, Michigan State
    • Mary Lawrence, Track, Coastal Carolina University
    • Doug Marcincin, Golf, Lehigh University
    • Kevin McCarthy, Swimming, University of Virginia
    • Brendan Mohler, Golf, Franklin & Marshall
    • Joe Orlando, Football, New Hampshire
    • Justin Rivera, Football, Bloomsburg University
    • Alex Schlener, Field Hockey, The Pennsylvania State University
    • Ahkeem Smith, Football, Temple University
    • Trevor Van Ackeren, Cross Country & Track, Princeton
    • Ashley Schmidt, Volleyball, Moravian College
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Liberty Students Take wins at Skills USA Championships

LIberty High School would like to congratulate the following students for their success in the Skills USA Championship held earlier this week at Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School. These students will have the opportunity to advance to the state competition, held April 2nd through the 4th in Harrisburg.


Senior Patricia Heller took first place in the 12th grade Health Knowledge Bowl, as did Liberty Junior Rebeka Herster. Senior Amberlee Frankenfield placed 1st in the Nurse Assisting Competition. Senior Giancarlos Morales placed 3rd in Electronics Technology and Junior Kyle Pintande placed 3rd in the Masonry competition. 3rd Place in Related Technical Math went to Mariah Tarboro, '10.

Congratulations to all our student-competitors!

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Lund Completes first-ever 500 free

Reik Faust, Liberty’s swimming coach, asked the Swim Team if any of them would like to swim in an event which they hadn’t yet swum up to the Parkland meet. Patrick Lund, volunteered to swim one of the hardest events in high school competition - the 500 free


On Thursday, January 10th, Patrick Lund finished his first-ever 500 freestyle, and while he didn’t finish in the top three, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd for his gritty determination to finish the event.


Pat, the son of Rick and Arlene Lund of Bethlehem, graduated from Liberty in 2006 becoming the first child with Down Syndrome to complete a fully-inclusive high school program. Currently Patrick is attending Liberty’s Education 21 program for learning disabled students.


Lund’s 9:39:46 time in the 500 free, and his single-minded determination to succeed prompted his teammates from the LHS Swim Team to nominate him as swimmer of the week. Congratulations to Pat, the Liberty Swim Team and coaches, and the Lund Family.

Dana Wieller 1st Junior to score 1,000 points!

Dana Wieller, '09, was the first female basketball player to score 1,000 points as a junior. Four other women players have made this achievement as seniors. She scored her 1,000th last Tuesday night, January 22 at the Liberty / Bethlehem Catholic game.

Giselle Brown named YWCA Teen of the Year

Giselle Brown, '08, was named the 2008 YWCA Teen of the Year by the Bethlehem YWCA. Brown, a senior at Liberty, was chosen because of her outstanding achievement in all areas and her work with the Start Academy at Lehigh University and Air Products and Chemical.


The YWCA Teen of the Year Award honors female high school seniors attending Bethlehem public or private schools. The nominees must reside within the geographic borders of the Bethlehem Area School District. Teens of the year are selected based on their financial need, outstanding volunteer work in the community, extra-curricular involvement in school, and their academic achievement.

Liberty students take awards in the Lafayette College "Marquis on the Marquee" Film Festival

Lafayette College gave several awards to Liberty filmmakers at the Marquis on the Marquee film festival, which celebrated the 250th anniversary of the Marquis de Lafayette.


Emily Wargo, Shayna Au, Candace Copio, Eliana Ortiz, Jessica Guro, Chelsy Kaiser, Gillian Cundall and George M. Thanhauser III won the Grand Prix award for the best all-around portrayal and reenactment of the young Marquis.


The award for most engaging story line went to Liberty High School's "Back to the Future" created by student filmmakers Andrew Berkman, Amy Klova, Nicholas Plum, Lily Morgan, Katherine Willmorth, Jessica Laubach, Andrew Zart and Kelly Sturm.


Pictures and information on the festival can be found here.


Lafayette College also gave a special "grand merci" to French teacher Cecile Thibaud who supervised and encouraged her students in their work.

Liberty Students Recognized for Poetry

Business teacher Anne Skelly is proud to announce that five of her freshman campus students will be recognized by the Morning Call's "Newspapers in Education" program. In October, students submitted poetry on the subject of Christmas, the holiday season, New Year's Day or the winter season. Any style of poetry was fine as long as it was 100 words or less in size. Artwork could also be submitted.


"Christmas Long Ago," a poem by Sheilly Diaz, '11, appeared in the Monday, December 24, 2007 Morning Call.


The following poems were chosen for publication on Monday, December 31, 2007.

  • "Snowboarding" – Derek Thomas, '11.

  • "Winter Love" - Rayelle Miller, '11.

  • "The New Year" - Lloyd Achey, '11.
Each participating student received a Certificate of Participation from the Morning Call. If the Morning Call posts these poems on-line tomorrow, we'll link to them.

Representative Dent

Congressman Dent educates students about money management

State Representative Charlie Dent and KNBT Regional President David B. Kennedy spoke to Business and Technology students at Liberty High School Monday. Dent and Kennedy discussed the challenge and importance of establishing good credit with the class.


“Young adults are eager to take on new financial responsibilities, but their enthusiasm needs to be balanced with knowledge,” said Dent. “By teaching good credit habits now, we hope for better money managers, higher home-ownership rates and fewer bankruptcies in the future.”


The visit to Liberty was held as part of the Get Smart About Credit Program, a national financial education campaign sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. The Get Smart About Credit Day  lessons focused on the fundamentals of credit including, interest rates, finance charges and account maintenance.


Students were receptive to Dent’s venture into the classroom, “It was pretty cool that a congressman came to talk to us,” said Victoria Thrash, ’08.

“It showed he cared about the younger generation,” said Brendan Albert, ’08, “not just as voters, but as people.”

Van Ackeren wins Wendy's High School Heisman Wendy's

Liberty High School Senior Trevor Van Ackeren was awarded the Wendy’s High School Heisman Friday night at the Wendy’s High School Heisman National Awards Banquet in New York City. Van Ackeren was named as one of 12 national finalists for the award at a special Liberty pep rally in early November.

As recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman, Trevor has become a member of an elite group of high school scholar athletes. As National Winner, Van Ackeren will receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a Heisman patch, and a $10,000 monetary award for Liberty High School.


Trevor is the son of William and Heather Van Ackeren of Bethlehem. He attended Spring Garden Elementary and Northeast Middle Schools before coming to Liberty High School where he is currently ranked 2nd in his class of 713. He was selected as team captain for the Cross Country, Basketball and Track teams for both his junior and senior years and was the National Honor Society student athlete for these sports as well. His level of commitment from the classroom to the athletic fields to his extra-curricular activities is outstanding. Trevor combines natural talent with a fantastic work ethic. Liberty High School wishes to congratulate Trevor on all of his achievements, both on and off the field.

Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas created the High School Heisman Award 14 years ago to recognize and motivate high school students to achieve excellence in all facets of life. In his own words, Dave believed that “the students of today are important for our tomorrow,” and that “each student can be a positive role model for their peers, classmates and society.” This year, these guidelines motivated more than 32,000 students across the country to apply for this prestigious high school award.


Liberty High School would like to congratulate Trevor for his achievement.

Liberty High School Grenadier Band
to March in 2009 Rose Bowl

Two hours before the kick-off of the Liberty Freedom Game, Mr. Jake Peppers, flew into Bethlehem to deliver the following message to 235 thrilled Liberty High School Grenadier Band members:

LHS Grenadier Band

“After reviewing many hundreds of applications from high school bands across our nation and beyond, and after considering the Liberty High School Grenadier Band’s exceptional musicianship and presentation, as well as its many ongoing musical accomplishments, the Pasadena “Tournament of Roses” sends greetings and congratulations as the Parade Selection Committee officially invites the Liberty High School Grenadier Band to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade, January 1, 2009, in Pasadena, California.   Of the many hundreds of high school bands who apply, only SEVEN are accepted annually.  So, Liberty Grenadiers, again, congratulations on a truly awesome feat!”


The Liberty High School Grenadier Band would like to thank one of our band’s biggest fans, Mr. Jake Peppers, for his support throughout

the application process and recognize two Liberty alumni, Mayor John Callahan and State Representative Steve Samuelson, for their roles, as well. 

One million people lining the parade route will watch the Liberty High School Grenadier Band on January 1, 2009. Another 80 million viewers will watch the parade on nationally televised programs aired on NBC, ABC, & HGTV. But that’s not all - internationally, 350 million people in over 100 countries will get to see the Liberty High School Grenadier Band perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

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