Liberty students attend Lehigh's presentation of The Incarcerated Justice Series: Civil Rights in the 21st Century
On March 10th, Liberty High School students attended Lehigh University's presentation of The Incarcerated Justice Series: Civil Rights in the 21st Century featuring a panel discssion with prominent civil rights activist Dr. Angela Davis and the critically acclaimed musician Nas.
Angela Davis, an outspoken activist on issues related to social justice and equality along with hip-hop artist Nas discussed the current civil rights challenges, especially within the criminal justice system with moderator James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Professor of English. Davis and Nas then fielded questions from the floor.
Originally scheduled for January 21st, the talk was scheduled to celebrate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Guarriello given "Inspirational Teacher Award" by MIT
Mrs. Beth Guarriello, Assistant Principal at Liberty High School, has been selected to receive the 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Inspirational Teacher Award. Students at MIT nominate the high school teachers who inspired them through dedicated and motivated teaching.
The MIT Inspirational Teacher Award recognizes outstanding secondary school teachers who inspire in their students a love of learning, encourage them to pursue excellence, and give them the skills and enthusiasm they need to make a positive difference in the world.
MIT wishes to recognize a few of the exceptional high school educators who have influenced the lives of our students. This is the 7th year the award has been given.
Liberty Swimmers set records at Parkland
Liberty's 46 swimmers competed in PIAA Districts at Parkland High School last weekend.
In the 200 Individual Medley, Julia McCarthy was a DXI Champion and will represent us at Bucknell University next week at the PIAA State Championships! Also headed to Bucknell are the members of our Boys 200 yard freestyle relay, also bringing home District XI Gold on Friday Night. Team Members include: Jacob Jones, Brandon Merkert, Brandon Hlavatay, Evan Smith.
Swimmers earning berths to Bucknell:
- Girls 200 yard medley relay including Rachael Rider, Julia McCarthy, Emily Cecchini, Kayla Drago.
- 100 butterfly: Rachael Rider
- 100 freestyle: Kayla Drago
Overall, LHS Boys Swimming finished 2nd in the team standings at the DXI Meet. This is our best finish in Liberty History!
Our swimmers also set three Liberty school records which included:
- Girls 200 medley relay finish of a time of 1:49.98
- Rachael Rider in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 58.59 seconds.
- Jocelyn Baker in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.93
Liberty sends four to states
Four of Liberty's wrestlers will be competing in the PIAA State Championships. Congratulations to John Ritter and Luke Werner who finished 3rd in the Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament as well as Orlando Miller who took 2nd and Jake Gunning, our Northeast Regional Champion! These four young men will represent us at Hershey this weekend!
Liberty Marksman finds State Competition in Range
Liberty Junior Josh Plum was ranked #1 shooter in the league as per overall league dual meet match average. Then, Josh placed second in the Pennsylvania East State Tournament. Currently he is ranked #8 overall in the state.
Liberty Robotics Team Competes at States
The Liberty Robotics Team attended the State Vex Championship Competition of Saturday 3/1/14. This team, consisting of Isabel Stoeckley, Watt Evans Gartley, Theo Lee, and Jacob Shaw, built and programmed a robot in little more than three months, went to regional competition and placed in the finals for state competition. The state competition was held at Haverford School, in Bryn Maur, PA. Liberty's team placed 29th out of 51 teams, missing the quarter finals by just five places. Our team was within six places from our nearest competitor, Parkland HS. These students along with their faculty advisor, Mr. Hoffman, have put in many man-hours each day, modifying and programing the robot Liberty's student's gained a lot of experience, worked through programming and hardware difficulties, but ended winning 4 out of 10 bouts.
Northampton Community College Science Olympaid Winners
- Disease Detectives: Bronze Medal - Jenna DeViVo & Apoorva Mathur
- Chemistry Lab: Silver Medal - Josh Ledyard & Paula Escott
- Designer Genes: Gold Medal - Jessica Alderiso & Paula Escott
- Entomology: Gold Medal - Sienna McNett & Julian Mark
Liberty leaves its mark at PJAS Competition
The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.
Congratulations go out to the following students who participated in the regional PJAS competition last Saturday, 2/22. Each student developed, conducted and presented a research project. First place winners will be competing at the state competition at Penn State in May!
- Ceren Alici: Down and Dirty with Detergent
- GianCarlo Seixas: Truss Bridge Angle Size
- Milind Jagota: How Low Can it Go (And Still be Conductive)?
- Allison Kundrik: Analyzation of a Board Game
- Julian Mark: The effect of Humidity on the Crystallization of Sugar Glass
- Apoorva Mathur: Does Whitening Toothpaste actually work?
- Maggie Mowrer: It's the Thought that Counts: The Expectancy Theory
- Peyton Sailer: Exotoxilogical Study of effects of Glyphosate on Invertebrates
- Rounak Samanta: Avogadro's Law with the Volume of Air
- Riley Waters: Which Material Produces the Most Static Electricity?
- Stephen Wisser: ow Suggestible Are Humans
Second Place Finishers
- Robert Corvalan Concentration Measurement using Defraction of Light
- Juliana Hong: "The Effect of Power Posing" on "Confidence"
- Anita Kundu: Effect of Hepatocarcinogenic Supernatant on skin iPS cells
- Jack Polentes: The affect of colors on the mind's performance.
- Karen Vasquez: Population of macro organisms based on biotic indexes
- Mandy Babacz, Art Therapy on Teens
As an affiliate of the American Associaton for the Advancement of Science, PJAS is organized around the following objectives:
- To promote greater participation in science and mathematics activities among the youth of Pennsylvania.
- To improve the quality of achievement in mathematics and science by encouraging students to participate in research and develop original ideas.
- To develop an understanding of the scientific community through close association with leaders in the sciences.
- To seek the improvement of science clubs activities through the cooperative regional and state meetings.
- To inculcate among its members true scientific attitudes and humanistic ideals that shall lead to the greater development of service to man.
It was quite a Saturday for the coaches and athletes here at Liberty High!
In Boys Basketball, Coach Landis and his team defeated Pocono Mountain West 74-73 to earn a berth in the District XI AAAA Semi-Final game versus Emmaus. This contest will be played at William Allen High School at 6:00PM on Wednesday, February 26th. Please come out and support our team!
In Wrestling, Coach Karam and his squad earned 2nd in the team standings of District XI AAA Wrestling, our highest team point finish since 1982! Liberty High will send 7 wrestlers on to the PIAA Northeast Regional Tournament held here in Memorial Gym this coming weekend. Come out and watch our kids take their next step, "On the Road to Hershey!"
Special Congratulations to Freshman KJ Fenstermacher and Senior Jake Gunning who are District XI Champions!
Chaperone's needed for BASD MiniThon 2014
BASD MiniTHON is being held at FHS on April 26, 2014 from 10am until 10pm. We are hoping that we can count on the staff, parents and the community for support. If you would be willing to assist at the event and chaperone we would appreciate YOUR Help! Come out for a great day of fun for our kids in support of the Four Diamonds Fund that supports research, treatment, and programming at Penn State / Hershey Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients.
SkillsUSA District 11 Championship Results
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
Yesterday, students from Liberty competed in various areas to demonstrate their skills. Here are the medalists;
- Customer Service, Adriana Rosado '14
- Masonry, Raymond Capetillo '14
- Crime Scene Investigation, Mateo Oswald '14
- First Aid/CPR, Jeremy Chesser '14
- Graphic Communications, Natalie Flores '15
- Industrial Motor Control, Louis Temple '15
- Web Design (Team#2 1 of 2), Jose Gonzalez '15
- Web Design (Team#2 2 of 2), Michal Lesniewski '15
Nurse Halkins named finalist in the 2014 Healthcare Heroes Program
Congratulations Nurse Halkins! - Lehigh Valley Business along with the event sponsors are pleased to announce that Mrs. Kathleen Halkins has been selected as a finalist in the Education Hero - Individual category in the 2014 Healthcare Heroes awards program. The Healthcare Heroes award recognizes individuals and organizations that have displayed heroic actions in the field of healthcare throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Video from KTLA of LHSGB marching in the 2014 Rose Parade – [Click Here]
Photos of LHSGB getting ready to match in the Rose Parade...
Special thanks to Hauck Borkovich for taking these pictures of the LHSGB preparing to march in the 125th Rose Parade.
These photos were forwarded by Kate Hauck Tuohy of Bath from her sister. "My sister, Lisa Hauck Borkovich, lives in west Los Angeles. Lisa went to the Tournament of Roses parade assembly area early this morning and took these candid images of the band as it was preparing to march."
News from Around Liberty
Students in AP Bio class transformed e. Coli with jellyfish DNA to make the bacteria produce a glowing protein. Here is a picture below of the glowing e. Coli.
24 LHS students visited North Summit Climbing Gym in Wind Gap on Friday, December 20th. The kids had a blast at the indoor climbing facility and learned some new skills.
Liberty students undertake cross-generational arts project
Liberty students from Ms. Bakun's photography classes are working on an inspiring project with local senior citizens. The students came together with residents from Traditions of Hanover on Monday, November 18th to create a cross-generational art project. Students interviewed senior citizens to learn about their lives and tell their stories. After interviewing the senior citizens, students took pictures of the senior citizen's hands to develop and post with the stories they recorded.
This project gives Liberty students a wonderful way to connect with the seniors in the Lehigh Valley and reach out to our local community. The final projects will be on display in Liberty's Art Gallery during the Winter Art Show, December 7th & 8th from 3:30-5:30 pm, as well as posted here on Liberty's web site.
November: Careers in English
As part of Liberty's ongoing Career's of the Month Program, students were able to participate in a panel discussion with professionals in English-related careers in the Art Gallery this morning.
Professionals on the panel included Laurie Gostley Hackett, Philanthropy and Community Relations from Air Products; Liberty Alumnus Jim Friedman a Blogger and Photographer with NBC10 News; Jim Santanasto, Director, Rauch Center for Business Communications at Lehigh University and Will WIndsor Erwin an Actor and Director.
The panel described their educational paths from English Majors in college to the positions they hold today and answered questions from the students.
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National Honor Society inducts new members
110 Liberty students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, October 17th. Family, friends and faculty were in attendance for the ceremony which took place in Liberty's Auditorium. Mrs. Judy Smullen, a long-time teacher at Liberty, gave the key-note speech at the event.
By popular demand, Mrs. Smullen's speech has been reposted here.
Freshmen Students of the Month: September
Freshman students are nominated by their teachers for different awards. The departmental winners are recognized for their outstanding achievement in that subject area. The CANES Award winners are recognized for showing overall good citizenship and quality character. The Most Improved awards go to students who show outstanding progress or consistent ability to get to, and/or being present and on time in class and school.
We are truly proud to recognized and reward these students for making such outstanding progress in such a short amount of time!
CANES Award: Maxine Aikens & Joyce Kim *Both girls were nominated by multiple teachers!
Most Improved Attendance: Abigail Marquez
Most Improved Lates: Adalis Martinez
Math: Daniela Vargas
Social Studies: Kiara Morales
English: Serena Warner
Science: Niveditha Kannadaguli
Foreign Language: Gunnar Andersen
Business: Briana Canady
Bednarik Honored at Liberty
Two time All-American center and Eight time Pro bowler Chuck Bednarik was honored today at his alma mater, Liberty High School.
AllState Insurance and the National Football League Hall of Fame presented Bednarik with the 'Hometown Hall of Famer" plaque during an afternoon ceremony at Liberty.
Liberty's student athletes and faculty were in attendance to watch Bednarik receive the award from College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Pete Carril. Also present for the ceremony were George Veras, a representative from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a local Allstate agent, Steve Zarnas.
Chuck Bednarik embodied what it meant to be a linebacker in the NFL. After winning two championships with the Eagles, his jersey, number 60, was retired. Bednarik was ranked #35 on the NFL Network's, "Top 100 NFL's Greatest Players."
– Nick Colvin, Collin Dugan and Heather Grant
Bailey recognized by Army
On Wednesday, October 2nd, Principal Harrison Bailey received a certificate of appreciation from the US Army. October is National Principals Month. In honor of this, Colonel Shauna M. Hauser, Commander, Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion and Captain Ryan M. Glielmi, Commander, Bethlehem Recruiting Company met with Mr. Bailey. The three took the opportunity to discuss plans to help Liberty students develop career goals. The US Army trains soldiers to work in hundreds of military occupations which have parallel occupations in the civilian world.
National Merit Semifinalists Named
Congratulations are in order for five LHS students who distinguished themselves on the PSAT exam.
- Nicholas J. Gaspar
- Michael W.Holtermann
- Kayla Y Mulkern
- Zachary A Pendzick
- Jane B Rosa
In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states.
APES explore environmental / farming issues
Mr. Schaffer's APES class has been busy. On Friday, September 20th, Tresor Butoyi spoke to the students about life and issues in Africa. The topics ranged from personal experiences to the state of ecology in Central Africa. Tresor described life and daily challenges in a refugee camp in Tanzania after having to flee civil unrest in Congo with his family. He also shared his story of coming to America and the challenges of resettling here. He gave descriptions of ecological issues including subsistence farming practices, over population, and the illegal bush meat trade. The presentation and discussion helped students put a face to issues from other parts of the world.
The APES students traveled after school to an organic farm in Coopersburg that specializes in supplying organic vegetables for restaurants in the NYC area. This farm practices intense year-round sustainable practices. We saw composting, crop rotations, companion planting, IPM (integrated pest management), and various other agricultural practices designed to increase yield while practicing sustainable yields. The trip perfectly tied into the introduction of the biogeochemical cycles, primary productivity, and provided a preview to the work on soils and agricultural practices.
6-3 Liberty Field Hockey has a new record holder
Senior Kali Shumock is now the record holder for single season scoring, career assists and career scoring for LHS field hockey. Shumock will play for Boston University next year, having recently made a verbal commitment and accepted a scholarship from the Terriers.
So far this year, Liberty Field Hockey has lost only to Parkland, Moravian Academy and Stroudsburg, giving it first place in the LVIAC East.
Liberty Field Hockey will play Dieruff on Saturday, September 21st at 12pm at the BASD's Banko Field.
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9th Grade Orientation
The PowerPoint presentation from the 9th Grade Orientation Program can be downloaded here. Please click the link below.
Academic Office Restructuring
Liberty High School has changed the office structure for the coming 2013-14 school year. Rather than working with students of a particular grade level, Assistant Principal's will now work with students of a particular alphabetical range. Please use this chart to refer any questions to the appropriate office.
Liberty expands to Social Networking
After many requests from our Alumni for a way to post contact information and to learn about reunions, Liberty has created a Facebook Page to assist with those contacts. We will also be using the Facebook page to promote school and community events. Be sure to visit now!