This year at Liberty...

2018-2019 Update

2019 Class Committee

"This school year the Class of 2019 Class Committee engaged in a multitude of activities all based around tradition building and legacy creation. We kicked off their senior year with our annual "Senior Sunrise" Pancake Breakfast. Then it was on to Homecoming where the senior class committee for the fourth straight year built what in our humble opinion, was the best float at the parade! As the holidays approached we wanted to spread a little joy amongst our fellow seniors by treating each one to a small surprise. We designed, packaged, and hand delivered holiday mints and gum to each senior to thank them for all they have done and we helped spread a little holiday spirit in the process! As third quarter came to an end and we entered their last quarter of high school we again wanted to thank the senior class and sponsored a free afternoon of bowling at Frontier Lanes. A good time was had by all! As the school year wrapped up we closed out our celebratory year with a few other senior send-offs. First, was our "Senior Sunset" BBQ where students enjoyed outdoor games, were provided delicious BBQ, and over $2,000 in Air-Pods, i-Pads, and gift cards found a new home in well deserving senior's hands! Our final farewell to the senior class took place at our annual "Bridgewalk" Day. The class committee built upon the existing legacy of the bridgewalk by incorporating a ceremonial "passing of the crown". Seniors were distributed paper crowns and placed one piece of advice they would like to pass on to the incoming senior class inside the rim. As they exited for their final bridgewalk they left behind their crown anointing the incoming senior who slide over, picked it up, and took their place. Oh yeah, and then the senior class celebrated across the bridge enjoying Kona Ice (provided by the class committee) while reminiscing about how fast their time at Liberty flew by. Finally, as a parting farewell, the Senior Class Committee donated six flat-screen televisions that are now prominently displayed throughout the school for announcements and general awesomeness!!!" - Mr. Cole

Amethyst Pictures

Veterans Day photos, Black History Month videos, BE KIND project - Mr. Weis

YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-p88JtrjX8

All of Us Club

"My club gained new members this year! All of Us Club is an opportunity to build friendships across programs that normally wouldn't get the chance to interact with each other. A proud moment was everyone working together to decorate the cake auction entry. The students have been working really hard to communicate with each other and build relationships!" - Mrs. Sachs
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2018 Girls Tennis GAC's Champions & 2019 Boys GAC's Co-Champions

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Color Guard

"The winter guard received 3rd place at the Mascoutah competition and 2nd place at the Edwardsville and O’Fallon Township Competitions. The winter guard were first place gold medalists at mccga circuit championships. The team has been promoted to a higher competitions class for next year’s season." - Coach Welch

Boys Golf

  • We won 1st place in our Conference tournament.
  • 3 golfers were All-Conference: Ro Razavi/ 2nd Team, Sam Schreiner/ 1st Team, Hyatt Hines / 1st Team & Player Of The Year
  • 4 golfers qualified for the Sectional tournament: Sam Scognamiglio, Hyatt Hines, Sam Schreiner, & Ro Razavi
  • Hyatt Hines was the first Liberty boys golfer to qualify for the State Tournament

Epsilon Beta (Keepers of the Library)

"Our club hosted a literary-themed stay-in, created book displays for the library, promoted inclusion through the sale of pronoun buttons, competed in the HOCO Chalk Contest and provided an opportunity for those who love the library and books to get together on a regular basis." - Mrs. Oliva

Student Publications

- Publications' online student news website lhstoday.org was named a Distinguished Site by School Newspapers Online. Liberty is one of only 39 schools in the nation this year to receive this recognition.

- Fourteen publications students received Best of SNO honors for their respective stories or videos.

- The magazine staff completed four magazines (one per quarter) that highlighted student news.

- The yearbook staff created the largest Liberty yearbook (208 pages) in school history.


"I just learned that one of the podcasts https://lhstoday.org/12326/showcase/silent-killer/ received honorable mention in the NPR national Podcast Challenge. There were nearly 6,000 entries. The students who worked on the project were: Emily Barnett, Fiona Flynn, Sophia Seger and Michael Gannon. I'm proud of them!" - Mr.Hall

Math- Tutoring

We started offering morning math help to all students daily, from 6:45-7:10. Any Liberty student was welcome to come in and work, or ask questions.

FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America

"Students in FBLA had a fun-filled year! In October, students attending the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference at Kokomo Joe's in St. Peters. Students enjoyed a day of games, pizza, and networking with other students in and around St. Charles County. In December, FBLA sponsored it's first ever Winter Lock-in, with several students volunteering their energy and patience with children ages 5-12 to a night of crafting, games, hot chocolate and a movie. Students began prepping for District testing, which was held at Lindenwood University in February. Six students advanced to the State Competition. In April, three students made the trip to Springfield, MO to compete for the State Leadership Competition. For three days, students enjoyed opening and closing sessions, Keynote Speakers, a Springfield Cardinals baseball game, and other fun!" - Mrs. Ehlers

On Campus Work Experience

"Our students have been very busy this year. On Campus Work Experience teaches work skills to prepare our students for the Off Campus class and after graduation to get a job. Some of the jobs we worked on were Veterans Day cards, Hot Chocolate bags, assembling popcorn packages and delivering them to staff mail boxes. We helped in the cafeteria by restocking chips, folding towels, and help clean after the last lunch. The students also cut and glued lesson plans together, sorted and counted graduation lanyards, stamped and stuffed envelopes, sharpen pencils for testing and cut and assemble coupon booklets. Anything that came along in the building to help out and further our student skills we took on." -Mrs. Miller

Cross Country

"The girls cross country team made it to state by tying for 4th place and beating the other team on a tie-breaker. Then at the state meet they were ranked last (16th). They ran a great race and ended up placing 12th." -Mr. Glavin

English III

"My juniors are so great. They're willing to try new strategies, and they really rise to the occasion. This note taking strategy was one I learned while attending the National Council for Teachers of English conference in Houston earlier this school year. These are called sketchnotes, and my students did really well!" - Mrs. Steinbruegge

College and Career Counseling

"Journey To College (Apply Week, FAFSA Frenzy, and Decision Day). Over 130 seniors kicked off their Journey To College by submitting an application to a college, job, apprenticeship program, or signed up to take the Armed Services entrance exam (ASVAB) during Apply Week in October. In November, representatives from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and several financial aid representatives from area colleges and universities helped students and their parents submit their online FAFSA forms to obtain financial aid from their chosen colleges. The culminating event was National Decision Day, on May 1st. Decision Day is the day set aside to celebrate the post-secondary decisions of our seniors to pursue their chosen career, by attending college, trade school, military enlistment, or on-the-job training." - Mrs. Gerringer

ASC- Associate Student Council

"This year, ASC had a few of their own events, outside of helping with the Student Council events. We did a Turkey Drive and raised $446 for the No Hunger Holiday. We also helped out with the Backpack Impact project at Morningstar Church where we helped to pack backpacks of food for students in our own WSD community." - Mrs. McMillen

Be Kind

"The highlight for me this year was Kindness Week. I'm hoping we make it even bigger next year." - Mr. Bender
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GSA

"Our club met every other Thursday right after school all year long. Our meetings provide a safe, welcoming environment for any of our LGBT students and/or their allies. This year we started a new tradition. Our senior GSA members were allowed to select a teacher that was especially supportive/influential and invite them to a meeting. Watching these teachers and the entire club interact and share was truly a rewarding experience. Then we all enjoyed cake and punch. Some of our GSA members (along with GSA members from Holt and Timberland) are planning on walking in the first-ever St. Charles Pride Parade this summer." - Laura Wootten

Functional Skills/Basic Skills/Autism Center

"The Essential Skills, Basic Skills, and Autism Center started a weekly activity called the Eagle Express. This cart is geared toward helping students in our special education department develop skills necessary for employment outside of high school. Students are in charge of creating the order forms, making drink and food orders like lemonade and Jimmy Dean's Breakfast Sandwiches, and then deliver all orders to staff. On top of all of this, the students are also tasked with taking money for orders and making change. All of these skills are essential for life outside of Liberty High School, and our students are doing all of these tasks with a smile. It has been an exciting time in our classrooms each week to be able to get out in the Liberty community and bring smiles to our Liberty staff." - Mrs. Whitmore

Girls Varsity Soccer took 1st place in the Pattonville Tournament...

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...and they are DISTRICT Champions!

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LHS Choirs

"Treble Select earned a II at Large Ensemble Contest. Chamber Choir Earned a I at Large Ensemble Contest. Treble Sect and Chamber Choir sang Christmas a carols at Morning Star Church. Chamber Choir Participated in the St. Charles Christmas Traditions. We had 11 vocal events go to District Solo and Ensemble and 7 vocal events progress to State Solo and Ensemble. Concert, Treble Select, and Chamber Choir have had three successful concerts. Concert choir has show MASSIVE progress in their music literacy skills as well as community and confidence. It’s been a fantastic year!" - Mrs. Kennedy
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Sculpture II

"All of my art classes were amazing this year! We enjoyed making a wide range of art using a lot of different media. The Sculpture II students had an especially unique experience going on a field trip to visit local artist, Zack Smithey. We visited his studio in Saint Charles and had the honor of learning about Mr. Smithey's paint pouring techniques. Each student brought in a sculpture they made and got to use paint to apply their newly learned skills on their own artwork. The results were AMAZING!

That day was one of the most special experiences for both my students and myself. I feel honored that a professional artist took the time to share his knowledge and studio space to give us such an enriching art experience." -Mrs. Biere

NHS

Fall semester: Sold Carnations, donated $150+ to Spina Bifida; Collected school supplies for a district less fortunate; Senior parking lot painting Spring semester: Easter egg hunt (picture attached); Sold carnations, donated $87 to Ronald McDonald House & $25 to Coaches vs. Cancer
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HOSA - Future Health Professionals

The HOSA club collected close to 200 units of blood during the fall and spring blood drives and raised $822.37 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation! HOSA also had 25 students compete at the State Leadership Conference in March and 7 students placed in the top 3 in their competitive event, qualifying them for the International Leadership Conference in Orlando in June!

Come Together

Come Together is a student-led mental health awareness and suicide prevention club. This year, we accomplished the following: Recruited and trained new club members; Created a Google Classroom; Wrote, directed and produced a video about the club's mission and purpose (shown during Academic Intervention classes); Held an open discussion meeting for all interested Liberty students; and Organized a "De-Stress event" before final exams which included therapy dogs, yoga classes, mental health information, study tips, and calming sensory activities. (see video linked below)
https://youtu.be/Q3uQ-uZKzds

FCCLA & Tower Garden Club

"FCCLA took 5 teams to compete at Regional STAR event Competition. Of those 5 teams, 3 qualified for state competition and 1 advanced to Nationals by earning TOP GOLD and placing 1st out of 18 teams in the senior category. Katelyn Yoder, Audrey Chambers and Emma Benesek will be traveling to Anaheim, CA this summer to represent Missouri and LHS at National STAR events competition!"- Mrs. McFadden


A new club, Tower Garden was formed with the help of Mrs. Pizzo and sold flowers in the spring and fall.

Football players and cheerleaders showed up on a Sunday, after homecoming, to help Cardinal Glennon.

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Nurse's Office

This year the Nurse's office sponsored a dental clinic and vision van for all students. We also hosted an immunization clinic where junior students were able to receive their state required senior shot. For our staff members, we hosted a flu shot clinic and chair massages. During the months of August - May we saw over 12, 925 students and over 90 staff members in our clinic. "Student's must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy"! - Nurse Thomason & HSA Watkins

Aerospace Engineering

"This year we took a field trip to Spirit of Saint Louis airport (KSUS), where the bus transformed into an aircraft. We taxied around the airport grounds as if we were an aircraft, holding short for airplanes taking off and landing until it was our turn to take off down the runway. Students also got the chance to get inside of a Cessna 172 at one of the flight schools at KSUS. As students checked out the flight controls a flight instructor talked about the preflight routine that happens before every flight. As the flight instructor explained the preflight, airplanes were buzzing all around. After the flight school, we talked to Metro Air Support Unit, which is the helicopter unit for the Saint Louis area. They talked about the aircraft and the missions they support. They explained why it's a bad idea to run from the police especially when they are on the scene. All in all it was another great annual field trip." - Mr. Creen

Pre-AP French 3 and AP French 4 students visited Lindenwood University to learn about career paths that utilize their language skills and study abroad opportunities.

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Our varsity team finished with a 3.70 GPA during the basketball season. 91% of our players had a 3.0 or higher and 3 girls have a 4.0.

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Cheer

"This year a lot of change encompassed our season! It was our first year completing 35 hours of community service at the Ronald McDonald House, First time doing a joint halftime with Timberland, we created 10 new traditions within our program; including the Faculty and Cheer Halftime, Home Game Squad Dinners, Lip Sync Battle with Educators Rising, and Teacher Appreciation Week Acts of Kindness. We continued to compete this year and became, for the first time in program history, St. Louis Regional Champs, and came in 2nd at State. We continued to develop our leadership qualities not only as athletes, but as students as well. Bailey Crow and Abby Heineman were placed on the Inaugural Kindness Committee, Kate Benes won Lou Fusz Athlete of The Month, Tian Heinle gained great accolades from her work in Key Club, Hannah Redding and Emily Redding helped start the first ever diversity club at Liberty, Alyssa Weisser served as Key Club Treasurer, as well as many other athletes who are actively involved in clubs at Liberty. We were able to cheer on our teammates who were multi-sport athletes including; Hillary Hines who plays soccer, Kate Benes, Abbie Cook, and Haley Miller who play Softball, Megan Mcvey, Carley Torbit, and Autumn Jones who play Tennis, Grace Watson who plays basketball, and Megan Coyle, Taylor Peoples, and Karlie Wooten who run track." - Ms. Hill
https://youtu.be/oNq66VxzLhc

Varsity Baseball Gives Back!

We received the following e-mail from Crossroads Head Principal Damian Fay about our team:


"I want you all to know how proud I am to have our school feed into LHS. The LHS baseball team came over last Friday to help us with fixing a walkway and spreading soil and mulch onto our garden.

The boys and coach were so kind and hard working. Each of them worked their tails off and didn't complain at all." - Mr. Fay


Our teacher who assisted said, "Those boys were so nice and worked so hard. I told them we’d plant the Liberty pepper garden. They wanted ghost peppers, green peppers, grapes, strawberries, and banana peppers.”

Link Crew

"Link Crew welcomed the freshman class to orientation this past August. They helped the freshmen learn valuable skills for succeeding in high school and took the time to get to know them and show them around the school. Throughout the year, Link Crew leaders were in freshman Academic Intervention classes to assist them with their first year of high school. In October, we attended the Link Crew Student Conference at Timberland High School, where Link Leaders from six other schools met to learn new skills and to discuss how their programs were run. Students have used skills from that conference to make a greater impact at Liberty and to plan for our very first Link Crew class, which will be held next year. As a sponsor, my proudest moment was reading through applications for next year's Link Crew and seeing application after application that mentioned how they had attended freshman orientation and been welcomed and helped by Link Crew. It shows that the program is truly making a difference." - Mr. Eversole
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The boys' soccer program had several milestones this year. We ended up ranked in the state for our classification for the third year in a row, won 16 games this year, our third year in a row with at least that many wins and won the programs first district title in our short history. It was a great season marking our continued excellence!


The JV team won its third straight conference title.

Diversity Club

"We educated ourselves on the heritage celebrations and community events that occur in our community. We joined HOLT's CUSA club for a social justice chat which taught us a lot about how we would like to operate some future meetings. Our Black History Month video and Kahoot Challenge was one of our highlights. For Women's History ,The WonderWomen of LHS bulletin board showed lots of love to moms, staff & teachers, & friends that were inspiring and heartfelt. Our Hispanic Heritage Month had a guest speaker, a movie night (COCO), and coloring contest. Our Asian Pacific American Month meeting had Khris & Waheed present on two cultures with fascinating information about Korean & Egyptian culture." - Ms. Borders
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Varsity Volleyball

"I was very proud of winning the Orchard Farm tournament. I was also incredibly proud of the girls in general. Throughout the season they treated one another like family. The girls went out of their way to make sure our foreign exchange student from Italy felt included. Watching them cheer each other on and share in each other victories was very rewarding!" - Coach McFarland

Horizons

"Horizons is not a scheduled class, however, our students get the chance to explore potential career interests! We have speakers come talk to students about the steps they took to achieve their current position and also spend time looking at potential avenues students can take to achieve their goals. One of our favorite speakers from the past two years is a scout for the Cardinals organization. We also have had Civil and Mechanical Engineers, Pharmaceutical Sales Reps, Physical Therapists, Nurses and Pilots come to share about their journeys. Students are also paired with Tour and Job Shadowing experiences. Students have visited KMOV, Monsanto and the Bridgeton Landfill." - Mrs. Lewis
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Drama Club

"Last fall, our drama club kicked off the year with “Footloose”, a musical production that involved almost 100 students on cast and crew, marking Liberty’s first big dance/chorus show. We followed that up with attending the Missouri State Thespian conference in Kansas City where we competed for the first time in Improv Intensive. In March, we produced our spring play, “Radium Girls,” a dramatic play based on real life events from World War I. We ended the year by inducting 16 new members into our Thespian Troupe 8211, and producing three one-acts for our first annual night of Senior Directed One-Acts. It’s been a big year for us, and we can’t wait to keep building traditions next year!" - Mrs. Gehrke

Track

"The boys are graduating the deepest Senior class in school history while the girls Freshman class is the strongest it has ever been. Many girls school records fell and high statewide rankings were attained. Bruce Jordan and Nolan Bone were standouts on the boys team with top 8 rankings in their respective events." - Mr. Tutterrow


State Qualifiers:

Boys:

Bruce Jordan in the 110M Hurdles and in the 300M Hurdles.

4x100M Relay Team: Jeffrey Radichel, Tyler Cotton, Nolan Bone, Jarrin McKeithen, Xavier Ingram, & Joe Lopez

Nolan Bone in the Pole Vault


Girls:

Taylor Peoples in the Triple Jump

The 4x400 and 4x800 Relays: Karlie Wooten, Megan Venturella, Adrienne Rockette, Ally Kruger, Halima Larhdiri, & Megan Chambers

Karlie Wooten in the 400

Ally Kruger in the 1600 and the 3200.

Math with Mrs. Sachs

"I want to give a shoutout to my Basic Skills Math class. The students in my first hour Basic Daily Living made pallet signs that were sold at the Holiday Bazaar. The funds raised were put towards a series of student selected community service projects. The students chose veterans, the elderly, the food pantry, and an animal shelter to help. The tasks I am highlighting is helping the food pantry and animal shelter. During a community access trip, students were split into two groups at the market and given $40 to spend. One group had 40 items under $40 challenge to donate to the local food pantry. The group came in at $38.38 with 40 items and limited teacher help! The photo attached is the food pantry group, then the results from each group." - Mrs. Sachs
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Wrestling

"Wrestling had an exciting year as it was the first year girls had their own individual division. Taking advantage of this new opportunity, Janna Stevenson became the first girl wrestler in Liberty history to qualify for State. Let us not forget about the boys side either. Varsity might not have had a great dual record, but several wrestlers shined all year on their way to qualifying for State. Brandon Jones, Trentin Helton, Wyatt Haynes, and Christian Ziek all posted fabulous records while placing at many of the tournaments in which they participated. And while wrestling was quite overall at State, Ziek placed 2nd in class 3A at 145 pounds." - Mr. Kling
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Educators Rising

"Our group supports LHS teachers and students as well as future LHS students (at Frontier, Discovery Ridge, Prairie View, Crossroads, Duello, & Barfield). This year we competed at State and have five students going on to compete in nationals in Dallas, TX!" - Mrs. Genenbacher

DECA

"This year we again went to New York City as a part of the DECA NYC Experience. We took 16 students from LHS and again got to explore the Marketing/Business side of many New York City's famous locations (Madison Square Garden, World Trade Center Museum, Empire State Building, and Macy's to name a few). We also took 61 kids to DECA Districts Competition, which is the most we have ever taken, and had 14 students qualify for the State Competition that took place over Spring Break in KC. Aimee Weber and Lexi Bentley both qualified for the International Competition in Florida with their Top 10 Finish at State." - Mr. Barnes

Resource

"We have become a big, beautifully blended family of life learners! One of our many highlights has been the shared pride in the black and white photo displays of ourselves working and loving one another! We've surrounded ourselves with the visual reminder of this year's overriding motto: LOVE MORE, hate less--with regard to ourselves and each other!"- Mrs. Merritt

Outdoor Pursuits

Mr. Jolliff's Outdoor Pursuits classes participated in a skeet shoot at Busch Wildlife, went fishing, and dutch-oven cooking experience. Below is a short clip of Katie McVey skeet shooting.

Band - Jazz & Concert

  • Jazz Band performed at two jazz festivals this year and earned an Outstanding Performance award at the Mineral Area Jazz Festival.
  • The Concert Band earned an Outstanding Rating at State Large Ensemble Festival. Several Solos and Small Ensembles earned Exemplary or Oustanding ratings at District Large Ensemble Festival, and the Trombone Trio of Dylan Nordmann, Elaine Amery, and Henry Roos earned a top Gold Medal rating at State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival.

Key Club

"Hours of service for youth! We hosted the 2nd annual LHS Talent Show and conducted our 6th Trick or Treat for Unicef campaign to raise over $1,000 in the fight to end neonatal tetanus world-wide. We raised money for the March of Dimes & Children's Miracle Network. Leaders attended district leadership conference in March and returned with trophies and awards. We sewed 48 trauma dolls to take part in the district level service project. Our club secretary received a plaque for earning Distinguished recognition. LHS has two lt. governor's in our MO-ARK district, one district-level treasurer, and one international trustee candidate. Those students may attend International Convention in July! Our club promotional video won first place and will be seen in Baltimore during this year's ICON." - Ms. Borders
https://youtu.be/zE8KzgrjfXE

Girls Swim Won GACS for the 4th year in a row!

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Boys Swim We had all 3 relays make it to the State Meet and 2 individuals (Ian Herling and Zach Myers)

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Finals Video - Produced by LHS Broadcast Media

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LHS Updates

This is a link to all of the LHS Updates sent out over the course of the year.