The Sullivan County School Boards Association recently announced that they’ll be honoring former Town of Liberty Supervisor, Charlie Barbuti and Liberty High School teacher, Julie Buck, as the recipients of this year’s Sullivan County Outstanding Friend to Education Award and Outstanding Educator Award, respectively.
Julie Buck is a social studies teacher at Liberty Central School District and is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award. She has worked in the district for the past 14 years. She consistently goes above and beyond in all ways, motivating her students to be the best she believes they can be.
Charlie Barbuti, a Liberty resident, business owner, former Town Supervisor, and a graduate of the Liberty High School class of 1969, and former Board of Education member is the recipient of the Outstanding Friend of Education Award. He has championed cooperative relationships among the town, village, and district. He has been an advocate for Art on Main Street, an initiative led in part by the Liberty High School art department, resulting in last spring’s first annual Art Walk.
Both of these awards honor individuals who have made an impact on the education of children in Sullivan County. Buck and Barbuti will receive their awards at a dinner at the Villa Roma Clubhouse on Wednesday, May 31.
The Liberty High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will induct 18 new members on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p. m. in the Liberty High School Panebaker Auditorium. The induction ceremony is open to the public with a special invitation to family and friends. The ceremony is very important for the new inductee and for the NHS Chapter as it emphasizes that NHS membership is not based solely on GPA but on other important characteristics of the individual. It also outlines the responsibilities that inductees take on as members of this special group.
Maria Symnaksi and Joseph Decker were honored as Senior Scholar-Athletes by the Times Herald-Record on Thursday, Apr. 20 at Kuhl’s Highland House. The two Liberty Seniors attnded a breakfast along with the honorees from other area schools. Also attending the breakfast were school administrators and athletic directors from local area schools. To be attain this honor students must have a high academic average and must have actively participated in their school’s athletic programs.
Maria Symanski is ranked second in the Senior class with an adjusted
GPA of 101.13. She has participated in tennis, basketball, skiing and golf. She was captain of the tennis team. Academically, Maria is a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Student Government, Debate Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Maria has served her community at the Liberty Public Library, as a member of a Congressional Campaign, as a Peer Tutor, and by offering music lessons. Her future will include a major in health administration.
Joe Decker has maintained a 93.79 GPA which places him seventh in the Senior class. Joe has been an important part of the football, wrestling and baseball team. His academic achievements include membership in the National Honor Society, Honors Band and Future Business Leaders of America. He serves his community as a member of the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department. In the fall Joe plans on attending Clarkson University where he will major in physics.