Liberty “mathletes” shine at competition

Liberty middle school students placed third overall in a recent MathCounts competition in Montgomery, NY. The competition team, comprising of Carlos Torres, Alexus Parisella, Tanner Ferguson, and Dylan Nichols, are hoping to make it to the state competition next month.

MathCounts is a nationwide competitive mathematics program designed to expand students’ math horizons and encourage them to consider math-oriented careers such as engineering. Teachers and students in Liberty have been preparing for the competition since school began in the fall. The after-school meetings and competitions spark high-level mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

The middle school’s MathCounts club meets once a week. In addition to the MathCounts material, students work on coding, prodigy competitions and dive into more challenging topics for fun. Although MathCounts competitions are only open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, fifth-grade students are welcome to attend meetings and hone in on their skills.

In fact, according to the club advisor, Ms. Amanda Martin, the group mostly consists of fifth-grade students.

“We’re excited to see what the future holds,” she said.
For more information about MathCounts club meetings and competitions, contact Amanda Martin at AMartin@libertyk12.org.

FBLA members garner honors

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 17 members of the Liberty Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to Tri-Valley High School for an academic competition. All of the students represented Liberty very well and the following earned the following awards:

Cascio Fonseca: first place in Public Speaking.
Ysabel Manzi: third place in Introduction to FBLA
Steven Leal: fourth place in Job Interview
Michael Cohen: fifth place in Business Calculations
Gavin Racette: fifth place in Basic Decision Making

Cascio earned the right to represent the Liberty FBLA and District 3N at the New York State FBLA Conference in Binghamton from April 11-13. Congratulations to all who competed and best of luck Cascio in Binghamton.

Science Olympiad team first in small schools

On Saturday, February 3, the Liberty HS Science Olympiad Team traveled to Ulster County Community College to participate in the New York State Mid-Hudson Region competition. The months of hard work put in by the students paid off as the team placed 11th overall and first in the small schools division.

Each year a dedicated group of students meets to practice for the Science Olympiad, a competition held each spring. Students may build structures or machines to use in the competition or study concepts that may be included in a quiz during the contest. They also learn how to think quickly and adapt so that they can participate in the challenging events at the Olympiad.

The team is coached by LHS science teachers Lucinda Nolan and Gene Madsen. Each Liberty competitor wore a custom designed t-shirt. This year’s shirt was dedicated to the memory of a Science Olympiad Alumni Peter N. Koval who was a major contributor to the Astronomy event.

Listed below are all the team members with their year in school and the number of years they have been participating. Also listed are the events, the students who participated in those events and their place. Check out the picture gallery to see some of the students “in action”.

Team Members

Seniors:

Kelgin Cheh (alt 1 yr)
Ian Cody (3 yrs)
Angelina Fontana (4 yrs)
Rebecca Mielnicki (4 yrs)
Gabriela Nolan (3 yr)
Liang Ouyang (1 yr)
Priya Patel (alt 2 yrs)
Eli Rabadi (1 yr)
Jordan Russo (2yrs)

Juniors:

Tanner Parks (3 yrs)

Sophomores:

Nicole Blais (1yr)
Leah Fitzgerald (1 yr)
Gabby Fontana (2yrs)
Jarod Hellerer (1yr)
Gavin Racette (2yrs)

Freshmen:

Brooke Nichols (1yr)
John Nolan (1yr)

Mr. Slater’s Class who assisted with Technology

Kelgin Cheh
Marie Lyons
Collin Nietzel
Eli Rabadi
Jon Wilson

Events and Results

Helicopter- Gabby N, Ian, Jon Wilson (14th place)
Hovercraft- John N, Tanner, Marie Lyons (11th place)
Mission Possible- Eli, Rebecca  (10th place)
Mousetrap Vehicle- Gabby N., Jarod H, Kelgin Cheh  (10th place)
Tower- Ian and Tanner (16th place)
Fermi Questions- Rebecca., Jarod  (7th place)
Forensics- Nicole, Angelina  (10th place)
Material Science- Gavin, Jordan  (16th place)
Remote Sensing- Gabby F, Eli  (16th place)
Write It Do It- Gabby N, John  (24th place)
Anatomy and Physiology- Liang, Jordan  (12th place)
Dynamic Planet- Nicole, Gabby F  (12th place)
Game on- Brooke, Gavin  (20th place)
Chemistry Lab- Liang, Jordan  (15th place)
Disease Detective- Gabby F, Leah  (24th place)
Ecology- John, Brooke  (8th place)
Optics- Jarod, Gavin (9th place)
Rocks and Minerals- Gabby N, Angelina  (11th place)
Astronomy-Ian, Tanner  (16th place)
Thermodynamics- Brooke, Leah  (14th place)
Experimental Design- Eli, Angelina, Rebecca  (15th place)
Herpetology- Nicole, Gavin  (17th place)
Microbe Mission- Leah, Liang  (16th place)

Actions that can help fight germs like the flu

Provided by Sullivan County Public Health:

CDC recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza (flu). The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is especially important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women. Finally, everyday preventive actions may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu. This flyer contains information about everyday preventive actions.

How does the flu spread?
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose. Many other viruses spread these ways too.People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

What are everyday preventive actions?
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
• If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

What additional steps can I take at work to help stop the spread of germs that can cause respiratory illness, like flu?
• Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
• Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
• Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes.
• Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you have to stay home.
• If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.

What additional preventive actions can I take to protect my child from germs that can cause respiratory illness, like flu?
• Find out about plans your child’s school, child care program, or college has if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
• Make sure your child’s school, child care program, or college routinely cleans frequently touched objects and surfaces, and that
they have a good supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs, and disposable wipes on-site.
• Ask how sick students and staff are separated from others and who will care for them until they can go home.

Racette wins NIAAA award as scholar-athlete

Senior Olivia Racette has been selected as the female scholar athlete representative for Section IX for the 2017-2018 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar Athlete Scholarship. She will now be in the running for the state award.  Her application will be compared to all other female chapter representatives in New York state. If selected, she will receive $250 and a chance to be awarded the NIAAA Section Award.

The criteria for the award were class rank, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, school participation and leadership, community involvement and two writing samples.  All applicant names, schools and other information which would indicate where the student was from were not disclosed.  This was an anonymous selection based solely on credentials.

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