Construction continues at athletic fields

Construction at the high school athletic field

While most of us dread the frigid temps, Facilities Director Albert DeMarmels is feeling thankful for the recent cold snap. The previously soggy ground is now dry and firm, which means the athletic field work is moving full speed ahead.

Construction at Liberty High School continues as part of the district’s field improvement project, approved by district voters last fall that will replace two drain lines and add perimeter draining around the school’s baseball, soccer and softball fields.

To date, drain lines and catch basins have been installed and the new soiled has been tested for sufficient compaction. The perimeter draining is approximately 75 percent complete.

Mr. DeMarmels is hopeful that the field will be open in time for our spring athletes to play a few games on their home field.

Sports Roundup (Week of 1/13/2019)

Monday, January 14th

Boys Basketball

Liberty 75 TriValley 29

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 23 – 13 – 20 – 19
TriValley 0 – 10 – 11 – 8


Kymanni Dennis – Game high 20 points
Ashton Barrett – 17 points
Jerlyn Hernandez and Bobby McLeod – 13 points each

Game Highlights

Indians coming out hot in the first quarter with 23 points
Key defensive play from the Indians zone defense and full court pressure
Bench players get significant minutes allowing starters to rest


Liberty 5-6

Girls Basketball

Liberty 37 O’Neill 36

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 6 – 6 – 15 – 10
O’Neill 7 – 8 – 8 – 13


Kelsey Morgans – Game high 20 points
Ally Roth – 7 points
Kassidy DeGroat – 12 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians use big third quarter to go ahead
Kelsey Morgans found Katy Decker under the basket for the go ahead basket with only 8 seconds left in the game
The Indians cam3 up with a big defensive stop at the other end to hold off O’Neill
Extend win streak to 3 games


Liberty 4-5

Tuesday, January 15th

Girls Basketball

Liberty 59 Roscoe 30

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 17 – 9 – 16 – 17
Roscoe  5 – -6 – 12 -7


Kelsey Morgans – Game high 23 points, 10 steals (double double)
Ally Roth – 13 points, 8 steals
Angel Girrantano – 10 points, 8 rebounds
Kassidy DeGroat – 12 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians extend win streak to four games with another road win
Reach .500 record


Liberty 5-5

Wednesday, January 16th

Wrestling (non-league)


99 pounds: Colby Amell (S) won by forfeit; 106: Robert Drost (S) pin Quintin Herzog :46; 113: Kristian Chauncey (S) pin Patrick Adams 1:32; 120: Joey Curreri (ELSW) pin Angel Lemus :41; 126: Brendon Bergen (S) pin Charles Amoroso 2:25; 132: James Heinlein (S) pin Tim Dirie :41; 138: Crew Belnap (S) d. Mark Amoroso 8-2; 145: Nick Curreri (ELSW) pin Jacobus Hockx 1:11; 152: Sean Costello (S) pin Wayne Kratz :48; 160: Daniel Ball (S) d. Henry Peters 8-4; 170: Matt Bucci (S) pin Cesar Santiago 4:48; 182: Graeme Knisell (S) pin Drew Bendy 1:47; 195: James DeAveiro (ELSW) d. Anthony Owen 5-4; 220: James Bucci (S) pin Andrew Scamihorn :46; 285: Ayden Patterson-Sprance (S) pin Nathaniel Edwards 2:50.

LHS students win Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Art students at Liberty High School were recognized for their exemplary work in the Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition by the Hudson Valley Scholastic Regional Affiliate.

The students competed against middle and high school students from Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties. In all, the students took home 16 Gold Key Awards and 14 Silver Key Awards. To date, Liberty students have earned 71 awarded works.

Gold Key and Silver Key Award winners will have their work displayed at Orange-Ulster BOCES and will be honored at an awards ceremony at SUNY New Paltz on Feb. 8. The winners are:

  • Julia Almodoval: 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key
  • Lucia Gonzalez: 1 Silver Key
  • Tiana Helms: 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key
  • Andralyn Lagattuta: 4 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys
  • Gabby Magie: 1 Gold Key
  • Bella Mateo: 2 Gold Keys
  • Julisa Rosa: 3 Gold Keys, 3 Silver Keys
  • Maria Rakin: 2 Gold Keys, 2 Silver Keys

Gold Key recipients will be adjudicated again at the exhibit for consideration to move on to higher level Scholastic venues.

“Scholastic is a nationwide, highly selective organization,” explained Liberty High School Art Director Kathleen Johansen. “Being recognized with a Key is no small achievement.”

We are so proud of our students, who have put vast amounts of time, effort and heart into their art. The incredible level of work that our students produce prove that Liberty is a powerhouse in the arts.

We also commend our art teachers for their influence and creative encouragement.

Sports Roundup (Week of 1/7/2019)

Tuesday, January 8th


Section 9 Duals

Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West team seeded 3rd upsets Red Hook 64-18 in semifinals after beating Ellenville 72-12 in the quarterfinals! ELS faces 4th seeded Highland in the semifinals on Wednesday.


Forfeit wins: 99-Quintin Herzog (ELS); 120-Joey Curreri (ELS); 126-Charlie Amoroso (ELS); 138-Mark Amoroso (ELS); 145-Keegan Campbell (ELS); 182-Drew Bendy (ELS); 195-James DeAvenio (ELS); 220-Andrew Scamihorn (ELS); 106: no contest; 113: Pat Adams (ELS) pin Christian Disessa Len (ELL) 3:26; 132-Walter Evans (ELL) pin Tim Dirie (ELS) 2:55; 152: Nick Curreri (ELS) pin Ethan Conner (ELL) 0:18; 160: Henry Peters (ELS) pin Edwin Price (ELL)0:29; 170: Caesar Santiago (ELS) pin Evan Hamilton (ELL) 0:24; 285: Jason Lonstein (ELL) pin Caleb Milk (ELS)4:57


99-pounds: Brandon McKey (RH) d. Quintin Herzog (ELS); 106: Ben Finch (RH) won by forfeit; 113: Pat Adams (ELS) d. David Ringleben (RH); 120: Matt Morris (RH) won by forfeit; 126: Joseph Curreri (ELS) d. Alex Lopez (RH); 132: Tim Dirie (ELS) d. Connor Knuscke (RH); 138: Mark Amoroso (ELS) d. Liam O’Connor (RH); 145: Nick Curreri (ELS) d. Jimmy Melitski (RH); 152: Keegan Campbell (ELS) d. Zach McGee (RH); 160: Henry Peters (ELS) d. Tyler Benicasa (RH); 170: Caesar Santiago (ELS) d. Nick Tsironis (RH); 182: Marshall Thomas (ELS) d. Jack Brammaur (RH); 195: Drew Bendy (ELS) d. Tommy Marvin (RH); 220: James DiAverio (ELS) d. Isiah Anglada (RH); 285: Caleb Milk (ELS) d. Kane Losurdo (RH)

Boys Basketball

Liberty 56 O’Neill 60

Teams Q1-Q2-Q3-Q4
Liberty 12 – 16 -13 – 15
O’Neill 8 – 13 – 17 – 22


Jerlyn Hernandez- Team high 16 points (3rd Double Double)
Ashton Barrett- 14 points
Kymanni Dennis – 14 points

Game Highlights

Indians ahead 28-21 at the half
Kyammni Dennis and Jerlyn Hernadez tough on the boards
Liberty had 11 foul shots, O’Neill shot 31


Liberty 4-5 O’Neill 7-2

Wednesday, January 9th


Section 9 Duals

The Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West team, seeded 3rd, defeated the fourth seeded Highland Huskies 37-36 to win their first ever Section 9 Dual Meet Championship! The match was tied 36-36 after all bouts had been wrestled. ELS was awarded the victory because they won 8 bouts to the Huskies 7.

ELS had previously beaten Red Hook 64-18 in semifinals after beating Ellenville 72-12 in the quarterfinals! A summary of the bouts will be posted as soon as it is available.


99-pounds: Quintin Herzog (ELS) won by forfeit; 106: Peter Bender (H) won by forfeit; 113: Chris Gatto (H) d. Patrick Adams (ELS) 7-1; 120: Joey Curreri (ELS) d. Joe Arensten (H) 11-1; 126: Tim Dirie (ELS) pin Anakin Luna (H) 3:09; 132: Logan Zehr (H) pin Mark Amaroso (ELS) 1:11; 145: Nick Curreri (ELS) d. Matt Malheiro (H) 5-3; 152: Brian Joyce (H) pin Kegan Campbell (ELS) 2:28; 160: Henry Peters (ELS) d. Logan Smith 15-2; 170: Cesar Santiago (ELS) d. Adian Maduro (H) 13-4; 182: Drew Bendy (ELS) pin Adam Albright (H) 3:32; 195: Ben Swart (H) pin Marshall Thomas (ELS) 1:56; 220: James DeAuerio (ELS) d. John Perez (H) 4-0; 285: Shamar Gittens (H) d. Caleb Milk (ELS) 5-0

Girls Basketball

Liberty 46 Chester 38

Teams Q1-Q2-Q3-Q4
Liberty 11 – 9 – 9 – 17
Chester 4 – 11 – 9 – 14


Ally Roth – Game high 22 points
Kelsey Morgans – 12 points
Gabby Magie – 12 rebounds
Kassidy DeGroat – 7 points, 9 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians ahead 11-4 after hot first quarter
Liberty’s press defense forces key Chester turnovers


Liberty 2-5

Thursday, January 10th

Boys Basketball

Liberty 42 Chester 74

Teams Q1-Q2-Q3-Q4


Ashton Barrett- Team high 19 points
Kymanni Dennis – 14 points

Game Highlights



Liberty 4-6

Friday, January 11th

Girls Basketball

Liberty 54 Port Jervis 29

Teams ……Q1-Q2-Q3-Q4
Liberty….. 13 – 16 – 16 – 9
Port Jervis 6 – 10 – 6 – 7


Kelsey Morgans – Game high 19 points, 7 steals
Ally Roth – 18 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds
Kassidy DeGraot and Angel Girratano –  7 rebounds each

Game Highlights

Lady Indians win back to back games at home
Great team effort with some incredible passing and intense defensive play


Liberty 3-5

Alum featured in Elmira College art publication

Liberty alumnus Stephanie Krom was one of several students featured in the latest edition of “Mashups and Other Collisions in Art and Literature,” a print-on-demand book, featuring a collection of essays, poems, and artwork created by Elmira College students in the 2018 First Year Seminar class.

Krom, a member of the Class of 2018, considered perennial topics of gender stereotypes, love, and war, by reading and comparing literature such as Thornton Wilder’s play The Skin of Our Teeth and Mark Twain’s writings based on his Diaries of Adam and Eve. Additionally, she and her peers viewed and wrote about art from the Elmira College collection and from exhibitions in the campus’s George Waters Gallery. Their own artwork includes magazine collages inspired by the Surrealists as well as re-imagined scenes from Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, using a variation of the graphic novel form.

The complete book can be previewed through, and is available for purchase and digital download.

Nominations sought for alumni Wall of Fame

Do you know an alumni who deserves to be honored on the Liberty Wall of Fame? Nominate them!

The district is currently accepting nominations for its Wall of Fame, which the district established to honor outstanding Liberty alumni who have made a lasting contribution to the district.

Nominees will be judged on exceptional accomplishments or significant contributions within their school, community or personal life.

Inductee(s) will have a plaque displayed on the Wall of Fame, located in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium lobby at Liberty High School. The district will recognize the honorees during a special ceremony and breakfast reception prior to graduation in June.

The district will accept nominations until 3 p.m. Jan. 25, 2019.

Nomination forms are available at this link. Paper copies can be picked up at the district office at 115 Buckley St., Liberty. For more information, contact Alyssa Pagano at 845-292-5400 ext. 2055.

Grades 7-9 have the opportunity to be Invention mentors

Camp Invention, a summer enrichment program offered at schools nationwide, will be held for Liberty students in grades K-6 on Aug. 19-23, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Liberty High School. Learn more about the Camp Invention Program in this original post.

The Camp Invention Leaders-in-Training program invites students in grades 7-9 to to participate in Camp Invention in a whole new way.

They’ll guide children through exciting STEM activities during the week of a local camp program, encouraging creativity and hands-on fun while building their leadership and goal-setting abilities.

Joining in the Fun

Leaders-in-Training play an active role in our high-energy camp.

Learning New Skills

They’ll find out what it’s like to be an innovative leader.

A $25 dollar discount is available to those who register before March 22 and use the promo code “INNOVATE25”

Register and find the promotion that’s right for you at this link or by calling 800-968-4332.

LHS is the place to be to earn college credits

Juniors and seniors at Liberty High School now have the opportunity to finish their high school careers with a jump start on college thanks to the district’s partnership with Sullivan County Community College.

Thirteen college credit courses are offered to juniors and seniors, including United States History, Political Science, Elementary Statistics, Fundamentals of Speech and Composition I. These courses are taught on campus during the school day by a Liberty High School faculty member.


Many students at Liberty High School earn credits through these courses, according to Guidance Director Molly Messina. Although the college credits come at a cost ($60-$265, depending on the class), students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch only need to pay $25 for the credits.

There are some stipulations, she explained: some classes have pre-requisites and all students need to pass the class and their final exam in order to receive the college credit.

“Then the college credits will be absorbed by generally any SUNY college,” she said.

Juniors and seniors who would like to learn more about the college credit courses should reach out to his or her guidance counselor in the winter. January and February is the best time for a junior or senior to begin planning his or her course load for the following year.

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