Academic achievement dinner honors top students

On May 30, Sullivan BOCES held its Annual Academic Achievement Dinner honoring the county’s top students. Superintendents of Schools, Principals, board presidents, and members of the press attended the event.

The following seniors attended:
Paul Symanski
Sarah Kleinberger
Abrielle Milling
Benjamin Quackenbush
Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman

LHS students receive Academic Block L awards

On Wednesday, May 22, Liberty High School held its annual academic Block L awards assembly. The purpose of the assembly is to acknowledge academic success in allsubjects at all grade levels in the high school. The list below shows the students who received awards in various categories:

Mr. Timothy Hamblin – Music Awards

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Steven Leal
National School Chorus Award Eleisha Graves, Cascio Fonseca
Director’s Award for Chorus Tracy Torrens
Patrick Gilmore Award for Band Tanner Parks
National School Orchestra Award Katy Decker
Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Awards for Band/Chorus Micheal Perez
Area All-State Mixed Chorus Cascio Fonseca

Mr. Justen Mills                    Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards

9th Grade  Katrina Blais, Liam Henry
10th Grade Corrine Hellerer, Zavian Jones
11th Grade Gabriella Magie, Nicholas Connal
12th Grade – Janet Hill Ross, Steven Leal
Adapted PE Natasha Torres, Zavian Jones
Personal Fitness Gabriella Magie, Gregory Stedner Birks
Advanced Personal Fitness  Kassidy DeGroat, Sean McMahon, Jr.

Mr. Brad Molusky            Outstanding Health Students

Emma Dworetsky, Nicholas Conal

Mrs. Kath Johansen         Outstanding Art Students

Photography 1 – Hailee Benson
Photography 2 – Andralyn LaGattuta
Studio Art – Sean Rankin
Advanced Studio – Tiana Helms
Ceramics – Kimberly Brengard
Graphics – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting 2 – Tiana Helms

Mrs. Julie Buck              Outstanding Social Studies Students

Global History & Geography 9 – Logan Keaveney
Global History & Geography 10 – Emily Lutz
US History & Government – Yasiris Hernandez Hernandez
College US History & Government – Sydneigh Fleischman
College Political Science – Paul Symanski
Economics – Sarah Kleinberger
Government – Charlee Henley

Ms. Cindy Nolan                  Outstanding Science Students

Environmental Science – Megan Culton
Living Environment – Sean Rankin
Earth Science – Abigail Kelly
Forensics – Alexandra Riley
Physics of Toys – Taylor Arpino
General Chemistry – Kimberly Brengard
Chemistry – Emily Lutz
Physics – Jarod Hellerer
AP Biology – Benjamin Quackenbush

Mr. Dan Hart                  Outstanding Business Students

Business Computer Applications – Nicholas Connal
Business Math – Samantha Lawler, Rory Magie
Career and Financial Management – Sean McMahon
Fundamentals of Accounting – Michael Cohen
Personal Finance – Nicholas Connal
Entrepreneurship – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez
Sports and Entertainment – Erick Ledoux

Mr. Aaron Salvadge                 Outstanding Spanish Students

Spanish Exploratory – Anisha Harripersad
Spanish II – Emily Kim
Spanish III – Emily Lutz
Spanish IV – Nicholas Connal
Spanish V – Sarah Kleinberger

Ms. Elizabeth Fuentes           Outstanding Math Students

Algebra 1 – Michael Pelton
Algebra 1A – Alithea Douet
Algebra 1B – Dylan Parks, Evan Yennie
Geometry – Emily Kim
Algebra 2 – Emily Lutz
Advanced Algebra – Adell Velazquez
Precalculus – Gabriella Fontana
Calculus – Paul Symanski
Math with Financial Application – Nicholas Connal
Statistics – Paul Symanski

Mr. William Fleck            Outstanding English Students

9th Grade – Aneliyah Carrion
9TH Honors – Abigail Kelly
10th Grade – Tessa Nettleton
10th Honors – Kelly Crisostomo
11th Grade – Isis Wright
Composition I – Charlee Henley
Effective Writing – Tianna Ramirez, Gregory Stedner Birks
Cinema – Hailee Benson, Jada Hamilton
Speech – Jelaine Evangelista
Advanced Placement English – Leah Fitzgerald

Mrs. Heather Cheh        Award and Scholarship Opportunities

Elmira College Key Award – Destiny Pearson, Christopher Bayer

Rensselaer Medal Program – Christopher Bayer

Clarkson University Achievement Award – Jarod Hellerer

Clarkson University Leadership Award – Gabriella Fontana

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award for Humanities – Leah Fitzgerald

University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award –
Jarod Hellerer

Mr. Paul Brown           Award and Scholarship Opportunities

University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award –
Gavin Racette

University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information –
Joseph Call

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award –
Kassidy DeGroat, Gavn Werring Mendez

Student Sage Award – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez, Andralyn LaGattuta

Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement –
Nicole Blais, Ean Blank

Keuka College George H. Ball Community Achievement Award –
Gabriella Fontana, Arianna Nieves, Samantha Lawler,
Nicholas Connal, Lucas Feijo

Mr. Derek Adams             Presentation of Top Ten Students

10. Gregory Stedner Birks
9. Kelsey Morgans
8. Jelaine Evangelista
7. Michael Cohen
6. Katy Decker
5. Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman
4. Benjamin Quackenbush
3. Abrielle Milling
2. Sarah Kleinberger
1. Paul Symanski

Free meals for kids starts July 1 in Liberty

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to at no cost from July 1 of this year through August 23. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program.

This is the sixth year that Liberty has offered the program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Francis A. Hanofee Park
136 Sunset Lake Road

From July 1 to August 16, breakfast and lunch will be served each weekday at Hanofee Park. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Liberty Middle School
125 Buckley Street

From July 1 to August 23, the district will also provide breakfast and lunch each weekday at the Liberty Middle School. Breakfast will be served 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Both sites are considered “restricted open sites,” meaning that children who do not attend the day camps or summer school programs that take place at Hanofee Park or Liberty Middle School are welcome to visit either location for a free meal.

For additional information, please contact the district’s business office at (845) 292-6171.

Sports Roundup (Week of May 19)

Monday, May 20


Liberty @ Burke

Liberty forfeited due to lack of players.

Tuesday, May 21


Fallsburg @ Liberty Game 1

No information supplied by coach.

Fallsburg @ Liberty Game 2

No information supplied by coach.

Girls Golf

Roscoe 163 Liberty 170
Liberty 170 Fallsburg 171.

Wednesday, May 22


Chester @ Liberty

No information supplied by coach.

Thursday, May 23

Boys Spring Track

The Liberty Boys Spring Track team traveled to Middletown to compete in the Section XI Class C Meet. The team placed sixth out of 12 teams

Leading the way for the Indians was Ashton Barrett who placed second in the triple jump and third in long jump. Miguel Campos-Castro was third in the 800 and fifth in the 1600. Rayshawn Reynolds was fifth in high jump. John Nolan was sixth in the 110 hurdles. Jake Lesczynski placed sixth in the 400 hurdles.

Friday,  May 24

Saturday, May 25

Booster Club raffle tickets are $5

The Booster Club will hold a “daily numbers” raffle to help raise money for its scholarship fund. Random drawings will take place every day during the month of July; payouts will be mailed to randomly selected 3-digit numbers. The cost for one raffle ticket is $5. If you are interested, please e-mail Carol Flynn at to purchase your ticket.

Paul Symanski is the Class of 2019 valedictorian

Paul Symasnski is the Class of 2019 valedictorianSullivan County legislators honored local valedictorians at their May 16 meeting, congratulating each on their achievements and expressing excitement and hope about their futures.

Congratulations to Paul Symanski, our Class of 2019 valedictorian.

FAFSA Help Sessions on May 22 and June 18

The SUNY Sullivan Financial Aid Office is offering a FAFSA Help Session on May 22 and June 18 at 6 p.m. in room F017. Students and parents should bring a copy of their 2017 Federal Income Tax Returns and 2017 W2s. Computers will be available so that you can complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA that night. Sign up online by e-mailing

Three sports and AP classes no sweat for Fleischman

When Jerikah Fleischman arrives at Binghamton University this fall, she’ll be a few credits shy of entering college as a sophomore.

She ranks fifth in her class at Liberty High School with a 98.1 grade-point average despite a demanding, accelerated schedule and is a standout in soccer, indoor track and softball.

Jerikah was recently featured in the Times Herald Record. Read the full story here. 


TSTT honored at Recognition Brunch

A group of students standing with guidance counselors and the principals from the middle and high schoolOn May 9, over 100 distinguished guests including local, county, state and federal officials, prominent educators, supporters and current and future teachers joined in the Celebration of Sullivan County’s school Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) Annual Recognition Brunch. The event took place at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill.

TSTT is for students who are interested in a career that involves teaching, coaching or leading. TSTT mentors these students by preparing them with effective leadership skills while still in high school.

The program is part of a school initiative that supports and mentors students who would like to pursue a career in education. The program’s advisor, Lisa Adrian-Davies, helps to identify, recruit, and mentor those current students who after college may return to Liberty classrooms as teachers and school leaders.

The Annual Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity for the organization to honor leaders in education, dedicated teachers, and future educators on their accomplishments over the past year.

Students in grades 8-12 have an opportunity to participate in the Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) program at Liberty.

TSTT members meet regularly in the high school and may take part in TSTT excursions such as college visits, career and leadership based workshops, and conferences. Soon they will begin weekly tutoring sessions with middle school students and students who speak English as a Second Language.

TSTT students can qualify for a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship from its growing roster of partner colleges.

TSTT program features include:
• Career Development Workshops
• Teaching with Technology Conferences
• Teacher Mentors
• Tutor Training
• Job Shadowing
• College Guidance and Visits
• SAT Preparation
• Summer Internships
• College and Career Counseling Assistance

Students who would like to learn more about TSTT can contact their building principal, guidance counselor or Lisa Adrian-Davies at or (845) 292-5400 ext. 4209.



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