Friends, family, alumni and administration gathered June 25 to honor three recently inducted individuals to the Liberty Wall of Fame for their distinguished service and contributions upon leaving Liberty High School.
The 2016 inductees included three alumni of the district: Dr. Austin Cantor, Dr. Michael Schwartz and Mr. Melvin I. Urofsky.
The festivities began with a breakfast reception for honorees, family members and friends. For some, it was a chance to catch up with old friends and for most it was the first time visiting the district in over a decade.
Later, the crowd moved to the David E. Panebaker Auditorium Lobby, where the Wall of Fame is located, and honorees received recognition for their accomplishments, each receiving certificates from State Senator John J. Bonacic, United States Congressman Chris Gibson and State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. Biographies, read for each inductee, outlined the history of their accomplishments and touched on the many distinguished achievements that earned them a spot in the Wall of Fame.
In his address, Dr. Cantor reflected on his time spent in Liberty and credited his teachers for his determination, drive and later, success. Dr. Cantor also spoke at the Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony, where he encouraged the graduates to bold in their approach to the challenges they will face in their lives, and to not feel less than if (or, likely when) a plan does not fall through.
“Whatever you think your dream is now, it will probably change,” he said. “And that’s okay. Many, including myself, end up in career we never imagined,” noting that it is important to make flexible enough to go from “Plan A” to “Plan B” and beyond.
The Liberty Central School Wall of Fame was established in 2011 by the Liberty Board of Education as a way to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society or to the Liberty Central School District. In 2016, the criteria was changed to honor alumni who represent an extraordinary range of personal and professional achievements. It is the district’s hope that such recognition will inspire current students to their own achievement, both in high school and beyond.
Do you know a Liberty alumni worth of this honor? Nominate them! The 2017 Wall of Fame application form will be available by August.