Wall of Fame Committee announces 2021 inductees

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the 2021 honorees.

The Wall of Fame was established in 2011 by the Board of Education to honor extraordinary alumni. Nominees are judged on exceptional accomplishments or significant contributions within their career, community or personal life.

Two Liberty graduates will be inducted at a June 2021 ceremony. Plans for the event are underway.

The 2021 inductees are:

Clarence Hoyt

Mr. Hoyt graduated from Liberty High School in 1939. He was senior class treasurer and an active member of the Liberty Boy Scouts.

In March 1940 he joined the U.S. Army and entered the Air Corps, then was  stationed at Hickam Field, Honolulu.

The morning of Dec. 7, 1941 Private First Class Hoyt was in the mess barracks when Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was the first Sullivan County casualty of World War II and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

John Lennon

Mr. Lennon graduated from Liberty High School in 1937. A lifelong area resident, he was the longtime owner of Lennon’s Power Equipment and the only LHS student to design a senior class ring.

A champion for children and education, Mr. Lennon served on the LCSD Board of Education from 1981-1997, serving as vice president and president.  During the time he was instrumental in the planning and construction of Liberty Middle School and became a friend to many parents and community members. In 2011, the LMS library was named in his honor.

Dr. Morgan Hardy, 2020 honoree, to be inducted

The 2020 Wall of Fame honoree, Dr. Morgan Hardy, will also be inducted at the June event, which was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings.

Dr. Hardy, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School, is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Social Science Division of New York University.  She teaches in Abu Dhabi; Accra, Ghana, and previously at Brown University where she obtained her PHD in Economics.

Her research is in development economics, with a topical focus on firms and labor markets, involving field experiments and original data collection in Africa. In doing this research, Dr. Hardy has managed millions of dollars in prestigious grant money. She has received an NSF/IGERT fellowship for interdisciplinary training  and fieldwork as well as a Hewlett Foundation/IIE. She speaks world-wide and has been published in London and in US economic journals.

Graduates and attendees of the Liberty Central School District who have made a lasting and outstanding contribution to society in their lives and career are eligible for nomination to the Wall of Fame. Nominations are reviewed by the Wall of Fame Committee, which is made up of volunteers representing the school district, the local community, and the Board of Education.

Learn more about the Wall of Fame and past inductees here.

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