NJROTC Dual Exhibition Drill Team.
the NJROTC Dual Exhibition team at the assembly was amazing! They were interviewed by
King TV's Evening Magazine in May.
View the video...
(They ended up
placing 12th in the nation!)
If viewing the video at school or on low speed
internet, you may only get audio.
are the 2008 KIRO
School Spirit Champions!
High School’s amazing school spirit reigned
at the "Moving Up" assembly for the KIRO TV cameras. For footage
of our students, our assembly, and our school
Career and Technical Education
Honors. Congratulations to the
following students who were recently
recognized at a District reception for
their outstanding performance in Career
and Technical Education programs.
Katherine Adams, LifeSmarts
Barbara Graham, LifeSmarts
Alex Faulkner, Marketing
Yesica Gonzalez, Culinary & Child
Andrew Kraft, Sports Medicine
Alayne Levine, Teaching Academy
Eric Peterson, LifeSmarts
Nathan Platz, Engineering
William Sandstedt, LifeSmarts
David Thomas, LifeSmarts
Proud of our Patriot Seniors! Hey Seniors
click here for the Senior Awards
scholarships offered and accepted for
the class of 2008 is a total of
$1,404,451! Great job patriots!
State Softball. For the 12th year
in a row, the Softball team qualified
for State and made it to the second
round. Extraordinary! Great job...see
final results. Coach Brian
State Track and Field.
Congratulations to our Track and Field
athletes on their great performance at
the State Championships.
Ian Smith, 2nd Place Boys 800 Meter
Run, 1:55.90 School Record!
Kyle Dennison, 3rd Place Boys Discus
Throw, 157-01 School Record!
Kyle Dennison, 13th Place Boys
Javelin Throw, 170-05
Chris Freeman, 15th Place Boys
Long Jump, 19-11.25 Wind 0.1
Rebecca Teel, 19th Place Girls
Javeline Throw, 90-09
Michelle Vanderhayden, Qualifier
Girls Pole Vault
View the Track & Field website.
Coaches Michael Smith and Mark Little
Patriot Players recognized by the 5th
Avenue Theatre High School Musical
Judges! The Godspell
production received three
nominations (Orchestra, Lighting, and
Greg Gauthier as a Featured Ensemble
Actor) and two honorable mentions
(Direction and Chorus)—a very
respectable showing. Congratulations!
The awards ceremony is June 9.
View all the nominations....
High PSAT Scores. LHS has
produced 10 students who have scored in
the top 50,000 (nationally) in the PSAT
this year. These students are currently
being considered for recognition as
National Merit Commended Students or
Semi-Finalists. Nice work! The students
NJROTC--another national achievement!
Congratulations to the students on the
NJROTC Dual Exhibition Team who placed
12th in the country for their event. The
point spread between first place and
them was not very big. The team competed
at the national level with approximately
70 other Dual Teams. To our knowledge,
no Navy team from the Pacific Northwest
Region has ever competed at this level
interviewed by King TV's Evening
Magazine in May.
View the video...
If viewing the video at school or on low speed
internet, you may only get audio.
Sports Medicine for participating
at the WVSMA State Sport Medicine
Competition held in Wenatchee April 25th
& 26th. Our team got
recognized for their 10th place finish
in the competition. Our team members
included the following students in the
order of their scores: Amanda Bard;
Zachary Ishimitsu; Andrew Kraft;
Newbury; Kelsey Were; Alexander Woehlbrandt;
Justin Noonan; and Jordan Warlick.
Coached by Larry Brown. Good job Patriots!
Rotary Athletes of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year: Robbie
Marlow. Robbie was a three-sport
athlete his first three years at
Liberty, and is a two-sport athlete this
year. He was Team Captain in football,
and was selected 2nd-team, All-League LB
and Offensive Tackle. He also was an
Honorable Mention selection in
Female Athlete of the Year:
Chrissy Hughes. Chrissy’s
perseverance and accomplishments in
figure skating are impressive. Chrissy
placed third in her first international
competition in Amsterdam, winning two
International Junior Grand Prixs – one
in Romania and the other in Bulgaria.
These finishes ranked her third in the
world for the Junior Grand Prix circuit,
which qualified her to compete at the
final in Poland against the top eight
skaters from around the world! In
addition to the rigorous training
schedule Chrissy maintains, she achieves
high academic honors, including being a
member of the 2008 US Figure Skating
Scholastic Honors Team.
Patriot Press Staff placed third
of show in the WSU Murrow School of
Journalism contest. This is a contest
with hundreds of entries, including the
work of the five schools in our state,
over the past two years who have won
national Pacemaker awards. In fact, we
came in above several of those schools.
We have never placed above honorable
mention before in this contest. Senior
Jenna Farr won third place in the
category of sports writing.
Congratulations Patriot Press!
Journalism Teacher, Kris Daughters.
Career and Technical Education
senior Rosalyn Krueger has
received the WAVE (Washington Award for
Vocational Excellence) Scholarship.
Graduating seniors are eligible for this
award if they complete a minimum of 360
hours in a single career and technical
program, which Rosalyn has done in
Marketing. This year she has also served
as Liberty’s DECA President. Up to three
WAVE recipients are selected in each
legislative district based on
occupational proficiency, leadership and
community service. WAVE recipients
receive two year grants for
undergraduate study at any of the two or
four year public universities,
accredited independent colleges or
universities, or licensed private
vocational schools in Washington State.
Congratulations are in order to Rosalyn
as the recipient of this very
prestigious award! Career Specialist
Susan Fesser and Marketing
Teacher Chris Gapinski
1st Pace Vocal Soloist. Sophomore
Dani Huff, a member of the Renton
chapter of Job’s Daughters and an LHS
choir member, took 1st place in the
Vocal Solo category at their state
convention in Moses Lake. She sang
“Keeper of His Light” and was
accompanied by sophomore Anna Carlson.
Congratulations, Dani! Teacher
Washington Scholars! Liberty
Seniors, Katie Adams and Heather
Milligan are Washington State
Scholars. This is a big deal! The
principals of each high school are
allowed to nominate the top 1% of their
graduating class. Each nominee is
reviewed at the legislative level and
they can pick 3 from each district. We
are in legislative district 41 and 11.
Only 147 are chosen in the whole state!
Click on the link below and then click
on "2008 Washington Scholars Directory"
to see their names in official
print. The students get a scholarship of
$6290 each year they attend a Washington
state university or one of the
independent colleges or universities.
Liberty's Precision Air Rifle Team
had a very
successful competition in Georgia. After
the first day of shooting, the
team was in 7th place. On the second
came on strong picking up 15 points. We
climbed 3 places finishing 4th in the
See results... Cmdr Crandall
National Merit Finalists! This is
a big deal! Congratulations to Amy
Loreen and Erik Posch - each
advanced from semifinalist to finalist
in the 2008 competition National Merit
Scholarship Corporation. They are among
the top 15,000 graduates across the
Congratulations to the Patriot
Players who performed admirably at
the State Thespian Festival
in Ellensburg. The hip hop rhythm
section from our upcoming production of Godspell was very enthusiastically
received--you will not want to miss the
show when it opens next month at
Liberty. And special congratulations to
Alayne Levine, who was one of
only two students in Washington State to
earn a $1000 scholarship from the
International Thespian Society. Director Katherine Klekas
March Rotary Students of the Month
Jeff has been an exemplary student in
PE. He is a leader by actions on the
field and in the gym. Jeff expects no
less than the best from others, and will
go the distance to help his teammates
Scott Pierce, Scott has been
attending Bellevue Beauty School since
the beginning of the school year. His
commitment to the long days, weekends,
and distance he needs to travel have
shown maturity and resourcefulness.
Liberty’s Culinary Arts Teams placed
2nd Overall at the Washington
Restaurant Association’s ProStart
Invitational held in Spokane on March
7-8. The Overall ranking combines scores
from all events -- Cooking, Knife
Skills, Quiz Bowl, and Case Study
events. The Cooking Team, Katie
Abercrombie, Breyannie Bales, Maile
Mittag, and Meghan Stevenson, placed 5th
in both of their events. They prepared a
Mediterranean inspired menu of Spicy
Garlic Shrimp (appetizer), Braised
Chicken with Figs, Rice Pilaf with
Currants and Pine Nuts, Sauteed Red
Peppers with Spinach, and an Apricot
Parfait with Honey Spice Mascarpone
Cheese. The Business Management Team,
Christine Carlson, Nicole Newbury, and Nancie Vetsch, competed in the Case
Study and Quiz Bowl events, and placed
4th. Teacher Lisa Phillips
Congratulations to 1st Semester
Liberty Students of the Month!
OCTOBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH- LIBERTY
ART- Alexis Crouch-10
BUSINESS- Sophia Hayes-9
FAMILY SCIENCE-Breyannie Bales-10
FOREIGN LANGUAGE-Sydney Iverson-12
MATH- Kimberly Swezey-9
P.E. Marcell Bell-9
SOCIAL STUDIES- Jordan Shedrew-9
TECHNOLOGY- Ian Smith-12
NOVEMBER STUDENT OF
THE MONTH - MOST GIVING
FAMILY SCIENCE-Katie Adams-12
FOREIGN LANGUAGE-Elizabeth Cheng-10
P.E.- Alex Muir-12
SCIENCE- Jacqueline Douglas-12
SOCIAL STUDIES-Lacey Davis-11
SPECIAL EDUCATION-Kristel Mesta-12
TECHNOLOGY- Kris Cote-12
DECEMBER STUDENT OF
THE MONTH- HIGHEST ACHIEVER
ART- Alison Miller-12
FAMILY SCIENCE-Jacque Damon-12
FOREIGN LANGUAGE-Jeremiah Matters-9
MATH- Kyle Stewart-9
SCIENCE- Alex Dickinson-11
SOCIAL STUDIES- Christa Hughes-12
TECHNOLOGY- Nathan Platz-11
JANUARY STUDENT OF
THE MONTH- MOST IMPROVED
ART- James Falkner-11
ENGLISH- Tracey Hale-12
FAMILY SCIENCE- Maile Mittag-11
FOREIGN LANGUAGE-Jeff Elliott-9
MATH- Barbara Graham-12
SOCIAL STUDIES- Analia Arredondo-10
SPECIAL EDUCATION-Aynsley Maynes-12
TECHNOLOGY- Tucker Watts-9
NJROTC Rifle Team qualifies for
Nationals! Congratulations to
Emma Lorenz, Chris Reeder, Kristina
Corner and Devon Crouch who are
heading to National competition. How big
is that? In November, our entire team of
14 shooters shot a mail in (postal)
match along with approximately 6,500
others across the nation representing
all services JROTC programs. Out of
that, two regional championships were
held with about 330 shooters each. We
competed in the Western Regionals in
Colorado Springs this past weekend. From
those two meets, the top two teams from
each service qualified to go to Fort
Benning, Georgia. We are now down to the
top 12 teams or top 48 shooters out of
an original 6,500!
Crandall and Chief Torstenson
NJROTC Valentines. Eight NJROTC
cadets visited the VA hospital yesterday
to participate in a recognition program
for hospitalized Veterans. The cadets
went from room to room chatting with the
veterans, passing out valentines, phone
cards, flowers and balloons. It was a
very rewarding experience for both the
cadets and the veterans. The veterans
were very impressed with our cadets.
During their conversations the cadets
always found a way to thank the veterans
for their service.
Great service cadets! Thor
Steingrimsson, Andreau Wigle, Patrick
Hedger, Willie Kuntz, Devon
Crouch, Nick Antonio, Jacky Cheung,
Crandall and Chief Torstenson
February Rotary Students of the Month.
Katherine Adams, Music. Katherine
is the principal cellist in Liberty
Philharmonic. She tutors younger
cellists, including children with
autism. She also participates as a
musician at her church. Katherine plans
to continue music after high school.
Alayne Levine, Drama. Alayne
earned this honor because of her
enthusiastic participation, hard work,
and strong leadership throughout her
four years in the Drama program.
LifeSmart students take State!
Congratulations to our LifeSmart
students who now advance to national
competition in April. The LifeSmart
class focuses on Personal Finance,
Health and Safety, Environment,
Technology, and Consumer Rights and
Responsibilities. Teacher Katie Smith
Gymnastic Champions. Congratulations to the
following Gymnasts for qualifying for
the STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. Danielle Kemmerer, Cammie
Fuentes, Miranda Jones, Cortney Schirman,
and Ally Huberty.
Also, a HUGE congratulations goes out to the ENTIRE
GYMNASTICS team, as they are the 3A
ACADEMIC STATE CHAMPIONS! (3.728 team
GPA) OUTSTANDING JOB LADIES!!! Coach
Liberty DECA is Pure Gold! Over
1,000 students recently competed in the
DECA Area 4 Conference in Bellevue, WA.
During this competition Liberty’s
marketing students competed against some
of the most creative minds Washington
has to offer. Students competed in
various field ranging from sports to
apparel. Overall, 37 students were
recognized and will move to the state
conference in March. Congratulations on
your achievements! Advisor Chris
Congratulations to Bree Bartholomew, Senior
pitcher for the Liberty Patriots
softball team. She has accepted a
scholarship and signed a National Letter
of Intent to play softball for Minot
State University in North Dakota.
Bartholomew had a 0.93 ERA and averaged
nearly one strikeout per inning in the
07 season as a junior, earning All-KingCo
Honorable Mention honors. Coach Brian
Youth Leadership Award. Liberty
Sophomore Iman Belali has been
selected as a 21st Leader for the 21st
Century for her work improving the lives
of women across the globe!
NJROTC Success. Great job to our
NJROTC students who competed in the
January drill meet. The Unarmed and
Armed drill teams placed
a very strong second, and both team
commanders also placed a strong second.
Our dual exhibition team placed first, and our individual exhibition
placed third. On the air rifle side of the
competition, our Sporter team placed
and the Precision team placed first.
Individual Shooters in their own
categories placed the following: Emma
Lorenz 1st, Kristina Corner
2nd, Devon Crouch 3rd, Thor Steingrimsson 3rd.
Our color guard team #2 placed 6th. Good
luck at your next meet in March! Cmdr
Crandall and Chief Torstenson
Patriot Player Honors. Congratulations
to all the Patriot Players who
participated in Washington Thespian's
Western Region Individual Events
Festival and to duo scene
partners Alayne Levine and Greg
Gauthier, who placed in the top 10%.
Greg and Alayne now move on to the next
level, where they will showcase their
scene at the state festival in March.
More congratulations to the Patriot
Players who participated in the Short
Play Festival at BCC. Three students,
Caitie Mae Ryberg, Sam Pfeifer
and Sam Pinsky, wrote short plays
that were performed at the end of the
day and were recognized for their
creativity. Olivia Baumgartner
was awarded Outstanding Student
Director, Heather Milligan
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, and
Greg Gauthier Outstanding Actor in a
Comedy. Way to go, Patriot Players!
Director Katherine Klekas
PTSA Reflections Art Contest--Advance
to State! Congratulations to
Danielle Lemmon, Melissa Berkheimer and
Kirsten Petersen whose art is
advancing to the State competition.
Honorable Mention was awarded to
Scott Horne and Leslie West.
View the entries. Art Teacher,
January Rotary Students of the
Leadership/Citizenship (NJROTC). Patrick
has done a superb job as the Unit’s CO
this semester. All aspects of his
performance have been exemplary.
Highlight was probably the Veteran’s Day
Katie Toner. Career and
Technical Education. Katie is kind,
sweet, and has outstanding attention to
details. She has taken every course in
Family and Consumer Sciences that
Liberty has to offer, and excels in all
of them: Teaching Academy 1 & 2,
Preschool Intern for 2 years, Child
Psychology, Foods, International
Cuisine, Culinary Arts 1, Lifesmarts.
December Rotary Students of the
Kris Cote, Art. Kris is making
excellent accomplishments in both
Liberty’s Art and Ceramics programs. He
is a hard-working student who is
currently experimenting with his ideas
and techniques in pottery, and working
on an AP Studio Art portfolio. Kris has
shown his leadership through work as a
student TA in the Art Department and
participation in Liberty’s Art Club.
Michelle Conerly, World Language.
Michelle is a student that has a natural
knack for language and insists on using
her new communication tool whenever
possible. She reaches out to our
Spanish-speaking students and seeks out
Latin cultural activities – including
dragging all her friends to Salsa dance
lessons last year! Michelle achieves
highly in all areas of study and is a
passionate student. We are fortunate to
have her as a Spanish student!
PTSA Reflections Contest.
Congratulations to the Liberty winners
who are moving on to District
Visual Arts: Melissa
Berkheimer, Jessica Heron, Scott Horne –
2 Entries, Kirsten Peterson, Brett
Sanders, Ashley Tran, Leslie West
Photography: Sarah Paulson, Grace
Literature: Danielle Lemmon
View the entries. Art Teacher,
Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Youth
Award. Congratulations to junior,
Alex Bell, for receiving a "Diamond
Award" that honors youth age 18 or
younger whose initiative and caring sets
an example for peers. A scholar/athlete,
Alex is always willing to help and
serve. He is the Treasurer of the
Liberty Key Club and organized the
Invisible Children fundraiser last year.
Alex achieved the rank of Eagle Scout
and serves his
community and the world in many ways.
His work includes volunteering at a
homeless shelter and building houses in
Patriot Company Color Guard. On
Nov 14, the Patriot Company Color Guard
was privileged to present the colors at
the Lake Washington Council of the
United States Navy League dinner
meeting. The guest speaker for the
meeting was Captain Wendy B. Lawrence,
an astronaut who has flown 4 missions in
space. The color guard was joined by
other cadets who gave a short
presentation thanking the Council for
their continued support for our cadets.
As we say in the Navy, “Bravo Zulu for a
job well done”. Chief
Torstenson, Commander Crandall
Canned Food Drive--more than a ton of
food! Through the
canned food drive, organized by Signets
and Key Club, Liberty students donated
over 4000 items (more than 3000 pounds)
to the Issaquah Food Bank. Advisors
Tonja Reischl and Kathy Schroeder.
Cross Country ran to State.
Congratulations to our State qualifying
runners, Freddie Wilhelm
and Eric Bice. Under sunny skies
in Pasco, Freddie finished in 42nd place
with Eric Bice 13 seconds back in 60th.
Coach Smith and Coach Beck.
State Swim and Dive. Nicole Lecoq,
a Liberty Freshman, won the consolation
heat in the 100 backstroke, swimming the
second fastest time in Liberty’s history
in this event. State qualifiers include:
Nicole Lecoq: 200free, 100back,
Elena Pomeroy: 200free relay
Katie Abercrombie: 200free relay
Michela Lecoq: 200free relay
Katie Tsutakawas: diving
Kingco All League Football Team.
Robbie Marlow – 2nd team
linebacker and 2nd team offensive tackle
Peter Becker – 2nd team defensive
Justin Whitman – 2nd team
Greg Ericksen – honorable mention
Alec Ernst – honorable mention
Shane Brown – honorable mention
Josh Spurgeon – honorable mention
Robbie Marlow and Peter Becker
are also nominees for the National
Football Foundation Scholar Athlete
Award. Coach Valach
November Rotary Students of the
English. Sam is an exceptional thinker
and writer whose enthusiasm for learning
is infectious. He also gives countless
hours to Liberty’s school newspaper, the
Patriot Press, as co-editor.
Katie Adams, Social Studies.
Katie is one of the most conscientious,
thoughtful, kind and intelligent
students we have had in the social
studies department. She has taken most
honors and AP classes we offer at
Liberty and been incredibly successful
in all of them. It has been a true
pleasure to have Katie in class for the
past three years.
High School Assistant Baseball Coach
of the Year. Coach John Martin
is this year's recipient of the Dan
White Award for the High School
Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year
from the Washington State Baseball
Coaches Association. Coach Martin will
be entering his 8th year as an Assistant
Coach with the Liberty baseball program
and was a part of the 2003 Patriot State
Championship Team. Congratulations
National Board Certified Teachers.
Congratulations to Social Studies
teacher, Steve Darnell, and
Science teacher, Angela Hammang,
for recently achieving their National
Board Certifications. Outstanding!
October Rotary Students of the Month.
Amy Loreen, Math. Amy has already
been a student that stands out as an
exceptional leader in 2nd year calculus
BC. She is an awesome and knowledgeable
Heather Milligan, Science.
Heather is a true renaissance learner.
She masters difficult concepts quickly,
helps others, and is multi-talented.
Heather has excelled in all of her
science courses and has a very promising
future before her.
Ice Skating Champion Takes Another First!
Chrissy Hughes, a senior at
Liberty, took first place in an
international ice skating competition
October 5, the Junior Grand Prix of
Bulgaria. This is the second
international competition Chrissy has
won since the beginning of the school
year. She has qualified to compete in
the Junior Grand Prix finals in Poland
early December. Fantastic finish,
Swimmer qualifies for State!
Freshman, Nicole Lecoq, qualified
for state in the 100 back against
Bellevue on October 2. She swam the
third fastest time in Liberty’s history
in this event. Nice job Nicole! Coach,
Liberty Grad National Football Player
of the Week. Liberty Grad, Craigh
Cornelius, of Montana-Western was
named the NAIA Offensive Player of the
Week on September 17.
National Merit Semifinalists.
Congratulations to Amy Loreen and
Erik Posch for scoring in the top
1% of United States seniors on the
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
UW Recognizes Inspirational Teacher.
Liberty science teacher, Mark Buchli,
achieved inspirational teacher honors
from the University of Washington's
Computer Science & Engineering program.
Way to go Mr. B!