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Words of the Wise

Administration shares reassuring words for the year.

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Photo by Mercedes Peck

Principal
April Adams

 Welcome
“Embrace opportunity, be kind to each other, be respectful in the learning environment and push yourselves to limits you didn’t know you could achieve.”
Best in the Universe
“We have one of the most spectacular faculty and staff; kind and compassionate, highly professional and highly educated. I feel like we have amazing students with ideas and energy and willingness and desire to learn and make our world a better place.”
Advice
“Maximize your opportunities for learning and engage in every opportunity you have to expand your repertoire of knowledge and experiences, from getting involved clubs and organizations to being a part in a play, or being involved in some element that not only contributes to the betterment of the school but the betterment of our local and global community.”
Here to Serve
“As a faculty, we ignite the enthusiasm and spark the interest and support the inquiry so young minds can develop and find their way. I’m getting chills just thinking about it, I love that, I love that. I see the potential of every human being in our school and I am so incredibly thankful to be able to serve the student body.”
About Me
“I want a black bear but it is illegal to domesticate them, so I had to find the next best option, which is a Rottweiler. I found the next best thing, a black and tan King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Now I have my big black bear, which is Lucy, and my small black bear which is Charlie.”

 

Superintendent
Dr. Jeremy Tucker 

Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker with Editor-in-Chief senior Paige Twenter. Photo by Grace Buehler

 

Welcome
“Our hope is to be able to link you up with your interests and passions, both in and outside of the classroom so you’re equipped to navigate the future.”
Freshman Advice
“Take advantage of all the opportunities and explore as much as you can, particularly as far as college and career related fields.”
Upperclassmen Advice
“It’s twofold I think, getting ready for what’s next, what lies ahead but also being able to invest in younger students in mentoring. It goes both ways for upperclassmen, looking ahead and connecting with adults that might be able to mentor them but then also looking backward for some of the younger grades.”
Hopes
“People ask me what keeps me up at night, it’s not academic, it’s probably the wellbeing of kids. When you have 12,600 students Pre-K through 12th grade, each one comes to us from a variety of circumstances. Their parents send us the very best that they have. How can we build on that but how can we ensure that socially, emotionally they’re taken care of and in the right place. Their mental health, their well being, those are the key things.”
About Me
“The unique thing for me is I actually grew up in Africa. I lived in Africa for 14 years when I was a kid and I was homeschooled, I went to an international school and transitioned back to the States for high school in Springfield, Missouri and went on to college. I was a high school history teacher, a boys and girls tennis coach, a principal and then a superintendent. This will be my 11th year as a superintendent.”

 

Assistant Principal

Photo by Mara Fryer

David McDorman

To the upcoming freshman class:
While I know this is a very exciting time for you, I also know this transition comes with a lot of questions. After you read this, you’ll find you’ll have a lot of answers to what is going to help you become the best Blue Jay you can be!

LHS has some awesome traditions you’ll want to be a part of! You’ve already caught a glimpse of these but I want to remind you so you’re ready…we do the Roller Coaster, we sing the Alma Mater (learn it!) and we excel in academics, activities and the arts. Attending events, performances and activities at the high school will truly show you the entire Blue Jay experience.

But what truly makes Liberty High special is we are a community full of unique members who are each proud to be Blue Jays. There are nearly 1,900 students at LHS and the amazing thing is that each of you has a place where you will feel welcomed as a part of the community. Join a club, a sport or a performance class. Look for ways to volunteer or find someone who needs a friend. Find your passion and don’t let anything get in your way. Your high school experience will be what you decide to make it, so take that first step into something new. You’ll see what it means to have the spirit of a Blue Jay!

 

Assistant Principal
Bridget Herrman

Photo by Alyssa Griffith

To the upcoming sophomore class:
It has been a joy to see you all get acclimated to LHS life and embrace all the facets of our academic and student life. My hope for you is the same as when we first met, that you realize and capitalize upon the traditions of LHS. Some of the traditions are seen but others are more hidden and not as pronounced.

    As you finish out this school year and look ahead to the 2018-2019 school year, I ask that you consider what you have gleaned while being a freshman at LHS. What are your celebrations? Where are any mistakes made? Will you choose to contribute to certain areas at LHS? Your sophomore year is a time for you to truly set your goals in motion.

   For more information about what a typical day at LHS looks like, click here!

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant Principal
Sara Wickham

Photo by Kaleigh McCarthy

To the upcoming junior class:
Welcome to your junior year! You now hold the title of upperclassmen, which I hope you will wear both proudly and humbly. 9th and 10th graders will look to you for how to navigate. It is from you they will take their cues on when and how to show kindness, gratitude, support, pride and unity. As a junior, you may also feel you are in the shadow of the seniors. I hope that you will take this school year to practice an incredibly important lesson of leadership. There is a misconception that individuals are either leaders or followers. In reality, life doesn’t allow us to be one or the other. In truth, all great leaders are also followers at times. Your junior year is an opportunity to demonstrate leadership by also showing what it means to be a true follower. 9th and 10th graders will watch how you follow the lead of the seniors, and then they will follow suit. Excellent followers know how to rally around leaders who fuel kindness, innovation, tradition and pride, but they also know how to courageously and respectfully challenge when the actions of leaders don’t represent what we’re about as a school. Do your best to lead well and follow well!

I wish you a memorable school year full of fun, friendship and accomplishments.

 

Assistant Principal
Edward Tate

Photo by Emily Dare

To the upcoming senior class:
In animal symbolism, Blue Jays are known for truth, faithfulness and solidarity because they are vigilant in their tasks. In the spiritual realm, the Blue Jay speaks of clarity and vision. I believe we have this in the class of 2019. Senior year is the year where all of your prior hard work is culminated with the final push of your last year of high school. I encourage all of you to stay on the course, finish the race you started 13 years ago and make it fun while you’re doing it. You have to realize that with all of the traditions in place at Liberty High School you and your class will write your own story within the traditions, from packing the student section and supporting our sports teams in the stands, to being leaders in the hallways, to being visible and engaging in the clubs our school offers, and to just being the great leaders in the school that you have been groomed to be since your freshman year. I want you to know this is YOUR time.

 

 

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