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Liberty Photography Student Claims National Award

Liberty Photography Student Claims National Award

By Nicole Kowalewski, Liberty High School

 

Junior Janelle McCarthy is not only one of the few individuals in the country that can say they’ve won a gold medal in a Scholastic Arts Competition, but she is also the only student in Liberty history to receive such an honor for photography.

Having taken the award-winning photo on a whim, McCarthy’s piece had no prior planning and originally wasn’t even considering submitting it.

“I really wanted this [award] and this is a big deal for me, so to win was really cool,” McCarthy said.

Photography teacher Tara Ferro said this competition is meant to represent a student’s best work. They are first judged at a regional level, and then have the opportunity to advance nationally.

“I am beside myself and I still don’t believe that [her winning] is real,” Ferro said. “I know I say it a lot, but words can’t express how proud I am.”

Standard Student Attire Vote Approaches for Liberty Students

Standard Student Attire Vote Approaches for Liberty Students

 

By Brendan Becker, Liberty High School

Wish that Standard Student Attire (SSA) could go away or stay around for good? Well, now it’s time for students’ families to decide whether they want to keep enforcing it or lose it.

The vote on the matter occurs every four years. The SSA ballot will be sent to students’ homes this April, as the last vote was held in 2008.

SSA was introduced to Liberty nearly 10 years ago when the school was still new to the district.

“Standard student attire has been in effect at this school ever since it opened and at the time it was known as Dress for Success,” Principal Jeff Geihs said.

A student and her parents sued the Clark County School District in 2004 because they asserted Standard Student Attire was unconstitutional and a violation against student rights.

Findlay Prep Players Named to All American Team

Findlay Prep Players Named to All American Team

 

Two players from Findlay Prep of the Henderson International School have been named to the 2012 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Boys Team.

Brandon Ashley and Anthony Bennett were both named to the team. Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman College Prepatory has also been named to the team. A pep rally and recognition ceremony has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the McDonald’s at Sahara and Rainbow. The first 50 people who attend the rally will get a McDonald’s All American Basketball towel.

The 35th Annual All American Basketball Boys’ Game tips off at 8:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time Wednesday, March 28 at Chicago’s United Center. It will air live on ESPN. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-866-909-GAME. 

Liberty High School Students Get Careers Cooking with Food Production

Liberty High School Students Get Careers Cooking with Food Production

By Tyler Parvin, Liberty High School

 

Students with a passion for cooking and catering will be pleased to hear about the food production class offered at Liberty High School.    

The program creates and serves the delicious food served at school events such as straight “A” luncheons, perfect attendance ceremonies, student of the month awards and sport banquets.

Not only does this class cook food for the numerous events held at Liberty, but they also help prepare students for a career outside the school walls.

“We do all of the videos and all the training for (our students’) health cards,” foods teacher and supervisor Lola Shipp said. “Hopefully by doing certification, it will help (students) get a job more easily in the future or even now.”

Liberty High School Leads CCSD in Open Enrollment

Liberty High School Leads CCSD in Open Enrollment

 

By Brendan Becker, Liberty High School

The Clark County School District’s Open Enrollment program, which allows students to go to any school as long as there are available seats, brought 126 new students to Liberty High School for the 2012-2013 school year.

The 126 open enrollment requests were top among high schools in CCSD. Liberty has led the district in requests both years the program has been offered.

“The state of Nevada was the one who was pushing for the school of your choice option and this was CCSD’s way of saying that they do have that option,” Assistant Principal Chris Hermes said.

The capacity for most high schools is 2,500, and open enrollment is only open for schools that have less than 2,500 students attending. The current number of students attending Liberty is 2,100, which is under capacity.

Liberty Women's Bowling Wins School's First State Title

Liberty Women's Bowling Wins School's First State Title

By Kaleb Della Pietra, Liberty High School


Since the start of Liberty High School athletics, no team has ever ended the season winning a state championship or bringing home the banner and title that come along with it – until now.

A state champion banner can now be seen resting in the gym after the Patriots women’s bowling team narrowly beat Arbor View in the finals on February 3.

The game came down to 13 pins in a 2120-2107 thriller at the Orleans Bowling Center, and it was a game to remember.

“Making it to state was a good feeling,” Head Coach Kih Gourrier said. “(The girls) were excited when they won regionals, but they knew we had a bigger goal.”

The girls came into the playoffs as the team to beat with a 68-4 record in the regular season. They then swept Chaparral in the first round of the playoffs with a 9-0, 2130-1544 pin game.

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

Math Programs at Nevada State College Receive Funding from Verizon

 As many students are in need of math remediation when they enter Nevada State College, the college has created unique solutions to encourage math mastery, including a math skills challenge program, known as Math Boot Camp, as well as a modular remediation course. NSC will now be able to expand both of these math programs thanks to an $11,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The grant from Verizon will fund the conversion of the current NSC Math Boot Camp skills challenge into a web-based, interactive, real-time challenge as developed by NSC math professor, Dr. Aaron Wong.