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  • **Last Updated Wednesday, April 13, 2022**
     
    2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
     
     
    LNHS Journalism Staff Travels to JEA/NSPA National Convention
    Liberty North journalism staff traveled to Los Angeles, California, this week to attend the JEA/NSPA National Convention. They competed in National Student Media Contests, bringing home many awards.  In all, 652 students competed in photo, broadcast, graphic design, literary magazine, and writing contests.  Following are contest results.
     
    Superior:
    Brooke Rowe, Yearbook Copy/Caption; Academics
     
    Excellent: 
    Morgan Griffin, Editorial Writing 
    Emma Bustamante, Yearbook Copy/Caption: Clubs
    Audrey Culver, Yearbook Copy/Caption; Student Life
    Makayla Mayhew, Broadcast Commercial/PSA
    John Harris, Video Package Editing 
     
    Honorable Mention:
    Sami Binning, Feature Writing
    Justin Scott, Sports Action Photography
    Ty Kuehl, Broadcast Sports Story
    Ryan Langdon, Broadcast Sports Story
    Grace Johnson, Broadcast Feature Story
    Jazlyn Summers, Broadcast Package
    Kaylyn Farage, Broadcast Package
     
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    LHS Concert Band Performs at MSHSAA State Large Group Festival
    Congratulations to the Liberty High School Concert Band for their performance at the MSHSAA State Large Group Festival, held at Staley High School, on Wednesday, April 6.  Their performance earned them an Exemplary rating (top rating).  We are very proud of this group of freshmen that were able to rehearse and perform their best in this program.  Their final spring concert will be May 12 at Liberty H.S.
     
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    LHS Wind Symphony Performs at MSHSAA State Music Festival
    The Liberty High School Wind Symphony performed at the MSHSAA State Music Festival, held at Staley High School, on Friday, April 8.  Their performance and sight-reading skills earned them Exemplary Ratings (the top rating) from all four judges.  We are extremely proud of the students' accomplishments and look forward to our spring concert on May 12 at 7 p.m. in the LHS Performing Arts Theater.
     
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    Liberty North Model UN Team Wins Best Overall Delegation
    The Liberty North Model UN Team recently competed at the Metro Kansas City Model UN Conference. The team won the Outstanding Overall Delegation Award, the top team award. Individual winners were:
    Outstanding Position Paper: Addie Kimmerle, Madison Tucker, Chase Zeller
    Honorable Mention: Aaron Kersh
    Distinguished Delegate: Carson Decker, Judah Jerls, Noah Warner
    Outstanding Delegate: Kayleigh Cooper, Addie Kimmerle, Ellie Thorn, Madison Tucker
      
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    JOURNALISM EXCELLENCE
    The Liberty High School Journalism Department walked away champions at the JDay State Journalism Convention earlier this week. There were over 1,500 entries from around the state, and LHS proved to be one of the top programs in the state! These students scored in the top 10% of all the entries.

    The "Journalism Jays" won many awards, but we would like to especially congratulate:
    All-Missouri - KLHS Overall Broadcast - Announcement Only
    All-Missouri - KLHS Overall Broadcast - Announcements with Video
    Best of Show/State Champion (top spot) - Live Sports Team (Brock Krusk & Charlie Marshall)
    Best of Show/State Champion (top spot) - Mini Documentary - Connor McLain
    All-Missouri - Mini Documentary - Olivia Davolt, Claire Hamilton
    All-Missouri - The Bell Overall Newspaper
    All-Missouri - News Internal Page Design - Derek Katzer
    All-Missouri - Online Feature Package - Kymon Warman
    All-Missouri - Online Sports Package - Lucas Kilgore & Brody Hutton
    All-Missouri/Best of Show (top spot) - The Spectator Yearbook Overall design - Amber Avery
    All-Missouri/Best of Show (top spot) - The Spectator Yearbook Student Life Design - Allie Maher and Paige Magera

    Congratulations to all involved!
     
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    LNHS AND LHS Students Perform in MSHSAA District Music Festival
    LNHS and LHS students performed in the MSHSAA District Music Festival for band, orchestra, and vocal. Students performed either solo and/or in a small ensemble. Between both schools, a total of 142 events are moving on to State! State will be on April 29 (LNHS) and April 30 (LHS) held at the University of Missouri, Columbia. For complete results check it out here. 
     
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    Liberty North Journalism Staff Brings Home Many Awards From State Journalism Day
    Congratulations to the following KNET, North Nation Media and Eagle’s View, and Ayrie yearbook staff members on their awards earned at the MIPA-MJEA Scholastic Journalism Day (state competition) on March 30. Their advisers are Jennifer Higgins and Ronna Sparks-Woodward.

    ON-SITE COMPETITIONS
     
    BEST OF SHOW
    John Harris, Grace Johnson, Justin Scott
    Broadcast Look Live Interview Package

    Abbey Williams
    News Writing

    ALL-MISSOURI
    Sami Binning
    Feature Writing

    Kelsey O’Riley
    Opinion Writing

    ALL-STATE JOURNALISM TEAM
    Audrey Culver

    JOURNALISM HONOR ROLL
    Ava Henry
    Ethan Decker
    Ty Kuehl 
    Jazlyn Summers
    Morgan Griffin
    Cidney Kirkendolph 

    ALL-MISSOURI 
    The highest award students can earn for submission entries. There were almost 1,500 entries from across the state, and only the top 10 percent were recognized with ALL-MISSOURI awards.

    KNET Staff: Grace Johnson and Aly Klug, Executive Producer
    Overall Announcements with Video Show

    North Nation Media Staff
    Live Sports Broadcast Team: Ray-Pec vs. LNHS Game Production

    Audrey Culver
    Yearbook Specialty Design: “You gotta be quittin’ me”

    Grace Johnson
    Broadcast Human Interest Feature: Senior Spotlight: Sami Binning

    Ty Kuehl
    Sports Action Photography: “And One”

    Ty Kuehl
    Sports Action Photography: “The Steal”

    Shay Person
    Sports Feature Photography: “It’s Go Time”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Action Photography: “Driving for a Lay-Up”

    Kirsten Zirjacks, Madison Urness, Alexander Smith
    Non-Traditional Yearbook Package: “We got FLEX now?”

    SUPERIOR
    KNET Staff; Grace Johnson and Aly Klug, Executive Producer
    Overall Announcements Show

    North Nation Media Staff
    Overall website

    Kiefer Bratcher and Shay Person
    Live Sports Broadcast–Talent: LHS vs LNHS Game Production

    Caitlyn Burns
    Student Life Photography: “T-Shirt Toss”

    Audrey Culver 
    Yearbook Design: “All for this moment”

    Audrey Culver and Brooke Rowe
    Yearbook Mod: “In case you missed it”

    Audrey Culver and Kate Grundy
    Overall Theme/Concept: “Right now, right here”

    Kate Grundy and Holly Young
    Yearbook Traditional Package, Academic: “Little details, big impact”

    Brynn Hanway
    Student Life Photography: “Mamma Mia”

    Maddie Hartman
    Artwork/Illustration “Football’s Historic Season”

    Kaleb Moore and Sami Binning
    Online Feature Package: “eSports: It’s taking off”

    Brooke Rowe
    Sports Action Photography: “Block that hit”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Action Photography: “Iron Sharpening Iron”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Action Photography: “Basketball Drills”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Action Photography: “Sophomore Season” 

    Mia Spurlock
    Academic Photography: “Burning Up”

    EXCELLENT
    Caitlyn Burns
    Sports Action Photography: “Finishing Ahead”

    Emma Bustamante
    Yearbook Writing: “Friday night shenanigans”

    Grace Johnson
    Human Interest Feature: “The Morton’s” 

    Ava Powers, Sami Binning, Maia Gaddis, Maddie Hartman
    Centerspread Page Design: Ava Powers Day Off

    Madison Tucker
    Online Blogging: “Supt’s Scoop”

    Grace Johnson, Aly Klug, Maia Gaddis, Ava Henry
    Online Feature Package: “The Military Experience”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Action Photography: “Alluding the Defenders”

    Maddie Hartman
    Sports Feature Photography: “Turnover Chain”

    Sami Binning and Grace Johnson
    News Feature Podcast: 2 Broke(n) girls

    Jazlyn Summers and Kaylyn Farage
    News Feature Podcast: “Adjusting to Change”

    HONORABLE MENTION
    Eagle’s View Staff
    Overall Newspaper

    Sami Binning
    Editorial: American Sign Language

    Audrey Culver
    Traditional Package- Student Life: “We can’t hear you.”

    Carli Finlayson
    Sports Feature/Reaction Photo: “Overwhelmed and excited”

    Brie Green
    Portrait Photography: Georgia Barge

    Maddie Hartman
    Sports Feature Photography: “Fired Up”

    Shay Person
    Sports Feature: “Girls Preseason Soccer”

    Shay Person
    Sports Feature Photography: “The Biggest Game”

    Justin Scott
    Sports Reporting: “LN Basketball Tournament”

    Brooke Simons
    Student Life/Organization Photography: “At last we dance”

    Ian Toney
    Newswriting: “Market Day Entrepreneurs”

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    LNHS Senior Audrey Culver Named Missouri Student Journalist of the Year
    Big news to share from the student journalism file as Liberty North High School Senior Audrey Culver has been named the Missouri Student Journalist of the Year by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and the Missouri Journalism Education Association! This is a tremendous accomplishment, as LPS has not had a student receive this award since 1995, and most schools have never claimed this recognition. Way to go Audrey!

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    LHS Congratulates Students Lucia Umbreit and Spencer Blaine
    Liberty High School congratulates Lucia Umbreit on being selected for the 2022 Missouri Scholars Program and also congratulates Spencer Blaine for receiving Honorable Mention for the 2022 Missouri Scholars Program! This is a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2022. The Missouri Scholars 100 Program is one of the premier academic recognition programs in the country. It is truly a celebration of learning. Students who are selected for this program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards in the state. 

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    Middle School Students Excel at National History Day Contest
    Papers, websites, documentaries, performances, and exhibits created by students in the Gifted ELA classes at Liberty middle schools were among over 270 entries that competed in the regional National History Day contest on Saturday, March 5th. Thirteen entries qualified for the State National History Day Competition to be held in April. Only the first, second, and third place entries in each category were eligible to move on to state. Qualifiers are listed below:

    Discovery Middle School (Carrie Sparks, sponsoring teacher)

    Individual Exhibits:

    1st place- Macey Magera

    2nd place- Owen Duffy

    3rd place- David Bunnell

    Paper:

    1st place- Jill VanYperen

    3rd Place- Seth Meyer

    Individual Performance:

    1st Place- Jordan Naseem

    Individual Documentary:

    2nd Place- Carmen Tang

    Liberty Middle School (Kathy Laffoon, sponsoring teacher)

    Group Documentary:  

    1st Place- Michael and Matthew Fang

    2nd Place- Kellyn Graham, Harrison, and Madison Morgan

    Group Website:

    3rd Place- Justin Kankey and Jared Kassman 

    South Valley Middle School (Sara Forsman, sponsoring teacher)

    Individual Documentary:  

    1st Place- Emery Patterson

    Individual Website:  

    1st Place- Preston Hemphill

    Group Website:  

    1st Place- Derrick Davis and Bryce Harms

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    Missouri Boys/Girls State
    Dr. Precious Kurth and the Liberty North High School community are excited to announce the nomination of the following juniors as this year's participants in the American Legion Boys State (Brandon Cox and Chase Zeller) and Girls State (Mareina Harris, Clara Hodes, & Madison Tucker) Programs of Missouri. Boys/Girls State will be held concurrently for the first time this summer and will provide students with incredible leadership opportunities while gaining experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Students attend camp at Lindenwood University for a fast-paced, energetic learning experience while gaining invaluable skills and lifelong relationships.  
     
    Missouri Scholars Academy
    Dr. Precious Kurth is proud to announce the Missouri Scholars Academy participants for summer 2022; sophomores Breanna Coonfare, Samuel Kim, and Mary Kimmerle. Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school. The Academy is held each June on the campus of the University of Missouri and administered by the University of Missouri Honors College. The Academy reflects Missouri’s desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential. We are so proud of our Eagles!
     
    Missouri Scholars 100
    Seniors Christiane Adrineda and Vivian Anderson of Liberty North High School have been nominated for the 2022 Missouri Scholars 100 academic honor. Missouri Scholars 100 is a statewide program honoring 100 of Missouri's top academic seniors. Selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and ACT/SAT scores, as well as meeting all the criteria of the Academic Decathlon, which include a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29, ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class, and have taken rigorous upper-level coursework in math, science, English, and a foreign language. We are so very proud of Christiane and Vivian and all the hard work they have put forth in the last several years.