2016/2017 Liberty-Benton Fall and Winter Sports Programs Senior Congratulatory Advertisements

Class of 2017 Senior Parents:

It is time to start thinking about ordering your son’s or daughter’s senior congratulatory advertisement that will appear in both the 2016 Fall and 2016/2017 Winter Sports Programs.

If interested, please fill out the attached order form below, and ensure that your son’s or daughter’s name and any personalized message are legibly written. Please provide sport(s) with number(s) and/or activities in which they are involved. (There is a checklist on the for for your convenience). The first and last name will appear in the ad as written on the form. All ads are one quarter-page in size and cost $50 each. Please mail the order form, photograph {will be returned to you} and check, made payable to Liberty-Benton Athletic Boosters, to the address below or leave it at the High School Superintendent’s Office to the attention of Dawn Granger. The deadline for getting your ad into the program is August 1, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact: Wendy Sunderman at 419-722-2111; wsunde12@yahoo.com

Thank you for supporting the Fall and Winter Sports Programs Fundraiser.

2016/2017 Liberty-Benton Fall and Winter Sports Programs Senior Congratulatory Advertisements Form


Accelerated Reader Dinner

Liberty-Benton Elementary has launched for the stars and landed on the moon! We are very proud of the ability of all students at Liberty-Benton, but especially proud of the students who have worked persistently to achieve such high goals as attending the Liberty-Benton Elementary Excellence Reader Recognition Dinner.

On May 19, 2016, we celebrated the following students for their hard work and dedication. The students read many books and took many Accelerated Reader quizzes  in order to increase their reading level, as well as their joy for reading. A big thank you that is as large as the galaxy goes out to the parents, staff and students as together we strive to create life-long learners.

The following students were the Top Accelerated Reader for each grade level:

  • Kindergarten: Seriella Hablitzel-64.4 points;
  • First Grade: Jackson Knepper-139.0 points;
  • Second Grade: Johnathan Coldre-217.3 points;
  • Third Grade: Reagan Knapke-706.0 points
  • Fourth Grade: Nicole Susko-640.7 points
  • Fifth Grade: Kaylen Niese-424.1 points

Accelerated Reader Hall of Fame is Kaylen Niese with 1,194.0 points.

These following students were also invited to the dinner include:

Kanaan Becker
Scout Becker
Alex Coldren
Danica Crawford
Addison DeCooman
Isabella Furiate
Trevor Gebhardt
Alex Gelbaugh
Seriella Hablitzel
Madelyn Jenkins
Grady Latta
Kendall Lieb
Tyler Nauert
Elizabeth Niese
Savina Simons
Kadence Smith
Dakarai Whitten
Anna Witte

First Grade
Lauren Erdeljac
Bryce Foster
Amelia Helms
Caleb Hochstettler
Claire Johnson
Morgan Kern
Jackson Knepper
Audrey Reed
Graham Reichenbach

Second Grade
Jarrett Birkemeier
Evelyn Checki
Jonathan Coldren
Andrew Deal
Seth Elchert
Zachary Elchert
Cadence Gallo
Tyler Gardine
Beck Garmong
Benjamin Gonda
Lillian Hamilotn
Calista Hamilton
Libby Hocanson
Ally Hocanson
Jackson Hochstettler
Reid Irwin
Aiden Lee
Byron Lewis
Julietta Lincoln
Ryan Maas
Mara Moser
Jenna Nelson
Alena Newhouse
Rachel Peterson
Jacob Schieltz
Issac Schworm
Leyton Simons
Elise Spears
Camille St. Amour
Major Stevens
Brody Thomas
Andrew Tomlinson
Chase Troyer

Third Grade
Trevor Ferris
Grace Flippin
Madison Gaerke
Sophia Gruber
Kirsten Harrington
Conner Hiss
Reagan Knapke
Josiah Leichty
Benjamin Leichty
Grant Myer
Elizabeth Nauert
William Niese
Elise Norman
Carson Stevers
Donovan Stripe
Kaidynce Stuhler
Issac Sum
Gabriella Tuttle
Mackenzie Walker
Addison Zambrano

Fourth Grade
Connor Arnold
Brylie Aukerman
Kiara Bauer
Christopher Beeman
Braden Birkemeier
Allyson Checki
Amelia Clymer
Justin Cook
Noah Davis
Elijah Eberhard
Jacob Elchert
Kolin Ferguson
Rylee Freeland
Lauren Gerken
Noah Miles
Zachary Peterson
Reese Phillips
Colton Phillips
Riley Poe
Zachariah Ponx
Ocean Quiroga
Anderson Roberts
Jake Rumschlag
Emma Schroeder
Emma Spears
Gabe St. Amour
Grace Stossel
Emma Stricklen
Tesa Stricklen
Nicole Susko
Reid Thomas
Emily Tomlinson
Devon Tulley
Owen Wilkins
Trinity Williamson
Athena Withrow

Fifth Grade
Robert Coldren
Conner Criblez
Jenna Green
Riley Irwin
Elydia Mars
Juliana McGrain
Allyse Michael
Kaylen Niese
Erica Patterson
Ian Rath
Laura Reed
Bryce Serin
Haleigh Stewart
Alana Subramaniam
Bethany Todd

The Last Middle School HAPPY Meeting of the Year

The middle school hosted their last HAPPY meeting of the 2015-2016 school year on Friday, May 13. Stacy Pickett, the HAPPY advisor, did some activities with the students to encourage them to stick together to make positive choices and to know that it is important to support one another when faced with choices such as doing drugs and alcohol.

The following students participated in the HAPPY event:

Sixth Grade:
Amelia Altman
Brennan Darrach
Audree Flick
Brandon Gaerke
Kaitlyn Grose
Faith Iliff
Adeline Kern
Alexis Kramb
Alivia Lanagan
Emma Mannering
Lauren Mead
Peyton Rentz
River Reyna
Connor Smith
MacKenzie Velazquez

Seventh Grade:
Jason Alford
Dru Baker
Hailey Balicki
Izzy Burman
Kylie Gioffredo
Luka Heilman
Mary Holley
Danika Rentz
Michael Sherwood
Victoria Spaulding
Amber Stevens
Autuem Symmes
Rylee Tressler

Eighth Grade:
Julia Bell
Cody Collert
Sydney Crossman
Katelyn DePuy
Caitlin Elsesser
Collin Gaerke
Aby Kettels
Adelei Kolan
Michael Kotey
Mickalla Myers
Emma Otley
Alexis Ponx
Derek Puthoff
Wake Quirion
Bethany Reed
Brianna Reeves
Alissa Rhodes
Jordan Roeder
Gabi Smith
Jillian Stoepfel
Lexi Sutherland
Mia Trevino
Skylea Vucco
Taylor Young

Marathon Visits Liberty-Benton’s 8th Grade

On May 13, Marathon visited the middle school eighth graders. Three presenters, Lisa Amend, Josh Carter, and Tim Higgins, legal staff (attorneys and paralegals) shared information related to the legal field. They shared what an attorney/paralegal job at Marathon includes and that there are a variety of options within the legal field.

Summer Reading Program

All students are invited to be an Olympic Reader this summer! Join us in the library June 6th -August 4th as we celebrate reading and the summer Olympics!

The library will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm and 6pm-8pm. We will be closed Monday, July 4th. Come as many times as you wish…take AR quizzes…win prizes!!

You may check out 3 books at a time… all books checked out over the summer are due August 4th.

Scholastic Book Fair are Mondays and Thursdays during the Summer Reading Program: June 20, 23, 27, and 30.

Middle School BVC Track Meet Results

Liberty-Benton traveled to Riverdale on Monday night, May 16, for the junior high BVC track meet. The LB girls won the meet, while the boys finished a close second place by three points to Van Buren.

Top Girl Finishers:
100M Dash-Cassie Warner-1st; Julie Bell-3rd
400M Dash-Alexis Rickenbacher-1st; Alissa Rhodes-3rd
800M Run-Taylor Ward-1st; Audrey Murphy-4th
1600M Run-Audrey Murphy-1st; Taylor Ward-2nd
100M Hurdles-Alissa Rhodes-1st
200M Hurdles-Hannah Warrington-2nd
4x100m Relay-Julia Bell, Lily Kintner, Cassie Warner and Taylor Young-2nd (new LBMS record)
4x200M Relay-Lily Kintner, Emma Otley, Cassie Warner and Hannah Warrington-1st (new LBMS record)
4x400M Relay-Avery Ayers, Amanda Tremains, Porsha Wade and Schy Shperd-2nd
High Jump-Schy Sheperd-1st; Porsha Wade-2nd
Long Jump-Schy Sheperd-1st
Pole Vault-Alexis Ponx-1st; Alexis Rickenbacher-2nd

Top Boy Finishers:
200M Dash-Brycen Abbott-2nd
400M Dash-Brycen Abbott-2nd
4x100M Relay-Nathaniel Dire, Collin Gaerke, Dylan Schimmoeller and Race Gorrell-2nd
4x200M Relay-Collin Gaerke, Dylan Schimmoeller, Marshall Rose and Race Gorrell-1st
4x400M Relay-Collin Gaerke, Kaden Ebert, Austin Newell and Seth Lasiter-2nd
Pole Vault-Michael Kotey-1st; Nathaniel Dire-2nd
Long Jump-Brycen Abbott-2nd; Seth Lasiter-4th
Shot Put-Austin Piehl-2nd; Keaton Rath-3rd
Discus-Tommy Brown-2nd

Great Season LB Tracksters!!

Look forward to seeing all track participants at the awards night on Monday, May 23rd-7pm.


5th Grade Welcome to Middle School

All of the 5th graders met in the gym and Mr. Otley spoke to them about some of their questions they had about next year as middle schoolers in 6th grade. They were led by 8th grade student council members who helped them rotate to classrooms giving them the opportunity to meet with each of the sixth grade teachers who discussed what they would be doing in their classes next year.

Pat Wagner Memorial Run

The Second Annual Pat Wagner Memorial 5k Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. at the Liberty-Benton High school, located at 9190 County Road 9.

Pat Wagner was a member of the local community for several decades, spending 42 years teaching physical education and coaching. While he obtained great success in the world of coaching, his impact on his family, friends, colleagues, athletes, and students extended much further.

Last year we had a wonderful turnout for our inaugural race and we hope that you join us for the 2nd Annual Pat Wagner Memorial 5K Run/Walk, where we will celebrate his life, relive memories, and get some exercise! The event will take place at Liberty-Benton High School and net proceeds will benefit a youth scholarship fund through the Community Foundation!

Registration Fee: $30 (Includes t-shirt)

Sign Up/Donate:


Check out our Facebook page for event updates!


Questions? Contact maggie.strasbaugh@gmail.com or pevaup@gmail.com

STRIDES Provide Supplies to Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center is a place where mothers who cannot make ends meet and need some help while they try to get back on their feet can find such assistance. Mrs. Foltz’s STRIDES group gathered a bunch of baby supplies and donated them to the Women’s Resource Center. The workers there were very grateful and sent us a thank you note. We are very happy to donate to an organization that helps those in need.