Dr. Larry Cook Appointed Interim Superintendent

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Larry Cook as the interim superintendent for Liberty-Benton Local Schools. His post will begin January 1 immediately following the retirement of Jim Kanable at the end of the year. We are confident in his ability to lead our district and help bridge the transition of this key administrative position.  

The search for our next superintendent continues.  Thanks to everyone who responded to the superintendent questionnaire.  We are working hard to find a replacement that meets the needs of our entire community including staff, students, parents and district residents.  The target timeline to complete the search is February, 2017.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any board member to discuss.

Liberty-Benton Local Schools, Board of Education:

A.J. Granger, President (aj.granger@me.com)
Vern Strong, Vice President (vstrong@bright.net)
Mark Badertscher, Member (badacha@mac.com)
Steve Benson, Member (sbenson70@gmail.com)
Tom Miller, Member (skillshotgames@hotmail.com)

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Dr. Larry Cook

About Dr. Larry Cook
Larry Cook is originally from Vanlue and holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Toledo.  He has served in various administration capacities including the superintendent for Tiffin City Schools and Van Buren Local Schools along with related positions both academic and administrative for Ashland University, University of Findlay and North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.  

Cook is a graduate of Vanlue High School.  He is a published author and has held many advisory and board positions throughout his career.  He currently serves on the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA); Editorial Board for American Secondary Education; and Facilitator for Strategic Planning for AASA – The School Superintendents Association.

LBHS Students of the Month – October

 

Ethan Frankart
Ethan Frankart

Senior Ethan Frankart is active in basketball, student council, yearbook, track, Welcome Crew, Bible study, Habitudes, National Honor Society, and is a STRIDES leader. He attended Buckeye Boys State, served as co-leader of the student section for football, and is a graduate of Hancock Youth Leadership. He enjoys hanging out with his friends as much as possible and adventuring to new places. His favorite class is any math class! He is looking forward to going to college and pursuing his future career, and his personal goals are to live a successful life and create a positive environment around him. Ethan is the son of Brenda Frankart and Mark Frankart.

Carson Garlock
Carson Garlock

Junior Carson Garlock is active in National Honor Society, STRIDES, soccer and FCA, and her favorite class is any math class. She is looking forward to becoming an aunt, and she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing puzzles, and playing games: cards, Dutch blitz, and sequence. Her personal goal is to become more outgoing throughout her high school career. Carson is the daughter of Scott and Angie Garlock.

 

Abby Reynolds
Abby Reynolds

Sophomore Abby Reynolds attends St. Michael’s youth group, and she is active in volleyball, basketball, Z-Club, Habitudes, and FCA. Her favorite class is math, and she is looking forward to the holidays and enjoying her high school years. Her personal goal is to achieve good grades throughout high school. Abby is the daughter of Kay and Norm Reynolds.

 

Michael Erdeliac
Michael Erdeljac

Freshman Michael Erdeljac enjoys fishing and spending time with friends. His favorite classes are math and science, and he is active in basketball, football, and baseball. He is looking forward to getting his first job, and his personal goal is to graduate from high school with at least a 3.3 GPA. Michael is the son of John and Kelly Erdeljac.

LBHS Staff Member of the Month – October

sarnold-jpg-1Mr. Scott Arnold is in his 13th year of teaching at Liberty-Benton High School.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and his hometown is Cairo, Ohio.  Scott and his wife, Carrie, also a teacher at Liberty-Benton, have three children: Camden, a sophomore; Connor, a fifth grader; and Cooper, 4.

Scott enjoys the interaction with students and relationships that continue after students leave Liberty-Benton High School.  He enjoys cooking, running, and family time, and he is looking forward to traveling various parts of the country and world with his family.

Middle School Students of the Quarter

Students of the Quarter: Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Student of the Quarter for the first nine weeks.

Grade 6: Jada Todd
Grade 7: Easton Kurtz
Grade 8: Jada Siebeneck

On November 10, these students traveled to Osborne Photography and then to Dietsch Brothers for an ice cream treat with Mr. Otley.

Jada Todd
Jada Todd
Jada Siebeneck
Jada Siebeneck
Easton Kurtz
Easton Kurtz

LB Offers New Basic Manufacturing Class

Students at Liberty-Benton High School have an exciting new opportunity to explore careers in the manufacturing industry. Recently, the school was awarded a state of Ohio Straight A Fund grant to offer a basic manufacturing class. In partnership with Rhodes State College and the West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium (WCOMC), students can earn the WCOMC’s Basic Manufacturing Credential, two college credit hours and an integrated systems certificate from Rhodes, and receive a WorkKeys assessment score. Throughout the school year, students will be touring area manufacturing facilities and have opportunities to apply for local internships.

The manufacturing class allows students to explore post-high school career options they may have never considered and provides them with skills that are immediately transferrable to the workforce. Taught by vocational agriculture teacher, Mr. Jeff Blakely, concepts such as manufacturing process, mathematics, workplace safety, teamwork, effective communication techniques, as well as the importance of punctuality and attendance are emphasized in this course. Potential employers benefit by being able to interact with the students prior to an employment offer and can observe that these students demonstrate the skills necessary for career success.

Whether students pursue a college degree or enter the workforce upon graduation, elements of the basic manufacturing class expose them to different types of jobs available in the manufacturing industry, ultimately helping them determine career path options. Hancock County’s low jobless rate, expanding manufacturing community, as well as an increasing need for skilled workers make the basic manufacturing class a timely addition to the school’s curriculum.

High School and Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to all students who made the honor roll for the first nine weeks!

Seniors 4.0 Grade Point Average
Klaire Alge
Sydney Barton
Jackson Bishop
Samantha Borgerson
Hanna Brown
Sydney Brown
Sydni Colchagoff
Jennifer Fleck
Heidi Fox
Ethan Frankart
Taylor Garlock
Tyler George
Laura Harper
Jensen Hiegel
Kyle Hohman
Meghan Hyre
Sarah Knight
Clayton Lenhart
Josilyn Lieb
Gabrielle Lyon
Avonlea Miller
Madelyn Miller
Sophia Norden
Cheyanne Ogborn
Brooke Peplinski
Melody Proehl
Amanda Puthoff
Leah Recker
Taylor Roeder
Remington Rosenberger
Maggie Rucki
Maria Streacker
Olivia Stuck
Gabriel Trautman
Makenzie Van Den Eynde

Seniors 3.2 Grade Point Average
Deanna Aguado
Cody Bachorik
Meghan Bartel
Shelby Baumlein
Schelby Beach
Kolton Benson
Andrew Blackburn
Allen Bracy
Nickolas Burner
Zarina Dillon
Alexander Dunn
Matthew Dunn
Neal Evans
Jordan Gottschalk
Alysia Gutierrez
Caisey Hardy-Fowler
Viktoria Harter
Abigail Ingleston
Dalton Jones
Kitsommad Kaedaeng
Julia Kerlin
Cassidy Kisseberth
Sydney Lasiter
Elliott Logsdon
Anthony Masterlasco
Brendan Miller
Brea Minnich
Jacob Nichols
Skylar Rice
John Rozelle
Kaytlynn Smelcer
Nicolas Spieker
Silas Todd
Wyatt Young

Juniors 4.0 Grade Point Average
Asa Baird
Lindsey Bishop
Olivia Christiansen
Kaitlyn Clouse
Gannon Darrach
AJ Dobbins
Jenna Flick
Tonya Frankart
Carson Garlock
Tyler Gioffredo
Emma Grubinski
Abigail Heldman
Griffin Hohman
Megann Hohman
Conner Johannigman
Jessica LaFontaine
Erin Lay
Alexa Lenhart
Adrienne Masterlasco
Lydia Mattingly
Robert Musselman
Hannah Otley
Sydney Plesec
Kaylee Puthoff
Clarissa Ramirez
Ellory Schroeder
Emma Swisher
Katelin Veenstra

Juniors 3.2 Grade Point Average
Emileigh Allen
Preston August
Eliza Brisbin
Jordan Clagg
Tyler Dillon
Christopher Dole
Kacey Durliat
Cierra Espinoza
Conor Greer
Mason Greer
Corrine Groves
Hannah Holley
Zoe King
Sydney Lease
Amaya Mars
Cameron Motter
Mackenzie Murphy
Rafael Naranjo Garcia
Lexi Ostrander
Austin Patrick
William Poling
Owen Rath
Justin Risner
Kathryn Smith
Scott Symmes
Alice Thomas
Grant Vermilya

Sophomores 4.0 Grade Point Average
Noah Aschemeier
Eleanor Bishop
Drew Broerman
Alyson Carpenter
Kobi Cupp
Gina DeMarsh
Mitchell Estep
Hannah Gazette
Audrey Harrington
Chelsey Hartley
Kathryn Hooper
Taylor Johannigman
Logan Kizer
Brandon Maas
Lucas Mattingly
Chloe Miller
Kaelyn Payment
Jacob Reindel
Abby Reynolds
Savanah Richards
Keith Sansalone
Cameron Schroeder
Brooke Slezak
Kristen Streacker
Luke Sunderman
Molly Walker
Trent Ward
Chelsea Weadock

Sophomores 3.2 Grade Point Average
Dalton Alexander
Madison Brown
Camden Courtney
Macie Delancy
Emma Fannin
Megan Fisher
Diego Flores
Keren Garcia-Rolon
Tara Gleason
Andrew Grimm
Eli Heaster
Elise Heidlebaugh
Autumn Helms
Lexi Hendel
Sophie Johnson
Chloe Jones
Joshua Jones
Caleb King
Jenna Lease
Grant Lentz
Katelyn Lewis
Arissa Looney
Jamien Pack
Paige Peplinski
Nicolas Petrella
Ashley Puthoff
Paige Rickle
Grace Schlumbohm
Adriana Stewart
Eve Stump
Maya Trautman
Grant Umbs
Jonathan Wenzinger
Chloe Wright

Freshman 4.0 Grade Point Average
Julia Bell
Jonathon Cade
Cody Collert
Caitlin Elseser
Abigail Hatch
Chloe Kin
Callie Kisseberth
Michael Kotey
Ayden Makowski
Alfredo Maldonado
Audrey Murphy
Emma Otley
Madeline Parmelee
Derek Puthoff
Brianna Reeves
Dalton Reiter
Alissa Rhodes
Jordan Roeder
Schylar Shepherd
Sydnie Starr
Alexis Sutherland
Mia Trevino
Rebecca Wilkins

Freshman 3.2 Grade Point Average
Brian Ajala
Avery Ayers
Madalyn Barker
Reanna Baxter
Braydon Beucler
Timothy Borgerson
Benjamin Boutwell
Savannah Crossman
Sydney Crossman
Maxwell Curry
Azalea Deibel
Michael Erdeljac
Collin Gaerke
Philip Hubbuch
Adelei Kolan
Seth Lasiter
George McCracken
Luke McDonald
Ashley Miller
Tesla Moneer
Mickalla Myers
Austin Newell
Alexis Ponx
Wysteria Quiroga
Kevin Rickle
Marshall Rose
Mallory Schloemp
Gabrielle Smith
Izaak Sutton-Parker
Micah Todd
Mattie Vermilya
Skylea Vucco
Jenee Webb
Taylor Young

Eighth Grade All A Honor Roll
JASON ALFORD
SOPHIE ASCHEMEIER
LOGAN CUPP
NATHANIEL DIRE
ELIZABETH EBERHARD
TRINITY GASSER
TARYN GREEN
ALLISON HOOPER
LAUREN KERN
NOAH LYON
GREG MUSSELMAN
JOSH REINDEL
ALEXIS RICKENBACHER
JADA SIEBENECK
LAUREN SMITH
BENJAMIN SPIESS
BRAYDEN TODD
TAYLOR WARD

Eighth Grade All A/B Honor Roll
BRYCEN ABBOTT
CALEB AUKERMAN
JAYDELYN BAILEY
DRU BAKER
GAVIN BEACH
TAYLOR BECK
JOSEPHINA BOUAPHAKEO
LUKE BROERMAN
HUNTER BURKETT
IZZY BURMAN
COLE BUSCH
CONNOR CLAGG
MARCUS CRIBLEZ
ROBBIE CROSSMAN
ALEXANDER DILLON
KADEN EBERT
LINCOLN EBERT
KYLIE EVANS
MAYRA GARCIA-ROLON
MORGAN GIBSON
KYLIE GIOFFREDO
RACE GORRELL
BRYAN HAAS
KELSEY HALL
GABE HARDY-FOWLER
LUKA HEILMAN
CORY HERSHEY
MARY HOLLEY
AUSTIN KERN
CHLOE KERN
STEVEN KINTNER
DAVID MACE
RUBY MAITRAN
EVAN MCMONIGAL
BRENNEN MICHAEL
JAEMACYN MORGAN
CONRAD NADING
ALEXIS NAGY
ELI NICHOLS
KATI PAPE
AARON PAYMENT
KEATON RATH
DANIKA RENTZ
MAYA RICKLE
MOSES ROMERO
RIELEE SAUM
DYLAN SCHIMMOELLER
BROOKE SCHROEDER
CODY SHULAW
MIA SIFERD
JACK SLEZAK
HANAH THOMPSON
ELLIOTT VEENSTRA
CASSIE WARNER
KYLER WRIGHT

Seventh Grade All A Honor Roll
OLIVIA BODIE
CHASE COLLERT
KELSEY CONKRIGHT
BRENNAN DARRACH
SYDNEY ELSESER
JOSEPH GERKEN
IZZY GRANGER
MARISSA GREEN
MARY HARRINGTON
SPENCER HUBBUCH
ZACH RICKENBACHER
OLIVIA RICKLE

Seventh Grade All A/B Honor Roll
AMELIA ALTMAN
ELIJAH ARREDONDO
ABBY AYERS
CLARA BAKER
ALANA BIRKEMEIER
ABIGAIL BORGERSON
CONNOR BOYD
BROOKLYNN BROWN
TOBY COLLERT
CAMERON CRIBLEZ
JENNA DAJCZAK
ZANE DAVIS
BROOKE DEETER
AUDREE FLICK
KAITLIN FLORES
SAUL FLORES
SHILOH FOLTZ
BRANDON GAERKE
KENDRA GARDINE
AUSTIN HANNI-WELLS
CHLOE HEIDLEBAUGH
LEXIS HEIDLEBAUGH
OWEN HENDRICKS
ABIGAIL HOHMAN
ADELINE KERN
ALEXIS KRAMB
EASTON KURTZ
SAVANNAH LEASE
BRICE MCDANIEL
TREY MOSER
MICHAEL (COOPER) NORMAN
BRETT OGBORN
JACOB PRESSEL
PEYTAN RENTZ
LOGAN RICKER
ALYSON RIDGEWAY
JORDAN SNIDER
ANDREW THOMAS
JONAS TODD
BEN TRAUTMAN
CONNAR TROXEL-SPEARS
MASON TUTTLE

Sixth Grade All A Honor Roll
OLIVIA ABBOTT
KADEN BOUTWELL
R.J. COLDREN
KAITLYN EYINK
LILLIAN FRAKES
LUCY GABLE
DAMON GASSER
HAILEY HOCHSTETTLER
RILEY IRWIN
KARMEN MAKOWSKI
KAYLEN NIESE
KYLIE RECKER
GABRIELLA ROMERO
ALANA SUBRAMANIAM
ISAAC TEDERS
JADA TODD

Sixth Grade All A/B Honor Roll
REGAN ALEXANDER
JOANNA ALNAQEEB
ETHAN BAUER
JED BELL
ALLYSEN BISSELL
OLIVIA CARMEAN
KELSEY CHIOW
CALEB COLLERT
JONATHAN COOK
CONNER CRIBLEZ
CASON DOOLITTLE
CHLOE DORN
LOGAN FLICK
TIMOTHY FOLK
KIMBERLY GAGLE
RODRIGO GARCIA-GUZMAN
KAMERON GARLOCK
LINCOLN GARLOCK
GAVIN GILLIG
ROBBIE GOSSARD
JENNA GREEN
ALEXUS GRILLIOT
RAYLEIGHA HARVEY
NOAH HEILMAN
VAEDA HEIZMAN
HANNAH HISS
EMMA KERN
GRACIE KERN
BRADLEY KISSEBERTH
JENNALYNN KISSEBERTH
BRADY MABE
ELYDIA MARS
JULIANA MCGRAIN
ALLY MICHAEL
JOSHUA MILLER
DEVIN MONTALBINE
CONNER NIESE
BROOKLYN OLMSTEAD
TREVOR OTLEY
ERICA PATTERSON
IAN RATH
JACQUELYN REECE
ALLYSON REITER
SABLE SIEBENECK
DAKOTA SPENCE
CLAIRE SPIESS
OLIVIA STEED
HALEIGH STEWART
KENDRA TERRY
BETHANY TODD
BRAYDEN WAGES

Spanish Class Celebrates El Día de los Muertos

This year we have six seniors in the Spanish V class. A typical day starts with news articles that are written and presented in Spanish. We have a group discussion where we share our opinions about the articles. We also have a word of the day. Comida y conversación (food and conversation), culture, and Spanish games are some of our favorite things to do in Spanish class. Every week, we write a journal entry in Spanish based on a given prompt.

Through our studies of the representative cultures, we learned about El Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. It is celebrated from October 31 through November 2 to commemorate the family members who have passed away. To celebrate this holiday, we decorated cardboard skulls and read Aztec poetry relating to the theme. We decorated a showcase with Day of the Dead artwork made by Spanish students. The main attraction of the display was our cardboard skulls, which were part of a contest. Students and teachers were encouraged to vote for their favorite.

skulls

Rhodes State College Public Speaking Class

The Rhodes State College public speaking class recently presented demonstrative (how to) speeches.  The students got to choose their topics and spent a few weeks researching and preparing them.  Preparation varied from watching videos on good demonstrative speeches, videotaping themselves, and giving their speech to classmates and friends.  When final preparations were done, we had quite a range of topics: preparing Halloween snacks, how to train your dog, how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, how to hurdle, how to do card tricks, how to save an infant from choking, and how to kick a soccer ball (among others).  The demonstrators involved the class, and we were able to learn how to properly celebrate a touchdown and decorate cakes as well.  I am extremely proud of all the hard work the students have put into this class and speeches so far, and I look forward to their impromptu speeches next.

Brenda Frankart
Liberty-Benton High School Principal

LB Hosts Grandparents Day

More than 800 guests visited Liberty-Benton Elementary and Junior High Schools on Monday, November 7 for grandparents day.  Grandparents were able to eat lunch with their grandchild(ren) and participate in classroom activities.  The day is organized through PTO volunteers who did a terrific job facilitating this day for all of our special guests.