LBHS School Staff Member of the Month for February

Mrs. Jill Erickson is in her 25th year of teaching and her 17th year at Liberty-Benton.  She teaches American History and World History, and her previous districts include: Blue Island Community School District #218 in a Chicago suburb, Sulphur Springs Independent School District in Texas, and Irving Independent School District in Dallas, Texas.

Her hometown is Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Comprehensive Social Studies and History from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Findlay.

Jill and her husband, Scott, have two daughters: Alexa (Ali) Erickson and Molly Koehler, and they are both school teachers.

Having taught in three different states, Mrs. Erickson feels that, “By far, the students at Liberty-Benton High School are unique and wonderful!  They make teaching a joy!”

Jill is looking forward to the summer as her family regularly travels to places of historical significance.  This summer, they will be going to Washington, D.C.  Mrs. Erickson’s interests and hobbies include: reading, golfing, biking, fashion and home decorating, college football and basketball, politics, Biblical and ancient history, card-playing, traveling, and the beach!

LBHS School Staff Member of the Month – January

Mr. Ray Wolfe is currently in his fourth year of teaching at Liberty-Benton High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Music Education from Ohio University.  He grew up in Findlay, and he has a beagle named Franklin.

He enjoys watching his students progress from grades 6-12, and he enjoys watching his students enjoy making music on stage.  He is looking forward to traveling to New York City with the band and choir in April, and he also plans to do more traveling this summer.  He enjoys golf, music, theatre, and spending time with friends, family, and Franklin.

LBHS Students of the Month for January

Senior Zarina Dillon is active in National Honor Society, FCA, cross country, basketball, track, is a STRIDES leader, and is also the senior representative for Z-Club.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with family, and her favorite subjects are math and science.  She is looking forward to attending the University of Findlay in the Fall, and her personal goals are to graduate from college and become a teacher.  Zarina is the daughter of Tom and Mary Beth Dillon.


Junior Tonya Frankart enjoys Bible study, youth group, baking, spending time with family and friends, and her favorite class is Spanish with Mrs. Amspaugh.  She is active in Z-Club, student council, Hancock Youth Leadership, soccer, FCA, and National Honor Society.  She is looking forward to graduation and starting college, and her personal goals are to graduate from college and have a successful career.  Tonya is the daughter of Rick and Cindy Frankart.


Sophomore Kobi Cupp is active in marching band, concert band, pep band, jazz band, choir, Fermata the Blue, All-County Choir, District 3 Honors Choir, and musical.  Her favorite classes are choir and band, and she enjoys percussion, singing, and spending time with friends and family.  She is looking forward to being more independent, and her personal goal is to complete high school with an honors diploma.  Kobi is the daughter of Erin and Steven Cupp.


Freshman Audrey Murphy enjoys swimming, spending time with friends, attending church youth group, and babysitting, and her favorite subjects are art and Spanish 2.  She is active in cross country, track, indoor track, and student council, and she is looking forward to running cross country with her friends.  Her personal goals are to graduate from college and find a career working in the medical field.  Audrey is the daughter of Bob and Melinda Murphy.

LBHS Baseball Field Press Box & Reserved Seats

LBHS Baseball Field Press Box
Coming in Spring of 2017

Donations Received + Commitments raised to date: $23,400

Additional Donations Targeted: $11,500*

$1,000 donation includes reserved seat behind home plate with Eagles logo and donor name + an engraved brick. Includes a 5 year Diamond Club Membership or expires when youngest Eagle Baseball player graduates (ask for details)

$100 donation includes an engraved brick in the walk around the press box.

*Donations in excess of Target will be used towards other permanent improvements of the baseball field:
• Phase 2 Backstop Project ‐ concrete block backstop
• Field resurfacing & drainage
• Dugout improvements
• Spectator grand stand improvements

Two story concrete block building behind home plate:
• $35,000 (total cost with contingency)
• Includes reserved seating for 70‐100 LB Eagles Baseball Diamond Club Members
• Decorative block consistent with LB High School
• Construction in Fall of 2016 and Spring of 2017
• Foundation and initial course of block installed

Contact Matt Moser (419) 348‐0083 or make anonymous donations to the LB Athletic Boosters

Click here to download: LB Eagles Baseball – Diamond Club Reserved Seats and Other Donations Flier

Middle School Students Design and Advertise

On Friday, March 3, 8th grade English classes used a combination of creativity, craftsmanship, and figurative language to design and advertise a carnival game. Between roller coaster-building in Math and Science and game-advertising and playing in English class, 8th graders enjoyed a day at the carnival!

8th Graders Design Roller Coasters

8th grade math and science students had the opportunity to take part in the Engineering Adventures Program though Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) on March 2nd and 3rd. This program focuses on allowing students to make real-world connections to the content they are learning in math and science! Engineers from MPC came to Liberty-Benton to teach the students about designing roller coasters! The project was centered around the topics of gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy, and velocity!

Over the two day program, L-B students had the opportunity to work with a group to create a roller coaster out of pipe insulation and duct tape. During the designing and building stages of the project, students were able to collaborate with their group, the engineers, and teachers to create the best possible design! Once the roller coasters were built, students tested their design with three marbles! (A steel marble represented a full roller coaster, a glass marble represented a half-full roller coaster, and a wooden marble represented an empty roller coaster.)

This program gave students hands-on experience that made math and science concepts relevant to their lives!  The students, teachers, and engineers all had a blast! Mr. Homburg and Miss Eicher are already looking forward to continuing the program next year!

National Recognition for the Liberty-Benton FFA

This past spring and summer the Liberty-Benton FFA members in conjunction with the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Services performed a series of events that led to winning a National and a Northeast Region First Place award from the USDA.

Several classes in April of 2016 assisted with a field day for local preschoolers where they learned about soils, plants, and gardening.  In conjunction with that, the Liberty-Benton FFA & the Liberty-Benton FFA Alumni Chapter volunteers helped to prepare, plant, maintain, and harvest the People’s Garden in the Findlay area, cultivating many different types of produce that was then donated to local area food shelters.  Hundreds of pounds of food was grown and donated through this project.

On Tuesday, February 28th, several FFA representatives and alumni members attended the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, to accept the first place National and first place Northeast Region Earth Team Group Volunteer Awards.  Congratulations to the Liberty-Benton FFA, and thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make this project possible!