LBMS Students of the Quarter

Congratulations to the following students that were selected by their teachers as Students of the Quarter for the fourth nine weeks grading period. On May 23, these students had their pictures professionally taken at Michael D. Osborne Photography and then enjoyed an ice cream treat at Dietsch Brothers.

Grade 8: Alexis Rickenbacher
Grade 7: Olivia Bodie
Grade 6: RJ Coldren


LBHS Students of the Month for February

Senior Hanna Brown enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching boys’ basketball games.  Her favorite subjects are English with Mrs. Teders and math with Mr. Rader.  She is looking forward to graduating from high school and attending college in the Fall, and her personal goals are to be successful in college and make her parents proud.  Hanna is the daughter of Nicole Troiano and Jeremy Brown.


Junior Erin Lay is active in track, cross country, musical, Fermata the Blue, National Honor Society, Hancock Youth Leadership, youth band, and is a choir officer.  She enjoys cooking, baking, and reading, and her favorite class is Millstream’s culinary arts.  She is looking forward to the state competition for Skills USA, and her personal goal is to get a varsity letter for track.  Erin is the daughter of Mark and Una Lay.


Sophomore Katie Hooper enjoys reading, and she is active in soccer and Z-Club.  Her favorite subject is math, and she is looking forward to going to college.  Her personal goal is to graduate from high school with a 4.0 grade point average.  Katie is the daughter of Tim and Shelley Hooper.




Freshman Tim Borgerson enjoys golf and anime, and his favorite subject is geometry.  He is looking forward to the next musical, and his personal goal is to graduate from high school.  Tim is the son of Doug and Shelley Borgerson.




*We apologize for not posting the February students of the month earlier.  This item was somehow missed during our time of transition at the Eagle Update.

LBHS Students of the Month for May

Senior Olivia Stuck is active in varsity soccer and National Honor Society.  She enjoys reading and crafting, and her favorite subject is history.  She is looking forward to attending college next year, and her personal goal is to always keep improving herself.  Olivia is the daughter of Jean and Jim Stuck.



Junior Abigail Heldman has been active in track and field, Welcome Crew, Spanish Club, and has been a student aide.  She enjoys playing piano, creating sheet music, drawing, and working on a novel.  Her favorite classes are all of them!  She is looking forward to attending college and seeing the world outside of Findlay.  Her personal goals are to have a good paying job, become a philanthropist, and write popular, best-selling books.  Abigail is the daughter of James and Stacy Heldman.


Sophomore Sophie Johnson is active in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, and her favorite subject is definitely science.  She enjoys St. Michael’s youth group, doing projects, traveling to new destinations, biking, hiking, and camping.  She is looking forward to traveling out of the country, and her personal goal is to help people with medical needs.  Sophie is the daughter of Tom and Janet Johnson.


Freshman Reanna Baxter is active in volleyball, outdoor track, and serves as the accompanist for advanced choir.  She enjoys playing piano, raising rabbits, being outdoors,and vacationing in the Rocky Mountains.  Her favorite subjects are art, choir, and science, and she is looking forward to moving to Montana.  Her personal goal is to attend The Ohio State University to become a veterinarian.  Reanna is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Baxter.

LBHS Staff Member of the Month for May

Mrs. Amy Teders is currently in her 10th year of teaching English at Liberty-Benton High School.  Previously, she had taught for five years in Mohawk Local Schools.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a major in English at Bowling Green State University.  She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Education from Heidelberg, and she is currently working on her Masters of Arts in English from Ohio University.

Mrs. Teders grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, and he has been married for fifteen years to Randy.  They have three children: Luke and Isaac in 6th grade at LB, and Madison in 2nd grade, Mrs. Fish’s class at LB.

Mrs. Teders likes being the coach and guide as students take ownership of their learning.  She loves to see “the lightbulb” go off when students get it.  She enjoys being here with her students to help them in any way she can as they trudge their way through high school.

She is looking forward to remaining cancer-free, the day when her children can get along, finishing her master’s degree from OU, summer vacation, and taking the family to Disney during Thanksgiving break.  She enjoys reading, shopping, camping, bowling, and spending time with her family.


LBHS Students of the Month for April

Senior Deanna Aguado enjoys reading drawing, photography, ceramics, traveling, and playing softball.  Her favorite classes are yearbook, art, anatomy and English, and she also participates in graphic design activities.  She is looking forward to graduating from college and pursuing a career as a photographer.  Her personal goals are to become successful in the future, to pursue her dreams, and to somehow make the world a better place in the future.  Deanna is the daughter of Fredy and Naomi Aguado.


Junior Bob Musselman is active in football, wrestling, baseball, National Honor Society, and is a STRIDES leader.  He enjoys Boy Scouts ( is an Eagle Scout with a silver palm), Order of the Arrow, flying lessons at Bluffton airport, and St. Mike’s youth group, Refuge.  His favorite subjects are math and chemistry, and his personal goal is to earn is private pilot’s license before he graduates.  He is looking forward to graduating with honors, attending BGSU, and the Air National Guard.  Bob is the son of Ken and Kathy Musselman.


Sophomore Camden Courtney is active in track (shot and discus) and FCA, has played soccer, and is going to run cross country.  She enjoys painting, drawing, photography, and attending Gateway church youth groups.  Her favorite class is painting, and she is looking forward to attending college.  Her personal goal is to become a successful artist.  Camden is the daughter of Carrie Arnold.


Freshman Caitlin Elseser enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and her favorite subject is science.  She is active in basketball, volleyball and choir, and she is looking forward to summer vacation.  Her personal goals are to play sports in college and earn a degree in education.  Caitlin is the daughter of Lisa and Jim Elseser.

LBHS Staff Member of the Month for April

Mr. Rich LaFontaine is currently in his 17th year teaching English at Liberty-Benton High School. Previously, he had taught at Tiffin Calvert for four years with Mr. McRedmond. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his master’s degree from Marygrove College.
Mr. LaFontaine was born in Fostoria, grew up in Fremont, and graduated from Liberty-Benton High School. He has been married to Dorothy for 26 years, and they have 4 children: Matthew, 24, works at Krogers on Sixth Street; Ethan, 2016 LB grad, finished his first year of PT school at UF; Jessi, Class of 2018 at LBHS, and Isaac, Class of 2022 at LBHS.
Mr. LaFontaine enjoys watching and hearing students share their discoveries. He is looking forward to his first trip to Disney with the whole family this summer, and he enjoys playing basketball with his kids in the driveway.

LBHS Art Students Meet Rep. Latta

The pictures below are of LBHS students Paige Rickle, Katie Hooper, and Olivia Stuck meeting and discussing artwork with Ohio House Rep. Bob Latta at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The reception was held on May 6th.

LBHS Choir Has Highly Successful Year

It has been a highly successful year for the LBHS Choirs. For the first time ever, LBHS had two choirs qualify for OMEA State Adjudicated Event. Another first in the choral department was the junior/senior choir receiving an overall Superior rating in Class B at State Contest. Out of the 113 total students in high school choirs, numerous students were also involved with honor choirs this year.

Hancock County Honor Choir – Jenny Fleck, Hannah Otley, Lydia Mattingly, Schelby Beach, KT Depuy, Gina DeMarsh, Avery Ayers, Lindsey Bishop, Maddie Parmelee, Daultyn Corwin, Kobi Cupp, Shelby Baumlein, Olivia Christiansen, Jessi LaFontaine, Jeb Bishop, Chris Iler, Jon Cade, Asa Baird, Cody Bachorik, Jordan Gottschalk (as well as Honor Band members Madi Brown and Eliza Brisbin)

District 3 Honor Choir – Caisey Hardy-Fowler, Jeb Bishop, Cody Bachorik, Jordan Gottschalk, Kobi Cupp, Jon Cade, Jenny Fleck (as well as honor band member Madi Brown)

All-State Honor Choir – Cody Bachorik, Caisey Hardy-Fowler

This year, LBHS had three ensembles and four soloists perform at OMEA Solo and Ensemble contest in February at Lima Senior High School. An ensemble from Freshman/Sophomore choir performed in Class C and received a Superior rating. We also had a mixed ensemble and a men’s ensemble from Junior/Senior choir give performances at solo and ensemble contest. Both ensembles performed in Class A and both received Superior ratings. All four soloists (Maggie Rucki, Cody Bachorik, Caisey Hardy-Fowler and Jordan Gottschalk) performed in Class A and all also received Superior ratings.

Fermata the Blue has also been having a great year, performing this fall at the Findlay ArtWalk and our home concerts as well as performing in NYC in April. FTB is also planning to perform this Spring at the Findlay ArtWalk, LB Arts Festival and at the Zonta May Banquet!

This has been a fantastic year of growth in the LB Choral Department and we hope to continue the trend next year! We will definitely miss our seniors and we wish them the best as they head out into the “real world!”

LB Music Students Visit New York City

The music department had a very successful trip to New York City over Spring Break. Seventy students and twenty-one chaperones went on the trip and participated in a variety of activities. Students participated in a Song and Movement workshop with Broadway performers from the show Come From Away. During the workshop, students learned music and choreography from the musical. Later that night the students had the opportunity to see the show on Broadway with cast members that the students had worked with earlier that day. ​​​The Choir had the opportunity to perform at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Band enjoyed performing on the USS Intrepid. Students also enjoyed a performance of School of Rock on Broadway. Other attractions were the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and tours of Times Square and Central Park.