Provider of the Quarter – LBHS Cheerleaders

Provider of the Quarter – Liberty-Benton High School Cheerleaders

The Liberty-Benton High School cheer squad was amazing with the Special Olympics pep squad both prior to and during the Celebrity Basketball Game. Never have we seen a group of young women so willing to jump in and teach, while accepting and including the pep squad throughout. LB ensured the Special Olympics squad was included in candid photos, and taught them simple cheers so they could feel more a part of the game. LB cheerleaders demonstrated the true spirit of acceptance and inclusion – which can be very rare in many teenagers.

Congratulations to this wonderful group on being chosen the quarterly Community Partner award winner!

Basic Manufacturing Class – Job Shadowing

One of the unique features of Liberty-Benton High School’s Basic Manufacturing Class Career Network Program is that job shadowing opportunities can be tailored to meet each individual student’s interest. This allows our students to explore various career options and helps them make informed decisions about career pathways. One of our students, Chris Dole, had the opportunity to spend time with Daniel Hutchinson, Asst V.P. Fleet Engineering, of the American Steamship Company (ASC) based in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Hutchinson shared his passion and knowledge about the shipping industry with Chris. He learned about the important role that lake freighters play in transporting raw materials such as coal, limestone, and iron ore across the Great Lakes as well as how public policy and environmental awareness have impacted the shipping industry. Chris was invited to board the American Mariner to see how these vessels and their mechanicals are maintained in the off season. Additionally, he met key representatives of H Hansen Industries, the maintenance company partnering with ASC to keep their vessels in top shape, and tour their facilities. Chris has been accepted to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s Engineer Officer program in Traverse City, Michigan and will begin classes this fall. This experience gave Chris the opportunity to network with people involved in his chosen career field and to see some of the possible jobs available to him after graduation.

LBHS Students of the Month for March

Liberty-Benton High School
Students of the Month for March

Senior Katie Veenstra is active in volleyball, cheerleading, softball, Habitudes, FCA, student council, and is a STRIDES leader. She enjoys attending the high school Bible study group and Gateway life groups, and her favorite class is anatomy. She is looking forward to going to college and meeting new people. Her personal goal is to become a physician assistant so that one day she can help others in need and save lives. Katie is the daughter of Tyler and Kristy Veenstra.


Junior Cameron Schroeder enjoys hanging out with friends and family, swimming, and playing with his dog. His favorite classes are pre-calculus and chemistry, and he is active in basketball, soccer, and Habitudes. He is looking forward to going on vacation with his family, and his personal goal is to get into The Ohio State University. Cameron is the son of Tamara and Gary Schroeder.



Sophomore Derek Puthoff is active in student council, Spanish Club, and the stage crew for the musical. He enjoys playing video games, and his favorite subjects are math and science. He is looking forward to going to Millstream next year, and his personal goal is to earn as many college credits as he can before graduating. Derek is the son of Andrew and Amy Puthoff.



Freshman Kelsey Hall enjoys playing club volleyball and helping in the nursery at church. Her favorite subjects are English and Spanish, and she is active in volleyball and choir. She is looking forward to graduating with honors, and her personal goal is to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Kelsey is the daughter of Jeff and Cassie Hall.



Honorable Mention Nominations:
Emileigh Allen
Eliza Brisbin
Kacey Durliat
Solomon Garcia
Corrine Groves
Zoe King
Austin May
Lexi Ostrander
Austin Patrick
Sydney Plesec
Kaylee Puthoff
Brady Shellhammer
Kathryn Smith

Dalton Alexander
Emma Fannin
Diego Flores
Hannah Gazette
Tara Gleason
C.J. Hartford
Eli Heaster
Logan Kizer
Brandon Maas
Eleanor Oestreich
Nicolas Petrella
Paige Peplinski
Brooke Slezak
Samantha Shardo
Chloe Wright

Clark August
Tommy Brown
Joey Grubinski
Holly Heck
Reed Hubbuch
Callie Kisseberth
Veronica Kitchen
Michael Kotey
Emma Otley
Alissa Rhodes
Kevin Rickle
Schy Shepherd

Sophie Aschemeier
Caleb Aukerman
Taylor Beck
Morgan Billmaier
Hunter Burkett
Logan Cupp
Elizabeth Eberhard
Lincoln Ebert
Nathan Garcia
Kylie Gioffredo
Race Gorrell
Allison Hooper
Alex Routson
Patrick Streacker
Spencer Wolford

LBHS Staff Member of the Month for March

Liberty-Benton High School
Staff Member of the Month for March

Mr. Jim Snyder is currently in his fourth year as a custodian at Liberty-Benton High School. Mr. Snyder earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health, graduated from North Baltimore High School, and has lived in Van Buren for the last 34 years.

Jim is married to Sherlyn, and they have a son, Aaron, and a daughter, Kelli. Jim enjoys watching his grandchildren grow up. Mr. Snyder also enjoys working in the school around the students, and his hobbies are fishing and golfing.

Thank you, Mr. Snyder, for all you do!

Liberty-Benton Arts Festival 2018

The Arts Festival will be Monday, May 7, from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Liberty-Benton High School.  The Art Fest will feature student artwork from grades K-12.  There will be music, hands-on art activities and free face painting.  Admission is free.


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