Club Spotlight: Yearbook

Written By: Ann-Marie Kotch

Staff Reporter

“Yearbook isn´t just an elective. We have to put in a lot of hard work in order for everyone to enjoy the yearbook,” said Tara Dawn Esguerra (10).

Anybody who has any connection to the production of the yearbook can agree with Esguerra, it is a lot of hard work. Like every year, they are working this hard towards something really special for the students. This year’s main editor is working to make this year far better than any other.

¨Being the main editor this year has been crazy, me and my co editor had put in so much work on it it’s unbelievable,¨ said Breanna Biorato (12).

Biorato has put her ideas into action for the upcoming yearbook, and it definitely is something special.  She is keeping it a secret between yearbook staff members only.

When asked what to expect in the upcoming yearbook, staff members explained: “This upcoming yearbook is actually a surprise this year and people should keep a lookout for it,” said Lyndsey Cayamand (10).

¨Students should definitely look forward to something very different and helps capture the moments at liberty, but right now it's a secret,¨ said Tara (10).

This year’s yearbook should be well worth the wait and excitement, so stay tuned for updates. There will be a highly recommended yearbook signing party held where these secrets will be unveiled.

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Zion Williamson: Future of the NBA?

Written By: Carmelo Gullotta

Staff Reporter

From the small city of Salisbury, North Carolina, originated today’s projected first overall 2019 NBA draft pick, Zion Williamson. The Duke player made a tremendous name for himself in the 2019 March Madness.

Playing small forward and power forward, the 6 ft. 7 in. freshman averaged 28.5 points and 8.9 rebounds. On top of that, he won ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and was put into the ACC Tournament MVP honors.

Beginning at 5 years old Williamson got up at 5 a.m. to train. He began in youth leagues with his mother coaching him, Sharonda Sampson. Williamson played for the Ametur Athletic Union (AAU), where he would match up with players 4 years older than him. Later on, his stepfather, Lee Anderson, began to train him as a point guard.

The Duke star played for Johnakin Middle School in South Carolina, and he was coached by his mother. There he averaged over 30 points per game. He then started his high school career at Spartanburg Day School and was going in at 6 ft 3 in.

Williamson averaged over 25 points all four years. He was praised by the likes of Stephen Curry, LaMelo Ball, the All-USA first team, the Adidas Nations Camps, and many more superior groups and players. After his senior year, he played in the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game where he scored 8 points in 17 minutes before being forced to exit with a thumb injury.

As a freshman in high school, Wofford gave him his first scholarship offer. The next year, just as a sophomore, he had over 16 NCAA Division 1 programs fighting for his commitment. Senior year he made the final decision to attend Duke.

August 15th, 2018 was his preseason debut as a Blue Devil, scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds. November 6th he made his regular season debut with 28 points in 23 minutes against Kentucky.

Early into March Madness he suffered from a knee sprain, 36 seconds into his game versus North Carolina. His foot ripped through his Nike shoe causing him to slip. The following day, Nike’s market value dropped 1.1 billion.

Without playing the rest of college ball he was projected to be the top draft pick for the NBA and won Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the ACC.

Williamson became a renowned basketball star before his college career, and enthralled the attention of the NBA in his March Madness play. The Blue Devil is likely to save the New York Knicks in the 2019 season.

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Bryce Harper Hits a Home Run for Vegas

Joseph Gallegos

Staff Reporter

This offseason, Bryce Harper faced the toughest decision of his career. He was now a free agent, meaning he has the power to sign with any team in the MLB. Bryce Harper was expecting a big pay day for whatever team he chose to sign with.

The teams in the Harper’s sweepstakes were: the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and his team he spent the last several years with, the Washington Nationals.  

Bryce Harper met with all of those teams and the saga of his free agency seemed to last forever. Having all MLB fans constantly refresh their phones and check in on the MLB network.

Finally, on March 1st, Harper announced he was signing a 12 year $330 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. With the MLB season nearly underway, the Las Vegas native Bryce Harper looks to win his 1st world series.

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Nate Kendricks Gives a Smackdown on the Mat

CJ Gullotta

Staff Reporter

Nate Kendricks Jr. (12) took the number one seed in state for wrestling. The Liberty senior won state finals and had one of the most impressive seasons for a wrestler.

Kendricks went 38-5 in total, and made his way to the state final in Reno, on February 9th. The wrestler took down Nemendez from Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada.

“The rest of the season was exciting but had rough edges. Everything had added up to this moment. It was dark with one spotlight in the arena. I was winning by one point with 30 seconds left on the clock. Everyone was screaming and everyone I beat was watching one mat. It was straight out a movie to be honest,” said Kendricks.

He went 6-0 in regionals and state for his 220 lbs class. State finals took place in Reno. Kendricks had to take on one of the greatest challenges of his wrestling career away from home.

“He tried to throw me the last 15 seconds, and I put him straight to his back. The crowd was against me because we were in the north. The whole crowd went ooooh. It wasn’t a cheer. After that I was just to beat and tired I couldn't think straight or even be happy I just won state. I went to the side of the table and just dropped,” said Kendricks.

Kendricks is a role model student-athlete. He works hard to do his best in every aspect, inside and outside of wrestling. He sets his priorities straight, and lets nothing come above what must be accomplished.

“During the season I had excluded everyone but the team. I would go straight to practice, then straight home. It would be rare for me to even go out to the movies during the season,” said Kendricks.

The senior wrestler’s previous seasons were nothing in comparison to this years. He is a living example of what dedication can accomplish.

“My losses were way higher in the previous years. I was weak and would always get sick after a tournament. More injures happened last year. But now I am used to the pain and that grind. I smile when I see my opponents beat down throughout the match,” said Kendricks.

“The people that influenced me the most is everyone on the team. I gotta make a statement so that they won’t lack. And if I am lacking then they are gonna make a statement. The coaches were way more comfortable with us this year than the previous year because we all matured,” said Kendricks.

Other than being a superb wrestler, Nate plays football and focuses on his studies. He is a kind and humble role model for his peers.

“Nate is very hardworking and also courageous. If Nate lost a match, it just meant he had more to learn. To wrestle with Nate is fun but can be a little scary because of his size, especially when your a few weight classes under him. He’s very humble and is a great person. Outside of wrestling Nate is a goofball, but he is very smart and has a lot of knowledge about a lot of things,” said wrestling teammate Kenny Marzola (11).

Nate Kendricks won state for wrestling, finishing with one of the best seasons. He remains humble and is a great role model for all of Liberty’s student-athletes.


Edgar Hernandez takes on Prom

Madison Jones

Staff Reporter

Prom is a magical time for many high schoolers involved. This year prom at Liberty High School was special for one reason: love.

          Edgar Hernandez (12) is a student currently enrolled in Liberty High School, and is a student many have seen walking around. He is a very kind character, and has learned a lot since being in the programs here. It was very touching for his parents and teachers alike when selfless member of the student body, Shaun Mabanta (12), stepped down from prom court for Mr. Hernandez.

           Following the announcement of prom court, there were many people campaigning for Edgar to win Prom King. The student body collectively had their hearts opened and voted so zealously. Edgar won by a huge landslide. He was in tears as the crowd at the prom dance chanted his name as the crown was placed on his head. He soon took the Prom Queen out onto the dance floor and had a night to remember as the flashlights of phones showered them.

            This story has reached national news, being heartwarming and reminding that love and humility still exist in this world. Thank you, everyone involved, for giving us this reminder and giving such a kind soul something to remember for years to come.

Highest Paid Soccer Player: Christian Pulisic

Written By: CJ Gullotta

Staff Reporter

The entire world looks down upon the United States for the lack of American players in Europe. Christian Pulisic has made the move to England to change their opinions.

On January 2nd, 2019, the English Premier League team, Chelsea, bought Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for €73 million. He has became the highest paid American player to play for a top European club by beating VFL Wolfsburg's John Brooks by €53. Chelsea, although, decided to loan the “Wonder Kid” back to Dortmund until the end of the season.

A Hershey, Pennsylvania native was called up by the US Under-14 national team at the age of 13, and played in the 2013 Nike Friendlies Final, where he was scouted by the German club, Borussia Dortmund. After many goals and assists in Dortmund’s youth squads, he was called up to the first team by Thomas Tuchel, the manager at the time. He debuted on January 2nd, 2016, at 17 years old for the professional squad against FC Ingolstadt.

The American star was the youngest player to appear for the U.S. in a World Cup qualifiers match at 17 years old. He also won the U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Young Male Player of the Year. The young winger/attacking-mid has scored 9 goals for the U.S. and 10 goals in 81 games for Dortmund.

While becoming one of the youngest players to play for a top club in Europe, he faces doubt from society. Some Americans worry that at such a large price, he won’t meet the European’ expectation. They stress about the judgment U.S. soccer will receive.

Europeans are also giving off hate because they worry that an American player could take the starting spot from Alvaro Morata. The spanish striker is currently in a goal slump that is costing Chelsea €88 million. The arrival of an American youngster could potentially put the European player on the bench.

Many American soccer fans have waited a lifetime to see a native player make a name for himself in the English Premier League. Pulisic has not only made history in Europe, but has also provided hope for Americans

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Hayden Prasad

Written By: CJ Gullotta

Rookie Reporter

Hayden Prasad (12) has recently committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on an athletic scholarship from soccer. The Liberty senior will be playing for their division one varsity squad as a freshman.

On November 15th, 2018, UNLV seized his signature before any other division one college could. On the field for Liberty, Prasad tends to play any to all positions. His very versatile skill set is an extreme advantage over any opposition, making him one of the biggest attractions for colleges.

“I feel good, it’s hard for a club player to go D1 but I’m real happy, especially staying home, all my family can watch my games… UNLV was my number one choice. I wanted to stay home so my family could watch all my games,” said Prasad.

His senior year, Prasad netted 19 goals and assisted 11 more, adding to his total Liberty career with 37 goals and 29 assists. His great contribution to the team helped Liberty place third, one of the highest places they have ever reached. He also won the award Offensive Player of the Year for the Class 4A Desert League.

“I wanted more, the past 3 seasons I wanted to do what the previous seniors couldn’t. I wanted to be Liberty’s best, so I put extra effort in everything we did,” said Prasad.

Outside of Liberty, Prasad plays for the club, LVSA ‘01 Boys Red. They travel from state to state dominating every 2001 male team in the nation. For his club team, he tends to control the attack, but plays every position to spread his talent around.

“My family motivates me, they’ve put a lot into my soccer and I don’t want it to go to waste. Also personally I just don’t like being second best. I always try to be the best wherever I’m at,” said Prasad.

The UNLV commit influences many people, and he continues to stun people inside and outside of Liberty. He motivates his teammates and crushes his opponents hopes. He influences many people including Angle Gilliand (12).

“On the pitch he is one of the boys that I see as a leader and he would always tell me that it was him and I that could change games, and it was a huge confidence booster on the pitch…  As a player the kid is only 17, and he is one of the best I know. He is so calm and composed on the ball. He has so much potential and I would not doubt to see him playing pro in upcoming years,” said Gilliand.

The soon to be Liberty graduate, Prasad, contains potential like no other, and has more skill than any other high school player in the region. Soon he will be providing his talent to UNLV men's varsity soccer team, a Division 1 squad.


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Study Tips

Written by: Christa Smith

Staff Reporter

Finals week is on the horizon and many of us are already admitting defeat at just hearing our teachers talk about preparing. A lot of students are already procrastinating, retreating to their go-to Netflix show for solace. Maybe others instead are already frantically moving about their room, cycling through their dense collection of Quizlet sets, only taking breaks to go to the bathroom.

However, what both of these extremes don’t realize is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Studying well while also maintaining your mental and physical health in these pressured times is definitely achievable. It’s all in the work ethic and mind set. Consider the following as your cheat sheet in developing a work ethic and mindset that will push you through exam season.

In terms of tackling the work, the best tip, is taking full advantage of good time management. Set up extra hours for studying during your free time. Create a timed schedule to go by during the week that will ensure you to get some study time in despite all the demands of life. Incorporate timed studying techniques like pomodoro for even more efficient productivity.

This type of disciplined organization should also bleed into how you organize your work and work space. Settle on one note writing system, and include helpful visual elements like pens and highlighters. Keep the study area clean and undisturbed. Try to study in a quiet place where the space is organized and make sure that all your study supplies are within your reach in their designated spots.

Maybe you don’t work well in such a quiet environment? Maybe you work best in team setting. In that case, consider forming a study groups with friends. Consider attending school organized review sessions, as well. Also, taking the initiative to communicate well with your teachers can aid you in your studies. Don’t be afraid to approach your teacher with questions about concepts you have difficulty understanding, the material of the test, and maybe for one-on-one review review sessions.

Other tips include familiarizing yourself with the material often, briefly reading through your notes before you tuck in for the night. Divide the study material into manageable chunks over the course of the weeks.

Another important (but mostly forgotten) aspect of exam season culture is our mental and physical wellbeing. Make sure to get in the daily eight glasses of water, the eight to ten hours of sleep, and three filling meals. All of these tips will help you function well enough to get through the weeks in decent shape. And of course, don’t forget to take breaks and treat yourself after hours of hard effort to keep the motivation alive.

While following through with all these tips won’t guarantee you perfect scores on your exams, it can guarantee a smoother and stress reduced run through the park.


Julian Strawther

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

Julian Strawther (11) is the 16 year old who stands at 6 feet and 7 inches and plays for Liberty High School’s (LHS)  men’s basketball team.

With a game point average of 24.3, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in the 2017-2018 basketball season. He was considered an honorable mention of the MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Basketball Team.

Strawther already has 24 full ride basketball scholarships, and some of those scholarships are from Arizona, USC, Washington, Kansas, Florida St., Florida, and Vegas’ own UNLV.

He began getting scouted by a few colleges when he was just in the 7th grade and at that point, he was only 6 foot.

Strawther began playing basketball at the age of four and throughout the years, he feels like it almost developed into a job. Usually, his everyday workout consisting of working out twice a day and at least six days a week.

Growing up, he idolized Lebron James. He also states that Quincy Pondexter is his biggest mentor. He believes that Pondexter has taught him a lot about the game and has helped him get him where he is today as a player.

Pondexter is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs but played for the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pealicans, Memphis Grizzlies, and the New Orleans Hornets. He was drafted by 26th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. So being mentored by him is a big thing.

“He’s taught me so much about the game of basketball,” said Strawther.

If you don’t know Strawther, then you might be familiar with his last name due to his sister, Paris Strawther. Being also a graduate basketball player from LHS but she is also a college player for UNLV. This may just show that college ball runs in the Strawther family.

With just a few more years to make his pick and have more scouts give him offers, he still has the 2018-2019 season and the 2019-2020 season to focus on.

Let’s hope the best for Liberty’s own and for his future pick.

Julian Strawther (11), sitting center

Julian Strawther (11), sitting center

Summer Plans

Designed By: Myrnnda Miller

Editor-in-chief

I went on a cruise to Bermuda and it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been,
— Jordan Peters (12)
I went to Wisconsin in the beginning of summer. In Wisconsin I visited family and in Wyoming I had friends up and we went ATV-ing a lot of the time.
— Anna Pfarrer (10)
This summer I went to church camp and had literally the best week of my life!! We kayaked, went on zipline, lots of hiking, worshipped god, met cool people from other churches, hung out at a bonfire on the beach, and met lots of cute girls!
— Quinn Wagner (12)
I went to Texas to visit a lot of family and go to my sister’s graduation party. Then I went to pole vault camp and then I hung out with Torri the rest of the summer.
— Alyssa Carson (10)
I went to some parties, I went to Disneyland, and I had a staycation on the strip.
— Callie Addleman (11)
I traveled to New York City (as well as other cities in the state), Massachusetts, Connecticut, Lake Powell (lake in Utah/Arizona), attended girl’s camp, beach trip to Oceanside, CA, another church camp in Provo, Utah, and just hung out with friends here in Vegas.
— Sydney James (11)

Goodbye Perkowski, Hello Fontanarosa

Written by: Makanalei Kaeo

editor-in-chief

       If you were a junior taking AP Language and Composition last year you had Jeremy Perkowski. It is no secret as to why he is not around anymore. He packed up shop and headed down south to Texas with his family. So now the question is, who’s the new Ap Lang teacher? The answer is Marc Fontanarosa.

       Fontanarosa formally taught English Pre-AP before he took over for Perkowski. He taught the class that would propel the students into AP Lang he thought of it as an extension.

       “It was the Pre-AP class and it was to prepare them for that class (AP Lang),” said Fontanarosa.

       Perkowski and Fontanarosa are said to have very similar teaching styles in the way that they would not baby their students or hold their hands through the course. They were very tough on their kids and made sure never to sugar coat anything and that’s another reason as to why he was a perfect fit for the position.

       “I’m starting off with a little bit of an advantage just because I know them and I have an idea of their strengths and weaknesses,” said Fontanarosa.

       It is a very high possibility that if you had Fontanarosa for Pre-AP in 10th grade you would have him again in 11th grade for AP Lang. This is why he feels that he has an advantage because he has taught this students before and so he knows them well enough to know how they will succeed in the class.

       Every AP teachers goal is to have their students take the AP exam and it’s no different for Fontanarosa. His hopes for this year is to have his kids take the test and do well on it.

       “Big shoes to fill. He did a great job and I hope I can step up and do as good a job as him,” said Fontanarosa when asked about the pressure of taking over for Perkowski.

       Fontanarosa sees this opportunity as a chance to grow and shoot higher. It can be scary going into a new position such as this one but Liberty Patriots will be cheering for his success this year!

Jeremy Perkowski

Jeremy Perkowski

Marc Fontanarosa

Marc Fontanarosa

Senior Sunrise

Written by: Myrnnda miller

editor-in-chief   

 

Waking up before the sun rises isn’t always ideal for those who, on only the first week of school, have a bad case of senioritis. Most just want to roll out of bed ten minutes before the first bell rings and drag their reluctant body to their desk. For some unknown reason, Liberty likes to kick off a student’s senior year with the annual Senior Sunrise.

       Characterized by coming together to watch the sunrise on the home stands on the Freedom Field, Senior Sunrise was held on August 17th. General gathering began at 5 a.m. and the seniors, decorated in their finest DIY crowns, were let onto the field at about half an hour after that.   

       Prior to the event, every senior is given a crown in their government class provided by Burger King to decorate however they may please. As far as the eye could see crowns were decorated to represent clubs, teams, family traditions, and stylistic preferences. Feathers, flowers, and glitter adorned the heads of everyone within eyesight.

Welcome Back Assembly

Written by: Makanalei Kaeo

editor-in-chief

       Another year, another Welcome Back Assembly for Liberty High School. Nothing much has changed from the previous years. Of course we had our interactive MC's who kept the crowd alive, all our fall sports came out to introduce themselves, and seniors took home yet another win for roll call making it their 15th consecutive win.

       As always cheer and dance had the crowd on their feet and screaming. Their stringent choreography never ceases to leave the audience in awe. The flexibility and creativity shined through and it was obvious.

       In the teacher vs. student game of basketball, the teachers were forced to take the L and hold it. Even though majority of the crowd were rooting for the students to win, there were still some holding out hope for the staff.

       It wouldn't be a Liberty Assembly without some good old fashion games. Members from the fall sports team battled to see who was truly superior. The bean bag race started off bad for the football team when one of them fell, but they picked back up and came back to win the game.

        All in all although some things never change the hype and enthusiasm of the crowd remains the same.