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.