Look closer at Liberty, where diversity abounds

November 4, 2008

By Allison Bolgiano

A visitor to Liberty High School probably would not choose “diverse” as a word to describe it. However, for those well acquainted with the school, Liberty boasts diversity in myriad aspects.

In Liberty’s parking lot, I have observed many Obama and McCain stickers on students’ cars. When I talk to my classmates about politics, beliefs run the gamut from extremely liberal to very conservative. People quote the constitution, paraphrase the presidential debates and reference United States history.

Perhaps some of Liberty’s political diversity stems from various economic levels. Students vary from those who drive brand-new BMWs to those who receive free lunches. Liberty is a microcosm of the real world.

The Japan, Environmental, Key, Art, GSA and Physettes clubs are just a few student organizations at Liberty. Students not only have a variety of interests, but they excel at them. Year after year, the Patriot Players win 5th Avenue Theatre awards for their plays and musicals. Liberty’s DECA and Rifle teams regularly send students to compete nationally. The Patriot Press, the student-written, run and edited newspaper, won a Best of Show third place in the Murrow School of Journalism High School Contest. What makes Liberty’s organizations outstanding is students lead them — the excellence is a product of student efforts.

When talking about excellence and diversity, one must mention Liberty’s academics. Students take eight classes, giving many opportunities for meaningful electives or extra core classes. Thus, our schedule is a part of Liberty’s diversity. 

In classes like honors physics, students perform research on cosmic rays in alliance with the University of Washington. Taking two sciences is not uncommon sophomore year; taking two social studies is possible senior year. 

However, Liberty redefines “academic excellence” with many occupational classes that prepare students for demanding careers. Sales and marketing, culinary arts, engineering, child psychology, mock trial and accounting help students hone career interests. Our schedule truly is part of our culture — our culture of diversity.

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