Many factors went into making 2012 a special year
June 12, 2012
Members of every high school class believe themselves to be unique, exemplary, extraordinary or otherwise memorable for some reason. As graduating seniors, we are inclined to feel the same way about the Liberty High School class of 2012 which truly marks the end of an era.
The long-awaited remodel is finally well under way at Liberty, and our graduating class will be the last to serve our entire four years in the old building while it was still somewhat recognizable. While a facelift for the school is much-deserved and will have many benefits, we are secretly proud of the facilities we’ve had the pleasure of occupying the past four years.
Next is the well-documented “curse” our class has brought to Liberty. During our four years here, some of the longest tenured Liberty staff members have retired. Many other teachers have taught our class, become some of our favorites and then departed. This phenomenon has robbed all younger grades of departed teachers’ memorable lessons but granted our class the privilege of holding these teachers’ lessons as our own. When Principal Mike DeLetis leaves after this year, he will be the latest touched by our curse, and the final transition in what has been a complete administrative overhaul since we entered Liberty as freshmen four years ago.
Then, of course, we have the things of which every class at every school is proud. We have the state champion athletes; we have the academic superstars whose grade point averages we all envy; we have students who have their futures all planned out and many more who have no idea.
Despite all of this, the thing we are most proud of is not tangible. It’s not something you can describe, it’s something you feel in an atmosphere where being nice is an expectation, not an aberration. And for everyone who was a part of the LHS class of 2012, we are and will always be special because of it.