Even though students are away from campus, clubs and classes are still active.
The classes that cover the news of the campus are still at work. The video production class has been regularly producing the Friday news show that teachers show during second period with stories about music, current events, and school activities, plus the recent return of the popular “Generation Gap” segment.
Advisor Patrick Vaughan said, “The LHS news show is being produced from our students’ homes. They get their assignments, do their research via email and the Internet to get necessary information for their stories and create their segments.”
Mr. Vaughan assembles the stories from home for the weekly show.
Liberty’s Yearbook class has 55 students in two classes this year. The theme for the yearbook is “1Liberty…Many Stories,” and students are gathering information through online interviews.
Advisor Pete Tittl said, “The students are working so hard to produce a book memorable enough to encapsulate this crazy year. We are covering all of this year's historic events. It will be a historic keepsake that today's students will be able to show their children and grandchildren when they ask what was it like in 2020.”
Hall Photography is taking senior portraits. In January the class will roll out Jostens Yearbook Plus which to allow students to submit a self-portrait if they don't want their previous class picture to run. Mr. Tittl encourages students to submit self-portraits, adding, “Please do!”
Many senior parents are buying ads. Yearbooks are available for purchase at the Finance Office or through jostens.com website.
The Girls in Government Club, with 41 participants, had a Zoom meeting with Brooke Malley Ault, who was a candidate for the Bakersfield City School District school board, and with Raji Brar, a chemist and business owner. The group partnered with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and Liberty’s GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), to collect items for 141 holiday care packages for troops who do not have family. “This year, with our collection drive, they were able to send to a second carrier ship of troops,” said Cecilia Racicot, co-advisor of Girls in Government Club with Tara Bula. “The sheriff’s department was overwhelmed with the amount of donations they received.” GEMS has 38 members, advised by counselor Jennifer Ayres and science teacher Ashley Bocanegra.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has 40 active students who meet via Zoom every other week, where guest speakers share a message and students go to breakout rooms to meet in smaller groups. The advisor is social studies teacher Morgan Haupt.
National English Honor Society has 100 students under the leadership of English teacher Nancie Perez.
The LHS Reading Club, which has 22 members who enjoy reading on their own, is collecting new or gently used children's books for the Bethany Homeless Center Children's Area. If you have books to add to our drive, you may email the club's advisor at Michelle_Lord@kernhigh.org. Mrs. Lord said, “We can arrange to pick them up from you from your porch, or when we are back to in person instructions, donations may be taken to my classroom, Room 706. We are collecting books through the first week of May 2021.”
The Art Club held a virtual pumpkin carving competition and created gingerbread houses that were created by art students and delivered to the Jamieson Center and The Ronald McDonald House. Twelve students are active in the club led by advisor Linda Brown.
The Social Studies Honor Society, with 150 active students, advised by social studies teacher Eric Ball, wrote 100 thank you notes to local veterans for Veterans Day.
The Science Honor Society with 78 active members has been meeting once or twice a month with students taking turns making presentations on science topics, according to adviser Tom Johnson. There are usually five or six presentations from students per meeting.