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Liberty High School 2021 Hall of Fame Class Announced
Several Liberty High School alumni were announced as the newest members of the Liberty High School Hall of Fame on Friday, October 1, 2021. As part of homecoming weekend at LHS, four were inducted as new members that have played an integral part of Liberty High School's 131-year history. The 2021 class includes:
Shea Groom (Class of 2011) - While at LHS, Shea was active in soccer, basketball and track. She was the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and a member of the back-to-back Liberty state champion soccer teams in 2011 and 2012. Following a stand-out career at Texas A&M University, she was drafted 12th overall in the National Women's Soccer League Draft, and is currently a member of the NWSL's Houston Dash. Shea was unable to attend the reception, but her parent's, Kelly and Lesa, were able to attend and accept her award.
Dr. Marty Jacobs (Liberty High School Principal 1985-2009) - Dr. Jacobs had an amazing 35 year career as a secondary leader in Liberty Public Schools, the first twenty-five years serving as principal at Liberty High School. He helped shape the landscape for secondary education in our district. His dedication to creating access and opportunities for students has resulted in an outstanding slate of experiences including bringing Speech, Debate and Drama programs to LHS as well as adding dual credit and Advanced Placement programming. Dr. Jacobs would spend his final decade in education serving as the first principal at Liberty North High School.
Dr. Katie (Martin) Lawson (Class of 1995) - Katie was a three-sport athlete, lettering in volleyball, basketball, and track. She received all-conference honors in basketball and volleyball. In addition, she served as president of National Honor Society and as the drum major for the marching band. She would then attend William Jewell College here in Liberty and play basketball and volleyball while majoring in education. She has had a distinguished career in education, serving in several leadership roles, both in the Liberty and North Kansas City school districts. She has been awarded the Clay Platte Assistant Principal of the Year, and has received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She joins her brother Jeremy Martin as the only brother-sister combo in the Blue Jay Hall of Fame.
Brian Mercer (Class of 1990) - While at Liberty High School, Brian was a member of the basketball, cross country, golf, and track teams as well as a participant in speech and debate, and leadership. He currently works for Ford Motor Company, serving as a production team leader and mentoring Ford employees by training the next generation of technology engineers. He has also provided a tremendous amount of volunteer work for the North Kansas City School District, most notably in the role of PTA Council President and Missouri PTA Regional Director. Mercer's most recent accolades include being awarded the Oak Park High School District Volunteer of the Year award in 2019 and the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians Advocate of the Year in 2020.
The Liberty High School Alumni Hall of Fame was introduced in 2014 with an inaugural class of five members. Since this time, the Hall of Fame has grown to include a total of twenty members. To learn more about the Hall of Fame, visit the Blue Jay Nation website by clicking here.