Liberty Middle School Graduates 238 Students

WOHS Principal Hayden Moore Welcomes incoming freshmen. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Vice Principal Aixa Garcia addresses the students. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Jay Gitter leads the LMS Band in a Michael Jackson Medley. It was the retiring teacher's last performance.   Credits: Cynthia Cumming
LMS Student Council members and awards recipients. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

​WEST ORANGE, NJ – 238 eighth grade students from Liberty Middle School graduated on June 18 in the auditorium of West Orange High School with a special send-off from a retiring teacher and a big welcome from WOHS Principal Hayden Moore. 

LMS Principal Robert Klemt, whose own son was graduating from Pascack Valley High School in Bergen County at the same time as the LMS graduation, said in a note to the eighth graders, “Please accept my heartfelt congratulations as I wish you good luck, much happiness, and success in the years to come.” 

Vice Principal Aixa Garcia addressed students, saying, “Be proud of what you have achieved, as evidenced by the many awards presented at this morning’s assembly at Liberty.”

Sign Up for E-News

She added, “Looking back on the accomplishments only helps one realize how working hard, supporting each other, and determination allows you to achieve so much. Take on your high school challenges with energy, focus and don’t be afraid to confront the unknown.”

Special awards were given to several students including:

Mayor's "Community Pride Award" for service: Colin Morgan, Rebecca Dannemiller and Andrew Jeszeck.   

Liberty Award of Distinction: Daniel Bradley, Deborah Flores and Morgan Clark.

The Liberty Middle School Scholarship was awarded to Angie Vargas and Rayanna DelaRosa, who each received $150.00.

WOHS Principal Hayden Moore welcomed his incoming freshmen and congratulated the “West Orange High School graduating class of 2019,” and rising senior Rebecca Pedo, a former LMS student, spoke to students.

Creative Writing achievement awards were given to Santiago Salinas, Eliana Murphy-Braunstein and Alynna Sanchez, who read their essays on the theme of "Passages" and graduation.

Performances by the Liberty Choir and Band entertained parents and family members. Retiring Band teacher Jay Gitter provided poignant moments as he performed a Michael Jackson medley with his band students for the last time. Gitter is retiring after 30 years in the West Orange School district, serving as a band director, music instructor, men’s and women’s tennis coach, women’s basketball coach and musical director.​

Garcia concluded her address with a quote from American author Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"

 To see a video of Gitter and the Band, go to

IMG_1407 (1).wmv

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

$100 OFF per Week for Summer Camp Now!

July 12, 2018

Guerrero Marital Arts is now offering an 8-week summer camp for summer 2018!

Pick which weeks you want!

Camp Weeks are:

July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20, August 27

Includes the following:

Fun (through Sports, Play and Games)
Field Trips (may cost extra)
Life Lessons
Reading Time
Martial Arts
A great place to ...

Bucco Couture Summer Sale on All Custom Suits, Shirts and Casual Wear

NUTLEY, NJ — Save while looking sharp! 20% off all summer wear an extra 10% savings for Military, Veterans and all first responders at Bucco Couture, 187 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, with the launch of some new products such as our tracksuit line, crushed cotton drawstring pants and jeans. 

We also carry Bugatchi and Rober Graham casual wear as well as stretch high V-neck ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

July 14, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters in Newark, according to one of two ordinances approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, August 15, 10:00 AM

Cancer Center Resource Room, Belleville

Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Support ...

Health & Wellness


Sat, August 25, 2:00 PM

Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC), West Orange


Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

West Orange PAL Spring Travel Baseball Teams Wrap Up (Championship Team Photos Included)

The West Orange PAL Spring Travel Baseball season started with a cold front. Practices began indoors in January with teams practicing two nights a week working on conditioning and baseball fundamentals. Once the snow had melted teams began battling the cold and working outdoors, with three or four practices a week in addition to their games. 

And the hard work and dedication paid off! All ...

Public Invited to Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting

July 15, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ — All Essex County residents, mayors and councils, law enforcement members, school officials, clergy members, civic organizations and more are invited to join in the next Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss how the Essex County communities can join work together to eradicate this epidemic.

The meeting will be held at the ...

Would Shedding

How much wood wouldn’t a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck woodn’t?


Enough already.  


I get it.  It is an easy mistake to make, misusing would and wouldn’t.  It happens to me all the time.


“Honey, when I said I didn’t see any reason why I would go to the ballet, I meant to say I couldn’t see ...