By: Jill Clapp
Sam McMaster, a local member of Troop 46 out of Napoleon, has recently completed his Eagle Scout project that focused on the history of Liberty Center schools. This is a project that is done by a Scout in order to become an Eagle. The steps to reach this are as followed: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and then the highest rank being Eagle. McMaster concentrated on this subject because it “seemed interesting and unique.” Other reasons he chose to do this project were because it presented no weather restrictions and a lot of people are uneducated about the history behind the school many of them attend or have attended.
McMaster started his research in the early part of July 2017. It took until the beginning of January, a total of six months, for him to fully finish his project. With all of his hard work, McMaster was able to complete everything needed by January 9th. The one of a kind Eagle Scout project will be reviewed by the end of February by two or three members of the district council. The remaining positions of people to help review the project will be filled by random people.
With all of the different aspects to this project, McMaster had to find many resources to find information. Some of the places he found helpful were old newspaper microfilms at the Napoleon Library, old yearbooks, and the history of Liberty Center book published by our school’s 100th graduating class. MKats Antiques was generous to help McMaster by loaning him yearbooks from previous years. Sam also reached out to John Swearingen Jr. at the Liberty Center Historical Society for more information regarding information for his project.
Interesting things that McMaster learned about Liberty Center schools through this project was how our previous school’s demolition is the first planned demolition for the school. Liberty Center school was struck by lightning in the 1800’s causing it to need rebuilt. After this, the school kept getting added onto instead of being torn down and built again. This happened until the 1970’s when it burnt down again. To learn more about the history of Liberty Center and to see McMaster’s project, check it out when you head over to a basketball game. Everything is on display outside of the high school gym under the top ten senior students. This will be a permanent display available for the community to see.