Camryn Libes with Humanities Chairman Joseph Leavy

Camryn Libes Catches the Spirit of ‘68

Spirt of '68 Award recipient Camryn Libes with Humanities Chairman Joseph Leavy.

August 30, 2017

Camyrn Libes is heading into her freshman year at American University where the Huntington High School Class of 2017 member is planning to study psychology.

The Huntington alum is spending the fall semester in Greece in a study abroad program. Ms. Libes attributed her high school success to a strong work ethic and unbending determination to achieve the lofty goals she set for herself. She’ll employ the same formula to achieve great things over the next four years.

An all-around excellent student, Ms. Libes especially shined in her social studies courses, working closely with department members and taking a leadership role with her classmates and with underclassmen.

Camryn Libes
Huntington Class of 2017
member Camryn Libes.

Ms. Libes was Huntington’s Class of 2017 recipient of the Spirit of ’68 Award, which is presented by a graduating class that attended high school during one of the most tumultuous periods in America’s history. A committee of high school social studies teachers selects the annual recipient.

Inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the English and Tri-M Music honor societies, Ms. Libes was named a Distinguished Senior last spring after compiling a 90 or higher academic grade average during every semester of high school.

Huntington’s Class of 1968 endured a breathtaking senior year. The Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive with a series of surprise attacks throughout South Vietnam in January, swinging the tide of the Vietnam War and igniting a sea change in U.S. public opinion about the conflict.

In February 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ended his re-election campaign after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary. On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee. In June, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination at the time, was assassinated in Los Angeles just weeks before Huntington’s 1968 commencement ceremony.

Huntington’s Class of 1968 created the Spirit of ‘68 Award to perpetuate its legacy. They wanted to acknowledge a student whose description would never include the word ‘entitlement;’ a student who takes on responsibilities and challenges willingly.

The award was presented to Ms. Libes by Joseph Leavy, chairman of humanities, 7-12 during the 2017 senior academic awards ceremony in the high school auditorium.

A four year member of the high school’s pit orchestra, which performs annually during the drama club’s spring musical production, Ms. Libes is a young woman of many talents and interests. She will use her time at American University to cultivate what captures her imagination and take advantage of everything the college offers.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Civil Rights advocate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
President Lyndon Baines Johnson stood down from his reelection bid in 1968.
Robert Kennedy
New York Senator Robert Kennedy ran for president in 1968 before being assassinated in Los Angeles.