LHS Booster Club Senior Awards



2017-2018 Awards

The Liberty Booster Club is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Booster Club Senior Award  recipients.  

 Booster Club Senior Award Recipients  

2018 Booster Club Senior Award Recipients: Valerie Adams, Zoe Tucker, Bethany Locke, Rex Moye and Kassidy Goude

The  award winners were recognized at the May Booster Club meeting where they were presented with a cash award. Congratulations to these outstanding seniors!   

  • Ray Reeves Outstanding Patriots Citizen Award: Valerie Adams
  • Steve Johnson Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Cole Sherman
  • George Vanni Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Zoe Tucker
  • Jace Werre Unsung Hero Awards: Kassidy Goude & Rex Moye
  • DECA Student Patriot Award: Bethany Locke


Booster Club Senior Awards (2016-2017)

The Liberty Booster Club is proud to announce the 2016-2017 Booster Club Senior Award  recipients.  

The  award winners were recognized at the May Booster Club meeting where they were presented with a cash award. Congratulations to these outstanding seniors!   

  • Ray Reeves Outstanding Patriots Citizen Award: Megan Kirschner
  • Steve Johnson Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Jason Hurwitz
  • George Vanni Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Kendall Aramaki
  • Jace Werre Unsung Hero Awards: Logan Allan and Alex Rafert
Booster Club Senior Awards (2015-2016)

The Liberty Booster Club is proud to announce the 2015-2016 Booster Club Senior Award  recipients.  

The  award winners were recognized at the May Booster Club meeting where they were presented with a cash award. Congratulations to these outstanding seniors!  

  • Ray Reeves Outstanding Patriots Citizen Award: Danni Messina
  • Steve Johnson Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Connor Applegate
  • George Vanni Liberty Patriots Spirit Award: Lorrin Johnson
  • Jace Werre Unsung Hero Awards: David Rodriguez and J.P. Hayes


Award Honorees

Each Booster Club Senior Award is named in honor of a past Booster Club member who made a substantial and lasting contribution to the Liberty community.  The Booster Club is proud to recognize Ray Reeves,  George Vanni, Steve Johnson, and our newest honoree, Jace Werre.


Ray Reeves - Outstanding Patriot Citizen Award

Ray Reeves is remembered for being many things, including an influential voice for the south end of the Issaquah School District, a Booster Club founder, and a passionate Liberty High School supporter. Ray was a man of action who would step forward to do what was needed and make things happen. His fighting spirit, dedication, and unselfishness laid the foundation for what has become the Liberty High School community.

Reeves involvement with Liberty High School started even before it was built.  After moving to east Renton in 1962, Ray recognized the growth of the south end of the Issaquah School District and its impact on the enrollment of Issaquah High School.  In the mid-1970’s, Issaquah grew to one of the largest schools in the state, with “split shifts” to accommodate the overcrowded school. Knowing the toll this was taking on students and parents, Ray, along with many other active parents, advocated for the addition of a new high school.  Never afraid to voice his opinion, Ray was a regular at the school board meetings.

While the district’s south end residents felt that their voices were not as recognized as those nearer to the town of Issaquah, Ray was never one to back down. He was persistent in his push to get the new school (now Liberty) built, and for fair treatment of the residents and students of the south end.  Ray was certainly not alone in the quest for a new school, but was one of the more recognizable figures, always maintaining a determined presence at critical school board meetings.   The district recognized a new school was needed, but the timing was an issue and Ray lead the fight to accelerate the plans to build the second high school. 

After Liberty High School was built, Ray had a vested interest in the school; it was part of him.  Proud of the community’s accomplishment in accelerating the new infrastructure,  Ray wanted the school to be something special, not only for the community, but for the kids. Ray had a strong love for children, not just his own eight, but for all in the community.  Kids were welcome in his house and he always spoke of them in a positive, caring, and devotional way.

Ray was instrumental in starting the Liberty High Booster Club, which in the early years, was truly something special. The Reeves, Weiers, Machels, Bambricks, Hogans, Tschiders, Hoods, Gambinis, and many other families, were all deeply tied to the school. Donning their matching jackets, the club members attended the school games, in force. Rain or shine, near or far, it didn’t matter. They were committed to their children and their school, and always showed undying support. 
Even after Liberty’s opening in 1977, Ray continued to be active in building and enhancing the school’s amenities. Ray pushed very hard for an on-site football facility, even making a popsicle stick model without any posts blocking the view of the field to demonstrate his vision of a stadium.  When it seemed the support from the District just wasn’t going to come, Ray set out to build a stadium on his own. Pushback from the District squelched those efforts, but the momentum was building.  Liberty would eventually get its stadium, albeit, after some time.

 It seemed Ray was always involved in some improvement or repair. As co-owner of Marenakos Rock Center, he offered his dump trucks and tractors many times to help out. He helped build the sitting area outside the commons and, in 1982, he provided and placed the concrete that anchored the school’s new entrance sign. When the soccer goal posts were unusable and unsafe in 1985, he brought in a welder to fix them.

In recognition for his service to Liberty, he was awarded the Golden Acorn Award. He was also honored with a Seamount League lifetime pass. In January 2002, Reeves passed away after battling cancer for five years. In his honor, the Liberty High School gym was dedicated as Ray Reeves Gymnasium on June 11, 2004. Ray Reeves has left a legacy for the Liberty community in the physical structures he helped to build, as well as through his selfless dedication and love of community.



George Vanni - Liberty Patriots Spirit Award

In  2004, George Vanni retired from Liberty High School after dedicating 22 years to the school as teacher, coach and athletic director. He was revered as a great teacher and coach, with a quick-witted sense of humor. He led teams to dozens of championships and received numerous awards. No matter what his role here at Liberty, he was best known and loved for caring so much about the kids.

 Vanni began his coaching career at Liberty in 1982 as an assistant football coach while still teaching at Rainier Beach High School.  Three years later, Vanni became fully established at Liberty when he started teaching Physical Education and 9th grade English. During Vanni’s 10 years as an assistant football coach, he was part of the coaching staff that led Liberty’s football team to win the 1988 state championship. 
In addition to coaching football, Vanni applied his coaching skills to a variety of other sports.  He coached girls soccer for 3 years and was an assistant girls basketball coach for 7 years, but many of his coaching successes occurred during his eight years coaching the girls softball team, three as assistant and then five as head coach. Under Vanni’s  leadership, the team took many trips to the state tournament winning the slow pitch state title in 1993. Vanni’s leadership skills did not go unnoticed, as he was awarded the Seamount coach of the year for soft ball three years in a row, in 1991, 1992, and 1993. His athletes praised him for the long hours he put in and the respect he gave them.

 While Vanni may have retired from his coaching and teaching careers in 1995 and 1996, respectively,  he didn’t stop his service to Liberty High School. He took on the role as Liberty High School Athletic Director until 2004. As a much-loved athletic  director, he was known for his sense of humor, his strong professional relationship with coaches, and his practical, common-sense approach to directing athletics. Again, his dedication and leadership were recognized when he was awarded State Athletic Director of the year in  2003/2004.

When asked about his career at Liberty, Vanni replied, “Being part of two state championship teams were obviously top moments. [But,] more important moments for me are all of the people I got to know over the years, students, especially, other staff and even most of the parents. These moments continue every time I run into a former student, staff member or parent.”



Steve Johnson - Liberty Patriots Spirit Award 

Steve  Johnson was very active in the Liberty community during the nineties contributing his time, energy and can-do attitude wherever there was a need. His leadership, care, and commitment to Liberty High School and its community have  left a positive impact and lasting legacy.

 Johnson  was a Booster Club member from 1990 through 1999, serving as President for eight of those years. He was also the Parent Representative on several committees,  including the search teams for a Vice Principal and Principal, as well as  assisting with coaching interviews. When the school had security issues, he led  community meetings, and did the same when the administration considered closing  the campus during lunch periods. Those that worked with him appreciated his calm  demeanor, as well as the respect he showed both students and adults.

In  addition to participating on various committees, Johnson served as Master of  Ceremonies for a number of Holiday and KingCo Wrestling Tournaments. Like many  parents, he also worked at the concession stand making cheeseburgers during the  Liberty home football games.

When asked what he felt separates him from others and makes him one of those honored by the Booster  Club with an award in his name. Johnson modestly replied, “I don’t view myself as different than [the] thousands of other parents helping at schools across the nation. Given the time, flexibility and resources, so many are more than happy to help. The Booster role allows parents to bridge that gap between the school and community. I was always fascinated when we asked the business community to help with projects and they came through with a smile and dollars. I simply had the honor and privilege to lead a team of parents with the same goal: support the students. It’s an honor to have my name associated with the Liberty Patriots Spirit Award.”



Jace Werre - Unsung Hero Awards

Jace Werre took great pride in Liberty High School, the community and his volunteer work. He became a member of Liberty’s Booster Club in 2003, acting as club president for two of his ten years of service. While Werre volunteered at Liberty in a variety ways, he is best known for organizing and working on many major improvement projects around the school. 

Remembering the first time he worked on a project for the school, Werre explains, “It was right up my alley. I found  myself wanting to do more by using my gifts and talents. I was starting to treat the school as if it were my own yard, looking for ways to improve it.” Through positive  relationships with the staff, vendors, and community members, Jace successfully completed many capital projects at Liberty High School by finding business’s to donate materials and resources. A few such projects include the “Liberty” sign on the hill in the stadium, a second shot put pit, and an alternate route for the football team to enter and exit the stadium. 

Not only did he plan and organize projects, Werre rolled up his sleeves and did the work.  He  built  many of the structures around Liberty, including the stat table at the top of the stadium bleachers, the Booster Club portable merchandise cabinet and a small ticket booth at the stadium entrance. When the lower concession stand needed renovations and improvements, Werre excavated both sides to expand the barbequing space, resurfaced countertops and refurbished the cabinets and locks. 

When Werre wasn’t improving the campus, he also found time to fill other volunteer roles, from flipping burgers at the concession stand to announcing girls soccer games. As Booster Club president, Werre enjoyed representing the Boosters at different school events. He even took it upon himself to bring the Booster canopy to rainy outdoor events to provide shelter for whoever needed it, always with a reminder to thank the Booster Club.

When asked about his experiences at Liberty, Werre replies, “I am blessed to have been a part of such a great school where I was able to give back. I encourage others to be involved and use their skills and resources to better the community. Giving is internally rewarding.”