Patriot Way becomes a reality

September 7, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013

The long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6.

The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen.

“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly.

That work included filing paperwork with the county and spending rainy weekends knocking on doors and getting neighbors’ approval for the name change.

Students from the Liberty ASB leadership class began the process in September 2012, with no guarantee that the King County Council would approve the change, despite all of the work they did, Principal Josh Almy said.

“I’m not going to tell you that it was an easy process,” he said at the assembly.

There was an initial battle among the council to get the name changed, Dunn told the students, citing concerns that neighbors may have had with the process of updating their addresses, but the King County Council unanimously approved the new name in June.

“Ultimately, they saw the vision of changing the name of the front road out here to Patriot Way,” he said.

Dunn, who sponsored the legislation making the change a reality, commended the Liberty students’ initiative to pursue the name change, and encouraged them to continue to remain active in the community.

“In a few short years, all of you will be voting, and this is your community,” he said at the assembly. “The future is in your hands and this kind of activity, the kinds of things that make a difference, I encourage you to keep doing in your community.”

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