The friendship between Ashley Kerwin and Liberty Van Zandt began in the first season of Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Friendship History


Ashley and Liberty became aquainted in the first season. They never had a close friendship, but they were seen interacting in the earlier seasons many times. They were both involved in many extra-curricular activities in school and known as the "smart kids" in their grades. While Ashley was high on ecstacy, she told Liberty that she thought they were the same exact person. Later, Ashley is shown expressing concern for Liberty when rumors spread about a relationship between her and Coach Armstrong. The girls do not have much interaction again until Ashley joins Liberty on a trip to Smithdale over spring break.

Season 1

In Family Politics, they meet for the first time. Liberty introduces herself to Ashley and talks about what might happen if Ashley is elected class president and if she is elected as secretary.

In Basketball Diaries, Liberty is fed up with having to constantly write the morning announcements for Ashley, but not get any credit for it. Liberty goes on a strike and refuses to write until she gets a turn to be on the announcements herself. Ashley gives in, but Liberty makes a huge fool of herself and is embarrassed. Everyone is making fun of her for messing up, and she runs to the bathroom crying. Ashley finds her in the bathroom and tries to comfort her. Ashley says that Liberty wasn't that bad for a first time and offers to give her pointers on how to do better. Liberty goes on the announcements once again, and she appears to have improved after taking advice from Ashley. Liberty is satisfied with her performance. Ashley tells Liberty that will be her last announcement until next year. Liberty agrees that that's fair.

In Rumours and Reputations, Ashley is one of the many people who hears about the rumour that Liberty is having an inopropriate relationship with teacher Mr. Armstrong. Ashley later confronts Liberty about it. Liberty is shocked and upset that people would think that about her when in truth, she was being tutoured by Mr. Armstrong because she has a learning dysability, dyscalculia, and it was making math harder for her.

In Cabaret, Liberty asks PMS if they'll be going on stage and Ashley says that she's not playing with the group.

In Jagged Little Pill, Liberty attends Ashley's party. Ashley, while high on ectasy, welcomes Liberty and remarks that Liberty is like a younger version of herself. She also invites Liberty to dance with her and says "Get down, Liberty!" They dance together for a little while until they both talk to other people at the party.

Season 3

In Holiday (1), Ashley tells Craig Manning that she'll have to ask Liberty if they're actually performing together the next day.

In Accidents Will Happen (2), Liberty was present in the cafeteria when Ashley announced that Manny Santos was pregnant with Craig's child.

Season 6

In The Bitterest Pill, Ashley and Liberty both attended the Degrassi memorial service for J.T. Yorke, who was murdered by a Lakehurst Secondary School student named Drake Lempkey several days earlier.

Season 7


Ashley, Liberty and Emma

In Bust a Move (1), they're both riding with Manny to Smithdale University. Emma sits between the two of them in the backseat of the car.

In Bust a Move (2), Liberty watches Ashley perform with Craig at the Purple Dragon Mystery Concert in Smithdale. This is Ashley's last episode.