Class of 2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

We proudly announce the Class of 2022 valedictorians and salutatorians. This year, Eastside Catholic congratulates nine valedictorians and five salutatorians. Please join us in celebrating these 14 outstanding students and their accomplishments.

Class of 2022 Valedictorians:
Lauren Barry, Christopher Hamdan, Grace Hopkins, Sydney Kuerner, Spencer Mamula-Simons, Ellie Sampson, Alexandra Schoenstadt, Christopher Tebben, Alivia Uribe

Class of 2022 Salutatorians: 
Sophia Friedl, Sharon Huang, Kade Kaufmann, Lexi Phan, Sydney Terry

President Gil Picciotto commented, “As we emerge from the pandemic, we look to our valedictorians and salutatorians as a positive sign that even in the darkest times, these students were driven to be successful. They worked diligently and are finishing their academic careers under challenging circumstances. Their commitment to maintaining an exceptional level of learning in this environment reflects their entire academic careers and the determination and grit they possess at their core. They have used obstacles as opportunities to find new ways to challenge themselves and become the best versions of themselves. We are thrilled to celebrate their success as they begin their individual journeys beyond Eastside Catholic School.”

Of the 14 students who were named valedictorian or salutatorian, nine attended Eastside Catholic Middle School: Lauren Barry, Sophia Friedl, Christopher Hamdan, Sydney Kuerner, Ellie Sampson, Alexandra Schoenstadt, Christopher Tebben, Sydney Terry and Alivia Uribe.

Below, our valedictorian and salutatorian honorees shared plans for their plans for the future and offered advice to their younger schoolmates.

Valedictorians:

  • Lauren Barry will attend Santa Clara University. “Take advantage of clubs, activities and any opportunities that come your way. Try things that challenge and interest you and surround yourself with people who can help you grow.”
  • Christopher Hamdan would like to study computer science or sports management. “Try to have fun! Choose classes you’re interested in, do extracurriculars you enjoy and find time to relax.”
  • Grace Hopkins will attend Georgetown University and plans to pursue a political science major. “Be yourself and enjoy high school!”
  • Sydney Kuerner is interested in studying business marketing or the management side of the film industry. “Prioritize your mental health and have a strong work-life balance! I've learned how important this is throughout high school and how significantly your mental health affects all aspects of your life, especially your overall happiness and performance in school.”
  • Spencer Mamula-Simons will study mechanical engineering with a focus on aerospace and is deciding between Gonzaga, the University of Utah and a few other schools. “Connect with the people in your class and make the most of every moment.”
  • Ellie Sampson will pursue a degree in industrial or mechanical engineering and plans to attend the University of Southern California, Purdue University or the University of Michigan. “Work hard to find a good balance between schoolwork, athletics and relationships.”
  • Alexandra Schoenstadt plans to study biomedical engineering and has already begun courses at the University of Mississippi. “Ask questions in class and always work your hardest, but also have fun and enjoy your high school years!”
  • Christopher Tebben plans to study psychology and economics at Dartmouth College. “Find a way to incorporate your passions into your classes! It’ll make everything so much easier!”
  • Alivia Uribe plans to major in finance with a minor in sports broadcasting and has already begun courses at Penn State University. “Focus on what you are passionate about and pursue your own interests, not just the expectations others may have for you.”

Salutatorians:

  • Sophia Friedl will study environmental science and is deciding between UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Davis and the University of Washington. “Get as much sleep as you can, it will make getting through the school day so much easier.”
  • Sharon Huang plans to study international politics and economics at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. “Remind yourself every day to never judge someone by their worst moment and remember that gratitude is the most powerful cure.”
  • Kade Kaufmann would like to study biomedical engineering. “Dedicate your energy and time to the activities and subjects that you are most passionate about, whatever they may be.”
  • Lexi Phan plans to major in biology at the University of Washington. “Have fun with life.”
  • Sydney Terry is focused on studying electrical engineering at UCLA. “Enjoy the courses you take.”

“We have been blessed with an outstanding group of valedictorians and salutatorians this year, more than half of whom matriculated through our middle school,” High School Principal Ryan Aiello said. “I am so proud of and impressed by their many accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom. I can’t wait to see what amazing things they will do next, as they go on to some of the most outstanding universities across the country. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating all fourteen of these honorees--they are fantastic representatives of our school and our Touchstones.”

Read more in this article from the Issaquah Reporter.

(L-R): Kade Kaufmann, Spencer Mamula-Simons, Christopher Hamdan, Sophia Friedl, Ellie Sampson, Lexi Phan, Christopher Tebben, Sydney Terry, Lauren Barry, Sydney Kuerner, Sharon Huang

Grace Hopkins

Alexandra Schoenstadt

Alivia Uribe