Eastside Catholic sophomore Joel Anderson, senior Benjamin Cronk and alumnus Alex Quintal ’16 finished their 18-and-under tier II hockey season with a bronze medal in the U.S. National Championships. The SnoKing 18U Tier II team competed in 66 games this season and took a trip to Lansing, Michigan for the Elite Eight part of the tournament. Congratulations Joel, Benjamin and Alex!
EC Performing Arts produced and staged their annual spring musical last weekend with more than 80 students making up the cast, crew and orchestra. Preparations for the broadway musical Big Fish, based on book by John August, began in December. Students and volunteers spent countless hours after school, on weekends and evenings preparing and rehearsing.
Drama Teacher and Artistic Director Mr. Lewis had this to say about the production, “I am so grateful that I could produce Big Fish at Eastside Catholic this year. It’s a wonderful story and the actors did a brilliant job telling the tale onstage. It was such a successful production and I am proud of all the hard work and innovation that the students put in to the show. I should note that I could not have produced this show without a ton of help – my fellow directors and our parent volunteers were absolutely vital throughout the whole process. My thanks to those who came to see the show, and to all, we hope to see you in the audience next year!”
Mr. Lewis, who is a proud EC alum, joined Eastside Catholic last year and staged Les Miserable in the spring. Other faculty members who were instrumental in the production were Orchestra Conductor Jonathan Boysen, Choreographer Theresa Burton, Assistant Vocal/Music Director Taylor Iverson and Vocal/Music Director Soonja Larsen. Many other faculty members, staff and parents contributed to the successful production of Big Fish and we are grateful for their dedication and support.
Seventh grader Doug Cherry recently placed fourth out of 90 contestants during the Seattle area Scripps Spelling Bee competition. His fourth place finish is the highest anyone from EC has finished in this competition.
Doug said that he studied about 2,000 words to prepare for the event and spent close to 40 hours studying over two weeks. This is his first time competing in the event and he plans on attending next year’s event as well. Congratulations Doug!
Senior Benjamin Pedersen signed his first professional racing contract in 2016 and continues to race professionally in 2017. He started to find his passion for racing when he was very young thanks to his mother. Pedersen is sponsored by the local company DirtFish and currently races for the Global Racing group. Read the recent Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter article about this talented Crusader.
The National Merit Scholarship Program announced this year's finalists in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic School is proud to have four students honored: Andrew Charters, Alexandra Galiotto, Samuel Glaze and Paul Riddle.
The schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle, in the service of teaching Gospel values and the faith of the Catholic Church, educate students in leadership and service through excellent programs that strive to be accessible to all.
Seniors Mallie Floresca and Bekah Poole were selected to sing in the NAfME All Northwest Honor Choir and junior Nick Reeves and sophomores Chloe D’Hers and Joe DePrez were selected for the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All State Honor Choir.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's semifinalists in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic School is proud to have four students honored: Andrew Charters, Alexandra Galiotto, Samuel Glaze and Paul Riddle.
ProCamps hosted the Earl Thomas Football Camp at Eastside Catholic this week for over 240 kids. A Q and A with the Pro Bowl and All-Pro free safety was held in the EC Commons afterwards for the VIPs. It was a great event and fun to have Seahawks #29 on our campus! Read more at Seahawks.com.
The class surprised Father Heric with a beautiful box full of letters from alumni and EC families expressing their gratitude for all that Father Heric has done for them during his 17 years of ministry to Eastside Catholic.
Seventh-grader Luli Zhang became a Level 7 Rhythmic Gymnastics Junior Olympic Regional Team Member with third place in the All-Around at Regionals, which included athletes from Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
EC has dedicated the Campus Ministry Center to Archbishop Alex J. Brunett in recognition of the holiness of St. Clare, the friend and spiritual sister of our school patron St. Francis, in deep gratitude for his ministry to the church in Western Washington and to Eastside Catholic in particular.
The fastpitch team had an impressive win, 14-1, over #3 seed Ballard in the District playoffs. The win moves the Crusaders on to the district semi-finals and guarantees them a spot in the State Playoffs!
Girls LAX won the state semi-final game vs. Roosevelt handily, 20-5 and will move on to the State Championship game Friday night, May 20! The game will be played at Bellevue High School at 7:30 p.m. vs. Lake Sammamish.
Assistant Athletic Director Stacey Stoutt was named Outstanding Athletic Director at the 2016 Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards on Saturday, April 30. She was nominated by Cheer coaches Rachel Blockhus and Courtney Christie.
Leading Edge Grand Prix of Cape Coral, Florida just announced that junior Benjamin Pederson signed a contract with the FIA F4 US Championship and his first pro race will be on May 27 in Connecticut at Lime Rock Park.
Junior Hunter Bryant verbally committed to the University of Washington in a tweet this weekend. Hunter is currently ranked as the No. 6 national tight end recruit for 2017 and No. 2 on the West Coast by Scout.com.
For four days to a nearly sold out crowd for all performances, the EC Performing Arts Department staged an impressive production of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserable." With more than 120 students involved in the production, it was a grand and impressive undertaking.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's finalists in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic School is proud to have three students honored: Redmond resident Patrick Brady, Sammamish resident Elizabeth Bernstein and North Bend resident TJ Mandelkorn.
EC students competed against other private and public schools within the Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts in the Regional Solo and Ensemble Music Contest last weekend at Woodinville High School.
The Crusaders’ 49-41 victory over visiting Franklin Quakers on January 29 was a cause for celebration. They ended a three-game losing streak and posted only their fourth victory in 12 tries in Class 3A Metro League girls basketball.
University of Washington commit Brandon Wellington was rated a local blue-chip prospect by the Seattle Times in a recent article. Two other players were also mentioned as top prospects in the Sunday print edition, senior Harley Kirsch (Cornell) and Devon Arbis-Jackson (Central Washington University).
Several EC students and members of the club Unexpected Cru, Nate Smith and Eric Medeiros, along with supervisor Mr. Johnson, recently dropped by Tent City 4 in Issaquah with a box of clothing donated by students, families and employees.
Over Christmas break freshmen Caroline Larsen and Grace Kolb and senior Taylor Wright, travelled to the village of Barahona in the Dominican Republic in to serve with an organization called Children of the Nations.
Congratulations to the following students who earned a place at the Washington State DECA competition in the first wave of regional competitions. The second regional competition will be held at the end of January.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Mitten Tree and Giving Tree! This year the EC community donated $5,290 in gift cards for the Giving Tree to benefit families at Holy Innocents, Our Lady of Sorrows and Tent City IV and over 105 pairs of mittens donated to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
On Friday, December 11 Options Program students joined with DECA students to deliver toys to KIRO 7 for their Toy for Tots toy drive. Option Program students have been working since the beginning of December in collaboration with the DECA students to raise funds through their work at the DECA store.
Senior Brandon Wellington, who has helped lead the Crusaders to victory and to the state championship game this Friday at the Tacoma Dome, was featured in today's edition of the Seattle Times. In the article, he attributes his success to his mother Siniva Wellington.
EC is pleased to announce that two middle school students, Theodore Arasavelli for Jr. All-State Band and Bernardo Munoz-Nacarro for Jr. All-State Choir, have been selected into the 2016 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Junior All-State Honor Bands and Choirs.
On November 8, Eastside Catholic School held its third annual Touchstone Leadership Awards Dinner, with Jeff Renner as emcee. Thank you to our founders for joining us and sharing their stories and to the EC choir for a fantastic performance.
Many individual players were selected for the All-Metro league divisions as selected by their coach. Some of the highlights include Harley Kirsch for Offensive MVP, Brandon Wellington for Defensive MVP and Kickoff Returner of the Year.
The Eastside Catholic varsity volleyball team has received the Sportsmanship Award for their 2015 season. Many individual players were also selected for the All-Metro league divisions as selected by their coach.
This past weekend Eastside Catholic drama students arekicked off their fall stage production, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The production continues through November 17 at Eastside Catholic's Black Box Theater.
Eastside Catholic School is proud to announce that 11 students have been accepted to the Honor Bands of the Western International Band Clinic. These students will rehearse for a weekend with other top students and perform two concerts together on November 20 -23 at the SeaTac DoubleTree by Hilton.
Eastside Catholic School is proud to announce ten Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program: Emily Garson, Jared Hector, Hanna Kennedy, Casey Krueger, Ethan Kusters, Tyler Samarawickrama, Mitchell Schmidt, Andrew Sentman, Amy Shaeffer and Meredith Troy.
Last weekend on September 26, the EC Boosters Club sponsored the third annual Swirl event. Hosting a record number of 380 attendees, this social “friend-raiser” featured premier Washington wineries, breweries and restaurants for an adult-only tasting event.
This summer, Eastside Catholic junior and varsity girls volleyball player Rachel DePencier Pinero, was selected as one of only ten girls from the Puget Sound to represent the region on a traveling team which went to the Canadian Nationals, the country’s national tournament for sixteen year olds. Rachel played at the Olympic Oval in Vancouver, BC for five days. Congratulations Rachel!
This summer Eastside Catholic will be offering three hour-long parent education seminars which will focus on deepening the parent-child relationship and strengthening student success in education. The seminars will be held July 16, July 23 and August 6 from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Eastside Catholic Library and are free to the public.
Congratulations to three Eastside Catholic Girls Lacrosse players: midfield Ashley Blanton, defense Olivia Jacobsen and goalie Court Huston, who received the Snoqualmie Division All-Conference Team Awards.
EC sophomore and girl scout Grace Kent, a 16-year-old from North Bend, has set a goal of increasing safety in the dugouts at the Torguson Park fields, and another goal of earning her Girl Scout Gold Award next spring.
Last weekend, 34 eighth-grade students competed in National History Day with four of the students qualifying for the state competition, Washington History Day, on May 2. Congratulations to Bailey Harmon, Annie Falla, Hailey Jenkins and Matthew Cochran!
Deion Crisostomo-Fetui and his twin brother Dominique made the decision a long time ago they would be a package deal when it came down to choosing where they would continue their football careers after high school. The twins attained their goal, committing to the United States Air Force Academy football program in February.
On February 21 the Eastside Catholic Wrestling Team competed at the Mat Classic Class 3A state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Matt Iwicki became EC's second-time State Champion in the 145-pound and Alex Neale placed seventh in the 285-pound division.
Congratulations to Eastside Catholic School students Annette Bautista-Feliberti, Abigail Kirsten, Jillian Broughton, Sarah Ford, Andres O’Beirne and Kayla Powlesland, and Jacqueline Frey, who were recently honored at the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
On February 7 Eastside Catholic band members attended the Northlake Music League Solo & Ensemble Festival. Band students from all high schools within the Northshore and Lake Washington school districts competed to advance to the state competition held on April 24 and 25. Eastside Catholic placed in four band categories this year.
Brandon Wellington, a junior at Eastside Catholic High School, was selected as one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athletes of the Week for the final week of the fall sports season.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Mitten Tree and Giving Tree! You donated 162 pairs of mittens and $6,735 in gift cards for the Giving Tree! The EC Community is truly amazing and many local families will benefit from your generosity!
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Michael J. Quinn will be joining the Eastside Catholic board of trustees effective December 8, 2014. Dr. Quinn is the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Seattle University. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Washington State University, a M.S. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in mathematics from Gonzaga University. Before joining Seattle University in 2007, he was a professor of computer science at the University of New Hampshire and Oregon State University.
Eastside Catholic stunned No. 1 Bellevue 35-13 to capture the Class 3A state title on Friday, December 5 for the school’s first football championship! The win also ended the Wolverines’ run of six straight and stopped their state-record 67-game winning streak.
Eastside Catholic quarterback Harley Kirsch has guided the Crusaders into Friday’s Class 3A state football championship game against Bellevue with tremendous poise and inner strength. You’d never know that the junior’s mother, Sarah, is fighting lymphoma for the second time.
The cold weather didn’t seem to bother Harley Kirsch Friday night.
Despite temperatures in the mid-30s during the game, the Eastside Catholic quarterback threw 275 yards and three touchdowns. The Crusaders defeated Meadowdale 42-14 to advance to the 3A state quarterfinals.
Eastside Catholic Middle School students Taylor Mallalieu and Liz Tacchetti, along with members of Girl Scout Troop 43734, recently earned the Silver Award after a long process of planning and activities.
As winter approaches, we'd like to remind you of several resources where you can confirm the status of our school due to inclement weather. If school is delayed or cancelled, we will post a message to the school website first.
Eastside Catholic High School senior Tinuola Dada was a quarter-finalist in Lincoln-Douglas Debate format at the nationally acclaimed St. Mark’s Academy Debate Tournament last weekend in Dallas, Texas.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year's semifinalists in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic School is proud to have two students honored: Tinuloa Dada and Amali Fernando.
Eastside Catholic hosted King 5 for an Alarm Clock Pep Rally this morning! Students wore orange and were filmed live for the morning news. To view a segment from the broadcast visit the King 5 website.
During the 2014 Crusader football season, players will honor former Head Coach Chuck Tarbox and former player Ross Barlow (Class of 2011) by wearing special helmet stickers. The first game of the season is today at EC against Bishop Alemany (Calif.) at 8 p.m
The Crusaders boys basketball team will return two top players from last season, Matisse Thybulle and Mandrell Worthy. The two top northwest prospects have played together for a while now, playing on the same high school team at Eastside Catholic and the same AAU team this summer with Northwest Express. Read the full article on West Coast Convo.
On Sunday, August, 24, 53 Eastside Catholic football players headed to the Issaquah Regal Cinemas for a viewing of the movie “When the Game Stands Tall” and dinner at the Ram. The evening was the capstone and celebratory event for those players who took part in the inaugural EC Crusaders Football First Strike Summer Reading Program.
Congratulations to EC student Claire Wright who represented Washington as Miss Washington Teen at the USA Ambassador National Pageant, held Monday, August 4, in Tampa, Fla. Wright was third runner-up at nationals and won the “Best in Class” award for her academic achievements and activities. Read the full article at the Snoqalmie Valley Record.
Five Eastside Catholic High School football players, including seniors Arend Broekmate, Alex Neale, Matt Kvech and Cody Baker, junior Harley Kirsch and Head Coach Jeremy Thielbahr, participated in the inaugural USA Football and MaxPreps High School Football Media Day hosted by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Crusaders may have won their first football state championship in school history seven months ago but that doesn’t mean they will rest on their laurels and slew of press clippings from last year’s magical run.
With the fall season just over the horizon, the Reporter caught up with each of the four prep football coaches in Issaquah and Sammamish to take a look ahead to 2014 and some of the stories that will play out in the fall.
Sophomores Marina LaBossier, Kate Christiansen and Emily Zebala each placed in the Contest for Holocaust Writing, Art & Digital Media held by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center (WSHERC).
Six Eastside Catholic High School students were honored at the 2014 Washington State High School Photography Competition including sophomore Jillian Broughton, who placed second in the Manipulation Category.
The board of trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Tom Lord as interim president of Eastside Catholic School. Mr. Lord is currently working as Eastside Catholic's interim vice principal alongside Principal Polly Skinner. He will start as interim president on July 1, 2014.
ECHS students Jared Hector, Samantha Haubeil and Andrew Franke teamed up with Friends of Youth, a local charity providing services to homeless teens, to deliver a B-BOX, also known as a Birthday Box, to the homeless shelter.
There may not be a place in the world that offers a more stark contrast to Sammamish than Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. But for Hamisi Kondo, after an arduous journey marked by perseverance, both are home. Read the entire Sammamish Review story.
Eight Eastside Catholic School students earned 13 awards at the 2014 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this month. Teens in grades seven through 12, from public, private or home schools, can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Alex Neale was honored as the February Rotary Student of the Month. He was nominated by Coach Theilbahr. The Sammamish Rotary honors one Student of the Month from September through May. The student is then presented with a plaque by the Rotary during a meeting.
This past December, Tinuola Dada of Eastside Catholic spent her holiday break delivering locally-donated clothing and supplies to an orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria. You can read the full article on the Issaquah Reporter website.
Congratulations to Ricky Kagoro Lumala who won the ECMS Spelling Bee and will represent EC at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Town Hall on March 2! And congratulations to Rachael Goodwin who is the alternate! Great job Crusaders!
The Eastlake Little League team was honored on January 22 as the Sports Story of the Year at the 79th MTR Western Sports Star awards! The team includes EC students Will Armbruester and Jacob Dahlstrom, who are shown here with the award. Read more about the awards at the Seattle Times.
The Eastside Catholic School Library and University Book Store held their fifth annual Library Book Fair in February. Book Fair sales earned more than $1000 in University Book Store credit to purchase new books for the EC Library. Thanks to students, faculty, staff and parents who supported our Book Fair.
Eastside Catholic junior Matthew Iwicki understands he was able to fly under the radar until he became a state champion in Class 3A at 120 pounds last season. Read the full article at the Seattle Times.
The Eastside Catholic School Board of Trustees has prepared the following message and has been working to gather information to accurately report to you regarding Mark Zmuda’s personnel action. Through a collaborative process between Eastside Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Seattle, we have prepared this message to provide you with the most complete and up to date information we currently have available.
Gabby Russell was honored as the January Rotary Student of the Month for the subject of English. The Sammamish Rotary honors one Student of the Month from September through May. The student is then presented with a plaque by the Rotary during a meeting.
The EC baseball team was honored in the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter's "Best of 2013 Sports" section for Humanitarian Recognition. Awesome job Crusaders! You can read the full article at the Issaquah Reporter website.
The Issaquah Reporter revealed their picks for 2013 sports highlights of the year on the plateau. Making the list was "Surprise of the Year", the EC football team making a return to the state title game and "Male Athlete of the Year", Colin MacIlvennie. Read the full article at the Issaquah Reporter website.
Josh Matte was honored as the December Rotary Student of the Month for the subject of history/social studies. He was nominated by Scott Alcorn. The Sammamish Rotary honors one Student of the Month from September through May. The student is then presented with a plaque by the Rotary during a meeting.
This season, Eastside Catholic High sophomore quarterback Harley Kirsch of Redmond has set seven individual school records, helped break five team offensive records and led the Crusaders to their second straight 3A state championship appearance. Read the entire Redmond Reporter article.
Congratulations to EC sophomore Claire Wright who recently competed at the National American Miss Pageant. She placed in the top 10 and was the fourth runner up in the speech competition. Great job Claire!
EC volleyball coach Angie McKinnell is a four-time cancer survivor at age 32 and a truly inspiring individual. She recently shared her story with the Seattle Times in an effort to inspire others and "help make great things." Read the entire Seattle Times article.
EC volleyball coach, Angie McKinnell was named all-area Coach of the Year by the Seattle Times. The Seattle Times all-area Star Times volleyball team features athletes chosen from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in the Metro and WesCo leagues. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Congratulations to our Crusaders who bested Metro League rivals, O'Dea, 28-14 in a 3A state semifinal game at the Tacoma Dome Friday night to earn a spot in the championship game for a second consecutive year! Read more in the Seattle Times.
The State Championship game will be held in the Tacoma Dome, Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Seattle Times reporter Josh Liebeskind interviewed EC's Elisha Pa’aga in preparation for the rematch with Metro League Mountain Division rival O'Dea. Read the entire interview on the Seattle Times High School Sports Blog.
Claire Wright, a sophomore at Eastside Catholic School, is hoping to lower both numbers drastically. Wright spoke to a group of teens Nov. 13 at the Sammamish EX3 Teen and Recreation Center, reinforcing the dangers of texting and driving. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
Brandon Wellington caught a 75-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left to lift sixth-ranked Eastside Catholic to a 42-35 win over previously unbeaten Marysville-Pilchuck in the 3A state football playoffs Saturday night. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Eastside Catholic School is proud to announce that high school mathematics teacher, Danielle Maletta, has been selected as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Recognizing Excellence within the Eastside Catholic Community
Join us for the Eastside Catholic Touchstone Leadership Awards Dinner on Sunday, November 17 beginning at 4 p.m. for social hour followed by dinner, presentations and entertainment at 5 p.m. on the EC campus.
Lisa Kusakabe was honored as the October Rotary Student of the Month for the subject of science. She was nominated by the science faulty. The Sammamish Rotary honors one Student of the Month from September through May. The student is then presented with a plaque by the Rotary during a meeting.
The 30-member Eastside Catholic School marching band took first place in judging at the Salmon Days parade Saturday morning. No small feat, considering it’s the first year the school had a marching band in about 25 years.
At the 2014 Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships during October 3-8, Eastside Catholic School had two students compete. Junior Bianca Scharkowski placed sixth overall in the Novice Ladies Group. For the competition she performed a free skate and a short program. Sixth-grader Gabrielle Chai placed fourth in the Pre-Preliminary Ladies Group.
Sammamish, Wash., September 16, 2013 – Eastside Catholic School is proud to announce two semifinalists in the 2014 Competition for National Merit® Scholarships: Roger Glerum of Redmond and John Snyder of Redmond.
During the recent GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Eastside Catholic student CJ Kindel presented his recent work with StudentRND, a technology development center for high-school and college students in Bellevue. The GeekWire Summit is the premier technology conference in the Pacific Northwest. It is organized and curated by GeekWire’s John Cook and Todd Bishop, this event brings together engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the region and the country for conversations and insights at the intersection of business and technology.
Bradley Strode was honored as the September Rotary Student of the Month for the subject of Spanish. He was nominated by Ms. Skoog. The Sammamish Rotary honors one Student of the Month from September through May. The student is then presented with a plaque by the Rotary during a meeting.
Eastside Catholic’s Henry Jarvis is listed among the Puget Sound area's top running backs in an article posted on the Seattle Times website:
"Last season, a group of young running backs put up big numbers, catching the attention of coaches and fans. This season, that experience should mean more yards, more touchdowns and more turned heads."
EC students Will Armbruester and Jacob Dahlstrom along with EC faculty member's son, Bryce Delay are members of the Eastlake Little League All-Stars team who won the Washington State Little League tournament on July 21. The team is headed to Williamsport to represent Washington at the Little League World Series! Amazing! Their team was undefeated in the Regional tournament, with a huge 13-1 win for the Regional Championship! Watch a KING5 news clip featuring this amazing team.
King County Sherriff John Urquhart recently honored EC student Ian Fursman and his cousin Patrick Finigan for their part in rescuing two girls from drowning in Lake Sammamish Park in August 2012. Read the full report in The Issaquah Press.
Five EC high school students were awarded "Best Overall Yearbook Project" at this year's Yearbook Camp held at the University of Puget Sound earlier this week. The camp is run by Sound Yearbooks and organized by Herff Jones representatives from the Puget Sound area.
Fall City student Jared Schattenkerk is one of two valedictorians for Eastside Catholic School's class of 2013. Schattenkerk is co-valedictorian with Addison Klinke of Sammamish. Salutatorians are Brandon Engman of Newcastle, Kylie McMillan, Lucas Heflin, Nicolette Dworkin of Sammamish, Sarah Lewis of Redmond and Sarah Richardson of Woodinville. Read the Snoqualmie Valley Record article.
Plateau Pink Day was held at EC on May 9. It was a fun afternoon of food, music, henna, friends and volleyball all while supporting a great cause with our two plateau neighbors, Skyline and Eastlake High Schools! All proceeds will go to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Thank you to all who attended!
Chase Crittenden, 16, a sophomore at Eastside Catholic High School, presented his short feature at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). His feature, "Lost and Found," is about a father and daughter's relationship after the mother disappears under suspicious circumstances. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
NW Cup Finals at Mt. Bachelor were held April 14 and 15 and included athletes from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho who competed in four events Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill throughout the season. The overall champion was awarded to EC junior Keith McNabb and third place was awarded to EC junior Nick Wurden. In the individual events for the season, Nick placed 1st in Super-G and Downhill and Keith placed 1st in Giant Slalom and 2nd in Slalom. Congratulations goes out to not just these racers but to all the EC students who ski raced this season under intense conditions and incredible levels of competition in the western region.
On Saturday at Safeco Field, the honor of a lifetime wasn't about the Crusaders baseball team, which declined throwing the first pitch in order to provide a thrill for a developmentally disabled classmate. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
As the Catholic Church prepares to name a new pope, a sampling of Catholic college and high-school students in the Seattle area, including three EC students, mention some things they’d like: a pope from outside Europe and one who might allow women to become priests. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
EC alum Cal Towey '08 plays baseball for Baylor University and was recently named Most Valuable Player at the Houston Astros College Tournament as well as Big 12 player of the week. Read more at 254Sports.com.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, students from the Eastside Catholic Mandarin program will take part in a lunchtime performance on Feb. 15 for the benefit of the EC students and EC community. Read the entire Issaquah Reporter article.
Excerpted from the Issaquah Reporter: When Eastside Catholic wrestling coach Dennis Reddinger watched his team finish third at the annual tournament the program has held for nearly a decade in early January, he had all the expected reactions.
December 28, 2012 · Eastside Catholic student and Fall City resident Jared Schattenkerk was named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMST last October. Eastside Catholic staff congratulated these students and are proud of their outstanding achievement.
Mandrell Worthy, a sophomore coming back from a serious leg injury, had 26 points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds in a Metro Mountain win by the Crusaders. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Skiers Clare Wise and EC's Brooke Wales '09, former teammates on the Mission Ridge Ski Team, are teammates again this season at the University of Colorado. From their base in Boulder, Wales and Wise plan to compete in Nor-Am races this ski season in addition to the NCAA circuit. They both anticipate being at the starting lines in Nor-Am races at Loveland and Aspen, Colo., from Nov. 26-29. The NCAA season begins in early January at Eldora, Colo., the Buffaloes’ home course, located 30 miles from campus. Read the entire Wenatchee World article.
Peter Kimble and Henry Jarvis are best friends. They are also cousins and have spent most of their lives living less than a mile from each other on the same farm property on the plateau. The two helped lead the Eastside Catholic Crusaders through a perfect 9-0 season and eventually the Metro 3A League title – a combination the team hasn’t achieved since 1993. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
In the deciding moment of Eastside Catholic's 27-13 win against Meadowdale on Saturday in the round of 32, Eastside Catholic senior quarterback Trey Reynolds stepped to the line on fourth-and-goal from the 6, looked over the defense and decided a new play should be called. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
The Seattle Seahawks and Sterling Bank today announced Eastside Catholic High School's Jeremy Thielbahr and Lind-Ritzville High School's Greg Whitmore as week seven "NFL High School Coaches of the Week."
Thielbahr led his Eastside Catholic Crusaders (7-0) to a 35-21 victory over visiting O'Dea Fighting Irish on Friday, October 12. It was the Crusaders' first victory in the matchup since 2008. Eastside Catholic will next face Bishop Blanchet (4-3).
The Crusaders finished the regular season undefeated, beating Blanchet 49-14 on Saturday. Crusaders will take it on the road this week and play Nathan Hale for the Metro Championship on Friday, October 26 at 7:45 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Go Crusaders!
A 55-yard fumble return for a touchdown propelled fourth-ranked Eastside Catholic High School to a 35-21 victory over No. 3 O'Dea in a classic showdown at West Seattle Stadium. This win gives the Crusaders (7-0, 3-0) the inside track on the Metro League title that has been hoarded by the Irish 22 of the past 27 years. This was Eastside Catholic's first victory over O'Dea since 2008. Senior quarterback Trey Reynolds unofficially rushed for 120 yards and passed for 89. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
The Catholic Northwest Progress spoke with Sister Mary regarding the Year of Faith at Eastside Catholic. The article also features photos of the stained glass windows in the chapel.
Excerpted from The Progress article:
At Eastside Catholic School, the Year of Faith "is a perfect time for us to focus on what makes our school Catholic and how do we acknowledge and celebrate being Catholic," said Holy Names Sister Mary E. Tracy, president and head of school. "We're not only doing it in our regular patterns of every class having a retreat and theology classes, we're going above and beyond."
The Eastside Catholic Football team spent time on Saturday, July 14, not at the field or in the weight room, but at a Girl Scout camp. The Crusaders were there to help get the camp ready for campers next month.
People across the city are getting involved with the first ever One City One Book program in Sammamish: All Sammamish Reads. After years of community interest, the Sammamish Public Library has partnered with the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, Eastside Catholic School and the Friends of the Sammamish Library to plan and organize a multitude of events surrounding the All Sammamish Reads reading event. The program aims to bring the community together through reading a common book.
On Tuesday, September 11 come for the main event! Author Garth Stein himself will be at the Eastside Catholic School gymnasium to present a program about his highly acclaimed book.
Eastside Catholic High School’s 30th graduating class, featuring Newcastle residents and valedictorians and salutatorians Max Mueller, Eric Strode and Tennley Noble, includes 156 graduates. View the Newcastle-News post.
Four preps with ties to the area competed in the U.S. Olympic Swim and Dive Trials in Omaha, Neb. as Ethan Hallowell, Edward Kim, Andie Taylor and Katie Kinnear were on hand with the nation's best with spots in London on the line.
Hallowell, an eight-time prep champ at Eastside Catholic now at Stanford University, made the field in the 50 meter freestyle after swimming with the Cardinal during the collegiate season as a freshman.
The second-baseman graduated June 11, bidding farewell to the Eastside Catholic Crusaders. During his three years playing varsity baseball he earned the nickname “always-get-on-base-Luke,” from school staff. Read the full article at the SammamishReview.com.
The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse announced today that 36 high school student-athletes in Washington state have been named to the 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team. Eastside honorees included EC's Lauren Breynaert. Local honorees represent 15 high schools in Washington state.
Student performers from around the state, including Sammamish, were celebrated last week by The 5th Avenue Theatre in downtown Seattle. Eastside Catholic’s rendition of “Footloose” earned several nods from The 5th Avenue Theater.
This past weekend, the Washington State Cougars and head coach Mike Leach held a football camp for prospective recruits. In attendance was Eastside Catholic CB/WR Markell Sanders, and according to CougFan.com, Sanders has pledged his allegiance to the crimson and gray. Read the posts at All Coug'd Up and Coug Center.
Eastside Catholic completed a phenomenal season yesterday, as Kyle Hendrix finished as a national finalist in the Senate and Scott Hutchins finished as a national semifinalist in the House in Congressional Debate.
Each house had over 300 entrants, each of whom qualified by placing at the top of their individual districts which places Kyle and Scott among the best out of thousands of competitors nationwide.
Forty students from Bellevue graduated from Eastside Catholic School on Sunday, June 10, part of a class of more than 150 at the school. Three of the school's valedictorians and two of its salutatorians are from Bellevue. Read the entire Bellevue reporter post.
Jack Beighle, Daniel Assumpcao, Ryan Hood and John Snyder competed with Sammamish Rowing Association this spring at regattas throughout the northwest and Canada. Together Daniel, Jack, Ryan and John brought home 14 medals and one varsity letter. Way to go!
Seven Mercer Island residents graduated from Eastside Catholic High School in the class of 2012. Graduation was Sunday, June 10, in the Eastside Catholic Athletic Pavilion. Mercer Island resident Annie Mazure-Schmidt sang a duet of “For Good” at graduation. Read the entire Mercer Island Reporter post.
After a nearly flawless season, the Eastside Catholic boys Lacrosse team finished second overall in the state.
For the first time in school history, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders had worked their way to the top and landed in the May 26 Washington State championship game. On their way to a 11-3 season record, they had already defeated their opponent, Bellevue, 12-11 in March. However, history did not repeat itself. The Crusaders lost 13-4. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
Mercer Island native Matt Boyd was drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday afternoon. Boyd, currently a junior at Oregon State University, was chosen 412th overall by the Cincinnati Reds.
A life of leadership and service to others is something the Rotary Club of Sammamish and Eastside Catholic School have in common. And now, they also have the newly formed Interact Club.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. While there are 10,700 clubs in 109 countries, this is the first time one has been chartered in Sammamish. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
Joe Mancini (Redmond, Wash.) was a four-year starter for Eastside Catholic High School, earning captain status in his senior season. The 6’2”, 185-pound center midfielder has also won numerous honors both individually and among his teammates with Eastside FC, plus he participated in the Olympic Development Program from 2008 to 2011.
“Joe will join us in the spring of 2013. He will be a defensive-type player, as he can win balls in the air and is physical. He comes from a good soccer background, having played for both Eastside FC and the Sounders Academy,” Fewing said.
For achieving the highest rank in scouting, Eastside Catholic sophomore and Eagle Scout Luke Reents was recently honored at his troop’s May Court of Honor, Saturday, May 20, at the Falls Masonic Hall. Read the entire Valley Record article.
Hayden Meier was the hottest hitter in the league this week, racking up a .833 average with two RBIs. Meanwhile, Eastside Catholic put together a 2-1 week.
Eastside Catholic's pitching was especially stingy this week, allowing five hits and one walks to lead the league in both categories. The Crusaders' pitchers have been charged with only 133 hits and have struck out 153 batters. Alex Foley is tops on the staff with 49 Ks.
Twenty EC AP biology students participated in the 2012 Student Bio Expo on May 24. Over 400 advanced placement science students attended the expo with the top five students in eight categories given awards.
The Student Bio Expo is a unique program that engages high school students in creative ways to demonstrate their understanding of the life sciences, and that connects them to scientists and resources in the community.
Congratulations to our 101 Club Scholar Athlete Award winners: Max Mueller (swimming), Jonny Bannick (football/track), Eric Strode (soccer), Marlena Norwood (volleyball), Mandy Mahan (volleyball) and Caitlin Courshon (fastpitch).
Each year, three boys and three girls are selected from each school in the Metro League. Students are chosen who have excelled in both athletics and in the classroom and have shown excellent character, outstanding sportsmanship and excellent citizenship. The EC students were recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, May 17 at the Washington Athletic Club.
ESPNHS announced that Colin MacIlvennie was selected to the top 19 of the 2012 Warrior 40 roster.
The Warrior 40 is a three-day competition that features the nation's top underclass high school lacrosse players. Players will receive coaching from Major League Lacrosse stars and participate in skills competitions and a final competition.
This year's competition takes place Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colorado.
Friday night boys lacrosse had a big win versus Lake Tapps (12-5) to advance the Crusaders to the LAX State semi-finals. The defeat of #1 Issaquah by Kingsway on Saturday gives the Crusaders home field advantage for the game Wednesday night (5/23 against Kingsway. Game is at 7 p.m. Come out and support the team!
The Eastside Catholic Crusaders didn't need walkoff heroics to win this game. In fact, they didn't even need to bat in seventh inning to defeat Timberline of Lacey 5-1 in the second round of the Class 3A baseball tournament Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. Gillespie allowed only one run on two hits and was the second Eastside Catholic pitcher to throw a complete game Saturday. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Eastside Catholic's Alex Foley pitched a 1-0 shutout and the Crusaders got their third consecutive walkoff victory when freshman Addison Hull knocked in Alec Baer with the deciding run in the bottom of the seventh, eliminating the second-ranked Bulldogs. Read the Seattle Times weekend posts.
Eastside Catholic student Matthew Iwicki won his third straight Washington State Wrestling Association (WSWA) Freestyle State Championship May 12 at Centralia High School. Iwicki competed in the Cadet 120 pound class with 17 other top wrestlers from across the state. The victory also helped earn Iwicki a spot on the Washington Cadet All-Star Team that will travel to Daytona, Florida in June to compete in the USA Wrestling Cadet Dual Team National Championships.
McKenna Boit had a great day on the golf course Monday! She came in 12th place in the district golf tournament and qualified for state as a freshman. Joining her at the state golf tournament in Spokane will be Andy Ehrig and Kyle Hendrix, who qualified in the fall.
Senior Lauren Breynaert was honored by the varsity coaches of the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association as a member of the 2012 WA Lacrosse All-State Team. In addition, Lauren was selected as a member of the 2012 Snoqualmie All-Conference
Jeff Bohling, Eastside Catholic baseball: Bohling, a senior, blasted two winning home runs to advance the Crusaders to the state tournament with wins over O'Dea and Bishop Blanchet last week. Read the entire post in the Seattle Times.
Bradey Bononcini, singles, and Michael Merz and Evan Gordon, doubles, all qualified last week at the Metro tennis tournament to move on to districts. They compete this week at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts. Good luck!
Braden Wolgamott, Eastside Catholic baseball: Wolgamott, a senior, went 7 for 10 with two home runs, and five runs batted in. His sacrifice fly tied the score in the bottom of the seventh against Bishop Blanchet. Read the entire Seattle Times post.
Jeff Bohling's second walkoff home run in four days gave the Crusaders a 6-4 win over Bishop Blanchet for the Metro League crown. Travis Ulvestad sent the game to extra innings with a tying solo shot in the seventh, and Jeff Kepple's RBI double tied it again in the eighth. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Last night, our Crusaders defeated O'Dea 4-3 in 11 innings with incredible pitching by Blake Gillespie and a walk off home run from Jeffrey Bohling to end the game. Next stop, Metro Championship game on Saturday, Steve Cox Field at 2 p.m. against Blanchet. Read more in the Seattle Times.
Alex Taam, a 2011 graduate of Eastside Catholic, initiated a school-wide bike drive four years ago to add to Trask’s collection. Now that he is no longer a student his little sister Michelle has taken the torch and has organized several collection days at the school. Fourteen-year-old Tinuola Dada and her mother Arinola have been huge helps in the past, said Trask.
This year Tinuola has organized a bike drive at her alma mater elementary school, the French Immersion School on W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy on April 28 from noon to 3 p.m. to give people who don’t live on the plateau a chance to donate. “It just tells me how much she’s grown. For me it is just amazing,” said Arinola about her daughter.
The Dada’s moved from Nigeria 16 years ago and have lived in Sammamish for the last 12. “Over the years we’ve traveled all over the world and one of the things the kids are realizing is that whether it is the small remote part of the United States or Nigeria, they are realizing there are always the people who have and the people who don’ t have.”
On Saturday, Megan Mills, Alyssa Helms and Alina Hitchings competed in the Washington Regional Special Olympics Swim Meet at KCAC in Federal Way. Megan won four gold medals again in the 100 breaststroke, 50 fly, 50 free and the 200 medley relay. Alina won a gold in the 50 free and Alyssa won a bronze in the 50 back. Hanna and Elliiot Schwin, two of our EC varsity swimmers, also competed in a relay with two Special Olympics athletes in the 200 medley relay and won a gold medal. A big thank you to the Crusaders Baseball program, who cheered our athletes on to gold and volunteered their time to help at the event. It was a very meaningful day for both the Special Olympics athletes and our baseball players.
Foley, a junior, posted three victories and an earned-run average of 0.88 against O'Dea, Skyline, and Chief Sealth last week. He had 23 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. Foley also batted .353, with a slugging percentage of .588, and seven RBI. Read the entire Seattle Times article.
Jordyn Mosher wasn't initially excited about the prospect of working in the muck and the mud.
On a day when most of her 600 classmates were inside doing volunteer work, the Eastside Catholic senior was asked to join 12 other students in naturalizing an area around a new boardwalk on Grand Ridge Trail in the Issaquah Highlands.
The Grand Ridge crew was just one of 41 groups who spread across the greater Seattle area on Tuesday as part of Eastside Catholic's Peace and Justice Day. Students helped 30 different organizations, doing everything from volunteering in elementary classrooms to sorting donated items at different charities. Read the entire Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter article.
The Sammamish community came together March 16 night to celebrate the “magnificent moments of inspiration” that local neighbors, parents and students have brought to the area. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
Eighth-grader Harley Kirsch was named to the U.S. Under-15 National Football Team based on outstanding football skill, leadership and character. The team consists of the nation’s top seventh- and eighth-grade football players, and features some of the best high school coaches in the country. The 2012 U.S. Under-15 National Team will participate in USA Football’s Under-15 International Development Week in late June through early July at University of Texas in Austin, TX.
EC's Joey Schreiber, was named to the All-Star State Boys Basketball squad. Schedule and rosters for Saturday's all-star boys basketball games are posted on the Seattle Times website. The game will be held at Curtis High School in University Place.
Freshman Matt Iwicki burst onto the high school athletic scene earlier this year and paved the way for an undefeated season of wrestling, capped off with a third place finish at the 3A state tournament. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
In its first year of operation, EC’s DECA Student Store and has already been honored with national recognition. They have received a bronze certification from DECA (deca.org). According to http://www.deca.org/news/144/, 187 entities submitted a manual. EC was one of five in the country to receive bronze. Read the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter article.
Read the Progress article on the Finding Kind assembly held at Eastside Catholic in February. (Online version was not available so you can download a two-page scan of the article via these links: Page 1, Page 2.)
Senior Genevieve Greschler has been recognized by the Mercer Girls Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Awards Recognition Program. The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest rewards the qualities of good citizenship, as characterized by dependability, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree. Genevieve was required to sit for a two-hour proctored essay as part of the competition. She was honored along with five other Seattle-area seniors at a recognition ceremony on February 11.
Juniors Lucas Heflin and Kevin Vandewark have been selected to participate in Phase One of the Washington State Aerospace Scholars Program.
Selected from 297 students from 110 different public, private and home-school organizations who applied to participate in WAS in November 2011, Kevin and Lucas will spend the next five months competing academically for one of the 160 slots in a summer residency session held at the Museum of Flight in June and July of 2012. To qualify for the summer residency, students must satisfactorily complete ten online lessons, consisting of research essays, space-related math problems, and detailed graphics that illustrate their ideas.
Sophomore Mitchell N. was selected by Sammamish Rotary Club as Eastside Catholic’s Student of the Month. This month English was the subject area in the spotlight. He is one of EC’s younger students to be nominated. According to his English teacher Isaac Mellum: “Mitchell is a rare student, one with a strong character and a refined ability in the language arts. He is among the best writers in the school and takes each opportunity presented to him to help his classmates. Not only does Mitchell improve the community of writers and readers his English teachers try to cultivate throughout the year, but he pursues ways to take his learning and apply it to the broader community of Sammamish.” Congratulations, Mitchell.
Eastside Catholic Middle School’s publication, Collage, was recently awarded a rating of Excellent by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in their 2011 NCTE Program to recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. Great recognition for our middle school students.
Eastside Catholic head man Scott Brayton picked up Co-coach of the Year honors in 3A along with Andy Hendricks of rival Seattle Prep and also saw a pair of his players crack the First-Team, as midfielder KK Standish and keeper Nemo Thomas both got the nod. Read the entire Issaquah Reporter article.
Eastside Catholic's Colin MacInvennie has been named to the West team for the upcoming Under Armour Underclass All-Star Lacrosse Tournament, making him the only player from the state of Washington to earn the honor. Read the entire Issaquah Reporter story.
Over the holiday break, Eastside Catholic hosted another successful Brian Hill Invitational Wrestling Tournament. The Crusaders finished 4th overall out of 17 total teams and had 5 medalists. In their weight classes, freshman, Alex Neale finished in 5th place, senior, Jon Obernesser, finished 3rd place, freshman, Matt Iwicki, named champion, senior, Anthony Roy, also named champion, and senior, Joe Stoutt, finished in 2nd place. Matt Iwicki was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament for the lightweight division. Great job by all of our wrestlers!
Eastside Catholic picked up a pair of tournament titles at the Sky Valley Invitational at Sultan High School, as freshman Matt Iwicki pushed his record to 20-0 at 113 pounds with a pin of Carsen Monaghan from Mount Baker in the final. Anthony Roy was the other winner for Eastside Catholic, earning the first place finish with a pin of Michael Mechem, also of Mount Baker, in the 160 pound final. Read the entire Issaquah Reporter roundup article.
Put six sets of 12-year-old twins in the same room and you might not get a word in edgewise. Put them all in the same middle school and you’ve got a bunch of potentially confused teachers and administrators doing double takes as they walk through the halls during passing period. Read the entire Sammamish Review article.
Madi Lobet, a junior and second-year DECA student, won Area III DECA vice president. She is already our first state officer in the three years EC has had the DECA program. She ran against six students from Area III.
Seniors Joe Stoutt and Malia Bachesta were both named finalists in the Seahawks Leadership Challenge. They attended a recent Seahawks game for the presentation of the award and each received a $1,000 college scholarship.
How will Eastside Catholic senior Chevy Walker top his 2011 debut when he scored five touchdowns -- three rushing, one receiving and one on a kickoff return? Read the entire blog entry and watch the video at the Seattle Times High School Sports Blog.
Football preview: Simply talking about his team’s potential caused the volume of his voice to increase and his eyes to light up. For first-year Eastside Catholic head football coach Jeremy Thielbahr, the first game can’t comes soon enough. Read the entire Sammamish Reporter article.
Every high school the Metro League plus the high schools from Seattle that are in KingCo 4A were represented at the luncheon. Student athletes from each high school were nominated for the scholarships and received plaques. EC nominated students were: Kellie Standish, Alex Johnston, Emily Franceschina, Ethan Hallowell, Rob Granfelt, and Jake Gober. Read the full Seattle Times article.
Stephanie Malaska will be heading to the University of Oxford in the fall as part of the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler) program. For the details, read the Redmond Reporter article.
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Tyson, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Seattle Archdiocese, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new Bishop of the Diocese of Yakima. Please keep Bishop Tyson in your prayers as he assumes his new ministry as the spiritual leader of the Catholic Community in Central Washington.
Two Eastside Catholic School students, Alex Smith and Katie Sutherland, both of Issaquah, will compete at International DECA competition in Orlando, Fla. They recently competed against approximately 3,500 students at the state competition at Meydenbauer Center. Read more in the Issaquah Reporter.
Two Eastside Catholic high school girls have been selected by the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association to represent Washington state in the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament, May 28 and 29 at Stony Brook University in New York. Read more in The Seattle Times.
Colin Macilvennie and Michael Rambaldini each scored four goals and Eastside Catholic downed Seattle Prep 17 – 7 in a match of Metro 3A rivals on Tuesday at Charlie Acosta Field in Sammamish. Read more in the Sammamish Patch.
Congratulations to Eastside Catholic alumna Stephanie Malaska, ’09, who was recently accepted to Worcester College at Oxford University for the 2011-12 school year as part of the Junior Year Abroad program.
Eastside Catholic School is proud to announce three finalists in the 2011 Competition for National Merit® Scholarships: Ben Boyle of Mercer Island, Matt Mahan of Bellevue and Michael Orehek of Mercer Island.