Eastside Catholic students and alumni accomplish amazing things both inside the classroom and well beyond. Join us in recognizing their talents and accomplishments. The following members of the EC family make us proud!
Junior Renee DePencier-Piñero was named the October female athlete for the MaxPreps High School Athlete of the Month Award. She was awarded the honor thanks to her efforts in volleyball, academics and the community.
The Eastside Catholic girl’s volleyball junior varsity and varsity teams hosted Holy Names in a special cancer awareness “No One Fights Alone” (NOFA) match on September 27. The team and Crusader fans wore special shirts in honor of family members affected by cancer.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced this year’s semifinalists and commended students in its academic competition and Eastside Catholic is proud to have eight students honored this year: Lilian Didcock and Serena Gilani as semifinalists and Rosalie Didcock, Anthony Schmidt, Dane Williams, Johann Fernando, Henry Maxon and Katherine Roberts as commended students.
On a recent trip to California, the Jazz Ensemble performed at Disneyland, the Wind Ensemble did a workshop at UC Irvine and the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble competed in a national competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Following a successful performance with the EC wrestling team finishing in third place overall at the recent Metro League Tournament, Coach Dennis Reddinger was named Coach of the Year and Freshman Matt Iwicki was named Wrestler of the Year. Read the entire Sammamish Patch article.
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'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.
Senior Evan Gordan was selected as a recipient of the 2012-2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship. This award, funded through The Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for commitment to community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership.
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.
Freshman Megan Bastian played at the USTA U14 Junior Nationals in Surprise, Arizona in October and took fourth place. To get to the nationals, her USTA team won the PNW Junior Sectionals in Portland, OR in August.
Eric Strode ‘12 and Jonny Bannick ‘12 performed summer internships through Teens in Public Service (TIPS). They were two out of 55 interns selected for the program from more than 760 local high school students. Selection was based on completion of an application, two letters of recommendation and an interview.