The secret’s out: Friends have raised nearly $50K

June 7, 2014

New: June 7, 11:17 a.m.

When four Eastside Catholic School students began raising money in 2010 for a summer camp on Orcas Island, they didn’t fully understand what they’d set in motion.
Four years later, the four friends – juniors Arend Broekmate, Alec Baer, Brooks Meadowcroft and Bill Dimlow – have made waves with their Secret Scholarship Fund, which has paved the way for at least 10 full-ride scholarships at Camp Four Winds Westward Ho.
The boys have raised nearly $50,000 to this point, and expect to shatter the mark before they graduate next June. When they created the fund, they didn’t have that goal in mind, but are pleasantly surprised at their success. Read more

Eastside Catholic special-ed program helping students

May 3, 2014

New: May 3, 10:14 a.m.

Eastside Catholic School senior Shawn Smith is a model student: He plays defensive line for the Crusaders’ football team, is the baseball team’s student manager, and has plans to attend Bellevue College next year.
Smith is also a high-functioning autistic, and he needs help to succeed in some subject areas. Read more

Crusaders dominate Timberline Blazers to reach state quarterfinals

March 4, 2014

Eastside Catholic’s dominating performance against Timberline in last week’s regional playoff game may have sent a message to the other seven teams in this week’s Class 3A boys basketball state tournament. Read more

Skyline, Eastlake grapplers heading for Mat Classic

February 18, 2014

Joseph DeMatteo is no stranger to the unique pressures of Mat Classic, and he’ll be one of the most experienced wrestlers on the Tacoma Dome floor this weekend. Read more

Eastside students inspire us all

January 17, 2014

Mark Zmuda is not going to be re-hired. The Catholic Church is not suddenly going to embrace marriage equality.

And yet, the students at Eastside Catholic who are speaking out on Zmuda’s behalf just might be changing the world. These teenagers have learned the lessons of loving their neighbor far better than the school that was teaching it to them.

Just before Christmas break, the students found out Zmuda, a popular teacher and coach, was going to be let go because he married another man over the summer. Read more

Matt Iwicki is Crusaders’ iron man on the mats

January 7, 2014

There was a time when Matt Iwicki wasn’t one of the best wrestlers in the state, when he didn’t have a target on his back, when he didn’t even have much success.

Iwicki began wrestling in first grade at the urging of his father, Matt Iwicki Sr., a former wrestler. The first year was tough on Iwicki – he didn’t win many matches – but he didn’t let it derail him.

Eastside Catholic School wrestler Matt Iwicki is gunning for a second straight state championship this winter. He’s currently the top-ranked Class 3A wrestler at 132 pounds. Photo by Neil Pierson

Eastside Catholic School wrestler Matt Iwicki is gunning for a second straight state championship this winter. He’s currently the top-ranked Class 3A wrestler at 132 pounds. Photo by Neil Pierson

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2013 Year in Sports: Lots to rejoice at Eastlake, Skyline

December 29, 2013

New: Dec. 29, 12:52 p.m.

There may have been a few disappointments in 2013 for prep sports teams on the plateau, but the year wasn’t without a large number of impressive achievements.

Sure, the Skyline High School football and girls soccer teams came up short in their quests for a third straight state championship. The football team won the KingCo Crown Division title before losing its state playoff opener to Federal Way, while the soccer team also won a conference title before falling to rival Issaquah in the state quarterfinals. Read more

Eastside Catholic students show off playwright chops

December 23, 2013

For the past two years, Eastside Catholic School has used an outside-the-box approach to spark creativity in prospective writers.

This fall, the Sammamish private school brought back the Young Playwrights Program in which a resident artist at Seattle’s ACT Theatre visited twice a week for 10 weeks to offer the basics of writing for the stage.

Five Eastside Catholic School seventh-grade students from Sammamish were honored Dec. 9 at the Young Playwrights Program celebration at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Pictured from left to right are Max Stewart Steele, Conrad Gregg, Lizzie Iwicki, Adam Gregg and Grace Tacchetti.   Contributed photo

Five Eastside Catholic School seventh-grade students from Sammamish were honored Dec. 9 at the Young Playwrights Program celebration at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Pictured from left to right are Max Stewart Steele, Conrad Gregg, Lizzie Iwicki, Adam Gregg and Grace Tacchetti. Contributed photo

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Eastside Catholic students protest firing of administrator

December 19, 2013

Updated: Dec. 19, 2:31 p.m.

Eastside Catholic School students took to the streets Dec. 19 to protest the firing of an assistant principal.

Mike Zmuda, who has worked at the school for a little more than a year, was fired because he married a man in July.

Students at the school were told the school was pressured by the Archdiocese of Seattle to fire Zmuda after the marriage came to light, said 17-year-old Joseph Meehan, of Sammamish, a student at Eastside Catholic. Read more

Skyline, Eastside Catholic teachers in running for award

November 5, 2013

Danielle Maletta has many students who’ve left her classroom and put their knowledge in mathematics to use in college engineering programs, but those upper-echelon students aren’t typically who fuel her desire for teaching.

“What I’m really passionate about are the kids who are struggling learners in mathematics,” said Maletta, who is in her sixth year at Eastside Catholic School.

Danielle Maletta, a sixth-year teacher at Eastside Catholic School, is one of four statewide finalists for a prestigious award in mathematics instruction.  Photo courtesy Eastside Catholic

Danielle Maletta, a sixth-year teacher at Eastside Catholic School, is one of four statewide finalists for a prestigious award in mathematics instruction. Photo courtesy Eastside Catholic

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