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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.