Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish has announced its class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians.
“We congratulate the valedictorians and salutatorians representing the class of 2019,” high school principal Barbara Swann said in a press release. “They have excelled in all disciplines of their academics during their four years at Eastside Catholic, while taking a minimum of 12 AP courses. They embody the touchstones of Eastside Catholic: academic excellence, leadership and relationships at school and in the community. The EC family wishes these outstanding young adults much success and happiness in their future.”
The valedictorians and salutatorians are listed below with their hometown.
Redmond: Joanie Foley
Issaquah: Benjamin Collins and Gracyn Kuerner
Snoqualmie: Isabel Scott
Sammamish: Owen Bernstein, Elizabeth Iwicki and Max Stewart Steele
Newcastle: Tia Vu
Bellevue: Angel Lin
Issaquah: Benjamin Lombardi
Sammamish: Barret Albright, Madeline Kerbs, Anna Leist and Michael Sentman
Woodinville: Elizabeth Brummer
Valedictorian Scott and salutatorian Sentman also offered some advice to younger students.
“Time management is extremely important,” Scott said in the release. “My saving grace these past four years has been getting school work done ahead of time and not letting it build up.”
Sentman added in the release, “Establish a work ethic as early on as possible. If you can find something that motivates you to do unpleasant but necessary things, you’re going to go a lot further than if you don’t.”
In the release, school president Gil Picciotto said, “We are proud of these students as they have worked diligently toward their goals and who have already been accepted to their colleges of choice, including Princeton, Harvard, Claremont McKenna and Pacific University. We will be watching and cheering these students on as they begin their individual journeys. They represent a broad range of interests and have indicated a desire to study aerospace engineering, political science, journalism and genetics, just to name a few. EC seeks to nurture each student’s unique abilities and these students are the epitome of that mission.”
The Eastside Catholic High School graduation ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. on June 3 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on May 31 at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish.