ECHS drug policy keeps campus safe

April 22, 2014

Eastside Catholic High School administrators view drug abuse prevention as of the utmost importance, evident from the school’s policies regarding drug use and abuse.

These policies include drug-detection tests, reliance on law enforcement and the use of drug dogs.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

The school follows up on this policy with random sweeps of the campus with drug dogs and an annual drug abuse assembly. By being thorough in its attack on drug usage, the school fosters an environment where drug use is forbidden in order to create a safer school environment.

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April 22, 2014

Movie: ‘Divergent’

In this electrifying, post-apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Veronica Roth, Tris Prior must choose between five factions, with whom she will have to reside for the rest of her life. However, when Tris discovers that she is a Divergent, meaning she is unable to fit into any one particular faction, she will have to fight for her life by keeping her true identity a secret from those who see the Divergent as a threat to society.


Music: ‘G I R L’

By Pharrell Williams

After having helped produce two smash hits in 2013 with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” Pharrell Williams continues his string of soulful, pop singles in his second studio album. With duets with superstars such as Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, and his acclaimed single “Happy,” Williams has created another great musical success.


Experiences needed for auction to support autism programs

March 25, 2014

April is Autism Awareness Month. Experiences are being collected for fundraising portion of the Perspectives on Autism Day events April 26 at Eastside Catholic High School.

The evening program on the plateau was coordinated to compliment the third annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament at Bellevue College from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.

Shadowing professionals in the workplace or outdoor adventures are the type of experiences sought for the auction. Also wanted are pieces of original artwork and educational experiences, such as admission to local museums.

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Lacrosse players commit to college

November 12, 2013

The Eastside Catholic High School boys lacrosse program had two players give oral commitments last week to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse.

Josh Matte, a sophomore goalkeeper, has orally committed to the University of Denver. Teammate Arend Broekmate, a junior defender, gave an oral commitment to Lafayatte (Pa.) College.

Matte, who lives in Issaquah, isn’t eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent for two more years, but with Denver, he’d be joining a program that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring, Denver advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Syracuse.

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Eastside Catholic is undefeated six games in

April 2, 2013

After winning the Metro League Championship and taking second in state last year, the Eastside Catholic baseball team is at it again this season, boasting a 6-0 record as of March 31.

“This is an amazing group of young men, both on and off the field,” coach Kyle Larsen wrote in an email. “These boys have an incredible work ethic and great team chemistry.”

Much of the team is still intact from last season with several returning seniors, including left-handed pitcher Alex Foley, of Issaquah. Foley was named first-team All-State last year and was the team’s winning pitcher in its latest game when Eastside Catholic beat Lakeside, 4-0, March 26. During that game, Foley pitched six innings and earned seven strikeouts.



‘Children of Eden!’ is worth seeing

February 26, 2013

Eastside Catholic has an upcoming spring musical, “Children of Eden!”

The show is loosely based on Genesis and covers the story of creation, with Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, to Noah right after the flood.

Shreya Tewari Eastside Catholic High School

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Aside from the principal roles, the show features an incredible ensemble that functions as storytellers and help drive the plot.

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Eastside Catholic High School needs more vegetarian fare

January 29, 2013

Shreya Tewari Eastside Catholic High School

Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School

Eastside Catholic High School’s food is provided by a lunch program called No Junk that works with several different private schools across the area.

The program advocates offering balanced food options while keeping special considerations in mind as well, i.e. gluten allergies, etc.

No Junk offers breakfast at Eastside every day before school for those who should choose to arrive early and purchase it. The regular options include breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, croissants, hash browns, bagels, juice, cereal, fruit cups and yogurt, while occasionally including a special hot option such as pancakes or French toast.

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Taking a closer look at nutrition in schools’ lunches

January 29, 2013

Lee Xie Skyline High School

Lee Xie
Skyline High School

This month, we are choosing to start off the year with a bang by reporting on an issue that is relevant and important to our audience: school lunches.

We all know that the Issaquah School District is innovative and dedicated when it comes to education, but how do our schools fare when it comes to feeding our students in a nonintellectual way? Our journalists explore the issue and how lunches shape up at Skyline, Issaquah, Liberty and private Eastside Catholic high schools.

In the grand scheme of things, school lunches in America have been a hotly debated topic in the past few years. Last January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new guidelines that stated that school meals would have to offer fruits and vegetables to students every day. The meals would also have to reduce sodium, saturated fat and trans fat levels. The new standards called for schools to offer more whole grains, as well as more fat-free or low-fat milk options.

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Seattle theater honor young playwrights

January 1, 2013

Alex Kennedy, a seventh-grader at Eastside Catholic Middle School, receives an honor from ACT Theatre’s Young Playwrights Program on Dec. 10 for his original play, ‘Sweeping Beauty.’ Contributed

William Shakespeare was about 25 when he wrote his first play; Tennessee Williams was a teenager when he penned his first script, but he had to wait several more years to have one produced. For one Issaquah 12-year-old, the chance to see his words come to life onstage will come much sooner.

Alex Kennedy is in seventh grade at Eastside Catholic Middle School and will have his play, “Sweeping Beauty,” produced in Seattle this spring.

As part of their humanities class, all seventh-graders at the school this year took part in the Young Playwrights Program, an educational offshoot of Seattle’s ACT Theatre. For 10 weeks, playwright teachers worked with students to help them create their own plays.

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Issaquah milestones from 2012 reflect challenges, changes

December 25, 2012

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig June 26 at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Challenges — whether economic, political or social — defined the year.

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