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Eastside Catholic School Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians
Posted 03/20/2019 04:45PM

Eastside Catholic School Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians


Sammamish, Wash., March 20, 2019 – We are proud to announce the Class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians.

“We congratulate the valedictorians and salutatorians representing the Class of 2019,” High School Principal Barbara Swann said. “They have excelled in all disciplines of their academics during their four years at Eastside Catholic, while taking a minimum of twelve 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. Please join us in congratulating these 15 outstanding students.



  • Owen Bernstein, Sammamish
  • Benjamin Collins, Issaquah
  • Joanie Foley, Redmond
  • Elizabeth Iwicki, Sammamish
  • Gracyn Kuerner, Issaquah
  • Isabel Scott, Snoqualmie
  • Max Stewart Steele, Sammamish
  • Tia Vu, Newcastle


  • Barret Albright, Sammamish
  • Elizabeth Brummer, Woodinville
  • Madeline Kerbs, Sammamish
  • Anna Leist, Sammamish
  • Angel Lin, Bellevue
  • Benjamin Lombardi, Issaquah
  • Michael Sentman, Sammamish

Valedictorian Isabel Scott and salutatorian Michael Sentman also offered some advice to younger students.

“Time management is extremely important,” Isabel said. “My saving grace these past four years has been getting school work done ahead of time and not letting it build up!”

“Establish a work ethic as early on as possible,” Michael said. “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.”

President Gil Picciotto commented, “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 2019 Graduation ceremony will be held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish.


Valedictorians (L-R): Tia Vu, Owen Bernstein, Elizabeth Iwicki, Max Stewart Steele, Joanie Foley, Isabel Scott, Gracyn Kuerner, Benjamin Collins




Salutatorians (L-R): Michael Sentman, Elizabeth Brummer, Benjamin Lombardi, Angel Lin, Barret Albright, Madeline Kerbs, Anna Leist





About Eastside Catholic School

Eastside Catholic School is a Catholic faith-based educational community where students in grades six through 12 learn to integrate their thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual excellence, nurture relationships and inspire a life of leadership and service to others. Founded by parents in 1980, the school is governed by an elected Board of Trustees. Eastside Catholic is the only seven-year, co-educational Catholic school on the Eastside and offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Eastside Catholic School enrolls 865 students, employs 130 faculty and staff members and has an alumni base of more than 4,600.

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