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Eastside Catholic HS - Colin Malaska
 3/9/2012

Author: Colin Malaska
Grade: Junior
School: Eastside Catholic HS
Mascot: Crusaders
League: Metro
Classification: 3A



Hello all, my name is Colin Malaska and I am currently a junior at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish. Eastside Catholic used to be located in the Newport area (which is why it remains in the metro league) but moved to a new campus in around 2009 on the plateau in Sammamish. Eastside Catholic High School has around 600 students enrolled as well as another 300 enrolled in the Eastside Catholic Middle School system. Though the size of our high school student body is quite small compared to our 4A neighbors, Skyline and Eastlake, we compete in the 3A division for all of our sports teams. For me, I find that the size of my 150-student class is ideal for building a strong sense of community without being too small to where thing can become dull. Eastside is a great school for me and offers many opportunities for leadership and community service as well as having a strong sports program. For example, I am part of the Student Athletic Advisory Council at my school which consists of a group of students selected to give opinions and make decisions for the ECHS sports program. Also, members of this council serve as representatives to the student body to convey the ideas of the students to the administrators of the school in order to create a better environment for all Eastside Catholic student athletes.

I have been playing soccer for as far back as I can remember. Though in middle school I played basketball and ran track, soccer has always been my primary sport. I have always played on year-round club teams for soccer, making most of my life dedicated to the great sport. In the spring of 2011 I found out that I had been selected to be on the most elite club in the state, Crossfire Academy. My academy team is in a league that includes other academies from California, Arizona, and Canada, as well as having showcases in Florida and Texas. As you can imagine, I spend lots of time traveling, practicing, and competing with my club team. In addition to club soccer, I have played varsity soccer for Eastside Catholic for the past two years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Although our team never advanced to playoffs or to state, I loved my teammates and was proud to represent my school on and off the field as a Crusader. I was also glad to have the opportunity to help coach the middle school boys’ soccer team in the fall. It was a great experience to share my knowledge of the game with the young players who will eventually be playing for Eastside as well as serve as a role model to them. 
        

In addition to playing club and high school soccer, I also write, record, and perform music in a band. I play bass and sing backup vocals in my band, Roll the Credits, but I also play guitar and a bit of piano. Playing music as a side hobby is a great outlet for my stress because it invokes creativity and relaxation by utilizing entirely different thought processes than I would normally use in schoolwork or sports. My band and I have also found ways to benefit the Sammamish community and local organizations by providing entertainment for fundraising events. For example, we have played shows where the ticket sales go to cancer relief foundations, hospitals, or the local city centers. One of the major organizations that we will be working with this year is Relay for Life, a group that helps raise awareness and donations to help find cures for cancer. Since Eastside Catholic, Eastlake, and Skyline are all within one mile, a strong sense of community is felt at Relay for Life’s events that are held in Sammamish. Over 600 students and members of the community come out each year to walk on the track of a local high school to raise money and awareness for cancer relief programs. My band will be providing entertainment to the runners as well as by drawing people into the event through our music. Also, all album sales will have a percentage that is donated to Relay for Life during this time as well. 

As you can see, sports, school, music, and community service are very important to my life as an Eastside Catholic student. I am proud to be a Crusader and student-athlete while using my strengths to help the community in any way I can. Eastside is a great place for me as a student athlete, leader, and member of the Sammamish community. The bonds that are formed with my teammates and fellow students are ones that I will always hold close to me and never let go.





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