Brennan Jacob Maletzke will be attending Walla Walla Community College to study criminal justice.

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A Cle Elum-Roslyn High School graduate will be taking his skills and ambitions to the big city this fall.

Brennan Jacob Maletzke will be attending Walla Walla Community College to study criminal justice. Maletzke moved to Cle Elum when he was in first grade and has lived there ever since. While in high school, he worked locally at Inland Construction and also found time to hunt and fly fish the local rivers. Maletzke said growing up in a small-town atmosphere was a perfect fit for him.

“It was pretty cool,” he said. “Everybody kind of knows everybody.”

Although he enjoys the close-knit environment in Upper County, Maletzke said one downside is that because it’s so small it is hard to meet new people.

“In a small town, you don’t really get to experience all the different types of people out there,” he said.

Although he isn’t particularly excited about moving to a larger city, Maletzke said it will indeed be a different experience than what he is used to.

“I definitely want to live in a small town someday,” he said. “I just kind of like that everybody is pretty helpful with each other and tries to know everybody.”

Maletzke said another benefit of small-town living was the small class sizes at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, something he appreciated during his time there.

“It’s a little more like one-on-one with the teachers helping you out,” he said.

When he was a sophomore Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, Maletzke decided he wanted to try his hand at competing in rodeo for the school’s club.

“I had liked it for a while and I decided to start doing it for myself,” he said.


Maletzke’s mother wouldn’t let him ride bulls, so he decided to compete in saddle bronc. It paid off, as he won the state high school rodeo championship held in Kennewick in 2018 and placed second this year in Walla Walla.

“It was kind of cool,” he said. “Kind of shocking because last year was my first year in the high school association. It was a neat experience.”

Maletzke will be taking his rodeo skills to Walla Walla, where he will compete on the college’s team.

“I’m pretty excited for that,” he said. “I think it will be fun. A bunch of other kids are moving up from high school, so it will be a lot of the same people. They have better bucking horses there so that will be cool.”

Maletzke would like to parlay his criminal justice education into a career as a fish and wildlife officer. He said he became interested in the profession after being around his father’s career as a fish and game biologist.

“I heard him talk about the stuff that fish and wildlife officers get to do,” he said. “It sounds like a job, and there’s probably really good benefits with it, too.”

Maletzke had a chance to visit his future school’s campus while at this year’s state finals in Walla Walla. He was able to meet with his future rodeo coach and take a tour of the campus.

“I like it a lot,” he said. “The only other place I looked at was Pendleton, and I liked it a lot better than Pendleton. The campus is a little bigger, and there’s more classes for what I want to do.”

As he solidifies his plan for the path ahead Maletzke has mixed feelings on his big move.

“I’m a little nervous because I don’t totally know what’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m excited for it more than nervous.”


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