The College Degree Equation; Solving for Low Income

“I came to realize that, in every step along the way, we had to do more because we had less.” This quote is from an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week called The Implicit Punishment of Daring to Go to College When Poor by Enoch Jemmott, a young man from a low-income background now attending Queens College.  He has … Read More

Career Exploration Day Hosted by Corporate Work Study Program

The Corporate Work Study Program held its 2nd annual Career Exploration Event on March 19th. The Honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, delivered the keynote speech to open the event. Fifty-two young professionals, representing thirteen career specialties, volunteered their time to hold “informational interviews” for small groups of CRSM … Read More

Students Attend Hamilton Performance

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. On March … Read More

The Red Cloud Trips: Part 1

On Saturday, March 2nd, Red Cloud High School students left the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for Cristo Rey St. Martin in Waukegan. Their seventeen hour trek, hampered by nasty winter weather, began a cultural exchange between the two high schools that will span eleven days and thirty-six hundred miles. This exchange program, which is in its third … Read More

“WHO SAID YOU CAN’T?” An Interview with Brigitte Calma Layug

As a Biochem Quality Technician in Abbott Lab’s Diagnostic Division, Brigitte Calma Layug (CRSM ’12, Knox College ’16) has been chasing her dreams since she arrived in the US from the Philippines. Her accomplishments are impressive – and wide ranging. From Division 3 volleyball to Biology to languages to rap music, Brigitte is still moving at a remarkable pace. We … Read More

Mock Trial Competition Winning Awards at the Howlett Cup

After 7th period on Friday, March 8th, eleven aspiring lawyers boarded a 5:15 Waukegan train bound for downtown Chicago. The Cristo Rey lawyers-to-be were heading into the city to face-off against their peers at the Howlett Cup, a mock trial competition held on 24th floor of the Daley Center. The train arrived in downtown Chicago late in the afternoon – … Read More

Through Our Foyer: Profound and Interrelated Experiences

Funny how seemingly unrelated, small goings and comings sometimes coalesce into deeper, more profound and interrelated experiences.  A recent school assembly is one example. A few weeks ago, we finally were able to put up some signage in spaces around the new building recognizing some of the very generous donors who made our first phase of construction possible.  We passed … Read More

A Packed House at the 2019 Talent Show

The Prom Committee presented the 2019 Fashion and Talent Show There were twelve acts that included Vocal performances, Dance, Magic, Fashion and Rap. The program ran from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Six Feet Under – Ana Maria Galvan Decades  – Jose Anaya, Brittany Cortes, Carolina Angeles, Louis Zavala, Daniela Rivera, Yadira Gutierrez Dance – Ballet Folklorico Erandi Magic – Alex Hoy … Read More

Annual Art Show Opens

  On Saturday February 23rd, CristoArt 2019 opened. Twenty-four student artists submitted forty-three works to the juried show. Seven artists were recognized and won cash prizes. The show will remain in the front lobby until March 9th.  

“PERSISTANCE”: An Interview with Jonathan Catalan

Recently hired by Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, a prominent multi-program social service agency, Jonathan Catalan (CRSM ’14, Loras College ’18) agreed to sit down with Cristo Rey for an interview to talk about his journey from Cristo Rey, to Iowa and back again. He stopped by Cristo Rey St. Martin on his way to work in Round Lake … Read More