A Letter to the Seniors

May 17, 2019 Hey, Seniors, it’s me – your old pal Junebug.  Hope you are having a great retreat.  Hard to believe it will be your last as CRSM students.  Time flies.  I’m going to miss your smiling faces around campus (and the scratches behind my ears)! As you prepare to leave CRSM and begin the next step in your … Read More

CRSM Class of 2019 Salutatorian Address

On May 31, 2019, the CRSM community celebrated the Class of 2019.  The evening started with a Baccalaureate Mass at Most Blessed Trinity in Waukegan, followed immediately by the Graduation ceremony.  The Class of 2019 Salutatorian Ranee Sanford addressed her classmates at the onset of Graduation; the following is a re-print of her remarks that evening. Good Evening everyone. Before … Read More

Senior Send-Off and Graduation 2019: Cristo Rey continues to fulfill its promise – get students to and through college

Friday morning, May 31st. Graduation festivities at Cristo Rey St. Martin began at 8 a.m. with its raucous, annual tradition of Senior Send-Off. The whole student body gathered to say good-bye to 95 graduating seniors, which tied the record for largest class in the school’s history. Academics, Work Study and Campus Ministry celebrated its seniors’ achievements with music, awards, photo … Read More

Corporate Work Study Wraps Up 2019

As the 2019 school year comes to a close, several of Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Partners take it upon themselves to coach our students on final, summative presentations.   The goal of these final presentations vary depending on each Corporate Partner, but often they include highlights of the student’s work over the past year, reflections from the students on … Read More

Seniors Final Retreat at CRSM

On Friday, May 17th, seniors traveled to the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights to attend their last retreat before graduation. The Viatorians were one of the founding religious communities to support Cristo Rey St. Martin when it opened in 2004. Fr. Dan Hall, CSV, Provincial, together with Fr. John Milton, CSV, a science advisor to the school, welcomed the … Read More

Class of 2019 Valedictory Commencement Address

On May 31, 2019, the CRSM community celebrated the Class of 2019.  The evening started with a Baccalaureate Mass at Most Blessed Trinity in Waukegan, followed immediately by the Graduation ceremony.  The Class of 2019 Valedictorian Paola Martinez addressed her classmates at Graduation; the following is a re-print of her remarks that evening. Buenas tardes, de parte de la clase … Read More

“Challenges Became My Fuel”: An Interview with Brisel Jiménez

I visited with Brisel (CRSM ’15, UIC ’19) during one of her visits to Cristo Rey St. Martin as a new full-time hire at Advanced Group, a staffing company operating across the US and Europe. She shared her experiences at Cristo Rey, University of Illinois at Chicago, and her work with the Corporate Work Study Program in Chicago and San … Read More

CRSM Student Wins Evans Scholarship

I met with Dominique Mendoza (CRSM ’19) after she was notified that she had won an Evans Scholarship. The following conversation has been edited and condensed. Congratulations on your award, what an accomplishment! Thanks! I’m really getting excited. So how does a young person who’s had an interest in math and science since grammar school get interested in caddying? It’s … Read More

Red Cloud Trips Part 2: Heading to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Part 2 of the Story: Over spring break, CRSM students traveled to South Dakota to visit Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This exchange program, which is in its third year, not only allows Cristo Rey students to become ambassadors of their cultures and communities here in Waukegan, but offers an opportunity to become teacher and … Read More

Cristo Rey St. Martin is 15 years old – she is our Quinceañera

Cristo Rey St. Martin is 15 years old!  She is our Quinceañera.  La Fiesta de Quince Años is a tradition in many Latinx cultures.  It celebrates a young woman’s entrance into adulthood. Last Saturday at our annual Founders’ Dinner, we celebrated Cristo Rey St. Martin’s first 15 years.  I like to think that our school looks fantastic every single day, … Read More