It Takes a Mentor: Alumni Return to Share College Experiences

With the goal to support students to and through college, exploring the experiences of alumni who are navigating their journeys toward long-term success is an important link between CRSM and what lies ahead after graduation. Recently, a handful of CRSM alumni came back to spend an afternoon with seniors, serving as mentors sharing their own experiences in college and the … Read More

Classy Reunion: Welcoming Home Alumni

From Duke University in North Carolina, Johns Hopkins in Maryland and Marquette and Loyola universities closer to home, more than 50 CRSM alumni and about 10 teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 22, 2016 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing stories and tales from the college front, many of … Read More

Class of 2016 Alumna Named “2016 Youth of the Year”

Photo: Giselle Baca (left) with the leadership for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County Congratulations to Class of 2016 graduate Giselle Baca who was named “2016 Youth of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Club of Lake County. Headed to Wheeling Jesuit University where she received a full ride scholarship, Baca is the second CRSM student to … Read More

Keeping it Together: An alumni reflects on the power of the Cristo Rey Network

Several weeks ago, Michael Odiotti, principal, received a letter from Class of 2016 graduate, Jose Santiago Elizondo, a Marquette and Greenhouse scholar and freshman at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In the note, Jose shares his experience at a Colorado camp for Greenhouse scholars and a chance encounter with another graduate from a Cristo Rey school in Denver. His note … Read More

Alumni Home for the Holidays at CRSM

It was a night of shared college and work experiences, a chance for almost 60 CRSM alumni, teachers and staff to gather and hear about CRSM graduates’ experiences in and beyond college. “It is so great to see you all these evening and to gather together as a family,” Preston Kendall, president told the crowd gathered at Fatman Bowl in … Read More

New Alumni Support Director

Melissa Chavez is the new Director of Alumni Support, a position Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep created this past summer to assist CRSM graduates. This new addition ensures that all Cristo Rey alumni have access to the resources necessary to successfully graduate with post-secondary degrees. She will visit alumni at their schools and show them how to take advantage … Read More

CRSM Alum Proves Work Experience Creates Lasting Value

Twenty-year-old Erik Estela is a living example that Cristo Rey St. Martin’s work-based learning, where students gain important lessons about professionalism and employability skills in a real work environment, can create long-lasting advantages that often distinguish graduates from their peers. The Class of 2014 graduate attended Lewis University his freshman year, and while he had a generally positive experience, he … Read More

“Great Success: Helping Others,” CRSM Alumna

Growing up in the tough, economically-blighted town of Waukegan where gang violence and drug busts dominate headlines, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva assumed the implicit message that she and her grade school classmates were destined to go nowhere, would shape her destiny. But today, the 22-year-old Cristo Rey St. Martin Class of 2010 graduate is a leading role model for young people … Read More

Alumni Driven By Ambition

When Carly and Baltazar graduated from Cristo Rey St. Martin in 2011, they crossed the threshold of Loyola University as 10 members of an elite group of Cristo Rey graduates from across the country named as Cristo Rey Scholars and awarded the prestigious four-year full-tuition, full-housing scholarship to the Chicago university’s Roger’s Park campus. On May 7, 2015, the Waukegan … Read More