Alumni Making a global impact: From Cambridge to Guatemala and Waukegan

Oh, the places they’ve gone! From the Peace Corps in Guatemala to Marian University in Indianapolis, and Dominican University and Arrupe College of Loyola closer to home, about 50 alumni, teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 14, 2017 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing pizza, memories and stories from … Read More

Peace Corps transforms alumna into better global citizen

When Susy Gonzalez decided to join the Peace Corps she had just graduated with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University, where the focus was on “empowering vulnerable populations.” “I wanted to go and live the experience firsthand,” says the CRSM Class of 2011 graduate. “I wanted to see how the people lived and to find a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: An advocate for survivors of violence

Since her freshman year at Cristo Rey St. Martin, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva has been determined to employ her natural compassion toward others into a full-time career. She remembers the epiphany moment when she realized on a Campus Ministry retreat that being nice and a “sensitive person,” who wanted to help others weren’t character flaws. Instead, her innate compassion had a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: Becoming an architect of social change

Meet Katia Astudillo, a 20-year-old Class of 2015 CRSM graduate whose bold vision is driving her to create a promising career in architecture. A junior at University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent her summer interning for JGMA, the progressive Chicago architecture firm that is transforming the former Waukegan K-Mart into into a vibrant and innovative education facility that will … Read More

Change maker is finding her calling in the classroom

Putting in long hours every day in the classroom, Ariel Filion spent her summer teaching reading and creative journaling to fifth graders through junior students in a Boston school. “Ms. Ariel,” to her students, the Class of 2015 CRSM graduate is a junior at Colorado College. Her commitment not only to teach, but to advocate for marginalized students, drew her … Read More

Engineering Success: Ambitious alumna is trailblazing a career in technology

Meet Klarizsa Padilla, a member of the Class of 2013 who just graduated with a computer science degree from Georgetown University. This fall, she is headed to Columbia University in New York City where she is pursuing a second Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. As a mentor for Georgetown’s Women Who Code organization, a Google student ambassador, an … Read More

CRSM Alumna and East Coast College Student Committed to Giving Back

Meet Anissa Garza. A graduate of the Class of 2015, she is a sophomore at Bates College in Maine who is double majoring in psychology and religious studies. This fall, she will head to Tarragona, Spain for a semester, inching closer to her dream to one day earn a doctorate in psychology, become a clinician or researcher and, eventually, a … Read More

Alumna Committed to Helping Immigrants

At 11-years-old, Mayra Tenorio immigrated to Beach Park from Mexico with her mom and younger sister, Xiomara, also a CRSM grad, with the hope and goal that she would have a better opportunity to go to college. Fast-forward to today. The 23-year-old Class of 2011 alumna graduated in 2015 from Swarthmore College, where studied Sociology & Anthropology and Gender & … Read More

Duke University Takes Alumna On Journey to Her Dreams

As a freshman at Duke University, Kala Juett already is an exemplar of a strong, smart young woman and leader destined to play a significant role in society, regardless of her chosen career path. If there is any question about that, consider that she is one of only 18 female freshman selected for the Baldwin Scholars Program, chosen because school … Read More