Welcome to the Class of 2021! On Monday, August 21, Cristo Rey St. Martin celebrated the beginning of the 2017 school year. The event was extra special for several reasons – marking the last “first day” of school that will be held at the current campus. CRSM will move in April, 2018 across town to a new state-of-the-art educational facility, which is being created through the renovation of a former K-Mart on Rt. 120. Day One coincided with the solar eclipse, giving students the chance to step outside to witness the historic event watch in awe with their NASA-approved glasses.
“Welcome everyone,” said Preston Kendall, CRSM president. ”Watching the excitement of the incoming ninth graders and all the students back at school reminds me of how we work so hard to create a community that allows all of us to be the best we can be and to use our own special gifts to make a deliberate commitment to use those God-given talents for other people, specifically for our students. As Jesus reminds us: ‘For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”
In the classroom and at work, CRSM has reached many “first-ever” milestones of success:
• For the sixth consecutive year, CRSM was named one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” by the Washington Post, a recognition achieved by only nine percent of high schools nationwide.
• 120 students spent the summer continuing to work at their CWSP jobs
• 98 percent of 2017 graduates were accepted into four-year Bachelor’s programs
• Class of 2017 graduates were awarded a total of $25.5 million collectively in scholarships, up from $17,349,976 in 2016 and $800,000 in 2007.
• Many CRSM alumni already are on their way to success, including Mayra Tenorio, a graduate of the CRSM Class of 2011 and the Swarthmore Class of 2015, who is headed to England this fall as a Gates Cambridge scholar.
Mike Odiotti, who is now in his tenth year as principal of CRSM, reminded students of the potential of greatness that they will be encouraged to pursue.
He referenced, as he frequently does, The Little Book of Talent, which chronicles the findings of an author who traveled around the world to meet with top coaches, teachers and neurologists in order to unlock the secret of how greatness happens.
“I imagine in the future that we will read about our tiny Catholic school in the next edition of the book and how we are a hotbed of talent developing top teachers, social workers, lawyers and leaders,” said Odiotti. “We already are and you are the future of that.”
On August 18, the previous Friday before the start of school, faculty and staff gathered for a Mass to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. Two people very close to our school community led the Mass – our celebrant was Fr. John Milton, CSV, a retired physics professor who commutes from Arlington Heights once a week to serve as an adviser for Kumkum Bonnerjee, CRSM physics teacher; and Tom Biegel, CRSM director of technology, who is in his fourth and final year of diaconate training to become a Catholic deacon, assisted Fr. Milton.