Dreams Come True: Inspiration and promise mark alum’s journey

Carlos Valentin was a sixth grader at Immaculate Conception, (now Most Blessed Trinity) when visitors came to his classroom to talk about plans for a new college prep Catholic high school in Waukegan, one where students got to go to work AND attend school. That day he announced to his parents: “I’m going to that school. I have to.” Fast … Read More

Striving to be Accountable: Alum returns to CRSM to help students and their families

Seven years ago, Edwin Medina took his dream to become an accountant and headed to college, determined to one day return to Cristo Rey and help students and families struggling with financial challenges. At 23, the Class of 2011 graduate is back! Armed with a degree in accounting and business administration from Robert Morris University, Medina has traded the classroom … 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

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