Student appreciation day: CRSM Work-study partners thank students for making a difference

On a recent Friday, four groups of CRSM students took to the podium at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods to deliver presentations culminating seven months of project research. The room was packed with about 200 Discover employees and guests from neighboring companies, there to show their support not only for the students, but the “win-win” the Corporate Work Study Program … Read More

CRSM Graduates Head to College

Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep is sending nearly 100 percent of its graduating class to college. On Saturday, June 4, 2016, 78 members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas at a Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony held at Most Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Waukegan. Next fall they will attend colleges across the country including Duke, Georgetown, Loyola, … Read More

CRSM Named One of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, Washington Post

For the fifth 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. “This is a celebration and triumph for our entire school community,” Principal Mike Odiotti told students gathered at a recent assembly. Each year, the Post uses a formula that focuses … Read More

January President’s Pen: Who Are Our Neighbors?

“And who is my neighbor?” That question posed to Jesus in Luke’s gospel is also the opening line from a famous sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jesus responds with the story of the Good Samaritan and Dr. King uses his sermon to elaborate on three types of people in our world: (1) Those like the robbers who mugged … Read More

Takeda Touts Work-Study Program

At Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., support for Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program continues to grow. Today 35 students, up from 20 just a few years ago, work at the pharmaceutical giant’s Deerfield campus. As a result of the success of this venture, Takeda leaders recently invited companies from throughout the northern suburbs to learn more about the work study … Read More

CRSM Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

With singing, hugging and powerful words, a packed crowd of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep students, faculty, staff and visitors reflected on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote speaker Walstone Francis from Shiloh Baptist Church in Waukegan recited the words of Dr. King and challenged students to embrace their educational opportunities to “find your purpose in life,” … Read More

Retired CEO Champions College Ready, Career Ready

Robert Hamilton pulls up a chair at the big table in the conference room of Gewalt Hamilton Associates Inc. in Vernon Hills. It has been a year since Hamilton retired, after 40 years earning a remarkable tenure that has made him a leader in the field of civil engineering. He’s built his reputation developing collaborative relationships with regulatory agencies, local … Read More

Chicago Tribune: Cristo Rey’s Work-Study Program Lauded

On October 5, 2015, The Chicago Tribune recognized Cristo Rey St. Martin’s Corporate Work Study Program with the following article, “Waukegan’s Cristo Rey uses Lake County businesses to train high schoolers, pay for tuition.” Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan is a high school where most students attend college — and officials there say major local companies like … Read More

CRSM Celebrates Earth Day, Living Green

From “Living Green: Steps to Greening Your Life,” and the “Local Food: Food System Chain Game,” to “Environmental Justice In Waukegan Recycling Fashion,” and “Faith and Environmental Stewardship,” CRSM students, faculty and staff celebrated Earth Day April 2, 2015 with an afternoon of presentations and conversations focused on these green topics. The afternoon of events was planned and sponsored by … Read More