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CR Graduates Largest Class in School History


On Friday, June 3, Cristo Rey’s 131 seniors - our largest graduating class in school history - graduated with their families and the rest student body in attendance. They now join a proud alumni community 2,450 strong. It was the first time our entire school came together in person for graduation since 2019, a truly joyous occasion.

100% of the Class of 2022 was accepted to at least one college or university, and 82% plan to attend 4-year institutions next year. The Class of 2022 submitted more than 1,300 college applications and received more than 900 acceptances to 116 different post-secondary institutions, including: one to Boston University, one Posse scholarship to Middlebury College, 71 to Dominican University, four to Fordham, one to Georgetown, one to St. Olaf, 41 to Loyola University Chicago, six to DePauw, 34 to Marquette University, 68 to University of Illinois Chicago, 24 to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, three to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, three to University of Wisconsin-Madison, one to Villanova, and 25 to Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago...just to name a few! The graduates have already received close to $18 million in financial awards with an average out-of-pocket expense of just $382.

The Cristo Rey Class of 2022 is ready to set the world on fire!

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Viva Cristo Rey: New Mural Reflects Student Experience

 

Introducing Cristo Rey’s latest mural installation! Cristo Rey is honored and grateful to have artist Anne Heisler, along with Sam Kirk and Provoke Culture, create this piece which leads into Cristo Rey’s gymnasium. Anne and Sam worked with students over a period of several weeks to envision what would to be expressed in the space. Freshman Juan J., sophomore Kathy H., and juniors Heidy R. and Anahi I. all helped Anne to vision and paint this amazing work of public art for the school.

“Inspired by conversations with students and staff, "Viva Cristo Rey" shares the joy and energy experienced during moments that occur in this space. From field day, athletics, theater, the festival of the Virgin de Guadalupe and graduation, these key moments were brought to life using photographs of students and stories that share the dynamic life of the school. The background of the Virgin's starry mantle/robe and halo are incorporated to illustrate the faith which supports Cristo Rey students through their high school journey. Decorative elements in each diamond include vignettes that celebrate the culture of Cristo Rey's student body. The goal of this piece was to reflect the vibrant energy experience at Cristo Rey and experience. Thank you to the students who helped us to develop this concept and participated in painting the mural with the Provoke Culture team.” – Anne Heisler

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Alumni Spotlight: Fernando Sotelo '21


Meet Fernando Sotelo '21. Recent Cristo Rey graduate Fernando is attending Saint Xavier University and has a passion for international travel. 

CR grad year: 2021
College: Saint Xavier University
Major: Wildlife

Tell us a little bit about yourself, what have you been up to since graduating Cristo Rey?
Since graduating high school Fernando has enjoyed being able to travel internationally. He has explored the peninsula of Yucatan/ Cancun where he had the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. In addition to his travels in Mexico, Fernando visited Peru in December which was a great experience given that many CR teachers are from Peru. He has hopes of going to Europe this summer.

Aside from his travel adventures Fernando plays a great role within his father’s business: 5Rabanitos (a staple in Pilsen!). His involvement in the restaurant began as a dishwasher, but Fernando was fascinated to learn more about the cuisine and wanted to dive deeper into making new recipes. Don Jaime, a cook/ food preparer at the restaurant, took him under his wing and taught him how to do things within the kitchen. In addition, Fernando has taken manager courses to further help him understand how to manage the clientele. At such a young age, he is able to work as a host, in preparations, and in the kitchen. However, Fernando prefers to be hands on! Fun fact: he helped pitched the idea for the Torta Mercado!


Can you share a little more about your transition to college?
Fernando shared that for him it wasn’t an immense transition. He gives credit to his organization skills he learned during his time at CR. An area in which there was a greater adjustment in college was adjusting to his college schedule and learning to do homework in between classes. He also highlights that the amount of homework he received as a student at CR helped him adjust to the level of workload that was expected in college. Currently, he is taking Latin Studies courses which he has been able to apply the knowledge he learned during his four years at CR.


What do you enjoy about college?
Fernando enjoys being able to have a flexible schedule, being able to meet individuals from other cultures, and being able to explore new interests.


Any special project you have worked on this past year?
At SXU Fernando worked on a wildlife paper that discussed the study of whale sharks and the biological behavior of the species. In addition, he is working on a sculptural project for his art class.

Another project that Fernando has worked on was the CR Sentrock mural at Cristo Rey. During his senior year, Fernando was very active within his art classes and he also wanted to leave something behind that he was part of at CR. He took the opportunity to be involved in the mural painting process as soon as he found out about the opportunity. Enjoyed the experience greatly because his classmates and him were able to work alongside Sentrock to create a mural that represents what CR symbolizes for the community.


What advice would you give other alumni or current students who aspire to pursue a similar career path as you?
“Do research in what you want to study…like deep research of the classes you need to take, internships needed, and post career paths! Take advantage of college counseling and the resources they offer. Finally, take advantage of high school and enjoy the experience because it flies by.”


Do you believe Cristo Rey has impacted your career or the person you are today? If so, how?
Fernando's CWSP experience helped him learn how to become a mature individual and learn proper mannerism. Furthermore, CWSP helped expose him to a corporate environment where he learned to break out of his shell and learn to talk to other individuals. Lastly, Fernando shared that Mr. Indocochea always encouraged him to ask questions because someone else might also have a similar question. CR truly helped him develop into the person he is today.


Do you have a favorite story about your time at Cristo Rey?
Fernando's favorite memory is field day where the students brought capes from Six Flags! It was an enjoyable time he was able to spend with his classmates before the pandemic. Another event was his soccer senior night where stepped out of his normal role as a goal keeper. He played in the field and scored a hat trick (3 goals)!


What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Being with his dog, Amiko, watching soccer, playing soccer, and he recently got into bowling. Fernando also enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.


How would you describe Cristo Rey to someone who is new to the school? OR What would you say to prospective Cristo Rey families who are considering Cristo Rey?
“CR will be an adjustment in the beginning academically and socially. However, enjoy the experience, take advantage of the opportunities, and get involved!”


Thank you to Fernando Sotelo ’21 for sharing your story with us. Connect with Fernando.

Would you like to be featured as an Alumni Spotlight? Contact Citlally Delgado, Manager of Alumni Support.

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¡VIVA! 2022 

Cristo Rey's premier fundraising event ¡VIVA! is back, celebrating 25 years of Cristo Rey. Ticket sales have closed, but you can still be a part of the celebration.

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