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The Class of 2021 Graduates

On June 5, after an exceptional year in our history, the Class of 2021 finally celebrated graduation! At two smaller, socially-distanced ceremonies, faculty and staff welcomed graduates to campus to walk across the stage and collect their diploma – a well-earned and powerful symbol of their hard work and dedication over the last four years.

The Class of 2021 submitted more than 1,400 college applications and received more than 1,000 acceptances to 137 different post-secondary institutions, including: one to Amherst College, two to Boston College, one QuestBridge full scholarship to Bowdoin College, 64 to Dominican University, three to Fordham, four to Georgetown, one to Johns Hopkins, 40 to Loyola University Chicago, two to Macalester College, 28 to Marquette University, two to Middlebury, three to Northwestern, three to Notre Dame, two to Occidental College, 67 to University of Illinois at Chicago, 28 to University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, seven to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, four to University of Wisconsin-Madison, and one to Villanova... just to name a few. 

These graduates have already received $11,726,000 in financial awards covering 79% of tuition and fees they plan to attend next school year - 86% four-year institutions - with an average out-of-pocket expense of just $1,927.

Amid uncertain times, one thing is for certain: these hard-working young Men and Women for Others are ready to set the world on fire! 

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CR Students Excel with Microsoft Excel

The 2020-2021 school year, while challenging, provided the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) the opportunity to apply new strategies to train and equip students with skills for the jobs of tomorrow. Along with sister Cristo Rey schools, the CWSP joined a nationwide initiative to teach students the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel and to earn the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

In this course, students learned foundational skills and practices for effective data management in Excel. Since Excel is used extensively in the business sector, this knowledge will help set these students up for success in their college and career undertakings and future CWSP placements. Over the course of the year, students went from learning basic navigation to applying advanced functions, formulas, charts, and graphs to manage and analyze data efficiently and effectively.

After much preparation, students took the official Microsoft Excel Certification exam in the spring, and we are happy to announce that 200 students are now certified Microsoft Office Specials for Excel! That’s over 75% of all students who participated in the class and over a third of the entire school! We want to congratulate all students who participated, especially those who were certified. The entire Cristo Rey community is so proud of their accomplishments and hard work throughout the year.

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We Are CR: The Delgado Family

In celebration of Cristo Rey's 25th anniversary, "We Are CR" profiles will feature interviews with some of the many people who helped shape Cristo Rey Jesuit High School since its doors opened in 1996.

The Delgado siblings have been a part of the Cristo Rey family for more than a decade. Hector is a graduate of the Class of 2020 and Janet is a rising senior. Their older sister, Lizbeth, graduated from Cristo Rey in 2016 and is now back at Cristo Rey sharing her time and talent as a Jesuit Volunteer and cross country and track coach.

Why does Cristo Rey matter to you?
“Cristo Rey matters a lot to me because I have been surrounded by their amazing environment, staff, and students for quite a while now. The school itself is my second home. If I am not at home, I am at school playing sports or supporting my friends. It is a loving community that I am so happy to be a part of. We’re all one big family!” -Janet ‘22

In your opinion, what is the most important work that Cristo Rey has done? 
“I believe the most important work Cristo Rey has done is shape students to be men and women for others. As a student, I did not realize that those values were put into practice, and it was not until I got to college that I felt I had a mission. I feel very fortunate to be able to come back as a Jesuit volunteer and help the current students realize how important they are to those in their community.” -Lizbeth ‘16

What is your best memory of Cristo Rey?
“My best memory and experience at Cristo Rey was being welcomed as a freshman onto the soccer team. I felt like I had to prove myself due to the significant size difference between me and my teammates. My first season was most memorable because of a trying goal I scored during our regional final. I remember the feeling I had when the ball hit the back of the net and everyone at Harrison erupted in cheers. My overall academic and athletic experience at Cristo Rey were very positive. Everyone will always have a home at Cristo Rey and that’s something the faculty and staff always make sure you know.” -Hector ‘20

What advice to you have for the students of Cristo Rey? 
“My advice to students at Cristo Rey is to manage your time correctly and never stay behind on your work. It will be worth it at the end, even if there are nights where you feel like giving up. Cristo Rey also has the best support system and will help you in any way they can. Keep your head up and don’t let one bad grade get you down.”  -Janet ‘22

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¡VIVA Cristo Rey!

¡VIVA! is Cristo Rey’s premier fundraising event that brings our entire community together to celebrate our student’s success and support our Annual Fund. While we can’t celebrate ¡VIVA! in person together this year, the need and our mission remain the same. 

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Put Cristo Rey to Work

Corporate Partners invest in the development of a diverse workforce and in our students’ futures, building qualified and talented future leadership within their company industry.

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