Student & Alumni Profiles
Meet the Huesca Family:
Estefania ’20, Jose ’22, Magaly ‘23, Oscar ‘23 and Jose ‘22
The theme of the 2021-2022 school year, as students once again are fully back and in person for learning, work and extracurriculars, is Belong. Believe. and Brillar, Spanish for “to shine,” and all four Huesca siblings are examples of what it means to shine at Cristo Rey. Here is their story.
Cristo Rey first welcomed the Huesca Family in 2016, when eldest sister Estefania joined the Class of 2020, followed by three siblings, with another in 8th grade (a hopeful Cristero). Trailblazer Estefania is now a sophomore at Dominican University, and her siblings at Cristo Rey are making their impact at the school.
Current senior Jose is involved in the Senior-Freshman Mentorship Program and his Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP) job is at new job partner Google, where he works in project management. Twins Magaly and Oscar are juniors and very involved at Cristo Rey. Magaly participates in Cross Country, Yearbook Club, K-Club, and Track and Field. Her CWSP job is at Kovitz, also a job partner, where she assists with client files and the reception area. Oscar participates in Cross Country and Track and Field. His CWSP job is at Sidley Austin, a longtime CWSP partner, where he works in the Records department.
The Huesca family learned about Cristo Rey during their time at Epiphany Catholic School in Little Village. Their mother emphasized the importance of continuing their Catholic education during high school, so Estefania led her siblings to Cristo Rey. As a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, Cristo Rey's faith formation is an essential component of our mission. Cristo Rey strives to celebrate and nurture the cultural heritage and faith of our families through bilingual religion classes, retreats, liturgies, service learning, and other programs.
When asked about their favorite memory at Cristo Rey was, all three siblings agreed: participating in Field Day. Field Day is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The whole school community gathers at Harrison Park to build community via play and activities – including a pep rally, soccer and basketball matches, loteria, water balloon toss, chess, dance, to name a few. The focus on a holistic student experience ensures that Cristo Rey upholds the Jesuit principle of Cura Personalis, the education of the whole person, creating a community of well-rounded leaders.
When asked to describe the Cristo Rey experience to a prospective student Jose said, “Cristo Rey stands out because of the Corporate Work Study Program, it is something other schools do not have. It is an opportunity for students to experience the workplace, pay their tuition, and learn about future internship opportunities for when they are in college.” Magaly and Oscar highlighted the smaller school size as a benefit, as it creates an environment where students get to know each other, where relationships between teachers and students are stronger, and a place where they feel teachers truly care for them.
When asked about their favorite teachers or classes, Magaly and Oscar mentioned their American Literature teachers, Mr. Ovalle ’08 and Dr. Angiello, respectively. Magaly said, “Mr. Ovalle makes classes not complicated, classes are somehow easy and still makes us challenge ourselves.” While Jose highlighted his honors math classes as his favorite, acing Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics, and Probability.
For more than a decade, 100% of the Cristo Rey students have gained acceptance to at least one college or university, and students graduate with a four-year degree at 3.5x the national average for their demographic peers. Jose has applied to ten colleges and has received acceptances to seven schools so far, including Dayton University, Loyola University, Marquette University, DePaul University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Cristo Rey prepares students for success through its college preparatory and dual-language curriculum, while at the same time, nurturing students as they grow into fully bilingual and biliterate Latino leaders.
The Huesca family's brillar story is one example of how the Cristo Rey education model makes a difference in the lives of the students and families we serve. Thank you to all the members of the Cristo Rey community, with your generosity, we can continue to improve the lives of the families we serve.