Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Class of 2023 brings values, hunger, and millions of dollars to college
100% of graduating class accepted to college for fifth consecutive year
MILWAUKEE – One hundred percent of Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Class of 2023 has been accepted into at least two four-year colleges or universities and will be the first generation in their families to attend college. Collectively, the class has earned more than $25 million over the next four years in institutional scholarships and grants toward college education.
In her address to the graduates, Salutatorian Pamela Almaraz said, “Cristo Rey makes their goals for us very clear. “Cristo Rey Jesuit graduates will be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, work experienced, and committed to doing justice. They will become leaders committed to a lifelong pursuit of learning, faith and justice.” Today, that is what I see: young, empowered men and women ready to “Blaze a trail.” Everyday I see us living out these values. Starting as scared, awkward freshmen and now grown into young men and women filled with knowledge and wisdom.” Almaraz will be attending Milwaukee School of Engineering in the fall.
Valedictorian Arlin Sanchez spoke about the hunger that drives the graduating class. “Out of all of the things I have learned throughout these years, the most important lesson has been to be hungry – to be hungry for desire and be hungry for change. Hunger is what the Class of 2023 has. Hunger for success, accomplishments, and a better world. We all have hunger in all sorts of ways, whether that be academically or socially. This hunger has led us to amazing accomplishments. From helping found Orgullo Latino, winning state in boys soccer, the work of the Black Student Union and Social Justice Club, being 100% admitted to universities, and the many independent business owners in our class. Every individual in our class has achieved something in their own unique way.” Sanchez will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee: Cristo Rey Jesuit, a Catholic high school for young women and men of all faiths and limited financial means, integrates rigorous academics, professional work experiences and spiritual development to empower graduates to succeed in college and life. Cristo Rey Jesuit partners with over 100 Milwaukee companies of all sizes and industries that provide meaningful work for Cristo Rey Jesuit students through the Corporate Work Study Program. By the time students graduate, each will have completed 1,250 hours of professional work experience. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which now educates 443 students, opened its doors in the fall of 2015 and is one of 38 schools in the Cristo Rey Network. Learn more at www.cristoreymilwaukee.org.
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