The Students Behind our Milestones

Apr 1, 2019 | Cougar Chronicles

The Students Behind Our Milestones

521. That’s the number of college acceptances that Cristo Rey’s Class of 2019 has earned, so far. 100. That’s the percentage of graduating seniors who have been accepted into at least one four-year college. Three. That’s the number of consecutive years that Cristo Rey Columbus seniors have achieved 100% college acceptance. And yes, that means every single senior in CRCHS history has been accepted to college!

Behindthese impressive milestones are Cristo Rey students with discipline and grit, who are pioneers in their communities. Many of our graduates are the first in their families to attend college, and they continue to be trailblazers and inspirations for every Cristo Rey class that follows.

Jeremiah, a member of the Class of 2019, will attend Santa Clara University in California this fall. He was one of five students chosen (out of 106 candidates from 18 Cristo Rey Network schools) to receive the ‘Cristo Rey Scholar’ distinction, which will cover his full tuition, room and board, and course-related expenses.

Students like Jeremiah work hard to excel in academics, and to lead and contribute to our school and our community. They’re the backbone of our milestones, and the reason we’re able to celebrate these achievements year after year. In fact, we’ve just surpassed another record. Collectively, the Class of 2019 has earned almost $7 million in merit-based scholarships – more than any previous Cristo Rey Columbus class.

We’re overwhelmed with pride at our students’ dedication and persistence to succeed. Congratulations to our seniors!

In celebration, 

P.S. If you haven’t seen the video of our senior class celebrating their 100% college acceptance, you don’t want to miss it! Click here.

After walking through hallways lined with cheering underclassmen, our seniors celebrated their accomplishments with a reception.

College Acceptances 
More than 120 institutions have extended offers to the Class of 2019:

Alabama State University
Allegheny College
Anderson University-IN
Antioch College
Arizona State University
Ashland University
Baldwin Wallace University
Ball State University
Bellarmine University
Bowling Green State University
Butler University
California State University, Northridge
California University of Pennsylvania
Canisius College
Capital University
Case Western Reserve University
Central State University
Claflin University
Clark Atlanta University
Cleveland State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbus State Community College
Creighton University
Curry College
DePaul University
Dominican University of California
Drexel University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Franklin College of Indiana
Georgia State University
Goucher College
Grand Canyon University
High Point University
Hilbert College
Indiana Tech
Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus
Indiana University South Bend
John Carroll University
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Kent State University
Kentucky State University
La Roche College
La Salle University
Lourdes University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Malone University
Marquette University
Marshall University
Marymount Manhattan College
Maryville University
Mercyhurst University
Miami University, Oxford
Morehead State University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Nazareth College
Neumann University
New England Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University
Notre Dame College of Ohio
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Olivet Nazarene University
Otterbein University
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University – Abington
Pennsylvania State University – Altoona
Pennsylvania State University Erie – The Behrend College
Purdue University
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Queens University of Charlotte
Regis University
Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Louis University
Saint Xavier University
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seton Hill University
Shawnee State University
Sinclair Community College
St. John’s University
Temple University
Tennessee State University
The College of Saint Rose
The College of Wooster
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University at Newark
The University of Akron
The University of Arizona
Tiffin University
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash College
University of Dayton
University of Evansville
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Indianapolis
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rio Grande
University of Toledo
Ursuline College
Valparaiso University
Wabash College
Warren Wilson College
Washington State University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Westmont College
Wheeling Jesuit University
Wittenberg University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University
Xavier University
York College of Pennsylvania
Youngstown State University

Nehemiah, Class of 2021, is pictured with Bill Curry at the Lindy Infante Foundation Fundraiser. Mr. Curry is a two-time Super Bowl Champion, esteemed coach, former ESPN analyst, and the author of “Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle”.

It Takes A Team

The Lindy Infante Foundation is a local foundation that provides opportunities to athletes who are lacking the resources to compete. The foundation believes that sports have the power to transform lives, and 100% of their funds go to helping young athletes play and excel. 

This past winter, the Lindy Infante Foundation invited Nehemiah, a sophomore and student athlete at Cristo Rey Columbus High School, to speak at their first-ever fundraiser. Of course, Nehemiah gladly obliged, and had to opportunity to meet their featured guest speaker, Bill Curry (pictured above). 

Stephanie Infante, President of the Lindy Infante Foundation, was touched by Nehemiah’s message of the significance of belonging to a team and feeling supported. She said, “We continue to be impressed by Cristo Rey’s impact on young students. At our event, Nehemiah spoke with incredible confidence and passion, and captivated our audience with his message. He is a remarkable example of the high standards instilled in each student at Cristo Rey.”

Thanks to support from the Lindy Infante Foundation, Cristo Rey Columbus can continue to offer both a boys and girls soccer team. The Foundation has also helped Cristo Rey Columbus launch its first boys’ and girls’ tennis teams.

Nehemiah was honored to participate at the fundraiser, and feels immense gratitude for what the Foundation has done for Cristo Rey Columbus. He said, “My speech at the Lindy Infante Foundation Fundraiser gave me a sense of pride, because it was a night dedicated to benefiting others. Their support towards our school will not only help me, but it will continue to serve many students after I graduate.”

Nehemiah is pictured at the Lindy Infante Fundraiser with his father (far left), Stephanie Infante (second from right), and his mother (far right).