January 24, 2017
DePaul Cristo Rey celebrates 100% college acceptance
For the third year in a row, DePaul Cristo Rey (DPCR) High School’s senior class has achieved 100 percent college acceptance. Every member of the Class of 2017 has been accepted to at least one college, most have been accepted to multiple schools, and these seniors have already earned $3.8 million in merit-based academic scholarships. And the acceptance letters and scholarship awards continue to arrive in seniors' mailboxes.
The announcement of 100 percent acceptance was made in a pep-rally style celebration on January 17 that included confetti cannons, standing ovations and words of wisdom from English teacher Dr. Manuel Iris who told the seniors, “Life will change in ways that you cannot imagine and will not always be good. Your future is full of difficulties and challenges that I believe in my heart you will overcome. You will be challenged and afraid and sometimes will be defeated, but then you will come back on your feet and continue with resilience, intelligence and heart.”
There are 59 seniors in the Class of 2017, DPCR’s largest graduating class so far. The seniors will graduate on May 30 in a ceremony at Mount St. Joseph University.
DePaul Cristo Rey High School opened in June 2011 as part of the national Cristo Rey Network to serve those families who want a private, college preparatory education for their children but can’t afford it without significant financial assistance.