October 20, 2015
Meet Janvier Musavyimana of DePaul Cristo Rey
“I fought to come here. I knew I would get a better education at a private high school and I told my mom, ‘I am going to DePaul Cristo Rey.’”
Those are powerful words from a 14-year-old, but Janvier Musavyimana did more than talk about DePaul Cristo Rey (DPCR), she practically enrolled herself, and is today a member of the Class of 2019, DPCR’s largest freshman class to date.
Janvier was six years old when she, her parents and three siblings moved to Cincinnati from the African nation of Tanzania. An immediate challenge was learning English. “Everyone around me spoke another language, Kirundi. It was hard at school being different,” she explains. She attended a public elementary school, then transferred to St. Boniface School for fifth through eighth grades. “I’m the first in my family to go to private school and I wanted to continue that in high school,” she says.
Her resolve won over her reluctant parents. Janvier walked herself to DPCR several times to visit, complete her application and enroll. It’s about a six-mile round-trip from her home in the community of Millvale where her family, which has grown to eight, shares an apartment.
Ninth grade is going well. Her favorite class is English, she likes her Corporate Work Study Program job at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, she’s playing on the JV volleyball team, and she dreams of becoming a pediatrician. “We get to experience something other students our age don’t get; we’re experiencing our future.”