Cristo Rey Jesuit alumni will soon be entering the Milwaukee workforce as college graduates. To support their journey from college to career, the school held its first Career & Internship Fair in October. The trailblazing alumni attending seven different area colleges and universities met with representatives from these thirteen diverse Corporate Work Study Program corporations:

  • AO Smith
  • Baird
  • Church Mutual Insurance Company
  • Froedtert
  • HellermannTyton
  • Next Door
  • North Shore Bank
  • Zoological Society
  • Water Stone Bank
  • Manpower
  • Cullen
  • US Bank
  • R1 RCM

The fair allowed CRJ alumni to engage with employers who understood their unique experiences and the professional assets they have developed through their Corporate Work Study experience. Director of Postgraduate Success Zuleyka Rios shared that, "We know our students carry their CWSP experiences everywhere but when they meet employers who understand the CRJ student work experience, students are able to build a powerful connection with prospective employers."

Additionally, representatives from Baird hosted a resume-writing workshop and provided feedback for each alumni. Baird's Elizabeth Malone shared, "The alumni were eager and open to learn and were enthusiastic to receive feedback on their resumes in order to enhance their professional presentation. We've seen that Cristo Rey Jesuit alumni are oftentimes more prepared than their peers due to their work study program experiences at CRJ."

Alumna Ana Luci '19 found the resume workshop incredibly useful as she prepares for her job search upon graduation from Marquette in May. "The feedback for the resume workshop was great. It was useful to make updates and improvements to my current resume. It was also refreshing to learn what actual recruiters look for in a strong resume."

Thank you to all of the representatives who attended the fair to provide guidance and opportunities to Cristo Rey Jesuit alumni as well as to our Corporate Work Study Program supervisors and staff members who prepare our graduates to be work-experienced and prepared for the professional world.


“Trailblazers Dominate Lake City Conference” headlined our student produced and published newspaper this week at school. Our boys soccer and girls volleyball programs both celebrated conference championships in their respective sports. Our Cross Country team also celebrated two runners named to the “all-conference” team. I am always proud of our student-athletes for the courage they exhibit in stepping on the court or running onto a field to take part in an athletic contest on behalf of our school. Some of our students have never played organized sports and some of them have played most of their lives. While our athletic teams certainly strive to win their games, our athletic program has a greater purpose. It offers our students an opportunity to reach towards personal excellence and is an additional venue to put into practice our Catholic, Jesuit values. 

As we concluded the regular seasons for our teams in these last few weeks, I was heartened by what I saw in terms of athletic talent and how our athletes exhibited our values at their athletic contests. Just last week the sound of the referee’s whistle marked the conclusion of our boys soccer conference championship game victory. Cristo Rey’s players jumped up and down, hugged each other, and ran to the side of the bleachers where their fans stood cheering them on. They held up the conference trophy in front of their fans proudly.

As Cristo Rey’s players congratulated one another on the walk back to their bench, I noticed one of our players glance over at the opposing team on the opposite half of the field. The Cristo Rey soccer player slowly pulled away from his teammates and began walking a bit unsure and nervously towards the other half of the field where members of the opposing team were headed back to their bench. Our player extended his hand to the opposing team’s player as a gesture of gratitude for the hard fought game. The opposing player looked at our player and returned the gesture. The players then started talking to one another. In a short period of time, just about every member of the two soccer teams greeted one another and exchanged words of mutual respect. While the opposing team was distraught from their loss, this genuine show of mutual respect, good sportsmanship, and care for the other team placed relationship with one another as the priority and conclusion of the athletic contest, not winning or losing. 

As I think about how we and the parents of our students are working together to equip our students with values that will build a more just and loving world, I have hope. Undoubtedly, as our students move on in their lives, they will experience the thrill of winning and the heartbreak of losing. If they continue to see and prioritize the relationships between them and those they encounter along the way, they will help us all to remember that fundamentally we are all connected. Win or lose, we are “our brother’s keeper.” Even the actions of one person after a soccer game to approach another, when it would be so much easier and comfortable to walk away, can produce a big win for us all.


Fall sports at CRJ have produced numerous team and individual accolades as the Trailblazers have become the team to beat in the Lake City Conference. In just the third year of the conference, Cristo Rey Jesuit has already claimed seven conference championships, recently adding two conference championships in boys soccer and girls volleyball. Both teams successfully defended their conference championships from last year. 

The boys soccer team won the first conference tournament and is currently ranked second in Division 4 in Wisconsin. “The best part of the season has been the crowd showing up and supporting us in all of our games - especially our rivalry game against St. Augustine. We’re all working hard as a team towards a state title,” said senior Adrian, captain of the boys soccer team.

The girls volleyball team defeated number 1 seed Faith Christian School to earn their second conference championship. The team was led by 2 first team all-conference athletes, Senior Marianna and Junior Eli. In addition, CRJ’s cross country team also competed to a top 3 conference finish. Juniors Mauricio and Evelyn were named all-conference runners. The team is the largest in school history thanks to Coach Andrew Plewa’s recruitment of student athletes to join the team and will return the entire team for next year!

Athletic director Reese Dziedzic said, Our coaches are developing a championship culture, which includes high expectations for student athletes on and off the surface of play. Regardless of athletic program success, CRJ teams are continuing to grow in size, which has had a positive impact on school culture. In addition, we are continuing to bring in exciting crowds to our home events. It is a very exciting time for Trailblazer athletics!”


Cristo Rey Jesuit empowers its graduates to succeed in college and life. The spring of 2023 marks a milestone in the history of the school as the founding class of 2019 will become college graduates. This month's Class of 2019 spotlight focuses on Jose Manuel Vazquez Rojas. Jose is attending Marquette University with an eye on a career in Optometry. Discover how this Trailblazer is prepared for success in college and life.


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