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HOMENEWSFIRST LOCAL CRISTO REY STUDENTS TO ATTEND GEORGETOWN
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FIRST LOCAL CRISTO REY STUDENTS TO ATTEND GEORGETOWN
Jessica Palencia, a senior at nearby Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md., listens in class during the the university's summer enrichment program for students within the Cristo Rey network. Palencia will attend Georgetown in the fall.
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MAY 12, 2011 – EIGHTEEN CRISTO REY NETWORK GRADUATES – three from the first class of a local Catholic high school – will be enrolled at Georgetown this fall.
The Cristo Rey Network is a group of 24 nationwide Catholic college preparatory high schools that provides its students with a place to learn in a context of faith while preparing them for college with a rigorous academic curriculum. 
The students, who also are required to participate in work-study programs, come from urban communities with limited educational options.
Three of the 18 students come from the first class of the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in nearby Takoma Park, Md.
“I think our involvement with the Cristo Rey schools allows us to better prepare the students who may be interested in Georgetown,” says Kamilah Holder, senior assistant director of admissions. “We’re able to help the schools better counsel their students, and we wind up reaching a wider array of students from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.”
Georgetown works with the network on issues of higher education affordability, academic and social support and pre-college summer enrichment programs.
Jessica Palencia, a senior at the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in nearby Takoma Park, Md., is one of the first-year students who will join the campus community in the fall. She applied to eight other schools, but ultimately decided to come to Georgetown.
“There’s a sense of community that made me feel comfortable,” says Palencia, who has worked on campus as a part of Cristo Rey’s work-study program for the last four years.
Georgetown has been actively involved with Don Bosco since the school was founded in 2007.
Cristo Rey students work five days a month in entry-level positions at local businesses to raise money for high school tuition.
“Working at Georgetown allowed me to find out more about the university and the people on campus,” Palencia says.
She and more than 20 other Cristo Rey students from across the nation spent two weeks on campus in the summer of 2010 taking classes in government and international relations as well as meeting other Cristo Rey alumni who now attend Georgetown.
“We saw a large majority of the students that we met this past summer in our applicant pool this year,” says Colleen Kelly Miltenberg, assistant director of admissions. “I think the summer program really makes the Cristo Rey students more aware of Georgetown … it’s a great way for the students to see, ‘Oh, maybe I will be OK leaving my home to travel across the country to go to school.’ ”
Looking forward to attending college with some of the students she met last summer, Palencia is especially excited about going to Georgetown with two of her Don Bosco classmates Catherine Rubio and Calvin Jackson.
“Leaving Don Bosco is bittersweet,” Palencia says. “Our class set a lot of traditions there because we were the first class. But I’m looking forward to getting involved at Georgetown and making memories there.”
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