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The Class of 2013



The Class of 2013 is


The Christ the King Jesuit College Prep Class of 2013 has graduated!

As CTK's second graduating class, the recent graduates have forged new paths, earned new distinctions and have set the standard for graduating classes to come.

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in scholarship funds


accepted to at least one college or university

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College Acceptances

The University of Akron
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
Albany State University
Aquinas College
Arizona State University
Ball State University
Baylor University
Bowling Green State University
Carthage College
Central State University
Chicago State University
Clark Atlanta University
Cleveland State University
Columbia College
Concordia University - River Forest
Cornerstone University
DePauw University
Dillard University
Dominican University
East-West University
Eastern Illinois University
Fairfield University
Fisk University
Grace College
Grambling State University
Greenville College
Hampton University
Harold Washington College
Holy Cross College
Howard University
Illinois Institute of Art
Illinois State University
Indiana State University
Iowa State University
Ivy Tech State College, Bloomington
Jackson State University
John Carroll University
Joliet Junior College
Kent State University
Kentucky State University
Kishwaukee College
Knox College
Lawrence Technological University
Lewis University
Loras College
Loyola University Chicago
Lynn University
Malcolm X College
Marquette University
Middlebury College
Millikin University
Mills College
Mississippi Valley State University
Monmouth College
Norfolk State University
Northern Illinois University
North Carolina A&T State University
Oakton Community College
Olivet Nazarene University
Pace University, New York City
Parkland College
Quincy University
Robert Morris University, Illinois
Rust College
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's Univeristy of Minnesota
Saint Xavier University
Shaw University
South Carolina State University
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
St. Thomas University
Talladega College
The Ohio State University
The University of Iowa
Tiffin University
Tougaloo College
Triton College
Tuskegee University
Upper Iowa University
University of Dayton
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
University of New Haven
University of Southern Florida
University of Southern Indiana
Valparaiso University
Virginia State University
Vincennes University
Viterbo University
Waubonsee Community College
Western Illinois University
Wilberforce University
Wilbur Wright College
Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana





College Attending: Middlebury College (VT)

CWSP Partner: Katten Muchin Rosenman Law Firm

College has always been a goal for Terumi, even if the path sometimes seemed impossible and always challenging. As a CTK scholar who works at the Katten Muchin Rosenman law firm through her work study experience, Terumi is groomed for college. She prepares to graduate from high school knowing she will have to work even harder.

Next fall she is off to Middlebury College in Vermont to study neuroscience or psychology on a full tuition scholarship awarded through the Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States. The Posse award also promises to connect Terumi with internship opportunities after she graduates from college.

Like many CTK students, Terumi is one of the true tough kids in Chicago who face inordinate challenges to get to school each day. Her mother is very ill and it was her father, a basketball coach at CTK, who encouraged her to come to school here. Though shaped by life on the city’s West Side, she is defined by something more enduring.

“My father pushed me to attend this school and do the best I can in everything I do,” she said. “These key people at CTK, as well as members of my family influenced me to do the best in my four years as a high school student. By providing these kinds of opportunities for its students, Christ the King is forging the path for generations to come, and breaking down the barrier that keeps most in this area from succeeding." 


College Acceptances:  Clark Atlanta University, Concordia University, Dominican University, John Carroll University, Loyola University, Xavier University, among others…

CWSP Partner: Winston & Strawn LLP

At age 17, Da’Veon already has great faith in the power of in an education to change his path in life. Loyola and Xavier universities and the 14 other colleges that  have offered him acceptances for the fall of 2013 are testament to the fact that CTK is doing something right, and answering this senior’s prayers.

With a GPA of 3.77, and colleges knocking at his door, Da’Veon is poised to exchange his gray slacks and maroon CTK vest for collegiate stripes.  He hopes to earn a degree in theater and music and launch an acting career on Broadway.  After that, he wants to come back to Chicago and use his theatrical talent to pioneer some kind of youth program to “end the hurtful killings and gang violence.” Already his acting star is shining; he’s a member of CTK’s drama club, captain of dance team and held the leading roles in two plays in grade school at St. Martin De Porres.

Growing up on Chicago's crime-ridden West Side has been rough for Da’Veon. He has been heldup at gun point by gang members and bullied for his interest in dance and acting. But the last year has been especially hard. First, his grandmother died of cancer. Then his mother lost her job. As the oldest of five with no father in his life, Da’Veon feels the pressure to be a role model and to help care for his younger siblings.

But he says he has one thing going for him: CTK. “The teachers devote so much time and energy to us so that we can understand what we can do,” says Da’Veon. “CTK taught me to be strong and not to be a follower.Through my job I have learned how to be responsible. And through the service projects, like serving homeless people at the Dignity Breakfast, I have learned that God is with you always. Every time I leave inspired to help and come back and do more.”


Colleges Acceptances: Alabama A &M, Quincy University, Chicago State, Central State University,  Clark Atlanta University, among others.

CWSP Partner: Advocate Christ Medical Center in Palos Heights

When Aaliyah started working in the cafeteria of Advocate Christ Medical Center in Palos Heights as part of her work study job, she says she was the epitome of “a really bad cook.” She had absolutely no basic core cooking skills and had no idea what to do in a hospital setting.

But the CTK senior has emerged as a Top Chef in preparing her signature dish - Spanish rice, for patients, caregivers and cafeteria goers every Wednesday at the 695-bed hospital and teaching institution.  More importantly, the 18-year-old says her career goal to become a physical therapist was shaped from her experience in witnessing hospital workers serve up compassion and caring.

Aaliyah’s commitment “to help others, especially the sick,” combined with her academic success at CTK, have poised her for future success. A member of the yearbook club and a HFS Chicago Scholar, she has been accepted at 15 colleges.

She says she is very grateful for her CTK experience. “I really like helping people,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot at this school about working hard to make it in the outside world.“


College Attending: Boise State University, Kentucky State University, Southern Illinois University

CWSP Partner: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

It’s not every high school senior who has a professional bio that includes positions at a national financial institution, teaching hospital and a leading Chicago non-profit that focuses on the city’s underserved populations. But, Deonte has an impressive resume that includes: U.S. Bank, Goodcity and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital thanks CTK’s corporate work study program. He says CTK inspired him to “step out into the business world and work hard.”

As he plans to head to college next fall, Deonte has his eyes and his heart focused on a career in education and sports management and wants to eventually return to the West Side to teach and coach.

“When I first came here I was very immature and didn’t take school seriously,” he says. “I actually at one point was on the verge of getting kicked out because my grades were so low and I kept getting detentions. But, the teachers and everyone here gave me a second chance and worked hard to support me. I would never be where I am today without them and I want to do the same for other kids someday.”

A member of the football and basketball teams, Deonte says he also was inspired by CTK’s service opportunities to “give back in a big way.” These days he spends his after school hours and weekends tutoring students at his grammar school, St. Paul Lutheran School in the Austin neighborhood. “I learned at CTK that if you step it up and work hard there are many opportunities out there for you.”


College Attending: Olivet Nazarene University

CWSP Partner: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office

Five days a month, Sharieff mans his desk on the 4th floor of City Hall and sifts through the stacks of letters sent to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as part of his work study program. It’s his job to route the parking ticket appeals, concerns about gang violence and other correspondence to their right department. He loves his work. But Sharieff’s favorite part the job is rubbing elbows with the Mayor, who he says stops by frequently to check on the 19-year-old CTK senior.

“He’s my inspiration because he is on fire with providing educational opportunities for Chicago’s kids like me,” says Sharieff. “He’s always pushing me about my college scholarships and asking for updates about school.”

A standout student at CTK, Sharieff is active in many CTK organizations including the social justice committee, student council and is the director for the choir. He says he came to CTK “terribly shy” and knowing no one. But in four years, he has risen to a leadership role among student. He was one of 12 students chosen to spend a week at a leadership camp at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, where they learned lessons on teamwork, self confidence and taking risks.

Looking ahead, Sharieff says he sees himself at age 30 ministering to Chicago’s youth, most likely working to end gang violence. He plans to major in theology at either Olivet Nazarene University or Booth University in Canada.

Sharieff knows that students at CTK are unusual in this West Side neighborhood which sees a disproportionately high rate of violent crime and are pulled to be in gangs.

“I want to help teens know that if I can do it, they can make it too,” he says. “I don’t have a father in my life and I know the statistics about young boys without fathers ending up in jail. I’m blessed and I plan to come back some day and help others know that the things we think handicap are really gifts and there is nothing we can’t do.”


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