Baltimore, MD, April 28, 2022– As a college and career-preparatory institution, the mission of Cristo Rey Jesuit is to prepare students for success in life after high school through a rigorous academic program accompanied by a comprehensive Corporate Internship Program (CIP). This year, Cristo Rey Jesuit is delighted to report that three seniors were recognized by the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the Distinctive Scholars Convocation on April 7, 2022. Jasmine A., Jason V., and Seaona L, were each nominated by Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Principal, Mr. Walter Reap, for their outstanding academic achievements over the course of their four years as Cristo Rey students.  

“It is a pleasure to nominate each of these students for this prestigious award. Jasmine, Jason, and Seaona each truly embody what it means to be a Cristo Rey Hornet, striving for academic excellence each and everyday over their four years at CRJ.  I look forward to seeing all that they accomplish as they transition into higher education and their future careers,” commented Principal Reap.

Each of these scholars have a cumulative weighted GPA exceeding 4.0, while excelling within their corporate internships, and have received acceptance into college for the 2022-2023 academic year.  

Reflecting back on her time as a hornet, Jasmine A. ‘22 noted, “Attending a Catholic school has impacted my life by broadening my understanding and exposure to both academic and religious provinces. Unlike other schools, Catholic schools influence their students’ content of character through ethical and moral support as well as their abilities to excel academically. Attending a Catholic school has been a challenging and rewarding experience that I am glad to have chosen for my future.”

Faculty and staff at Cristo Rey were instrumental in accompanying these scholars as they developed academically during their high school years.  Ms. Alyson Pagano, Senior Capstone and Spanish teacher stated, “These students have shown exceptional academic prowess within the classroom, demonstrating a continued desire to learn at every phase of their academic careers.  It has been a privilege supporting them as they complete their research for their Capstone projects.”

The Distinctive Scholars Convocation is an annual event held by the Archdiocese of Baltimore recognizing seniors from each of the 19 Catholic High Schools in Baltimore.  Nominations are submitted via the school principal recognizing students for their overall academic standing and achievements throughout their high school career.  This year, students and families gathered at Archbishop Curley High School to celebrate this momentous occasion.

About Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: Founded in Baltimore in 2007, CRJ is a private, Catholic, co-educational high school, sponsored by the Maryland Province Jesuits, empowering students to succeed in college, work, and life. The school partners with students from economically disadvantaged families of racial, religious, and ethnic diversity in Baltimore City to provide a rigorous education and corporate work experience. Through CRJ’s hallmark Corporate Internship Program, students earn a portion of their tuition and, moreover, access the social capital and work experience they will need to succeed in the twenty-first century job market. For more information, visit