I Want More: A Cristo Rey Story

I want more than my neighborhood can offer.

My mother—a single mom raising three kids—wants the best for me. But when you live in a city and money is tight, it can be tough to afford the opportunities your kids need to succeed in life.

My mom didn’t want the zip code in which we live to define me. That’s why she enrolled me in Cristo Rey Newark High School.

Cristo Rey has opened my eyes to so many possibilities. I’ve always been interested in medicine, so the School’s Corporate Work Study program has paired me with Students 2 Science for the past two years. My job helps to pay my tuition, but has also introduced me to the field of medical research.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Cristo Rey recently expanded its list of AP classes. The teachers have very high standards, and they’ve pushed me academically. At first, it was intimidating. Now, I’m ready to take on the challenges of college and medical school.

Someday, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon. Your gift to Cristo Rey Newark High School makes dreams like mine possible. If you’ve already made your gift to Cristo Rey, thank you very much for your support!

As 2020 approaches, my Cristo Rey Story is just beginning. For me, the new year will hold college acceptances, graduation, and so much more. Who knows—maybe someday I’ll be practicing medicine right here in Newark.

Happy New Year!

Grace Owusu ’20

PS—Cristo Rey’s AP classes level the playing field for students like me. Please consider a gift today!

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