The Catalyst Maria Post-Secondary team has had several inspiring events over the last two weeks, which contribute to their incredible results of one of the highest college persistence rates in Chicago!
On October 1, dozens of alumni, staff, and loved ones gathered at SPIN Chicago to celebrate an incredible 10+ years and 850+ graduates at Catalyst Maria High School!
Catalyst Maria also hosted their annual Post-Secondary Choices Fair (pictured below). This event provides juniors and seniors networking opportunities with over 35 colleges, universities, workforce programs, and union representatives. Scholars had the opportunity to engage with representatives and learn about the different opportunities available to them after high school graduation.
Finally, last week CMHS held virtual admissions interviews for Adrian College through the school's Project Intersect partnership. The Class of 2023 had 24 scholars accepted to Adrian and they collectively earned $1,620,000 in scholarships! These scholars will then go on to compete for the full tuition scholarship Adrian offers Catalyst seniors each year.
This is the 8th year of the Project Intersect-Catalyst Maria partnership. We are so grateful to Adrian College and Project Intersect, which has resulted in 16 CMHS graduates who are currently attending or have graduated from Adrian!
Last week, Catalyst Maria10th-12th grade scholars in Mr. Tom Kingsbury's Project Lead The WayBiomedical Science class gathered with family, friends, and faculty to celebrate the first Catalyst Maria White Coat Ceremony!
Together they celebrated scholars’ scholastic achievements, their commitment to hard work in the study of Biomedical Science, and their entry into the prestigious and storied field of medicine. Scholars recited the Hippocratic Oath as they begin a deep dive into the many aspects of the human body.
The Catalyst Maria team has long partnered Project Lead The Way to provide robust STEM programming in grades K-12. Educators like Mr. Kingsbury attend comprehensive professional development and combine this with their own innovative approaches to create dynamic coursework in subjects including biomedical medicine, civil and aerospace engineering, and computer integrated manufacturing.
On September 29, 2022, the Catalyst Cirlce Rock community held their Men Bring Your Child To School Day after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The event was a great success and was featured on Fox 32 News, linked here. Thank you to all of the men of the Catalyst Circle Rock community who make a tremendously positive impact on some many lives!