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UST Accepts First Cristo Rey Student

Timothy Macalino, a senior at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, is the first student from the school ever accepted to University of St. Thomas. With the unique education he received from Cristo Rey Jesuit, a school that advocates personal responsibility through academics and work-study, Macalino has his eye on his future collegiate success.

“This was my first option,” Macalino said. “It is a local Catholic college, and I wanted to stay in Houston. I visited campus, and I liked that everybody knew everyone else. I also saw a bunch of clubs I want to be a part of. It was the perfect choice.”

Macalino, who lives in Pearland, is a part of the first class to attend Cristo Rey Jesuit for four years because the school opened in 2009. At Cristo Rey Jesuit, every student is required to work one day a week at entry-level jobs with sponsor companies across Houston, including UST. This allows students to pay for about 60 percent of the cost of a private school education.

“It was very different,” Macalino said. “My mom found out about it and the big thing was a Catholic, affordable education. It made me well-rounded too. How many 18-year-olds come into college having worked at corporations?”

He worked at Dresser-Rand and Southwest Orthopedic Group, LLP. Macalino said he wasn’t just filing either. He was actively working on projects and participated in formal presentations.

Arthur Ortiz, assistant vice president of enrollment management, recognizes the similarities between St. Thomas and Cristo Rey Jesuit.

“Cristo Rey Jesuit, like UST, has a mission of educating academically and forming one’s faith,” Ortiz said. “Cristo Rey Jesuit is a Catholic high school that believes strongly in developing the whole person.”

The Rev. TJ Martinez, S.J., president of Cristo Rey Jesuit said from the beginning the school has partnered with St. Thomas for the further education of its faculty and with thoughts to the future education of its students.

“It is a dream come true to have one of our seniors from the first graduating class accepted to this incredibly prestigious institution,” Father Martinez said. “I have no doubt many will follow in his footsteps. UST will be continuing the Catholic values and traditions we have instilled in all of our students from the moment they walked onto this campus four years ago.”

Macalino, whose parents are from the Philippines, has an older brother and sister both pursuing higher education. He plans to study biology and have a career in the medical field. 

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