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2018 Salutatorian: Yoselin Martinez

Congratulations to the Providence Cristo Rey High School 2018 Salutatorian, Yoselin Martinez!

Yoselin will attend the University of Notre Dame this fall.

Colleges Yoselin was accepted to:

  • Concordia University, Chicago

  • DePaul University

  • Hanover College

  • University of Notre Dame

  • University of Virginia

Corporate Work Study Partner:

Eli Lilly & Company

Extracurricular Activities:

  • DECA Club Member (2014-2018)

  • DECA District Champion (2016-2018)

  • DECA State Finalist (2016-2018)

  • Robotics Team (2017-2018)

  • National Honor Society President (2015-2018)

  • Student Council Treasurer (2015-2016)

  • Chem Olympiad (2015-2017)

  • Georgetown Summer Immersion Program (2017)

  • Varsity Volleyball (2016-2018)

  • Varsity Softball (2016-2018)

Community Service

  • Saints in the Streets in Haughville neighborhood (2014-2018)

  • Hawthorne Community Center volunteer (2017-2018)

Yoselin wishes to thank her mother, Eva Martinez, her supervisor at Eli Lilly & Company, Rodney Powell, and the teachers and staff of Providence Cristo Rey, especially Ms. Hayes, Mrs. Sluka, Mrs. Hammerle, and Mr. Martinez.

Yoselin's Salutatorian Speech:

Good evening and first off, I'd like to thank all of you for being here in support of the graduating class of 2018 (a.k.a. the best class). I'd also like to acknowledge that it has not been an easy road and all of us have hit bumps, derailed, or had moments of uncertainty. It is thanks to the support of all of you (the parents, faculty, staff, loved ones, etc.) that we've gotten through it all.

Four years ago when we started at Providence, we not only had to navigate the labyrinth that is high school, but had to adapt to professional work environments as part of the CWS Program. And even though we started off performing seemingly meaningless tasks such as filing, making copies, or just trying to find something to do on our work days, we have all grown significantly both physically and mentally (Some more than others) because of this experience. The work we've done has prepared us for rigorous tasks both inside and out of the classroom. We've had plenty of ups and downs. We've powered through AP exams, Dual Credit Courses, ISTEP, ECAs and I'm sure everyone remembers the struggles that came with taking any of Ms. Sluka's classes. If we can do that, we can find our way through college.

I want to remind my classmates that we are all capable of more than we think we are. It's simply a matter of your drive, determination, and surrounding yourself with the people who will feed your good habits. This especially important for those of us going off on our own for the first time. Although it is tempting to slack off and most of us have gone through three stages of senioritis, now is when we must work our hardest. It may take years for us to find and start our careers, but I hope first and foremost that we find our vocations. I know some of us have been looking forward to this day since day one, but for me, it is only now fully setting in that we are graduating. So congratulations! It has been an honor and best of luck.

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