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Posted on Mar 9, 2016 | 1 comment

DPCR Senior Named ELLF Student of the Year

DPCR Senior Named ELLF Student of the Year

Alex Nizigiyimana at the ELLF Recognition Breakfast with ELLF Foundation President Sr. Margarita Brewer, SC.

Alex Nizigiyimana at the ELLF Recognition Breakfast with ELLF Foundation President Sr. Margarita Brewer, SC.

The English Language Learning Foundation, Inc. (ELLF) named DePaul Cristo Rey High School senior Alex Nizigiyimana Student of the Year last month.

 

The honor includes a $1000 college scholarship.

 

A native of Tanzania, Alex spent part of his childhood in a refugee camp due to wars in nearby countries. When he immigrated to Cincinnati with his family at age 10 he spoke no English.

 

He has excelled at DPCR after enrolling his sophomore year, becoming one of the top students in his class. In addition to receiving the ELLF award, Alex has been recognized for his work through the Corporate Work Study Program, and has amassed a significant number of volunteer service hours – far above the school requirement. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a student ambassador, and was captain of the soccer club.

 

A resident of Cheviot, Alex lives with his parents and six siblings. He has been accepted to four college and is considering his choice and his major, but is leaning toward Information Technology.

 

The English Language Learning Foundation offers programs to help learners become successful in their academic lives while fostering their cultural identity.

 

DePaul Cristo Rey, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, offers a nationally recognized, dual-focus education model to students whose families can’t afford other private, college preparatory programs. In a model different from any other school in the region, DCPR partners with local businesses and non-profits that employ the students in part-time work. This allows them to pay part of their tuition and to gain experience at a job.

 

DCPR one of 30 Catholic schools in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network, which serves 9,950 young people.

 

Photo courtesy DePaul Cristo Rey High School.

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1 Comment

  1. There are no details of the three Wednesday postings.
    (Wednesday, March 9th) Was the login changed?