Viatorians have known it all along, but now the secret is out.

Kristen Watson, director of development, left, celebrates the award with producers from Bitter Jester Creative

A documentary about Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep and its innovative work study model won an Emmy Award last month for Outstanding Achievement for Public/Current Affairs Programming.

The award came from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and school administrators walked the red carpet to receive it.

The school hired a local film company, Bitter Jester Creative, to produce the short as a way of promoting the school’s mission — and motivated students — during it current capital campaign.

Kala Juett graduated in 2016 and now attends Duke University

“We felt we had a unique story to tell,” says Preston Kendall, president of the school, which the Viatorians have supported financially since its inception.

In the nearly 10-minute film, viewers follow the lives of two students, then senior Kala Juett, now a freshman at Duke, and junior Samantha Bahena, as she interned at the suburban staffing firm of The Advanced Group.

Samantha Bahena, now a senior, loves her job at a local staffing firm

“We are honored to receive this award, but even more honored to play such a strong supporting role in the lives of our students,” Kendall adds, “accompanying them in their work and learning, as they day-after-day develop the skills and habits needed for successful futures.”

View the film here: