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Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep Wins Emmy Award

January 11, 2017

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: