Here at Cristo Rey Jesuit, we have a few traditions that aren’t like any other school’s.
One of them is how we pick our salutatorian. For us, the honor doesn’t go to the student with the second highest grade point average, the No. 2 to our class valedictorian.
Instead, our salutatorian is our top student worker who received excellent reviews from his or her supervisor throughout the student’s four years in our internship program.
On May 19, our Ms. Janet Shock, the director of our corporate internship program, surprised Erica Nelson at her job to give her the good news — Erica was selected as the Class of 2015’s salutatorian. She received a gift card and will be invited to share a few remarks at graduation on June 13.
From freshman through senior year, Erica worked at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
“There was a lot to learn,” Erica said. Her first assignment as a freshman was to staff the hospital’s front desk and direct visitors to the offices or floors where they needed to go. That meant that she had to learn where everything was.
Other assignments involved computer work or answering the phones. By the time she was a senior, she was filling in for her supervisor when she was not there. But perhaps her biggest project was helping with the hospital’s flu clinic this past fall. More than 1,000 employees were vaccinated against the flu and Erica had to make sure they signed a vaccine release and then direct them to a nurse who administered the shot.
“What I liked about the hospital is the experience that I got in general and how I learned so many things,” Erica said. “I want to continue to work there over the summer or throughout college as a volunteer.”
Erica, who is president of CRJ’s choir, will attend Loyola University Maryland next year.
May 19 was the last work day for all of our seniors. Greg Jones, who interns at CyberPoint International, gave a presentation to his coworkers about protecting your computer from hackers. Greg earned a scholarship to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and will attend school there next year.
Check out our website for more information on our corporate internship program and to find out if a business you know is a CIP sponsor. More than 110 Baltimore area businesses are.