Two new students for the 2016-17 academic year have more than one thing in common: They are brothers and they both love soccer.
Gustavo Adame, 17, and Brian Adame, 14 live on the same street as Providence Cristo Rey and attended neighboring St. Anthony Catholic School. As a freshman, Gustavo said he knew he needed to gain the responsibility that would prepare him for the workplace. When he wasn’t admitted to Providence Cristo Rey, he buckled down and got serious about his school work and was asked to reapply his junior year.
“I knew a lot about Providence Cristo Rey because a lot of my classmates from St. Anthony go here,” said Gustavo, the oldest child of three. When he attended the job fair this year, he set his mind to one thing: Making a great first impression. The result: He was the top draft pick at Corporate Work Study partner Frost Brown Todd.
“I was so happy, I can’t even describe how I felt,” said Gustavo. “I’ve seen experience beat all and I absolutely love my job. I go into work trying to make a first impression every day.” At work, he is learning about new computer programs and resources – something he thinks will be valuable when he pursues his college education and his dream of joining the FBI Behavior Analysis Unit.
“Gustavo is doing Providence Cristo Rey very proud,” said his supervisor at Frost Brown Todd. “He’s making a great effort and is very enthusiastic.”
At the end of his school day, Gustavo joins his younger brother Brian on the soccer fields. Both boys are on track to becoming 21st Century Scholars.
“I came to Providence Cristo Rey because of the job opportunities,” said Brian, who works at our Corporate Work Study Partner Ivy Tech Community College. The boys’ parents Monico and Bernenice Adame both work in housekeeping and maintenance at local hotels. “They always tell us to take the opportunities you have and make the most of it because they never had those opportunities,” said Brian, who plays forward on the Wolves soccer team and hopes to become a pro athlete.
What would they tell other students considering Providence Cristo Rey? “I would first ask them what they want to do with their future and then I’d tell them to take advantage of this opportunity and get experience that will help them reach their goals,” said Gustavo.
Meet This Sophomore:
It was a visit to a hospital that landed Ahmed Afolabi at Providence Cristo Rey.
During a shadow day, Ahmed visited our Corporate Work Study Partner Eskenazi Health.
“I got to see what it would be like to work in a professional environment as a high school student and I knew I wanted to go to Providence Cristo Rey,” said Ahmed, a sophomore. For the past two years he has worked at Citizen’s Energy and recently spent winter break working in the company’s IT department. That experience was a perfect fit for Ahmed’s long-term goals – to own a business that specializes in all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – in research and development.
To further his experience, he takes part in the PCR award-winning robotics team and is also active in DECA, an organization that prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and business.
As a 21st Century Scholar, Ahmed says college is an absolute in his future and has been since his family moved to the United States seven years ago. Born in Togo, a country in West Africa, Ahmed lives with his three siblings and parents.
“One of the big reasons I came to PCR is the opportunity to take college classes,” said Ahmed, who is on track to receiving more than 30 dual credits in four years including courses in web design, algebra and trigonometry. He takes the math classes on the IUPUI campus twice a week, and maintains a 4.11 GPA.
Although he’s lived in the United States since second grade, Ahmed says he still remembers the warm weather, spicy rice dishes and beautiful landscape in his birthplace.
“I do miss some things, but I am excited to see what opportunities are ahead of me and I really like where I am now at PCR.”