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Congratulations Class of 2021

"For many of us, Tepeyac is a second home. It is our family and we are each other's sisters. Tepeyac has taught us to be strong and powerful women. It has also taught us to be vulnerable, to not build walls around ourselves, but to rely on each other when needed because vulnerability is strength."

-Penelope Romero, Class of 2021, Valedictorian 

The Our Lady of Tepeyac High School Class of 2021 graduated on Saturday, May 28th surrounded by their families and their school community.

We are so proud of each of these young women. Thirty-one percent are the first in their family to graduate from high school and 81% are the first to go on to college.

We wish you all the best, Tepeyac sisters!

OLTHS College Grad '17, St. Mary's College, Global Studies

Natalie Ramirez is a proud grad of Tepeyac's Class of 2017. During her time at OLT, she was always involved in extracurricular activities while always staying on top of her academics.

She went on to study at Saint Mary's College, a private Catholic women's liberal arts college in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she earned her degree in Global Studies "The best part has been the sisters I made. Just like Tepeyac, you found a family and a home at SMC, I found people that will be in my life forever. We have endless stories; I am so grateful for the whole college experience," says Natalie.

A few weeks ago, Natalie celebrated her college graduation! She will be relocating and joining a Financial Company in South Bend, Indiana. In her role as a Financial Associate, her focus will be assisting low income families with retirement plans. She shares, "The biggest thing that influenced my decision is the fact that I get to be of service to my own people, my own community. Living in Little Village my whole life I have come face to face with so many families, including my own, that don’t know or have a plan for after retirement. They work so hard to be able to live comfortably and sometimes that’s not even enough, especially if they become ill."

In addition, Natalie is a part of a Non-profit Organization, the American Dream Project (ADP). Through the organization she assists in college planning for first-generation Latino students. Some of her responsibilities include workshops for FAFSA, college essays and many of the things that she experienced with Tepeyac's College Readiness Program. "As far as college planning, I was so lucky to receive help at Tepeyac and that I had my mother through it all. I didn’t realize how absolutely necessary it is to have these sorts of programs for Latino students because often neither them or their parents are aware of all the resources that are available. 99% of their parents come from factories and they don’t know anything about college. It feels so amazing to be able to help people from all over the Michigan and Indiana area and hopefully soon, Chicago," says Natalie.

We are incredibly amazed by Natalie's continued dedication to serve others. Tepeyac's school community is cheering for her and her plans for the future!

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  • and more!

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First Year Pre-Med, Emma Looks Back and to the Journey Ahead

Emma Onate, a legacy grad class of 2020, is enjoying her first year at St. Olaf College majoring in Biology with a neuro-science concentration.

All of this with the goal of attending medical school, while bonding with her fellow Posse Scholars and finding speaking up in her classes is easier due to attending an all girls, small, college prep high school.

Emma’s best memories of Tepeyac focus on the small classes, collaborative classmates, attentive teachers and faith based education. She said, “ Before I came to Tepeyac, being in larger classes made me feel uncomfortable speaking up and asking questions. Boys in the class always think they have the answers, but girls like to work together and help each other, never allowing competition to get in the way. I was so shy before coming to OLT, but my teachers reached out to me, actually caring and making sure I understood the material.” Emma shared that in an all girls environment, your confidence grows because you are encouraged and cheered on by the larger school community.

A Woman For Others

"I'm so impressed with the young women of Our Lady of Tepeyac. As students, they know who they are and what they are about-- designing their future!"

Meet Sue Olensky. Sue is serving at Our Lady of Tepeyac through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. She is spending her time as a counselor with the College Readiness Program, assisting Seniors. Sue is retired from her career in the same field.

As an Ignatian Volunteer, Sue participates in spiritual reflection with her peers as they journey through their year of volunteer service. IVC Volunteers are people who have either retired or are working less and want to spend their time in service to others. They have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to share. IVC gives them the opportunity to serve in under resourced schools and social service agencies throughout the country.

Because of Sue, the College Readiness Program is able to spend more time, one on one, with girls as they navigate applying to schools, choosing a college that is right for them and sifting through the financial aid process. She has enjoyed building relationships with the students she has been spending time with. "Tepeyac young women are very social and open to having fun. They care about each other and have so many interests and talents: STEM Mars labs, Physics model races next to the outdoor Shrine, World Religions, collecting for people in need, decorating their Little Sister's lockers. And they are kind to a new adult in their school!" We are so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of Sue's time and talents. She is a true joy for all of us, both students and staff, to be around.