Alumni-Spotlight

At Cristo Rey, Dallas Parker Is Not Yesterday's News
There's no place like home. . .at Cristo Rey


Alumni Spotlight

When Dallas Parker mesmerized the audience with her Valedictorian speech at Cristo Rey’s graduation in 2014, no one said, “That’s a wrap.” Everyone knew that they would be hearing from Dallas again someday.

As it happened, Dallas headed off to the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While working on a degree in broadcast journalism, she has seized opportunities to hone her skills in radio and television reporting and anchoring. She has taken every opportunity in her path – internships, developing the radio program Talkish, and studying, studying, studying.

Her goal? After her anticipated graduation this spring, Dallas will knock on doors to land a job as a television news reporter. She confesses that her goal is not as expansive as her dream?  Ultimately, she aims to become an entertainment news personality. Everyone who knows Dallas, knows that she plans her work and works her plan.

Dallas chose to attend Cristo Rey and points to the work study program as the deciding factor. She observed that working at UNBOUND and the overall school environment pushed her to become a better person. She recently was back on campus and spoke at Founder’s Day. She told the student body, “The five core values are a huge part of who I am today -  Integrity, respect, responsibility, partnership, and spirituality.”Dallas Parker Mizzou Journalism
 

“My integrity has earned me the respect of many important people in this world and in my career field,” Dallas. “But with this comes great responsibility. I’ve learned that partnership isn’t always easy, but if you work hard enough, and have faith not only in yourself but everyone around you...things always seem to work themselves out,” she said.

Her parting words of wisdom for the PUMAS of today, “Stay true to you, and stay true to God.”  She paused and confidently observed, “God will always stay true to you.”