Alumni Sparkle and Shine!

For These Alumni, It's Time to Smile, Sparkle and Shine!


When Ameche Foster graduated in 2010, he moved on to the University of Central Missouri. By 2016, he had earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. On the job at the University of Kansas, he reflected, "Finally, my career is taking off!"

So what is this dream job? Ameche is the Kitchen Manager and Cook for KU sporting events. "I prep and provide meals for visiting teams and also for the equipment room staff, which handles all team equipment and does the laundry needed at Allen Field House. During sporting events, I serve as a kitchen manager - making sure that the concession stands are following health standards and procedures as they prep food and serve the guests of KU. It's a fun job because of all of the people I meet."  Rock Chalk!
Although Lanese Washington (Collier), Class of 2011, has a full-time job as an administrative assistant, her passion is dance. Lanese graduated from Webster University in 2015, earning a Fine Arts degree in classical ballet. 

After working with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey, she now dances with the Storling Dance Theater.  She enjoys working with this Christian-based company because it aligns with her values. 

"God has blessed me with talent, and I dance to give praise to God," said Lanese.
After being dubbed one of the top ten performances of the decade by The Kansas City Star, Storling Dance Theater's Underground will be at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, January 30-31, 2020. Lanese will have a principal role in this story which is a visual tapestry based on true stories of the Underground Railroad. 
Last fall, Cristo Rey Kansas City's 2016 Valedictorian, Mikayla Bridgewater, was honored with the STEMMy Student Achiever Award through the Central Exchange, a women's empowerment organization here in Kansas City.

Mikayla is currently a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Kansas and is President of the KU Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.
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