Meet Our Students

Meet Crislyn Walsh

Crislyn WalshSophomore Crislyn Walsh is a member of a unique group of CDH students in that both of her parents are graduates of Cretin-Derham Hall. Her father, Chris Walsh, and her mom, Michlyn Vogel Walsh, are both members of the Class of 1992.
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Meet Langston Wesson

Langston WessonLangston Wesson is a science guy. He loves all science subjects, particularly biology, and plans on majoring in science when he gets to college. "Science is a fascinating subject," says Langston, who would like to become a science teacher. In fact, he sees himself joining the science department at his high school alma mater some day.
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Meet Adaora Atuegbu

Adaora AtuegbuSophomore Adaora Atuegbu, who hails from Faithful Shepherd Grade School, wanted to continue her Catholic education at Cretin-Derham Hall. Her favorite subjects are math and English, and she particularly enjoys math teacher Mark McGuire's class. "He is a great teacher," she says, "and he is fun, too."
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Meet Tali Ziegler

Tali ZieglerSophomore Tali Ziegler would like to one day parlay her interest in sports into a career, but she has yet to really develop her future plans. She has lots of time to do that. For now, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball and being a member of the CDH Friendship Club, a group that serves young people with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities to develop friendships and connections within their community.
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Meet Alex Thonet

Alex ThonetAlex Thonet knows exactly what he wants to be when he finishes his education. "I want to own a successful restaurant in the Twin Cities," he says without hesitation. "That has always been my dream. I love food and (having a successful restaurant) would be awesome!"
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Meet Marina Kelly

Marina Kelly"Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to attend Cretin-Derham Hall." And so it was that Marina Kelly entered CDH in 2008 from Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul, where she attended grade school.
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Meet Allias Porter

Allias PorterAllias Porter considered several high schools before deciding on Cretin-Derham Hall. His mother encouraged him to attend CDH, as did the principal of his grade school. And when he graduated in May 2011, Allias knew he had made the right choice.
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Meet Michael Munson

Michael MunsonMichael Munson's education and Catholic faith are very important to him, so when the time came for this student from St. Mark's Grade School and Parish to decide on a high school, he chose Cretin-Derham Hall. "I really looked at all the nearby Catholic schools, but CDH stood out to me because of the strong academics and the Catholic education," Michael says.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Cretin-Derham Hall a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I/We accept the pleasure of membership in the Cretin-Derham Hall Legacy Society through the following planned gift commitment to benefit students at Cretin-Derham Hall. [Indicate gift specifics.]"

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Cretin-Derham Hall or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Cretin-Derham Hall as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Cretin-Derham Hall as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Cretin-Derham Hall where you agree to make a gift to Cretin-Derham Hall and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools (also known as Christian Brothers) is a Roman Catholic religious teaching congregation founded in France by St. John Baptist de La Salle. The Brothers opened Cretin High School in 1871 and continue to sponsor and serve to this day.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is a congregation of women religious. Together, with their consociates, the Sisters are committed to continuing the mission of Jesus in the world by responding to the needs of our time. The Sisters opened Derham Hall in 1905 and are co-sponsors of CDH today.

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