Alum of the Month
Class of 2005 alum Shamartier Rose has become what he calls a “serial entrepreneur” since graduating from Holy Family. He’s been DJing, he started a record label, he’s been touring the world and now has his own wine company.
His journey after Holy Family started at Holy Trinity High School. He was awarded a full scholarship for all four years thanks to the recommendation of the principal at the time, Mrs. Collins. If it wasn’t for the scholarship, he would’ve had to attend his local public school which wasn’t a great option for him.
After graduating from Holy Trinity, Shamartier attended Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois but realized he didn’t want to enter the field he thought he did. He took a break from higher education for a few years to discover what he really loved. He fell in love with DJing and that led him down a new career path: music.
Shamartier began writing and producing music. He graduated from SAE Institute in Chicago in 2016 with a degree in music business. He then went on to start a record label and became a tour manager. He toured the world with a group called “The Cool Kids” and worked with rapper Doja Cat.
His days at Holy Family still bring up good memories. Wednesday chapel with Pastor Hunter, playing basketball, math class and science with Mr. Lambert were his favorites. And the lessons he learned still stick with him too.
Right now, Shamartier is running his own wine company named after himself. He also rents cars and teaches people how to build their credit.
“When I was a kid, I was just in school,” he said. “Now that I’m older I’m understanding that I’m using the tools I learned at school in my everyday life. It taught us structure, understanding, family.”
“My biggest takeaway was ‘Be a go-getter,’" says class of 2013 alumni Ashley Lofton. “Don’t be afraid to do anything. There are so many opportunities out there. You just have to be willing to take the risk.”
Ashley Lofton is grateful for the lessons Holy Family taught her. And she still uses them. She’s been taking advantage of all the opportunities coming her way.
After graduating from Holy Family in 2013, she attended Trinity High School in River Forest, then attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. In 2021, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in business administration.
Ashley dreams of a full-time job as a financial analyst. Eventually she wants to become a CEO and financial advisor. As she searches for her dream role, she is working as a supervisor at UPS. She’s also serving as the treasurer on the associate board for Esperanza in Chicago. It’s an organization that supports people living with mental disabilities.
She thinks highly of her time at Holy Family and keeps in contact with most of her former classmates. She will never forget her fourth grade teacher, Ms. Peavy who made a huge impact on her.
“She was always encouraging. She was my fourth-grade teacher. She was always there when you needed her. She had a good spirit.”
Asia Singleton, from Holy Family’s class of 2012, has been busy.
After graduating from Holy Family, she attended Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school located in Wicker Park. From there, she attended Loyola University Arrupe College in Chicago to get her associate’s degree in arts and humanities, then Loras College in Iowa to get her bachelor of arts in media studies and finished her schooling at Loyola, receiving a master of art in communications with a concentration in digital media storytelling.
During her time at Loras, Asia got involved in LCTV, the student news station. She got experience working as a news producer, a news anchor, and working behind the scenes. Since she was in Iowa, she had the opportunity to interview presidential candidates ahead of the Iowa caucus, including Senator Bernie Sanders and current president, Joe Biden.
And Asia hasn’t stopped there. She won a Crystal Pillar award from the National Academy of Television (NATAS) for a PSA called “Get vaccinated.” Another piece she created about records called “On the Record” was nominated. A documentary she spent six weeks working on called “Southern Exposure” has been selected to be viewed at five film festivals across the country.
Now, Asia is working as a marketing/communications coordinator at the Center for Enriched Living, a non-profit that works with people with developmental disabilities. She promotes programs, showcases the members at the center, and works on the non-profit’s social media.
The lessons she learned at Holy Family still help her today.
“The biggest thing I took away from my time at Holy Family was perseverance and putting in the hard work, because success isn’t overnight,” she said.
Meet out our alum of the month DaShanna McGee! DaShanna is a Holy Family Class of 2014 graduate. DaShanna recently graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a concentration in Health Administration and Planning. After graduation, DaShanna plans on working in the medical field, getting her medical assistance certification, and getting her real estate license.