St. Rita Alumnus Scott Smolik '86 Named St. Linus Man of the Year

St. Rita alumnus Scott Smolik '86 has been named the St. Linus Man of the Year. Smolik is a proud member of the St. Rita class of 1986. Scott grew up in St. Nicholas of Tolentine parish. During his time at St. Rita he played baseball and football. 

Scott is currently a proud member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local 2. He has been a committed member of St. Linus parish for many years. Scott along with his wife Sharon (a St. Rita Grammar School graduate and a St. Rita High School assistant admissions director) raised three children Scott '10, Katie (Marist), and Jimmy '15 in St. Linus Parish.

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The St. Linus Athletic Club will honor Scott at it's annual Sports Night on Friday, November 10. The evening includes special guest speaker Bobby Hull. Tickets can be purchased at: stlinusoaklawn.org/athletics

The St. Rita Family congratulates Scott Smolik '86 on this well-earned honor! 

September 2017 Mustangs of the Month

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Each month St. Rita of Cascia High School honors one student from each class to be the Mustang of the Month.  In order for a student to be considered for the Mustang of the Month Award, he must excel or stand out in at least two of the following areas: academics, activities, athletics, spirituality or community service projects or programs.  Nominees for Mustang of the Month are those students who are vital elements to what St. Rita of Cascia High School is all about and whose efforts, accomplishments and contributions to our community sometimes go unnoticed.

Nominations are open to all faculty and staff and final selection is determined by members of Administration and Student Life & Ministry.

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Anthony Mondt

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The first student from the Class of 2021 chosen to be our September Freshman Mustang of the Month is Anthony Mondt.  Anthony comes to us from Hamlin Upper Grade School and is a member of St. Terrance Parish in Alsip.

In addition to beginning his time focused on doing well academically, Anthony has begun to make positive impressions on his teachers and formed many new friendships.  Anthony is currently a member of Prestige Baseball and plans to be a member of the St. Rita Baseball Team in the Spring.  Anthony also plans to play basketball at St. Rita.

One of Anthony’s teachers said of him, “Anthony fits in at St. Rita very well.  He is friendly to all students and always has a positive energy.  He always participates in class and is a great example for his classmates.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Anthony replied, “The brotherhood is amazing here.  I cannot wait to see what St. Rita will help me to become in the future.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Eddy Wilson

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Kicking of the year for the Class of 2020 as our September Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Eddy Wilson.  Eddy is an alum of Central Middle School in Tinley Park and is a member of St. George Parish.

Eddy is active in a wide range of activities, he is a member of the Band, Jazz Band, Latin Club and plays on the St. Rita Hockey Team.  He plans to apply and be accepted to the Big Brothers when the opportunity arises for him later this year.  When not at St. Rita he helps coach cross country and track at his middle school.

The following was said of Eddy by a teacher, “He is consistently showing the values associated with a quality Ritaman. Despite juggling a difficult schedule, he is reliable and approaches all his tasks with a positive, respectful, and energetic demeanor.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Eddy replied, “I have had a great experience thus far at St. Rita.  I have learned a lot and have made many new friends.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Salvador Guel

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Representing the Class of 2019 as our September Junior Mustang of the Month is Salvador Guel.  Sal attended St. Benedict School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Sal is involved in number activities at St. Rita: the Soccer Club, Spanish Club, STEM Club and Cooking Club.  He is also involved athletically as a member of the Soccer and Volleyball Teams.  He hopes to get even more involved this year with Swimming and Paintball outings.  Outside of St. Rita he is involved with his parish youth group and plays club volleyball.

In his nomination the following was said of Sal, “Sal is a tremendously kind young man with a wonderful sense of humor. He treats every one he interacts with in a kind and caring way. He carries no ego and participates fully when asked.”

Sal spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “St. Rita has allowed me to experience a close brotherhood with my Rita peers.  I know I have made lifelong friends.  St. Rita is my home and will always be my home.”

Senior Mustang of the Month – Stephen Viz

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Leading the Class of 2018 as our September Senior Mustang of the Month is Stephen Viz.  Steve is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernadine School and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

In additional to excelling in the classroom, Steve is an altar server, member of the Band, National Honor Society, Advice Beyond the Classroom, the Scholastic Bowl Team, the NATIR, the Big Brothers and is on the Golf Team.  He is also the founder of one of St. Rita’s newest clubs, the St. Rita Pro-Life Club, and in the future he hopes to take the club to Washington D.C. for the Annual Respect Life March.  Beyond his involvement at St. Rita, Steve is also an altar server at his parish, caddies at Midlothian Country Club and is a regular volunteer at the Cardinal Joseph Bernadine Gym.  Steve also credits himself as being a Notre Dame fan.

One teacher said of Steve, “Steve is an outstanding example of what a Ritaman is all about. He goes out of his way everyday to make sure that his fellow Ritamen feel welcomed and cared for.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Steve has said, “What a time to be alive!  My four years have been flying by way too quickly, but I made the best decision of my life to come to St. Rita.”

St. Rita Alum Darius Fleming Helps Young Athletes Through Beyond Sports Foundation

By: Tim Moran (Patch Staff)

CHICAGO, IL — For some athletes, the toughest part about progressing from stardom in high school to having the chance to compete professionally is finding an adequate college education.

Darius Fleming, a St. Rita alum, was able to find one of the best around as a student-athlete at Notre Dame before he began a career in the NFL. And now Fleming is working with the same organization that helped make it possible for him to achieve those goals a decade ago.

Fleming is a mentor for the Highland Park-based Beyond Sports Foundation, an organization which transforms the lives of young student athletes by giving them a chance to receive a college education.

Disabato: St. Rita Baseball Players Step Up To Shine Spotlight On Bullying

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At one time or another, nearly every person has been affected by bullying.

It can be verbally, physically, or online...

St. Rita baseball players Mike Botthoff, Steve Insley and Tim Murphy decided to form the "Race Against Bullying."

As part of its curriculum, St. Rita asks its students to complete a 100-hour project that has to be community service-related.

The boys, all seniors, decided to organize a 5K run Sunday at Mount Greenwood Park. Hence, "Race Against Bullying."

St. Rita Welcomes WCIU, The U's Morning Show in anticipation of tonight's Game of the Week

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St. Rita High School was featured today on WCIU, The U’s morning show, The Jam.  The show’s man about town, Jon Hansen spent the morning with the St. Rita Marching Band and St. Rita cheerleaders in anticipation of tonight’s WCIU, The U Game of the Week – the much anticipated St. Rita vs. Mount Carmel matchup.

Check out the footage on the Jam's Facebook Page.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on the U-Too!  The varsity game will air on the U-Too at 7:30 pm. Viewers can find The U Too on WCIU-TV 26.2, XFINITY 230/360, RCN 35, Dish 48, AT&T U-verse 24 and WOW 107.

Or, come out to the game, stay for the party and then watch the replay this weekend! All St. Rita fans, adults, and friends are encouraged and invited to attend the Oktoberfest event after the game ends. There will be great food, refreshments, and music for all!  

Encore broadcasts of the game can be seen Saturday at 6 PM and Sunday at 9 AM over on WMEU 48.2, Comcast 359, RCN 32 and WOW 184!

Go Rita Go!

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