Each month during the academic school year, St. Rita of Cascia High School presents a notable member of each class with the “Mustang of the Month” award. Students are nominated based on their overall achievements and involvement at St. Rita of Cascia High School. In order for a student to be considered, he must excel in two of the following areas: academics, athletics, activities, or community service projects. A committee selects the winners from the nominees.
The following students were selected as the January 2016 Mustangs of the Month.
Vince Pusateri - Freshman
Vince is a member of St. Daniel the Prophet Parish and graduated from St. Daniel the Prophet Grammar School. While at St. Rita, Vince plans to run track and play volleyball in the spring. Outside of St. Rita, Vince spends his free time volunteering at soup kitchens and also helps out with food packaging for local families.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him so far, Vince responded, “My time at St. Rita so far has been good because I made new friends that I can call my Rita brothers and I also made good relationships with my teachers.”
Darius Allen - Sophomore
Darius is a member of the Christian Youth Baptist Church and graduated from Dirksen Middle School. During his time so far at St. Rita, Darius has been on both the football and wrestling teams for two years. Outside of St. Rita, Darius spends his time helping to coach his park district’s football team and also coaches eight and nine year old wrestlers for the Harvey Twisters. On the weekends, Darius helps clean up around his Church and has volunteered with the Special Olympics in the past.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him so far, Darius responded, “My time at St. Rita has been absolutely amazing. It’s been great being able to meet so many different people that come from different backgrounds and being able to build relationships with them that will last a lifetime.”
Mike McDevitt - Junior
Mike is a member of St. Cajetan parish and graduated from Keller Grammar School. During his time at St. Rita, Mike has played football and baseball and is also a member of the National Honors Society. Outside of St. Rita, Mike has volunteered at Merrionette Park Baseball, helped with the leaf raking program in Oak Lawn and has also volunteered his time with Coach Standring’s Summer Camp.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Mike responded, “My time at St. Rita has been great. I’ve enjoyed every minute here. I’m excited to spend another year and a half here with all my fellow Ritamen.”
Luke Bechina - Senior
Luke is a member of St. John Fisher Parish and graduated from St. John Fisher Grammar School. During his time at St. Rita, Luke has played baseball and football for all four years, and is a member of the National Honors Society and the Spanish Club. Outside of St. Rita, Luke has helped coach St. John Fisher Football.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Luke responded, “St. Rita has been a second home for me, I love the people I have met like brothers.”
About St. Rita of Cascia High School
St. Rita High School is a college-preparatory, Augustinian Catholic high school for young men rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of St. Augustine, following the Augustinian philosophy of education. Located on a 37-acre campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue on Chicago’s south side, St. Rita has a 110-year tradition and legacy, is over 24,000 alumni strong and offers 16 athletic teams and 30 clubs and activities.
St. Rita aims to form each student as a whole person: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially, and to provide its young men with the necessary skills to succeed in college and in life, leading to life-long learning and personal awareness.
Through the Augustinian core values of Veritas (Truth), Unitas (Unity), and Caritas (Love), St. Rita strives to develop a bond between the members of the entire family: Augustinians, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.
In the spirit of our Father, St. Augustine, we will be of one mind and one heart on our way to God.