March Mustangs of the Month

Pictured left to right:  Matthew Beam, Fr. Tom McCarthy, OSA, Evan Wojcicki, Fr. Bernie Scianna, OSA, Brian Gralek, Fr. Richie Mercando, OSA, Joe Qualter and Fr. Paul Galetto, OSA. (Not pictured:  MIchael Jurek)

Pictured left to right:  Matthew Beam, Fr. Tom McCarthy, OSA, Evan Wojcicki, Fr. Bernie Scianna, OSA, Brian Gralek, Fr. Richie Mercando, OSA, Joe Qualter and Fr. Paul Galetto, OSA. (Not pictured:  MIchael Jurek)

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.  Nominees for Mustang of the Month are those students who are vital elements to what St. Rita 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 the Administration and the Student Life & Ministry Team.

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Evan Wojcicki

Chosen to be our March Mustang of the Month for the Freshman Class is Evan Wojcicki.  Evan comes to us from St. Barnabas School and is also a member of St. Barnabas Parish.

Evan has had a very busy first year at St. Rita.  While excelling in the classroom, he played football, basketball and is now on the baseball team.  Evan is also a member of the Spanish Club, Seinfeld Club and is a Freshman Representative for Student Government.  Evan is also very active beyond St. Rita as he volunteers at the P.A.D.S. Shelter and the Villa Nursing Home in Evergreen Park.  This year was just the beginning of success for Evan, who hopes to hold multiple leadership roles.  He was captain of the football team and plans to be President of Student Government and the Seinfeld Club by his senior year.

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Evan replied, “I never doubted my decision to come to St. Rita.  I love all my Rita Brothers that have made this first year great.  I know the next three years will be even better.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Matthew Beam

This month we had a tie for our Sophomore Class Mustang of the Month.  The first March Mustang of the Month for the Sophomore Class is Matthew Beam.  Matthew comes to us from Queen of Martyrs Parish and Grammar School.

Matthew is a member of the bowling and lacrosse teams.  He is also a member of the Yearbook Club.  Matthew has made the Silver Honor Roll and strives to be a leader of his peers and make the National Honor Society.  Outside of St. Rita, he helps make homebound meals at St. Christina.

Speaking of his time at St. Rita, Matthew has said, “It’s been an awesome two years at St. Rita with my Rita brothers and I cannot wait to spend the next two years with them.”

 

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Brian Gralak

Our other March Mustang of the Month for the Sophomore Class is Brian Gralak.  Brian is a graduate of St. Linus School and is a member of St. Linus Parish.

Brian enjoys being a member of the football and volleyball teams, Latin Club and Knights of Augustine.  He is also in the Celtic Boxing Club and volunteers at Our Lady of the Angels Food Pantry.  Brian plans to get even more involved next year with the Big Brothers Program and National Honor Society.  He was also nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum trip.

Brian said of his time at St. Rita, “My time at St. Rita has been some of the best moments of my life.  I cannot believe that it is almost halfway over.  I cannot wait to spend the next two years with my Rita brothers in a place that I call home.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Michael Jurek

Our March Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Michael Jurek.  Michael comes to us from St. Therese School and is also a member of St. Therese Parish.

Michael is currently involved with Apple Programming and the Stage Crew for the Theater Program.  He is also very active in serving the community through regular visits to the PADS Shelter and assisting with our weekly school recycling efforts.  Outside of his time at St. Rita, Michael helps out at his parish by altar serving and also enjoys fishing, carpentry, swimming and diving.  He is actually a certified advanced scuba diver and has completed dives up to 100 feet.  This June, Michael will be taking part in St. Rita’s Summer Service Trip to work with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina.

Michael said of his time at St. Rita, “Getting involved in activities has really helped me to discover what I am good at and enjoy doing.  I enjoy helping people and know that is an important part of who I am.  St. Rita has helped instill in me a sense of pride and purpose in everything that I do.  I will enjoy my last year at St. Rita with all my Rita brothers.”

Senior Mustang of the Month – Joe Qualter

The March Mustang of the Month for the Senior Class is Joe Qualter.  Joe comes from Most Holy Redeemer Parish and School.

Throughout his four years Joe has worked hard to excel academically but also been very active outside the classroom.  Joe has been a member of the swimming water polo and football teams, as well as, the Knights of Augustine.  Joe recently earned a full tuition scholarship to Merrimack College where he will be moving on to in the Fall.

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Joe said, “St. Rita has been a part of my life for a long time and it has been an amazing experience.   I have had a great four years attending school here and I hope to have fun the final two months with all of my classmates.”