Each month during the academic school year, St. Rita High School presents a notable member of each class with the “Mustang of the Month” award. Students are nominated based on the their overall achievements and involvement at St. Rita High School. In order for a student to be considered, he must excel in at least 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 the November 2015 Mustangs of the Month:
Lorenzo Alvarez - Freshman
Lorenzo is a member of St. Walter Parish and graduated from St. Walter Grammar School. During his time so far at St. Rita, Lorenzo has joined the cooking club, outdoors club, plays in the band, and participates in soccer and track. Outside of St. Rita, Lorenzo is in a bowling league and helps his neighbors with work projects.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Lorenzo responded, “My time at St. Rita has been great and I look forward to my next 3 ½ years here.”
Charlie Coughlan - Sophomore
Charlie is a member of Christ the King Parish and graduated from Christ the King Grammar School. During his time at St. Rita Charlie has played on the football and baseball teams and is also a Big Brother. Outside of St. Rita, Charlie spends time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Charlie responded, “It has been good to me. I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Bobby Gikas - Junior
Bobby is a member of St. Bernard’s Parish and graduated from Oak Prairie Junior High School. During his time at St. Rita, Bobby has played on the football, golf, and baseball teams, has been the basketball manager, and participated in student government, Big Brothers, chess club, and STEM club. Outside of St. Rita, Bobby assists with CCD classes, helps with events at his church, and also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Bobby responded, “Coming to St. Rita has been a dream come true and I can’t wait to finish out this last year and a half with my brothers.”
Malik Scales - Senior
Malik graduated from St. Paul Lutheran Grammar School in Oak Lawn. During his time at St. Rita, Malik has played basketball, ran track, played in the band, and has been a member of NHS and a Big Brother. Outside of St. Rita, Malik has volunteered at his grammar school as an assistant basketball coach and helped with auctions and 8th grade banquets.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Malik responded, “At St. Rita I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve learned the importance of hard work, time management, and brotherhood. Without St. Rita, I would not be the man that I am becoming. St. Rita is my home away from home and my Rita brothers are my true family.”
About St. Rita 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.