September Mustangs of the Month

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 – Nick Adent

The first student chosen from the Class of 2020, our September Freshman Mustang of the Month, is Nick Adent.  Nick comes to St. Rita from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of St. Christina Parish.  In addition to beginning his St. Rita experience academically strong, Nick has also wasted no time getting involved.

Nick is a member of the Freshman Football Team for which he was named Team Captain.  He is also a member of the Stock Team and Spanish Club.  In the future, he plans to become even more involved by wrestling and playing lacrosse.  Nick also hopes to eventually be selected for the National Honor Society.  In his spare time, he assists with the St. Christina Football Program.

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Nick replied, “It has been a very exciting and fun first month at St. Rita.  I have met so many amazing teachers and made some awesome new friends.  I am extremely excited to see how the rest of my time at St. Rita will play out.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Matt Callahan

Kicking off the year for the Class of 2019 as our September Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Matt Callahan.  Matt is a proud alumnus of Independence Junior High and is a parishioner at Incarnation Parish.  Matt enjoys getting involved through leadership.

Matt is entering his second term as a St. Rita Student Government Representative and also added the role of Big Brother to his activities here this summer.  On the athletic side of things, Matt has been a key contributor to both the football and baseball teams and hopes to offer even more this year.  While not at St. Rita, Matt assists his uncle coaching football.  Matt also claims to be the biggest Wisconsin fan you will ever meet.

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Matt replied, “My time at Rita thus far has been amazing.  I have had such a great time and cannot wait for all that will have during the upcoming years with my Rita brothers.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Israel Rodriguez

Representing the Class of 2018 as our September Junior Mustang of the Month is Israel Rodriguez.  Israel attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Grammar School and is a member of St. Rita of Cascia Parish.

Izzy has been a member of the St. Rita Band since his freshman year and is a contributor to the yearbook.  He also has been involved in athletics on the track team and hopes to be a part of baseball this year.  This past summer he traveled to Europe to represent St. Rita at the Augustinian Youth Encounter.  Izzy hopes to use this school year to get even more involved by applying to the Big Brothers and joining the Cooking Club.  While not at St. Rita, Izzy volunteers at Marquette Park working with kids who have special needs.  Izzy has also been accepted into an EMT program that will assist in paying for his college education.

Izzy spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “My time at St. Rita has been really fun and a great learning experience.  I am going to make the most of the next two years because I know I will miss it when it is over, however I will never forget my Rita brothers.”

Senior Mustang of the Month – Mike Rutter

Leading the Class of 2017 as our September Senior Mustang of the Month is Mike Rutter.  Mike graduated from Lakeview Junior High and is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.  Since he started at St. Rita, Mike has looked to get involved in all areas at St. Rita.

In additional to excelling in the classroom, Mike is a member of the STEM Club, Computer Programming Club, NATIR, SADD, Stock Market Club and the Knights of Augustine.  Even with his involvement in so many clubs, Mike has found time to be on the St. Rita Water Polo Team.  Mike keeps himself even more active outside of St. Rita as he is also a licensed pilot and races a Suzuki Light-Weight Superbike.  He has been ranked the #4 Amateur Racer in the Championship Cup Series Circuit out of over 300.

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Mike has said, “St. Rita has been the most amazing journey of my life.  I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future.”