Mustangs of the Month

May 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Tim Regan

The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our May Mustang of the Month is Tim Regan.  Tim is a graduate of St. Linus School where he is also a member of the parish community.

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During his time at St. Rita, Tim has been the President of the Broadcasting Club, a Kairos Leader, part of the St. Rita Choir and has run Cross Country.  Outside of his time as St. Rita he is a COR Youth Leader at St. Linus and volunteers with St. Linus Mission Trips.  Tim is also an Eagle Scout and after graduation will be moving on to college to major in forensic accounting.

One teacher said of Tim, “Tim is a student who has gone above and beyond to make St. Rita a good experience for himself and his classmates. He is always there for his peers.  As his teacher, I admire Tim's commitment to expanding his worldview and becoming more aware of who God is call him to be and what God is calling him to do.  He is a shining example of what it means to be a Ritaman!”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Tim said, “My experience at St. Rita has been nothing but good vibes.  I cannot believe it is coming to an end, wow, what a journey.  I feel like I am leaving home.  I am going to miss all my Rita brothers so much.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Eric Barcelona

Representing the Class of 2020 as our May Mustang of the Month is Eric Barcelona.  Eric comes to us from Queen of Martyrs School and is also a member of Queen of Martyrs Parish.

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Eric is currently a member of Big Brothers, the Spanish Club, Stock Club, and he will be fully inducted into the National Honor Society this fall.  Eric is involved with Queen of Martyrs Youth Ministry which has changed his life in many ways, especially with the Mission Trip he went on to Kentucky.  He hopes to go on to college and earn a degree in Computer Science.

In his nomination the following was said of Eric, “His dedication to solve problems as well as his cooperation with other students so they can face their own challenges makes of Eric a good example of a good community and academic performance in St. Rita.”

Eric spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I have loved my time here at St. Rita and I cannot believe I only have a year left.  The people here are just amazing and I have many so many friendships.  I cannot wait to see what next year brings.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Noah O’Grady

Representing the Class of 2021 as our May Mustang of the Month is Noah O’Grady.  Noah graduated from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School and is a member of St.  Germaine Parish.

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In addition to excelling in the classroom these past two year Noah is involved in the Spanish Club and is a caddy at Beverly Country Club.  In the future he plans to work toward induction in the St. Rita National Honor Society and become a part of the Advice Beyond the Classroom program.

The following was said of Noah, “Always prepared for class and ready to participate.  Honest, genuine and very mature.  He is a very kind young man and is always willing to help out.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “In my last two years as a Ritaman I have made many new friends and have had lots of fun.  I cannot wait for the next two years as a Ritaman and I cannot wait to see who I meet and what my future holds..”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Connell Moonan

The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our May Mustang of the Month is Connell Moonan.  Connell comes to us from St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish where he is also a member of the St. Catherine Parish community.

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Connell is currently playing volleyball here at St. Rita.  He also assists at St. Catherine School with their after school program.  Connell plans to work toward being inducted into the St. Rita National Honor Society and hopes to be a part of the Big Brother program in the future.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Connell is an excellent student athlete and leader by example for his class. He takes pride in helping others and treating people nicely.  He works hard in the classroom and on the volleyball court.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Connell replied, “I have made a lot of new friends and have had a great time thus far.  I cannot wait for the next three years here at St. Rita.”

April 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Quinn Eaheart

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our April Mustang of the Month is Quinn Eaheart.  Quinn is a graduate of Keller Elementary School.

During his time at St. Rita, Quinn has been involved with Scholastic Bowl and the Latin Club.  He has also been a Kairos Leader, Big Brother, member of the National Honor Society and he is currently playing Varsity Lacrosse.  Outside of his time at St. Rita he helps coach 3rd and 4th grade lacrosse.

One teacher said of Quinn, “Quinn is a great candidate for Mustang of the Month. As a Big Brother, he's been very attentive to his little brothers.  Quinn truly goes out of his way to meet with his little brothers.  He was a great leader on Kairos and brings people together.  He is a motivator, he is outgoing, he is a very kind and respectful young man.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Quinn said, “St. Rita has become a second home to me.  The friendships I have made will last a lifetime and I will always love my Rita brothers.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Daniel Burns

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our April Mustang of the Month is Daniel Burns.  Daniel comes to us from Mount Greenwood Elementary and is a member of the Queen of Martyrs Parish.

Daniel is a member of the St. Rita Swimming and Water Polo teams, the Latin Club and is currently working toward induction into the St. Rita chapter of the National Honor Society.  He plans to apply to be a Big Brother during his senior year.  Daniel has been named to All-State for Water Polo, earned the Heeney Award for straights As three times and has received a Smialek Award Scholarship.

In his nomination the following was said of Daniel, “Daniel is a very dedicated when it comes to his studies.  Daniel truly lives out the Augustinian Core Value of Veritas. He loves learning and is insightful. Daniel is also one of the kindest people I know.”

Daniel spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “With my time so far I have found a lot of great mentors in my teachers and coaches.  I look forward to my last year learning with the boys.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Owen Kelly

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our April Mustang of the Month is Owen Kelly.  Owen graduated from St. Cajetan School and is a member of St. Cajetan Parish.

Owen is a Sophomore Officer for Student Government, plays football and is currently a member of the volleyball team.  In the future he is considering getting involved with the Big Brother Program.

The following was said of Owen, “Owen is a leader who leads without words. His hard work and positive attitude when faced with challenges motivates his peers to elevate their performance in and outside of the classroom.  Owen is willing to help those around him without reward, he gives and expects nothing in return.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I have had a great time at Rita so far.  The people I have met are unbelievable and I cannot wait for the next two years.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Dylan Cooney

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our April Mustang of the Month is Dylan Cooney.  Dylan comes to us from St. Barnabas School where he is also a member of the St. Barnabas Parish community.

Dylan is a Freshman Officer for Student Government, participates in Advice Beyond the Classroom, played basketball this year and is currently running track.  In the future he hopes to be a part of the Big Brother Program and work toward induction into the National Honor Society.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Dylan is a caddy at Beverly Country Club and is active in the Beverly community assisting with the elderly.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Dylan is just a really good kid.  He is kind, polite and respectful.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Dylan replied, “My time at St. Rita thus far has been phenomenal.  I have met many new people and have been able to participate in many new activities.  I look forward to the years to come and all that St. Rita has to offer.”

March 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Liam Daly

The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our March Mustang of the Month is Liam Daly.  Liam is a graduate of St. John Fisher School and is also a member of St. John Fisher Parish.

During his time at St. Rita, Liam has been a member of the Spanish Club, The Natir, Big Brothers and the Varsity Golf Team.  This past year for his Caritas Project he held a very successful Teacher Appreciation Drive.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Liam is a caddy at Beverly Country Club and tutors two children several days a week.  Liam has been a Heeney Award Recipient, was named an Illinois State Scholars and most recently was awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship.  He will be attending the University of Minnesota majoring in Economics and Political Science.

One teacher said of Liam, “Liam is a caring, hard-working, respectful and respectable student.  He always represents himself and St. Rita with great regard.  Liam quietly leads by his example in the classroom, the hallway and in the community.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Liam said, “St. Rita has become like my second home, the connections I have made with teachers and friends will be ones that last a lifetime.  It is truly a special place and while I am excited for the future I am sad to be leaving my second home.  I love my St. Rita brothers and will truly miss seeing them every day.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Dalen Horace

Representing the Class of 2020 as our March Mustang of the Month is Dalen Horace.  Dalen comes to us from St. Paul Lutheran School and is a member of the Victory Cathedral faith community.

Dalen is a St. Rita Big Brother and a member of the Band and Jazz Band.  He is currently working toward membership in the St. Rita Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Outside of St. Rita Dalen occasionally plays his trumpet at his grade school as well as at church on Sundays.  In the future he hopes to make All-State for the Band and maybe play a varsity sport.  He also plans to continue working hard toward gaining scholarships for college, possibly even going for free.

In his nomination the following was said of Dalen, “Dalen is reliable.  He is respectful and talented as well. His diverse set of interests and activities is emblematic of the Rita spirit.  In each of his endeavors, academically, athletically and musically, he shows talent and dedication.”

Dalen spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It’s been a great experience and I’m excited for more things to come in my senior year.  I’ve cherished all the memories I have made with all of my Rita brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Gabe Arteaga

Representing the Class of 2021 as our March Mustang of the Month is Gabe Arteaga.  Gabe graduated from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of Queen of Martyrs Parish.

Gabe is a member of the St. Rita Varsity Hockey team and is currently playing on the JV Lacrosse team.  In the future he hopes to become a Big Brother.  Outside of St. Rita Gabe helps out at his sister’s hockey practices.

The following was said of Gabe, “Gabe is a hard working student and is always willing to participate in class.  He always comes to class with a smile on his face.  He pays close attention to detail and is a positive influence on his peers.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I have had a lot of fun in my time here at St. Rita.  I have made a ton of new friends and am enjoying my time.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Josh Carroll

The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our March Mustang of the Month is Josh Carroll.  Josh comes to us from St. Joseph School in Downers Grove where he is also a member of the St. Joseph Parish community.

Josh is a member our satirical newspaper The Natir, the St. Rita Social Justice Club and recently made the St. Rita Freshman Baseball Team.  Outside of his time at St. Rita he plays baseball for Top Tier as well.  In the future he hopes to become a St. Rita Big Brother and has served his peers this past year as a Student Government Ambassador.  In the past Josh received a Navy Award for his state science fair project.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Josh can be relied upon to offer thoughtful commentaries on issues presented in class.  He has empathy for others that other students could take an example from.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Josh replied, “I have made many friends and I am very glad that I chose to come to St. Rita.  I hope that the rest of my time at St. Rita will continue to be just as amazing as it is now.”

February 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Cameron Bartmann

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our February Senior Mustang of the Month is Cameron Bartmann.  Cameron is a graduate of Summit Hill Junior High and is a member of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church in Tinley Park.

Cameron has been a member of the St. Rita Varsity Basketball Team for all four years and is also a member of the National Honor Society.  He hopes to also try out for Varsity Volleyball.  When not at St. Rita he has a part-time job as a busboy.  He has had a very successful academic career at St. Rita being on the Gold and High Honor Roll for all semesters and achieving a Heeney Award for Straight As during four semesters.

One teacher said of Cameron, “Cameron is a great example of academic excellence and represents the St. Rita spirituality.  He is always dedicated and focused of having the higher grades by utilizing every minute in class.  I see Cameron regularly checking and sharing his ideas with classmates.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Cameron said, “My time at St. Rita has gone by quick.  I am glad I was able to experience it with my Rita brothers and I will miss all of you.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Jimmy Larkin

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our February Junior Mustang of the Month is Jimmy Larkin.  Jimmy is a graduate of Queen of Martyrs School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Jimmy is a member of St. Rita’s Hockey Team and is also involved with the Stock Club, Social Justice Club.  He is currently working toward induction into the St. Rita Chapter of the National Honor Society and has been a Heeney Award Recipients for earning Straight As.  Outside of St. Rita Jimmy is active with Queen of Martyrs Youth Ministry.

In his nomination the following was said of Jimmy, “Jimmy is a fine young man who traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to help build houses with his Youth Group and will be serving as a leader for this year's trip.  He excels in academics and has been on the honor roll since he began at St. Rita.  Jimmy is kind to everyone and is a great role model to fellow students.”

Jimmy spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It feels like yesterday that I was just a freshman, and I have loved every moment at St. Rita since day one.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Michael Gaughan

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our February Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Michael Gaughan.  Michael graduated from Century Junior High and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Michael is a member of St. Rita’s Football and Lacrosse Teams and is involved with the SpikeBall Club.  He is also an elected Student Government Officer for the sophomore class and in the future hopes to get involved with the STEM Club.

The following was said of Michael, “Michael has been a great example for other Ritamen during his time at St. Rita.  He is a respectful student and well-respected by his classmates.  He is always positive and upbeat.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “It has been a great two years and I cannot wait to see what the next two will bring me.  Thank you to everyone especially Gavin Kelly.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Michael Baniewicz

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our February Freshman Mustang of the Month is Michael Baniewicz.  Michael comes to us from St. Christina School and is also a member of the St. Christina Parish community.

Michael is a member of the RitaMen Weep Improv group, ran Cross Country and is now a part of Track & Field.  He also assists with school liturgies as an altar server.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Michael is also involved with the McAuley Theater as a cast member in “Wendy & Peter Pan” and performs improv at Second City.  He hopes to get more involves at St. Rita with our theater productions.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Michael performs very well academically.  He also carries himself very well and is a true example of a Ritaman.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Michael replied, “I have enjoyed every second I have been at St. Rita.  I appreciate all the opportunities St. Rita has to offer.  All of my teachers and classmates have been very helpful throughout the year and I look forward to the years to come.”

January 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Clifford Williams

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our January Senior Mustang of the Month is Clifford Williams.  Clifford is a graduate of Clifford Pierce Middle School and is a member of New Smyrna Church of God and Christ.

Clifford has been active during his time at St. Rita playing football and bowling and also being involved with the Cooking Club.  This past year he put together a Caritas Project “Bowling for a Cause” which raised money for homeless individuals.  Clifford plans to attend college and major in physical therapy and loves being around family and friends having a good time.

One teacher said of Clifford, “Cliff is just an all-around positive student who is respective to those he encounters.  He embodies what it means to be a Ritaman through his daily actions.”Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Clifford said, “My time at St. Rita has been well spent with the various activities I have been involved with.  St. Rita is like a second home to me filled with love and happiness.  Overall St. Rita has been an amazing experience to me, having life-long friends that I will always remember.  When I graduate I am going to miss them all.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Carlos Sanchez

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our January Junior Mustang of the Month is Carlos Sanchez.  Carlos is a graduate of St. Gall School and belongs to St. Rita of Cascia Parish.

Carlos is a member of the St. Rita Soccer Team and he is also involved with the Spanish Club.  Outside of St. Rita he is active with the St. Rita Parish Youth Group and just recently traveled to Panama for the Augustinian Youth Encounter.  He also helps coach soccer at St. Gall.  He is working to be inducted into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

In his nomination the following was said of Carlos, “Carlos is a wonderful student to have in class.  He studies well and has a calm, positive attitude.”

Carlos spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “Coming to St. Rita was one of the best decisions I ever made.  It has been an interesting time here and I have made life-long friends.  I hope for the best in the next year to come.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Danny Fleck

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our January Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Danny Fleck.  Danny graduated from Central Middle School and is a member of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

Danny is a member of St. Rita’s golf and volleyball teams and is also involved with The Cascian, our school yearbook.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Danny helps out those who live in his neighborhood.  He hopes to apply to be a Big Brother at the end of this year.

The following was said of Danny, “Danny has a heart of gold and is a great example of a St. Rita Mustang. He is kind to all students, faculty and staff. He is also very good at giving back with community service. Just recently, he has helped neighbors with snow removal and cleaning out a basement.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I went into St. Rita only knowing a couple of people, but now I have met a ton of new people.  I’ve noticed the brotherhood around me is strong and that there are many people around me who care for me.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Jake Marszewski

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our January Freshman Mustang of the Month is Jake Marszewski.  Jake comes to us from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of the St. Christina Parish community.

Jake is a member of St. Rita’s golf and hockey teams and he is also involved with The Natir, our satirical newspaper.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Jake helps out in his community.  In the future he hopes to get involved with St. Rita’s Stock Club and also plans to try out for baseball.  He enjoys learning and art.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Jake is such a kind and helpful student in the classroom. He is always willing to help out his classmates.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Jake replied, “I have had a great time at St. Rita so far.  I have made a lot of friends and am really enjoying my time here.  I truly feel like at home at St. Rita.”