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St. Rita Honors Physics Class Holds Regatta

The Honors Physics class spent more than three weeks planning for the event. They began by learning about Archimedes’ Principle and how an objects density, weight, and how much fluid it displaces all relate to if an object sinks or floats. They did practice problems, a demonstration in which we had to manipulate an object to make it sink and float (without adding water to the object), and followed that all up with a lab on Archimedes’ Principle.

From there students made scaled prototypes out of index cards and packing tape and tested how much mass (pennies) their boat could hold before sinking. After analyzing the test, some had to redesign and others were ready to move on to sketches and calculations. Before they could build their life size boat, they had to complete multiple 3D sketches to scale, pages of calculations such as the cost and weight of their boat, surface area, volume of boat, and the waterline to ensure their boat would not sink, as well as analysis questions.

Once approved, they were able to begin constructing their boat. They had constraints to work within such as a length and width, the use of only corrugated cardboard and duct or packing tape, using no more than 2 inches of tape on either side of a seam, thickness of cardboard not exceeding one inch and no trapping of air between layers, etc. There were 26 constraints they had to work within! The day before the race they had to complete a technical inspection and any rules they did not adhere to had to be fixed before the race. Grading on race day pertained to things like safety, how much of the race they were able to complete and average speed. Students were also to create a theme for their boat and crew. Students worked in groups of 4-5 and two members were in each boat. There were nine boats total.

The Awards were:

The Titanic Award: Flying Dutchman

People’s Choice (for best theme): Hawaiian 

Innovator (for out-of-the-box thinking in construction): The Bobcat

1st place (for speed): the Quinjet

2nd place: Racecar

3rd place: Noah’s Ark

St. Rita, Mother McAuley and Carmel Catholic Compete in ABC State Championship

On Monday, April 29, the 30 members of the St. Rita ABC Program (Advice Beyond the Classroom) competed for the state shampionship of their program at UBS Financial Services Inc., along with fellow Catholic schools Mother McAuley and Carmel Catholic (Mundelein).

Students from the competing schools gave final presentations on what they learned from the ABC program—a program that teaches high school students how to network, create a resume, and build communication and job skills, while teaching about investments, financial planning and the business world. This college-level program is a game-changer for anyone in high school.

Part of the competition included meeting and networking with various business leaders, a Q-and-A panel discussion and a team-based competition and exercise.

The ABC program was founded by St. Rita High School alumnus and current Board of Directors member, Mr. Nick LoMagglio ’04 and is comprised of various industry leaders from St. Rita and other schools. The program allows students to gain an understanding on business, marketing, and networking in the real world and features competitions for college scholarships, prize money and various other accolades as well. The program was begun in 2014 at St. Rita.

Congratulations to all teams and members involved and a special thank you to all the sponsors and mentors for the ABC program for sharing their time and wisdom to these young men, women and future entrepreneurs!

St. Rita Celebrates National Foreign Languages Week

The week of March 4 was a time of celebration and learning at St. Rita High School as students and faculty alike joined schools across the country recognizing National Foreign Language Week with several special events.


First the entire on campus St. Rita community was present for a multi-lingual Mass celebrated by head of school, Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D.

Not only did St. Rita celebrate languages themselves, they also learned about different cultures and traditions from countries all over the world. Each day, a variety of activities were available for all students.

International dishes were available during lunch periods in the St. Rita Dining Hall, and Ritamen voted on their favorite.

During all lunches last week Ritamen sold and bought bracelets and purses for their family members and friends made through The Pulsera Project, a fair trade project that supports young artists in Central America.

Also, there was a fun, international-travel-based, faculty trivia contest during lunches periods.

Students learned about other cultures thru a creative campus-wide scavenger hunt, complete with QR codes to access the clues.

On Friday, St. Rita celebrated with a Foreign Language Expo, including live entertainment, activities and food tastings, during G and F periods in the Van Leuven Family Research Center and McCarthy Student Center on campus.

The foreign language department truly does a great job of uniquely engaging students to learn more about other cultures as they continue to help Ritamen hone their skills in all the foreign language classes available at St. Rita.

St. Rita High School Announces 19 Illinois State Scholars from the Class of 2019

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CHICAGO - At St. Rita High School’s weekly All-School Mass, 19 seniors were honored for being selected Illinois State Scholars for the 2018-19 academic school year. In order to be selected an Illinois State Scholar, a student must perform in the top one-half of his high school class at the end of the third semester prior to graduation, and/or score above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT. Each State Scholar will receive a congratulatory letter from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The list of seniors who were recognized, include:

  • Zackary Aleman (St. Catherine of Alexandria - Oak Lawn)

  • Michael Benson (St. Cajetan)

  • John Cleary (Christ the King)

  • Thomas Connolly (St. Barnabas)

  • Peter Conroy (St. Barnabas)

  • Liam Daly (St. John Fisher)

  • Quinn Eaheart (Annie Keller Regional Gifted Center)

  • Kyle Gustafson (Lakeview Junior High - Downers Grove)

  • Michael Henze (Everest Academy - Lemont)

  • Samuel Macander (St. Barnabas)

  • Robert McDonald (St. Barnabas)

  • Myles Montaque (Summit Hill - Frankfort)

  • Kevin O'Hara (St. Christina)

  • Liam Ohle (St. Barnabas)

  • Henry Ryan (St. Christina)

  • Edwardo Serrano (St. Joseph - Summit)

  • Kyle Somrek (St. Barnabas)

  • Thomas Troesch (St. Barnabas)

  • Jacob Waller (St. Barnabas)