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.”

St. Rita Students Attend 10th Annual Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI)

The inaugural Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI) was held at St. Rita High School in 2010. Fast forward to April 5-7, 2019 and six St. Rita sophomores, Emilio Alvarez, Aidan Connolly, Matthew Orta, Jesus Pedroza, Reggie Sykes, and Tristan Wright along with chaperones Mr. Josh Blaszak ‘02 and Br. Joe Ruiz, O.S.A. traveled to St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J. to take part in the 10th annual gathering of students from the ten Augustinian High Schools in North America.

SAVI has grown to a widely known and anticipated annual event. On the 10th Annual SAVI, Ritamen have been getting to know members of their larger Augustinian family, in addition to deepening their knowledge of the Augustinian Core Values of Truth, Unity and Love, They were also able to visit the Old St. Augustine Parish, the foundation of the Augustinians in North America, and the National Shrine of our patroness, St. Rita of Cascia.

The students also took part in presentations on the core values and the Augustinians, small group discussions, prayer, Mass and fun activities including an outing to a Phillies game.

The goal of the weekend is to empower the Ritamen to be stewards in strengthening and enhancing the Augustinian core values once they return to campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue. The St. Rita family looks forward to welcoming these young men back to school on Monday, April 8, 2019, and learning about their experience.


St. Rita Welcomes Their Australian Brothers

St. Rita Students (back row) shown here with students from Brisbane, Australia with their chaperone Mr. Tony Rolls and St. Rita teachers Mr. KC Perlberg and Mrs. Colleen Earley.

 

Saint Rita is in it's fourth year hosting students from Villanova College in Brisbane, Australia through a student exchange program.  Villanova College is an all boys Augustinian school from grades 5-12.  This is a unique program to Saint Rita.  The Australians will stay for two weeks with Saint Rita host families and then the Saint Rita students will stay in Brisbane with host families for two weeks in May/June.  The Director of the exchange program is Mrs. Colleen Earley. 

St. Rita students David Tolley, Jason Koch, Jack Majcen, Nick Rowling and Ryan Hixson are hosting Australians Elijah Abraham, Sean Kearns, Callum Moses, Sam Feenstra and Alex McDougall on many Chicago adventures. The Aussies also spent time in the halls and classrooms of St. Rita this week.

St. Rita Family Celebrates the Easter Season

On Sunday, March 31, the St. Rita Family came together for a new tradition and celebrated the Easter season on our beautiful campus with a large crowd of current and future St. Rita families and many of our outstanding alumni. Each month, the St. Rita Student Life and Ministry Office holds a family mass on a Sunday, but this time there was the added incentive of children’s games, activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

The day began at 9:00 a.m. with a beautiful mass in the St. Rita Shrine Chapel led by our celebrant, the Very Reverend Anthony Pizzo, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Midwest Augustinians. The Mass was beautiful as always, as Fr. Pizzo reminded us of the significance and true meaning of the Easter season.

As Mass concluded, families were given instructions on how to spend the rest of their day at St. Rita. Families with young children headed to the St. Rita Gym or the Van Leuven Family Research Center for our first-ever Easter Egg Hunt. Both rooms were filled with excited young children—over 75 in total. During and after the Egg Hunt, there were various games and stations all over the building for kids, including Bozo Buckets, arts and crafts, and other various games and activities. The Easter Bunny roamed the halls and took pictures with the participants. We know that our many parents and alumni were sharing the great pictures on their social media accounts for sure.

While the Egg Hunt and kids games took place, the world-famous St. Rita Fathers’ Club (the best in the Chicago Catholic League) prepared an amazing breakfast for all mass attendees. The Father’s Club made sure everyone left the dining hall filled with bacon, sausage, eggs and coffee and did an amazing job—as they always do. We are lucky to have such an active, hard-working and caring fathers’ club at St. Rita!

In all, over 300 people were in attendance, with dozens of alumni and many incoming 8th grade families—plus our current St. Rita families, too, of course. It was a lively, spirited day and so great to see our alumni from the 90’s and early 2000’s back at their old stomping grounds with their future little Ritamen (and Ritawomen). 

This will become an annual event we hope, so keep an eye out for next year’s calendar and check the St. Rita web site for information on next year’s Family Mass/Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the kids and “Go Rita Go”!

Ritaman Austin O'Connor '17 named All-American for North Carolina!

Ritaman Austin O'Connor '17 named All-American for North Carolina!

Congratulations to Austin O’Connor, Class of 2017, on taking 3rd place overall at this year’s NCAA Wrestling Championship and being named an All-American, St. Rita’s first in school history! Read more below!

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/sports/ct-sta-spt-pat-disabato-column-st-0331-story.html