December 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 – Kavari Cunningham

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our December Senior Mustang of the Month is Kavari Cunningham.  Kavari is a graduate of St. Etherlreda School and is a member of New Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Kavari is a Big Brother and is a member St. Rita’s Football and Track Teams.  Outside of his school involvement he helps out with his former football team the Brainerd Park Bengals.

One teacher said of Kavari, “I feel that Kavari is a great candidate because he embodies what it means to be a Ritaman.  He is respectful and kind to all those he encounters, he is very hard-working in and out of the classroom, is humble and a great role model for the underclassmen.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Kavari said, “My experience at Rita has been exactly what I expected, filled with good times and memories with my brothers.  I am definitely going to miss all of the guys when I graduate.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Ahmonte Harris

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our December Junior Mustang of the Month is Ahmonte Harris.  Monte is a graduate of St. Sabina School and belongs to the El Shaddai Miracle Temple Community.

Monte is a member of the St. Rita Band a baritone sax player, Video Games Club, RitaMen Weep Improv group and is a Big Brother.  He hopes to get even more involved in clubs later this year.

In his nomination the following was said of Ahmonte, “He is an exceptionally kind and bright young man. He always greets those around him with a smile and is the first to act in a way that helps the group.  He is a talented and hardworking student.”

Monte spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I have had my ups and downs but my Rita Brothers have always made my day better and I truly cherish all of them and genuinely love all my brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Thomas Gleason

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our December Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Thomas Gleason.  Thomas graduated from Central Middle School and is a member of St. John Fisher Parish.

Thomas is a member of the St. Rita Golf Team, a writer for The Natir and is in the Superhero Club.  He also plays in the Illinois Junior Golf Association.

The following was said of Thomas, “Thomas is quick to help his peers without instruction, he helps because he can and knows it is the right thing to do.  Thomas is an accountable Ritaman perpetuating the core values of Truth, Unity, and Love.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I love St. Rita and I have fun here every day.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Luis Salgado

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our December Freshman Mustang of the Month is Luis Salgado.  Luis comes to us from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School and is a member of the St. Julie Billiart Parish community.

Luis is a member of the Respect Life Club, Spanish Club and played soccer this fall.  In the spring he plans to be a part of the St. Rita Volleyball Team.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Luis is an altar server and plays travel soccer.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Luis is such a humble and kind student.  He always turns in excellent work and participates in class.  He is always willing to help out those around him.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Luis replied, “Even though I have not been at St. Rita for very long it has become by second home.  The atmosphere he is unlike anything I have seen before.  I look forward to being here the next four years.”

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)

November 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 – Mick Doyle

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our November Senior Mustang of the Month is Mick Doyle.  Mick is a graduate of Arbor Park Middle School and is a member of St. Damien Parish.

Mick just completed his football career at St. Rita with a Prep Bowl victory and is a member of the Track & Field Team.  He is also a Big Brother, Eucharistic Minister and participates in the Advice Beyond the Classroom program.  Aside from his involvement at St. Rita Mick also helps coach kids in his former football program, the Oak Forest Raiders.  Later this year Mick hopes to be a Kairos leader, win state in track and play football in college.

Mick plans on studying sports management in college and his dream is to be the General Manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers one day, claiming they would win the Super Bowl every year under his leadership.  He also hopes to eventually start his own foundation to help middle class families who struggle with paying bills and raising children.

One teacher said of Mick, “Mick is the kindest and most respectful student I know.  He His positive interactions with his peers is impeccable.  Mick always strives to offer his best hospitality and personal energy.  Mick is also an outstanding student.  He is a student who values his education, respects his peers, and his especially his teachers.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Mick said, “St. Rita has done so many great things for me and has taught me life skills and lessons.  St. Rita has become my second home.  My favorite part about Rita is all the funny teachers and students who make my day with their sarcasm!  I may have been honored with this award but I share it with all my classmates who work their tails off!  I can’t wait to end these next few months off strong with my brothers, especially the seniors. I love you guys!”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Tony Nichols

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our November Junior Mustang of the Month is Tony Nichols.  Tony is a graduate of St. John Fisher School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Tony is very active at St. Rita.  He is in the Latin Club, French Club, Spanish Club, Respect Life Club, Band, Scholastic Bowl and is a Big Brother.  Tony also is active in his faith and participates in our school liturgies as a Eucharistic Minister.  Currently Tony is working toward full induction into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

In his nomination the following was said of Tony, “Tony is a terrific young man.  He excels academically but is also polite and friendly to all he encounters on a daily basis. Tony represents the Augustinian core values in the way he interacts with his peers and staff members on a daily basis.  He is a polite, thoughtful young man and well liked by all.”

Tony spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “The best time of my life has been at St. Rita and I am surprised that it is going by so fast.  I cannot wait to experience the next year and a half I have left with my fellow Rita brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Kameren Havard

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our November Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Kameren Havard.  Kameren graduated from St. Paul in Oak Lawn and is a member of the Apostolic Church of God.

Kameren is a member of the Bowling Team, Chess Team and the St. Rita Band.  When he is not busy at St. Rita he volunteers his time at the Museum of Science and Industry. In the future he hopes to be able to study chemical engineering and work with computer science.

The following was said of Kameren, “Kam is a tremendously kind and outgoing young man. He never fails to treat each person he meets, teacher or fellow student, with the same respect and positive attitude. He displays an inquisitive and talented nature that he continues to nurture and improve upon.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I love St. Rita!  It’s like my second home.  I love to hang out with my friends and I love the teachers.  I couldn’t ask for a better school to go to and hope to enjoy my upcoming years.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Isaac Gaytan-Reilly

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our November Freshman Mustang of the Month is Isaac Gaytan-Reilly.  Isaac comes to us from Summit Hill Junior High and is a member of the Parkview Church community.

Isaac is the 16th member of his family to attend St. Rita and currently serves a Student Government Officer for the Freshman Class.  Isaac just completed his first season of football at St. Rita and he has begun his wrestling season.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Isaac also takes part in rugby.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Isaac is a very energetic student in class and he is always willing to participate.  He has a passion for learning and is always willing to help out.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Isaac replied, “My time at St. Rita, while short, has been the most fun in my life and I hope to make it even better.”