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Ritamen Enjoy Action-Packed New Mexico Minimester

Day three for the New Mexico Minimester was a success. Since arriving on Monday, March 11, Ritamen have visited Meow Wolf (a popular interactive art experience), celebrated Holy Mass at El Santuario de Chimayo, gone white water rafting and have been building brotherhood.

On Wednesday, March 13, the New Mexico Minimester group traveled the streets of Santa Fe competing against each other in a scavenger hunt, learning facts about our nations oldest capital city. They then went on to visit the capital building where they were able to witness part of the state senate in session and visit the office of the New Mexico Lieutenant Governor who is a friend of  Fr. Ray Flores, O.S.A. The Mustangs also were able to see the Miraculous Staircase at The Loretto Chapel.

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.

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.”