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October 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 – Luis Treto

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our October Senior Mustang of the Month is Luis Treto.  Luis is a graduate of St. Gall School, where he is also a member of the parish community.

Luis is currently a Big Brother and a member of St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.  Outside of his time at St. Rita he is involved with volunteer work at West Lawn Park every Sunday morning where he assists with basketball clinics.  He has been nominated for the Junior Citizen Award at West Lawn Park and most recently received the distinction of Summa cum Laude at St. Rita for his Caritas Project.  Luis works hard at everything he does, especially his academics, as he has been a Heeney Award Recipient for straight As every semester of his high school career.

One teacher said of Luis, “Luis is one the finest and most dedicated students I know.  He is an exemplary student striving to do his best in all his studies.  I truly admire his work ethic and commitment to his studies. He is a kind, respectful and hospitable young man.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Luis said, “St. Rita has impacted me in many wonderful ways.  Along my years I have made many friends and great experiences that will always be remembered.  St. Rita to me is a home away from home, and I will truly miss all the wonderful people that I have met along the way.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Jake Kuska

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our October Junior Mustang of the Month is Jake Kuska.  Jake is a graduate of Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School and is a member of St. Gerald Parish.

Jake is very active at St. Rita.  He is one of the varsity football managers and is a member of the Swimming and Water Polo teams.  In addition he is a Big Brother and a member of the Spanish Club.  Currently Jake is working toward full induction into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.  In his spare time he is also involved in swimming outside of St. Rita.  While being involved is important to Jake he also strives for success in the classroom and has been a recipient of the Heeney Award for straight As during his entire high school career thus far.

In his nomination the following was said of Jake, “Jake is a great student.  In working towards becoming a member of NHS he has signed up for nearly every volunteer opportunity and he is always willing to do anything that is asked of him. He is just an overall nice person to be around.”

Jake spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It’s been a lot of fun these past two years.  I’ve made great friendships and I cannot wait to experience the next two years.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – James Rallo

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our October Sophomore Mustang of the Month is James Rallo.  James graduated from Eisenhower Junior High and is a member of Our Lady of Peace Church.

James is the goalie for the JV Hockey Team and is also a member of the St. Rita Band.  James also plans to get more involved in the coming years and continue to do well academically as it is his goal to attend college at Boston University.

The following was said of James, “James is a funny, kind, and energetic student.  He has a great enthusiasm for learning and for being a Ritaman.  He works hard and helps encourage others to do the same.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “St. Rita has been really fun so far.  I have made a lot of memories and I cannot wait to make many more.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Patrick Swanson

The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our October Freshman Mustang of the Month is Patrick Swanson. Pat comes to us from St. Cajetan School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Pat just completed his first season of football at St. Rita and is also a member of the Stock Club. He plans to try out for basketball next week and baseball in the Spring.  Pat also hopes to maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout his entire high school career.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Pat is a great student. He is always prepared for class and is an active participant. He is engaged in the class and is always willing to help out his classmates.  He is very kind and polite.”

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When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Pat replied, “I have really enjoyed my time here and how welcomed I have been. It feels really good to genuinely enjoy coming to school every day and to be a part of a brotherhood like the one we have here at St. Rita.”

St. Rita's Minimesters Kick Off with Chicago Cultural Tour

The first Minimester program of 2018-2019 school year, the Chicago Cultural Tour, led by Mrs. Kupiac and Mrs. Earley got off to a great start on Sunday, October 28.

They led their students through Pilsen on a walking tour, visiting murals, a tour of Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art and the annual Day of the Dead festival. They were introduced to the symbolism and importance of day of the dead in the Mexican culture. This is the first cultural stop for this Minimester.

There are three more cultural Chicago neighborhoods the group will visit by February 2019: Greektown, Little Italy and Chinatown. Each stop features eating local cuisine and visiting museums that represent each culture. At the end of visiting these neighborhoods, the students are each required to create a tourism brochure highlighting what to see and do in each cultural neighborhood.

Ritamen Continue Learning Outside of the Classroom

Ms. Yanez and Mrs. Earley brought St. Rita's Spanish 1 honors classes on a field trip to Pilsen on Wednesday, October 10. They experienced a private, guided tour of Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art, where they also bought sugar skulls or "calaveras".

The Ritaman then took a walking tour of the neighborhood and saw many murals, ate lunch at "Los Comales", and ended at churro factory for hot churros. It was a cultural and educational field trip all in one!

September Mustangs of the Month

Freshman – Juan Fulgencio

The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our September Freshman Mustang of the Month is Juan Fulgencio. Juan comes to us from St. Procopius School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Juan is currently a member of the freshman football team and plans to get even more involved as the year goes on with the Paintball Club, Chess Team and Video Games Club. Outside of St. Rita Juan plays chess and assists at his local library with community service projects.

One member of our St. Rita faculty members said of Juan, “Juan is an awesome kid. He has not been here long but he is truly becoming a great Ritaman.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Juan replied, “I really enjoy the school thus far. I love all my classes and teachers.”

Congratulations Juan!!



Sophomore – Mykhai Harris

Representing the Class of 2021 as our September Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Mykhai Harris. Mykhai graduated from Southwood School and is a member of Mars Hills Baptist Church.

Mykhai currently plays football and plans to get even more involved now that he is a sophomore with Basketball, the STEM Club, Paintball Club and Spanish Club.

The following was said of him, “Mykhai is an excellent student in class. He is a serious student, does his work, ask questions, and participates in class discussions. He is a respectful and kind individual who is the kind of guy constantly radiating positive energy.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “My time here has been a lot of fun. I hope to have many more laughter filled moments at St. Rita.”

Congratulations Mykhai!!


Junior – Kevin Murphy

Representing the Class of 2020 as our September Junior Mustang of the Month is Kevin Murphy. Kevin is a graduate of St. Symphorosa School and a member of St. Rene Parish.

Kevin is very active with his involvement in Soccer, Swimming, Water Polo, Big Brothers, Scholastic Bowl, French Club and the Knights of Augustine. Kevin also assists with his parishes food drive and currently in the process of applying for the National Honor Society.

In his nomination the following was said of Kevin, “Kevin is a great student. I hear so many wonderful things about him. He is one of the first to always volunteer his time. He quite simply is a really nice young man.”

Kevin spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “My time here has been amazing. I have met some of the best people ever here. I cannot wait for the next couple of years.”

Congratulations Kevin!!


Senior – Raymond O’Neill

The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our September Senior Mustang of the Month is Raymond O’Neill. Raymond is a graduate of St. Bede the Venerable School and he is also a member of the parish community.

Raymond is involved in numerous activities at St. Rita including Band, Jazz Band, National Honor Society, Theater, and the Ritamen Weep Improv Group. Raymond also plays the trumpet at St. Rita’s Monthly St. Rita Novena Masses. Raymond is does not plan to slow down during his senior year, and he even wants to become more active with the Social Justice Club.

One teacher said of Raymond, “Ray has shown tremendous growth in his time at St. Rita. He has proven to be not just a talented student, but a kind, respectful, and energetic one at that. He is a model team player when he is working in a group and a very hard worker.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Raymond said, “My time here at St. Rita has been the greatest experience of my life and I cannot believe I have less than a year left before I have to leave my second home. I have met so many wonderful people that I hope to carry on in my life. A special shout out to the Class of 2019. I love you guys!”

Congratulations Raymond!!

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.