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 – Tim Regan
The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our May Mustang of the Month is Tim Regan. Tim is a graduate of St. Linus School where he is also a member of the parish community.
During his time at St. Rita, Tim has been the President of the Broadcasting Club, a Kairos Leader, part of the St. Rita Choir and has run Cross Country. Outside of his time as St. Rita he is a COR Youth Leader at St. Linus and volunteers with St. Linus Mission Trips. Tim is also an Eagle Scout and after graduation will be moving on to college to major in forensic accounting.
One teacher said of Tim, “Tim is a student who has gone above and beyond to make St. Rita a good experience for himself and his classmates. He is always there for his peers. As his teacher, I admire Tim's commitment to expanding his worldview and becoming more aware of who God is call him to be and what God is calling him to do. He is a shining example of what it means to be a Ritaman!”
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Tim said, “My experience at St. Rita has been nothing but good vibes. I cannot believe it is coming to an end, wow, what a journey. I feel like I am leaving home. I am going to miss all my Rita brothers so much.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Eric Barcelona
Representing the Class of 2020 as our May Mustang of the Month is Eric Barcelona. Eric comes to us from Queen of Martyrs School and is also a member of Queen of Martyrs Parish.
Eric is currently a member of Big Brothers, the Spanish Club, Stock Club, and he will be fully inducted into the National Honor Society this fall. Eric is involved with Queen of Martyrs Youth Ministry which has changed his life in many ways, especially with the Mission Trip he went on to Kentucky. He hopes to go on to college and earn a degree in Computer Science.
In his nomination the following was said of Eric, “His dedication to solve problems as well as his cooperation with other students so they can face their own challenges makes of Eric a good example of a good community and academic performance in St. Rita.”
Eric spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I have loved my time here at St. Rita and I cannot believe I only have a year left. The people here are just amazing and I have many so many friendships. I cannot wait to see what next year brings.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Noah O’Grady
Representing the Class of 2021 as our May Mustang of the Month is Noah O’Grady. Noah graduated from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School and is a member of St. Germaine Parish.
In addition to excelling in the classroom these past two year Noah is involved in the Spanish Club and is a caddy at Beverly Country Club. In the future he plans to work toward induction in the St. Rita National Honor Society and become a part of the Advice Beyond the Classroom program.
The following was said of Noah, “Always prepared for class and ready to participate. Honest, genuine and very mature. He is a very kind young man and is always willing to help out.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “In my last two years as a Ritaman I have made many new friends and have had lots of fun. I cannot wait for the next two years as a Ritaman and I cannot wait to see who I meet and what my future holds..”
Freshman Mustang of the Month – Connell Moonan
The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our May Mustang of the Month is Connell Moonan. Connell comes to us from St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish where he is also a member of the St. Catherine Parish community.
Connell is currently playing volleyball here at St. Rita. He also assists at St. Catherine School with their after school program. Connell plans to work toward being inducted into the St. Rita National Honor Society and hopes to be a part of the Big Brother program in the future.
One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Connell is an excellent student athlete and leader by example for his class. He takes pride in helping others and treating people nicely. He works hard in the classroom and on the volleyball court.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Connell replied, “I have made a lot of new friends and have had a great time thus far. I cannot wait for the next three years here at St. Rita.”