On Monday, December 17, just before the start of final exams, the legendary St. Rita Band performed in the St. Rita Shrine Chapel, before the entire student body. The concert was well-received, with the St. Rita Choir accompanying.
The concert was an interactive event as the students joined in the merry atmosphere by signing some favorite Christmas Carols.
What a great way for our Ritamen to enjoy some family atmosphere and have a little fun, before buckling down for some last-minute studying for finals.
In addition to the concert, our students and faculty have been wearing Christmas sweaters to school for the past week. Check out some of the festive sweaters in the crowd!
Senior Stedmon Ihejirika was recently recognized as St. Rita’s Wendy’s Heisman Award winner.
Students receiving this honor have at least a 3.0 GPA, participate in at least one school sport, and have been active in volunteer service, community involvement or leadership within his or her school or community.
Stedmon excels in the classroom, is a Student Government leader, Big Brother, and a three-year member of the varsity basketball team.
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
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
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
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
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.”