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. Nominees for Mustang of the Month are those students who are vital elements to what St. Rita 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 the Administration and the Student Life & Ministry Team.
April Freshman Mustang of the Month – Jason Reis
Chosen to be our April Mustang of the Month for the Freshman Class is Jason Reis. Jason comes to us from Highland Middle School in Indiana and he is a member of St. James Parish.
James was a member of the freshman basketball team and is currently playing baseball. He hopes to work towards getting inducted into the National Honor Society. When he is not at St. Rita he volunteers his time at the Humane Society as an umpire and he also volunteers with field maintenance and helping younger kids.
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Jason replied, “My time here so far has been amazing. I am excited for these next few years with my Rita Family. I love my Rita Brothers and know they will be friends for a lifetime.”
April Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Zack Aleman
This April our Sophomore Class Mustang of the Month is Zack Aleman. Zack is a graduate of St. Catherine of Alexandria School and he is also a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish.
Zack is involved with Soccer, Swimming, Water Polo, the French Club, the Spanish Club, the Stock Club, Scholastic Bowl, the Computer Programming Club and he is also an Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister. In the future, he also hopes to become a Big Brother and to be inducted into the National Honor Society. Zack is a three-time Gold Honor Roll Recipient and recently took part in the 8th Annual Student Augustinian Values Institute (SAVI). Outside of his time at St. Rita, Zack is an active member of the St. Catherine of Alexandria Youth Group and he is also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Catherine.
Speaking of his time at St. Rita, Zack has said, “Rita has become like my second home. Whether it’s during school or during practice I know I’m with my Rita Brothers. It’s sad to think there is only two years left of my time here at Rita.”
April Junior Mustang of the Month – Mickey Larkin
Our April Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Mickey Larkin. Mickey comes to us from St. Christina School and Parish.
Mickey is currently the Manager for the Varsity Football Team and will be inducted into the National Honor Society next month. He is also applying to become a Big Brother for next school year. When he is not at St. Rita Mickey volunteers to feed the homeless and is a server at Mercy Circle, the retirement home for the Sisters of Mercy. Mickey loves to fish and play music and is a part of an Irish band with his family.
Mickey said of his time at St. Rita, “St. Rita has been a great experience so far. I love all my Rita Brothers and hope our time left together is spent well.”
April Senior Mustang of the Month – Melvin Cross
The April Mustang of the Month for the Senior Class is Melvin Cross. Melvin is a graduate of the University of Chicago Charter School: Woodlawn.
Throughout his four years Melvin has worked hard to excel academically but also has been very active outside the classroom. He was a part of Advice Beyond the Classroom, the National Honor Society and S.A.D.D. Melvin is also a past Student Government Representative for the Class of 2017. Outside of St. Rita Melvin mentors young people.
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Melvin said, “I never had St. Rita as my first choice, but my mother strongly encouraged me to attend St. Rita. I ended up at St. Rita and I didn’t know why, but after four years I know God wanted me here. I have met so many wonderful people throughout my time here. I can truly call the guys I walk the hall with brothers. We are a big family and I thank God I came to Rita. It has shaped me into a greater man.
May Freshman Mustang of the Month – Ryan Fidler
Chosen to be our May Mustang of the Month for the Freshman Class is Ryan Fidler. Ryan comes to us from St. Barnabas School and is also a member of St. Barnabas Parish.
Ryan wasted no time getting involved at St. Rita over this past year. He is a member of the Jazz Band, Student Government, Wrestling, Lacrosse, the Spanish Club and the Knights of Augustine. He hopes to continue to work on improving in all these areas as well as work toward induction into the National Honor Society. Ryan can play four different instruments (guitar, bass, drums and the ukulele) and he is a caddy at Beverly Country Club.
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Ryan replied, “This year at Rita has been one of the best years of my life. I have made so many friends and learned so much. I cannot wait for the rest of my time here.”
May Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Julian Esparza
This May our Sophomore Class Mustang of the Month is Julian Esparza. Julian is a graduate of St. Symphorosa School and he is also a member of St. Symphorosa Parish.
Julian is a member of the Volleyball and Basketball teams, plays Chess and is a member of S.A.D.D. In the future he plans to possibly play soccer and was recently accepted into the Illinois Tech Engineering Program. When he is not at St. Rita he enjoys producing music and is also a volunteer assistant basketball coach for St. Symphorosa.
Speaking of his time at St. Rita, Julian has said, “During the past two years at St. Rita I’ve learned many new things in the classroom and I’ve had a lot of fun with my friends on and off the court.”
May Junior Mustang of the Month – Ryan Caulfield
Our May Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Ryan Caulfield. Ryan comes to us from St. John Fisher School and Parish.
Ryan has played soccer since his freshman year and is also a member of the band. In the future he hopes to get more involved and become a member of the Seinfeld Club. When not at St. Rita he is on a travel soccer team and a tutor at St. John Fisher School.
Ryan said of his time at St. Rita, “It’s been great! This has been the best decision I have ever made. I have made friends for life.”
May Senior Mustang of the Month – Mike Redmond
Our May and final Mustang of the Month for the Class of 2017 is Mike Redmond. Mike attended Cassell Elementary School and is a member of St. Christina Parish.
Mike has made his time at St. Rita a memorable one, being active from the very beginning. Mike played soccer during his freshman and sophomore years. Since he was a freshman, he has also been a member of the Baseball team which he has focused most of his energy toward. He has also been a member of the Outdoor Club, the Paintball Club and he served as a leader for Kairos #127 in November 2016. Mike is also active with the St. Christina Youth Group and volunteers with baseball camps for youth. Mike is preparing to move on to attend Eureka College in the fall where he will study and continue to play baseball.
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Mike said, “My time at St. Rita has been the best four years of my life. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to spend it with, and I have made friendships that I know will last a lifetime. I am sad to see that our last couple of weeks together have come so fast, but while we are all still together let’s make the most of it. I love all these guys and glad to call them all my brothers.”