December 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.

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Casey Pender

Freshman Casey Pender is a graduate of Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School and is a member of St. Germaine Parish.

Casey is currently the manager for the Basketball team and part of the Fantasy Football League.  He plays travel baseball for the Oak Lawn Lightning and hopes to be a part of the baseball or track team in the spring.  In addition he plans to get more involved in clubs.

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Casey replied, “St. Rita has been very welcoming and all of the teachers and faculty have been very nice.  Rita feels like home and I cannot wait for the rest of my time here.”


Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Marc Zavala

Sophomore Marc Zavala graduated from George Washington Middle School and is a member of St. Barbara Parish.

Marc is currently a member of the Basketball team and plans to play baseball in the spring.  Outside of school he helps out with Senior Citizens every week at the Lyons Park District.  He also hopes to get more involved in St. Rita clubs.

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Marc replied, “During my time at St. Rita I’ve received nothing but love and support from the guys and am excited to be with them throughout the rest of my years.”



Junior Mustang of the Month – Liam Connolly

Junior Liam Connolly is a graduate and parishioner or St. Barnabas.

Liam has been very active during his time at St. Rita.  He is a Student Government Representative, member of the Knights of Augustine, a Big Brother, part of the STEM Club and working to be inducted into the National Honor Society.  Liam also plays Lacrosse at St. Rita.

Liam spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “My time at St. Rita has been an awesome experience and I’m excited to make the most of my remaining time with my Rita Brothers.”



Senior Mustang of the Month – Jack Wojcicki

Senior Jack Wojcicki is also a graduate and parishioner of St. Barnabas.

Jack has been involved in a wide range of activities during his four years.  He has played soccer and baseball.  He is a writer for The NATIR, President of the Seinfeld Club, one of the leaders of the Spanish Club, a member of the National Honor Society, part of the STEM Club, a Big Brother, Scholastic Bowl participant and recently led the November Kairos Retreat.

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Jack said, “Making the choice to come to St. Rita four years ago was the best decision I have ever made.  My experience has been so much greater than just coming to school.  I have made friends with so many wonderful people I know I will have by my side forever.  St. Rita has given me a brotherhood that will last a lifetime.”