Each month during the academic school year, St. Rita of Cascia High School presents a notable member of each class with the “Mustang of the Month” award. Students are nominated based on their overall achievements and involvement at St. Rita of Cascia High School. In order for a student to be considered, he must excel in two of the following areas: academics, athletics, activities, or community service projects. A committee selects the winners from the nominees.
The following students were selected as the February 2016 Mustangs of the Month.
George Western, III - Freshman
George is a member of Zoe Ministries Church and graduated from Colin Powell Middle School.
During his time so far at St. Rita, George has played on both the football and wrestling teams, and is also in the band. George hopes to run track in the spring. Outside of St. Rita, George has helped out with with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and is an assistant coach for the Matteson Bears.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him so far, George responded, “My time has been great, especially because the teachers looked after me even when they don’t always have the time for it. Thank you to them, and my friends, for their support.”
Nick Healy - Sophomore
Nick belongs to St. Walter Parish and graduated from St. Walter Grammar School.
During his time so far at St. Rita, Nick has played soccer and lacrosse and is also a member of the Spanish club. Outside of St. Rita, Nick plays on a club lacrosse team.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him so far, Nick responded, “My time at St. Rita has been great, I’ve met a lot of new people and I love coming to school here.”
Tommy Magnavite - Junior
Tommy is a member of St. Christina Parish and graduated from St. Christina Grammar School.
During his time so far at St. Rita, Tommy has played hockey and intramurals and is also a member of the French club. Outside of St. Rita, Tommy has helped give ice skating lessons, and has volunteered at the Oak Lawn Public Library and the fall festival at Miracle Fields.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him so far, Tommy responded, “My time at St. Rita has been great. I have made so many great friends that I’ll know for a lifetime and have shared many special moments with the boys. It’s sad to see my time fly by.”
Paul Fernandez - Senior
Paul is a member of St. Daniel the Prophet Parish and graduated from St. Daniel the Prophet Grammar School.
During his time at St. Rita, Paul has been on both the swimming and water polo team and has run track and cross country. Paul has also participated in the World Cultures Club, the Stock Club, the Spanish Club, SADD, the Chess Team, the Cooking Club, the Seinfeld Club, The Knights of Augustine, and the National Honors Society. Outside of St. Rita, Paul has volunteered at a soup kitchen at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish.
When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Paul responded, “I couldn’t imagine a better high school experience than the one I’ve had at St. Rita. The past three and a half years have been a memorable time in my life. I love this school and my fellow Rita brothers.”
About St. Rita of Cascia High School
St. Rita High School is a college-preparatory, Augustinian Catholic high school for young men rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of St. Augustine, following the Augustinian philosophy of education. Located on a 37-acre campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue on Chicago’s south side, St. Rita has a 110-year tradition and legacy, is over 24,000 alumni strong and offers 16 athletic teams and 30 clubs and activities.
St. Rita aims to form each student as a whole person: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially, and to provide its young men with the necessary skills to succeed in college and in life, leading to life-long learning and personal awareness.
Through the Augustinian core values of Veritas (Truth), Unitas (Unity), and Caritas (Love), St. Rita strives to develop a bond between the members of the entire family: Augustinians, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni.
In the spirit of our Father, St. Augustine, we will be of one mind and one heart on our way to God.