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 – Carson Vetor
The member of the Class of 2021 chosen to be our February Freshman Mustang of the Month is Carson Vetor. Carson comes to us from Liberty Junior High in New Lenox and he is a member of the Christ Lutheran Church community.
Carson has already been very active during his first year St. Rita as a member of the Football and Basketball Teams, and he is currently preparing to take the field with the Baseball Team. Outside of his time at St. Rita, Carson assists a local basketball league. In the future Carson plans to get even more involved as he intends to run for Student Government.
One member of our St. Rita staff said of Carson, “He is always so energetic. He is always participating in class and helping those around him. Carson is a respectful student and is respected by his classmates. He demonstrates the characteristics of a Ritaman.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Carson replied, “St. Rita was definitely a tough choice considering how far away I live from school, but I am glad I made the decision to come to here because of all the opportunities and new friends I have made.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Julian Juarez-Butler
Representing the Class of 2020 as our February Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Julian Juarez-Butler. Julian is a graduate of St. Mary Star of the Sea School where he is also a member of the parish community.
Julian is active in a wide range of activities at St. Rita. He is a member of the Spanish Club, Knights of Augustine, Cooking Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Soccer Club, Soccer Team, Vocals Group, National Foreign Language Week Committee and he is currently working with the Theater Group as an Assistant Director of the Spring Play. Julian also helps out at his grammar school with soccer practices and is a part of their Mexican Ballet Folklorico. In the future Julian also hopes to be apply to be a Big Brother, audition for the Fall Play and be inducted into the National Honor Society.
The following was said of Julian, “Julian is a consistently kind, hard-working, and reliable Ritaman. He is both fun and focused in class and has a willingness to try new ideas and activities in a way that should be admired by his peers.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Julian replied, “My time at St. Rita has been amazing. Being the only kid from my grammar school class, I have made many new friends that will continue to be by my side for the next two years. I will make the next two years at St. Rita the best years of my life! Go Mustangs!”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Brendan Patton
Representing the Class of 2019 as our February Junior Mustang of the Month is Brendan Patton. Brendan attended St. Cajetan School and is also a member of St. Cajetan Parish.
Brendan is a key member of the St. Rita Golf Team and is also involved with the Knights of Augustine and Stock Club. Outside of St. Rita, he helps to feed the homeless and assists his parish with various events.
In his nomination the following was said of Brendan, “Brendan is a true Ritaman. He is a hard worker and is diligent and serious about his academic progress. He strives to do his best in the classroom and never settles for mediocrity. He is respectful of his teachers and his peers, and so in turn he is respected by his teachers and his peers. He is a quiet leader on the Golf Team and he represents us well.”
Brendan spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I have had the best three years of my life while at St. Rita. I cannot wait to spend the next year with my Rita brothers.”
Senior Mustang of the Month – Oscar Norman
Leading the Class of 2018 as our February Senior Mustang of the Month is Oscar Norman. Oscar came to St. Rita from St. Sabina School.
Oscar has served as a manager for the Football Team and is currently a Big Brother. This past summer he took part in the Summer Service Trip to Asheboro, NC where he assisted in building a house for Habitat for Humanity.
One teacher said of Oscar, “Oscar is a person who is always friendly and kind. He would help anyone with or without being asked and not expect anything in return. He is also a good student.”
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Oscar said, “My time at St. Rita has been a great time. I love all the friends that I have made.”