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 – Cameron Bartmann
The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our February Senior Mustang of the Month is Cameron Bartmann. Cameron is a graduate of Summit Hill Junior High and is a member of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church in Tinley Park.
Cameron has been a member of the St. Rita Varsity Basketball Team for all four years and is also a member of the National Honor Society. He hopes to also try out for Varsity Volleyball. When not at St. Rita he has a part-time job as a busboy. He has had a very successful academic career at St. Rita being on the Gold and High Honor Roll for all semesters and achieving a Heeney Award for Straight As during four semesters.
One teacher said of Cameron, “Cameron is a great example of academic excellence and represents the St. Rita spirituality. He is always dedicated and focused of having the higher grades by utilizing every minute in class. I see Cameron regularly checking and sharing his ideas with classmates.”
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Cameron said, “My time at St. Rita has gone by quick. I am glad I was able to experience it with my Rita brothers and I will miss all of you.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Jimmy Larkin
Representing the Class of 2020 as our February Junior Mustang of the Month is Jimmy Larkin. Jimmy is a graduate of Queen of Martyrs School where he is also a member of the parish community.
Jimmy is a member of St. Rita’s Hockey Team and is also involved with the Stock Club, Social Justice Club. He is currently working toward induction into the St. Rita Chapter of the National Honor Society and has been a Heeney Award Recipients for earning Straight As. Outside of St. Rita Jimmy is active with Queen of Martyrs Youth Ministry.
In his nomination the following was said of Jimmy, “Jimmy is a fine young man who traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to help build houses with his Youth Group and will be serving as a leader for this year's trip. He excels in academics and has been on the honor roll since he began at St. Rita. Jimmy is kind to everyone and is a great role model to fellow students.”
Jimmy spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It feels like yesterday that I was just a freshman, and I have loved every moment at St. Rita since day one.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Michael Gaughan
Michael is a member of St. Rita’s Football and Lacrosse Teams and is involved with the SpikeBall Club. He is also an elected Student Government Officer for the sophomore class and in the future hopes to get involved with the STEM Club.
The following was said of Michael, “Michael has been a great example for other Ritamen during his time at St. Rita. He is a respectful student and well-respected by his classmates. He is always positive and upbeat.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “It has been a great two years and I cannot wait to see what the next two will bring me. Thank you to everyone especially Gavin Kelly.”
Freshman Mustang of the Month – Michael Baniewicz
The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our February Freshman Mustang of the Month is Michael Baniewicz. Michael comes to us from St. Christina School and is also a member of the St. Christina Parish community.
Michael is a member of the RitaMen Weep Improv group, ran Cross Country and is now a part of Track & Field. He also assists with school liturgies as an altar server. Outside of his time at St. Rita Michael is also involved with the McAuley Theater as a cast member in “Wendy & Peter Pan” and performs improv at Second City. He hopes to get more involves at St. Rita with our theater productions.
One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Michael performs very well academically. He also carries himself very well and is a true example of a Ritaman.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Michael replied, “I have enjoyed every second I have been at St. Rita. I appreciate all the opportunities St. Rita has to offer. All of my teachers and classmates have been very helpful throughout the year and I look forward to the years to come.”