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 – Colin Dahill
Chosen to be our January Freshman Mustang of the Month is Colin Dahill. Colin comes to us from Queen of Martyrs Grammar School and Parish.
Colin currently is a member of the freshman basketball team and he played football in the fall. In the future, Colin hopes to be a part of the volleyball team and get involved in several St. Rita clubs. Outside of his time at St. Rita he is a part of his parish’s youth ministry group and assists around the church and school with various needs.
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Colin replied, “My first semester at St. Rita was great. I hope to keep succeeding and making memories with all of my Rita brothers.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Stedmon Ihejirika
Stedmon Ihejirika is our January Sophomore Mustang of the Month. Stedmon is a graduate of Christ Our Savior School where he is also a member of the parish.
Stedmon joined the St. Rita family this year and has wasted no time getting involved and contributing to making St. Rita great. He is a member of the varsity basketball team and assists with our Wednesday Masses as a lector. In the future he plans to apply to be a Big Brother and run for Student Government. He is the first in his family to attend an all-boys school and is fan of all the school sports. Outside of his time at St. Rita he is an assistant cook for his family’s restaurant and helps to oversee youth basketball and bible study at a local church.
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Stedmon replied, “It’s been great being able to truly laugh and spend time with your brothers as you talk about various topics from sports, to girls, the weekends and homework. There has not been a day that has goes by that I don’t want to laugh, smile and have fun with my Rita brothers.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Leo Hennessy
Our January Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Leo Hennessy. Leo comes to us from Christ the King Grammar School and Parish.
Since his freshman year, Leo has been active in various St. Rita activities. He has participated in the Rock Club, Band, Jazz Band, Golf, Rugby, Knights of Augustine and plays guitar at our weekly Masses. He is also currently working to be inducted into the National Honor Society. Leo knows how to play six different instruments and is in two rock bands that perform at graduation and block parties. He also assists elderly people in his neighborhood who are independent gardeners.
Leo spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “When I first came to Rita I wasn’t confident if I was going to be able do well academically, however, as the years have progressed I have excelled in the classroom better than I expected. Along the way I made some great friends and got to know everyone like family. As I approach my last year at St. Rita, I like to think about who supported me and all the friends I have made through the year. I finally know why St. Rita is my second home.”
Senior Mustang of the Month – Brian Murphy
The Class of 2017’s January Mustang of the Month is Brian Murphy. Brian graduated from St. John Fisher and is also a member of St. John Fisher Parish. Ever since he began his freshman year, Brian has been an active member of the St. Rita Family.
Brian has been a member of the soccer team and is involved with the Knights of Augustine, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and Scholastic Bowl. He was also recently named an Illinois State Scholar. Outside of his time at St. Rita, Brian is a Ronald McDonald House volunteer, lector at St. John Fisher and has volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Brian said, “Coming to St. Rita was the best decision I have ever made. The lessons I have learned, the friends I have made and the experiences that I have been a part of have made my high school career worthwhile. I love all of my Rita brothers.”