January Mustangs of the Month

From L to R:  Principal Mr. Brendan Conroy, Graham Zelek '20, Emilio Alvarez '21, Paddy Jacobus '19 and Head of School Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A. (not pictured:  Jacob Pellegrini '18)

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 – Emilio Alvarez

The member of the Class of 2021 chosen to be our January Freshman Mustang of the Month is Emilio Alvarez.  Emilio comes to us from St. Walter School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Emilio is already a very active member of the St. Rita Family.  He is a member of the beginning band, played on the Soccer Team and is currently on the Track Team.  Emilio is also an Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister.  In the future he hopes to get involved with the Baseball Team, Cooking Club and Spanish Club.  In addition to being recognized by St. Rita Faculty and Staff for his achievements, Emilio has been awarded the Medal of Merit Award by the American Legion Post 50.

One member of our St. Rita staff said of Emilio, “I have witnessed Emilio asked by many people in the building on various occasions if they are in need of help or assistance with something and he NEVER hesitates to help!  He is very involved in his home parish of St. Walter with various activities and he always accepts the challenge Emilio lives the core values of St. Rita daily.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Emilio replied, “Being at St. Rita has been the most fun I have had.  I love coming to school every morning and seeing my Rita Brothers.  I am excited for what my future holds.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Graham Zelek

Representing the Class of 2020 as our January Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Graham Zelek.  Graham is a graduate of St. John Fisher School and is a member of St. John Fisher Parish.

Graham is a member of the Soccer and Volleyball Teams and is an Alter Server and Eucharistic Minister.  Graham also helps out at one of his old parishes St. Stanislaus with various activities.  In the future he hopes to be a part of NHS and the French Club and to become a Big Brother and Lector.  He was honored to receive the Andrew Smialek Award and was the 3rd person in his family to do so.

The following was said of Graham, “Graham is a caring and nice young man who never has anything bad to say and strives to do the best he can at everything put in front of him.  He leads by example and is dedicated to St. Rita.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Graham replied, “My time at St. Rita has been better than I have ever expected.  I have made many new friends that are now my brothers.  Thank you for being by my side.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Paddy Jacobus

Representing the Class of 2019 as our January Junior Mustang of the Month is Paddy Jacobus.  Paddy attended Queen of Martyrs School and is also a member of Queen of Martyrs Parish.

Paddy is a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team, Stock Club, Latin Club, Knights of Augustine and Student Government.  Paddy also represented St. Rita at the Student Augustinian Values Institute (S.A.V.I. 9.0) last Spring when it was held at Providence Catholic.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Paddy plays club volleyball and helps to coach volleyball at Queen of Martyrs.

In his nomination the following was said of Paddy, “Paddy is a quiet leader. He excels academically.  He is respectful and well-liked by his peers. He is generous with his time and mindful of the needs of the community. He is a great representative of and for St. Rita.”

Paddy spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “My time at St. Rita has been awesome.  I have made friendships here that will last a lifetime.  I am very grateful for such a great opportunity to be able to come to St. Rita.  I cannot believe that I am halfway into my junior year, but I am excited for the next year and a half with my brothers.”

Senior Mustang of the Month – Jacob Pellegrini

Leading the Class of 2018 as our January Senior Mustang of the Month is Jacob Pellegrini.  Jacob is a graduate of St. Barnabas School where his is also a member of the St. Barnabas Parish Community.

Jacob excels in the classroom and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is also involved with the Spanish Club and is on the Varsity Lacrosse Team.  Outside of his time at St. Rita, Jacob is a grade school coach for Beverly Lacrosse and often assists with the Special Olympics.

One teacher said of Jacob, “Jacob is very respectful, hardworking, mature, contributes in class and most of all takes pride in his work.  He is very easy going and gets along with everyone in class. I think he more than deserves this recognition.  Jacob always has a smile and great disposition.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Jacob said, “The past three and a half years at St. Rita have been a truly unforgettable experience.  I cannot wait to make these remaining months special with my Rita Brothers.  I love you all.”