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 – Clifford Williams
The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our January Senior Mustang of the Month is Clifford Williams. Clifford is a graduate of Clifford Pierce Middle School and is a member of New Smyrna Church of God and Christ.
Clifford has been active during his time at St. Rita playing football and bowling and also being involved with the Cooking Club. This past year he put together a Caritas Project “Bowling for a Cause” which raised money for homeless individuals. Clifford plans to attend college and major in physical therapy and loves being around family and friends having a good time.
One teacher said of Clifford, “Cliff is just an all-around positive student who is respective to those he encounters. He embodies what it means to be a Ritaman through his daily actions.”Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Clifford said, “My time at St. Rita has been well spent with the various activities I have been involved with. St. Rita is like a second home to me filled with love and happiness. Overall St. Rita has been an amazing experience to me, having life-long friends that I will always remember. When I graduate I am going to miss them all.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Carlos Sanchez
Representing the Class of 2020 as our January Junior Mustang of the Month is Carlos Sanchez. Carlos is a graduate of St. Gall School and belongs to St. Rita of Cascia Parish.
Carlos is a member of the St. Rita Soccer Team and he is also involved with the Spanish Club. Outside of St. Rita he is active with the St. Rita Parish Youth Group and just recently traveled to Panama for the Augustinian Youth Encounter. He also helps coach soccer at St. Gall. He is working to be inducted into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.
In his nomination the following was said of Carlos, “Carlos is a wonderful student to have in class. He studies well and has a calm, positive attitude.”
Carlos spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “Coming to St. Rita was one of the best decisions I ever made. It has been an interesting time here and I have made life-long friends. I hope for the best in the next year to come.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Danny Fleck
Representing the Class of 2021 as our January Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Danny Fleck. Danny graduated from Central Middle School and is a member of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.
Danny is a member of St. Rita’s golf and volleyball teams and is also involved with The Cascian, our school yearbook. Outside of his time at St. Rita Danny helps out those who live in his neighborhood. He hopes to apply to be a Big Brother at the end of this year.
The following was said of Danny, “Danny has a heart of gold and is a great example of a St. Rita Mustang. He is kind to all students, faculty and staff. He is also very good at giving back with community service. Just recently, he has helped neighbors with snow removal and cleaning out a basement.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I went into St. Rita only knowing a couple of people, but now I have met a ton of new people. I’ve noticed the brotherhood around me is strong and that there are many people around me who care for me.”
Freshman Mustang of the Month – Jake Marszewski
The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our January Freshman Mustang of the Month is Jake Marszewski. Jake comes to us from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of the St. Christina Parish community.
Jake is a member of St. Rita’s golf and hockey teams and he is also involved with The Natir, our satirical newspaper. Outside of his time at St. Rita Jake helps out in his community. In the future he hopes to get involved with St. Rita’s Stock Club and also plans to try out for baseball. He enjoys learning and art.
One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Jake is such a kind and helpful student in the classroom. He is always willing to help out his classmates.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Jake replied, “I have had a great time at St. Rita so far. I have made a lot of friends and am really enjoying my time here. I truly feel like at home at St. Rita.”