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 – Tommy Gikas
The member of the Class of 2021 chosen to be our March Freshman Mustang of the Month is Tommy Gikas. Tommy comes to us from Oak Prairie Junior High and is a member of St. Bernard Parish.
Tommy has had quite a busy first year at St. Rita. Not only has he be succeeding in the classroom, he was on the Freshman Basketball Team, is a Freshman Class Student Government Representative and is now playing baseball. Tommy plans to be a part of the Big Brothers in the future and work toward induction into the National Honor Society.
One member of our St. Rita staff said of Tommy, “He is a positive and hardworking young man. He is happy to help his peers and is a strong student. I feel he is a stand up young man who is an excellent role model for other students.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Tommy replied, “I am glad I chose St. Rita to be my new home for these four years. I cannot wait to make more memories with my Rita Brothers.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Joel Watts
Representing the Class of 2020 as our March Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Joel Watts. Joel is a graduate of James Hart Junior High and a member of Victory Apostolic Church.
Joel is a member of the St. Rita Varsity Basketball Team and French Club. Outside of his time here he assists with coaching his brother’s AAU team. Joel hopes to one day become a psychologist.
The following was said of Joel, “He is a great kid and a great ambassador for St. Rita; polite, well-spoken and a hardworking student.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Joel replied, “As an 8th grader coming in, I questioned what it would be like going to St. Rita. It definitely was an adjustment but I do not regret it. St. Rita has definitely guided me on the right path for success and I want to thank everyone here for their guidance.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Kyle Gustafson
Representing the Class of 2019 as our March Junior Mustang of the Month is Kyle Gustafson. Kyle attended Lakeview Junior High and is a member of Christ the Servant Parish.
Kyle is academically among the top students in his class and he is also excelling outside of the classroom. Kyle is a member of the Varsity Hockey Team, the NATIR Satirical Newspaper, the Social Justice Club, the School Culture Committee, a leader of the STEM Club and a Big Brother. Kyle traveled to Argentina in 2017 as part of the Exchange Program and he will be inducted into the National Honor Society in May. He was a 2017-18 Chicago Catholic Hockey League All-Star and Illinois Showcase Team Invitee. Beyond St. Rita, he keeps busy working his two jobs at Village Greens Golf Course and Moo-V-Night Outdoor Movies.
In his nomination the following was said of Kyle, “Kyle is a very nice young man who is always willing to help others out. He is always prepared for class and ready to participate. He takes his time on things and holds himself to high standards.”
Kyle spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It was a big decision to commute from the suburbs and attend St. Rita, but it was the best choice I have ever made. Through allowing me to get involved and providing another family, St. Rita has truly become my second home.”
Senior Mustang of the Month – Ray Bouye
Leading the Class of 2018 as our March Senior Mustang of the Month is Ray Bouye. Ray came to us from St. Sabina Academy and is a part of the Christ Kingdom Ministries Community.
During his years at St. Rita, Ray has been a key member of the St. Rita Football Program and he has also taken part in the Cooking Club. Ray is active outside of St. Rita as well, he mimes for his church, helps coach sport teams with his older brother and assists his elderly neighbors by shoveling their snow and cutting their grass. Ray finished his Caritas Project early this year, partnering with Louis Cox to make “Epic Care Packages” for the homeless of toiletries, socks and other needed items.
One teacher said of Ray, “Ray has been involved in multiple groups at St. Rita; he is involved outside of school as well and represents St. Rita well....he is not only respectful of teachers he is a good role model to our younger students.”
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Ray said, “Throughout these four years I have learned so much about who I am. Most importantly, I have learned a lot about who my Rita Brothers are. The fact that it is literally about to be over destroys me. I love all of you guys and it has been an honor running with you all for this long.”