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 – Zach Carroll
The member of the Class of 2021 chosen to be our May Freshman Mustang of the Month is Zach Carroll. Zach comes to us from St. Christina School where he is also a member of the parish community.
Zach is a Freshman Class Representative for Student Government and is also a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team. In the future he hopes to also get involved with the STEM Club. When not at St. Rita he assists the Midwest Augustinians.
One member of our St. Rita staff said of Zach, “Zach is an A student with a positive attitude. He is helpful to his classmates as well as always prepared for class. He shows our core value of Caritas every day.”
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Zach replied, “The brotherhood here has been unreal, everywhere I go everyone is friendly. I’m really looking forward to my next three years at St. Rita.”
Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Connor Earley
Representing the Class of 2020 as our May Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Connor Earley. Connor Earley is a member of Christ the King Parish and attended Christ the King School.
Connor is involved in a wide range of activities at St. Rita. Connor is involved in our school liturgies as an Altar Server, he plays Lacrosse, is on the Scholastic Bowl Team, is a member of the Spanish Club and takes part in the Advice Beyond the Classroom program. In the future Connor would like to become more involved as a Football Manager and Big Brother.
The following was said of Connor, “Quite simply Connor is an excellent all around.”
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Connor replied, “I have really enjoyed my time at St. Rita thus far. I have been provided with many opportunities and I have really like getting to know all of my classmates. I look forward to my next two years.”
Junior Mustang of the Month – Ryan Strelczyk
Representing the Class of 2019 as our May Junior Mustang of the Month is Ryan Strelczyk. Ryan is a graduate of St. Christopher School where he is also a member of the parish.
Ryan lectors at St. Rita Masses, participates in Theater and Improv and plays on the Varsity Football Team. In the future, Ryan plans to attend college and major in biomedical engineering. He also hopes to be chosen to lead Kairos during his senior year. Ryan characterizes himself as a diehard Bears fan.
In his nomination the following was said of Ryan, “Ryan is a very motivated and involved student. He always has a positive attitude and is extremely respectful towards everyone in the building. He is a pleasure to have in class, always adding insightful comments.”
Ryan spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I could not have picked a better high school. The people I have met, friends, faculty, staff, all feel like family now. I love everything about this school and the people here. I cannot thank everyone enough for how much they have done for me.”
Senior Mustang of the Month – Bobby Montelongo
Our final member of the Class of 2018 selected to be our May Senior Mustang of the Month is Bobby Montelongo. Bobby is a graduate of St. Bruno School and he is a member of St. Daniel the Prophet Parish.
During his years at St. Rita, Bobby has been actively involved in the Band, Theater productions and the RitaMen Weep Improv group. He is also an Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister. Outside of school he has also be very involved in liturgies at his parish and he is in Boy Scouts, Youth Ministry at St. Bruno and the Quigley Scholars. As he moves on to college, Bobby hopes to get involved in Campus Ministry, Theater and Improv at Saint Xavier University.
One teacher said of Bobby, “He exhibits a genuine and sincere spirituality and participates and engages in class very energetically. Kindness and compassion toward each person he meets dominate Bobby's personality. He is naturally good natured and a friend to all in a way that is exemplary among young people today.”
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Bobby said, “St. Rita has been a great experience for me. It is heartbreaking that our time together is nearly over, but I am grateful for all the memories I made. Thank you to everyone for making these four years formative and amazing.”