October 2017 Mustangs of the Month

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 – Ryan Hixson


The member of the Class of 2021 chosen to be our October Freshman Mustang of the Month is Ryan Hixson.  Ryan comes to us from St. Daniel the Prophet School where he is also a member of the St. Daniel the Prophet Parish Community.

In addition, to being focused on a great academic start to his high school career, Ryan has been meeting many new friends and making positive impressions on his teachers.  Ryan has been a member of the Freshman Football Team and is also a part of the Spanish Club.  In the future he hopes to try out for the Volleyball Team and join the Stock Club.

One member of our St. Rita staff said of Ryan, “Ryan is a great kid; his friends think highly of him and he is a great example of a true Ritaman.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Ryan replied, “St. Rita has been a great time for me and I have met many new friends.  I am glad I chose St. Rita.”



Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Jack Nolan

Representing the Class of 2020 as our October Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Jack Nolan.  Jack is a graduate of St. Cajetan School and is also a member of St. Cajetan Parish.

Over the past year Jack has become a leader both in an out of the classroom.  Jack is a member of the Varsity Football Team and plays lacrosse in the Spring.  He is also a Sophomore Class Representative for Student Government and takes part in St. Rita’s Advice Beyond the Classroom program.  In the future Jack also hopes to start playing travel lacrosse.

The following was said of Jack, “Jack is always positive and eager to make St. Rita a great place.  He is hard working in the classroom and on the field.  He is truly an asset to St. Rita.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Jack replied, “My time at St. Rita has been exactly what I dreamt it to be when I took my entrance exam.  I love it here, and I cannot wait to spend the next three years with all of my Rita brothers.”


Junior Mustang of the Month – Myles Montaque

Representing the Class of 2019 as our October Junior Mustang of the Month is Myles Montaque.  Myles attended Summit Hill School and is a member of Believers Church in Matteson, Illiniois.

Myles works hard in the classroom and has been honored as a Heeney Award Recipient for achieving straight As.  Outside of the classroom, Myles was a member of the Sophomore Basketball Team last year and hopes to make the Varsity Basketball Team this year.  He is also a Big Brother and working to become inducted to the National Honor Society in the Spring.

In his nomination the following was said of Myles, “Myles transferred into St. Rita last year and has been a leader of the class ever since.  He is a genuinely nice young man who gets involved while taking a very challenging course load.  He is what we look for in an ideal Ritaman.”

Myles spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “St. Rita has been a great experience so far and I am looking forward to the two years I have left here.”


Senior Mustang of the Month – Brylan Matthews

Leading the Class of 2018 as our October Senior Mustang of the Month is Brylan Matthews.  Brylan is a graduate of CICS Wrightwood School and is a member the Beautiful Zion MBC Community.

In additional to excelling in the classroom where he has consistently been on the Gold or Silver Honor Roll, Brylan has been a member of St. Rita’s Varsity Bowling Team.  Brylan recently completed his Caritas Project for which he collected baby items for teenage mothers.  He also volunteers his time working for a food pantry at his church.

One teacher said of Brylan, “Brylan is one of the most polite and respectful young men I have known at Rita....he lives our core values daily.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Brylan said, “My time at St. Rita has been amazing.  I walked in not knowing anyone but I will walk out having friends I can call my brothers.  Coming here was truly one of the best decisions I have made and I cannot wait to finish my last year here will my Rita brothers.”