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.
October Freshman Mustang of the Month – Patrick Cranley
The student from the Class of 2020 chosen to be our October Freshman Mustang of the Month is Patrick Cranley. Patrick comes to us from Christ the King School and is also a member of Christ the King Parish. In addition to beginning his time here academically strong, Patrick has also wasted no time getting involved.
Patrick is currently a member of the Knights of Augustine, Spanish Club, Computer Programming Club and the upcoming play. He also played on the freshman soccer team for which he was the team captain. In the future he hopes to be a member of Student Government, the STEM Club, the Student Exchange Program and the volleyball team. Outside of St. Rita he works the gym at Christ the King and he also made it to the state finals for a robotics competition three times.
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Patrick replied, “Being with a band of brothers has been a great time for me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
October Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Kevin O’Hara
Representing the Class of 2019 as our October Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Kevin O’Hara. Kevin is a proud alumnus of St. Christina School and is also a parishioner of St. Christina. Kevin loves being involved in a variety of activities.
Kevin is involved with band, jazz band, Spanish Club, French Club, Scholastic Bowl and the Knights of Augustine. He has been on the Gold Honor Roll since he started at St. Rita and has received the Heeney Award for Straight As twice. He hopes to possibly get more involved next year by joining the golf team. He is also active outside of St. Rita as he brings meals to home-bound people living in St. Christina Parish.
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Kevin replied, “It’s hard to believe that I only have two full years left at this school. I have made so many friends and this school is my home. Going to St. Rita is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me, and I cannot wait for all the good times that are still to come with my fellow Ritamen.”
October Junior Mustang of the Month – Jon Carlo Soriano
Our October Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Jon Carlo Soriano. Jon Carlo attended Our Lady of the Snows Grammar School where he is also a member of the parish.
Jon Carlo is currently a member of the St. Rita Jazz, Marching and Symphonic Bands and is working toward being inducted into the National Honor Society. This year Jon Carlo was named the first drum major for the band in several years. He still hopes to get more involved and possibly be a part of swimming or wrestling along with the cooking club.
Jon Carlo spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “My time at St. Rita has been stocked with awesome memories from my first three years here. I would never trade it for anything else - you guys are awesome. We have one more year so let’s make it great.”
October Senior Mustang of the Month – Anthony Driver
The Class of 2017’s Mustang of the Month is Anthony Driver. Anthony graduated from Vanderpoel and is a member of Covenant Church. Since he started at St. Rita Anthony has worked hard in the classroom and has been an active athlete.
Anthony has been a member of the St. Rita football and track teams. Anthony also attended and completed the FBI Explorers program and volunteered at "After School Matters,” coaching and teaching tumbling. He has helped numerous students by keeping them out of danger and focused on the future.
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Anthony has said, “My time at St. Rita has been fun. I have met many new friends that I hope to keep in contact with after we graduate.”
November Freshman Mustang of the Month – Patrick Cahill
Chosen to be our November Freshman Mustang of the Month is Patrick Cahill. Patrick comes to us from St. John Fisher Grammar School and Parish. Patrick has been making the most of his time at St. Rita getting actively involved from the start.
Patrick just wrapped up his season with the freshman football team and is also a part of the St. Rita Hockey Team. He is working to get involved in clubs starting with the Knights of Augustine. Patrick recently assisted with many other St. Rita students at the Special Olympics MedFest. As times goes on he also plans to be a part of the baseball team and Big Brothers. Outside of St. Rita he is also very active. Patrick has played with Evergreen Park Baseball and is a shelter and food pantry volunteer. He also helps out at the St. John Fisher gym.
When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Patrick replied, “St. Rita is a place I call home. It has been an important part of my life growing up and still continues to be. The faculty, coaches and my friends have been amazing. I hope to keep learning, growing and laughing the next three and a half years with my Rita brothers.”
November Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Chris Bruglio
Chris Bruglio is our November Sophomore Mustang of the Month. Chris is a graduate of St. Barbara School and is a member of St. Barbara Parish.
Chris enjoys getting involved and is a part of the St. Rita Varsity Football Team, the Advice Beyond the Classroom group and is an Altar Server. He also enjoys assisting when possible with the Special Olympics. He hopes to get even more involved with the STEM Club and Computer Programming Club.
When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, Chris replied, “My time at St. Rita has been amazing. I’ve felt like I’ve developed strong relationships with my classmates and I hope it will stay that way throughout my time at St. Rita.”
November Junior Mustang of the Month – Malcolm Banks
Our November Mustang of the Month for the Junior Class is Malcolm Banks. Malcolm comes to us from St. Sabina Academy.
Malcolm has been very active with the Big Brothers program and is also a part of the wrestling team and yearbook. Outside of school he has a strong commitment to community service and enjoys helping out his classmates in the classroom whenever they need extra assistance.
Malcolm spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “St. Rita has been a great learning experience for me. I have matured mentally and spiritually since my freshman year. I’ve formed a special bond with my Rita brothers that will truly last forever.”
November Senior Mustang of the Month – Adam McCarthy
The Class of 2017’s November Mustang of the Month is Adam McCarthy. Adam graduated from St. John Fisher and is also a member of St. John Fisher Parish. Ever since he began his freshman year, Adam has been an active member of the St. Rita Family.
Adam has been and is currently still a part of St. Rita soccer, wrestling, Big Brothers, National Honor Society, Spanish Club and STEM Club. He was also a participant in the Student Augustinian Values Institute and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Outside of St. Rita he gets involved with service including Habitat for Humanity and is also a part of club wrestling.
Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Adam has said, “My time at St. Rita has been amazing. Choosing St. Rita was the best choice I have ever made. I have made so many friends that I know I will always be close to me. I love you all.”