October “Mustangs of the Month”

St. Rita High School presents a notable member of each class with the “Mustang of the Month” award every month during the academic year. Faculty and staff nominate students based on the student’s overall achievements and involvement at St. Rita High School. A committee selects the winners from the nominees. The following students were selected the October 2015 Mustangs of the Month:

Andrew Maikisch - Senior

Andrew is a member of St. Germaine parish and graduated from Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School. During his time at St. Rita, Andrew has participated in Big Brothers, Knights of Augustine, the theater program, the scholastic bowl, STEM, TARC, Improv, Savi, Flag Football, and the Seinfeld Club. Outside of St. Rita, Andrew is the senior patrol leader of Troop 596, he also volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, and is currently finishing up his Eagle Scout Project for deployed troops.

When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Andrew responded, “St. Rita has become my home and I can’t imagine going anywhere else but here. My St. Rita brothers have been there for me through our four years here together, I can’t thank the senior class enough. I love you guys, go mustangs.”

Gary DeCesare - Junior

Gary is a member of St. John of the Cross Parish and graduated from St. John of the Cross grammar school. While at St. Rita Gary has played many sports including: football, golf, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. Gary is also part of the Big Brother program and is a Eucharistic minister at school masses. Outside of St. Rita, Gary donates his time by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and Goombay Bash, which raises money for cancer research.

When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Gary responded, “For the past two years at St. Rita I have learned a lot about what it means to be a brother. St. Rita has become my second home and I love to be affiliated with the Rita name. St. Rita has offered me new friends, opportunities, and memories that will last me a lifetime. I am proud to call these guys brothers and I will always have their backs.”

Steve Insely - Sophomore

Steve is a member of St. Christina parish and graduated from St. Christina grammar school. During his time at St. Rita so far, Steve has played football and baseball and has also participated in the cooking club. Outside of St. Rita, Steve works at his parish, St. Christina, and plays travel baseball.

When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Steve responded, “My time at St. Rita has been amazing. I’ve met so many friends that will last a lifetime. I can’t wait to see what’s next on my journey with my brothers.”

Jacob Stefanski - Freshman

Jacob is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and graduated from Troy Middle School. During his time at St. Rita so far, Jacob has played freshman football, and plans on joining the computer programming club and running track in the spring. Outside of St. Rita, Jacob has assisted with the Department of Natural Resources of Will County with several local service projects and has also assisted at the Joliet Hands of Hope.

When asked what his time at St. Rita has meant to him, Jacob responded, “My time at St. Rita has been very challenging yet exciting. I enjoy the family atmosphere within the school. I can always look to my teachers for help for matters in and out of school. I look forward to the next three years with my fellow Ritamen.” 

About St. Rita High School

St. Rita of Cascia High School is a Catholic college-preparatory school for young men, rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the tradition of St. Augustine, following the Augustinian philosophy of education.

St. Rita aims to form each student as a whole person: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially, and to provide its young men with the necessary skills to succeed in college and in life, leading to life-long learning and personal awareness.

St. Rita High School is located on a 37-acre campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue on Chicago’s south side. St. Rita has a 110-year tradition and legacy, is over 24,000 alumni strong and offers 16 athletic teams and 30 clubs and activities.