St. Rita Named Top-Ranked All-Boys Catholic High School in Chicago's Southland

According to the Beverly Patch, Niche has released a new list of top-ranked Chicago Southland High Schools.

On that list, St. Rita of Cascia High School is the top-ranked all-boys Catholic school in the Chicago southland. St. Rita also captures the the #2-ranked spot on the Chicago southland best-overall Catholic school list. St. Rita comes in at #8 overall when compared to all 67 Catholic high schools in the entire State of Illinois.

St. Rita earned an "A+" overall Niche grade. The Mustangs also earned an "A+" in Academics and Clubs & Activities, an "A" in the College Preparation, and an "A-" in the Teacher category.

St. Rita also received a very respectable grade of "B+" in Sports and a "B" in Diversity. When reviewing St. Rita's profile, you'll see it continues to set the high-water mark among it's peers.

To learn more about St. Rita, please contact our admissions team at (773) 925-RITA, consider registering for a shadow day, or mark your calendar for our October 22 open house.

* According to its website, Niche rigorously analyzes dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. Further, Niche states it has the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. 

St. Rita Honors Seniors at Annual Recognition Ceremony

On May 1, St. Rita held its annual Senior Recognition Assembly, honoring senior leadership in student clubs and organizations and notable athletic accomplishments.

Principal Brendan Conroy said, “You might wonder why we take up the whole school's time to honor seniors.  We often talk about leadership, but this is honoring leadership in action for our younger students.  These seniors are the role models:  the exemplars for the values we espouse.  We hope that by seeing, younger students will be inspired to become.  The young men honored show us how to maximize talent, brains, commitment and work ethic into leadership.”

The following awards were presented to individuals for exceptional performance, dedication and leadership as a member of a St. Rita of Cascia High School club or activity during their high school career.                                       

Big Brothers

            Sean Coghlan

James Conroy

Gary DeCesare

TJ DeCesare

Nicholas Durham

Colan Fitzgerald

Robert Gikas, Jr.

Joseph Henze

Patrick Larkin

Daniel Lawler

Brendan Murney

Justin O'Connell

Orlando Rojas

Trevor Scianna

Joshua Sommer

Marco  Soriano II

Reynaldo Valdez

Karl Wilson

John Wojcicki


RyShaun Campbell

Mike Kowalczyk

Marc-Elie Mondesir

Theo Phipps


            Trevor Scianna


            Oscar  Martinez

            Lance Nwokeji


            Nicholas Durham

French Club

            Patrick Marth

National Honor Society

            Trevor Scianna

Student Government

Joseph  Henze

Theatre & Improv

Andrew Mariotti


Charles Pienta


            Sean Macander

John Eugene Wojcicki


            Michael Joseph Branigan

Seinfeld Club

Stock Club

            Joshua Jackson

            Michael Rutter

John Wojcicki

Spanish Club

John Wojcicki


            Michael Rutter

The Rev. Thomas R. McCarthy, O.S.A. Campus Ministry Award

This award is given in recognition of exceptional dedication, leadership and service through Campus Ministry at St. Rita of Cascia High School during one’s high school career.

Joseph Henze

Trevor Scianna


The Rev. James F. Green, O.S.A. Principal’s Leadership Award

This award is given in recognition of superior dedication and leadership at St. Rita of Cascia High School during one’s high school career.

Robert Gikas, Jr.



The James L. Misiora Athletic Award

This award is given in recognition of athletic achievement at St. Rita of Cascia High School during one’s high school athletic career.

            Austin O’Connor




Also, honored were the nominees for the Veritas, Unitas and Caritas Awards.  The Class of 2017 will vote on the students who were nominated by the faculty and staff.  Award winners will be announced at graduation on May 20.

Nominees are:

Veritas Award

The senior who best exemplifies living out his faith, pursues knowledge, searches to better know God--the ultimate Truth--through others and the world around him.

Victor Cabrera, Melvin Cross, Joey Henze, Andrew Mariotti, Oscar Martinez, Brendan Murney, Mike Redmond, Karl Wilson, Jack Wojcicki

Unitas Award

The senior who best exemplifies positively uniting various groups of people in and out of the classroom and promotes unity among all members of the St. Rita family.

Sean Coghlan, Melvin Cross, Gary DeCesare, Nick Durham, Bobby Gikas, Sean Macander, Mike McDevitt, Jake Stover, Keegan O'Hara, Trevor Scianna, Tim Zaleski

Caritas Award

The senior who best exemplifies genuine care for others in the St. Rita family and the world through his daily actions.

Sean Coghlan, Nick Durham, Jake Faculak, Colan Fitzgerald, Liam Kelly, Danny Lawler, Sean Macander, Andrew Mariotti, Brendan Murney, Trevor Scianna, Karl Wilson

Lastly, nominees for the Mr. Mustang Award were announced. 

Mr. Mustang Award

The Mr. Mustang award is presented to the senior who best exemplifies being a true Rita Man living out all the Core Values of Truth, Unity and Love.

Nick Durham, Jake Faculak, Colan Fitzgerald, Joey Henze, Matt Hovorka, Connor Kelly, Sean Macander, Andrew Mariotti, Trevor Scianna.

St. Rita Celebrates National Foreign Language Week (March 6 - 10)

The St. Rita World Languages Department is pleased to announce National Foreign Language Week (March 6 - 10) activities. The department has organized daily scavenger hunts, trivia, poster contest, international menu in the Dining Hall, sale of bracelets through a grass-roots organization called "Pulsera Project", prayers in Latin, French and Spanish at our weekly Mass. Travel trivia/photos from faculty and staff will also be shared.

Finally, the largest celebration will be the Foreign Language Expo on Thursday, March 9 in the Van Leuven Center. Foreign language students will display projects they have worked on in their foreign language classes and there will also be some interactive activities and international treats served as well. Each student will be supplied with a "passport" to move around and visit different exhibits. After they have several stamps in passports, they can go to the treats table at the end.