Mustangs of the Month

March 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Liam Daly

The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our March Mustang of the Month is Liam Daly.  Liam is a graduate of St. John Fisher School and is also a member of St. John Fisher Parish.

During his time at St. Rita, Liam has been a member of the Spanish Club, The Natir, Big Brothers and the Varsity Golf Team.  This past year for his Caritas Project he held a very successful Teacher Appreciation Drive.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Liam is a caddy at Beverly Country Club and tutors two children several days a week.  Liam has been a Heeney Award Recipient, was named an Illinois State Scholars and most recently was awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship.  He will be attending the University of Minnesota majoring in Economics and Political Science.

One teacher said of Liam, “Liam is a caring, hard-working, respectful and respectable student.  He always represents himself and St. Rita with great regard.  Liam quietly leads by his example in the classroom, the hallway and in the community.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Liam said, “St. Rita has become like my second home, the connections I have made with teachers and friends will be ones that last a lifetime.  It is truly a special place and while I am excited for the future I am sad to be leaving my second home.  I love my St. Rita brothers and will truly miss seeing them every day.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Dalen Horace

Representing the Class of 2020 as our March Mustang of the Month is Dalen Horace.  Dalen comes to us from St. Paul Lutheran School and is a member of the Victory Cathedral faith community.

Dalen is a St. Rita Big Brother and a member of the Band and Jazz Band.  He is currently working toward membership in the St. Rita Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Outside of St. Rita Dalen occasionally plays his trumpet at his grade school as well as at church on Sundays.  In the future he hopes to make All-State for the Band and maybe play a varsity sport.  He also plans to continue working hard toward gaining scholarships for college, possibly even going for free.

In his nomination the following was said of Dalen, “Dalen is reliable.  He is respectful and talented as well. His diverse set of interests and activities is emblematic of the Rita spirit.  In each of his endeavors, academically, athletically and musically, he shows talent and dedication.”

Dalen spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It’s been a great experience and I’m excited for more things to come in my senior year.  I’ve cherished all the memories I have made with all of my Rita brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Gabe Arteaga

Representing the Class of 2021 as our March Mustang of the Month is Gabe Arteaga.  Gabe graduated from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of Queen of Martyrs Parish.

Gabe is a member of the St. Rita Varsity Hockey team and is currently playing on the JV Lacrosse team.  In the future he hopes to become a Big Brother.  Outside of St. Rita Gabe helps out at his sister’s hockey practices.

The following was said of Gabe, “Gabe is a hard working student and is always willing to participate in class.  He always comes to class with a smile on his face.  He pays close attention to detail and is a positive influence on his peers.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I have had a lot of fun in my time here at St. Rita.  I have made a ton of new friends and am enjoying my time.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Josh Carroll

The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our March Mustang of the Month is Josh Carroll.  Josh comes to us from St. Joseph School in Downers Grove where he is also a member of the St. Joseph Parish community.

Josh is a member our satirical newspaper The Natir, the St. Rita Social Justice Club and recently made the St. Rita Freshman Baseball Team.  Outside of his time at St. Rita he plays baseball for Top Tier as well.  In the future he hopes to become a St. Rita Big Brother and has served his peers this past year as a Student Government Ambassador.  In the past Josh received a Navy Award for his state science fair project.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Josh can be relied upon to offer thoughtful commentaries on issues presented in class.  He has empathy for others that other students could take an example from.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Josh replied, “I have made many friends and I am very glad that I chose to come to St. Rita.  I hope that the rest of my time at St. Rita will continue to be just as amazing as it is now.”

February 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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Cameron Bartmann

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our February Senior Mustang of the Month is Cameron Bartmann.  Cameron is a graduate of Summit Hill Junior High and is a member of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church in Tinley Park.

Cameron has been a member of the St. Rita Varsity Basketball Team for all four years and is also a member of the National Honor Society.  He hopes to also try out for Varsity Volleyball.  When not at St. Rita he has a part-time job as a busboy.  He has had a very successful academic career at St. Rita being on the Gold and High Honor Roll for all semesters and achieving a Heeney Award for Straight As during four semesters.

One teacher said of Cameron, “Cameron is a great example of academic excellence and represents the St. Rita spirituality.  He is always dedicated and focused of having the higher grades by utilizing every minute in class.  I see Cameron regularly checking and sharing his ideas with classmates.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Cameron said, “My time at St. Rita has gone by quick.  I am glad I was able to experience it with my Rita brothers and I will miss all of you.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Jimmy Larkin

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our February Junior Mustang of the Month is Jimmy Larkin.  Jimmy is a graduate of Queen of Martyrs School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Jimmy is a member of St. Rita’s Hockey Team and is also involved with the Stock Club, Social Justice Club.  He is currently working toward induction into the St. Rita Chapter of the National Honor Society and has been a Heeney Award Recipients for earning Straight As.  Outside of St. Rita Jimmy is active with Queen of Martyrs Youth Ministry.

In his nomination the following was said of Jimmy, “Jimmy is a fine young man who traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to help build houses with his Youth Group and will be serving as a leader for this year's trip.  He excels in academics and has been on the honor roll since he began at St. Rita.  Jimmy is kind to everyone and is a great role model to fellow students.”

Jimmy spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “It feels like yesterday that I was just a freshman, and I have loved every moment at St. Rita since day one.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Michael Gaughan

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our February Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Michael Gaughan.  Michael graduated from Century Junior High and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

Michael is a member of St. Rita’s Football and Lacrosse Teams and is involved with the SpikeBall Club.  He is also an elected Student Government Officer for the sophomore class and in the future hopes to get involved with the STEM Club.

The following was said of Michael, “Michael has been a great example for other Ritamen during his time at St. Rita.  He is a respectful student and well-respected by his classmates.  He is always positive and upbeat.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “It has been a great two years and I cannot wait to see what the next two will bring me.  Thank you to everyone especially Gavin Kelly.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Michael Baniewicz

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our February Freshman Mustang of the Month is Michael Baniewicz.  Michael comes to us from St. Christina School and is also a member of the St. Christina Parish community.

Michael is a member of the RitaMen Weep Improv group, ran Cross Country and is now a part of Track & Field.  He also assists with school liturgies as an altar server.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Michael is also involved with the McAuley Theater as a cast member in “Wendy & Peter Pan” and performs improv at Second City.  He hopes to get more involves at St. Rita with our theater productions.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Michael performs very well academically.  He also carries himself very well and is a true example of a Ritaman.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Michael replied, “I have enjoyed every second I have been at St. Rita.  I appreciate all the opportunities St. Rita has to offer.  All of my teachers and classmates have been very helpful throughout the year and I look forward to the years to come.”

January Mustangs of the Month

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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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Clifford Williams

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our January Senior Mustang of the Month is Clifford Williams.  Clifford is a graduate of Clifford Pierce Middle School and is a member of New Smyrna Church of God and Christ.

Clifford has been active during his time at St. Rita playing football and bowling and also being involved with the Cooking Club.  This past year he put together a Caritas Project “Bowling for a Cause” which raised money for homeless individuals.  Clifford plans to attend college and major in physical therapy and loves being around family and friends having a good time.

One teacher said of Clifford, “Cliff is just an all-around positive student who is respective to those he encounters.  He embodies what it means to be a Ritaman through his daily actions.”Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Clifford said, “My time at St. Rita has been well spent with the various activities I have been involved with.  St. Rita is like a second home to me filled with love and happiness.  Overall St. Rita has been an amazing experience to me, having life-long friends that I will always remember.  When I graduate I am going to miss them all.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Carlos Sanchez

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our January Junior Mustang of the Month is Carlos Sanchez.  Carlos is a graduate of St. Gall School and belongs to St. Rita of Cascia Parish.

Carlos is a member of the St. Rita Soccer Team and he is also involved with the Spanish Club.  Outside of St. Rita he is active with the St. Rita Parish Youth Group and just recently traveled to Panama for the Augustinian Youth Encounter.  He also helps coach soccer at St. Gall.  He is working to be inducted into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

In his nomination the following was said of Carlos, “Carlos is a wonderful student to have in class.  He studies well and has a calm, positive attitude.”

Carlos spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “Coming to St. Rita was one of the best decisions I ever made.  It has been an interesting time here and I have made life-long friends.  I hope for the best in the next year to come.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Danny Fleck

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our January Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Danny Fleck.  Danny graduated from Central Middle School and is a member of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

Danny is a member of St. Rita’s golf and volleyball teams and is also involved with The Cascian, our school yearbook.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Danny helps out those who live in his neighborhood.  He hopes to apply to be a Big Brother at the end of this year.

The following was said of Danny, “Danny has a heart of gold and is a great example of a St. Rita Mustang. He is kind to all students, faculty and staff. He is also very good at giving back with community service. Just recently, he has helped neighbors with snow removal and cleaning out a basement.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I went into St. Rita only knowing a couple of people, but now I have met a ton of new people.  I’ve noticed the brotherhood around me is strong and that there are many people around me who care for me.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Jake Marszewski

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our January Freshman Mustang of the Month is Jake Marszewski.  Jake comes to us from Mount Greenwood Elementary School and is a member of the St. Christina Parish community.

Jake is a member of St. Rita’s golf and hockey teams and he is also involved with The Natir, our satirical newspaper.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Jake helps out in his community.  In the future he hopes to get involved with St. Rita’s Stock Club and also plans to try out for baseball.  He enjoys learning and art.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Jake is such a kind and helpful student in the classroom. He is always willing to help out his classmates.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Jake replied, “I have had a great time at St. Rita so far.  I have made a lot of friends and am really enjoying my time here.  I truly feel like at home at St. Rita.”

December Mustangs of the Month

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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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Kavari Cunningham

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our December Senior Mustang of the Month is Kavari Cunningham.  Kavari is a graduate of St. Etherlreda School and is a member of New Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Kavari is a Big Brother and is a member St. Rita’s Football and Track Teams.  Outside of his school involvement he helps out with his former football team the Brainerd Park Bengals.

One teacher said of Kavari, “I feel that Kavari is a great candidate because he embodies what it means to be a Ritaman.  He is respectful and kind to all those he encounters, he is very hard-working in and out of the classroom, is humble and a great role model for the underclassmen.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Kavari said, “My experience at Rita has been exactly what I expected, filled with good times and memories with my brothers.  I am definitely going to miss all of the guys when I graduate.”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Ahmonte Harris

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our December Junior Mustang of the Month is Ahmonte Harris.  Monte is a graduate of St. Sabina School and belongs to the El Shaddai Miracle Temple Community.

Monte is a member of the St. Rita Band a baritone sax player, Video Games Club, RitaMen Weep Improv group and is a Big Brother.  He hopes to get even more involved in clubs later this year.

In his nomination the following was said of Ahmonte, “He is an exceptionally kind and bright young man. He always greets those around him with a smile and is the first to act in a way that helps the group.  He is a talented and hardworking student.”

Monte spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “I have had my ups and downs but my Rita Brothers have always made my day better and I truly cherish all of them and genuinely love all my brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Thomas Gleason

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our December Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Thomas Gleason.  Thomas graduated from Central Middle School and is a member of St. John Fisher Parish.

Thomas is a member of the St. Rita Golf Team, a writer for The Natir and is in the Superhero Club.  He also plays in the Illinois Junior Golf Association.

The following was said of Thomas, “Thomas is quick to help his peers without instruction, he helps because he can and knows it is the right thing to do.  Thomas is an accountable Ritaman perpetuating the core values of Truth, Unity, and Love.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I love St. Rita and I have fun here every day.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Luis Salgado

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our December Freshman Mustang of the Month is Luis Salgado.  Luis comes to us from Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School and is a member of the St. Julie Billiart Parish community.

Luis is a member of the Respect Life Club, Spanish Club and played soccer this fall.  In the spring he plans to be a part of the St. Rita Volleyball Team.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Luis is an altar server and plays travel soccer.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Luis is such a humble and kind student.  He always turns in excellent work and participates in class.  He is always willing to help out those around him.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Luis replied, “Even though I have not been at St. Rita for very long it has become by second home.  The atmosphere he is unlike anything I have seen before.  I look forward to being here the next four years.”

November Mustangs of the Month

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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.

Senior Mustang of the Month – Mick Doyle

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The member of the Class of 2019 selected to be our November Senior Mustang of the Month is Mick Doyle.  Mick is a graduate of Arbor Park Middle School and is a member of St. Damien Parish.

Mick just completed his football career at St. Rita with a Prep Bowl victory and is a member of the Track & Field Team.  He is also a Big Brother, Eucharistic Minister and participates in the Advice Beyond the Classroom program.  Aside from his involvement at St. Rita Mick also helps coach kids in his former football program, the Oak Forest Raiders.  Later this year Mick hopes to be a Kairos leader, win state in track and play football in college.

Mick plans on studying sports management in college and his dream is to be the General Manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers one day, claiming they would win the Super Bowl every year under his leadership.  He also hopes to eventually start his own foundation to help middle class families who struggle with paying bills and raising children.

One teacher said of Mick, “Mick is the kindest and most respectful student I know.  He His positive interactions with his peers is impeccable.  Mick always strives to offer his best hospitality and personal energy.  Mick is also an outstanding student.  He is a student who values his education, respects his peers, and his especially his teachers.”

Speaking about his experience as a Ritaman, Mick said, “St. Rita has done so many great things for me and has taught me life skills and lessons.  St. Rita has become my second home.  My favorite part about Rita is all the funny teachers and students who make my day with their sarcasm!  I may have been honored with this award but I share it with all my classmates who work their tails off!  I can’t wait to end these next few months off strong with my brothers, especially the seniors. I love you guys!”

Junior Mustang of the Month – Tony Nichols

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Representing the Class of 2020 as our November Junior Mustang of the Month is Tony Nichols.  Tony is a graduate of St. John Fisher School where he is also a member of the parish community.

Tony is very active at St. Rita.  He is in the Latin Club, French Club, Spanish Club, Respect Life Club, Band, Scholastic Bowl and is a Big Brother.  Tony also is active in his faith and participates in our school liturgies as a Eucharistic Minister.  Currently Tony is working toward full induction into St. Rita’s chapter of the National Honor Society.

In his nomination the following was said of Tony, “Tony is a terrific young man.  He excels academically but is also polite and friendly to all he encounters on a daily basis. Tony represents the Augustinian core values in the way he interacts with his peers and staff members on a daily basis.  He is a polite, thoughtful young man and well liked by all.”

Tony spoke of his experience as a Ritaman by saying, “The best time of my life has been at St. Rita and I am surprised that it is going by so fast.  I cannot wait to experience the next year and a half I have left with my fellow Rita brothers.”

Sophomore Mustang of the Month – Kameren Havard

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Representing the Class of 2021 as our November Sophomore Mustang of the Month is Kameren Havard.  Kameren graduated from St. Paul in Oak Lawn and is a member of the Apostolic Church of God.

Kameren is a member of the Bowling Team, Chess Team and the St. Rita Band.  When he is not busy at St. Rita he volunteers his time at the Museum of Science and Industry. In the future he hopes to be able to study chemical engineering and work with computer science.

The following was said of Kameren, “Kam is a tremendously kind and outgoing young man. He never fails to treat each person he meets, teacher or fellow student, with the same respect and positive attitude. He displays an inquisitive and talented nature that he continues to nurture and improve upon.”

When asked to speak about his experience as a Ritaman, he replied, “I love St. Rita!  It’s like my second home.  I love to hang out with my friends and I love the teachers.  I couldn’t ask for a better school to go to and hope to enjoy my upcoming years.”

Freshman Mustang of the Month – Isaac Gaytan-Reilly

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The member of the Class of 2022 chosen to be our November Freshman Mustang of the Month is Isaac Gaytan-Reilly.  Isaac comes to us from Summit Hill Junior High and is a member of the Parkview Church community.

Isaac is the 16th member of his family to attend St. Rita and currently serves a Student Government Officer for the Freshman Class.  Isaac just completed his first season of football at St. Rita and he has begun his wrestling season.  Outside of his time at St. Rita Isaac also takes part in rugby.

One member of our St. Rita faculty said, “Isaac is a very energetic student in class and he is always willing to participate.  He has a passion for learning and is always willing to help out.”

When asked about his experience as a Ritaman, Isaac replied, “My time at St. Rita, while short, has been the most fun in my life and I hope to make it even better.”