Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mustang News - March 24, 2017

Next week is Spring Break!  Enjoy the week off and I look forward to everyone coming back on Monday, April 3 refreshed and finishing the school year strong.  There will not be a blog submission next week.  Also, the district will be closed on Friday, March 31.


SoundFX, Lights take first and second at Herscher Invitational
Mundelein High School’s all-male show choir, SoundFX, was named Grand Champion in the Unisex Division at the Herscher Swing and Sing Invitational held March 18 at Herscher [IL] High School. The all-female show choir, Lights, was named first runner-up.

Additional awards for the MHS music groups include the mixed show choir, Sound, being named second runner-up in the Open Class Division, the Noise Band taking first in their division [with Lights] and Dominic Cappuccilli being named Best Male Soloist in a Show.

The next choral event for the MHS music groups is an annual free off-site concert at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Mundelein, April 19 at 7 p.m., where the Concert Choir and Master Singers will perform.

Choral directors at MHS are Stevee Bellas and Cory Thompson.




Group Interpretation qualifies for state competition
The Mundelein Theatre’s Group Interpretation, Stranger than Fiction, took part in sectional competition March 18 at Fremd High School in Palatine and placed second, which qualifies them to compete in the state tournament this weekend at the University of Illinois at Springfield. They will compete against 17 other high schools.  Their preliminary performance is at 8:40 a.m. on Friday, March 24. Six teams will be selected to perform in the final round of competition on Saturday, March 25.

Group Interpretation is a 30-minute, student-led performance of any literary work. The focal point of the performance is “out” to the audience with limited on-stage focus. The performance is minimal in nature, meaning that performers wear a uniform dress (not costumes) and build a minimalistic set. Sound effects are permitted but no lighting, specific costuming, properties or theater makeup can be used. Group Interpretation is an IHSA-sanctioned activity.

Stranger than Fiction is about Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert, Harold discovers he's the main character in a novel-in-progress and that the voice belongs to Karen Eiffel, an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways. Harold must quickly track down Eiffel and stop her before she conjures up a way to finish him off.

English Instructor Mark Landuyt is the Group Interpretation Director with Miriam Mitry as Assistant Director. Cast members include Joey Salit, Katie Staroszczyk, Natalie Williams, Henry Dumblauskas, Jenna Panos, Ashley Carrier, Jake Cumberland, Anooha Dasari, Allan Rodriguez, Abby Smith and Eric Gross. Understudies are Dan Haller and Kimberly Barr.

Group Interpretation - State Bound!


State Testing
All 11th graders will take the SAT on Wednesday April 5th at MHS.  All 10th graders will take the PSAT 10 (practice SAT) at MHS on April 5th.   On Thursday, March 23, 2017, all 10th and 11th grade students are required to arrive no later than 7:45 am.  Buses will only pick up 10th and 11th graders at their regular Schedule “A” time. Students will meet in their assigned testing rooms to complete required paperwork for the PSAT 10 or the SAT exam. Students in 9th and 12th grade will be picked up at their normal late-start time for starting school at 9:25 AM.

Cafeteria News
Happy Spring Break from your cafeteria staff!! When students return there will be a couple new promotions in the cafeteria. BLT salad, California Club and Fiesta Cheeseburger to name a few. Be sure to check out the Chopped Salad and Deli Station on line 4.

Boys State
Attention! Final call for American Legion Boys State applicants. Only juniors can apply for this prestigious spot as a participant in a mock government setting. Run for political offices at all levels, write legislation, meet more than 300 students from across Illinois, hone talents for public speaking and networking, have fun. Many colleges consider participation at Boys State to be an honor. Find out more about the all-expenses-paid, week-long summer program in the Literacy Center. April 4 deadline.

Asian Culture Club Field Trip
26 students visited Chicago's Chinatown with MHS's Asian Culture Club on Saturday, March 18th. The group went on a guided walking tour, learned how to make dumplings, enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch, and enjoyed their time exploring.

College and Career Resource Center

Visit the CCRC website for resources regarding college planning and financial aid including scheduled college representative visits and scholarship information:

Check the College Counseling Blog for articles about college planning:

Follow our College Counselor on Twitter: @mundycollege

Representatives visiting MHS after Spring Break (4/3-4/6):

  • Monday: 11am - Wabash College, 1pm - Heidelberg University, 2pm - University of Wyoming
  • Tuesday: 8am - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 9am - St. Louis University, 11am - University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1pm - Juaniata College
  • Thursday: 10am - Transylvania University

The 2017 Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship Program Is Now Open
Wendy’s is a believer in creating opportunities for people in our communities, especially through high schools. As the operator of a local Wendy's in Chicagoland area, I’m reaching out to you concerning the Wendy’s High School Heisman, Wendy’s scholarship and awards program that celebrates exceptional student-athletes and supports high school education.
In partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trust (yes, that Heisman), Wendy’s High School Heisman awards $150,000 in scholarships annually to students in all 50 states who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. To-date we’ve awarded more than $1.9 million to support education while honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school senior student-athletes.

Find more information here:

University Center Open House: Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm
The University Center hosts free education fairs to provide information to prospective students about University Center offerings. They take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of our Grayslake facility. Each event showcases the University Center’s undergraduate and graduate and professional development programs and provides the opportunity to meet with representatives from the member schools who can discuss their programs in depth. Often there are free workshops to attend during the event. In July, “Mapping Your Return to School” will be presented at 6:30 pm by Judson Curry, Associate Director and Assistant Professor, School of Professional Studies, North Park University. XLC does a live broadcast from the Open Houses and brings their cash machine. The University Center staff also attend to provide pre-admission advising.

College to host April information sessions on several career programs
Careers in several fields, ranging from paralegal studies to nursing, will be the focus of information sessions being offered at the College of Lake County in April.

Each session includes an overview of duties, a typical day, salary, job outlook and educational requirements. No RSVP is required. Unless noted otherwise, the sessions will take place at the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

  • Dental Hygiene: April 5 at noon in Room N135, Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
  • Health Information Technology: April 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Room A152.
  • Massage Therapy: April 5 at noon, Room 220, Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills.
  • Surgical Technology: April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Room D204.
  • Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy: April 11 at 3 p.m. in Room N212, Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
  • Nursing: April 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Room A013
  • Paralegal Studies: April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room B202.

View all of CLC’s credit program information sessions by division at


Girls Track & Field
Mustangs Girls Track traveled to Carthage College to compete in the Kenosha Bradford Invite this past weekend. Khari Thompkins started her impressive day running 7.46 in the 55m, qualifying for the finals.  Khari endured a false start in the finals, taking 8th in a time of 7.55. Khari's 7.46 also counts as the school indoor FAT record.  Khari came back to run the 400 in 61.16, her PR and good for 5th place. Megan Schlebecker also had an indoor PR in the same race, running 63.90, good for 11th place.  Ryann Ray PR’d in the High Jump for the second week in a row, going 4'11", and taking 2nd place, highest Mustang finish on the night! The last field event of the night was the most exciting, as Kalli Majewski kept breaking her PR. When the sand settled, she added a foot and a half to her PR, leaping 35'9.5", good for 3rd place, and only 1.5" away from the outdoors State qualifying mark.  Also, a school record was posted by the 4x200 relay with Amauri Thomas, Yazeni Sanchez, Bree Park & Ryann Ray! On the night, the Mustangs scored 21 points and taking 11th place out of 37 teams, our highest finish ever!

Girls Track Relay

Boys Track & Field
The boys' team had an incredible night, scoring 44 points and tying Lakes for 2nd overall out of 45 teams. Best finish in school history!

The day got started with a win in the 4 x 800 relay, as the quartet of Mikey Parduhn, Robert St. Clair, Dario Carrillo, and Ben Krauss won with a time of 8:21.91, winning by 4 seconds.

Next up, Sal Roman had a PR in the semis of the 55 hurdles, running 8.36 and qualifying for the finals. Sal came back in the finals to take 6th with another PR, running 8.26. Bobby Nuzzo continued his winning ways, winning the 55m with a time of 6.55 he then came back to take 2nd in the 200, running 22.73.  Sophomore Robert St. Clair finished his big day with a 2nd place finish in the 3200, running a PR of 9:42.09, coming from way back to make it a very close, exciting race. Freshman Dillon Blake had an incredible race, running a PR of 9:54.54 and taking 4th.

1st Place 4x800 relay

MHS Track tied for 2nd place at Carthage College Meet
Rob St. Clair & Dillon Blake

Boys Water Polo
Mundelein High School went 2-2 over the weekend taking 4th place at our own 8 team varsity invite. Beating St. Charles North & Hinsdale Central while coming up short vs Lindbergh & Libertyville. Weekend warriors were: Oleinik 14 goals, Kavanaugh 6 goals, McGee 4 goals, Zentz 4 goals, Gonzalez 2 goals, Kim 2 goals and Duffy & Garcia each contributing 1 goal each.

Girls Water Polo
Girls varsity journeyed to Naperville Central and competed strong with a 4th place finish out of 8 teams. Beating Sandburg & Fremd were huge victories for the Mustangs. Weekend warriors were: Lukas 15 goals & 9 Steals, Krauss 2 goals, 6 steals & 4 assist and Westgate with 1 goal, 8 steals and 2 assist.

Abbie Lukas was named “Baller of the Week” from Illinois polo for her performance at the NC tournament. Coach Vukovics says “each competition we are getting better and growing as a team and program”.

Baseball/Boys Tennis/Girls Water Polo/Girls Soccer & Boys Volleyball/Boys Gymnastics
Great start of the spring sports season with these teams opening up their season with victories!

Girls Soccer

Boys Volleyball


Boys Gymnastics
Mustang Varsity takes 4th place at Hinsdale Invite.

Girls Lacrosse
The program traveled to take in a college game visiting North Central College. The cardinals came up short but the team(s) enjoyed the trip and learned some new plays!

GLX trip to North Central College

Winter Guard
The team traveled to Lincoln-Way East and scored 66.57 and placed 4th out of 7 teams in our category (with 4 of their team members absent).

C Greninger

J Fordham

K Toland

L Zepeda

MHS Powerlift Team

A. Owens state record for squats in 198 weight class

Photos from the Week:

Eager for a hit, Austin Greco '20 stands at home plate waiting for the perfect pitch during the varsity boys baseball game. Greco is the only freshman to be on varsity level. Photo by Nicole Nowicki.

As a Junior, Yasmeen Fathallah '18 is glad after getting back the grading paper in Mrs. Halbour's Cooking class during 2nd period. While the class provided a chopped salad this day, they learned how to handle knives and to chop food in the right way. Photo by Lena Krieg.

With tension in the air, A'mauri Thomas gets ready for her 55 meter race on March 17, 2017. The meet was at Carthage college in Kenosha, Wisconsin against over 30 other teams. Photo by Grace Heintz.

Markers in hand, Rebecca Engelhardt '17 creates a poster for an upcoming book club event. Book club planned a movie screening for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Photo by Sheridan McGuire.

Cheers! Best Buddies prom had everyone smiling on March 18 at Vernon Hills High School, Emily Parduhn and some of the kids in Best Buddies do a cheers to having the time of their lives. Photo by Meghan Ehemann.
MHS Freshman Matthew Pawlowski community service project supporting our men and women in uniform.
State Walk for Group Interpretation Troupe competing in State competition this weekend.

State Walk for Group Interpretation Troupe competing in State competition this weekend.