Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mustang News - March 15, 2019


Staff Variety Show to benefit PADS
“A Journey Through Time” is the theme for this year’s Mundelein High School Staff Variety Show set for Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Admission for all seats is $2. Proceeds raised will support PADS of Lake County.

Performers and the time periods are as follows:
Larry Calhoun, Vocal, As Good As I Once Was, 2005
Jim Swager and Garrett Munz – flugelhorn, piano, Summertime, 1934
Jerry Shelato – Banjo
Ryan Buck, Mark Landuyt, Kristen Behrens, Beth Willis, Cabinet Battle from Hamilton, 1790
Greg Dorgan, Andy Sturgeon and wives along with Jerry Shelato and Paul Franzen, trombone/tuba sextet, 1975
Jen Franco, Laura Garcia, Lady Silly + piano
Laura Garcia, harp
John Stowers, Larry Calhoun, vocal
TJSE and Friends, guitar
Larry Calhoun and Department Chairs, skit
Jeff Harding, Elvin and closing number, 1960’s

Students in National Honor Society have partnered with the staff by doing advertising and promotion along with introducing all of the acts.

MHS partners with Round Lake and Wauconda high schools for bilingual Access College Fair
Mundelein High School will host the Access College Fair, the second annual bilingual college fair in Lake County on Wednesday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Main Gym. In collaboration with Round Lake High School and Wauconda High School, MHS will welcome 30-40 college representatives who are fluent in both English and Spanish. Students from all school districts in Lake County and surrounding areas are welcome.

The representatives will speak with students and their families about the college application process and help them learn about the opportunities that they have to continue their education. Bilingual financial aid overview sessions will also be hosted by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). The English presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Spanish presentation at 7 p.m.

Students are encouraged to register for this opportunity at Registration is not required but it will allow students to connect and share and receive information from the colleges that will be in attendance. If a district is interested in bringing a bus of families to the Access College Fair, please contact Andrea Rusk ( or Samantha Rivera ( to let them know.

College & Career Center

This is the last week of college representative visits in the CCRC (B103). Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about different schools and make a connection with admissions counselors!

Are you interested in enlisting in the military? Students interested in any of these military branches are welcome to speak with recruiters during their lunch period.

Do you have questions or concerns about navigating the college process as a student with a learning difference or special need? Come join us for a presentation that will help students with an IEP or 504 and their families in navigating the transition to college. 

The phenomenal presenter for the event is Elizabeth Gorman, the Director of Student Access Services at Bradley University. She is incredibly well versed in assisting students with this process and her advice will be applicable to all students, no matter where they choose to go to college. 

The presentation will include information about choosing a college, self-advocacy, and skills students need to be successful in college.

Going to college is a financial investment in your future, and it can feel overwhelming at times.
Part of choosing the best school for you depends on what that financial commitment looks like. We invited Courtney Wallace, the Director of Admissions from Augustana College, to help students break down their financial aid award letters from different schools and offer some tips to help them through the decision-making process. Students are encouraged to come to the CCRC (B103) on Tuesday, April 2 during 4th or 5th period to participate in this important workshop.

Students may register to attend this event in Naviance by clicking on the “Colleges” tab → “Home” →  Scroll down to the bottom where it says “College Visits”→ “Show More”→ Click the “Register” button next to the class period thye plan to attend.

This year’s Access College Fair, the second annual bilingual college fair for Lake County and the surrounding areas will be hosted by Mundelein High School on Wednesday, April 10th from 6-8pm in the Main Gym. MHS, in collaboration with Round Lake High School and Wauconda High School, will be welcoming over 30 college representatives who are fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.  These representatives will speak with our students and their families about the college application process and help them learn about opportunities to continue their education!

Additionally, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be hosting financial aid sessions. The English presentation will be at 6:30pm followed by the Spanish presentation at 7pm. You can read articles in the Daily Herald ( and Chicago Tribune ( about this exciting opportunity! All are welcome!


Water Polo
Season Preview

Boys Varsity Water Polo takes 1st place at Palatine!

Boys Coach: Russ Gates (fourth season)
Last season: 15-16-1, third in NSC, lost in sectional semifinals
Key players lost: Shane Stanley, Eubin Kim
Returning players: Matt Allore (Sr.), Jake Garcia (Sr.), Hunter Magee (Sr.), Ryan Zentz (Sr.), Danny Oleinik (So.)

Newcomers: Jeff Boudreau (Sr.), Logan Bradshaw (Sr.), Ben Ford (Sr.), Jon Gustafson (Sr.), Parker Geary (Jr.), Jack Long (So.), Cale Sethna (So.)

3-15-19 Ben Ford takes a shot on goal

3-15-19 Cale Sethna looking for an open player

Hunter Magee looks for an open team mate

Jake Garcia takes a shot during play at Palatine

Outlook: After an unexpected exit in the sectional semifinals a year ago, the fire and fuel are there for the senior-heavy Mustangs. "This group has used that as motivation to prepare for a state run in the 2019 season," coach Russ Gates said. Logan Bradshaw is ready to fill the big shoes left by graduated all-state goalie Shane Stanley. The Mustangs return their top three scorers (Danny Oleinik, Jake Garcia, Ryan Zentz), top three in assists (Matt Allore, Garcia, Oleinik), and top three in steals (Garcia, Oleinik, Allore). And with all-around player Hunter Magee returning, that leaves only one new spot in the starting rotation from last year. "With depth coming in from our newcomers, this will be one of the fastest teams Mundelein has ever fielded," Gates said.

Girls Coach: Mike Vukovics (third season)
Last season: 24-9, lost to Stevenson in sectional finals
Key players lost: Abbie Lukas, Amanda Garcia, Carolyn Westgate
Returning players: Ella Krauss (Sr.), Casey Parker (Sr.), Angela Kordick (Sr.), Natalie Gray (Sr.), Hannah Stanley (Jr.), Sydney Bradshaw (Jr.), Audry Kasemets (So.).
Outlook: The Mustangs are expecting great things this season. "We have great leadership from our returning players and captains," coach Mike Vukovics said. "And this is the first time I have witnessed a connection amongst our swim program and polo program. We have 16 new players who came over from swim." The Mustangs' speed will allow them to play fast and counter against opponents. "We are a team that focuses on hard work, fundamentals and a team-first mentality," Vukovics said. "If we apply these three things, good things will happen." Winning the North Suburban and a state appearance are goals for Mundelein this spring. "We are very young, but the girls want to be great and are all coachable," Vukovics said. "They have the right mindset. Now we just need to put it all together."

MHS Mustang Booster Club
Mustang Fans! We are extremely excited to announce the launch of the newly designed website:

Huge S/O and thank you to Nicole Gray for all her hard work, time and effort she put into to design our new website!

The website has been created with the user experience firmly in mind. There is a section for current events, that celebrate the amazing accomplishments of MHS students, and allows parents to sign-up to get involved by becoming MHS Booster Club Members. The website's Alumni page allows former Mundelein Students to connect with former alums which demonstrates that Mustang Pride is forever. The program page of the site provides an interactive electronic view of the MHS program booklet for all to enjoy.

We ask you to peruse the Sponsor page to see all of the local companies that support MHS in a variety of ways. The MHS Booster Club has an Amazon Smiles page where a percentage of your Amazon purchase will benefit the Booster Club. Lastly, we need your help to provide the awesome services we provide to Mundelein students so please consider donating by visiting the Donation page.
Please plan to check the website frequently for current events and updates. We look forward to hearing from you on ideas and improvements we can make to enhance the website; please send your feedback to

Winter Guard takes 3rd place at their competition at Lincoln Way East

Photos of the Week

During Business Incubator, Alexander Lentsch '19, Anushka Desai '19, and Madison Nuewald '19, prep for their class. Their teacher had prepared them with a presentation with their agenda of the day. Photo taken by Cayla Manaligod 

In a hurry to finish their AP Government project, Aileen Cirilo '20, Alyzza Chow '20 and Wendy Perez '20, lay on the floor, in the library to finish gluing last pieces of their project. They are preparing for their government reform project to present today during the Civics fair. Photo taken by Julissa Argomaniz 

Admiring her work, Sofia Lundquist '19 looks at her AP Biology table after doing a lab with rolly polly bugs on Wednesday, March 13. AP Biology is a period and a half so the students have time to do labs along with lectures. Photo taken by Sydney Szalinski

With anticipation, Evan Murphy '19 warms up before his performance at the March Band Concert on March 13. Murphy is a member of the Honors Wind Ensemble and plays percussion.Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar