Friday, December 3, 2021

Mustang News - December 3, 2021


2021-2022 MHS Robotics Team

MHS Robotics Team

The robotics competition season restarted last month! This past Sunday, November 21, four of our teams from Mundelein Robotics competed in the Great Lakes VEX Robotics Tournament in Batavia, IL. The four teams dominated the competition winning multiple awards:

Team 499S was the undefeated tournament champions (10-0-0) and was also the recipient of the Excellence Award - the highest award given in the competition for being the "team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality robotics program". 

Teams 499H (9-1-0) and 499M (7-3-0) finished the competition as tournament finalists.

Team 499A competed for the first time this season and made it to the quarterfinals.

For more pics and clips from the tournament, click here.

MHS Art Student wins Honorable Mention

Congratulations to freshman Maisy Price who was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2021 ArtConnectED Art Throwdown Photo Competition. Maisy is currently enrolled in Digital Photo Design 1.

The Art Throwdown is a live, fast-paced, head-to-head, interscholastic Visual Arts competition where students will be given a timed Art Challenge. Art students were asked to put their artistic skills to the test while competing against other area high school art students. Each artist was faced with a hands-on, 90-minute, visually creative challenge. This year's photography challenge was, “OOPS,” students were given one word and asked to make a triptych of three images to tell a story encapsulating the word oops.

MHS Distinguished Alumni Award recipient speeches

MHS routinely identifies alumni who have distinquished themselves after graduation from high school.  The remarks of each of this year's recipients are below.  Learn more about distinquished alumni here.

Max Petersen, Class of 2006

Larry Markus, Class of 1967

Richard Witt IV, Class of 2000

Michael Gunther, Class of 1995

Lawrence Maligaya, Class of 2005

Chris Wetteland, Class of 1993

Chad Vale, Class of 1974

Books donated in honor and memory of Mundelein Teacher 

Thank you so much for your support of the Kristen Meister Memorial Book Drive.  It was a huge success!

More than 400 books were donated in memory of Kristen. Carl Sandburg took in 121 books from the drive, Mechanics Grove received 151, Washington accepted 105 books, and Lincoln received 20 books. (See the attached flyer). We are also in the process of ordering books to put in the MHS Library. The drive included about $500 in donations to cover that cost as well as some book covers for all of our librarians.

Each book contained a sticker that reads, in part: “This book was generously donated in memory of Kristen Lee Meister, a beloved educator, colleague, mentor and friend.”

We are so excited for the donations and books to benefit all of our schools. Thanks again to all who donated in memory of this amazing member of our community!



Show Choir Spotlight Event

This Friday, December 3rd is our show choirs’ annual Spotlight Event at 7:30pm in the MHS Auditorium!  The evening will consist of performances by our award-winning show choirs, SoundFX, Lights, and Sound, premiering their competition shows, complete with costumes and accompaniment by our extraordinary band, Noise, directed by Andy Sturgeon!  There are also over 60 raffle prizes, including Bulls tickets and tickets to Broadway in Chicago’s “Moulin Rouge,” complete with a stage door meet and greet with one of the stars of the show!

Spotlight serves as our largest fundraiser of the year, helping offset the travel expenses of our students, as well as the operating costs of our program.  

If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased HERE

Event and raffle tickets can be purchased the night of the event.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement of our amazing students!

November Social Emotional Learning Lesson

On November 30th, 2021, your student viewed the fourth of eight wellness-related presentations this school year.  This presentation serves as an introduction to some of the benefits of kindness.  Students participated in an activity where they practiced an act of kindness by writing a letter to someone that they appreciated.  Please send immediate questions or concerns to:  Gwen Lopez, Jaime Thatcher, or Samantha Smigielski, School Counselors.

The Top 3 Takeaways and Tips for this month’s presentation include:

  • Be Kind
  • Kindness leads to physical and emotional benefits
  • An act of kindness has positive impacts for all involved, including bystanders 

Presentation Links:


Students and Staff participate in Wellness Week.

Students and Staff participate in Wellness Week.


Girls Bowling

Coaches Corner: Vanessa Prorok

Varsity had its first tournament this weekend in Antioch. The girls did great!  With 4 of the 6 members bowling in their first 6 game tournament, MHS earned 5th place out of 8 teams.  Special individual standing shoutouts go to: Samantha Sciortino - 5th place (1028), Abbie Catania - 11th place (930), and Alex Devine - 17th place (848). 

Girls Basketball

Coaches Corner: Greg Dorgan

Our JV finished 2-1 in both of their Thanksgiving tournaments to start the season. Our Varsity finished our Thanksgiving tournament 2-3, finishing in 4th place out of 6 teams. Congratulations to Allison Binz (Sr) and Rylan Foster (So) for earning All-Tournament Team honors. Conference play starts this week in the North Suburban. Go Mustangs!

Boys Basketball
Coaches Corner: Matt Badgley
This past week our program opened the season in their respected Thanksgiving Tournaments. Varsity co-hosted with Grant to provide a well-run tournament. Varsity came away with a 3-1 record beating Lakes, Deerfield, and Grant. Mundelein had Freshman Derek Bishop and Junior Chris Martin make the All-Tournament team. Sophomores went 1-2 at their Thanksgiving Tournament at Lakes High School. Freshman A finished 1-2 and Freshman B went 2-3 at their Thanksgiving Tournaments.   

We travel to North Chicago on 12/1 and host Evanston on 12/4.
We are also in the middle of our Snap Raise Fundraiser and would appreciate any help passing out the word!  


Coaches Corner: Bridget Erickson

Congratulations to the Mundelein gymnastics team on their first meet. We are so proud of all of them.

Photos From The Week

Staying after, Gianna Horcher '23, continues to work on her composition art project for class after school on Tuesday, Nov. 30.- Brianna Richards ‘22

During winter wellness boost week, Caitlyn Ekstrom '23 wears green to school on Monday, Nov. 29 to support mental health awareness.- Ashley Wolverton ‘23

The girls JV2 basketball team plays their first game of the season against Lake Forest Tuesday, Nov. 30.- Addison Klein ‘25 

During Probability and Statistics class, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Joshua Levin '22 works on unit project on his chromebook.- Adrianna Nuzzo ‘22

Competing in the first meet of the season, Isla Rehm '25 performs her vault routine in the MHS main gym on Tuesday, Nov. 30.- Jenna Santos ‘23

MHS FBLA members volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

MHS FBLA members volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

MHS FBLA members volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

MHS FBLA members volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

MHS FBLA members volunteer at Feed My Starving Children