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Mustang News - May 18, 2018


Class of 2018 bids farewell to MHS
The Mundelein High School Class of 2018 bid farewell to MHS after graduating Sunday, May 13. A packed house at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates offered their support for the graduates throughout the ceremony.

Following opening remarks by Superintendent Kevin Myers, Principal Anthony Kroll and School-wide President Ricky Rodriguez, students who have committed to military service after graduation were recognized. Those students include Ethan Varney, US Army; Elizabeth Maldonado, Army National Guard; David Eagar, Carlos Marchan and Justin Tigley, US Marine Corps; Dennis Sample, US Navy; Eubin Kim, US Naval Academy; and Andrew Owens, ROTC.

The MHS Master Singers, Concert Choir and 2018 Choir graduates performed the National Anthem and a vocal selection while the MHS Combined Honors Band played the processional and recessional as well as an instrumental selection.

Speakers included Valedictorian Abigail Lukas, Salutatorian Kristen Lay, Senior Speaker Hannah Adams, Rodriguez and Senior Class President Sabrina Lee.

Diplomas were distributed by the members of the District 120 Board of Education.

MHS juniors score top summer internships
MHS AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination] students Daniel Nieto and Erik Costello have been selected to participate in competitive summer college programs. Nieto is heading to Hyde Park for the University of Chicago’s week-long residential FloChicago community leadership program, and Costello will travel to Lafayette, Indiana, for Purdue University’s STEP program-- Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects.

Future Leaders of Chicago invites prominent civic and business leaders to share experiences and challenges and introduces students to the complexities of societal concerns within an urban context. Students tackle such complex issues as public education, gentrification and poverty. “We had nearly 200 students interested in the program this year,” said Katie Hytros, executive director of the program. Only 30 are selected for the program. “Our goal is to help forge Chicago's next generation of leaders. To do so, we bring together diverse student leaders from across the Chicago area. By investing in these future leaders, we believe we will help to ensure a better Chicago in the future,”Hytros said.

Nieto is interested in expanding his understanding of how psychology can be applied to serve communities, and hopes to return to MHS with a new toolbox of leadership ideas. He was influential in bringing a cultural dance, El Baille, to the school, and hopes to find other ways to make appreciating other cultures a part of the everyday lifestyle at MHS. “Each FloChicago student is assigned a mentor and we’ll meet with that person throughout the school year,” Nieto explained. “I’m excited to find out what the future brings.”

Costello will join students from around the country at Purdue University which is nationally-ranked for its engineering programs.  While attending STEP, students will learn fundamental engineering design skills using the job-based model of creating teams to compete in a multi-faceted design challenge.

Both students are enrolled in the AVID  which offers a four-year study skills curriculum while informing students about all aspects of the college admissions journey.  AVID site coordinator and MHS faculty member Melissa Schaefer explained the program’s emphasis on students’ holistic development.  “As part of our goal to make sure AVID students are not just college eligible, but college ready, AVID students are introduced to programs at colleges and universities.  These summer experiences not only increase their leadership capacity, but help them form lasting relationships with professionals who can help mentor them as they continue on to college.”

Three AVID students chosen for summer leadership programs
Three Mundelein High School juniors will spend part of their summer vacations participating in leadership programs. All three are enrolled in the AVID [Advancement Via Individual Determination] program at MHS.

Leslye Rodriguez will take part in the Marquette University Leadership Institute July 16-18. The three-day Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is a free opportunity for rising high school seniors who wish to gain a better understanding of leadership within the various contexts of the college experience. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership abilities and the role leaders play in groups. Students will also learn about what it means to act as a leader in service to others in the community. Finally, we will discuss how to convey leadership experiences in college applications.

This program is designed for students who are the first in their family to go to college or who come from a multicultural background. Students who are selected for the program are invited to spend two nights in one of the Marquette University Residence Halls.

Daisy Lorenzano and Diego Cisneros were selected to attend Girls and Boys State respectively. Illinois Girls State will take place June 17 to 23 while Illinois Boys State will run from June 9 to 16, both at Eastern Illinois University. Both programs teach students about leadership and civic responsibilities. Students are encouraged to create governments, hold elections and manage governmental programs. The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary sponsor these programs.


MHS Summer Reading

Jazz Band to kick off Mundelein Summer Concert Series
Mundelein High School’s Jazz Ensemble will kick-off this year’s Mundelein Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Mundelein Community Days, Mundelein Park District, and Village of Mundelein.  The concert will take place at Kracklauer Park in Mundelein.  If there is rain, the concert will be relocated to the MHS Gymnasium. This will be the final performance of the 2017-18 Mundelein HS Jazz Ensemble.

The student musicians will perform some of their favorite selections from throughout the year and will feature the six graduated seniors from the ensemble:  Ben Holly, Karl Kirkpatrick, Kelsey Kroening, Carter Pacis, Anuj Pawar, & Hannah Speer.

Jerald Shelato and Andrew Sturgeon direct the instrumental music program at MHS.

Need to Improve your Peer Tutor Skills?
Know someone who would be a great Peer Tutor?

Peer Tutor Boot Camp EMPOWERS students with communication, leadership, and peer tutoring skills for the upcoming school year.  Week-long training will feature active team bonding, deep self-reflection, and educational strategies tutors can use to support students at all grade levels and reinforce their own knowledge. Peer Tutor Boot Camp is free.  All are welcome.

July 16th-20th, 2018

Six Flags Jobs Available
Six Flags still has a lot of job opening left for this summer! See the attached a flyer for the upcoming hiring event on May 30th.

College and Career Resource Center

Attention Rising Seniors
Nervous about the college application process? Don’t sweat it! The CCRC will host two College Application Jumpstart workshops to help you get a strong start for the fall. In addition to CCRC, you will also have the opportunity to get insight from 2018 MHS grads.

Registration on Naviance is required and space is limited! View details below:

Common Application Workshop
Wednesday, August 8
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
District Meeting Room (DMR)      

College Essay Workshop
Thursday, August 9
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
District Meeting Room (DMR)


Boys Gymnastics
Congratulations to the Varsity boys gymnastics team for finishing 5th place at the IHSA state meet held at Hoffman Estates this past weekend.

Tyler Collins performs at the state meet

Kurt Lawrence performs at state

Boys Track/Field NSC Conference Meet
Senior Bobby Nuzzo of Mundelein won three individual events. Nuzzo captured the long jump (21-8.25), 100 (11.04) and 400 (51.28). As he neared the finish line in the 400, Nuzzo looked back repeatedly as his competitors, including Stevenson's Vincent (second, 52.18) and Canegan (third, 52.20).

"I did it because all we needed to do was score the points, so I was saving it for the 200," Nuzzo said. "I got a good competitor in the 200 from Zion. I want to be a little more fresh for that."

Seeking his first 40-point performance in a varsity competition as large as conference, Nuzzo settled for 38 points for the second year in a row, as Zion-Benton's Cortez Sawyer captured the 200. Sawyer ran 22.43 to Nuzzo's runner-up clocking of 22.86.


Girls Water Polo
Congratulations to the following girls for making the All Sectional team

Girls Water Polo finishes their season at Sectionals

First Team - Abbie Lukas
First Team - Carolyn Westgate

Second Team - Ella Krauss 

Check out the Daily Herald article about the “Under the Lights Softball Showdown”

Softball vs Carmel Lindsey Shifley of Mundelein, left, and Amanda Elert of Carmel hug after throwing out the first pitch during a special game under the lights -photo from Steve Lundy staff photographer

Post-season play-offs (Regionals/Sectionals/State)
Girls Soccer @ Mundelein 5/18
Boys Lacrosse @ Mundelein 5/19
Girls Lacrosse @ Carmel 5/21
Boys Volleyball @ Rockford Auburn 5/21
Softball @ Mundelein 5/22 & 5/26
Baseball @ Mundelein 5/23, 5/24 & 5/26
Please view times for above events at

NSC Sportsmanship Winners 2017-18
Each of the NSC schools selected one student-athlete from each sport that represents the true meaning of sportsmanship.

The nominees from each sport were selected by the coach/AD by utilizing the following criteria:

The athlete accepts and understands the seriousness of their responsibility, and the privilege of representing their school and community.
The athlete treats opponents the way they would like to be treated as a guest or friend.
The athlete never directs remarks at opponents in a taunting manner.
The athlete wishes opponents good luck before the game and congratulates them in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.
The athlete respects the integrity and judgment of the game officials.
The athlete plays unselfishly in such a way as to build up their team, without drawing unnecessary attention to him/her.
The athlete yields to the authority and direction of all floor officials, bench officials, school personnel and coaches.

Boys Cross Country – Kevin Garcia
Football – Nicholas Pawlicki
Boys Golf – Colin Geary
Boys Soccer – Jorge Mendoza
Girls Cross Country – Elizabeth Clow
Girls Golf – Ryan Wilson
Girls Swim & Dive – Carolyn Westgate
Girls Tennis – Breanna Park
Girls Volleyball – Taylor Heath

Boys Basketball – James Willman
Boys Swim & Dive – Shane Stanley
Wrestling – Angel Pacheco
Girls Basketball – Ellie Maldonado
Girls Gymnastics – Amanda Muench
Cheerleading – Heather Avis
Dance – Allison Nick

Baseball – Mason Shaller
Softball – Annie Morelli
Girls Soccer – Jacqueline Tyma
Boys Track & Field – Kevin Garcia
Girls Track & Field – Kelly Delgado
Boys Tennis – Powell McCarthy
Boys Volleyball – Ben Arebalo
Boys Water Polo – Eubin Kim
Girls Water Polo – Carolyn Westgate

Congrats to Mundelein Mustang, Ben Arebalo _ Lake Zurich’s Bartosz Wielgos for being named North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship Award winners for Volleyball

Boys JV Lacrosse after their victory over Batavia

Congratulations to Annie Morelli _ Lake Forest’s Shannon Stowe on their NSC Sportsmanship Award for Softball

Congratulations to the North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship award winners Mason Schaller and Lake Zurich_s Bryan Rasbid

Boys Volleyball celebrates senior night. Congratulations to all the seniors.