Friday, February 24, 2017

Mustang News - February 24, 2017


2 MHS students named National Merit Scholarship Finalist
The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 nation-wide semi-finalists have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2017.

Congratulations to Josh and Alex on this impressive accomplishment!

Josh Larson

Alex Frumpkin

MHS Staff Appreciation
The MHS school community recognized the instructional aide staff this week for great work they do with our students!

Supported Learning Program Starts New Business!
Last week, MHS students in the Supported Learning Program unveiled their new business available for staff members.  This promotional video says it all!


Friday Assembly
The King and Queen, along with four other couples to serve as their Court, will be announced at an all-school assembly on Friday, Feb. 24, at 2:45 p.m. in the main gym. The royalty will reign over the Winter Formal on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. The DJ will introduce the King, Queen and Court at 8 p.m. during the dance. This is the first Winter Formal Dance for MHS. It replaces the Turnabout Dance which was usually held close to Valentine’s Day each year.
During the assembly, the Mr. Mustang candidates will also be introduced. On Friday evening, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., the 15 seniors will compete for the title through talent, modeling, written messages to parents and answering a question.

Winter athletics and activities will also be recognized for their numerous accomplishments.

Term 4 Parking Permit Lottery
Junior and Senior Drivers:  TERM 4 Parking Permit lottery registration begins Monday February 27th.  Lottery selections will be made and posted Friday March 10th by 1:00PM.  You will have until 3:00pm Wednesday March 15th to bring in all completed paperwork along with payment, valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of insurance to receive your parking permit.
NO EXCEPTIONS!  Term 4 campus parking begins Monday March 13. Register on-line, only a few spots are available!

2017-2018 Parking Permit Lottery will begin MAY of this school year (2017). Click HERE for more information.

SoundFX takes first in Iowa competition
Mundelein High School’s all-male show choir, SoundFX, took first place this past weekend in the Unisex Division at the Great River Invitational in Davenport, Iowa. This is the second week in a row that the group took first place in a national competition. The all-female group, Lights, was named first runner-up. In addition, the mixed group, Sound, placed fifth runner-up in the finals competition.“Given the field, I was happy that they were in the mix in finals,” said Ben Schrank, one of the event clinicians. “Tonight you proved that you can hold your own with the best! ”The MHS show choirs will next compete at the John Hersey Chicagoland Showcase at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

The MHS vocal department, directed by Cory Thompson and Stevee Bellas, will hold auditions for next year’s groups Feb. 22 and 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Orchesis Dance Recital Monday, Feb 27th
Mhs Orchesis Club will host our next Dance Recital on Monday, Feb 27th at 7pm.  Show will include performances by the MHS PE dance class and the Orchesis club members.  Community Youth Dance Clinic will be held this Sunday from 1-2:30.  Cost is $15 and includes Tshirt.  Participants will dance with the Orchesis club members in the show Monday.  Cost of the show is $4 adults and $3 for seniors and students with ID.

Twelve students chosen for Illinois High School Arts Exhibition
Mundelein High School will be sending 12 of its top art students to the annual Illinois High School Arts Exhibition [IHSAE]  taking place Sunday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Chicago. The General Exhibition will take place at the Zhou B. Art Center while the Senior Scholarship Exhibition is set for the Bridgeport Art Center.

MHS students in the General Exhibition include Michael delRosario, photography; Ryan Story,
mixed media; Xochitl Cisneros, drawing; Lily Simon, painting; Stephanie Fernandez-Cahue, ceramics.Displaying their work in the Senior Scholarship Exhibition are Emma Roswick, Nicole Casler, Jessica Peterson, Laura Kim, Robert Zengeler, Jessica Milam and Nichole Babiez.

The 2017 Senior Scholarship Exhibition includes the work of those seniors who were chosen to
receive college scholarships from partnered institutions across the country. This part of the overall exhibition was only open to senior art students who submitted a developed portfolio of work through the program. This work may include work from multiple mediums, or be limited to one or two mediums; this choice is up to the student and the accompanying art instructor. These portfolios were then reviewed and selected by representatives from dozens of colleges and universities with strong art programs.

The 2017 General Exhibition and Awards presentation will be held at the Zhou B. Art Center. The Zhou brothers and the IHSAE have been partners since its inception in efforts to provide a space that allows for growth and for the Illinois community to gain exposure to the energy that the arts has in Illinois. This show will exhibit all of the student work as well as the work of the resident artists in the building.

The awards will be revealed and presented to students and families on Sunday. MHS art instructors are Jonathan Pruc, Michael Bale and Peter Schrenk. David Mork is the department chair.

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:

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Representatives visiting MHS next week:

  • Tuesday: 2pm Lawrence Technological University
  • Wednesday: 10am Penn State University, 11am Air Force ROTC at the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Thursday: 10am Roosevelt University,  11am Florida Atlantic University, 1pm St. Norbert College
  • Friday: 11am Alverno College

Say YES to College: College Planning for Students with Disabilities (IEP/504)
February 28th, 7-8:30pm, District Meeting Room at MHS

Mundelein High School proudly welcomes Dr. Lynn Gallagher, the Director of Disability Services from the Lynch Learning Center at Loras College to discuss college planning for students with disabilities.  This presentation will cover questions to ask colleges and differences between the approach that the college takes compared to what high schools may provide for students with disabilities.  This event is open to families of students in all grades and will be available in Spanish as well.

College to host March information sessions on several career programs
Careers in several fields, ranging from surgical technology to truck driving, will be the focus of information sessions being offered at the College of Lake County in March.
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.

  • Dental Hygiene: March 1, noon, Room N135, Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
  • Medical Imaging: March 1, noon, Room A143.
  • Health Information Technology: March 1, 4:30 p.m., Room A152.
  • Surgical Technology: March 6, 5:30 p.m., Room D204.
  • Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy: March 7, 10 a.m., Room N212, Lakeshore Campus, 33 N. Genesee St., Waukegan.
  • Nursing: March 7, 10:30 a.m., Room A013
  • Engineering: March 9, 7 p.m., Room C106.
  • Truck Driver: March 30, 3 p.m., Room T335.

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


Spring Sport Athletes
All spring sports athletes will need a white card for clearance to participate. The following items need to be handed in all at once in order for athletes to be given white cards.

  • Pay Mrs. Olson in the book store
  • Copy of current physicals
  • Athletic Paperwork filled out and signed
  • Bring the above information to Mrs. Risdon in the Athletic office to avoid waiting in line for clearance.

Varsity wrestlers had a very successful state run. Congratulations to Dane Durlacher All-State 4th place, Logan Kvien top 8 and Reese Durlacher State qualifier. All 3 of these state wrestlers will be returning next year!

Boys Track
Congratulations to Shane Kosmach on his triple jump of 41’1/2” at the Glenbrook South Indoor track meet. This is Shane’s new PR!
Congratulations to Mateusz Brak for his long jump of 5’9” which is 3” over his best…new PR!

Boys Swim/Dive
Sectional results: 3rd place 200 Free relay, Brandon Kavanaugh 7th place 100 Free, Chris Carlson drops 3 sec. and finished 6th in the 100 fly and the 400 free relay placed 4th. Congratulations on a fine season!

Congratulations to Varsity gymnasts Katie Miller & Taylor Shanahan who competed down state last weekend. We are all proud of you.

Girls Basketball
Congratulations to Sarah Ouimet for advancing in 3 point shooting to the Sectional finals this Friday at Libertyville. We are all rooting for you!

Boys Basketball
Varsity boys will begin their IHSA Regional series Monday 27th traveling to play Warren @ Libertyville High School. Tip off time is 7:30pm.

Spring sports parent/athlete meeting(s)
Monday, March 6th 6:30pm: Auditorium
Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Baseball, Girls Soccer and Softball.

Monday, March 13th 6:30pm: Auditorium
Boys & Girls Water Polo, Boys Volleyball, Boys & Girls Track & Boys Tennis.

Photos from the Week

Before school, Daniel Morales-Salazar '17 mans the help desk in TSI, on Feb. 23. He checked out a loaner to a student who left their chromebook at home. Photo by Sheridan McGuire.

The crowd grows quiet as the Mundelein Dance Team takes their place on the main gym floor during a sophomore basketball game against Lake Zurich on Wednesday, February 22nd. On the dance team is Grace Carlson '17 and Mia Bulmash '17 as featured. Photo by Katelyn Staroszczyk.

On ''Senior Night'' Anu Harris '17 proudly poses for a picture in front of her banner from MHS dance team. This year MHS dance team made it all the way to state finals. Photo by Adriana Rawlings Benitez.

Monday night, Feb. 20, Inez Shelato ‘19 and the rest of Winter Guard practice their routine for their upcoming competition. For competition, their theme is “Now you see me, now you don't.” Photo by Hailey Cleveland.

Thursday morning, Feb. 23, Paulina Olechno '19 works on her Chemistry packet. Olechno enjoyed time with her friends while working on her packet.Photo by Sydney Szalinski.

MHS Family Literacy Night

MHS Family Literacy Night - Great 

MHS Book Buddies - MHS students reading to Mundelein elementary children.

Top 3 2017 MHS Chili Cook Off Winners - Lisa Saunders, Susan Frew, Wes Dawson

2017 MHS Chili Cook Off Grand Champion - Susan Frew

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mustang News - February 17, 2017


Calhoun earns Semper Fi Coach Award
Mundelein High School’s head varsity football coach, Larry Calhoun, has been awarded the Semper Fi Coach Award, presented by the US Marine Corps and Glazier Football Clinics, which offer football and athletic performance clinics throughout the country.Calhoun was nominated for the award by Staff Sergeant Andrew Lowery of the United States Marine Corps, who worked with the
MHS football team last summer.

The award recognizes a high school football coach who lives out the Marine Corps motto of Semper Fidelis [Always Faithful], and who models the Marine Corps leadership values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.According to Glazier Clinics, the Semper Fi Coach is not necessarily selected for a winning record or championship title, but rather for leaving a legacy of intentional leadership.

Calhoun began in his position at MHS during the summer of 2015. He has previous coaching experience at Elk Grove High School, Westwood High School in Austin, Texas; Lakeview-Centennial High School in Garland Texas; and Dallas Christian High School in Mesquite, Texas.“I enjoy everything about it,” Calhoun said of his love of football. “I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with winning and I enjoy the challenge of growing and working to improve when we fail. I love the daily grind, and the sense of pride, honor and confidence that comes with knowing you’re prepared,” he explained.Glazier Clinics host clinics for coaches’ professional development in 32 different cities in the US. The clinics generally run for 2-3 days with a wide variety of topics and speakers related to a given sport or sports-related subject.

Calhoun explained that coaching a football team is much more than football; it is about helping with the development of a young man. “Whatever it is that happens to that player after his high school career is over he has hopefully developed the right habits and a value for doing the right thing,” he said. “You’ve had the privilege of being a part of his life and your heart swells with joy for him and you were blessed to help support him on his journey…that is the most fulfilling thing by far,” he concluded.

The Semper Fi Coach Award will be presented Saturday, March 4 as part of the morning sessions at the Chicago Glazier Clinic that weekend.“[The award] is flattering and a very pleasant surprise,” Calhoun said of the award. “It reminds me of the great job our coaches are doing with our kids. While we still have a lot of hill to climb, it’s another indication that we have made and are making significant progress,” he concluded.

SoundFX named Grand Champions AGAIN!
Mundelein High School’s all-male show choir, SoundFX, was named Grand Champion in the unisex division for the fourth straight year at the Fort Atkinson Showcase in Fort Atkinson, WI. Cory Thompson and Stevee Bellas direct the vocal music program at MHS.“This is quite a feat for a unisex group to be in the top 6 of ‘varsity level’ co-ed groups,” Thompson said. Mundelein’s all-female show choir, Lights, were named first runner-up in the same division.The MHS mixed show choir, Sound, made it into the finals receiving fifth place in the Open Class Division.Up next for the singing and dancing Mustangs is the Great River Invitational in Davenport, Iowa this coming weekend.


15 MHS seniors to vie for title of “Mr. Mustang 2017”
Fifteen Mundelein High School seniors have been selected to compete for the annual title of “Mr. Mustang.” They will participate in a public competition event Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children. All proceeds will cover the Senior Class of 2017 Graduation Party.The theme for the evening will be Mr. Mustang 2017:  Winter Wonderland. The emcees, chosen by their peers, are Luke Loding and David West. The senior girls voted earlier to choose senior guys to vie for the title. Those who made the cut then auditioned for members of the Mundelein Parent Group who sponsor the event. After auditions, the number was cut to 15. The evening competition will include modeling formalwear, group and individual talent performances, speeches written by the contestants to their parents and questions for the finalists to answer. The 15 will be cut to five before additional questioning and then Mr. Mustang and two runners-up will be announced. A panel of judges will do the balloting. This year’s contestants include:  Jake Antenore, Brendan Callas, Jimmy Corbin, Chinedu Ebube, Jonah Emil, Sam Eugenis, Linden Ewing, Thomas Ferro, Stephan Hatchett, Kyle Klauss, Justin Lawrence, Ryan Magee, Nick Oleinik, Ryan Scott and Mitchell Zaprzalka.

Volunteers Needed for Mr. Mustang 2017, February 24, 2017
Mr. Mustang is a “pageant” showcasing our senior guys from MHS, and truly is a favorite for the students.  The proceeds go towards the Senior Graduation Party. The responsibilities are easy and fun!  Please consider helping!!! Call, text or email Lisa Johnson at 847.370.6548 or

Winter Formal set for Saturday, Feb. 25
Mundelein High School has dropped its Turnabout Dance, usually taking place near Valentine’s Day, and has replaced it with a Winter Formal. The dance will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Main Gym.

The theme for this first Winter Formal is “An Evening in the Arctic.” The court, made up of the five male and five female seniors who earned the most votes, will be announced at the beginning of an assembly on Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 2:45 p.m. The King and Queen will be announced at the end of the assembly, at approximately 3:10 p.m. An introduction ceremony of the King and Queen and court is set for 8 p.m. during the Saturday evening dance. MHS faculty member Patrick Gaughan is the advisor for the event.

Jewel Osco Scavenger Hunt
Mundelein High School foundation of wellness health students Caitlin Morey,Teagan Sheffer, Katie Staroszczyk, Yianna Schneckloth, Taneesha Tavkar and Mundelein Jewel director Bill Reckert work together on the Nutritional Scavenger Hunt. Members of both classes collaborated with one another on finding products which had the best nutritional value, as well as the best value per unit price. Thank you Jewel Osco for supporting Mundelein High School learning environment.

Police Officers take over Criminal Law Class
The third in a series of Criminal Law classes took place Feb. 16 where members of the Mundelein Police Department take over the teaching in the class. Officer Chris Callas, who also spent several years as the school resource officer at MHS, spoke about arrest procedures. The students are learning first hand from law enforcement about things like Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights, arrest procedures and others. Mary Plucinski is the teacher for the class.

Feb. 23: CLC STEM Speaker Series highlights the work of Nikola Tesla
Nationally renowned author, speaker and journalist John Wasik will discuss his new book about inventor Nikola Tesla at the College of Lake County STEM Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 23. The new book, “Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla,” tells the compelling story of how Tesla created radio, the modern electrical grid, robotics and wireless/remote control. “For fans of the Tesla car, Google or drones, this is an exciting journey of inspiration and discovery,” Wasik writes. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room A011. For details, visit

Career and technical education programs play a vital role in meeting workforce demands
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares individuals for high-skill, in-demand jobs that further Illinois’ global competitiveness. These programs are at the core of the community college’s mission to provide educational opportunities tailored to local business and industry needs. The College of Lake County joins with community colleges throughout the state in February to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month. With 40 career preparation programs and more than 100 certificate options, CLC provides students with a life-changing path from dreams to bright futures. For details, visit

March 3-11: Theatre department presents ‘The Cherry Orchard’
A family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution. That’s the setting for the CLC Theatre department’s production of “The Cherry Orchard,” written by Anton Chekhov and translated by Tom Stoppard.

In the play, a once wealthy family struggles to save its estate and beloved cherry orchard, which have been put up for auction to pay their debts. Set in 1904 Russia after a turbulent 40 year-period, “The Cherry Orchard” is about change and how society adapts to it. Performances will take place March 3-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., March 5 at 2 p.m. and March 10 at 10 a.m. for high school students. For details, visit

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 next week:
Tuesday: Truman State University (9am), University of Missouri (1pm), Financial Aid assistance (9:30-2), Army recruiter available during lunch periods

Wednesday: Iowa State University
Thursday: Southeast Missouri State University, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday: Eureka College

Illinois Regional College Fair
On March 16, over 165 college representatives will be coming to Lake County to talk to prospective students and their families and you don’t want to miss it!

This event is an excellent opportunity for freshmen-juniors to get information about multiple colleges and programs in one location, or for seniors who still haven’t made a decision to make final comparisons, right down the street. CLC’s Grayslake Campus is hosting this event from 6-8pm.
For more information and to pre-register, click HERE:

NLU Pathways
National Louis University, an established university that has been in the Chicagoland area since 1886, now with a brand new undergraduate program:  The Harrison Professional Pathways Program
The Pathways program was specifically designed to help more young people get to and through college, and it is an affordable, convenient, and supportive path to a bachelor’s degree. Some features of our program include:

  • Affordability: $10,000 per year “all-in” cost includes tuition, books, and fees. This can be a net zero cost for students eligible to earn full Pell and MAP grants.
  • Support: A Success Coach is assigned to every student in order to provide the academic, personal, and career development support to help each student stay on-track.
  • Flexibility: Students meet in their cohort for classes on campus two days a week the remainder of coursework is completed online allowing students the opportunity to work while enrolled full-time in college.

Students admitted to the Pathways program at NLU will be earning the most affordable bachelor’s degree in Illinois.

Want the college experience but also want to stay close to home? We have a full campus located in Wheeling, only about a 25 minute drive from MHS.

Aren’t sure about the whole idea of college, in general? There’s no essay requirement and no application fee to apply! At NLU, it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to study when you’re a freshman! Students take general education classes and electives in their first two years at NLU and do not have to declare a major until they start their junior year.

Think community college may be their only option? Be it financially our cost of tuition is extremely comparable to community college tuition; Academically we have a minimum GPA admissions requirement of 2.0+ and we are test optional so we do not require an ACT/SAT score; Socially/Emotionally  The Success Coach assigned to each student meets with them regularly to provide social/emotional and academic support to help the student be successful in the Pathways Program; Or based on their immigration status we have partnered with Dream.US to provide support for undocumented students, including reduced tuition rates and even full scholarship opportunities that cover all 4 years.

It’s not too late to apply to Pathways @ NLU!
Become an NLU Eagle and see why Money Magazine Lists NLU In National Top 10 for Grads Making a Difference
The NLU application can be filled out online at this link (, or you can ask Mrs. Rusk for a paper copy of our application!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world?
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

  • Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?
RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics.

Your community might host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

How can I get involved?
RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact Mr. Sean Nelson at to find out more about RYLA events in your area, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.  Scholarships are available.

Sessions for 2017 run from March 9-12 or April 6-9.


Spring Sport Athletes
All spring sports athletes will need a white card for clearance to participate. The following items need to be handed in all at once in order for athletes to be given white cards.
1.    Pay Mrs. Olsen in the book store ($75)
2.    Copy of current physicals
3.    Athletic Paperwork filled out and signed
Bring the above information to Mrs. Risdon in the Athletic office to avoid be caught on the sidelines for the first day of tryouts.

Varsity wrestlers are headed to Assembly Hall - Champaign to compete Friday & Saturday at the IHSA State meet. Good luck to Dane Durlacher, Reese Durlacher & Logan Kvien.

Varsity gymnasts Katie Miller & Taylor Shanahan are headed to the IHSA State gymnastics meet @ Palatine. Competition will begin Friday and continue to Saturday. Best of luck!

Boys Swimming & Diving
Varsity competes this weekend, Saturday, at the IHSA Sectional meet hosted at Vernon Hills High School. Diving will begin @ 9am with swimming beginning @ 1pm.

Winter Guard
Congratulations to the Winter guard team placing 4th at Hersey. The team improved 16 points in 2 weeks! Awesome job!

Photos from the Week

To qualify for state, Logan Kvien ‘19 wins his sectionals meet at Barrington High School on Saturday Feb. 11. Kvien and two others qualified for State in the IHSA Individual Sectionals. Photo by Paige Corrigan.

Working on her "this I believe assignment" in Ryan Buck's Honors English 3 class, Dani Adaska '18 writes down her thoughts in room A101 on Feb. 16. The assignment is practice for part of the narrative writing unit being learned in the class. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

Before the long weekend, Daniel Morales '17 feeds the AP Art class pet fish on Feb. 16. The class pet was adopted two weeks ago and lives in the art office. Photo by Marina Hamm-Gordils.

To start her day, Riley Malcolm '19 reads "My Friend Leonard" in her Honors English 2 class on Feb. 16. Elizabeth Willis's class reads everyday for the first fifteen minutes of class. Photo by Jessica Franzen.

As one of the relay teams for the varsity conference at Stevenson High School starts, the rest of the Mundelein swim team gathers at the side of the pool and cheers on their fellow teammates. This was the final relay of the conference, and everyone had worked and trained hard. Photo by Katelyn Staroszczyk.

Taking an AP practice test in AP literature, Julia Loverde '17 decides on a right answer in Laura Garcia's room on Thursday morning. The test was composed of a sonnet that had to be analyzed with a 10 multiple choice questions. Photo by Meghan Ehemann.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mustang News - February 10, 2017


Model UN
Seventy-eight Mundelein High School students participated February 2 through 5 in the Model United Nations conference organized by the University of Chicago and held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Assisted by faculty advisors Andrew Hirshman and Stacey Darcy,  the MHS model UN participants joined over 2,500 other high school students from 100 schools around the world in representing the member states of the United Nations. MHS students represented the nations of United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. They discussed the merits and complications of nuclear non-proliferation, offered proposals to deal with ongoing environmental crises, and debated the root causes and solutions for terrorist activities and armed conflicts around the globe.

Student delegates to the conference work with one another on topic-specific committees to produce mock resolutions on global issues. The purpose of the model United Nations program is to educate high school students in the art of debate, negotiation, and public speaking, and to introduce them to the complex realities of international relations. ” The experience at the conference allows students to see the potential of the United Nations in resolving international problems while also revealing the institution’s limitations,” Darcy explained.

MHS students found the conference both exhilarating and exhausting, and several stated that meeting students from around the world was one of the best and most educational components of the experience. Awards will be presented in the coming weeks.  “It is worth noting that MHS supports one of the largest student delegations in the state and in the entire conference,” Hirshman said.

Students win awards at Model UN Conference
Alex Frumkin won a special commendation for his performance on a historical committee: The Cabinet of Russia, 2004. He portrayed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov
Michael DelRosario won a special commendation for his contributions as press reporter for The Economist.

Gillian Beginski and Nicolina Bottiglieri won special commendations for their work on the Special Political and Decolonization Committee representing the United Kingdom. This is Gillian's second award from Model UN. She also won an award last year.


Internet Safety Presentation
An Internet Safety Presentation will be delivered to freshman students by MHS staff the week of February 21st. The presentation will cover topics such as; Cyberbullying, Online Privacy, and Inappropriate Content. The purpose of the presentation is to help students understand how to keep themselves safe online as well as what resources are available. Students will be reminded of their support teams at MHS; which includes a guidance counselor, social worker and dean of students as well as our school resource officer. The resource for this presentation is NetSmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Following is the link if you would like to review the presentation:

***If parent would like to opt out, please contact Samantha Smigielski, Dean of Students.

 SAT prep
Juniors will be taking the SAT exam on April 5. MHS and the local community are offering a variety of opportunities for students to prepare for this college admissions exam.
At MHS: One-hour SAT prep sessions, 15 in all,  offered for free by the Literacy Center and Math Lab. Click HERE for registration.

Contact the Literacy Center/Math Lab for more information.
Each student can access test prep on their Naviance accounts.
Fee-based: ZAPS and Princeton Review will hold prep sessions at MHS. See the CCRC website, SAT Preparation at MHS, for more details.
Fremont Library: Any student can register online for a free full-length SAT exam sponsored by C2Education.The exam will be held on Sat., Feb. 18 from 10am – 2pm. Pre-registration required.

If you ever wanted to see what really goes on in the Art Department, follow @mhs_art120 on Instagram for a behind the scenes look at what our art students are doing on a weekly basis.

MHS to institute Distinguished Alumni Award program
“There are so many MHS graduates who have gone on to do great things in their careers, in their communities and their families,” said MHS District 120 Superintendent Kevin Myers. “It’s time that we find ways to recognize and honor the things that our alumni are doing.”
With that cornerstone idea, MHS staff members have instituted a Distinguished Alumni Award and recognition program to begin this year. Patterned after the work of many schools in the area and around the country, the awards will honor up to 10 graduates each year who have gone on to be successful in a variety of different ways.

The first Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mundelein. Nominations for eligible graduates (those who have been out of high school for at least 10 years) are now being taken. Eligible alumni may be nominated by others and they may also nominate themselves. The deadline for nominating alumni is May 15.

Anyone may nominate a graduate for the award. To nominate alumni, follow this link: For questions, please contact
“We are looking forward to starting the tradition of honoring a group of graduates each year who transitioned into adulthood here with us and have gone on to make positive contributions to society,” Principal Anthony Kroll said.

2017-2018 Registration
Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year has begun.  Information and registration codes (Snap codes) have been mailed home to all current students. To complete registration, follow this link: You may upload proof of residency documents via the online registration program, mail them in, or have your student bring them into the Main Office. Parents and guardians of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must complete registration online and provide residency documents by May 26, 2017. Please call 847-949-2200, ext. 1260 with any questions regarding registration.

Payment of 2017-2018 School fees
If you submit payment by March 31, 2017, you will receive the early rate of $250.00. For any payments received after March 31, 2017, the standard rate of $275.00 will apply. To make a payment online, follow this link: Payments may also be made in person at the Bookstore/Payment Center during school hours, or checks may be sent in the mail.  Please call 847-949-2200 ext. 1235 with any questions regarding school fees and payment.

AP exam sign up
Online sign up for spring AP exams through Total Registration is open for any student who took or is currently taking an AP course. See Mrs. Ness or Mrs. Gorman in the Main Office with any questions. Sign up and be an AP Rock Star.

New item in the cafeteria
Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee $3.50 find this in the cooler section
Spinach Salad with Fruit and Chicken also in the cooler section

Two new soups this month:
Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo & Lemony Lentil Soup

Join us for lunch!

CLC sponsors Black History Month events
A Feb. 11 Salute to Gospel concert and a Feb. 27 poetry and jazz event are among the activities hosted by the College of Lake County to honor Black History Month. The college invites the community to participate in the events at the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St., and in downtown Waukegan. For details, visit

Feb. 25: CLC offers free STEM Day for girls in grades 7-12
Girls in seventh through 12th grade who want to explore careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are invited to the College of Lake County’s seventh annual STEM for Girls event Saturday, Feb. 25.

This free, hands-on career exploration day, packed with workshops by expert presenters, will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level A Wing at 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake. For details, visit

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IL Pre-Pharmacy Fair
Interact with 7 schools of Pharmacy:

  • ​Chicago State University
  • Midwestern University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Rosalind Franklin University
  • Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • University of Illinois Chicago, Rockford

What: Illinois Pre-Pharmacy Fair
Where: Wojcik Conference Center on the campus of Harper College. This is building W on the campus map. Parking Lot 14 is recommended. Download a campus map.
When:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Cost:  This experience is free.
Schedule:  Please review the schedule here.

Why Should I Attend?
Let's be honest, many individuals equate pharmacy with Walgreens and CVS.  But what if I told you that there are over 88 career paths for someone that has an earned PharmD and that the average salary was over $100,000?  What if I told you that if you enjoy math and chemistry, you could help people enhance their lives through the positive use of medication? That's why the 6 schools of pharmacy in Illinois are coming together in addition to St. Louis College of Pharmacy. We want you to understand what pharmacy is and how you can have a rewarding career in a dynamic profession.  Join us!

February 28 is preferred application date for CLC Promise Program
For high school students who have viewed a college education as unattainable because of family finances, the College of Lake County’s new Promise Program offers hope. The preferred deadline to sign up is Feb. 28 for Fall Semester 2017 consideration.

The Promise Program helps students graduate from CLC as close to debt-free as possible. Eligible students will have the gap between federal and state financial aid and tuition and fees covered. In addition, students develop a two-year academic plan, create a career or transfer plan and participate in leadership and professional development activities.

Students must meet certain criteria, including completing the FAFSA, an Estimated Family Contribution of $3,000 or less and a high school GPA of 2.3 or higher.
For more information, call (847) 543-2090 or visit


Mustangs are on the road this week. Take some friends and go support your fellow classmates but please drive safe!

Varsity wrestlers had a very successful weekend. Dane Durlacher  (35-4) completed  the day with a 3rd place finish at the 106 lb weight class, Reese Durlacher (13-6), 113 lb weight class, took 3rd place as well and DJ Preston, 195lb, followed suit taking 3rd place and finishing up the Regional wrestling success is Logan Kvien (32-10) took 2nd place in the 170lb weight class.
All 4 wrestlers will move on to the IHSA Sectional weekend being held at Barrington High School beginning on Friday 2/10 @ 5pm.

Varsity gymnasts competed in the IHSA Sectional meet at Stevenson on Monday. The following girls will continue onto the State series held at Palatine High School Friday 2/17 & Saturday 2/18. Congratulations and best of luck Mustangs.

Boys Swimming & Diving
Varsity competes this weekend, Saturday, at the NSC Championship being held at Stevenson High School with Diving @ 8:30am and Swimming starts at 1:30pm.

Winter Guard
Flags will be headed to Hersey High School to perform in the Hersey Invite. Mundelein is set to perform @ 3:30

Track & Field
Indoor season in underway with the Boys and Girls track teams having their season opener at Proviso West and the meet begins @ 9am.

Photos from the Week:

Swinging around the bar, Taylor Shanahan ‘17 performs her uneven bar routine at Stevenson High School during the girls gymnastics sectional meet on Feb. 6. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

To lead into her beam dismount, Katherine Miller '19 does a back walkover during her beam routine at Stevenson High School during sectionals on Feb. 6. The varsity girls gymnastics team ended up placing 4th at sectionals. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

To help with upcoming musical auditions, choir directors Cory Thompson, and Stevee Bellas help students learn the audition songs after school, on Wednesday Feb. 8. Mundelein theatre's musical production this year is "City of Angels," with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart. Photo by Steven Weiss.

In a rush, Elise Bernett '20 works on her English homework in the library on Wednesday, Feb. 8. She had just started her Article of the Week, which is due on Friday. Photo by Nicole Nowicki.

The Mundelein freshman girls basketball team plays their last home game against Warren on Feb. 3. The girls played a rough and physical last home game, and are proud with the effort that was put in the game. Photo by Ellen Wood.