Friday, April 28, 2017

Mustang News - April 28, 2017

MHS hires new assistant principal
The Mundelein High School District 120 Board of Education has hired Anthony Crespo as its new assistant principal. He will replace Jesús Tirado who resigned earlier this year. Crespo will begin his position July 1, 2017.

Crespo is currently serving as principal of the East Aurora High School Extension Campus in Aurora, IL, a position he began in 2015. Prior to that he was assistant principal of student supports at Proviso West High School and assistant principal of student life and athletics at Proviso East High School. From 2004 to 2012 he worked as a physical education instructor, athletic director, teacher mentor and basketball coach in Osceola County, Florida. He was also named District Level Minority Teacher of the Year in Osceola, Florida in 2006.

Crespo holds a bachelor of science degree in international business from Ramapo College of New Jersey and a master of science in education, educational leadership from Walden University. He is also fluent in Spanish.

“I am looking forward to joining the Mundelein High School family,” Crespo said. “What attracted me to MHS was the strong evidence of its investment in students. I can tell that the MHS staff doesn’t take learning for granted,” he explained. “I was also able to see that the staff and administration have high expectations for all students and won’t accept leaving anyone behind. That’s the kind of district where I want to work,” he concluded.

“We are happy to have Anthony Crespo join our administrative team at Mundelein High School,” said Principal Anthony Kroll. “He brings a wide variety of experience and a proven record of success. We look forward to welcoming him to our district.”

MHS hires three new varsity coaches
At its April 26 meeting, the Mundelein High School District 120 Board of Education authorized the hiring of varsity head coaches for boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling. All join the coaching staff with previous experience.

“During the interview process, our final candidates rose to the top because of their personal integrity and the culture and climate that they hope to bring to our athletic programs,” said Troy Parola, athletic director at MHS.

Matthew Badgley will take over the boys basketball program. Currently Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Wauconda High School, Badgley holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Lindenwood University in Missouri. He is completing a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Concordia University – Chicago. He has past experience in administration at Lebanon Community Unit District #9, Hazelwood East High School and Collinsville High School. He was head varsity boys basketball coach at Trico High School and Lebanon High School and assistant coach at Hazelwood East and Pinckneyville high schools. He also coached varsity golf for four years at Hazelwood.

“We look forward to Matt directing our boys basketball program,” Parola said. “We spoke with college basketball coaches in the Big 10 and Big 12 who gave strong recommendations concerning Matt’s leadership style,” he explained.

Greg Dorgan will lead the varsity girls basketball program. Currently the mathematics department chair at Wauconda High School, Dorgan will join the mathematics faculty at MHS. He holds a bachelors degree in mathematics secondary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a masters degree in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. While at Wauconda Dorgan has served as interim head varsity girls basketball coach, head coach for sophomore and freshman boys basketball and junior varsity boys basketball. He has also coached girls basketball at Matthews Middle School in Island Lake and freshman boys basketball at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect.

Craig Stocker is the new MHS varsity wrestling coach. He is currently the head coach and physical education teacher at Lakes High School in Lake Villa. He will also join the PE department at MHS. He also has previous teaching/coaching experience at Fremd and Stevenson high schools.

Stocker holds a bachelors degree in kinesiology with a major in physical education. He has coached wrestling at Lakes since 2012 where he has also coached track and football.

“I’m excited to bring these three individuals to key leadership roles within our coaching positions at MHS. I’m confident that they will teach, coach and mentor our many fine student athletes,” Parola concluded.


Students Learn about safe driving through assembly and use of simulators
Mundelein High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions [SADD] partnered with the Save a Life Tour to help students understand the dangers of impaired driving. An all-day awareness program took place Monday, April 24 as a prelude to the Prom set for Friday, May 5.

“The target audience for this event was juniors and seniors, as they [primarily] will be our prom attendees,” said Ryan Buck, SADD advisor.

The activities began with a homeroom assembly where students witnessed the dangers of impaired driving. It was followed by the use of simulators in the main gym for students to experience “hands on” examples of these dangers.

“Our goal was to raise awareness for students to continue making good decisions by avoiding the temptation of drugs and alcohol, but then not getting behind the wheel,” Buck explained.

The Save a Life Tour is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle. The program emphasizes driver experience, improper driver behavior, safety restraints, impaired driving, distracted driving and motorcycle operation.

MHS says thanks to local business leaders
Mundelein High School hosted its third annual Mustang DOORS appreciation dinner April 18 in the MHS cafeteria. DOORS [Doors of Opportunity Relevant to Students] is a program that provides opportunities for students to have “real world” exposure and experience through student internships, the technology support internship [TSI], and the business incubator courses.

In addition to the evening meal, with piano music provided by students Beth Aquino and Kelsey Kroening, students Sheridan McGuire, Celeste Cruickshank and Liz Ayala spoke about TSI, business incubator and internship respectively. The keynote address was presented by local entrepreneur Sedrik Newbern of Allstate Insurance who is also a motivational speaker.

The event was planned by Rosangela Fiore, MHS community coordinator, while Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair David Mork served as the master of ceremonies.

Mustang Olympics set for Sunday, April 30
Mundelein High School’s Student Leadership will host the Mustang Olympics on Sunday, April 30, from noon to 4 p.m. on the athletic field.
The Mustang Olympics will consist of a series of athletic competitions where teams compete for prizes and “glory.” Some of the events will be a dodgeball tournament, punt, pass and kick competition, homerun derby, obstacle course, and many more.
Teams will be made up of 6 to 10 people. Each team will have a minimum of three female team members.
There will be two competition brackets, Varsity (teams made up of a majority of upperclassmen) and Junior Varsity (teams made up of a majority of underclassmen).

MHS music department to present Mundelein Night of Percussion
Mundelein High School’s instrumental music department will present its Mundelein Night of Percussion Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. The concert will include the Drum Line, solos and duets and a Mallet Ensemble. The concert is free.

Andrew Sturgeon and Jerald Shelato direct the instrumental music program. The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Ryan Jacobi.

Final choral concert to feature seven MHS choirs
For its final concert of the year, the vocal music department at Mundelein High School will put the spotlight on all seven of its choirs. The groups to perform include the Treble Choir, Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Master Singers, Mundelein Sound, Mundelein Lights and SoundFX. The Wednesday, May 3  concert is free and begins at 7 p.m.

Each of the three show choirs will perform a new song, the Treble Choir and Bel Canto will combine to sing two pieces from the hit Disney movie, Moana. In addition, a slideshow of the seniors and a recap of the 2016-2017 school year will be shown.

Stevee Bellas and Cory Thompson direct the vocal music program at MHS.

Parking Permit Process for 2017-2018
In order to be eligible to obtain a parking permit students must:

  • be a senior or junior
  • be in good standing with all outstanding fees paid and limited parking violations
  • have a valid driver’s license
  • have proof of insurance and current registration
  • have a vehicle
  • have been selected in the lottery system
  • have completed the permission slip
  • have paid for the permit 

Parking Permit Options
The non-refundable cost for a 2017-2018 parking permit is $200.00 for a full-year permit and $120 for a single semester permit. The following types of parking permits are available:
full-year permits

  • 1st semester-only permits
  • 2nd semester-only permits

Students are encouraged to apply for a FULL-YEAR parking permit if they're planning on parking on campus the entire year. All 1st semester-only permits will go back into the lottery at the end of the first semester. Students with 1st semester-only parking permits that want to park on campus for semester 2 are required to enter the lottery for 2nd semester permits. There is no guarantee that a 2nd semester-only permit will be available. The 2nd semester lottery takes place the week before the 1st semester is over.

A  4-step lottery system is used to determine which students receive parking permits:

Step 1 Register Online
May 1-12, 2017 ONLY. (No early birds or late entries accepted)
Register online here
After completing the online registration, students need to print a copy of their answers as proof of registering.

Step 2 Lottery Numbers Selected
After final exams May 17, 2017
Using a randomizer (if needed for seniors), lottery numbers will be picked. Seniors get first priority; after all  good-standing senior requests have been honored, junior numbers will be picked.

Step 3 Lottery Winners Posted
After final exams May 18, 2017
Winning numbers will be posted on the website
View lottery winners here

Step 4 Claim Parking Permit
 August 8-11, 2017 8:30am - noon ONLY
Students have four days to claim their permit. Permits not picked up during this time will be forfeited.

In order to claim the parking permit students must currently have a vehicle and come to the Dean's Office with the following:

  • a valid driver’s license 
  • proof of insurance
  • current vehicle registration
  • permission slip
  • payment for the permit

College and Career Resource Center

May 1 Decision Day Celebration at MHS!
On May 1 all senior students are invited to come to the Mundelein Room during homeroom to celebrate their final decisions as they transition out of high school and on the the next step in their lives.

Navigating College Mental Health Services
Tuesday, May 9th
Fremd High School, 1000 S. Quentin Rd.,  Palatine

Transition Action Network for Mental Health: A Partnership of Schools and Community Agencies Addressing the Needs of Transitioning Young Adults

This event is designed to give families an opportunity to gather information on college mental health.  Join us for an informative and interactive event to raise awareness, explore common challenges, and share resources to smooth the transition from high school to college for students with mental health issues.  The night will include presentations from leading professionals in the field and the opportunity to ask questions and participate in small group discussions to explore challenges and resources.

Join us as we explore these topics and more: Information on the mental health resources of colleges, Coping and executive function skills needed for the increased independence of college classes, Considerations and implications related to independent/supported living, Legal and medical issues, Choosing the right college environment, and How to best utilize your high school transition resources.

 A snack will be provided Courtesy of Eli’s Cheesecake

Marquette University joins CLC’s Guaranteed Transfer Admission program
The College of Lake County and Marquette University in Milwaukee recently signed a Guaranteed Transfer Admission agreement. CLC students who transfer to Marquette to complete a bachelor’s degree will be guaranteed acceptance while completing the requirements in their particular degree. For more information, visit


Boys Gymnastics
Congratulations to the Boys Gymnastics team on their Conference Championship title!

Boys/Girls Track & Field
Friday night the boys were at the Lake Zurich Invite, and had their best ever finish in this meet, taking 3rd.

Bobby Nuzzo ruled the 100 and 200 again, winning both in times of 10.98 and 22.20. Aaron Woolford also placed in the 100, taking 7th in 11.58. Alan Salgado took 5th in the 800, running 2:05.18. The 1600 saw us score big points as Mikey Parduhn went 2/3. Mikey's time of 4:29.84 ...was a PR as well as the first time he dipped under 4:30. We received a surprise point as Kevin Garcia took 8th, dropping around 2 minutes from his PR, running 10:39.15! Sal Roman brought home points in both hurdles races, taking 6th in the 110 highs, and 3rd in the 300 hurdles in a PR time of 40.78. Both 4 x 100 relay teams fared well as the F/S team of Ray Brinkerhoff, Alonso Diaz, Mat Empalmado and Adonis Hagedorn took 4th, while the Varsity squad of Isaiah Wellman, Tristan Empalmado, Charles Nacion, and Booby Nuzzo took 2nd in a time of 43.43. The 4 x 200 saw similar results as the F/S team of Ray Brinkerhoff, Adonis Hagedorn, Caleb Kowalewski, and Armando Jimenez took 6th, and the varsity group took 2nd , led by Aaron Woolford, Isaiah Wellman, Sal Roman, and Bobby Nuzzo. Both 4 x 800 teams took 2nd, as the F/S team of Dillon Blake, Aidan Afonso, Sean Finerty, and Aaron DeLara ran 8:50.06, and the Varsity team of Dario Carrillo, Robert St. Clair, Alan Salgado, and Ben Krauss ran 8:13.84. In the Field Events, Mitch Sharer scored in both the Shot Put and Discus. Mitch took 8th in the Shot, throwing a PR of 46'9", and 5th in the Discus with a throw of 145'2.5", which I believe is a PR as well (mom can confirm). Alex Hurtado took 8th in the F/S Discus with a PR of 110'9". In the F/S High Jump, Jason Pietrusiewicz finished in 7- yes 7 way tie for 3rd with a jump of 5'1". Aaron Woolford took 3rd in the Long Jump with a jump of 20'7", while Mat Empalmado took 4th in the F/S Long Jump with a leap of 18'4". Shane Kosmach provided another win, taking 1st in the Triple Jump with a jump of 41'. Mat Empalmado provided the final points of the night by taking 3rd in the F/S Triple Jump, jumping 37'6". A great start to the weekend, followed by......

Krauss, Nuzzo, Salgado, & Parduhn - 3rd Place

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 Saturday evening a few members of the boys' team competed Saturday evening in the Palatine Distance Night Meet. This meet involves only distance events, and requires competitors to meet minimum standards to be allowed to compete. We brought both our sophomore 3200 meter runners, Robert St. Clair and Dario Carrillo. Both Mustangs PRd in their race, with Robert running 9:36.35, and Dario running 9:38.86. Both runners narrowly missed the F/S school record of 9:35.6, run over... 40 years ago by the legendary Dan Skarda in 1975.

They were followed by the Distance Medley Relay, who absolutely killed it, taking 3rd against some top competition. Senior Ben Krauss led off, running 3:13.8 for 1200 meters. Bobby Nuzzo became an Honorary Distance Runner for the night, running the 400 meter leg in a PR of 50.7. Alan Salgado held the team position with a 2:02.6 800 meters leg, and Mikey Parduhn gave Boys Gymnastics
All Boys’ Gymnastics teams competed at the Bob Bohl invitational.  Freshman and Varsity teams both were 3rd place out of 16 and 19 teams respectively.  Great job guys!

Girls' Track

Girl's Track placed 2nd at Antioch Meet

 The 4 x 800 relay of Beth Clow, Leslye Rodriguez, Jeanelle Jimenez, and Marissa Richards started things off with a 4th place finish. Jeanelle contributed a monster PR leg, running 2:37.2. Andrea Cordova followed that with a 3rd place finish in the 3200, running 12:00.0. Kalli Majewski was next up, taking 3rd in the 100 Hurdles with a time of 16.65. Bree Park also ...contributed a 6th place finish with a time of 18.12. The 100 meters provided the closest finish of the night, as the first 5 girls were all within .13 seconds, with Khari Thompkins in the middles of the mix in 4th.

The 4 x 200 relay exceeded expectations by taking 5th. Yax Sanchez, Mady West, Megan Schlebecker and Bree Park ran 1:55, a second under their seed time. Khari Thompkins ran a PR in the 400, taking 2nd in a time of 59.34. Her time was less than a tenth of a second away form the State Qualifying Standard. Kalli Majewski came back with a win in the 300 hurdles in season's best time of 48.23. Megan Schlebecker also placed, taking 5th in 53.19. Khari came back with a 3rd in the 200, with a time of 26.92. Yax Sanchez also PRd in the race with a time of 29.30. The 4 x 400 closed out the track scoring with a 5th place finish. Taylor Parola came through in the Discus with a 5th place finish, throwing 85'2.5". The final nights' points came from Kalli Majewski, who won the Triple Jump with a jump of 35'9.5".

T. Parola medals in discus.

Girls' Track Teacher Appreciation Night - Pia Yu and Mrs. Thompson.

Let's run!

Girls Water Polo
Varsity played 4 games back to back with no break to capture 1st place at the Glenbrook North Invite. Lukas commandingly led the offense while Westgate, Peterson and Parker were defensive machines. Stats: Hannah Stanley 32 saves. Lukas, 23 Goals; 8 assists; 7 steals. Westgate 5 goals; 6 assists; 13 steals. Ella Krauss 4 goals; 2 assists; 3 steals. Jessica Peterson 3 goals; 4 assists; 11 steals. Cayce Parker 3 goals; 4 assists; 10 steals. Julia Whelan 2 goals; 1 assist; 5 steals. Amanda Garcia 1 goal; 5 assists; 6 steals. Nicolina Bottiglieri 2 goals; 1 assist; 3 steals. Alana Goodson 1 goal; 4 assists; 2 steals. Lucy Renz 1 goal; 3 assists; 2 steals.

Special Note: from Super Ballers of the week!

1st Place at Glenbrook

Coach Boothe discusses the game plan.

Girls' Water Polo Sportsmanship Award Winner: Julia Whelan

Boys Water Polo
Varsity hosted it’s Quad this past weekend coming out 1-2 for the series.
Mundelein 11 Conant 5
Brandon Kavanaugh 4, Nick Oleinik 2, Ryan Zentz 2, Kyle Guzzio 2, Jake Garcia
Naperville Central 13 Mundelein 3
Jake Gonzalez, Oleinik, Garcia
Stevenson 19 Mundelein 9
Oleinik 4, Guzzio 3, Kavanaugh, Garcia
At the Buffalo Grove triangular MHS was victorious in both match games. Beating the Bisons 12-7 and McHenry 11-8. Goals: Oleinik 7, Guzzio 6, Zentz 4, Gonzalez 3, Kavanaugh 2, and Duffy 1.

Boys Volleyball
On, Friday, April 28th 2017:


On April 28th, 2017 the Boys Volleyball program is hosting a Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation match  -vs- Antioch High School in the main Gym about 5:00 pm.  We will have a 50/50 raffle that night and will be selling the Bear Necessities Bears for a minimum $20 donation. Donations to enter are $3 Kids $5 Adults in place of selling t shirts.  We are playing in this benefit in the memories of Noah Baker (son of Maureen Baker, teacher at Mundelein) and Ian Turkula (2013 Graduate, who lost his fight to Brain Cancer in January 2014). Please, partner with the Volleyball Program to Help Fight Cancer and Find a Cure  by coming to the match FRIDAY April 28th and giving a donation in Support of Noah and Ian's memory and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation who supported them and their families during their battle with Cancer. Both families will be at the fundraiser.

You can make a donation at the bookstore at any time up to the Event.  Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.


2017 Spring Skill Evaluation Dates
      Monday, May 22: 6:30-8:45pm
      Tuesday, May 23: 6:30-8:45pm
      Wednesday, May 24: 6:30-8:45pm

2017 Spring Clinic Dates
      Tuesday, May 9: 3:45-5:45pm
      Wednesday, May 10: 6:00-8:00pm
      Thursday, May 11: 3:45-5:45pm
      Friday, May 12: Tryouts! 4:00pm

Photos from the Week:

During the faceoff, Michael Pawlowski '18 fights for the ball against a player from Grayslake North during their game on April 21. The boys put up a good fight, but fell short in the end. Photo by Meghan Ehemann.

Waiting for the whistle, Jacob Gonzalez '18 treads water during a waterpolo drill on April 24 at the MHS pool. He started with the ball to begin the drill for his team. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

With his head in the game, Will Michalski '17 pitches at the 2nd conference game at MHS against Warren High School on April 25. The game was tied until the Mustangs scored on a wild pitch in the 8th inning. Photo by Marina Hamm-Gordils.

At the SADD assembly during 2nd period, Diana Orozco '18 participates in a drunk driving simulator. This assembly educated juniors and seniors about the dangers of drunk driving and drinking and driving. Photo by Katelyn Staroszczyk.

Early morning on the balcony of MHS, Kenzie Toland '17 and Andrea Ayala-Chavez '18 do a yoga pose in a yoga session for the Wellness Club on April 26. The Wellness Club has done other events like a 30 minute 'walk and talk' and a Halloween healthy food scavenger hunt. Photo by Jessica Franzen.
Baseball action

Sanchez winning pitcher and Morton with 2 homeruns vs. Lakes
Batter up...

Coach Parola talking to fans.

Boys' Tennis action.

Girls' Lacrosse action.

Girls' Lacrosse beats Warren!

Girls' Softball action

Lift-a-thon C. Ngwangu deadlifts 445lbs - personal best!!!

Lift-a-thon participants

MHS coaches talk to 8th graders

Girls' Soccer beats Stevenson 1-0

Student Athlete Leaders at Miller Park

Student Athlete Leaders at Miller Park
Student Athlete Leaders at Miller Park

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mustang News - April 21, 2017


MHS Juniors take first, second and third place at Class III Americanism Essay Contest
MHS students took first, second and third place among Class III Americanism Essay Contest entries submitted to the Mundelein American Legion Auxiliary and Post. The annual contest, in place since 1922,  is co-sponsored by the American Legion, the  American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion Detachment of Illinois. Jackson Steiner, Victoria Willman and Katelyn Siltman, all MHS juniors, placed first, second and third at the local level. Steiner’s first place essay then competed against all first place essays from the more than 26 high schools in Lake County,Ill., and his won third place.

A panel of three judges from Mundelein’s  American Legion Auxiliary #867 and the Post Unit #867 selected the top three winners and two honorable mention entries from 12 essay submissions. Contestants responded to the question, “Should there be term limits for our U.S. Senators and Representatives?”

Arlene Lolley, Auxiliary president, was complimentary of Jackson’s writing, “Jackson had the strongest essay.” She said this was the first time in a few years that Mundelein High School students were among the contestants.

Steiner’s AP Language teacher Elizabeth Willis announced the contest in class.”I was also in AP Government at the time and was learning about all the things congressmen do,” Steiner said, which helped him to put together the foundation for his essay supporting term limits. Steiner, who is an intern with Congressman Robert Dold (10th District), hopes to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy next year.

Junior wins car in Operation Click drawing
Mundelein High School Junior, Daniel Bronfeyn, recently won a car in a drawing held by Operation Click, an area organization that aims to reduce teen fatalities and injuries from motor vehicle crashes.  The organization encourages students to develop safe driving habits through education and positive reinforcement.

Daniel Bronfeyn

Bronfeyn, along with many other MHS students, signed a pledge to abide by guidelines set forth by Operation Click that include all aspects of safe driving. Some of those involve wearing seatbelts, not texting while driving, following all the rules of the road, etc. Students chosen by Operation Click to be part of the drawing for the car met pre-determined standards that include attendance, grade point average and any school discipline problems or driving violations. MHS English Instructor Mike Dayton serves as the advisor for Operation Click.

“The buzz surrounding it [winning the car] has made it so much easier to discuss safe driving decisions-especially the ideas of seat belt use and disengagement with  phones while driving,” Dayton explained.  “We expect this message to continue to resonate with our students and to lead to an injury free prom.”

Bronfeyn won a 2011 Honda Civic that is being displayed at the main entrance to MHS for a week. It was donated by Kunes Country Auto Group of Delevan.

Mundelein High School will host the Save a Life Tour on April 24 to reinforce the idea of safe driving by teens. It is in advance of the MHS Prom set for May 5.


Lieutenant Governor, State Representative speak with MHS students
Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and State Representative Carol Sente spent about 90
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
minutes with Mundelein High School students on April 17 where they stressed their backgrounds and what brought them to public service.

Sente spoke of her European ancestry, her being an immigrant and how she grew up with German being the language most spoken at home. She also inspired students with how she began a cleaning business at age 15 and always valued the work ethic that she grew up with. She advised the students to consider the three main characteristics that she said have driven her life:  perseverance, hard work and belief in self.

Sanguinetti told her story of being born to a Cuban refugee mother and an Ecuadorian immigrant. She spoke of learning to play the piano at a local community center and developing an interest in learning. The teachers there inspired her, she said, and “I kept thinking this is the kind of education that rich kids get every day!”

The lieutenant governor continued her interest in and fascination with learning which eventually brought her to law school in Chicago. She is able to use all her past experiences to look forward in her role as the first Latina lieutenant governor in the country.

Like Sente, Sanguinetti spoke of the sacrifice, determination and hard work needed to prepare for a
State Rep. Carol Sente
position of service.

The two officials then spoke about that fact that even though Sente is a democrat and Sanguinetti a republican that “we have many more interests in common that we do differences.” Sente said.
Both also gave advice to students who might be interested in a career in politics. “Get involved, work in campaign offices at all levels, consider being an intern,” Sente advised.

“Yes, get involved,” Sanguinetti echoed. “And SERVE people in a number of different ways. Only after you serve people can you then lead people,” she said.

Sanguinetti often switched between Spanish and English as she was addressing the student audience. “That was pretty cool,” said MHS senior, Jake Antenore.

“Her Spanish was so beautiful and classy,” said senior, Adriana Feijoo. “It was so easy to listen to her shift effortlessly from Spanish to English and back again.”

The lieutenant governor has promised to return to MHS is the near future to tour the new facilities and to learn about the STEM and Project Lead the Way instruction and Business Incubator opportunities provided to Mundelein students.

MHS Choirs to present concert at Mundelein church
The Mundelein High School Concert Choir and Master Singers presented a free concert Wednesday, April 19 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Mundelein located at 22333 W. Erhart RD.
The two choirs will perform a variety of music genres and also form different groupings.

The Master Singers will perform Entreat Me Not to Leave You, Let My Love Be Heard and Famine. The Concert Choir will sing No Time, South African Suite and Adiemus. The groups will combine to perform Hlohonolofatsa.

The male singers will perform I Carry Your Heart With Me while the female choir members will sing Dubula.

Cory Thompson and Stevee Bellas direct the vocal music program at MHS.

MHS SADD to host Save a Life Tour as pre-prom awareness
Mundelein High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions [SADD] will partner with the Save a Life Tour to help students understand the dangers of impaired driving. An all-day awareness program will take place Monday, April 24 as a prelude to the Prom set for Friday, May 5.
“The target audience for this event will be juniors and seniors, as they [primarily] will be our prom attendees,” said Ryan Buck, SADD advisor.

The activities will begin with a homeroom assembly where students will witness the dangers of impaired driving. It will be followed by the use of simulators in the main gym for students to experience “hands on” examples of these dangers.

Two types of simulators will be available for student use. One targets impaired driving which shows participants the very real and often fatal consequences of poor choices that are made while impaired or distracted and driving. The other specifically focuses on what can happen if someone is texting and driving.

“Our goal is to raise awareness for students to continue making good decisions by avoiding the temptation of drugs and alcohol, but then not getting behind the wheel,” Buck explained.
The Save a Life Tour is a comprehensive high impact safe driving awareness program that informs,  educates and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences resulting from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle. The program emphasizes driver experience, improper driver behavior, safety restraints, impaired driving, distracted driving and motorcycle operation.

Asian Culture Club fundraiser
Mundelein High School's Asian Culture Club will be holding a fundraiser event at the Panda Express on Milwaukee Avenue near the Vernon Hills Mariano's on Friday, April 21st. Asian Culture Club will receive 20% of the proceeds when a printed copy of this flyer or a photo of it on a smartphone is shown at the register. Come on out any time from 9am to 11pm on Friday, show the flyer, and support our amazing MHS students!

Film Noir Musical opens April 27 on Mundelein Theatre stage
Humphrey Bogart. Robert Mitchum. Veronica Lake. Sterling Hayden.  What do all of these actors have in common? They all popularized the film noir movie genre that was all the rage in the 1940’s and 1950’s. This spring, Mundelein Theatre is bringing this distinct style, based on hard-boiled detective novels, to Mundelein High School with their musical, City of Angels. The show runs April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Tickets can be reserved at, or purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to curtain for each performance. Due to adult themes, this show is not recommended for children.

City of Angels features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Larry Gelbart. It debuted on Broadway in 1989 and ran for almost 900 performances. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1990. The show is two musicals in one.  It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the 1940’s; the other, the enactment of that screenplay, in film noir style. This double feature quality leads to many other unique production values, the most notable being the fact that City of Angels is “color coded” with the movie scenes appearing in shades of black and white, with the real life scene unfolding in technicolor. It is entirely appropriate, then, that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings.

“Because of the technical demands of the show, as well as the difficulty of the music, this show is not produced all that often” stated Jonathan Meier, the show’s director. “I fell in love with this musical years ago when I saw it on Broadway.  It is a really fun, jazzy, unique show that I know our audiences will love.” Most of the actors in the show play multiple roles, one in the color world of Hollywood, and one in the black and white world of the movie.  Senior Payton Cousins plays Oolie and Donna. “Both of my characters have trouble with the men in their lives.  Their hearts are in the right place, even though they don’t make the wisest decisions,” she said. Senior Thomas Ferro portrays the hard-boiled detective, Stone.  “The film noir style of the show has really been fun to learn. And though the music has been a challenge to learn, it will all be worth it in the end, because there are some really great tunes.”

Others in the cast of Angels include Dominic Cappuccilli (Stine), Bella Canella (Bobbi/Gabby), Sheridan Hurtig (Alaura/Carla), Brenden Paul (Buddy/Irwin), Rachel Larson (Mallory/Avril), Dan Haller (Munoz/Pancho) and Robbie Iraburo-Cochran (Jimmy Powers). Others in the ensemble are Annie McGrath, Emily Parduhn, Hannah Weiss, Chinedu Ebube, Claire Bullington, Eddy Frumkin, Ginny Zundel, Maddie Martorana, Sydney Litka, Halli Carpender, Kimberly Barr, Brianna Moderhack, Ryan Story, Mackenzie Haith, Abby Smith, Ashley Carrier, Alexis Chavez, Kate Fladhammer, Giselle Gil, Derek Lee, Colin Nacion, Elias Photopoulos, Kayla Raye, Allan Rodriguez, Paige Stiner, Nikki Wegner and Steven Weiss.

Jenna Panos is the production stage manager and Angela Kordik and Natalie Williams are the assistant directors.

Bear Necessities Volleyball match in memory of MHS family members
The Boys Volleyball Program will host a Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation match against Antioch High School Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m. in the Main Gym. In addition to raising funds for the Foundation, the match will be in memory of Noah Baker, son of MHS teacher Maureen Baker, and Ian Turkula, 2013 graduate who lost his fight to brain cancer in January 2014. Both families will be in attendance at the game.

During the evening a 50/50 raffle will take place and Bear Necessities Bears will be available for a $20 donation. Donations to enter will be $3 for children and $5 for adults.

“Please partner with the volleyball program to help fight cancer and find a cure by attending the game and by donating in support of Noah and Ian’s memory,” said George Dressen, MHS varsity volleyball coach. “Donations may be made to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation who supported them and their families during their battle with cancer,” he said.

Donations may also be made any time up to the event at the MHS bookstore during school hours. They are tax deductible and checks should be made to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

“This is going to be a special night … please be a part of it,” Dressen concluded.

Cafeteria News
Quest will be hosting a Wing Toss in the cafeteria on April 25th
The Wing Toss will feature bone-in or boneless wings tossed fresh with a choice of sauces and served with fries for only $5.00!

College and Career Resource Center
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Representatives visiting MHS next week:

  • Monday: 8am - Marian University
  • Tuesday: 10am - University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
  • Wednesday: 9am - College of Lake County

On Tuesday, April 18th the MHS Temas Latinos Club visited Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  They enjoyed learning about the educational opportunities available at the college and touring the beautiful campus, located right on the Mississippi River.  Aracely Lawrence, the club sponsor, said, “ We were able to sit down with current seniors at Augustana who imparted valuable information about their particular areas of study as well as their study abroad programs.”

The spring sport season is in full gear at MHS and there is always something to watch on campus.
Please remember to go on to Rschool  and set yourself up to receive automatic text and email notifications for schedule changes and reminders for those activities you want to track.

Congratulations to MHS Boys JV Lacrosse team  for their first win of the season defeating Antioch 10 - 3.

Photos from the Week:

Awaiting the end of school, Caleb Kowalewski '20 puts on his track team jacket before he heads off to the track meet on Wednesday April 12. MHS was competing against Waukegan and won at Waukegan High School. Photo by Paige Corrigan.

In front of the red curtain, Stephan Hatchett '17 and Claire Bullington pose with a hand sanitizer dispenser, symbolizing an Academy Award. Hatchett and Bullington won the Academy Award superlative. Photo by Sheridan McGuire.

Eager to win, Andrew Beres '17 loads his bat as the pitch is coming in at the home game against Stevenson High School on April 13, 2017. The MHS varsity baseball team won 5-2. Photo by Marina Hamm-Gordils.

During warmups before their game on April 11 against Crystal Lake South, Lucas Loding '17 walks to go grab his helmet and stick. The team won 14-1. Photo by Meghan Ehemann.

Posing in the STEM room, Jack Olorvida '17 & Rachel Hansen '17 smile for their senior superlative picture on April 11 during homeroom. They were very excited to take the picture. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

Pumping with adrenaline, Andrea Gonzalez '20 is up to bat Tuesday afternoon against Lake Forest high school. This was JV2's first win of the season scoring ending at 26-8. Photo by Adriana Rawlings Benitez.

Preparing his supplies, Isaac Quinones '18 puts together poppy flowers for the veterans. The veterans sell these flowers during memorial day to fundraise. Photo by Kyle Ehemann.

During his singles tennis match after school, Powell McCarthy '18 swings his racket to hit the tennis ball on April 13, 2017 at the Mundelein tennis courts. The tennis team was competing against Stevenson High School. Photo by Jessica Franzen.

During a game against Zion-Benton, Alexis Brown '17 kicks the ball towards the goal during the girls varsity soccer game on Tuesday April 18. The girls team won 8-0 against Zion-Benton. Photo by Paige Corrigan.

During her first practice, Marissa Richards ‘17 runs to prepare for her first meet this season. She’s coming out of an injury, Photo by Lena Krieg.