Friday, September 29, 2017

Mustang News - September 29, 2017

September 15 to October 15 is designated as National Hispanic Heritage Month.  MHS clubs and activities are showcasing historical achievements of different Latino communities throughout this time.  Here are five suggestions from the U.S. Department of Education on celebrating the culture and history while enriching your children’s understanding of the Hispanic community

History and Social Studies
1.  Find out about Hispanic historical and cultural legacies: The U.S. government started National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988 to honor Hispanic Americans and their history.

2.  Discover Hispanic leaders and landmarks: Ask your kids if they can think of any Hispanic historical figures, leaders like Miguel Antonio Otero, or landmarks.

3.  Read up on Hispanic culture: Take your kids on an adventure to your local library and read books on Hispanic culture. Ask them what parts of Hispanic culture they like the most to enhance an appreciation for the fun history of Hispanic traditions.

4.  Make a family storybook: National Hispanic Heritage Month also can be an occasion to celebrate your own family’s history. Using some paper and coloring supplies, help your kids make a family storybook showing the history of their relatives.

Get Moving
5.  Dance to Hispanic music: Spark interest in Latin music by getting active and dancing to some Hispanic tunes. Expose your kids to everything from Latin jazz to salsa, and use this opportunity to get moving.

"National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15, celebrates U.S. Latinos, their culture and their history. Started in 1968 by Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week, it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration begins in the middle rather than the start of September because it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica." (Pew Research Center

Friday Focus


Yearbook deadlines
Pre-ordering the 2017-18 yearbook at the school: Friday, September 29, is the last day to pre-order the 2017-18 yearbook through the school bookstore for $50.

Pre-ordering through Jostens and price increase: Starting October 1, the 2017-18 book can be pre-ordered only through for $55.  Orders will be taken until May 11.
Extra copies: If one is not pre-ordered by May 11, any extra copies that might be available will cost $60 at time of distribution.

Senior Baby Ads: Senior baby ads are a great way to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. Order your ad at Your ad order must be received by 11/21/2017. An 1/8th page ad costs $50, so get yours today! Questions? Call Jostens at (800)358-0800.

2016-2017 Yearbooks: If you haven’t yet picked up your 2016-17 book, please do so at the school bookstore ASAP.

School picture retake day
Our photography company VIP will be at the school on October 5 for retakes or if you had not had your yearbook photo taken. No appointment necessary. VIP will be in the Mundelein Room (A201) from 7:00am to 3:30pm.

Senior portraits must be taken by VIP with a photo selected for the yearbook by October 15.  Because of publishing deadlines, the yearbook staff cannot accommodate senior portraits that are taken or submitted after October 15.

Seniors may have the yearbook photo taken on retake day (October 5) as well. This will be a headshot only, and not available for purchase.

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Upcoming Visits and Events at MHS

FAFSA Opens Sunday, October 1

Free financial aid workshops begin Oct. 2 across Lake County
For the tenth consecutive year, University Center of Lake County has collaborated with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and multiple partners across Lake County to organize a series of workshops at which students and families can electronically submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The 2017-18 series will begin on October 2.  These workshops are held in the computer labs of high schools, colleges, libraries, and nonprofit organizations. Volunteers trained by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission are available to provide assistance; at least one volunteer at each site speaks Spanish.

The FAFSA is required to access any federal student aid and to access the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds.  Many colleges and universities also rely on FAFSA data to determine eligibility for the institution’s own financial aid funds. Students seeking financial aid to attend college from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

High school seniors and their families, current college students, and adults planning a return to school will be welcome at any of these sessions.  It does not matter which college the student plans to attend.
Students should bring the following documents with them: a copy of 2016 Federal Tax information (parent and student 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 and all W2 forms), recent bank statements, the student’s driver’s license and Social Security card or Student Alien Registration card if the student is not a U.S. citizen.

Oct. 17, 2017, Mundelein High School, 5 – 8 pm

To RSVP for any of these sessions or to download a flyer with the dates and locations, visit

New this year will be two winter workshops (“What Comes Next After FAFSA?”) to assist students who have submitted their FAFSA in understanding their results and in taking the next steps to ensure that their intended colleges have received all the necessary data.

“What Comes Next After FAFSA?” sessions
Jan. 24, 2018, University Center of Lake County, 6 – 8 pm
Feb. 10, 2018, University Center of Lake County, 9 – 11 am

The workshops are being sponsored by the University Center of Lake County, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the College of Lake County, TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers, YouthBuild Lake County, Lake County Regional Office of Education, Lake County High School Technology Center, Mundelein High School, Round Lake High School, Round Lake Area Public Library, Wauconda Area Public Library, Waukegan High School, Cristo Rey St. Martin de Porres College Prep, Zion-Benton Township High School, North Chicago Community High School, and Highland Park High School, with support from North Shore Gas.

For more information, contact Dr. Myra Gaytan-Morales, Assistant Dean for Academic Services & Programs, University Center of Lake County, at (847) 665-4108 or or connect on Facebook via “Fafsa campaign.”


Boys Cross Country
It is indeed a great day to be a Mustang! Despite the timing difficulties, Palatine put on a class meet, as always. Overall, we performed very well, and in places, brilliantly.
In the freshman race, Elian Salgado took 10th, with 3 more runners finishing in roughly the top 30 places. Team wise, we won't know for sure for a bit, but we were probably in the top 6 teams- for the 3rd year in a row!!!!

In the sophomore race, we took 13th, with Trevor Werner continuing his comeback from injury, and taking 21st.

In the varsity race, what can I say- in brutal heat, the boys fought through and took 2nd out of over 30 teams. They were the top Illinois team, trailing only St. Xavier from Louisville, who is ranked in the top 10 in the nation.

The top 5 of Robert St. Clair, Mikey Parduhn, Aidan Afonso, Dillon Blake, and Carl Schoenfield finished between 21st and 43rd place, with a ridiculous spread of only 15.5 seconds.

What a great performance! Our Mustangs demonstrated true toughness in brutal conditions, and I couldn't be prouder of ALL our Mustangs. We really came through at all levels. On to Peoria!!!

Mundelein runners in the pack

Boys Cross Country team takes 2nd place at Palatine Invite

Girls Cross Country
Coach Carsyn: “Proud of our girls who pushed themselves in this heat at the very competitive Palatine Invite”.
The F/S team finished 9th out of 26 teams!

6th Runner of the Week: Sucely Marcos

Girls Cross Country getting ready for Palatine as the morning heats up

Boys Golf
MHS represented itself well at the North Suburban Conference match taking 3rd place.

Boys Varsity Golf takes 3rd place at the Conference meet

Here’s a look at the boys varsity golf score card

Girls Swimming & Diving
The swim/dive team took home a team trophy for 2nd place at the Buffalo Grove Invite. Our divers also took medals for 1st and 3rd place.

Girls Swimming and Diving takes 2nd place at Buffalo Grove Invite

Girls Swimming and Diving hardware….Congratulations

Divers Anna 1st place and Jody takes 3rd

Girls Volleyball
Senior night was held for the Varsity team with Diana Orozco being the only senior on the squad. Her grandparents and parents were on hand with a great crowd to celebrate 4 years of playing volleyball.

Athletic Teams at the Parade

Softball team at homecoming parade

Girls volleyball getting ready for the Homecoming parade

Girls Basketball dribbling their way to the Homecoming parade

Girls and Boys swimming/diving represented at the Homecoming parade

Halftime fireworks from Homecoming

Wonderful crowd on hand for Homecoming, such great support!

Photos From The Week

Amidst total concentration, Noah Sioson '19, performs a song on bass in the band room after school. He practiced for his upcoming Variety Show audition. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar

Feeling excited, Isabel Alivar '19 and Citlalli gonzalez '19 walk in the homecoming parade after school on Sept. 22, 2017. Photo taken by Rosie Gomez 

Coexist members enjoy the nice warm weather as they wait for the homecoming parade to start. Photo taken by Morgan Shurtz

Students Lily Martinez '18 and Hana Fakhoury '19 complete homework in the literacy center during eighth period on September 26, 2017. They had a free period and decided to spend it studying there. Photo taken by Kendall Job 

Focusing on the game, Abram Narzio 18’, watches his teammates as they play against Waukegan high school in Mundelein’s homecoming game held on Sept. 22. Photo taken by Sydney Blackmer

Principal Dr. Kroll throwing out candy!

MHS Homecoming Queen Diana Orozco and Homecoming King Nick Manaligod

MHS Homecoming Queen Diana Orozco and Homecoming King Nick Manaligod

MHS Homecoming Queen Diana Orozco and Homecoming King Nick Manaligod

2017 Homecoming Queen Diana Orozco with 1972 Homecoming Court Pamela Graham, 1971 Homecoming Queen Joy Allen and 1972 Homecoming Queen Jane Lunquitz Batchen

Staff King Mr. Jesse Piland and Staff Queen Ms. Susan Theotokatos

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Homecoming! - September 22, 2017

Happy Homecoming 2017 Mustang Nation!

This week has been full of fun, outreach, and reminiscing.  Between the dress up days, events like Powder Puff Football, and athletic competitions against our Waukegan HS, our Homecoming rival, there has been many exciting moments.  Personally, I appreciated working with the MASC student group on their Homecoming float...great time!   It is awesome to see students enjoying being together and enjoying being involved at MHS.

On Saturday at 10am, MHS is hosting Alumni Tours of the building for members of the Class of 1967, 1974, and 1997.  Student tour guides will escort alumni around the building and ask them about stories of when they were here.  As we practiced the tour and walked the tour route, it was funny to hear our students reactions when I mentioned to them what members of these classes would know or not know in the building.  A lot has changed since these alumni were here at MHS.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Finally, for the first time I can remember in a long time, MHS will have a 10 minute fireworks show during the halftime of the Varsity game!  Thank you to Student Government and MHS Athletics for their financial contributions to this new Homecoming tradition!

10 minute firework display during Varsity Football Halftime!

Homecoming Court Candidates

Mr. Crespo & Dr. Kroll on Pajama Day!

Pajama Day!

Friday Focus!


MHS senior selected as National Hispanic Scholar
Mundelein High School senior, Ricky Rodriguez, has been selected as a National Hispanic Scholar, sponsored by the College Board. The selection is similar in level to the National Merit Scholar program and is recognized by universities who will provide scholarships much like they do for
National Merit finalists.

Rodriguez is the student body president at MHS along with being a drum major for the marching band. He is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA], National Honor Society [NHS], Model UN and Link Crew.

National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) was initiated in 1983, by the College Board to identify outstanding Hispanic high school students and to share information about these academically well-prepared students with subscribing colleges and universities.

In order to be eligible, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic. Each year the NHRP identifies approximately 5,000 of the highest scoring students from a nationwide total of 250,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT/MNSQT and designated themselves as Hispanic as well as approximately 200 of the top scoring PAA students from Puerto Rico. The nationwide selection also includes students from Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and U.S. citizens attending international and APO schools.


The Marching Mustangs
The Marching Mustangs participated in their first of two marching band festivals this past Saturday at the Wheaton North Falcon Festival.  The band gave a great performance and placed 3rd in class AAA.  The Marching Mustangs students will continue refining the festival show and will perform this Friday at the Homecoming football game.

MHS band honors past Marching Mustangs
It's Homecoming week and the MHS band is proud to honor past Marching Mustangs by hanging college pennants in the band room. Each pennant represents a college or university that currently has or has had a recent MHS graduate playing their instrument in that college ensemble. Recent grads, please stop by MHS and sign your school pennant!

Mustang Nation Spirit Store
If you are looking to get your #mundypride on, make sure to check out the MHS Spirit Store’s new merchandise. We have stocked many new items that are perfect for staying warm at sports games and showing off your school spirit. Visit the online store at to customize your spirit wear or visit the in-school store before and after school and during lunch periods. Go Mustangs!

STAND-UP Task Force
In August of 2007, after tragic accidents in Lake County that claimed the lives of teens due to underage drinking and other drug use, several local leaders in Mundelein including the Mundelein Police Department, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services, and the Lake County After School Coalition (LCASC), formed the Mundelein STAND-UP Task Force to prevent such incidents from occurring in Mundelein. During the course of the next 10 years, STAND-UP secured state and federal grant funding, including The Office of National  Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities Grant, to address underage drinking and youth marijuana use and has made great successes in the community.

Deputy Police Chief Don Hansen and Mundelein STAND-UP Task Force Chairperson said he is proud of the tremendous effort put forth by STAND-UP members all of these years to prevent and reduce underage drinking and other drug use.  “Mundelein is truly a community that comes together to keep teens healthy and safe by reducing access teens have to alcohol and other drugs and by educating the community about the health risks and other harms drug use can play in a child’s life. These initiatives have greatly contributed to our success as a community in achieving a decreased teen drinking rate over the past few years,” Hansen said.

According to the Illinois Youth Survey, since 2008, the percentage of high school students who reported drinking alcohol during the past 30 days decreased by 29%– down from 38% in 2008 to 27% in 2016.  In addition, binge drinking (4-5 drinks in one session) also decreased significantly from 28% of high school seniors reporting binge drinking during the past 2 weeks in 2008 to 18% in 2016.  10th grade rates of binge drinking also decreased from 14% in 2008 to 5% in 2016. Similarly, fewer students reported using marijuana. In 2008, 14% of 10th grade students reporting using marijuana compared to 9% in 2016. The largest decrease for 12th grade marijuana use was from 2010 to 2016. In 2010, 25% of 12th graders reported using marijuana compared to 18% in 2016.

As STAND-UP gears up for the Homecoming season, Deputy Chief Hansen urges Mundelein parents to provide alcohol and drug-free places for teens to hang out so there are no incidents of underage drinking or other drug use and everyone arrives home safely after the weekend’s activities. According to Deputy Chief Hansen, “parents have the opportunity to keep their kids safe by making sure alcohol and other drugs are not accessible in their home over the Homecoming weekend, and throughout the year.”

Mundelein STAND-UP Invites All to Make a Difference by Joining the Movement
Although fewer Mundelein teens drink alcohol or use other drugs like marijuana, there is still work to be done.  Underage drinking remains the number one drug of choice for Mundelein youth and poses a range of risks and negative consequences including damage to the still developing teen brain, increased risk for addiction and alcohol related problems, poor performance at school, risk of injury and death, and increased violence and sexual assaults.  Marijuana use during the teen years can also permanently change the functions and structure of the still developing brain causing changes such as increased risk of mental health disorders, learning impairments and decreased academic performance, decreased problem solving capabilities, and difficulty with memory.

You can be a part of STAND-UP and help us achieve a healthy, safe, and drug-free Mundelein. Join us at an upcoming meeting to learn more, visit us at  or contact Deputy Chief Don Hansen at (847) 968-3779. The Task Force meets the second Thursday of every month at the Mundelein Police Department from 8:30 am – 10:00 am.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

*2016 Illinois Youth Survey results of 10th and 12th grade students in Mundelein (Mundelein High School and Carmel Catholic High School). N=1,104.

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:

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Service Academy Nomination Application
For students interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy (West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), please remember you must apply for a nomination from Congressman Brad Schneider by October 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. More information about the application process is available on Congressman Schneider’s website at

Earlier this fall, a Service Academy Information Session was held at Mundelein High School, which was open to students throughout the 10th District. For those who were not able to attend the session, all the materials are available online.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact me at (847) 383-4868 or

MHS to host Financial Aid Night Next Tuesday, Sept. 26
Mundelein High School’s Guidance Department will host its annual Financial Aid Night Tuesday, Sept. 26 for students and parents of college-bound students. The presentation will begin in Spanish at 6 p.m. and in English at 7:30 p.m. Both presentations will take place in the MHS Auditorium.
The program will provide information about the application process for college financial aid, where to find scholarship opportunities, important time frames and other helpful tips. The presentations will be made by Jhoanna Vega-Rocha, Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative.
MHS will also host a FAFSA Completion Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., where families can attend and receive assistance completing their FAFSA applications.

Upcoming Visits and Events at MHS

Juniors -- the Math Lab and the Literacy Center are offering prep sessions for the Oct. 11 PSAT. Next sessions: Wed., Sept. 27 before school: Math Lab; after school: Literacy Center (DMR). Wed. Oct 4 before school: Math Lab. More information available in the Math Lab and Literacy Center.

Variety Show
Students -- We know you’ve got talent! Bring us the guitar pickin’-ist, lip sync and singing swinging-ist, dance and rap master slinging-ist  best performers so we can applaud your talents at the November 2 Variety Show. Register online by Thursday, Sept. 21   on .

Students in AP and honors classes can join a study group let by students who’ve completed the course. Ask your student to visit the Literacy Center for more information.


Boys Golf
MHS hosted the inaugural Lee Oler Invite and took first place.
Mundelein - 308, Niles West - 354, Wauconda - 396.
Individual Results: Mundelein - Colin Wade - 72, Josh Peterson - 78, Trevor Neumaier - 79, Huner Magee - 79

Boys Cross Country
Varsity boys win Warren Invite with 60 points.  Robert St. Clair (4th), Mikey Parduhn (6th), and Carl Schoenfield (9th) led the way. F/S boys 2nd at Warren Invite! Dillon Blake individual champion!

9-22-17 Boys Cross Country 1st place at Warren Invite. St. Clair 4th, Parduhn 6th and Schoenfield 9th.

 9-22-17 Boys Cross Country frosh-second place at Warren Invite. Dillon Blake Individual Champion.

Girls Cross Country
Great day at Warren invite! Had two runners in the top 10 and placed 4th out of 21 teams at F/S level! Other PRs, medals, and even an asking to HOCO!

9-22-17 Great day for Girls Cross Country. 2 runners in the top 10 and the team placed 4th out of 21                       teams at the frosh-soph level

5th Runner of the Week - Jeanelle Jimenez

Girls Cross Country have a fun day with Apple relay races. Working on speed and good eats.

Frosh Football defeats Waukegan

Girls swimmers get ready vs Waukegan

Girls Swimming looking to compete strong vs Waukegan

Soccer defeats Warren

Mundelein Teacher appreciation night with Girls Volleyball varsity team.

Photos From The Week

MHS students spreading some positivity for Suicide Prevention Month and Homecoming.

MHS students spreading some positivity for Suicide Prevention Month and Homecoming.
Before the annual powderpuff game, Skylar Lucich '19 and Sophia Riportella '19 get ready to dominate on the field. Photo taken by Claire Kim 

The Junior class celebrates a touchdown at the homecoming week powderpuff game. Photo taken by Morgan Shurtz

 Nina Bowser 18' signs Cara Schaul's 18' scrubs at the Senior Girls Sleepover during Homecoming week. The girls socialized with each other and celebrated their Powderpuff victory and their final year of High School with yoga, pizza, snacks, and music. Photo taken by Gillian Beginski

Caught in the spirit of their victory, the Senior girls celebrate their win against the Juniors in the Powderpuff game.  Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar

Braiding her hair, Margaret Franz '18 sits on the side of the MHS pool after doing a dive during warm ups of a dual meet against Waukegan High School on Sept. 19. Photo taken by Kyle Ehemann