Friday, October 27, 2017

Mustang News - October 27, 2017

Friday Focus


Junior named semi-finalist in Ayn Rand writing contest
Lauren Loding was recently named a semi-finalist in a writing contest that she participated in last year as a sophomore in Elizabeth Willis’s Honors English 2 Class, winning $100. Winning essays had to demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Anthem, by Ayn Rand.
Essays were judged on whether students were able to argue for and justify their own views. Judges looked for writing that was clear, articulate and logically organized.


Mundelein High School seeking veterans to participate in Nov. 10 assembly
Mundelein High School officials are extending an open invitation to area veterans to take part in an assembly program Friday, Nov. 10 to honor them as part of a Veterans Day tribute, now in its third year. Any area veteran who would like to participate in the ceremony is asked to contact Chris Lagioia at or at 847.949.2200, Extension 1156 no later than Wednesday, Nov. 8.
Veterans will arrive by 8 a.m. and check into the District Meeting Room for coffee and juice. Then, a drumline will escort them into the main gym for the 8:40 a.m. assembly.

The assembly, hosted by Principal Anthony Kroll, will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem by the MHS Concert Choir and Master Singers. Other activities will include a video about the history of Veterans Day, the MHS Wind Ensemble playing an Armed Forces medley featuring each of the five branches of the military, a patriotic video and remarks by Colonel Michael Peck, Superintendent for the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County. Peck is a decorated Korea and Vietnam veteran.

The assembly will conclude with the playing of Taps by MHS Band Directors Jerald Shelato and Andrew Sturgeon to honor our fallen veterans.

Veterans will conclude their day with a 10:15 a.m. brunch at the school.

Best Buddies
Best Buddies will be doing their annual Halloween bowling this Saturday 10/28 from 11:30 to 1:00. Come dressed up and get ready to have lots of fun!

Marching Band
Congratulations to the Seniors in the Marching Mustangs!  Mr. Sturgeon & Mr. Shelato would like to thank you for the past four years.  The Incredibles Show, West Side Story, The Music of John Williams and now The Music of Aaron Copland.

Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Chicago Jazz Showcase on Wednesday, November 8th.  The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, IL founded in 1947.  The greatest names in jazz have played at the showcase including, Count Basie, Dexter Gorgon, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Chris Potter and many more!  It will be very exciting for the students in the jazz ensemble to perform in such an iconic venue.

Variety Show to raise funds for hurricane victims
Mundelein High School’s annual Student Variety Show will raise funds for the Red Rage Relief Fund which will be donated to the American Red Cross to support those affected by recent hurricanes. The show will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for all seats.
This year’s show will feature 17 student performances ranging from dance to vocal performances to instrumental groups and others. Raffle tickets will be sold at $1 per ticket, $5 for six tickets and $20 for 25 tickets. Raffle prizes include gift baskets from local businesses, gift certificate packages, VIP tickets for student dances and a 2018-2019 parking permit.

Senior Student Leadership Advisor Nicole Pomerleau is coordinating the event.

College and Career Resource Center

College Week Wrap Up
Last week saw students overflowing the CCRC on multiple occasions.  Seniors came in to receive essay assistance, all grade levels (even many sophomores!) came to learn about how to financially prepare for college costs, many classes attended panel presentations, and on our Free Application Day (unique to MHS) we had 151 applications completed and multiple students were admitted on the spot!  It was an amazing, exciting week!

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

Upcoming Visits and Events at MHS


Boys Cross Country - Regional Champions!
Mundelein was without Mike Parduhn and Aidan Afonso, but the Mustangs triumphed behind Robert
St. Clair in third, Dillon Blake in eighth, Carl Shoenfield in 12th, Matt Olorvida in 21st and Kaleb Carlson in 28th.

"I'm really pleased with the effort we gave today, and I thought we did a really good job," said Mundelein coach Kurt Rutz, whose team has a good shot at reaching the state meet for the first time in school history next weekend. "We need to run (at sectionals) the way we've been running all season at the big invites like Palatine and Peoria." Boys will be competing at Sectionals this Saturday at 11:15 Busse Woods

Boys cross country Robert St. Clair finishes 3rd at Regionals

Boys cross country Regional Champions - 2nd year in a row

Girls Cross Country
The varsity team qualified as a team coming out of Regionals. “So proud of our girls qualifying for Sectionals as a team, only 2 points from 3rd place. We had 2 season PR’s and 1 career PR,” said Coach Rodriguez. Girls will be competing at Sectionals this Saturday at 10:00 Busse Woods

Girls cross country team qualifies for Sectionals

10th runner of the week Andrea Cordova

Winter sports try-outs
All interested athletes must go to the athletic office to make sure all appropriate paperwork is on file before tryouts.
Girls Basketball 10/30 3:30 Main gym
Boys Basketball 11/6  3:30 Main gym
Wrestling 11/6 3:45 Wrestling gym
Girls Gymnastics 11/13 3:30 Upper gym
Boys Swim/Dive  11/20 3:30 Pool

So proud of our girls for qualifying for Sectionals as a team, only 2 points from 3rd place! 2 season PRs, 1 career PR, & lots more skulls!

So proud of our girls for qualifying for Sectionals as a team, only 2 points from 3rd place! 2 season PRs, 1 career PR, & lots more skulls!So proud of our girls for qualifying for Sectionals as a team, only 2 points from 3rd place! 2 season PRs, 1 career PR, & lots more skulls!

Girls swim and dive

Softball players volunteering at Hawthorne School of Dual Language!

Photos From The Week

Focusing on the page, Vivian Venegas Villanueva ‘18 reads her independent reading book. In hopes get ahead of her homework, Venegas read during her lunch period so she could enjoy the early release on Oct. 24. Photo taken by Sydney Blackmer 

The Junior Varsity cheer team cheering on the sophomore football team at the annual breast cancer awareness game. They had been training hard all season and this would be the last game for them this year. Photo taken by Morgan Shurtz 

With total concentration, the Girl's Varsity Cross Country team has one last huddle before their regional race. The top seven girls were chosen to represent MHS in this important competition. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar 

During the girls varsity volleyball teams first regional match, Claudia Wilcox ‘21, Diana Orozco ‘18, Hana Fakhoury ‘19, Megan Rastrelli ‘19 and Olivia Cartland ‘20, celebrate after Isabella Cartland ‘19 gained a point during game 2. The girls had won the second game, but fell short in the other two bringing their season to an end. Photo taken by Myah Strokosch

During tryouts for the winter season, Allison Hirst '21 waits for her turn to enter the gym on Monday, Oct. 23. Cheerleading tryouts are run in sections, usually containing 5 people per section. Photo taken by Sophia Fiore