Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mustang News - November 30, 2017


Toys for Tots collection
Mundelein High School is a drop off location for the Toys 4 Tots organization. A collection box is now available next to the security desk in the entrance area. Students and staff are encouraged to drop off new items, unwrapped, to help make it a good holiday for many deserving children of all ages. The collection will take place from now until the end of the semester. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Legal experts to speak with students about careers in law
Five local legal experts will meet with Mundelein High School students who are enrolled in Criminal Law, Civil Law and Business Law classes to discuss careers in the legal field. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 7 to include four presentations:  7:45 to 8:30 a.m.; 8:40 to 9:30 a.m.; 9:40 to 10:30 a.m.; and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The following law professionals will take part in the presentations:  Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim; Honorable Judge George Strickland; Honorable Judge Christopher Stride; Assistant State’s Attorney, Special Victims Unit, Eric Kalata; and Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Review, Don Tyer.

The event will include presentations along with time for questions/answers.
For more specific information, contact Rosangela Fiore at Extension 1224 or at

Spotlight Concert and Dessert to raise funds for vocal music department
Mundelein High School’s Vocal Music Department will host its annual Spotlight Concert and Dessert Friday, Dec. 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. The concert will feature the competition show debuts of the three MHS show choirs: Sound, Lights, and SoundFX, followed by a dessert reception featuring desserts donated by area bakeries. This is the major fundraiser for the choirs.

Ticket prices are $20 for reserved premiere seating and $15 for reserved general seating. General open seating tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Children five and under are admitted free. Additional ticket and general information can be found on the school’s website at and clicking on Activities R-Z and then Sound, Lights and SoundFX.

A raffle will also be part of the program and will include such prizes as tickets to a production of the musicals, Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen; $200 Meijer Gift Card, one night stay for two at the DoubleTree Hilton; tickets to a Wolves game; four passes to Shedd Aquarium and multiple gift cards from area businesses.

Staff Art Lessons
Art instructors Jonathan Pruc and Peter Schrenck led a group of 18 staff members through a lesson in wheel throwing at their annual workshop held Nov. 28. Participants were able to have instruction in the process and then work on projects of their own design.  Participants had a great time and produced some quality work as you can see here.

Fremont Holiday Boutique
More than 25 vendors will share their crafts and specialty items at the Fremont School District 79 Holiday Boutique at Fremont Intermediate School, 28754 N. Fremont Center Rd., Mundelein. Free parking and admission for the PTO sponsored event where shoppers will see everything from handmade soaps, scarves, jewelry, skincare products, and toys. The event will take place from 9:00am to 3:00pm Saturday, December 2.

College and Career Resource Center

News from the College of Lake County:
Foundation gala raises record-setting amount, helping students get ‘Off to a Grand Start on the Road to Success’.

More than 200 friends of the College of Lake County Foundation came out to support student scholarships Oct. 28 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The gala raised a record $280,000 – breaking the currently held record amount by over $30,000 – with proceeds from the event benefitting CLC scholarships and grants. For details, visit

Dec. 17: Dan Zanes: Holiday Sing-Along rings in the season
In two sensory-friendly and festive holiday shows at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County on Sunday, Dec. 17, Grammy Award-winning artist Dan Zanes, along with Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean, will create a relaxed, inclusive and sensory-friendly song-and-dance party designed to entertain families and/or children with autism or other special needs.  All are welcome. Find out more at


Girls Swimming & Diving
Congratulations go out to Mackenzie Strong who took home 4 medals at IHSA State Swim. Those medals were 4th place 100 Breaststroke, 6th place 200 Free, 50 Free and 100 Free. Also competing well was Maggie Franz who took home 21st place in diving. We are so proud of the both of you!

Mackenzie Strong showing off her hardware for a 4th place finish in the 100 Breastroke

Diver Maggie Franz takes home 21st place at IHSA state Diving

Competitive Dance
Congratulations to the Varsity Dance team who took 1st place at their invite

Varsity Dance team took 1st place at their own invite! Congratulations!

JV Dance team waits in the wings for their turn to compete
Dance team Captains Brianna Ventrella and Emily Olson with Athletic Director Troy Parola

Congrats to All-Tournament team members Hannah Buscher & Morgan Frank

Girls JV Basketball team takes 3rd place in their first tournament

Girls varsity basketball take a well deserved break for a team dinner after playing in a 5 day tournament

Exciting to see Mustang Wrestlers preparing for the season with their Red-Gray scrimmage. Season begins 11-28 vs Lakes

The mustang wrestling team was lead by 3 champs Senior Dane Durlacher, Juniors Reese Durlacher and DJ Preston at the Antioch Invite

Wrestling took 4th place at the Antioch Invite

Boys swim and dive getting started on their season team bonding

Boys basketball All-Tournament team players Jeff Bikus and Tommy Morcotte. Congratulations.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mustang News - November 17, 2017

Remember that there is no school next week on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, November 22, 23 and 24 in honor of Thanksgiving, and all offices will be closed.

Friday Focus


Celebrate Literacy at Barnes & Noble
Please join us Friday, December 1 at the Vernon Hills Barnes & Noble to celebrate Literacy and shop for the holidays. There will be guest readers in English and Spanish for story time with the little ones, game tables, and performances by MHS student musicians and writers. Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of sales during the 6:00pm to 8:00pm event to Mundelein High School. Come and shop for the holidays, mingle with MHS families and BOOKS!

The Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Ensemble performed at the legendary Jazz Showcase on Wednesday, November 8th.  The band performed before the Bob Lark Alumni Big Band.   Bob Lark also soloed with the Mundelein High school Jazz Ensemble.

(photo credit: Lindsay Nootbaar ‘19)

Arabian Tales Come to Life at Mundelein Theatre
This fall, Mundelein Theatre will bring tales from one of the most famous sources of great stories, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night.  Adapted by Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member Mary Zimmerman, The Arabian Nights will be presented at Mundelein High School on November 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and November 17 at 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The matinee performance on Friday is only $1 for MHS students. Since this production will be staged on a 200 seat onstage thrust configuration, ticket reservations are recommended, and can be made at  Tickets can also be purchased 30 minutes prior to each performance. This play is not recommended for anyone under 13 years of age.

In The Arabian Nights, a company of 18 players, enacts Scheherazade’s tales of love lust, comedy and dreams.  Her stories prevent her husband, the cruel ruler Shahryar, from murdering her, and after 1,001 nights, Shahryar is cured of his madness, and Scheherazade returns to her family. “I first saw this production at Lookingglass several years ago, and I knew as I was watching that this was a play we needed to produce at Mundelein Theatre,” said Jonathan Meier, the play’s director. “It is made up of some of the lesser-known tales from The Arabian Nights, and it beautifully drives home how the magic of storytelling can transform people.”

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

Upcoming Visits and Events at MHS

Next week we are proud to be hosting student ambassadors from a variety of colleges.  On Monday we have two cadets coming in to talk about life at the US Military Academy (West Point) and the US Coast Guard Academy.

On Tuesday we are welcoming back a group of MHS College Ambassadors!  Josie Escobar is currently studying political science at the University of Illinois.  She is involved with Alpha Phi Omega (National Service fraternity), a campus dance company, and the Philippine Student Association (PSA). She has also been involved in service and volunteering on and off campus and a lot of social events with PSA.  Alana Goodson is currently studying biology at Augsburg University.  She is involved in Emerging Leaders, Augsburg Latin American Student Organization, LGBT+, Campus Kitchen, and has a job as a Student Medical Assistant. Alex Frumkin is currently studying public policy and economics at Duke University. Stacie Ko is currently studying nursing at Indiana University.  She is involved in Medlife, Royal Encounters, and the Union Board.  Jake Antenore is currently studying both political science and organizational services in the Columbian School of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University.  He is the Performance Director for Relay for Life at GW, a Governance and Nomination Committee Aide for the Student Association, and is also a member of GW Dems and Unicef. Check out the College Counselor Twitter account for photos and tweets from Jake this week!

Students can sign up in Naviance to attend next week’s events!


Girls Swimming & Diving
The varsity swimmers and divers took 4th place this past weekend at Sectionals. Moving onto IHSA State will be swimmer Mackenzie Strong and Diver Maggie Franz! Congratulations ladies and good luck.
Girls swimming & Diving took 4th place at Sectionals

Mackenzie Strong is headed to IHSA State Swimming

Good luck to Mackenzie and Maggie Franz at IHSA State swim & dive this weekend

Coach Rizzo gets ready to take Makenzie and Maggie to State!

Girls Volleyball
Congratulations to Alexis Naddy for making the NSC All-Conference team and Bella Cartland for being on the Honorable mention team. More accolades, Belland Cartland made the  Daily Herald All-Area team with Faith Krabbe and Alexis Naddy making the Honorable mention All-Area team.

Congratulations goes out to Steven Sanchez who has signed to play Division I baseball at Arkansas

Stevens Sanchez signs his letter of intent to play at University of Arkansas for baseball. Pictured with Steven are his Parents and Coach Lerner

Congratulations to Breanna Adams who signed to play softball for North Central College next year

Congratulations to Breanna Adams who signed to play softball for North Central College next year

Fall Sportsmanship 
Congratulations to the following student/athletes for being honored as Mundelein Sportsmanship winners!
Boys Cross Country Kevin Garcia
Football Nicholas Pawlicki
Boys Golf Colin Geary
Boys Soccer Jorge Mendoza
Girls Cross Country Elizabeth Clow
Girls Golf Ryan Wilson
Girls Swim & Dive Carolyn Westgate
Girls Tennis Breanna Park
Girls Volleyball Taylor Heath

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

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

Photos From The Week

During Asian Culture Club after school on Monday, Nov. 13, Janine Pasqueali '18 and Jeovani Alvarez '18, play a round of Super Smash Brother's before watching a Korean movie. Photo taken by Cayla Manaligod 

Madison Parola '19 and her teammates vie to keep the ball on their side after Carmel scores points from free throws on Nov. 14, 2017. This was the first game in their tournament that extends into the coming weekend. Photo taken by Kendall Job 

During warm-ups on Wednesday Nov. 8th, Brandon Wuss '19 skates back to center ice after taking a practice shot at the goal. The hockey team consists of students from Lake Zurich, Wauconda, and Mundelein. Photo taken by Sophia Fiore 

Mundelein Varsity girls Basketball first Scrimmage against each other on 11/10/17. Coach Dorgan is giving them an after game talk along with assistant coach, Coach Davis. Photo taken by Lizeth Mora Ramos 

Veterans' Day Assembly