Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mustang News - February 23, 2018


Model UN students earn awards; 86 MHS students attend
Two MHS students won awards at the Model United Nations [UN] conference this year, which was Feb. 1-4 at the Palmer House in Chicago. Gillian Beginski and Nicolina Bottiglieri won a verbal presentation award for serving on the International Criminal Police Organization Committee. They will eventually be sent certificates of recognition from the Model UN organization.

This year 86 MHS students participated in the conference. MHS represented the United States, Bolivia, Cameroon, and Jamaica. Again, they were one of the largest delegations at the conference, which included nearly 3,000 students from around the country and the world.

Book Talks
20 MHS students walked over to Carl Sandburg Middle School for another round of BOOK TALKS!
The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders LOVED IT!


Bell Schedule for Friday, February 23 including Winter Pep Assembly

Period 1 7:45-8:28
Period 2 8:33-9:19
Period 3 9:24-10:07
Period 4 10:12-10:55
Period 5 11:00-11:43
Period 6 11:48-12:31
Period 7 12:36-1:19
Period 8 1:24-2:10
Assembly 2:20-3:00
Dismissal 3:05

13 MHS seniors to vie for title of “Mr. Mustang 2018”
Thirteen 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, March 2 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 2018 Graduation Party. The emcees, chosen by their peers, are Andrew Owens and Shane Stanley.

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 13.

The evening competition will include a couple’s introductory dance with senior girls and individual talent performances. After that, the 13 will be cut to five who will then answer questions posed to them.  Mr. Mustang and two runners-up will be announced at the close of the event.  A panel of judges will do the balloting.

This year’s contestants include: Robbie Iraburo Cochran, Kyle Ehemann, Dan Haller, Benton Holly, Jared Honda, Eubin Kim, Jun Young Lee, Nicholas Manaligod, Steven Miritello, Carter Pacis, Shlok Patel, Ricky Rodriguez and Ryan Story.

Semester 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences
In order to facilitate the improvements to Parent/Teacher Conferences, the spring conferences have been changed.  MHS will NOT hold conferences on March 6.  Rather, conferences will be moved to March 8 and 9.

March 8 Thursday
Students are dismissed at 11:25AM.  Teacher work time from 12:30pm til 3:25pm.
Parent/Teacher conferences will run from 4pm until 7pm

March 9 Friday
No school for students
Parent/Teacher conferences will run from 9am until 2pm. All teachers will have a lunch break from 11am until 12pm.

The total number of conferences will increase from 27 to 38 possible conference times.
Parents and guardians may begin making appointments online at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26. The registration will continue, 24 hours a day, until midnight on Sunday, March 4. The online address for appointments will be available on the home page of the school’s website beginning February 26.

Civics Fair
Several local politicians were on hand as the Mundelein High School AP Comparative Government and Politics classes presented the first ever MHS Civics Fair Thursday, Feb. 22. Tom Kuhn is the teacher in charge of the Fair.

Students presented, Science Fair style, their proposals to reform our political system based on the founding principles of the nation. Winners at the Fair will advance to state competition to be held at Stevenson High School in April.

Topics presented by the students include term limits, campaign finance reform, instant runoff voting and the Electoral College.

Tenth Congressional candidates Jeremy Wynes and Sapan Shah planned to attend along with members of the office of Carol Sente and representatives from the Bruce Rauner campaign. Holly Kim will also be in attendance.

The Civics Fair was conducted as part of the Mikva Challenge Project Civics Works. The Mikva Challenge was founded on the premise that youth voice and participation matter and that civic and political life will be stronger when youth participate and help shape their own destinies. Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society, according to their website.

Judges for the Fair are Michele Bonadies, Stacey Darcy and Bill Gorski of the MHS social studies department.

Multiple choirs to perform in concert Feb. 28
The Mundelein High School Choral program will present the Winter Choral Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium.  Admission is free.

Under the direction of Stevee Bellas and Cory Thompson, the concert will feature all choral ensembles: Chorale, Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Master Singers, The Noteables, Lights, Sound FX, and Sound.

For the third time this year, SoundFX was named Grand Champions in their division, this time at the Great River Show Choir Invitational in Dubuque, IA. At this same event, Dominic Cappuccilli was named best male vocalist.

Some important features of the concert include: the first “musical theatre” performance by The Noteables, co-directed this semester by Bellas and Theatre Director Jonathan Meier. This is also the last performance of the show choir competitive shows that will occur during their season.

From the Nurse’s office to all parents of 11th graders,
We ask that you provide proof of your student receiving the second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine as soon as possible unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose after 16 years of age is required.  We highly recommend that this vaccine requirement be completed and medical proof be turned into the nursing office before the last day of their 11th grade. Families that wait too long for their student to receive this requirement by the first day of the school year for 2018-2019 will put their student at risk being excluded from school until this requirement has been met. Supplies of this vaccine runs low or out closer to the deadline, so please take steps to have this done as soon as possible.  We thank you very much for your cooperation.

De la enfermera a todos los padres de estudiantes del grado 11,
Le pedimos que proporcione prueba de su estudiante recibir la segunda dosis de la vacuna conjugada antimeningocócica tan pronto como sea posible a menos que la primera dosis fue administrada después de 16 años de edad.  En este caso, se requiere sólo una dosis después de 16 años de edad.  Recomendamos altamente que se complete este requisito de la vacuna y prueba médica ser entregados a la oficina de enfermería antes del último día de su 11 º grado.  Las familias que esperan demasiado tiempo para completir este requisito por el primer día del año escolar 2018-2019, pondrá sus estudiantes en riesgo de ser excluido de la escuela hasta que se cumpla este requisito.  Suministros de esta vacuna se bajan o agotan más cerca de la fecha límite, así que por favor tome medidas para que este hecho tan pronto como sea posible.  Le agradecemos mucho su cooperación.


Celebrated senior night with a win vs conference rival Lake Forest 45-44
Tommy Marcotte welcomed into the 1000 point club by former starting point guard at Texas A& M Kyle Kessel. Congrats and welcome to the MHS Boys 1000 point club.

Tommy Marcotte 1000 point club

BBK Senior night

BBK Senior night

College signing
Congrats to 2018 6’6 Jeffrey Bikus who committed to Hope college to continue his academic and basketball career. Jeff has had a great 4 years for Mundelein and wish him the best of luck!

Jeff Bikus Hope College

Congratulations to Logan Kvien (182) taking 4th place at IHSA State finals and Dane Durlacher (106) taking 3rd place. Congratulations also to Reese Durlacher for a great season.The tenth-ranked Durlacher (39-4) upended three-time state qualifier and two-time state medalist Carlos Champagne (Marian Catholic, 39-4). Durlacher's victory came after a first glance at the state brackets caused a bit of nerves, which led to hours looking at film. But all that preparation was well worth it.
"Yeah, I wasn't initially thrilled meeting Champagne, but the film told me he was more defensive of a wrestler than I thought," said Durlacher, "and that we had similar styles, so I needed to take advantage of that as best as I could." Durlacher opened in convincing style, with a 5-1 first-period advantage, before holding off a late charge to ensure a 10-5 triumph. Mundelein's Logan Kvien (182, 38-4) pinned his opponent, as did Carmel junior Riley Palm, who remains undefeated (39-0) at 138 pounds.

Coach Stocker and Athletic Director Troy Parola
Dane Durlacher

 Logan Kvien

Congrats to Hannah Buscher on winning the 3-point regional at BG! She advances to the Fremd Sectional next week!

Emma Hallin & Amanda Muench represented Mundelein at the IHSA State meet. Both qualified for the Beam.
Congratulations to Emma Hallin finishing 10th place with a score of 8.650.

Emma Hallin and Amanda Muench

Boys Swim/Dive
The Mustangs took 3rd place at IHSA Sectional meet. Senior Kyle Ehemann won the diving (369.85).
Derek Lee took 6th, and Coach Owens -Sectional Diving coach of the year!  What a day for the Mustangs! Freshman Jack Long and Sophomore Parker Geary took 5th and 3rd in the 100 back. Jake Garcia dropped time and took 2nd in the 500 free. Jake Gonzalez placed 4th in the 100 fly, Jake dropped 9 seconds to place 6th in the 200 IM. Patrick McInerny took 6th and Ryan Zentz took 4th in the 200 free. Mundelein swim Boys dropped 5 seconds. Placed 5th in the medley relay.
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College and Career Resource Center

Say YES to College Event!

Do you have questions or concerns about navigating the college process as a student with a disability? Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm in the Mundelein Room we will be hosting the “Just Say YES to College” presentation. The presentation is aimed at helping students with an IEP/504 and their parents navigate their transition to college. Topics include choosing a college, self-advocacy, and skills students need to be successful in college. Our amazing presenter for the evening is the Director of Disability Services at the Lynch Learning Center at Loras College and has many years of experience working with this population and great advice for students.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

Photos from the Week

STEM Challenge

MHS students Jose Ramos, Sahil Patel, and Jesus Ramos volunteer at STEM night at West Oak School

Jule Cuasay '19 and Carlos Bucio '19 create beignets for a French class project. The sugary snacks were a hit, garnering favorable reviews from classmates the next day at school. Photo taken by David Bernauer

Members of the robotics team gather to get an issue explained by advisor Mr. Cabrera. The robotics team is building a machine that can move underwater. Photo taken by Heather Avis

On Feb. 12, 2018, the Lady Mustangs huddle before their fans as they’ll play Buffalo Grove. Captain, Kelsy Austwick ‘18, hypes her team to go for the gold. Photo taken by Cayla Manaligod

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mustang News - February 16, 2018


MHS senior named National Merit Scholarship finalist
Mundelein High School senior Nathan Cartland has been named a finalist in the National Merit
Scholarship Program as announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation [NMSC]. All finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018.
In March, NMSC will begin mailing scholarship offers to winners and to their high school principals. The offers will be made through July. Scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title over the years.

Business Incubator
Our Business Incubator student group, ConnectBZ, was invited to present at the Business Appreciation Breakfast this morning. The event was hosted by the Village of Mundelein, Mayor Steve Lentz, the Village Board Trustees, the Mundelein Business Alliance (MBA), and the Economic Development Commission (EDC). There was a great turnout and many local businesses were in attendance. The students showcased the features of the smartphone application they developed with seed money provided by the MBA. The group outlined the benefits of the application for MBA members - gives consumers more incentive to shop locally, MBA members will be able to better connect with local consumers, expand the membership of the MBA, create a greater business to consumer connection, help unite the business community, and create economic expansion in Mundelein. We applaud our student’s high level of professionalism on the delivery of their presentation. 

ConnectBZ members: David Olechno, Kevin Garcia, Kaleb Carlson, Houston Tran, Daniel Bronfeyn

MHS Business Incubator students pitched their app to attendees of the Business Appreciation Breakfast this morning


Join the A+Team
The A+Team is a new umbrella organization for fundraising at MHS. The A+Team is for parents, students, coaches, club sponsors, staff, and alumni who represent MHS Academics, Athletics, Arts, Activities, Associates, and Alumni. Please join our first organizational meeting on Monday, February 19 at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Casino Royale Winter Dance Sat., Feb. 24
Tickets on sale online through Wed., 2/21. Come join the sights and sounds of Vegas-- dance to the DJ and enjoy activities like Karaoke, bingo and a magician.

Winter Dance: Freshmen Grace Wonderlich and Reyna Dodd get ready for Casino Royale Winter Dance Sat., Feb. 24.

Calendar Corrections and Updates!!!

Spring Testing
Please note, MHS will host spring testing on April 10, 2018.  11th grade students will take the SAT and 10th grade students will take the PSAT.  9th and 12th grade students will not have school on this day.
Semester 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences 
In order to facilitate the improvements to Parent/Teacher Conferences, the spring conferences have been changed.  MHS will NOT hold conferences on March 6.  March 6 will be a regular attendance day.  Rather, conferences will be moved to March 8 and 9. 

March 8 Thursday
Students are dismissed at 11:25AM.  Teacher work time from 12:30pm til 3:25pm.
P/T conferences will run from 4pm until 7pm.

March 9 Friday
No school for students
P/T conferences will run from 9am - 2pm.
The total number of conferences will increase from 27 to 38 possible conference times.

Parents and guardians may begin making appointments online at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 26. The registration will continue, 24 hours a day, until midnight on Sunday, March 4. The online address for appointments will be available on the home page of the school’s website beginning February 26.


Boys Swim/Dive
Mundelein got the NSC meet off to a great start when senior Kyle Ehemann won diving with a score of 336.85.  It was the first time the mustangs have produced conference champs in both girls and boys diving. Maggie Franz also won the event in November. It’s definitely a big shout to our diving coach, Bill Owens. He’s done a great job with them. They’ve been real steady and consistent,” said Coach Sethna. Junior Jake Garcia was one of many who dropped a ton of time Saturday, finishing with a sixth-place medal after dropping 12 seconds in the 500 free(5:12.15). Garcia also dropped two seconds on his first leg of the 400 free relay, where he paired with Logan Bradshaw, Jack Long and Patrick McInerney to touch in 3:34.90. Sethna said Matt Alore, Shane Stanley, Cale Sethna and Jeff Coudreau were fully tapered for the meet. (Daily Herald)

Kyle Ehemann-diver

Kyle diver with coach

Chris Hill

Jake Garcia 6th place 500 free

200 free Kim-Bradshw-Geary-McInernay

Coach Sethna and Coach Gates

Mustangs will send 3 wrestlers to state. Dane Durlacher, Reese Durlacher and Logan Kvien.
Second-ranked Dane Durlacher (Mundelein, 41-0) started a run of ten state qualifiers in the first six weight classes by capturing the 106-pound title. A freshman sensation from Warren, Joel Vandervere (120, 39-2), added to the title run shortly thereafter.

"Now it gets not only fun, but it's the best time of the year," said Durlacher, who topped Warren's Sawyer Nash 5-0 and placed fourth at state a year ago. "And this time around, I'm going to Champaign with the idea of bringing back a state title." (Daily Herald). Best of luck Mustangs!

Dane Durlacher, Reese Durlacher and Logan Kvien

Going to State!  Go Mustangs!

Mustangs will send two girls to State this weekend. Amanda Muench & Emma Hallin both will be competing on Beam. Best of luck Mustangs!

The Mustangs wrapped up their season for 2017-18. Varsity started Regional play beating the Bisons of Buffalo Grove then falling to Warren the next night. With new head coach Greg Dorgan in charge, he had this to say: Mustangs finish 11-20, 4-10. Thank you seniors, we fought until the very end. Our future is very bright!

College signings
Mundelein had two more athletes commit to continue their education and sports participation at the collegiate level. Please congratulate Nick Pawlicki who will be attending Lake Forest College playing football and Myah Strokosch who will be attending University of Wisconsin-Parkside playing soccer.

Nick Pawlicki - Lake Forest College

Myah Strokosch - University of Wisconsin-Parkside

College and Career Resource Center

Feb. 24: 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. 24. For more information, visit

 Photos from the Week

Using her time wisely on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Vivian Venegas ‘18 works on her homework during her lunch period in the Math Lab. Throughout the week, Venegas and friends spend their lunch period to get ahead on their work. Photo taken by Sydney Blackmer 

To celebrate Black History Month, Diego Lyles '18 reads a passage about Thurgood Marshall during the morning announcements on Feb. 12 in the main office with John Paul Reyes '18.  He is a member of Black Student Union, which is a club that has been selling carnations during lunch and giving tidbits of black history everyday during the announcement.  Photo taken by Jessica Franzen  

Looking on helplessly, Daniel Haller '18 and Allan Rodriguez '20 perform the winter play, Figments, on Feb. 12. Their final performance took place that monday after a snow storm caused the show dates to be rescheduled. Photo taken by Katie Staroszczyk

JOUR4: On his way out from FCA on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Jack Hiegel '18, grabs some snacks and juice after the meeting. Every Tuesday morning, Hiegel attends the meetings and spends time in fellowship with the other members. Photo taken by Myah Strokosch