Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mustang News - March 23, 2018

On behalf to the entire MHS staff, I wish all of our students a restful spring break next week.  When school resumes after break, there will only be 41 days until graduation!  April and May will be a blur of activity.  Enjoy the break and finish strong!

Friday Focus


Mundelein Group Interp Going to State
The Mundelein Theatre Group Interpretation team took second place in their sectional competition at Lake Park High School, and will be moving on to the state competition in Peoria on Saturday, March 23. This is the second straight year the team has qualified for the state tournament.  Additionally, eight performers were named to the All-Sectional Cast, which names the top performers in the competition.  Those performers were Allan Rodriguez, Halli Carpender, Dan Haller, Natalie Williams, Joey Salit, Sydney Litka, Abby Smith and Henry Dumblauskas.

Group lnterp is a 30 minute, student-led performance of any literary work. The focal point of the performance is "out" to the audience with limited on-stage focus. The performance is minimal in nature, meaning that performers wear a uniform dress (not costumes) and build a minimalistic set. Sound effects are permitted but no lighting, specific costuming, properties or theater makeup can be used. It is an IHSA sanctioned event where schools compete against other schools with a chance to earn the opportunity to compete at a State Final tournament.

This year the Mundelein team presented The Perks of Being a Wallflower,
which follows observant Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood, first dates, family drama, and new friends. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringe consume Charlie as well as the people around him. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and at times overwhelming aspects of growing up. Mark Landuyt directs, Sara Gunther is Assistant Director.

MHS students earn cash prizes at Mayor’s Math Challenge
Several Mundelein High School students earned cash prizes after competing in the Mayor’s Math Challenge on March 18. Sponsored by Mundelein’s Mayor Steve Lentz, the event included the middle schools, MHS and Carmel High School. Each school earned cash prizes for the top three in their school competition and then prizes were also given for the top three finishers overall. Prizes were donated by Mundelein businesses including Garden Fresh, MASC, Rosborough, Wing/Lakeside Lanes, HR Green, Patrick Engineering, TieMart, Northside Bank/Mega, MacLean Fogg, McDonalds, and Hawley Partners/ZAC.

In the Junior Varsity division Nathan Clapp took first place from MHS and earned $750 while Sean Phelan took second with $500 and Sarah Larson placed third for $250. Overall, competing with Carmel, Clapp placed second earning another $1,000 and Phelan tied with a Carmel student who received $375 each.

In the Varsity division among MHS students Tyler Collins took first place and earned $1,000; Komol Patel took second place at $750 and Alex Nicki earned $500 for third place.
In overall competition between MHS and Carmel, Collins took second place and claimed a $1,250 prize.

The Mayors Math Challenge is in its fifth year and aims to be an educational and fun event that generates excitement among students, parents and teachers.


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.

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.

Percussion Ensembles
Percussion Ensembles had a great workshop with Mr. Kevin Lepper on Thursday, March 15th. Mundelein Night of Percussion on Monday, April 30th will feature one of Mr. Lepper's compositions.


Boys Water Polo
Daily Herald article
Coach: Russ Gates (fifth season)
Last season: 17-14-2, lost to Stevenson in Deerfield sectional final
Returning players: Shane Stanley (Sr.), Eubin Kim (Sr.), Jake Gonzalez (Sr.), Jake Garcia (Jr.), Ryan Zentz (Jr.), Hunter Magee (Jr.)
Click on Daily Herald article for more

Girls Soccer
Daily Herald article
Coach: Ernie Billittier (seventh season)
Last season: 9-6-3, lost to Barrington in Class 3A regional final
Top players lost: Amanda Bogseth, Lexi Brown, Kristi Chernesky (St. Nortbert), Leah Goldman (Michigan Tech), Rachel Hansen, Emily Ollendick, Lexi Pawlowski (Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
Top returning players: Hadlee Linane Sr. D, Molly Mishler Sr. D, Myah Strokosch Sr. MF/F (UW-Parkside), Nicole Robb Jr. MF
Click on Daily Herald article for more

Daily Herald article
No one wants to be that guy. But ultimately, someone has to. Click on Daily Herald article for more

Daily Herald article
Last year: 33-7 (16-5 NSC)
Last year's tournament advancement: Lost to Crystal Lake South in the supersectional, 6-2.
Key players lost: P Will Michalski (Wisconsin-Whitewater), P Brendan Murphy (Milwaukee Brewers), P Zack Zentz, IF Nick Stricker, IF/OF Brett Parola
Key players returning: OF Jim Martin, jr., P/IF Steven Sanchez, sr., P Austin Greco, soph., OF Jeff Morton, sr., SS Ryan Patel, sr., IF Drew Breitenreiter, sr., C Mason Schaller, sr.
Click on Daily Herald article for more

Daily Herald article
Coach: Heather Ryan (first season)
Last season: 16-17, 9-5 in NSC, lost to Stevenson in Class 4A Stevenson regional semifinals
Key losses: SS Meghan Ehemann, CF Jordyn West, OF Olivia Michalski
Returning players: seniors Brenna Adams (P), Kaitlyn Griffin (1B), Peyton Pribyl (C), Annie Morelli (P); juniors Allison Lambert (2B), Molly Podraza (CF); sophomores Kira Buckner (3B/P), Kendall Klatt (DP/C/OF), Elise Bernett (RF)
Click on Daily Herald article for more

Track/Field - Boys
The end of a long, but very successful, weekend of track. The boys' team performed really well, out-doing a lot of my expectations in the process. The 4 x 800 relay started things off with a bang, running 8:08.07 and, following a disqualification, winning the event. This was a 12 second drop of our best time this season, and all four of our runners, Kaleb Carlson, Carter Schorr, Aidan Afonso, and Mikey Parduhn, all PR'd in the race. Mikey came back to take 2nd in the open 800 meters, with a time of 2:01.96. Trevor Werner, running in a slower heat, took 6th overall with a huge PR of 2:04.0.

Isaiah Wellman had a great race in the 55m, winning his heat and narrowly (.01 seconds) missing the finals, running 6.77. Isaiah came back to lead 3 freshman- Shawn Patrick, Joey Foreman, and Syam Atade- in a 12th place finish in the 4 x 200 Relay. Three freshmen, wow! Robert St. Clair ran a really smart race in the 3200m, leading to a victory in 9:39.45. Dillon Blake continued his comeback from injury, taking 8th in 10:04.99.

The 4 x 400 ran a really inspired race, taking 4th from the 2nd heat. Diego Lyles, Trevor Werner, Carter Schorr, and Mikey Parduhn (in his 3rd race), ran 3:40.43, fastest of the season, and faster than predicted. I saved the best for last, because NOBODY had a better day than Mateusz Brak! Mateusz started his day with a PR in the 55 hurdles, running 9.09 and taking 14th overall.

Then the fun really began, as Monty started clearing heights in the High Jump. In fact, Monty didn't miss a jump until he reached 6'4", clearing everything on his first try. When no one cleared that height, Monty was in a tie for 1st, requiring a jump-off. For those of you unfamiliar with this, the remaining jumpers begin with the missed height. If both miss, the bar goes down an inch at a time until one jumper clears it. Following several misses by both jumpers, the pressure was really on! Jumping first, Monty cleared 5'11", resulting in a huge cheer. The other jumper missed, giving Monty the win! This was not only a 4" PR for Monty, but also meets the qualifying height for outdoor State! As a team, Mundelein took 3rd out of over 35 teams with 47 points! That's 3 points more than last year.

Girls Lacrosse
Varsity starting off the season with a win 21-4 win against Highland Park.  Our scorers: SR. Diana Orozco - 1 goal, Cara Schaul - 3 goals, Skylar Lucich - 8 goals, Zoë Palm - 9 goals

Boys Gymnastics
Daily Herald article
Coach: Jesse Piland (10th season)
Last season: first in Independent Conference, second in sectionals (ninth-best score in state)
Top graduated seniors: Greg Godellas (23rd in state all-around, ninth on pommel horse), Yianni Wiechering (state qualifier on three events)
Click on Daily Herald article for more

Girls Basketball
News-Sun article
Congratulations to Morgan Frank for being named Honorable mention to the News-Sun girls basketball all-area team. Click on News-Sun article for more

Girls runners of the week

Girls track runners of the week
Boys Lacrosse season opener

Girls varsity water polo

Varsity Boys Basketball awards banquet

College and Career Resource Center

Scholarship Applications Due Soon!
Check your Naviance account for upcoming scholarship applications and deadlines. Remember to access all the information you need through the “Colleges” tab in Naviance then click on “Scholarship List”!

Service Academy Information Night
Are you a student or a parent of a student interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy such as West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy? Come learn about the schools and admissions process at the 2018 Service Academy Night on Wednesday, April 4 from 6-8pm at the Wheeling High School Theater. Representatives from each of the five academies will be available to speak with students, parents, and counselors about their programs and answer any questions. Please RSVP by clicking here.

4th Annual Latino Family Conference
National Louis University will host the 4th Annual Latino Family Conference “Familias en educación” on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00am-1:00pm at their Wheeling location on the 3rd floor. Lunch, refreshments, and childcare services are provided at this FREE event. RSVP to Lady Gil at 847-947-5080 or at

Photos from the Week

Good Luck to the Group Interpretation Team at their State Competition this weekend!  Go Mustangs!

During the St. Patrick's Day Dance hosted by NHS on Friday, March 16, Nicholas Manaligod '18 shows off his dance moves at the Regent Center in Mundelein. Every year, NHS members plan this dance with members of the community. Photo taken by Sophia Fiore

With total concentration, Marissa Mangoni '19, gets into character before a Winter Guard performance. The team came in fifth place, with a score of 67 points. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbarr

Seniors Natasha Kumar and Jacquelin Shon participate in Asian Culture Club’s hot water party. Students brought in snacks and drinks, like ramen and tea, to share with their fellow students. Photo taken by Kendall Job

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mustang News - March 16, 2018

Deadline Approaching!


MHS students won two medals at the Lake County Regional Science Olympiad competition on Saturday.  Though the team did not make it on to the State competition, science fun was had by all.  We hope to grow MHS Science Olympiad into a more competitive team for 2018-19.

Click HERE to check out article in the Herald.  Go to the second picture to see our students.


NHS to host St. Patrick’s Day Dance for special needs adults 
Mundelein High School’s National Honor Society [NHS] will again host a St. Patrick's Day Dance for the special needs adult community of Lake County.  This dance will take place Friday, March 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  at the Regent Center in Mundelein.   “Sponsoring this dance gives MHS National Honor Society students the opportunity to work directly with community members and enjoy an evening of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the clients of the SRACLC (Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County),” said Nancy Toland who advises NHS along with Jennifer Fallon.

Mayor’s Math Cup Challenge
The 5th Annual Mayor's Math Cup Challenge will take place on Sunday, March 18th, from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. High school students in District 120 can register for one of two divisions: Junior Varsity (grade 9 and 10) or Varsity (grades 11 and 12). A cash prize will be given to the top three winners in each division and each school. A total of 33 individual cash prizes will be awarded!

There will also be a team competition made up of 3-6 students per team. If an individual participant does not have a team, MHS will help create teams for the competition.

Students can sign up using this link:

El Quinto Desafío Anual de Matemáticas patrocinado por el Alcalde  tendrá lugar el domingo 18 de marzo, de 12:00pm a 4:00pm. Estudiantes de High School  del Distrito 120 pueden registrarse  en una de las dos divisiones:  Junior Varsity (Grados 9 y 10)  o Varsity  (grados 11 y 12). Se otorgarán premios en efectivo a los  tres ganadores principales de cada división y cada escuela. Se otorgaran un total de 33 premios individuales en efectivo!

También habrá una competencia  de equipo  formada de 3 a 6 estudiantes por equipo. Si un  participante no tiene un equipo, MHS ayudara crear equipos para la competencia.

Los estudiantes pueden inscribirse usando el siguiente enlace:

March 17 at CLC: Women’s conference stresses empowerment, healthy living
Defining your own success, and practical topics such as healthy eating and financial planning, are part of the sixth annual “Empowering the Woman in You: Shattering the Glass Ceiling,” a free symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the College of Lake County. The event, which is open to Lake County women age 16 and older, will take place in Lower Level A Wing of the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. For details, visit

MHS sets Naviance Night for March 20 
Parents and students are invited to take part in “Naviance Night” at Mundelein High School on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. The event is free.

Naviance is the system used by all students at MHS during their college and career searches, planning and application process. The system offers opportunities for MHS students to explore career interest inventories and research their results, search for colleges based on their interests and goals, plan for their future in a logical and concrete manner and ultimately connect their transcripts and letters of recommendation to their college applications. Many other options are also available through Naviance.

“Interested in learning more? Bring a pen or pencil and get ready to dive into this great program!,” said Andrea Rusk, MHS College/Career Counselor.

Staff Variety Show to benefit local PADS in Lake County
Mundelein High School will host the third annual Staff Variety Show Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  Admission for all seats is $2 with all proceeds benefiting PADS in Lake County.

“The show is approximately 75 minutes long and promises to be a lot of fun,” said Jeff Harding, math instructor and organizer of the event.

Scheduled to appear in the show are the following:
Musical solos:  Dan Warren, Jeff Harding, Jerald Shelato, Larry Calhoun
Skit:  Controlling Interest – Dom Basso, Jonathan Meier, Jeff Harding, Mark Landuyt, Stevee Bellas, Sara Gunther
Musical duo:  James Swager, Laura Garcia
Tap Dancing:  Leah Kolcz
Harp/Oboe Duet:  Christine So, Laura Garcia
Skit:  Larry and the Boys [TBD]
Guitar/Banjo Song:  Jerald Shelato, John Stowers, Larry Calhoun
Hip Hop Dance:  Anna Grig, Leah Kolca, Dom Basso, Stevee Bellas, Kristina Pawlicki, Stacey Gorman, Hayley Hoffmeyer, Risa Weiss
“A couple last-minute surprise performances are also expected,” Harding said.

For juniors only: American Legion Boys/Girls State applications now available
Spend a week at Eastern Illinois University this summer in a mock government setting as you run for office, write legislation, and meet students from all across Illinois. All expenses paid by the american Legion and Auxiliary. Find out more in the Literacy Center. Essays due March 21.

Important Calendar Information
All 11th graders will take the SAT on Wednesday April 10th at MHS.  All 10th graders will take the PSAT 10 (practice SAT) at MHS on April 10th.   On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, all 10th and 11th grade students are required to arrive no later than 7:45 am.  Busses will only pick up 10th and 11th graders at their regular Schedule “A” time.  Students will meet in their assigned testing rooms to complete required paperwork for the PSAT 10 or the SAT exam. Students in 9th and 12th grade will be picked up at their normal late-start time for starting school at 9:25 AM.


Girls Water Polo
Daily Herald article:

Boys Water Polo 
The Mustangs ousted the state qualifying team Trevians from New Trier this past week in a last second save by goalie Shane Stanley and a last second goal by Matt Allore. Job well done!

Boys Diving
Congratulations are in order to Kyle Ehemann. Kyle has committed to continuing his education and compete in diving at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Congratulations Kyle.

Boys Gymnastics
Daily Herald article:

Bobby Nuzzo 1st place in the 50 yard dash

Boys Track shot put

Girls track at Highland Park 4x1600 relay champions 24.04

Girls track having fun at HIghland Park

Girls Track showing off their hardware from Highland Park


Photos from the Week

During Early Bird, Christine Espinosa '20, works on her homework in the Literacy Center. The Literacy Center offer help to students with homework, essays, and other assignments. Photo taken by Katie Staroszczyk

On Wednesday March 14, Dario Carrillo '19 edits his, as well as a few of his peers, Live Deliberately essays in AP Lang. Ap Lang students have been writing these essays for a contest they will submit for. Photo taken by Myah Strokosch

After school on Tuesday, March 13, Riley Malcolm '19 studies with her lacrosse team. The girls' lacrosse team has started study tables, where the girls catch up on  homework and get help if necessary with their teammates. Photo taken by Claire Kim
Original Mustangs Mural was a contracted painting in 2003.

The School Improvement Committee, a principal's committee consisting of MHS students from all grades, inspired the naming, branding, color, and photos for this new mural.

New Mustang Mural 2018!