Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mustang News - April 26, 2018


MHS senior heading for the US Naval Academy
Mundelein High School senior, Eubin Kim, has been accepted into the US Naval Academy which provides for all his tuition and housing. It’s been something he has been looking forward to for a while.

“With the influence of my older brother who attends the US Air Force Academy, I was interested in the many great opportunities the academy provides whether in academics or in service,” Kim explained

Kim is planning to study on the pre-med track, majoring in either chemistry, computer science or engineering. Following four years of undergraduate school, he must commit to at least five year of service.

“Since I’m looking at going into medicine, I would like to eventually serve as a doctor which requires additional years of service after medical school,” he said.

During his years at MHS he was a member of the varsity swimming and water polo teams, a member of the Medical Club, Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA], National Honor Society [NHS] and the school band and marching band.

“MHS has well-prepared me for my future at the Naval Academy,” he said. MHS has challenged me to be at my best academically and has given me many great opportunities to be involved in all sorts of activities. I feel that I have been well prepared as a student and as a leader,” he concluded.

Illinois Principal Association recognizes 2 outstanding MHS students
On April 18, the Illinois Principal Association Lake Region held the annual Student Recognition Breakfast.  Each Lake County school is invited to recommend two outstanding students.  MHS Seniors Kayla Gonzalez and Evan Salazar were recognized for their academic and service accomplishments.

MHS sophomore named semi-finalist in White Sox Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
Mundelein High School sophomore Izak Sosa has been named a semi-finalist in the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative/Chicago White Sox Illinois Fatherhood Essay Contest.  His essay was selected as one of the 156 semi-final essays from among  5,000 entries in the contest. His essay was one of 12 chosen in his grade level.

Sosa will be among the others who, along with their father, grandfather, or father-figure who will be guests at the May 19 Faces of Fatherhood Celebration where they will enjoy prime seating at the White Sox vs. the Texas Rangers game.

As one of the 156 semi-finalists, Sosa’s father is now eligible for consideration as a 2018 Finalist. Twelve men and families will be invited to and be recognized at the June 7 Fatherhood Dinner Celebration.

[My father told me that] “One day you’ll grow up to be someone who makes a difference in people’s lives with your spirit and intelligence. After many lectures I’ve had with him, I realized my father was an insightful person,” Sosa wrote.

He continued, “I’ve always wanted to be like my father, insightful about the world around him. The brilliance that he spoke with made me want to strive to be like my father, to one day better myself and the world around me just like he does,” he concluded.

Sosa is currently earning all A’s including in Honors Courses Chemistry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry. He is also a member of the soccer team.

MHS STEM students present at Baxter
Matt Allen, Anushka Desai, Jessica Nensel, and Ellie Maldonado represented MHS on April 26 presenting on a STEM project.  Their project was a challenge posed by Baxter.  Baxter employees mentored the students in their project to provide health service for people in India.

Wellness Week Summary
During the week of April 16-20, MHS focused on how to stay healthy and deal with stress with productive and successful strategies.  Here are examples of what happened during the week.

The Drink Oasis made and sold fruit smoothies to staff and students. (Not sure why this picture is upside-down)!

NAMI representatives presented to students and parents about mental health awareness and supports.

Quest provided samples of new healthy foods throughout the week in the cafeteria.

Staff members visited classrooms to talk about ways they stay physically or emotionally healthy.


Students and Staff discuss addressing hurtful language thru constructive practices
On Tuesday, MHS students lead Lunch and Learn sessions during every lunch hour for students and staff.  Student facilitators hosted students with a program which addressed the use of hurtful language and stereotypes.  Each session allowed students to watch a common video, small group discussion questions, and large group sharing.

Khari and Dasha - Student facilitators

Later in the week, staff were invited to a Lunch and Learn to discuss how to constructively change the culture and address inappropriate language in the hallways and classroom.

Asian Culture Club
On Saturday, April 21st, Mundelein High School’s own Asian Culture Club took a trip to Chicago’s Chinatown for the second year in a row. Over 30 students went on a walking tour through new and old Chinatown, guided by a representative from the Chicago Chinese Culture Institute. A traditional lunch was served where students practiced using chopsticks, learned a bit of Chinese, and heard about their zodiac signs. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time!

Students prepare care packages for US troops
Members of the Helping Heroes of America Club spent part of April 19 preparing 34 care packages for US troops. More than 20 students worked to sort the materials, pack boxes and write letters to the troops.

“This event was made possible by generous donations from the Mundelein community, Mundelein businesses, MHS sophomore student leadership and MHS staff members,” said Nicole Malham, advisor to the group.

Helping Heroes of America was formed shortly after a Veterans Day celebration at MHS that included more than 75 local veterans. Sophomore Matt Pawlowski was so moved by the ceremony that he asked the school to support his interest in forming the club.

The care packages will be an ongoing project for the group and they have future plans to collect the memoirs of veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to preserve the stories they have to share.

Mustang Olympics set for Sunday, April 29
An afternoon of fun and competition is guaranteed as Mundelein High School hosts its annual Mustang Olympics Sunday, April 29, beginning at noon. Events will take place in several locations on campus.

Teams of six to 10 players will compete in a number of different events including dodgeball, knockout, home run derby, obstacle course, tug of war and others. The event is being sponsored by the MHS Student Leadership organization.

Admission to view the events is free.

Orchesis Clinic and Recital set for Sunday, May 6
The Mundelein High School Orchesis Club will hold an Orchesis Kids Clinic Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the high school. The Clinic is open to all pre-school through eighth grade boys and girls interested in dance.  The students will join the high school dancers immediately afterwards in the Orchesis Recital on that SAME DAY.  That performance will begin at 4 pm in the MHS auditorium. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The performance will include solos, duets and group dances choreographed by the MHS Orchesis members and MHS alumni. The MHS Dance physical education class will also perform.

Nancy Toland is the advisor for the Orchesis Club.

College & Career Center

May 1st Decision Day for Seniors
Our team of College Ambassadors will be hosting a celebration for all seniors to celebrate their post-high school plans and college decision on Tuesday, May 1st from 7:00am-7:45am in the North Gym. Free breakfast and coffee will be provided. Congratulations Class of 2018 and we look forward to celebrating all seniors on May 1st!


Congratulations to Dane Durlacher who will be continuing his athletic and academic career at the University of Illinois this fall.

Boys Gymnastics
Back to back Conference Champions!
By John Bumbales
Daily Herald Correspondent
There were definitely a few miscues, but overall the Mundelein boys gymnastics team looked strong Wednesday night at the Independent Conference meet. The Mustangs wound up winning back-to-back conference championships with 155.2 points as they held off runner-up Libertyville (season-high 149.1 points) in the meet hosted by Glenbard South. The battle for the all-around crown was a fairly close one. Mundelein senior Tyler Collins took home first place with 53.3 points (8.88 average) as he edged out senior teammate Kurt Lawrence (52.7 points). Mundelein coach Jesse Piland wasn't totally satisfied with his squad's performance. But he is still very optimistic as his team prepares to host the first of five state-qualifying sectional meets next Tuesday. "Tyler Collins and Carson Bernett have been rocks all year long, and today he (Bernett) counted on a couple of events when we needed him," said Piland, whose program hopes to qualify for its 22nd state meet in school history next week. "With a meet where we had with two gymnasts not having their best meet, it shows us that if everyone hits we're in the conversation (for top-three at state)." Mundelein junior Will Ferro (49.0) placed fifth overall, followed by Libertyville freshman Robert Cartwright (48.1) in sixth place.

MHS Varsity Conference Champs

MHS Junior Varsity Conference Champs

Brenna Adams belted a grand slam, singled and knocked in 5 runs, as Mundelein's softball team defeated Zion-Benton 12-10 in North Suburban Conference action Tuesday.The Mustangs also got 2 hits apiece from Danielle Lambert, Elise Bernett (double), Molly Podraza (4 runs) and Kira Buckner (RBI). Kaitlyn Griffin had a double and 4 RBI, and Cheyenne Pelletiere also had a double.

Girls Soccer
Mundelein 6, Waukegan 0: Gigi Sahagun had a hat trick for the Mustangs in their North Suburban Conference win.Kate Hay added a pair of goals, and Megan Griparis scored as well.

Pitching is Steven Sanchez's thing. It's why he's a big recruit for the University of Arkansas. And why professional scouts have him on their radar. The 6-foot-7 lefty can do big things on the mound. But Sanchez went into his senior season at Mundelein this spring wanting to make an impact everywhere on the field. Not just the mound. So he worked more on his hitting. And it was his hitting that made the difference on Tuesday at Warren. Sanchez, who was on the mound on Monday in a loss to Warren, made amends by rolling up 3 hits and 3 RBI in a 10-1 Mundelein win over the host Blue Devils in the second game of the 3-game North Suburban Conference series, which resumes today back in Mundelein. The victory moves Mundelein to 13-4 overall and 9-2 in the North Suburban Conference. "That was a good way for me to respond from yesterday," Sanchez said. "I pitched yesterday and it didn't go the way I wanted it to, but today I had a way to bounce back and that's what I was thinking about last night. "I knew I wouldn't be on the mound so today I knew I had to be a leader and step up (in other ways). I've always loved hitting but I haven't worked on it as much as pitching in the past. But I've been trying to do more (hitting work) and make an impact there, too." It was a tight game through four innings, with the game tied at 1-1. Both teams scored in the second inning. But the Mustangs put a big run together in the fifth inning, scoring 4 runs and getting through six batters before Warren tagged them with their first out. Sanchez drove in a run with a big single. Mundelein got 5 hits in the inning. "Steve has a great personality and he's been a great leader," Mundelein coach Randy Lerner said. "Guys look to him to perform and to lead and we're just constantly on him to make sure that his energy is always there because as he goes, we go. If his energy is there, a lot of other guys bring their energy as well. "The biggest difference (between Tuesday's win over Warren and Monday's loss) was our team energy. We didn't have the same energy yesterday that we did today." In addition to Sanchez, Jeff Morton, Drew Breitenreiter and Austin Greco all had multiple hits for Mundelein as well.

Girls Water Polo
MGWP beats Niles West 15-2. Girls played at a great level and as a team. Game Stats:Goals: Lukas 7/Krauss 4/Bradshaw,Garcia,Kasemets, Westgate 1 Assists: Krauss 4/Lukas,Kasemets,Stanley & Westgate2 Parker,Garcia,Grey,Parker 1 Steals:Garcia,Parker, Westgate 4/Lukas 3/Krauss,Kasemets 2/Bradshaw,Grey 1

Boys volleyball celebrates Staff appreciation night

Girls track athletes of the week

Boys volleyball senior night

Girls athletes of the week

Girls track senior night

Girls and Boys Lacrosse get together for a pizza fundraiser

MHS goalie Shane Stanley gets ready to block a goal

Boys water polo senior night

Photos from the Week

Art Show Submission

Art Show Submission

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mustang News - April 20, 2018

Friday Focus


FBLA students qualify for national competition
Students and advisors of the Mundelein High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] traveled to and competed at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield April 6 and 7. More than 30 members competed, either at the conference or beforehand, in various events that tested their business leadership skills. The Mundelein chapter of FBLA was awarded 7th in the Largest Local Chapter award.

Of those who competed, several Mundelein FBLA members placed high enough to qualify, as an individual or as a team, to continue on to the National Leadership Conference. Nationals to be held in Baltimore, Maryland June 28 through July 1.

The following FBLA members who earned awards are:
First Place Awards:
Business Calculations: Tyler Collins; Business Law: MacKenzie Stewart; Introduction to Public Speaking: Sofia Feijoo

Second Place: Agribusiness: Ryann Ray; Introduction to Business Procedures: Derek Lee; Website Design: Christine Espinosa, Kavana Belagur, Taneesha Tavkar

Fourth Place Awards: Global Business: Sahil Patel, Thomas Riggio; Sales Presentation: Jillian Hoffstadt

Fifth Place Awards: Emerging Business Issues: Christine So, Yasmeen Fathallah

Sixth Place Awards: Introduction to Business: Justin Park; Public Speaking: Kate Fladhammer

Eighth Place Awards: Cyber Security: Michal Gryga; Networking Concepts: Liam Guiritan

Tenth Place Awards: Computer Problem Solving: Matthew Pawlowski
Chris Hoster and Sarah Menas are the FBLA advisors at MHS.

Four juniors selected for Illinois Boys, Girls State
Four Mundelein High School juniors were recently selected to represent their school at the summer Boys and Girls State “conventions” usually held on university campuses and sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

Diego Cisneros and Charles Fladhammer will be at Eastern Illinois University where event will involve participants learning the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship. Although fictional political parties are created and the citizens are randomly assigned to one, Boys State is
Illinois Boys, Girls State: Diego Cisneros, Charles Fladhammer, Isabel Alviar, Sydnie Mathews
nonpartisan in the sense of US or Illinois political parties. The hands-on political and governmental elements of the program center around creating and facilitating city, county, and state governments. Boys State activities include various levels of legislative sessions, political party caucuses, four different election cycles, general assemblies, band concerts, law enforcement presentations, recreational programs, and more.

Isabel Alviar and Sydnie Mathews will represent MHS at Illinois Girls State. American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State is a week long program dedicated to providing training for young women in city, county, and state government.They are placed into a two party system and will run for office, campaign, vote, and write legislation pertinent to American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State as well as the state and nation.

They will also hear from guest speakers in the political arena (present and past), veterans and/or active service men and women, American Legion Auxiliary members, and motivational speakers.  Americanism and flag etiquette are taught this week as well. The goal is also to give young women confidence and knowledge to go forward in their adult lives and not be afraid to go for their dreams.


On April 12th the MHS Band Program welcomed the new Illinois State University Band Director, Dr. Tony Marinello, to Mundelein High School.  While he was here, he worked with students on their music for upcoming concerts.

The Evening of Jazz
The Evening of Jazz will be hosted in the Mundelein High School Cafeteria on Sunday, May 6th starting at 5pm.  The evening includes a silent auction, raffles, and great jazz music by the Mundelein High School jazz bands.  We hope you will be able to make it!

American Legion Poppies
MH students gather around a World War II veteran they met at Elly’s Pancake House while distributing poppies for the American Legion.

L-R: Mrs. Babowice, Priscila Castanada, Alondra Gonzalez-Martinez, Jacqueline Shon, Mackenzie Strong, Caitlyn Mathews

Free Lunch Event
EMPATHY AND EQUALITY: Use your voice for good
Where: District Meeting Room
When: Tuesday, April 24th
What time: During any lunch period
What: Come for free food and discussion on ways student voices can help build a school with empathy and equality.

All-Area Art Show at MHS April 26, 27; 10 schools featured
For the third year, the Mundelein High School Art Department will host the Mundelein All-Area Art Show in the main gym Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27. A formal reception will take place
April 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The day hours are 10:30 a.m.-3:05 p.m. on April 26 and 7:45 a.m.-11:25 p.m. on April 27. Admission is free.

Each of the elementary and middle school districts that send students to MHS has been invited to participate in the show. This includes Carl Sandburg Middle School, Diamond Lake Elementary, Fairhaven School, Fremont Intermediate, Fremont Middle School, Lincoln Elementary, Mechanics Grove Intermediate, MHS, Washington Elementary and West Oak Middle School. All forms of artistic expression will be on display, including but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, photo, collage, mixed media, etc. Many of the student artists will also be on hand.

“It is one of the highlights of the year for all participating parties as it brings student artists from all levels together side by side to exhibit student achievement in the visual arts,” said Jonathan Pruc, MHS art faculty member. Michael Bale and Peter Schrenk also teach in the art department at MHS. David Mork is the fine and applied arts department chair.

MHS Blood Drive
Saturday, April 28. 8:30am-2:30pm. Students should sign up for an appointment during gym class presentations or with Mr. Hart in the Wellness Office. Parents and community members can sign up with Lifesource using this link:


16 MHS athletes sign to play college sports next year
Sixteen Mundelein High School students were recently honored at a signing ceremony where they inked their intent to continue their athletic careers at the college/university level. The students, their sports and their intended colleges of participation are listed below.

Breanna Adams, Softball, North Central College; Kenny Adiyiah, soccer, Manhattanville College New York; Gillian Beginski, soccer, Millikin University; Jeffrey Bikus, basketball, Hope College; Kaleb Carlson, track/cross country, Greenville University; Kyle Ehemann, diving, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Margaret Franz, diving, University of Evansville; Nomika Harris, girls lacrosse, North Central College; Ben Holly, baseball, Carroll University; Abigail Lukas, water polo, George Washington University; Annie Morelli, softball, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Jeffrey Morton, baseball, Triton College; Bobby Nuzzo, track, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville; Nicolas Pawlicki, football, Lake Forest College; Michael Pini, football, St. Norbert College; Myah Strokosch, soccer, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

College and Career Resource Center

Hey Juniors!
You’re only months away from the summer before your senior year, and hopefully that means that you’re preparing yourself for the college applications that you will be completing this coming fall.  Most likely, you have some questions about how to be ready to complete the process in the best way possible. Good news!  We have sessions set up to help you feel confident and prepared.

The MHS College Ambassadors will be hosting College Planning Sessions for Juniors over the course of the next month.  Sign up for one or sign up for all.  To register, go to the Colleges tab in your Naviance account and click “view all upcoming visits” on the right hand side.  Select Sign Up and confirm that you would like to attend, and we’ll see you there!

2018 Festival de Familias En EDUCATIÓN
University Center is sponsoring the 2018 Festival de Familias En EDUCACIÓN: ¡VAMOS A LA UNIVERSIDAD! on April 28, 2018 at University Center, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please note: all sessions will be conducted in Spanish.
Space is limited to the first 70 families. Please RSVP online at For additional information please contact Dr. Myra Gaytán-Morales at (847) 665-4108 or via email at

Research exploration opportunity for high school students

Photos From The Week

Prior to their home game against Stevenson High School, the boys varsity baseball team stands and listens to the national anthem. They went on to win the conference game 10-7 on Tuesday, April 10. Photo taken by Gillian Beginski

Alexandra Girard '19 and Maggie O'Donnell '19 work actively on favors that will be given out at this year's prom. Gatsby Gala: A Golden Evening, will be held on May 5; the Student Leadership junior class plans the dance each year. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar

After school on Friday, April 13, Thomas Marcotte '18 participates in the Lake County Senior Shootout at Waukegan High School. This year, Mundelein had 3 athletes play for the East boys team, which ended up winning 116-96 against the West boys team. Photo taken by Sophia Fiore