Thursday, November 18, 2021

Mustang News - November 19, 2021

Friday Focus


Perfect AP Scores

The College Board has announced that two Mundelein High School students earned perfect scores on its Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in spring 2021.

Steffen Brown
Hannah Cho, who graduated in May, and Steffen Brown, now a MHS senior, were among a select number of students worldwide to earn every point possible on the AP Exam in a particular subject. Hannah was one of 46 students to earn a perfect score in 3-D Art and Design. Steffen was one of 335 students to earn a perfect score in Computer Science Principles.

These extraordinary academic accomplishments are a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Mundelein High School, the  College Board stated. MHS Principal Anthony Kroll echoed that statement.

“This is not just a source of pride for these two extraordinary students, but to our teaching staff as well,” said MHS Principal Anthony Kroll. “We’re so happy that both Hannah and Steffen achieved this honor.

Hannah Cho
“These students were well-prepared and they put in a lot of hard work and effort to earn this distinction. They exemplify the potential for academic success of every student who walks through the doors of Mundelein High School.”

The Advanced Placement Program is committed to ensuring that students have access to the opportunities they have earned. Students who succeed in AP are not only more likely to succeed in college, but have the chance to save a significant amount of time and money by earning college credit or placement.

Colleges and universities around the world receive AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process.


Winter Wellness

Please join the MHS in celebrating the Winter Wellness Boost: a spirit week dedicated to mental health and wellbeing. Each day in the week of November 29 will consist of two major components: spirit wear and activities in the Commons during lunch. Many thanks to the student groups who will be sponsoring this event and leading the activities, so come join the fun! During this week please remember to be kind and to care for yourself and others as the winter may bring about certain challenges. Reach out to any trusted adult, including your counselor, social worker, or psychologist, for more information or support.

Dias Festivos

The Puertas Latino Culture Club students are gearing up for the 2nd annual Dias Festivos event on Friday, Dec. 10th!  This is a free bilingual open house style event aimed at bringing all our families together into the school to celebrate the spirit of the season with their children and to take part in family friendly activities that highlight some of the holiday and seasonal traditions of Latinos and Latin Americans.  Admission is free. 



Girls Swimming

Coaches Corner: Rahul Sethna

Riley Routledge placed 26 in the 100 breaststroke at the IHSA state meet. She moved up in place and dropped time! Congratulations Riley, we are proud of you.

Riley Routledge

Boys Bowling

Coaches Corner: Chris Sweno

Bowling in his first varsity tournament, junior Myles Kugler bowled a 602 series, 198-236-168. Congratulations!


Congratulations Omari Rhinehart who has been named to the IHSFCA 7A All-State Football Team. This award consists of only 18 players in the state who are nominated and voted on by a panel of football coaches across the state. Coach DeFrancesco, who nominated Omari, was thrilled to hear Omari received this prestigious award. Mundelein has not had an All-State football player since 2005.Mundelein is proud of you Omari!

Omari Rhinehart

Girls Basketball

Coaches Corner: Greg Dorgan

11/13/21 at our scrimmage we were able to give our student-athletes the recognition they deserve in front of their families…Congrats to our 20/21 squad for earning IBCA All-State Academic Team (1st in Division 2)! 

20-21 Girls Basketball IBCA All-State Academic Team (1st in Division 2)

Our JV & F/S teams started their seasons with a tournament at Lakes. JV started strong with a record of 2-1. Varsity hosts the Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament this week. After dropping the first game against a strong Glenbrook South team, the Mustangs bounced back with a 40-33 victory over Highland Park. Tournament action continues Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

We also started our fundraiser (please see link below). Please consider donating, with our biggest expenses are summer college camps, hotels for tournaments, experiences like Battle-Tested, and program gear. Thank you for your support! 

Girls Basketball Fundraiser:

Athletic Directors Corner: Troy Parola

Todd Parola
Congratulations to our former Head Coach Todd Parola on this recognition from the IHSBCA! Coach P led the Mustangs to 603 wins during his 22 seasons as HC, including an appearance in the State Championship game in ‘16

Girls Gymnastics 

Coaches Corner: Bridget Erickson

Great first  week. It was Abby Kaugman’s birthday, and we did some partner conditioning and kickboxing! Everyone’s working hard and learning new skills.

Alumni Corner

Cross Country

It's a great day to be a Mustang XC Alumnus! The collegiate season is nearly over, and I can say with great pride that our Mustangs have contributed strongly to their programs' success. We are blessed to have 6 Mustangs competing at the collegiate level- 4 in DIII, and 2 in DI. If that seems like a large number, it's because it is, and they are all making their presence felt. We also have one alumni giving back to our community by coaching middle schoolers.

At the NCAA DIII Regionals this past weekend, Kaleb Carlson of Greenville University and Carl Schoenfield of Augustana faced off in the Midwest Region. Carl, who has been battling an injury all season, was Augie's 6th man, placing 117th with a time of 27:29, and helping his team to a 9th place finish. Kaleb, who has been enjoying his best season by far, was his team's 3rd man, taking 94th and running 27:02 for his 14th place team.

At the North Region, MSOE took 12th as a team, due in no small part to Michael Keegan's efforts. Michael was his team's 4th man, taking 98th with a big PR of 26:36.

Over at the Great Lakes Region, Robert St Clair helped his team to a 3rd place finish, and NCAA Championship bid, taking 20th as the team's 3rd man, running 25:24. Robert will run with his team at Nationals for the 2nd time in his collegiate career.

We also have 2 runners competing at the DI level. Dillon Blake, runs for the University of Minnesota, and Carter Schorr runs for Butler University. Both are just beginning their competitive careers and have red-shirted for the season, but both programs have qualified for the DI Cross Country Championships, and we look forward to their future contributions.

We also have a professional runner representing us. Bryce Richards, training in Arizona, continues to excel. This past summer Bryce broke 4 minutes for the full mile several times. Bryce recently ran a spectacular 10 mile race, running 49:10 and placing high among the pros.

Lastly, we also have an alumni runner who has started his coaching career this past season.  In addition to studying to be an electrician, Dario Carrillo joined the CSMS coaching staff where he contributed his expertise and experience in mentoring those runners to a state appearance this year. 

We are proud of each and every one of our Mustangs, they are representing Mundelein High School and our program with pride.

Carl Schoenfield and Kaleb Carlson both class of 2018. Carl attends Augustana College and Kaleb attends Greenville College.

Carl Schoenfield and Kaleb Carlson both class of 2018. Carl attends Augustana College and Kaleb attends Greenville College.

Michael Keegan Class of 2020 attends the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Michael Keegan Class of 2020 attends the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Robert St. Clair Class of 2019 attends Case Western Reserve University

Alumni Corner


Alex Wing
Alex Wing (FY Punter, Wauconda, IL/Mundelein-Mundelein High School): Punted over the last nine games, booting 43 balls for 1,672 yards (38.9 average) with five fair catches, one touchback, three punts of 50+ yards and 15 balls inside the 20 yard line… Named to the Team of the Week for games on November 6. He punted seven times vs. Hartwick in a 42-28 victory. He had a 42.3-yard average with a long of 49 yards and four punts inside the 20. His season long goal came in his first game – 59 yards vs. Alfred State… Best punting average since 2016 (Paul Mokrzycki 39.1 average on 42 punts)… Longest punt (59 yds.) since 2004 when Brad DiPietro had a 63-yarder.

Photos from the Week

During strength class on Wednesday, Nov. 17, Alexis Bellecomo ´22 is spotting Millicent Rehm ´22 while benching.- Keely Murphy ‘22 

Playing the role of dinosaur and tour guide, emcees Anjeli Modi '22 and Marco Gilardi '22 share their closing remarks during the 2021 Talent Show: a Night in Jurassic Park on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the auditorium.-Avery Refka ‘22

With the recent change in lunch permissions, freshman students enjoy eating together at China Court on Wednesday, Nov. 17.- Addison Klein ‘25

During the Girls Varsity Basketball Thanksgiving Tournament hosted at MHS, the Mustangs warm up for their game against the Grayslake North Knights on Nov. 17.- Jenna Santos ‘23

During the "Wicked Christmas Carol" performance, Grace DeMilio '25, playing the witch, scares Alexander Benassi '25 into listening to her when he confronts her with ideas on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Auditorium.- Ashley Wolverton ‘23

Mr. Dame's 6th period honors chemistry class goes outside to observe the atmosphere on Thursday, Nov. 11.- Ivanna Rosillo ‘24 

Deirdre Healey, MHS Alumni, NASA Scientist, USA Veteran

Friday, November 12, 2021

Mustang News - November 12, 2021


Veterans Day

Mundelein High School traditionally recognizes Veterans Day with an all school assembly and brunch for veterans living in the surrounding communities.  This event is considered one of the largest Veterans Day recognitions in the area as it typically has over 100 veterans in attendance.  Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions and concerns with large indoor events, we are unable to have the assembly and brunch this school year.  However, we will still recognize Veterans Day by displaying American flags around the perimeter of the school and dedicating time for our students to hear a prerecorded message from one of our distinguished alumni recipients on Veterans Day.  This year’s message will be given by Ms. Deirdre Healy, retired Lieutenant Colonel, USAF. 

View the presentation HERE

Band and Orchestra Recognition 

Congratulations to the MHS students who were selected to participate in the District 7 ILMEA Band and Orchestra Festival on November 6th!


  • Stella Moon – Flute
  • Natalie Altenhoff – Bassoon
  • Ciara West – Clarinet
  • Isabella Rodriguez – Trombone
  • Anthony Rankov – Guitar
  • Orchestra
  • Leila Moon – Clarinet
  • Jessica Noncek – Horn
  • Chloe Langford – Trombone


  • Leila Moon – Clarinet
  • Jessica Noncek – Horn
  • Chloe Langford – Trombone


CLC Engineering and Robotics Events

CLC Engineering Information Session Nov 19th 7-8PM

  • In person or Online options

Several Information sessions for students/parents interested in the Engineering and Computer Science Transfer program at CLC are scheduled for this academic year.  Each session will include an overview of the Engineering program, including academics, extracurricular activities like the Engineering, Computer, and Math Clubs, as well as a tour of the Baxter Innovation Lab, CLC's makerspace/fablab, which serves as a home for CLC Engineering (and other) students. Information on guaranteed admission programs including University of Illinois Engineering Pathways, UIC TAG, and the NIU program will also be presented. Learn more about the program online

During the 2021-22 school year, interested students have the option of attending either online live via zoom OR attending in person in T120 on the Grayslake Campus, the Baxter Innovation Lab. People attending in person will be asked to wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance, by family group. 


Lake County Robotics Competition for Spring 2022

CLC  will be hosting the Lake County Robotics Competition as a Spring 2022 event this year. The final event will be at Maker Faire Lake County on April 9th.  Teams from schools or other groups are welcome to participate. Email Engineering Transfer Department Co-Chair Rob Twardock (  to indicate your interest or ask questions.  CLC has free kits to loan out if teams need them.  


Individual students who want to participate but are not part of a school team can register in the CLC Explore program Saturday morning class to form teams.  The class will run Feb 5th through April 9th, 9AM-Noon. It will be taught by an engineer working for Baxter, assisted by CLC interns. 


4H Robotics Showcase

CLC engineering will again host a 4H Spin club to form teams for middle school students to participate in the 4H Robotics Showcase on April 2nd.  Students may register through the Explore program class 4H Robotics.  The class will run Feb 5th through April 9th, 9AM-Noon in the Baxter Innovation Lab on CLC's Grayslake Campus.  For questions contact Rob Twardock at 


Spring schedule for Explore courses will be posted in December.

Note: This course will be free.

Watch for future events at


The D120 Board of Education approved changes to the school calendar.  Please note the highlighted changes.


Athletic Directors corner: Troy Parola

(NLI) Signing Day on November 10, 2021, student-athletes who have been working for years, often more than a decade, at their craft are able to put pen to paper as they commit to the next level. Mundelein is happy to announce our 5 athletes who did sign on the dotted line.

Mustang Nation is proud of you!

Ryan McElligott with Coach Willis celebrating his NLI signing day

Jordyn Miller with Coach Sweet celebrating her NLI signing day

Omar Fathallah Rivera with Coach Sethna celebrating his NLI signing day

Daniel Pacella and Drew Wellington with Coach Lerner celebrating their NLI signing day

National Letter of Intent signee's L-R Omar Fathallah Rivera (Swimming), Ryan McElligott (Volleyball), Jordyn Miller H(Track & Field), Daniel Pacella (Baseball) and Drew Wellington (Baseball)

Coaches Corner: Rahul Sethna & Tracy Carlson

Girls Swimming/Dive: Congratulations to Riley Routledge for her 6th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke at Sectionals last weekend. Riley punched her ticket to the IHSA State Finals! 

Diving: Finished their season at Sectionals last weekend. Charlotte Oliver took 13th and Gia Feather took 16th. Congratulations on a great season.

Riley Routledge

Girls Basketball

Coaches Corner: Greg Dorgan

This season we have over 40 girls in our program on Varsity, JV, Frosh/Soph, and Frosh teams. We started our fundraiser (please see link below), we completed “I am Battle-Tested”, a combination of motivational speaking and obstacle courses, and we have our Parent Meeting & Program Scrimmage on Saturday 11/13 at 2pm. We are looking forward to our season as we start games on Monday 11/15. Go Mustangs!

Girls Basketball Fundraiser:

Girls Basketball Battle tested!


Coaches Corner: Vince DeFrancesco

Mundelein Football would like to share this video with all of our school community. 


Coaches Corner: Sebastian Falinski

Please congratulate the following members of the Mundelein soccer team for the their post-season individual accolades:

  • Carson Kowalski (Sr.) – IHSSCA All-Sectional, NSC All-Conference, Daily Herald All-Area
  • Anthony Feather (Sr.) – IHSSCA All-Sectional Honorable Mention, NSC All-Conference Honorable Mention
  • Nathan Espinosa (Sr.) – NSC All-Conference, Daily Herald All-Area
  • John Chambers (Sr.) – Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention
  • Omar Mangato (Jr.) – Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention
  • Frankie Jimenez (So.) – Daily Herald All-Area Honorable Mention
  • Erick Nova (Sr.) – IHSSCA All-Academic
  • Bryan Morales  (Sr.) – NSC Sportsmanship Award

Boys Bowling

Coaches Corner: Chris Sweno

Freshman Winston Petri took 2nd place in overall scoring at the Glenbrook North Eliminator on Saturday. Junior captain Sam Gottfried had his career high series against Warren High on Tuesday bowling 658 over three games (198, 215, and 245) 

Girls Bowling

Coaches Corner: Vanesse Prorok

The first day of Girls Bowling is Monday, November 15.  Tryouts will be from 3:45 - 5:30 at Lakeside Lanes.  Transportation will be available by the North Gym and will leave promptly at 3:30. Please see Coach Prorok or Coach Inman with questions.

Alumni Corner

Women's Tennis

Mikayla Edquiban, MHS Alum 2020, shared that her Women's Tennis Team at North Central won the CCIW conference title again! NC played Wheaton College in the finals and beat them 5-0 in Hanover Park!

Mikayla Edquiban and family after winning theh CCIW Conference title

North Central Women's Tennis Team wins CCIW conference title

Dance team enjoying Halloween

Photos From the Week

With the season coming to a final close, Jenna Santos '23, Kathleen Asmussen '22, Anjeli Modi '22, Rachel Kofoed '22 and Samantha Petersen '22 pose for a picture at the Girls JV volleyball awards on Nov. 9. -Jenna Santos ‘23 

Collaborating during an early morning Model UN meeting on Friday, Nov. 5, Lia Koski '25 & Dylan Trahan '25 talk about their upcoming conference in February.- Ashley Wolverton ‘23

Scene from Wicked Christmas Carol!

During honors chemistry on Thursday, Nov. 4, student Cody Sparks '24 heats up a can for a lab...where are those lab goggles?!?- Ivana Rosillo ‘24 

Erica Montegrande 23' teaches Asain Culture Club members choreography to a K-pop song Monday, Nov. 8.- Addison Klein ‘25

With a new friend in class, Amelia Niedbalec '23 takes notes with the new crested gecko in Mr. Michalski's class on Nov. 5.- Jenna Santos ‘2

During AVID class on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Yoline Hocket ´22 presents a tutorial to a small group of her peers.- Keely Murphy ‘22

In probability and statistics class on Wednesday, Nov. 10, Omari Rihnheart '22 and Micheal Skarleski '22 perform and experiment with Mrs. White.- Adriana Nuzzo ‘22