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