Thursday, April 28, 2022

Mustang News - April 28, 2022


May Calendar

MAY 2022










Decision Day

4th Period


Night of Percussion




Band Honors Concert

Half Day

12:20pm Dismissal

6:30pm –11pm




Choir Concert

St. Mary of the Annunciation



Spring Pops Concert

Senior Finals

Choir & No!se Finale Concert


Breakfast for Seniors

Cap & Gown pickup

7:45am - noon

Senior Honors Ceremony


Evening of Jazz



NOW Arena

End of Year Celebration for all students


Half Day

12:20pm Dismissal


Semester 2



Semester 2











Honors Jazz Ensemble

Kracklauer Park


Memorial Day



An Evening of Music

May 9 @ 7 pm

Please join us for a wonderful evening of choral music, performed by our Honors Concert Choir and Honors Master Singers ensembles.  Some featured works are Refuge, Inveniam Viam, Sing Gently, and I Will Be With You.  Performed at the beautiful St. Mary of the Annunciation parish, this free evening of singing is the culmination of a year's worth of work for these two honors ensembles, and is sure to lift your spirits!


Open these links for important information:

Graduation Practice Video

Parent Letter

Seating chart coming soon!

MHS Job Board

Are you looking for a job? Would you like a summer job, employment after graduation, an internship or another employment opportunity? is our career web page. The purpose of this page is to connect interested students with part-time employment, seasonal and internship opportunities - as well as career after high school opportunities.  It also includes information about upcoming career fairs, employer open houses, and various industry specific promotional events. 

Most of these jobs do not require prior experience. Instead, local companies are seeking students who are eager to learn, dependable, committed and willing to work hard.  That’s what Mustangs are all about; so companies want to work with you! 

You can access it from the MHS web page under the STUDENTS link, or go directly to this page Some of the current available jobs include:

  • CDW- Distribution
  • Wiss Janney Elstner-Chemistry Lab Technician
  • Liberty Auto City- Phone Operator
  • Affiliated Dental-Orthodontic Assistant
  • Banner Day Camp-Camp Counselor
  • The Fisher Burton Company-Office Assistant
  • Dairy Queen- Crew Member
...and more
  • Jobs are added all the time, so keep looking. 

See Mrs. Fiore in the CCRC with any questions. 
Check it out today!

Friday Focus

College & Career

SENIOR DECISION DAY is Monday, May 2nd during 4th period at the Football Stadium!  ALL Seniors will be excused from 4th period to celebrate their post secondary decision for the coming years.

Again, ALL SENIORS are invited to attend whether you are joining the Military, attending community college, attending a four-year university, or jumping straight into the workforce.

Snacks will be served!

We CANNOT wait to celebrate YOU!

Remember to watch for scholarship deadlines in your Naviance account. You can review all scholarships guaranteed to go to MHS graduates in the class of 2022 HERE

Don’t forget to visit our virtual CCRC for more information about planning for your future!

MHS Job Board


Girls Lacrosse

Coaches Corner: Filley & Norris

Mundelein High Schools Varsity Girls Lacrosse beat Highland Park 14-2 on April 25. The girls lacrosse team is currently 6-6. Their next game is Saturday April 30 from 9am to 10 am at Geneva High School. The next home game will be May 16 against Carmel. Please come out to support your girls lacrosse team. 

Boys Volleyball

Coaches Corner: Dressen & Willis

Congratulations to the boys volleyball teams for their wins over Libertyville last week on Wednesday and against Grayslake North this past Monday. The Varsity team recently spent time with the Freshmen and Frosh/Soph teams in our Big Brother event where the Varsity led drills and demonstrations to help take all the players’ skills to the next level. Plus it was a great team bonding day! We have some NSC matches against Lake Zurich at home on Wednesday the 27th and Stevenson away on Thursday the 28th.  This Saturday, the Varsity heads to the Grayslake Central Invitational where they will face Huntley, Heritage Christian Academy, Proviso West, and others. JV heads to the Libertyville Tournament where they will also  face multiple schools. And then ALL levels play at home on Wednesday, May 4th against Warren. Games are at 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Come out and support your Mustangs!


Coaches Corner: Kat McCreery 

Sophia Zepeda represented Mundelein High School on the Illinois Student Advisory Committee at the IHSA offices in Bloomington, IL.  She is one of a handful of talented student-athletes chosen throughout the state of Illinois for this honor.  We are so proud of you Sophia!

Junior Rayna Carreathers joined the Home Run Club on Tuesday vs. Waukegan! With that win, the Mustangs moved to 4-3 in the North Suburban Conference League. Go Mustangs!

Softball - Rayna Carreathers with the Mundy chain.

Boys Track & Field

Coaches Corner: Kurt Rutz

It was a full week of track and field! The entire team – athletes, coaches and parents – were delighted to host the Keith Zawila Middle School Invitational Saturday at our facilities.  Named in memory of one of our dedicated track parents,  17 middle school teams participated after a three year hiatus.  Mentoring young runners, many of whom will be coming to MHS, our athletes really rose to the occasion in their volunteer efforts. Later the same day, at the Palatine Distance Night, two of our freshmen ran in the freshman 1600.  The field included some of the best freshmen in the state.  Javier Mata took 5th in a big PR of 4:39 while Marco De La Cruz took 12th, with a 3 second PR of his own running 4:46. The team then traveled to Stevenson on Monday to compete against the host school and Lake Zurich.  Marcel Siepko supplied a lot of the fireworks as he came from behind to win a close 100m race. He then anchored the 4 x 200 relay and a come from behind victory.  For good measure, Marcel volunteered to anchor the 4 x 400 relay, which also won in their fastest time of the year by 5 seconds.  The other Mustang win on the day came from freshman Marco De La Cruz in the 3200 meters.  Marco, competing at that distance for the first time ever, ran a fine time of 10:39 for the win. Later this week the team will run their JV crew at Antioch on Wednesday, and then join the girls team at the legendary Palatine Relays on Saturday. Our rescheduled senior night meet is also back on so come out and cheer on May 2nd at the MHS track!

Athletes volunteering - Middle School Meet

Javier and Mata at Palatine Distance night

Javier Mata Distance night

MHS athlete helping at the shot put

Athletes volunteering - Middle School Meet

Girls Track & Field

Coaches Corner: Nate Sweet

The Girls Track and Field team ended their dual meet season on Monday with a senior night meet against Lake Zurich and Stevenson.  Scores in the meet were: Sariah Hutchinson  (200m, High Jump), Jocelyn Gomez (400m), Praise Oyebanji (800m), Amber Dean (800m, 1600m), Alea Sweet (1600m), Abigail Shifley (100m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles), Jordyn Miller (300m Hurdles), Sharron Kagan (Shot, Discus), Kathleen Asmussen (Shot), Tori Weaver (Triple Jump), the 4x800m Relay beat Stevenson with Amber Dean, Vivi Gonzalez, Isabella DelaCruz, and Jocelyn Gomez, and finally the 4x400m relay ended the meet in superior fashion running a 4 second season best winning the event.  Those athletes were Praise, Vivi, Jocelyn and Jordyn.  It was a fitting end to Senior Night.  

Last Saturday Jordyn Miller qualified and competed in the prestigious Palatine Distance Night in the 800m.  She competed against most of the top 800m runners across the state and finished 5th overall.  Her time of 2:18.50 was a season best and is setting her up nicely for a return to the EIU campus in May for the State Track and Field Finals.

Boys Tennis JV

Coaches Corner: Coach Berg

JV Boys Tennis played in the Lakes Community High School tournament this past weekend. Emmanuel Bahena finished 1st in first singles, Logan Ashworth finished 1st in second singles, Enrique Gonzalez and Animesh Bijwat finished 1st in first doubles, Matthew Franzen and James Bullington took 1st in second doubles, Graham Ney and Ein Gwon took 1st in third doubles, and Rohan Thakkar and Jalen Lewis took 1st in fourth doubles. The MHS JV team took first place overall. It was a great TEAM effort. 


On Wednesday, Miguel Hernandez received the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. This award recognizes excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. The NFF Metro Chapter Board of Directors has chosen Miguel and 10 others for this award. Congratulations Miguel! This well-deserved recognition includes a $1,000 college tuition scholarship, a professionally engraved trophy and an Awards presentation.

Coach DeFrancesco nominated Miguel for this prestigious award and had this to say about him, “Miguel is without question one of the hardest-working players in the entire program.  He is talented, caring, intuitive, dedicated and focused in his pursuits.  He consistently seeks constructive feedback so he can improve academic, athletic and life skills, which is a rare and impressive quality in a high school student.  Miguel is bi-lingual and he has helped many students who have a language barrier.”

Miguel with Head Football Coach Vince DeFrancesco and Coach Whitson

Miguel with parents Isorelia and Miguel

Miguel with Head Coach DeFrancesco and Chris Kearney (NFF Chapter President)


The weather is getting warmer, so that means it's time to get outside and get your yards ready for the summer. Our annual Mulch Fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 8am-4pm. We will be selling bags out of Sawvell's lot, at the corner of 176 and 60 (Across the street from Crossroads and Walgreens). Bags are $4 each. Yes, we did have to raise the price a little bit. We are a little bit more expensive per bag than that big orange store down the street, but you're going to get a better product, and you're supporting a local Mundelein business and MHS. Now for the best part, we can deliver and spread it for you! Why would you want to get your car and hands dirty? Since we are using their lot, we should always have what you need available, so just drive by and pick it up. I have attached our flier with more info. If it's not too much trouble I would love for you to help us get the word out. Please share our flier on your neighborhood Facebook groups and any other social media platform. Please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks for your support.   


Alumni News

Daily Herald

'I feel like I just started yesterday':

Retiring Mundelein cop, canine lauded by mayor and board

A veteran Mundelein police officer and the four-legged half of the department's canine team are

retiring. Officer Kathleen "Katie" Smith is leaving the department May 5 after 25 years of service. Titan the German shepherd is heading to retirement after about seven years on the job. Smith and Titan were publicly lauded by Mayor Steve Lentz, village trustees, staffers and audience members during Monday night's board meeting. Lentz read proclamations honoring both of them and then gave framed copies of the documents to Smith and to Titan's longtime partner, Sgt. Steven Kroll. A Mundelein High School graduate 1989, Smith spent her entire law enforcement career in Mundelein. She joined the department as a patrol officer in 1997 and eventually became a field training officer, teaching most of the department's current officers how to do the job, Chief John Monahan said. "She has always been a role model for other officers," Monahan said before the meeting. Smith also worked in the investigations unit, as a crime prevention officer, with the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and in other roles. Smith said she'll miss the job and the people she got to know doing it. "That's what's so great about this job," Smith said earlier in the day. "You don't know what you're going to run into or who you're going to meet." Titan is retiring because Kroll was promoted to sergeant April 3 and no longer will be Mundelein's canine officer. As often is the case for retired police dogs, Titan will remain in Kroll's care. Born in 2013, Titan was trained at TOPS Kennel in Grayslake and joined the department in 2015. Titan and Kroll assisted in drug cases, searches and in other law-enforcement roles. Over the course of his career, Titan helped police find 40 illegal guns, more than 460 grams of cocaine, more than 144 grams of methamphetamine, more than 87 grams of heroin and more than 10 kilograms of illegal cannabis products, among other contraband, Lentz said. But Titan also was part of the department's community relations mission. He and Kroll teamed for demonstrations to groups and businesses and at community events. Titan also was an ever-popular element of the department's citizen police academies. "Titan's presentations always were the favorite," Monahan said. Kroll formally was sworn in as a sergeant during Monday's meeting, too. Monahan hopes to have a new canine team in place this fall.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Mustang News - April 21, 2022


Friday Focus


Internet Safety for Teens Presentation

Parent presentation in both English and Spanish

Parents will learn:

  1. Popular apps used by kids
  2. Dangers associated with those apps
  3.  How to protect your kids  

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 at 5pm, Virtual

Click HERE for flyer and Zoom Link

Medline & MHS Band Boosters Present An Evening of Jazz

Friday, May 13th – 6pm-10pm

The DoubleTree in Mundelein, IL

Free Admission

Please consider purchasing a Buffet Ticket ($20) and enjoy musical performances by:

  • Mundelein High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Mundelein High School Jazz Orchestra
  • Fremont Middle School 8th Grade Jazz Band

The event will include a dinner buffet, cash bar, live auctions led by Mr. Jonathan Meier as emcee, and a silent auction!  This event serves as the largest fundraising opportunity for the MHS Band Boosters who support students in the Mundelein High School band program through summer scholarships, lesson scholarships, and so much more.

Class of 2022 end of year and graduation information

Click HERE for updated Class of 2022 Graduation Information

College & Career

SENIORS! SENIOR DECISION DAY is Monday, May 2nd during 4th period at the Football Stadium! ALL Seniors will be excused from 4th period to celebrate their post secondary decision for the coming years.

Again, ALL SENIORS are invited to attend whether you are joining the Military, attending community college, attending a four-year university, or jumping straight into the workforce.

Snacks will be served!

We CANNOT wait to celebrate YOU!

Remember to watch for scholarship deadlines in your Naviance account. You can review all scholarships guaranteed to go to MHS graduates in the class of 2022 HERE. 

Don’t forget to visit our virtual CCRC for more information about planning for your future!


National Letter of Intent signing day

Congratulations to the following 11 student athletes who have committed to the next level for their academic and athletic careers at the following colleges and universities. 

  • Connor Weik - Baseball - UW-Eau Claire
  • Jacob Buysse - Baseball - UW-Eau Claire
  • Nathan Espinosa - Baseball - Marian University
  • Carson Kowalski - Boys Soccer - University of Dubuque
  • Michael Romero - Boys Swimming & Diving - Saint Louis University
  • Jordan Schneckloth - Boys Volleyball - Augustana College
  • Tyler Vrska - Boys Volleyball - Dominican University
  • Monserrat Gomez - Cheer - Illinois State University
  • Omari Rhinehart - Football - UW-Whitewater
  • Xavier Ortiz - Football - Lake Forest College
  • Kellie Shanahan - Softball & Girls Golf - UW-Whitewater

See more photos at the end of the blog!

Boys Water Polo

Coaches Corner: Russ Gates

Congrats to both JV & Varsity Boys' Water Polo on their Wins over Warren! Great way to celebrate Senior Night! 

The Mustang Boys’ Water Polo team went 3-1 at the Best of the West Tournament in Naperville last weekend with their only loss to the tournament champions.  This earned them 4th place in the 9 team tournament and brought their overall record to 12-9.  The Mustangs look forward to this weekend where they host a 4 team tournament.  

Boys Volleyball

Coaches Corner: Dressen & Willis

Our Varsity volleyball team went 4 - 1 at the Lake County Invite this past weekend losing to Grant, but defeating Antioch, Grayslake North, Waukegan, and Deerfield to win the Silver Division. This brings the Varsity record to 11-5 so far this season. At the Barrington Tournament, the JV team beat Hinsdale South, Barrington, and Lake Zurich, but lost their final game against Lake Park in 3 close sets. The Frosh/Soph team went 5-0 winning the Libertyville Invite bringing their record to 11-0. Monday night Varsity, JV & the Frosh/Soph team beat Antioch. There has been a lot of exciting volleyball happening this past week!  All levels are Away at Grayslake North on Monday, but come back home to play Lake Zurich in the Mundelein Gym on Wednesday. And then all levels face Stevenson on Thursday.

Frosh Volleyball

Coaches Corner: Rossini

Frosh/Soph Boys volleyball team this past weekend went 5-0 and won the Libertyville Frosh/Soph Tournament. Their overall record now is 11-0. I am proud of their accomplishments so far.

Boys Lacrosse

Coaches Corner: Zach Michal

A tough, come from behind, overtime win vs Vernon Hills Cougars on Monday night. Big games from Logan Hansen (playing his former team), Evan Simos, and Tyler Dickey with the over time, game winning shot.

Girls Basketball

Congratulations to the Mustangs Girls Varsity Basketball team on being recognized for their All-State Academic Team Achievement award.

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association recently completed our third year of recognizing our All-State Academic Team Achievement Awards for varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams from across the state.

The 2021-2022 season saw a record number of total submissions from our member schools with outstanding accomplishments from all student-athletes during the basketball season.  In order to qualify, the full roster of a varsity team must successfully maintain a cumulative, unweighted GPA above a 3.0 average through the first semester of the current basketball season.

All schools are eligible to participate and the IBCA is very proud to support our students in their primary high school endeavor, while also recognizing the rigors of being a student-athlete in the sport of basketball.

Congratulations to all teams for their participation and success!

21-22 List of All-State Schools

Girls Soccer

Coaches Corner: Seong Ha

The girls lost the tournament opener in a heartbreaker last Thursday versus the Kaneland Knights, 0-1, in overtime.  On Friday, the girls bounced back with a 5-0 victory over the Larkin (Elgin) Royals.  Goalkeepers Jamie Ketchum and Jill Kennicott shared the shutout while goals were led by Grace Cordova’s first ever varsity goal and both Ashley Strachn & Rachel Sciortino each scoring two goals!  Delaney Kruse’s two assists along with Bella Cordova, Ailani Zires, and Nayeli Abrego paced the helpers throughout the tournament match. Finally, on Saturday, the team beat the Hampshire Whip-Purs, 2-0, with Nayeli Abrego earning a goal and an assist in the contest.  Ashley Strachn scored in the 18th minute, Bella Cordova fed Abrego on a 40-yard free kick bomb for an assist, and goalkeeper Abby Rounds earned a win and shutout by making 7 saves. The defense of Sam Nevergall, Lauren Coup, Bella Cordova, Natalie Wall, Ailani Zires, and Hanna Tenson provided 160 minutes of shutout soccer over the weekend. Way to go Mustangs!

JV Soccer 

Coaches Corner: Mike Dayton

The JV Girls Soccer Team recently traveled to Belvidere IL where they enjoyed great success in the tournament they played in.  After the games, the team stopped in Marengo, IL at Joe’s place for a bite to eat and more fun getting to know each other.


Coaches corner: McCreery & Wilhelm

Varsity softball finished the week with a doubleheader split versus Glenbrook North and moved to 3-3 (2-1 NSC).  A few more of our girls joined the Home Run Club (notice the Mundy Chain which signifies either a home run or striking out the side).  

Makenna Wolf receives the Mundy Chain

Reena Photopoulos receives the Mundy Chain

Abby Wolfe receives the Mundy Chain

Sophia Zepeda

Boys Tennis

Coaches corner: Cohen & Berg

Boys Tennis defeated Zion-Benton on Tuesday to raise their record to 4 + 3.  The Varsity also competed in the tough Maine South Invite on Saturday. #1 Singles player Kevin Edquiban raised his record to 8 + 1 on the season.  His only loss came Saturday to the Jacobs player that finished in fifth place at state in 2021.  Kevin raised his career record to 51 + 15 at #1 Singles for the Mustangs.  Kevin is making a case for consideration as the best male tennis player in Mundelein High School History.

Kevin Edquiban

JV Boys Tennis has had a few good matches against Libertyville, Lake Zurich and a tournament. This week we have matches Tuesday – Saturday! Hopefully we are getting some nice weather to play tennis in! Go Mustangs!  

JV tennis Animesh Bijawat

JV tennis Ein Gwon (left) and James Bullington (right)

JV tennis Joshua Bradley (left) and Enrique Gonzalez (right)

REMINDER - ANY BOY (3rd - 10th grade) INTERESTED IN TRYING THE SPORT OF TENNIS - contact Coach Cohen at to schedule a free lesson.

Summer Camp Information is also available on the school web-site.

Girls Track

Coaches corner: Nate Sweet

It has been a rough start to the outdoor half of the Girls Track & Field season, due to weather related cancellations, postponements, and cold temperatures.  However the girls have been handling these difficult conditions as well as possible.  At Warren in a double dual with Libertyville we had event winners Jordyn Miller (200m, 400m), Sharron Kagan (Discus)and the 4x400m Relay of Miller, Praise Oyebanji, Jenna Klein, and Jocelyn Gomez.  In a double dual with Zion Benton and Waukegan we had a team victory over Waukegan and individual event wins by Jordyn Miller (200m, 400m), Praise Oyebanji (800m), Abigail Shifley (100m hurdles), Sharron Kagan (Discus), Alicia Brak (High Jump), and the 4x800m relay of Amber Dean, Isablela DelaCruz, Viviana Gonzalez, and Jocelyn Gomez.  This past Saturday on a cold and windy day we had an invitational at Vernon hills.  Award winners were Jordyn Miller (800m), Kathleen Asmussen (Shot and Discus), the JV Distance Medley Relay of Amber Dean, Shannon Ouimet, Isabella DelaCruz, and Alea Sweet, and Sharron Kagan (Shot and Discus) who in the discus threw a NEW MEET RECORD of 36.39m.

Girls Track Kathleen Asmussen (left) Sharron Kagan (center) and Rosa Bonilla (right)

Boys Track

Coaches corner: Kurt Rutz

The Boys' Track team were on the road last week, as they traveled to Lane Tech on Thursday, and then Springfield Friday and Saturday. At Lane Tech the team battled winds of up to 40 MPH, which resulted in the cancellation of several events for safety.  The high winds didn't slow Marcel Siepko though, who led the team, winning the 100m and took 2nd in the 200.  Other scorers included Kevin Moyer, who was 6th in the 400m, Brandon Hansen, who took 4th in the Shot Put, and 3rd in the Discus, Ian Xu, who was 3rd in the Triple Jump. On Saturday, our young distance runners took center stage.  The F/S 4 x 800 Relay took 2nd in a fine time of 8:59.  That effort by the all-freshman foursome of Javier Mata, Marco De La Cruz, Logan Ramirez, and Alberto Diaz currently stands as the #2 time in the nation by an all-freshman team.  The top Varsity performance of the day went to Danny Shannon, who powered through strong winds to take 6th in the 300 hurdles, scoring the only varsity points on the day. This week we are hosting our annual Middle School track meet, the Kevin Zawila Invitational on Saturday. With 15 schools participating it will be an event to remember for these young athletes. The meet starts at 9AM in our stadium, and the weather looks to be great. Our senior night home meet this week was canceled but will be rescheduled in May.  As always, It's A Great Day To Be A Mustang!

Coaches Recognition

Congratulations to our very own Colin Franklinfor competing in the Boston Marathon (his 3rd time) on April 18th. The weather was beautiful-crisp and sunny! Colin ran a 2:44:02 which was a personal record for him.

Alumni News

Ashley Parola

Congratulations to MHS alumni Ashley Parola (2015) for winning the 18th annual capstone competition for Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She also won the pharmacy leadership award. Ashley and her team designed a business plan related to helping the high fall risk population in the outpatient setting. Ashley is currently studying for her Doctor of Pharmacy and graduates in 2023. We are excited to see what the future holds for her.

MHS Athletic Signing Ceremony

Tyler Vrska headed to Dominican University - Volleyball

Monserrat Gomez headed to Illinois State University - Cheerleading

Baseball team gathers to celebrate their teammates Connor, Jacob and Nathan

Cheerleaders gather to celebrate their teammate Monserrat Gomez

Softball team gathers to celebrate their teammate Kellie Shanahan

Coach McCreery with her college bound player Kellie

Coach Falinski with his college bound player Carson

Coach Sethna with his college bound swimmer Michael

Coach Lerner with his college bound players, Nathan, Jacob and Conner

Coach Dresses with his college bound players Tyler & Jordan

Coach Ellis with her college bound cheerleader Monserrat

Coach DeFrancesco with his college bound players Xavier and Omari

Nathan Espinosa headed to Marian University - Baseball

Omari Rhinehart headed to UW-Whitewater - Football

Connor Weik headed to UW-Eau Claire - Baseball

Carson Kowalski headed to University of Dubuque - Soccer

Michael Romero headed to Saint Louis University - Swimming

Xavier ORtiz headed to Lake Forest College - Football

Jacob Buysse headed to UW-Eau Claire - Baseball

Jordan Schneckloth headed to Augustana College - Volleyball

Kellie Shanahan headed to UW-Whitewater - Softball & Golf