Thursday, May 19, 2022

The FINAL Mustang News for the 2021-2022 School Year! May 20, 2022


Congratulations to the Class of 2022

The resilience of the Class of 2022 is nothing short of amazing.  This class has shouldered an intense amount of change and much if not all has been out of your control.  My hope for each of you is that through these circumstances, you have come to understand these ideals: 

  • people are more important than accomplishments
  • being physically present with other people is a privilege to enjoy and desire over a virtual experience
  • each person has value and deserves your respect
  • asking for assistance is not a sign of weakness but one of strength

Each of you has walked our hallways and will forever be a Mustang.  Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for the next steps you will take after high school.

Business Incubator Pitch Night Winner-Puck Tech

The team received a $3,000 scholarship as the award.

We had a very successful and exciting evening with students, volunteers, parents, friends, family, community members and community partners in attendance. We received many compliments on the value of this program and the real world experience it has provided our students.

“We are grateful for our talented team of professional volunteers that serve as coaches, mentors and  board of advisors. They join the Incubator classroom with energy, excitement, and provide our students with their experience and expertise to guide them in the development of their unique product or service.” Rosangela Fiore, Community Business Coordinator

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of students in my Incubator classes. It is rewarding to see them work through the challenges with their teams as they develop their business concept. The students showed growth and resilience as they transitioned back to the classroom this year”. Michelle Sherwin-Petrucci, Business Incubator Classroom Teacher

Hands on Geometry Class Celebrates a successful year!

In Geometry PBL, students used a hands on project based approach to learning geometry. Their final project of the year was making kites.  Students used similarity to scale up and scale down a drawing for the different parts of their kites.  They used Pythagorean Triples to square up the sails on their kites.  Students used similarity again to scale a picture onto the sail of their kite.  Finally, students used right triangle trigonometry to determine the height of their kite as they flew it.  Some other projects created this year were toy tops, Mobius cutting boards, gramophones, and bat houses.

This was the first year for instructors Russ Gates and Chris Stennett to teach the class this way.  Congratulations on successful year!

BATTLETOPS-students spun their finished tops in a winner takes all competition of whose top can outlast the others.

Finished Mobius cutting board-students explored the properties of parallelograms as they constructed these optical illusion cutting boards just in time to use for Thanksgiving.

Just in time for Halloween, students created bat themed bat houses and learned properties of parallel and perpendicular lines.

Jaylon Daniels poses with his finished gramophone.  Students learned the basics of geometry-measuring, segment and angle addition postulate, and sketching shapes as well as shop safety fundamentals.
Michael Diefenbacher and Julia Malek show off their finished kites.

Students made their own measurements on the blueprint to scale up their sails to full size.

Students made their own measurements on the blueprint to scale down for their harness for the kite supports.

Gabe Kendricks and David Garcia use 30-40-50 triangles to create right angles so that they can cut out their sails.

Alex Torralba Rivera uses similarity to map a smaller photo onto his kite sail

Johnny Ponce’s Kite as he attaches the rails to the sail.

Diego Bonilla flying his kite.

Yandel Herrera demonstrates how to measure the angle of elevation of the kite.

Creative Writing Town Project
Mrs. Teuber’s Semester 1 and 2 Mundelein High School Creative Writing students have been very busy creating fascinating towns wrapped in mystery and suspense. Students brainstorm towns and select one town to build and create together. They create a town map, buildings, and characters that inhabit and/or work in those buildings.  Each character has a separate story but read together, they build the mystery and conflicts of the town. This project strengthens student’s narrative writing skills, problem-solving skills, and provides them an opportunity to work together to design a product for a greater audience. 

This year’s towns: 
  • Ricca, California -- A modern day Hollywood where its inhabitants will kill to get a coveted role in the highly anticipated film Devil’s Darkness.  
  • Town of Light Valley -- A small town in Arizona where ominous lights illuminate the sky and people disappear with no trace.
  • Westwood Wasteland -- Formerly known as Westwood but changed its name after a nuclear explosion devastated the community. The town council created a game of survival to control its people.  
  • Hyacinth Valley -- A small town in Colorado where the townspeople were afraid to go out at night due to the evil natures of its people. When smog rolled in and covered the town, people’s behaviors started to calm. Rumors suggest the smog is not what it appears to be and some are growing weary of the smog. Beware as the smog begins to thin...
Learn more about the secrets of the class towns and how the lives of the townspeople intertwine by visiting the town project website link below.


Files on student Google Accounts:

Google accounts for students returning in the fall will NOT be deleted or deactivated. Students will keep their Google accounts (and Chromebooks) including all files & email contained in their Google accounts, until they graduate.

Graduating students will have their network and Google accounts deactivated on August 1st. Graduating students that wish to take their Google files with them should follow the directions specified at the bottom of our website: under the “Seniors: Export your Google Data!” section.

Special Offer for MHS Students - Learn & Earn Opportunities!

I'm pleased to invite your students, grades 9 -12 (including, the class of '22 grads), to participate in one or more of the "learn and earn" programs we are offering during June and July. They are open to all students who have interest or wish to learn about employer use of apprenticeships and the CLC academic programs related to them. Space is limited for each program so early registration in May is encouraged! 

Flyers are attached that you can use for each of the three programs to alert your faculty and students to these opportunities. Also attached the application forms for students to complete for one or more of the programs they wish to attend. When we receive the completed and signed applications we will follow up with the students on specific dates and times for these events. (Note: A parent or guardian must sign the application form.) We will provide transportation to the employer sites either in Lake County or Chicago.

***For the Shadow Days session on the Grayslake Campus of CLC, all will be held during the week of July 11th.

***For employer visits, here are the dates, all will be leaving by bus from the Grayslake Campus at 9:15 AM:

  •         June 9th - Siemens (Manufacturing)
  •         June14th - Schmechtig Landscapes ( Horticulture)
  •         June 15th - LMT - Onsrud (Manufacturing)
  •         June 20th - Medline (Manufacturing)
  •         June 21st - AON (Business Administration)
  •         June 22nd - MxD (IT/Cybersecurity, Manufacturing)
  •         June 23rd - Gerber Glass and Collision ( Automotive Collision Repair)

For the employer visits programs, the deadline to apply is Thursday, June 2nd.

For the Shadow Days programs, deadline to apply will be Thursday, June 30th.

All events include a $100 gift card for students who attend and complete the session. Students will receive their gift card at the conclusion of the session.

Join us for a family-friendly FREE Youth Fishing Derby on Sat, June 4th in Elgin! Enjoy free food, great prizes and raffles, and much more! Fishing poles and quick fishing lessons will also be provided for those youth in need. Space is limited, so register today at


Congratulations to the following student athletes who were rewarded with the North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship award. 

Each year the North Suburban Conference schools select one student-athlete from each sport who represents the true meaning of sportsmanship. The nominees from each sport were selected by their coaches/ADs utilizing some of the following criteria:

The athlete accepts and understands the seriousness of their responsibility and the privilege of representing their school and community, treats opponents the way they would like to be treated as a guest or friend, never directs remarks at opponents in a taunting manner and wishes opponents good luck before the game and congratulates them in a sincere manner following either victory or defeat.

Fall 21-22

  • B-Cross Country – Jonathan Gray
  • Football – Miguel Hernandez
  • B-Golf – Ryan Guerrero
  • Soccer – Bryan Morales
  • G-Cross Country – Monique Dirzo
  • G-Golf – McKenzie Begg
  • Swim & Dive – Remy Loerraker
  • Tennis – Brenda Mondragon
  • Volleyball – Bella Feijoo

Winter 21-22

  • B-Basketball – Kevin Moyer
  • B-Bowling – Emmanuel (Manny) Martin
  • Swim & Dive – Dominic Fidanze
  • Wrestling – Matt Senescu
  • G-Basketball – Brenda Mondragon
  • G-Bowling – Samantha Sciortino
  • Gymnastics – Jessica Lake
  • Cheerleading – Monserrat (Monse) Gomez
  • Dance – Jackie Pienta

Spring 21-22

  • Baseball – Caden Morton
  • G-Lacrosse – Kathryn Eddy
  • B-Lacrosse – Nathan Vicari
  • Softball – Adri Nuzzo
  • Soccer – Anahi Gonzalez
  • B-Track & Field – Jackson Shaltiel
  • G-Track & Field – Kathleen Asmussen
  • Tennis – Marco Anselmi
  • Volleyball – Tyler Vrska
  • G-Water Polo – Ashley Cline
  • B-Water Polo – Ayesh Chandrasekera

Boys Track & Field

Coaches corner: Kurt Rutz

The past week saw the team competing at the NSC Conference Meet at Libertyville. Highlights from the Varsity level showcased a number of athletes.  Junior Marcel Siepko delivered 2 third place finishes in the 100m/200m. Junior Kevin Moyer tied for 4th in the High Jump while equaling his PR in the event. Junior Ian Xu tied for 6th in the same event. The last event of the evening also provided the final score for our team, as we took 6th in the 4 x 400m relay, the highlight of that race being Senior Jackson Shaltiel returning from the Senior Awards back at MHS and slipping his spikes on and dashing over to the track just in time to compete. Our Freshmen and Sophomore distance runners also competed strong at the Varsity level. They started off with a surprise 3rd place finish in the 4 x 800 relay. The quartet of 3 freshmen- Marco De La Cruz, Javier Mata, and Logan Ramirez, along with sophomore Caden Minehart, managed to hold off Libertyville for the medal, in their fastest time of the year. Marco came back later in the 800m and exceeded expectations by claiming 6th place, with Javy doing the same in the 1600, taking 5th. Those competing at the F/S level did a great job as well. Freshman Alberto Diaz won the F/S Conference title in the 3200m, in brutal heat. Sophomore Nicholas Schwenk took 6th in the event. Those 2 provided most of our team's points in the meet. We also saw Senior Jackson Shaltiel receive the NSC Sportsmanship Award before he had to leave for the Senior Awards, a well-deserved honor.

Julian Eagar and Ian Xu

Marcel Siepko

Misael Reyes

Nick Schwenk in the 3200

Relay of Drew Patrick Nico Osorio Daian Harrison and Alberto Diaz

Ryan Bugaring

Boys track NSC sportsmanship winners. MHS Jackson Shaltiel

Girls Lacrosse

Coaches corner: Filley & Norris 

Senior night was a night to remember- From Grace Stanely scoring her 100 point to tears saying goodbye. The Mundelein Mustangs put up a good fight against Carmel High School. Congratulations to Hailey for having an amazing game as goalie and Millicent for being a strong defender. Thank you all for coming out and supporting your Mustangs girls lacrosse. 

Sending love to our seniors-

  • Grace Stanely - Going to University of Kentucky
  • Amelia Rodriguez- Going to University of Rochester 
  • Ashley Nevel- Going to Illinois State University 
  • Millicent Rehm- Going to Michigan State University 


Coaches corner: Greg Cohen & Payton Berg


The JV Boys Tennis Team finished up their season this weekend. We held our banquet on Monday. Overall, this season has been one for the books. So much growth as occurred this season. We are excited to get started this summer at camp!

Girls Track & Field

Coaches corner: Nate Sweet

The Girls Track and Field team ended their team season last Thursday night at the Buffalo Grove IHSA Sectional meet.  The temperatures were hot and so were the performances.  Alex Dirzo had a personal record (PR) in the 100m dash (13.68), Sariah Hutchinson (28.43) and Alexis Bellecomo (30.03) both had PR's in the 200m dash, Praise Oyebanji (59.55) and Jordyn Miller (57.13) both had PR's in the 400m dash - Praise missed a trip to the state meet by 0.3 sec. and Jordyn won the 400m qualifying here to the state meet. Jordyn also competed in the 800m (2:16.73) where she took second place in a season best time and also earned a trip to the state meet in this event as well.  Praise (5: 28.06) returned to run the 1600m and was joined by Amber Dean (6:13..31) for two more PR's. Abigail Shifley had a PR in the 100m Hurdles (17.57) and the 300m hurdles (53.96).  In the Triple Jump Lauren Mjoen had a season best with a jump of 8.77m.  The 4x100m relay team of Alexis Bellecomo, Alex Dirzo, Jenna Klein, and Sariah Hutchinson ran their best time of the year (54.74) and the 4x200m relay team of Gabi Lipski, Alex Dirzo, Sariah Hutchinson, and Jenna Klein also ran their season best time of 1:56.19.  Sectional medalists include: Jordyn Miller (400m and 800m), Praise Oyebanji (400m and 1600m), Abigail Shifley (100m Hurdles), and Sharron Kagan (Shot Put and Discus).

Boys Water Polo

 The Boys’ Water Polo Team finished their 2022 season 17-14-1.  Last week, the Mustangs beat Warren 12-4 in sectional quarterfinal action.  Freshman Goalie John Gorsica made the first varsity start of his career in the playoff game and recorded 6 saves.  The Mustangs fell to Libertyville 8-5 in the semifinal round.  Alec Sethna was named to first team all sectional, Ayesh Chandrasekera was named to second team all sectional, and Anthony Petrashko was named to Honorable Mention All sectional.

Freshman Goalie John Gorsica comes up to make a save against Warren Township High School in the sectional quarterfinal game

Senior Ayesh Chandrasekera was name 2nd team all sectional

Senior Anthony Petrashko was named All Sectional Honorable Mention

Sophomore Alec Sethna was named 1st team all sectional

Boys Volleyball

Coaches corner: Dressen & Willis

After winning against Lake Forest and Grant last week, our Varsity team honored their MHS staff members at the home game against Highland Park this past Monday. We are all appreciative of the time and energy these staff members have put into our athletes, students, and school! On Friday our lower levels completed their seasons with their matches against Grayslake Central. We are so proud of your hard work, and we can’t wait to see what you do next season!  Also, on Friday, we celebrated our seniors on Senior night. Thank you, gentlemen, for your dedication to your school, for your hard work, and for your leadership! Even though the school year is now complete, our Varsity team continues into the postseason with the Regional Quarter-final on Monday and hopefully, the Regional Semi-final on Tuesday, both at Vernon Hills High School. The Regional Finals game will take place on Thursday, and our team will continue to play as long as we continue to win.  Thank you all for your support and encouragement this season! We are proud of our volleyball Mustangs!

Boys volleyball seniors

Boys volleyball staff appreciation night

Girls soccer program pic for senior night recognition 

Soccer senior night collage

Softball NSC sportsmanship winner Ashley Wolverton

Coaches from Zion and MHS celebrate their two sportsmanship winners

Retired AD from MHS Doug Duval and current AD Troy Parola congratulate Perry Wilhelm (former AD at MHS) for being inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Hall of Fame