Superintendent’s Message - D120
As we wrap up the first semester of the 2022-23 school year and head into the winter break, our MHS community has so many reasons to be proud.
We’ve completed our first several months under the trio of new leadership - Principal Alexandria Taylor, Associate Principal Mike Souza and Assistant Principal of Student Life Stevee Libert. They’re off to a great start. Not surprisingly, our staff and our students have also had a great start.
There have been so many achievements this fall, from sports to music to academics, that it’s difficult to list them all here. But I’ll offer some highlights.
To start with, the students in our AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) have been accepted into more than 84 colleges. They’ve received more than $2.6 million in scholarships - so far!
We recently saw MHS seniors Alicia Brak and Jessica Caballero place first and second at the American Legion Oratorical Contest district level. They’re on their way to division-level competition early next year. We also had reason to be proud of our Honors English 4 classes. These Students completed the inaugural Charity Outreach Project, and the winning team of seniors Josmar Osorio and Mariana Valencia raised more than $700 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Our Science Olympiad competitors - Tyler Bell, Ciara West, Ava McQuain and Kristina Spada - took home four medals at a recent competition at Neuqua Valley High School. In November, eight of our musicians - Leila Moon, Jessica Noncek, Rey Palacios, Isabella Rodriguez, Ciara West, Chloe Langford, Nick Proenza and Mariana Van Eycke - were selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Band and Orchestra at New Trier High School. In December, Jacob Irabagon, Chloe Langford, Neil Martin, Leila Moon and Sam Penteado were selected as All-State Musicians for IMEA District 7.
And, in a single weekend in November, our Robotics team, Cross Country team and Girls Swimming and Diving team all represented Mustang Nation with memorable performances: Swimmers Riley Routledge and Amelia Willis qualified for state; one of our MHS Robotics teams, made up of Evelyn McNulty, Jill Kennicott, Samantha Nevergall, Freddy Song, Johnny Anno, Caleb Beversdorf and Keith Coleman, took first place in a tournament at MHS; and Cross Country runners Javi Mata and Praise Oyebanji competed in the state event in Peoria.
And it wasn’t just about our students - MHS Swimming and Diving Coach Melissa Sethma was named Sectional Dive Coach of the Year.
There were so many more successes this fall and so much more to come in the second semester. We look forward to a great finish matching the great start we had to the 2022-23 school year.
Dr. Kevin Myers
Superintendent, District 120