Brother Rice High School is pleased to announce that 36 Brother Rice students from the graduating Class of 2021 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars. 

On average, approximately 10% of graduates from approved high schools are announced as Illinois State Scholars each year. This year, Brother Rice boasts 26% of students from the Class of 2021 as Illinois State Scholars and is proud to have, once again, the most boys named State Scholars from Catholic high schools on the Southside. 

These students possess a strong academic potential and are chosen based on a combination of good ACT or SAT scores and sixth-semester class rank.

Kevin Brown (Most Holy Redeemer), Nick Cipriani (Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School), Quinn Clifford (Queen of Martyrs), Joseph Collins (St. Linus), Lewis Conn Jr. (St. Linus), Emmett Connolly (St. Cajetan), John Creviston (Westchester Middle School), Frank Cunnea (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Sean Deane (Queen of Martyrs), Conor Durkin (Most Holy Redeemer), Kyle Gallagher (St. Linus), Brian Gidney (St. Cajetan), Garrett Greene (St. Linus), Justin Hardiek (St. Germaine), Joseph Hladik (St. John Fisher), Ryan Kirchman (St. Albert the Great), John Kelly (Incarnation), Matthew Lufrano (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Kevin Lynch (Mount Greenwood), Michael Lynch (Annie Keller Regional Gifted School), Stephen Lynch (Mount Greenwood), Sean Mahanes (St. Cajetan), Paul McGrath (St. Germaine), Kevin O’Connell (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Jeffrey Panella (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Seamus Quinn (St. Michael), Collin Rice (St. Benedict), Matthew Rogers (St. John Fisher), Brendan Ryan (St. Linus), Kiernan Schumacher (St. Cajetan), Joseph Spaitis (St. John Fisher), Christopher Staszak (Cardinal Joseph Bernadin), Christopher Valles (St. Jane de Chantal), Gabriel Valles (St. Jane de Chantal), Daniel Wallace (St. Germaine), Daniel Zapata (St. Catherine of Alexandria)

As a school, we look back at what has been another challenging year for our Crusaders. They have had to adapt to a hybrid schedule, adhere to ever-changing guidelines, and keep up with their studies and activities. 

Principal Bob Alberts said, “Our school community has worked tirelessly to move our curriculum forward and to ensure that our students are prepared to take their next step in life.” 

“In this most difficult of years, the Class of 2021 has stepped up in every way. To be able to recognize thirty-six Illinois State Scholars is another phenomenal accomplishment of this senior class,” said Director of Counseling Pat Creed. 

Brother Rice High School is so proud of our Illinois State Scholars for their exceptional academic achievement!