Robotics at the MATE ROV World Championships


The team had an amazing 2nd pool run. Alex Novak piloted the ROV beautifully, Mic Arundel was an unflappable leader and captain Peter Connolly devised a device between our first and second attempt that allowed us to complete 3 new tasks that we had never before attempted, without testing or practice! 

On their 2nd attempt the boys bested their first attempt total by 54 points! This was also 40 points better than the total that won the Midwest regional championship with!

During the final collaborative challenge Brother Rice’s robot was so capable that a higher ranked team […]

Robotics at the MATE ROV World Championships2023-06-29T09:12:01-05:00

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Br. Patrick Hayes


By Alex Cichowicz ‘23

For 32 years and counting, we have had an incredible teacher here at Brother Rice. Brother Patrick Hayes is an outstanding physics teacher and, overall, an inspiration to the young men he teaches each day. He is known for his intricate labs and the physics trips for the students that he chaperones.

Every January during Christmas break, Br. Hayes takes a couple of his students to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base to observe almost every aircraft in existence. They also take a trip down to Florida in the summer to see the Kennedy Space Center and possibly even […]

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Br. Patrick Hayes2023-02-23T21:49:45-06:00

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Mr. Don Molenda


By Patrick Mahanes ‘23

Mr. Molenda is currently teaching his 40th year at Brother Rice. He became interested in teaching because he wanted to coach. He coached track for 32 years and cross country for 35 years at Brother Rice.

It was very clear that Mr. Molenda loved coaching track and field and cross country during the interview.Mr. Molenda’s favorite memories at Brother Rice were, “Going down state, winning the Catholic League, winning the first regional, and winning the second regional.”

Mr. Molenda began teaching at Brother Rice because it was the only job he could get back in 1983.  He started off teaching […]

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Mr. Don Molenda2022-11-10T19:39:32-06:00

Brother Rice High School Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs


Brother Rice High School students excelled in College Board assessments and school work to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students

Chicago, Illinois – Brother Rice High School has six students earning academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs: Alexander Novak (St Germaine), Alexander Lamantia (St Germaine), Carlo Alvarez (Cardinal Joseph Bernardin), Daniel Leon (St Germaine), Emmanuel Richardson (Keller Regional Gifted), & Julian Gamboa (St Germaine). These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with […]

Brother Rice High School Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs2022-08-31T11:50:51-05:00

May Daily Prayers


Sunday, May 1, 2022

Third Sunday of Easter

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph the Worker and Religious Brothers Day

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN

God of mercy and compassion, thank you for the extraordinary life, witness, and ministry of Religious Brothers in our Church. In your wisdom, you have called these ordinary men to generously serve, pray, and share your healing love with others. Deepen our appreciation for the vocation of Religious Brothers, their […]

May Daily Prayers2022-05-02T09:22:08-05:00

Crusader Esports – Year One


Written by Jack Zampillo ’17

The Brother Rice Esports program is off to a great start in its first year. 

Coordinated by science teacher Mr. Evan Strehlau, the club provides both a competitive and leisurely gaming experience for students looking to further develop their skills while learning how to work as a team and communicate with other players. 

The Esports team is currently composed of 13 students who compete through the PlayVS platform, a company that hosts virtual gaming competitions between high schools across the country. They compete in games such as […]

Crusader Esports – Year One2022-05-12T11:36:48-05:00

April Daily Prayers


Friday, April 1, 2022

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Hugh of Grenoble

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN

Loving God, 
You have heard my complaints, my impatience. 
Sometimes I become frightened when I move away from you. 
Guide my heart back to you. 
Help me to think beyond my own wants 
and to desire only to […]

April Daily Prayers2022-04-05T12:04:35-05:00

March Daily Prayers


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Today we celebrate the feast of St. David

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN

all I want is to be faithful to you in my life, 
but so often I fail. 
Free me from my many sins 
and guide me to the life I will share with you. 
I wait for your promise […]

March Daily Prayers2022-03-08T13:31:30-06:00

3rd Annual Be Exceptional Gala


Please join Brother Rice High School in celebrating its 65-year anniversary at the 3rd Annual Be Exceptional Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Loews Hotel Chicago.  Doors open at 6:00 PM for a silent auction and refreshments, followed by a plated dinner and live auction, as well as live musical entertainment by The Connexion Band.   

This year’s honorees include Couple of the Year, Dan (‘03) & Liz Huber; Organization of the Year, G3 Construction; Blessed Edmund Rice “Be Exceptional” Community Service Award, […]

3rd Annual Be Exceptional Gala2022-02-17T09:23:14-06:00

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Walker ’12


Written by Jack Zampillo ’18

“Once a Crusader. Always a Crusader” were the first words 2012 graduate Andrew Walker used to reflect on his relationship with Brother Rice. 

“Years pass, life goes on…but anytime I see someone from Brother Rice, it feels like we’re just catching up. It really feels like family.”

Now the co-owner of The Heartland Builders company, Andrew praises how four years on 99th and Pulaski helped prepare him for his future. 

“I always felt so much support from the staff,” he said. “The commitment and discipline that’s required of you as a Crusader […]

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Walker ’122022-02-11T17:21:31-06:00


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