The Standard: A Successful Career Day


By Danny Hughes ´23

Another successful Career Day took place last Friday. Thank you to all the Brother Rice Alumni that made Career Day such a success.

Senior Troy Bever said, “Career Day was overall a pretty good experience. It was interesting hearing about all these different jobs, some of which I have never even heard of, and the former students telling stories from their various walks of life.”

Career Day is a way to learn about all the possible job paths Brother Rice students can take. Alumni that come to Career Day give out business cards and industry knowledge so that students have […]

The Standard: A Successful Career Day2023-04-01T11:22:14-05:00

The Standard: The Cy Young of ‘91


By Joe Scarriot ‘23

The greatest achievement as a Brother Rice athlete is to be inducted into the Circle of Champions. Members of the Circle of Champions have all made a name for themselves as a Crusader. George Escobarete ‘91 joins this honorable group of very few.

George Escobarete played baseball at Brother Rice and created an impressive resume for himself as a pitcher. In the 1991 season, George was voted as team MVP by his teammates. He struck out batters left and right with 75 strikeouts. George was not only a starter, but also a closer for the Crusaders. He led the […]

The Standard: The Cy Young of ‘912022-10-12T19:51:36-05:00

The Standard: Valladay Making a Name for Himself


By Danny Durkin ‘23

Former Crusader Xazavian Valladay is making a big name for himself.

Valladay, who graduated from Brother Rice in 2017, was a phenomenal football player at Rice and continues to show his talents now. While he started on the B team his freshman year of high school, he continued to stay on the path and kept working.

Former offensive coordinator, and now current special teams coach for the Crusaders, Rich Lane said, “Valladay continued to work and develop. He had a terrific attitude and his hard work was a huge factor in Valladay becoming a big asset to the Crusader team […]

The Standard: Valladay Making a Name for Himself2022-09-27T19:44:51-05:00

The Standard: “The Wizard of Zou”


By Josh Sutker ‘23

Everyone in the Brother Rice community knows about the man behind the camera. At every sporting event last year, he was either taking pictures, broadcasting in his bright orange jacket, or playing defense for the lacrosse team. Jacob “Wiz” Wizgird ‘22 began to churn out content at the beginning of the football season last year, and it only got better with time.

Wizgird’s passion for videography and photography began in the BRTV club. He was able to cover the game from a different angle and started to realize how cool sports were, especially on 99th and Pulaski.

Wizgird had the […]

The Standard: “The Wizard of Zou”2022-09-27T19:39:29-05:00

Bobby Frasor Is Inducted Into the Catholic League Hall of Fame


Congratulations to Bobby Frasor ’05 on being inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame!

The Blue Island native attended St. Benedict school before attending Brother Rice High School. While at Brother Rice, Frasor played three years of varsity basketball, winning two sectional championships and one Super-Sectional. Frasor began to stand out as a junior when he averaged twelve points and five assists on a team that finished the season 26–2. The following year, Frasor’s senior season, he averaged 21 points, five rebounds, and seven assists and was named the Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year. In his total time […]

Bobby Frasor Is Inducted Into the Catholic League Hall of Fame2022-05-19T12:43:02-05:00

The Standard : Barstool Carl comes back to Brother Rice for Career Day


By Tony Macellaio ‘22

You always hear people say that celebrities are normal people just like us. I never really believed that until Career Day. Mike Sterk ‘05 aka Barstool Carl came and spoke to Ms. Pacetti’s sixth period class about his time at Brother Rice and his transition into his current career.

A bunch of kids were looking forward to hearing funny stories about Barstool Sports and the numerous athletes Carl has met. However, he stayed away from talking about that and gave us some really good advice about pursuing our passions.

“It was pretty cool to see how much of a genuine […]

The Standard : Barstool Carl comes back to Brother Rice for Career Day2022-04-02T12:10:40-05:00

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

Alumni Spotlight: Sean O’Reilly ’08


Written By: Jack Zampillo ’18


Men of Edmund are called to serve. 

To serve the community, the school, and it’s people.

Sean O’Reilly, Class of 2008, answered his call to service at an early age and hasn’t looked back. 

Following his time at Rice, Sean attended St. Ambrose University on a basketball scholarship. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he made the ultimate leap of faith by joining the United States Army in 2013. 

O’Reilly served three and a half years as a Cavalry Scout specializing in reconnaissance, stationed in Fort Stewart, Georgia. […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sean O’Reilly ’082022-01-12T11:02:50-06:00

Alumni Spotlight: Brendan Coghlan ‘18


Written By: Jack Zampillo ’18

The term “mind over matter” is intriguing. 

Do our minds have the ability to negate and persevere through hardships we may endure in the physical world? 

For Brendan Coghlan, the answer is yes. 

Coghlan, Class of 2018, exemplified the meaning of a true Crusader through dedication to his craft in and out of the classroom. Brendan graduated from Rice at the forefront of the National Honors Society, tallying a 4.64 GPA with an impressive list of extracurriculars. He was a four-year member of the basketball program, a varsity starter his junior and senior years. […]

Alumni Spotlight: Brendan Coghlan ‘182021-12-17T10:27:54-06:00


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