The Standard is the Brother Rice High School student published newspaper.

The Standard: Macs Win State Championship


By Ryan Gierhahn ‘23

The Mother McAuley volleyball team entered the 2022 season with a chip on their shoulder. The Macs had fallen just short of a legendary run in 2021, losing a heartbreaker to Metea Valley in the final set of the 4A state championship game.

Being so close to victory obviously had an effect on the players; but instead of reminiscing about the loss, they were determined to get back to work and earn another shot at the title.

Senior middle Maeve Moonan said, “The moment this season started my team and I wanted nothing more than to get back down […]

The Standard: Macs Win State Championship2022-11-28T23:19:48-06:00

The Standard: Turkey Bowl


By Jack Morrison ‘23

Last Wednesday, Brother Rice hosted their third annual Turkey Bowl. With 28 teams ready to compete for first place, it was destined to be a good time.

The first round was full of many upsets, the biggest being Team Mendoza taking down Team Marcus Brown. Many people had Team Marcus Brown going all the way to the championship and taking it all. But, Team Mendoza had other plans. With big performances from Mikey Santos and Roman Harris, Team Mendoza came away with a gritty win.

Mikey Santos said, “You know we just had more pride and passion. Everyone doubted us, […]

The Standard: Turkey Bowl2022-11-28T23:10:49-06:00

The Standard: Behind the Scenes of “The Little Mermaid”


By Alex Cichowicz ‘23

“The Little Mermaid” is a Disney movie we all know and love. Most of us remember watching it as kids and recalling every funny little detail. This year the Mother McAuley Theater has brought this to us as a musical to enjoy with friends and family.

Many students put so much time and hard work into this and couldn’t wait to present it to the audience. Before big shows there is a lot of excitement and nervousness throughout the room.

Junior P.J. Panarese, who played Trident, said, “When opening night hits, at first you feel the nerves start to hit, […]

The Standard: Behind the Scenes of “The Little Mermaid”2022-11-28T23:03:47-06:00

The Standard: Live Like John


By Cameron Slavin ‘23

On Thursday, Nov. 17, Brother Rice hosted a dress down fundraiser for “Live Like John”. Brother Rice raised just under $1,000 and all of the proceeds went to The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. To top it off, Brother Rice is also going to make a donation of $1,000.

John McNicholas was a sophomore at St Rita when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. John passed away on Jan. 27, 2011, after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. He was only 15 years old.

At the time of John’s diagnosis, doctors did not have as much of […]

The Standard: Live Like John2022-11-28T22:51:11-06:00

The Standard: Snow Day…Maybe?


By George Raphael-McElroy ‘23

I woke up in the morning and it looked bright out; my first thought was that I overslept, but when I checked my phone, it was only 4:30 a.m. I was a little confused. Instead of sleeping for another 30 minutes and teasing myself, I just got ready a little earlier. As I was going to my basement to grab my laundry, I noticed that it had snowed, and that was the reason for it looking so bright outside.

As a teenage boy, the first thought that came to my head was to try and convince my mom to […]

The Standard: Snow Day…Maybe?2022-11-28T22:47:58-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Golf


By Jackson Mendoza ‘23

When you think of sports at Brother Rice, what comes to your mind first?

Be honest – it wasn’t golf.

Although golf isn’t the marquee sport at Brother Rice, the team continues to make a name for themselves throughout the years. Just this past season, the team traveled to Olympia Fields, La Grange Country Club, Oak Park Country Club, and many more. Many players have been playing outstanding golf and are being recognized for their accomplishments.

Coach Vaughan and Coach Patton are the coaching duo and are two great examples for the players. Coach Vaughan said, “The most important part of […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Golf2022-11-17T23:22:35-06:00

The Standard: 2022 Veterans Day Prayer Service


By Jimmy Gilmartin ‘23

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Brother Rice held its annual Veterans Day prayer service. Brother Rice hosts this prayer service every year to honor and remember all the brave men and women who have served for this country.

The service started with an opening prayer and scripture reading by peer ministers Bill Reardon and Joe Heilmann.

The next event to take place was the saying of petitions, led by peer ministers Kevin Lufrano and Ben McMurray.

Ben McMurray ’23 said, “I think it’s great that the school took time out of the day for the prayer service. We often take our lives […]

The Standard: 2022 Veterans Day Prayer Service2022-11-17T23:11:26-06:00

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Mr. Joe Augustyn


By Jimmy Navarrete ‘23

Mr. Augustyn has been at Brother Rice for the majority of his teaching career. Every morning, Mr Augustyn sits at a desk right outside of the cafeteria greeting students as they walk into school. That is just one example of how Mr. Augustyn represents our school motto “Be Exceptional.” Mr. Augustyn started his teaching career teaching different types of math classes; nowadays, he teaches theology and peer ministry classes.

Mr. Augustyn has been working here for 38 years, before Brother Rice he spent time at Montini Catholic for two years. Mr. Augustyn said he chose to be a teacher […]

The Standard: Teacher Feature – Mr. Joe Augustyn2022-11-17T23:04:46-06:00

The Standard: Crusaders Dominate in Win Against Collinsville


By Danny Durkin ‘23

The Crusaders move onto the quarterfinal round with a dominant win over Collinsville.

Round two of the IHSA Playoffs came back to Brother Rice as your Crusaders went up against Collinsville. It was a big matchup for the Crusaders, but they were prepared to get a good win. Senior Brendan Arnold said, “It was a great week of practice and we were focused the whole week.”

The Crusaders had a pretty good first half, leading 14-0 with a great showing from the defense. Senior defensive end Nick Dorn said, “We came out strong, and we were well prepared for what […]

The Standard: Crusaders Dominate in Win Against Collinsville2022-11-17T23:00:18-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice vs Mt. Carmel Quarterfinal Preview


By Patrick Mahanes ‘23

Brother Rice is set to play Mount Carmel in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The game will take place this Saturday at 6 p.m. Mount Carmel is undefeated; however, the Crusaders gave them a tough time during the regular season when the Caravan scratched out a 28-21 victory.

The No. 24 Crusaders have been the underdog throughout their impressive playoff run. They defeated No. 9 Jacobs 27-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Then, they continued to defeat No.8 Collinsville 44-15 in the second round.

The No.1 Caravan has had a controlling playoff run as well. They defeated No.32 […]

The Standard: Brother Rice vs Mt. Carmel Quarterfinal Preview2022-11-11T13:10:03-06:00


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