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

The Standard: “The Death Quarter”


By Jackson Mendoza ‘23

January, February, and March, better known as “The Death Quarter,” is here. During this time period, freshmen start to slack off and not give the full effort they usually do, which could easily result in the “death” of their grades.  As much as teachers warn their students, “The Death Quarter” always wins.

Starting high school is an experience unlike any other; new school, new classmates, and a new schedule. The first three months of the school year are typically the learning period for freshmen. Students are eager to turn in assignments on time and get off to a good […]

The Standard: “The Death Quarter”2023-03-15T18:42:45-05:00

The Standard: The March Madness Bracket has Been Revealed


By Danny Durkin ‘23

The 2023 March Madness bracket has been revealed and it looks like there could be many great games with many big upsets.

This college basketball season was full of lots of exciting plays and games. My favorite had to be when Arizona State hit a half-court buzzer-beater to upset their rival Arizona on the road.

Senior Jimmy Gilmartin said, “The regular season gave me the opportunity to see many great games that I will never forget, and I hope Illinois can make a run in the tournament.”

This tournament is full of many exciting matchups in each region. The top seeds […]

The Standard: The March Madness Bracket has Been Revealed2023-03-15T18:32:56-05:00

The Standard: Southside Irish Parade


By Patrick Mahanes ‘23

Everyone enjoys the South Side Irish Parade, but many have no idea how it started. My mom filled me in on a lot of the backstory because she grew up in St. Cajetan Parish and raised her kids there. A fairly new parade, the first South Side Irish Parade took place in 1979 on the 10900 blocks of Washtenaw and Talman Avenues.

Two neighbors, George Hendry and Pat Coakley, started the parade as just like a block party for the kids. The two neighbors missed the old south side parade, the Southtown Parade, that stopped in 1960 due to […]

The Standard: Southside Irish Parade2023-03-15T18:13:44-05:00

The Standard: Athletes Failing to be Role Models


By Jimmy Gilmartin ‘23

Over the past few months, there have been a handful of stories released about some of the nation’s top athletes getting in serious trouble. The most notable incident involved NBA superstar Ja Morant.

Morant is arguably the best young player in the NBA and is on track to becoming the next face of the league. That is, of course, if he can stay out of trouble.

Morant has been involved in two incidents over the past month that really put his character into question. Just days after a story came out about Morant punching a 17-year-old over a basketball game, […]

The Standard: Athletes Failing to be Role Models2023-03-15T17:15:39-05:00

The Standard: Crusader’s Baseball Preview


By Joshua Sutker ‘23

After coming up short of our goal in the 2022 season, the swinging ‘Saders are back and ready to go for another great spring.

Sophomore infielder Aiden Nohava said, “Watching last year’s team from the outside, I was eager to start the season up. I know that we did a lot of good things last year, but we didn’t get that state championship.”

The Crusaders finished in third place of 4A state finals last year. They ended with a regular season record of 36-6 and went 16-2 in conference play. Their regular season record was good enough to be named […]

The Standard: Crusader’s Baseball Preview2023-03-15T16:26:25-05:00

The Standard: Trap


By Mateo Perez ‘23

Set in Menachap, California, every person in the audience of a high school play falls unconscious–every person but one. What happened?

This year, Mother McAuley’s spring play is “Trap,” an unnerving and exhilarating documentary-style play.

Senior Michelle-Marie Nimo said, “I am looking forward to closing out my senior year with a great show and great friends.”

Costume crew member Christian Davis said, “My favorite thing about being part of costume crew is contributing to something bigger and the companionship that comes with it. Although this is my last show at McAuley, I will definitely miss my friends in crew and in […]

The Standard: Trap2023-03-10T13:24:42-06:00

The Standard: “Trash Talk” – BR Intramural Basketball League


By Jack Morrison ‘23

This year, Brother Rice introduced a new basketball league for students to join. Thanks to Mr. Jack Zampillo and Mr. Greg Nye set up the league. The season was full of ups and downs, but in the end it was always Team Ivers.

Sixteen teams participated in the league. Many of the teams were grammar school friends or other sports teams at Rice. The rules of the league were to call your own fouls, all baskets count as one point, and two twenty minute halves.

The regular season was full of many surprises. Team Faculty took the league by surprise […]

The Standard: “Trash Talk” – BR Intramural Basketball League2023-03-10T12:55:39-06:00

The Standard: College Corner-Marquette University


By Joe Scarriot ‘23

On Dec. 20, Marquette University finally released their admission decisions. I got in! I have only heard great things about Marquette which made me want to see what all the hype was about.

On a day off from school, my parents and I traveled up north to Milwaukee to visit Marquette.

When we arrived, we were welcomed by an admission counselor, received a brochure and listened to an informative presentation on Marquette. After the presentation, the counselor assigned us to a student to help guide us around campus.

The first place we visited was the Diederich College of Communication. The main […]

The Standard: College Corner-Marquette University2023-03-10T12:47:33-06:00

The Standard: Crusaders Bring Home Some Hardware


By Jimmy Navarrete ‘23

The Brother Rice Crusaders ended the regular season accounting for the most wins in Brother Rice history with 27 regular season wins. The regular season went by fairly quickly-now the real season starts. Rice took care of business against Eisenhower High School in the regional semifinal. Now, the only thing left to do was to take home the regional championship on friday.

We are excited to go out there and compete for a regional championship,” said senior Ryan Kenney prior to the game vs Andrew.

The scene was set – Andrew High School vs. Brother Rice for the regional championship. […]

The Standard: Crusaders Bring Home Some Hardware2023-03-10T12:44:06-06:00

The Standard: Pole Vault School Record at MVP Vibe Fest


By Danny Hughes ´23

Congratulations are in order for senior Joey Heilmann after he broke the pole vault school record. Joey, with a pole vault height of 13 foot 11 and ¼ inches, broke the previous school record set eight years earlier back in 2015 by Chris Grosskopf by almost a foot.

Joey originally joined the track team to do the long jump, but after an injury two weeks before the end of his sophomore season, he was put into the pole vault at sectionals. After only two weeks of practice, Joey got over 10 feet 6 inches. This was two and a […]

The Standard: Pole Vault School Record at MVP Vibe Fest2023-03-10T12:42:07-06:00


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