The Standard: Four Years of a Lifetime


By Matt Murphy ‘21

Without a doubt, it is easy to say that I have had the four best years of my life so far. From walking through the door as a freshman to making my final exit in a Brother Rice uniform, the memories I endured will forever be cherished.

Having the ability to be a student at Brother Rice was something many take for granted, including myself, and I hope every member of the student body understands that.

Walking into Brother Rice on day one is always a frightening experience, entering a large environment with very few familiar faces. As the years […]

The Standard: Four Years of a Lifetime2021-05-16T21:42:40-05:00

The Standard: The Stranger


By Danny Wallace ‘21

The Miltons were like every other family from their area: Irish Catholic, blue-collar, family-oriented. Their two-story, red brick house in the middle of Chicago mimicked these traits. They were just like us, which is why the horrifying accident of late October 2018 is especially bone-chilling.

First, I must give you some background. Mr. and Mrs. Milton had two children, Zach and Ryan. Zach was entering his junior year in high school, while Ryan was in the midst of his senior year at Butler University. So, when Mr. and Mrs. Milton decided to attend a wedding in Seattle, Zach was […]

The Standard: The Stranger2020-11-04T20:26:30-06:00

The Standard: Authentic Wins Big at 2020 Kentucky Derby


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert claimed his sixth Kentucky Derby when his horse Authentic won this year’s race in thrilling fashion. Authentic and his trainer John Velazquez fought to the front of the pack early in the race and managed to hold the lead until the final stretch. Down the stretch, Authentic defied the odds and managed to fight off a furious charge from Tiz the Law, winning the race.

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest annual sporting event in American history, and despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the streak continued this year. Pushed back from its original […]

The Standard: Authentic Wins Big at 2020 Kentucky Derby2020-10-01T00:35:18-05:00

The Standard: The Saturday Morning Showdown


By Daniel Zapata ‘21

August, September, and October. Every Rice student knows that the fall season is arguably the most anticipated of the school year when it comes to sports. You have football, soccer, golf, and cross country, with each athlete working hard to improve themselves for personal fulfillment and for the sake of their team.

However, things are slightly different this year.

Slightly is an understatement; things are very different this season. For starters, half of the fall sports technically aren’t even fall sports anymore. Football and soccer have joined the spring sports, while golf and cross country remain.

As if it couldn’t be […]

The Standard: The Saturday Morning Showdown2020-10-01T12:12:43-05:00

The Standard: Crusader Wrestling


By Declan McGuire ‘20

As an impressive season nears its end, I figured there was no better time than now to draw a Crusader wrestler.

With a serious chance to go down to state, all the Brother Rice wrestlers are working hard to make it there, but two that stand out are seniors Tom Crane and Michael Loughney.

These varsity wrestlers are the definition of hard work and dedication, and I hope to see it pay off at Sectionals and the state meet.

In the drawing above, I did my best to make the Crusader resemble the Hulk. I started off the draw by looking […]

The Standard: Crusader Wrestling2020-02-29T14:06:08-06:00

The Standard: Kevin Cronin ‘69- Brother Rice’s Finest


By Grant Gierhahn ‘20

Without question, Nov. 7, 2019, will go down as one of the fondest days in Brother Rice history. On this seemingly routine Thursday afternoon, Kevin Cronin, esteemed musician and lead vocalist for REO Speedwagon, returned to 99th and Pulaski for the first time since his high school days to celebrate his 50th anniversary of graduation.

And he was welcomed back with wide-open arms.

Arguably the most societally accomplished graduate of Br. Rice, Cronin’s return was commemorated with an all-school assembly in the South Gym. Cronin not only conducted a Q&A session with a handful of broadcast students, but he […]

The Standard: Kevin Cronin ‘69- Brother Rice’s Finest2019-11-08T15:45:52-06:00

The Standard: Thanos Crusader


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

My artwork shows a superhero Crusader snapping a Marist Redhawk out of existence with the infinity gauntlet. I used an assortment of paints, colored pencils, and pastels to color the photo.

The photo takes place on a football field to represent our win against Marist a month ago. I know I am a little late to the party, but I had this idea and really wanted to draw it.

My friend looked over my work, and told me to paint it on a canvas. This inspired me to paint the nighttime background of the art.

I had to use different shades […]

The Standard: Thanos Crusader2019-11-02T15:55:15-05:00

The Standard: BRMM Band Crusader


By Frankie Mesec ‘20

I am a band kid, and I barely ever see any art or stories about band activities. I am here to change that. I decided to make a band drawing because I had a good idea for a drawing. I also drew the band Crusader to give the band some more love.

The picture shows a Crusader holding a trombone as a sword and a concert tuba as a shield. On the bottom, the name of the Brother Rice/ Mother McAuley Band shows the connection. I used a lot of shading and detail to bring the Crusader to life.

Ironically, […]

The Standard: BRMM Band Crusader2019-10-04T11:09:38-05:00

The Standard: The Times We’ve Had


By Joe Fitzgerald ‘19

When I think of my time at Rice,

Not every day was always nice.

Some were hard, some were sad,

Some made me feel really bad.

Some days I cried, some days I failed,

Some days I felt sick and bailed.

But never did I doubt in my mind,

Going to Brother Rice was God’s design.

From joyful after school talks with my friends,

To summer practices we thought would never end.

The moments that once seemed so small,

Ended up being the biggest of them all.

Times full of happiness like these you see,

Are the ones that warm our hearts and make us feel glee.

Although I must now move […]

The Standard: The Times We’ve Had2019-05-09T23:25:00-05:00

The Standard: Always a Crusader


By Myles Hopkins ‘19

With graduation rapidly approaching, I was reminded that no matter where I go, I will always be a Crusader at heart. Senior year gave me a new perspective on Brother Rice; it has let me realize how great high school was and all the memories I have made. This piece shows a student giving a graduation speech, but a shadow of a Crusader behind him reminds him that he will always be a Crusader at heart.

The Standard: Always a Crusader2019-05-15T22:06:10-05:00


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