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

Alumni Spotlight – Brian Conlisk ‘16


By Jack Zampillo ‘18

Can you imagine what it would be like to spend five days underwater? To be in control of a naval aircraft thousands of feet in the sky? Me neither. 

For Brian Conlisk, Class of 2016, these extraordinary circumstances are just another day in the office. 

Following his time at Rice, Conlisk was accepted into Purdue University’s aerospace engineering program and immediately enrolled into Naval ROTC. He recalls training about 4 times a week, along with learning the ins and outs of what the U.S. Navy expects from those willing to make the sacrifice.


Alumni Spotlight – Brian Conlisk ‘162021-10-28T20:37:36-05:00

Alumni Spotlight – Declan Kennedy ‘15


By: Jack Zampillo ‘18

Declan Kennedy and music go together like maroon and orange – a perfect pairing. 

Kennedy, Class of 2015, has built his musical prowess from a young age, performing in numerous local shows with the family band “Kennedy Compound” and actively participating in the barbershop quartet and choir. 

Declan graduated from Brother Rice with honors and sprouted into the music business, attending Belmont University in Nashville. As a songwriting major, he wrote and published two studio albums that have thousands of interactions on Spotify. When discussing a favorite song he’s written, there wasn’t much hesitancy.


Alumni Spotlight – Declan Kennedy ‘152021-09-27T11:51:01-05:00

Alumni Spotlight – Brendan Reidy ’17


The Crusader community is like a family: close-knit, influential, and united by a love for Brother Rice High School. 

Family members move away, explore greater opportunities, and create their own paths, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t catch up once in a while! 

“Alumni Spotlight” will highlight some of Brother Rice’s most distinguished alumni and show the impact four years at 99th and Pulaski can have on one’s future. 


Brendan Reidy’s alarm wakes him up every morning with the message, “Time to entertain the tri-states!” Becoming a sports journalist is a dream turned into […]

Alumni Spotlight – Brendan Reidy ’172021-09-20T10:43:28-05:00

The Standard: Snowmageddon: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate Chicago Weather


By Seamus Quinn ‘21

Greetings my fellow Chiberians! I hope this message finds you well. I am currently writing this from the safety of my igloo manor that I built three weeks ago when a snowplow buried me in the wonderful wintry weather we Chicagoans have become accustomed to.

It is rather lonely here in my cold abode. I haven’t seen my family since Hurricane Jabberwocky washed them away last week. The reason the meteorologists named that storm after the Lewis Carrol poem is because the 250 typhoons we received the week prior used up every name in the English language. So now […]

The Standard: Snowmageddon: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate Chicago Weather2021-02-17T23:04:19-06:00

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: The Battle of Pulaski – Hail the Crusade


By Declan McGuire ‘20

On Jan. 21, 2020, the Crusader basketball team traveled to Marist High School in the Battle of Pulaski. In a hard fought victory, the Crusaders came out on top, defeating the Redhawks 55-47.

Senior guard Rico Powell lead the way for the varsity team with six silky 3-pointers for a total of a career high 22 points.

I used pencil, markers, and colored pencils in my drawing above. I started off by drawing the picture initially in pencil. Once I made my final touches, I traced everything over in black marker, and finished it off by coloring it in with […]

The Standard: The Battle of Pulaski – Hail the Crusade2020-02-01T01:35:50-06:00

The Standard: Christmas Houses


By Ken Foyle ‘20

Over the past few days, I have been searching the southwest suburbs for the best-decorated houses. From Oak Lawn to Palos Park, these houses display a collective festivity and tasteful assortments of lights, wreaths, and statues.

Some houses featured a wintry theme, with a mix of blue and white lights and snowflakes scattered throughout their yards. Others went for a traditional Christmas aesthetic – trees decked with red and green lights. Some displayed a mix of the two themes with a little extra flair, displaying a rainbow of colored lights and Christmas figurines dancing throughout.

Any one of these houses […]

The Standard: Christmas Houses2019-12-19T21:37:21-06:00

The Standard: Crusader Basketball


By Declan McGuire ‘20

The 2019 Brother Rice basketball has been off to a solid start this season with a winning record of 4-2. On Friday, they pulled off a huge conference win against rival St. Rita. Senior Deandre Hagan was a key factor offensively for the Crusaders by adding 20 points in the victory.

Without Marquise Kennedy, many expected this year’s team to take a hit. But with big-time players like Colin Campbell, Luke Moustakas, and a deep bench, the team is looking just fine.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the varsity team will travel to Providence-St. Mel to take on the Knights at […]

The Standard: Crusader Basketball2019-12-14T23:00:10-06:00


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