The Standard: A Senior Reflection


By Kevin McDonald ’22 – Team Leader

Everyone says that high school goes by fast, and I really never believed any of them. However, as my time at Brother Rice comes to an end, I can’t help but want time to stop and slow down. Everyone was right about high school. It does go by fast, so don’t waste your time.

In August of 2018, I was a freshman coming into what I thought was going to be “school” and “school only”. Coming from my grammar school, St. John Fisher, I was sure that nothing would beat my experiences there, and I was […]

The Standard: A Senior Reflection2022-05-16T22:53:33-05:00

The Standard: Hollywood Fight Night or The Oscars?


By Kevin McDonald ‘22

On Sunday, Mar. 27, the biggest night of the year in Hollywood took place, the annual Oscars Award ceremony. During the pandemic, so many great movies came out, some being recognized last Sunday.

Movies like, “Dune,” “Encanto,” and “West Side Story,” were all nominated last Sunday each winning their respective categories. Will Smith took home his first Oscar, winning the best actor category for his role in “King Richard.” Along with Smith, Jessica Chastain took home best actress for her role in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

The most important category is obviously the movie of the year, which was […]

The Standard: Hollywood Fight Night or The Oscars?2022-04-08T11:04:50-05:00

The Standard: Southside Staple – Barraco’s Pizza


By Kevin McDonald ‘22

As a community, the Southside of Chicago is truly blessed with some great food options. This community has anything you could possibly ask for. One restaurant that has constantly been a staple to the south side is Barraco’s Pizza.

With several locations surrounding the area, Barraco’s Pizza has been a “south side staple” without a doubt. Serving customers in Evergreen Park, Mount Greenwood, Beverly, Crestwood, Orland Park, as well as two carry-out locations in Burbank and Orland Hills. Barraco’s has been dominating the game for nearly forty years, especially interesting coming from a family-run business.

Not only does Barraco’s have […]

The Standard: Southside Staple – Barraco’s Pizza2022-03-11T17:02:59-06:00

The Standard: Peer Ministers in Action


By Kevin McDonald ‘22

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Brother Rice and Mother McAuley’s peer ministers took part in a confirmation retreat. This retreat’s goal was to open student’s eyes up to God, especially now with Confirmation season coming up.

This retreat focused on kids from St. Linus, as well as some kids from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School. The retreat was able to help over 60 kids become closer with God. With the help of 13 peer ministers, the retreat was successful in getting kids to open up to others and themselves.

One minister at the retreat was Jack Byrne, a senior at Brother Rice. […]

The Standard: Peer Ministers in Action2022-02-07T13:19:43-06:00

The Standard: Mother McAuley’s Epic State Run


By Kevin McDonald ‘22

Over the weekend, we saw many impressive games from schools on 99th street. Brother Rice defeated Mount Carmel, and our neighbor Mother McAuley had an impressive run down at state for volleyball.

After an outstanding season, the Mother McAuley volleyball team was determined to make their way downstate. At the start of playoffs, the Mighty Macs were given a tough “road to the rings”. Facing competitive teams like Marist, Whitney Young, and Willowbrook, it would be a challenge to get another state championship opportunity. However, Mother McAuley was able to work past their challenges and make that trip to […]

The Standard: Mother McAuley’s Epic State Run2021-11-17T22:37:20-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Opens Their Doors to Future Crusaders


By Kevin McDonald ‘22

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Brother Rice opened its doors to hundreds of prospective Crusader families. The Open House was very successful and welcomed several Crusaders of the next generation. With new clubs to show off and new opportunities for our students, Brother Rice had a lot to show, and it did exactly that.

One of the very popular stops in the open-house tour is the cafeteria. With all of our premier clubs being featured, many families like to stop and take in the greatness of the school. One club that consistently draws attention is Brother Rice Television, BRTV.

BRTV senior […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Opens Their Doors to Future Crusaders2021-10-13T22:48:41-05:00
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