The Standard: End of the Line


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

Senior year has been unconventional, to say the least. Much like everything else throughout the past 12 months, the expected quickly turned into the unexpected, as homecoming dances and football games morphed into quarantines and Zoom meetings.

Still, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Don’t get me wrong; this past year has been unbelievably hard—deaths of family members, loss of jobs—the list goes on and on. However, as the old saying explains, “There’s beauty in the struggle.”

My senior year has certainly been beautiful in its own unique way, not because of sporting wins or fun parties, or any […]

The Standard: End of the Line2021-05-12T20:57:56-05:00

The Standard: Brother Rice alumni perform with senior Chris Staszak


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

Earlier this month, the City Lights Orchestra, a group of alumni led by Richard Daniels ’78, visited Brother Rice to perform with senior singer Chris Staszak. This musical collaboration certainly did not disappoint, as the group played beautiful renditions of “Smile” and other songs.

Chris said, “It was a huge honor performing with the City Lights Orchestra. The whole production was quick and efficient, and the orchestra were very talented. I had an amazing experience with such talented musicians, and I hope one day we can perform together again.”

Daniels is the founder and president of the City Lights Orchestra, […]

The Standard: Brother Rice alumni perform with senior Chris Staszak2021-04-12T22:24:38-05:00

The Standard: Swimming Crusaders fall short against St. Ignatius


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

On Saturday morning, the Brother Rice swim team took to the “swamp” to square off with St. Ignatius. The Crusaders were unable to continue the momentum from last weekend’s win against De La Salle, suffering a tough home loss to the Wolf Pack on both the varsity and junior varsity levels. The team now enters the final week of regular season play with a respectable record of 2-2.

Despite the loss, senior star Kiernan Schumacher turned in a great performance, taking first place in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. The senior leader voiced his pleasure with his team’s effort.

Kiernan […]

The Standard: Swimming Crusaders fall short against St. Ignatius2021-03-03T23:00:32-06:00

The Standard: “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” Review


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

Since its debut in 2003, the “Call of Duty” franchise has become one of the most dominant forces in the modern video game world. Millions of young gamers have grown up alongside “Call of Duty,” religiously playing each new installment for as long as they can remember. For many, “Call of Duty” signifies much more than a game; it represents countless memories online with friends and ultimately, an escape from reality.

For this reason, many longtime fans have been upset with recent “Call of Duty” releases, which have continued to stray further away from the formula that made older […]

The Standard: “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” Review2021-02-03T21:54:50-06:00

The Standard: Top 10 Christmas Movies for the Upcoming Holiday Season


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

The 2020 Christmas season has finally arrived, and with it, the perfect opportunity to gather around the television to watch some classic holiday films. However, with thousands of options to choose from, finding a movie for the whole family is no easy task. Don’t worry though; I’ve got you covered. With the input of various students around Brother Rice, I’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas movies for you to enjoy this holiday season.

10. “Home Alone”
While not a traditional Christmas movie, “Home Alone” still manages to capture the spirit of the holiday season in an endearing way. […]

The Standard: Top 10 Christmas Movies for the Upcoming Holiday Season2020-12-11T00:01:33-06:00

The Standard: 2020 Presidential Election Preview


By Sean Mahanes ‘21

After months of vigorous campaigning, the 2020 presidential election has finally arrived. On November 3, Democratic candidate Joe Biden will square off against Republican Donald Trump for control of the presidency of the United States of America. Major third-party candidates include Libertarian Jo Jorgenson and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

When asked about the importance of this election, Brother Rice senior Grant Matern said, ¨This election is definitely one of the most important of all time.¨

Right now, it certainly feels this way. Tensions surrounding the election have grown exponentially as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic […]

The Standard: 2020 Presidential Election Preview2020-11-02T20:11:09-06:00

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


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