By Jack Morrison ‘23
I could not wait to leave. I could not believe I had another year at Brother Rice. All I wanted to do was leave and get to college. I wish I could go back and tell myself differently. My senior year was, hands down, the best year of my life.
My summer going into senior year was straight football. Waking up at 5 in the morning and heading to Brother Rice for summer football practice, day after day, probably seems dreadful for many. While some days were harder than others, I can genuinely look back and say that those days were pure enjoyment; that summer changed my life.
The relationships that I built that summer are relationships that I will cherish forever. The guys on that team are brothers to me. While many look at our season as a failure, no one that was not a part of that team knows what we went through.
When I look back on the season I don’t see failure; in fact, I don’t even think of football. I think of the workouts when I was exhausted, but had James Siegler to push me to keep going. I think of Jake Dugger who talked my ear off about how he could get better. I think of Sydney Green screaming and laughing at me after we made a good play. These friendships will last a lifetime and I am grateful for that.
Intramural basketball with my best friends, Owen Lyons, Connor Lyons, Don Twomey, Sean Mongan, Pat Quaid, Frank Williams, and Dan Durkin, was a great experience. Balling out with them gave me flashbacks to the dynasty that once was at Most Holy Redeemer.
Since before I could remember, this group of guys have always been there for me. They never judged me based on my athletic performances or anything other than who I was as a person. They taught me what loyalty was and picked me up from my worst days without ever realizing it.
Senior year with these guys was the most fun I have ever had. Some days at school it did not even feel like school; it just felt like hanging out with my best friends. They would do anything for me, and I know they will continue to do so.
Running track this year has been an eye-opening experience for me. Being able to make friends with the underclassmen has been a joy. The younger guys remind me to have fun. They remind me that not everything has to be so serious all the time.
A class my senior year that I will never forget is Mr. Dolan’s US history and psychology class. This year Mr. Dolan was going through something no one should ever have to. But, Mr. Dolan showed up every day eager to teach us and crack jokes. The day after his wife’s funeral, Mr. Dolan was in class teaching. That is the type of guy that Mr. Dolan is.
Mr. Dolan is one of the people that makes Brother Rice so special. He has taught me much about history and psychology, but the biggest thing he has taught me is that when life punches you in the face, you get back up and fight back. The impact he has on the Brother Rice community is like no other; everyone should strive to be a Mike Dolan in life.
Advice that I would give to underclassmen is to just enjoy it. Do not try to fit in with the “cool kids” and just be yourself. Value loyalty and you will find a good group of dudes to call friends. The awards, good grades, winning in sports, and all the other things you achieve are cool, but the coolest thing is being a good guy to others. No one will remember who the MVP of the football team was or who was all conference in their sport. They will remember the guy that looked out for others and genuinely cared for those around him.
My time at Brother Rice has shaped me into the person I am today. Through all the ups and down I would not change my experience for anything. Thank you to everyone at Brother Rice who has helped me get to where I am today, I am forever indebted to you all.