By Nick Hall ‘24

My senior year was, no doubt, one for the books. My year was action packed with sports, fun activities, and loads of fun with my friends.

Coming back to school, I did not expect the year to go by fast, and in fact, I dreaded coming back. Now, I wish I could have some days back, so I could sit back and enjoy the days of high school.

I spent the first semester of my senior year playing soccer and cheering on the football team. These were good times.

The soccer team was doing great, and the football games were fun. The soccer team made it down to IHSA Super Sectionals. This was electric. Our game was on Halloween, and I remember sitting on the bench freezing cold wearing my monkey costume, waiting to get home to trick or treat. I won’t lie, I was freezing, but it was still an awesome game to be a part of.

I enjoyed every moment with my team, and I will forever remember them and the impact they had on my life.

After winter break, it felt like our last day was coming faster than anyone anticipated. We still had so much to do. This is when it started to hit. I really needed to take all these special moments in. I realized I took everything for granted.

My goal for the second semester was to take in all these moments with my life-long friends. I accomplished that. Over these past few months, I have managed to just live life one day at a time and take in all the memories I could.

I have also been playing rugby during the second semester. After getting two concussions last year, I was a little hesitant about playing this year, but I am so glad I did. I have grown closer with my friends and met new people. We are working to make it down state, hoping for a playoff run.

One thing I want to leave with the underclassmen is to cherish every moment and don’t take anything for granted. Everything moves super fast. Slow down once and awhile and take the things in.

Brother Rice has blessed me with friends, journeys, life lessons, and learning experiences. Rice has shaped me into the person I have proudly become today. I greatly thank all the teachers, students, and staff who have made my experience and life great these past four years.