By Brian Doligale ‘24

Brother Rice High School commemorated its Founders Day ceremony on Thursday, Jan 18. The event brought together students, faculty, and alumni to reflect on the school’s history. It has had strong impact on generations of students who have walked through the halls of 99th and Pulaski.

The ceremony kicked off with speeches from students, teachers, and alumni who have shown success in and out of the classroom. They shared their unique experiences and expressed how thankful they were for the school that played a crucial role in shaping their careers.

Senior Hunter Tempel said, “I thought the Founders Day mass was great. It was great to see all the  speakers show how they live out the life of Edmund Rice.”

Among the notable speakers were current teacher and Brother Rice alumni Matt Maple, senior Randall Nauden, and senior Alexander Lamantia. Their speeches were a staple of the ceremony for the audience as they spoke about how Brother Rice had not only provided them with an excellent education, but had also instilled values and skills in their lives for their future endeavors.

Senior Alexander La Mantia said, “Being able to speak about what Brother Rice means to me was an amazing experience. I was able to thank so many of my teachers and classmates for the great impact they have made on my life during my time at Brother Rice.”

English teacher and alumnus Matt Maple, reflecting on his journey since his time at Brother Rice, emphasized his journey that it took to come to Brother Rice. He spoke passionately about his urge to come back and teach at Brother Rice, and the long path that it took.

A big moment came when Dr. Augie Cavero, an alumnus from the class of 1977, took the podium. Dr. Cavero, now a successful medical professional, shared insights into his medical journey and credited Brother Rice for laying the foundation for his achievements.

Senior Dominic Pettenon said, “I thought it was cool to hear his story, and it was very inspirational.”