By Eddie Maloney ‘24

As a senior at Brother Rice, two significant phrases have become ingrained in my head that are strongly emphasized in a Brother Rice education: “Be Exceptional” and “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus.”

When I hear these phrases, I think of the countless teachers, coaches, and students  who continually put their best foot forward in contributing to the community.

One of the leaders of the senior class, Owen McShane, is the prime example of taking on community involvement at a young age. Last summer, McShane was invited to the 19th Ward Emerging Leaders Board, a new board of local youth leaders in the community who desire to give back.

McShane said, “I’m the Vice President of 19th Ward Emerging Leaders Council, and we do large-scale fundraising with the help of local schools and students who reside in the 19th Ward. I contribute a sense of familiarity as I knew a lot of the other members before the group was created, so I was able to communicate with them very easily on what our objectives were.”

At Brother Rice, McShane is a peer minister this year and has enjoyed being able to grow in his faith and find new ways to contribute to grow in his faith. He is also involved in his parish youth group and attends weekly mass at 5 p.m. located at Marist.

Reflecting on this, McShane said, “I enjoy the sense of community I feel when I attend that mass each week. While I certainly see the value of giving back tangible things in my community, I also believe it is very important in staying involved in my faith community.”

Dr. Luxem has been McShane’s German teacher for all four of his years at Brother Rice.

Dr. Luxem said, “Owen has an outstanding work ethic. I do not even recall a single assignment that he has missed in the four years that I have taught him.”