By Matt Murphy ‘21

Without a doubt, it is easy to say that I have had the four best years of my life so far. From walking through the door as a freshman to making my final exit in a Brother Rice uniform, the memories I endured will forever be cherished.

Having the ability to be a student at Brother Rice was something many take for granted, including myself, and I hope every member of the student body understands that.

Walking into Brother Rice on day one is always a frightening experience, entering a large environment with very few familiar faces. As the years go on, relationships start to build and strengthen, and you begin to make life-long friendships. Needless to say, I have made many friends during my years here, and I am grateful for having the opportunity to be a student at Brother Rice.

Walking the halls with friends, Friday night football games, field trips, along with being in each other’s presence every day throughout the school year, is something that I will always look back at and never forget.

Not only is it the friends that will dearly be missed, but also the teachers who have helped every single one of us get to where we are and put us on the right path to be successful will also be dearly missed as well.

Being a member of the basketball team will also be something I will never forget. From the daily after school practices, to the bus rides to our opponent’s school, along with the “brothers”  that I have been around in the locker room ever since freshman year, I will sincerely miss every one of them as well as the experience repping maroon and orange.

The high school dances, the Crusader Crazies, the Marist-Rice rivalry, and the pep rallies in the gym are all events that have made my years here so memorable.

Other events including Irish Music Club, Edmund Rice Camp, Brother Hayes’s Cooking Class, German Club, and my years involved in Broadcast Journalism have all made a remarkable impact on my success and great experience at Brother Rice.

Unfortunately, these past four years are not able to be re-lived, however, the memories that have been made here will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Although we weren’t able to have our senior year in regular fashion, having the opportunity to welcome all of the seniors back in the last weeks is probably one of the best decisions the school has made. Being able to be in each other’s presence and finish out our last year together means a lot to each and every one of us. We all have been with each other for the past four years and have all made some sort of relationship with each other, and it is a blessing to be able to make a couple more memories with the short period of time we have left here at Brother Rice.

As we all move on in our lives, each and every one of us have been guided in the right direction from our four years at Brother Rice, and we are all prepared to enter adulthood and live our lives on our own.