By James Bowes ‘24

My final year at Brother Rice High School was quite the journey. Even though I wasn’t too happy about school, looking back, I can see it was worth it.

When I first went to Brother Rice, I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. But now, I realize every tough moment helped shape who I am today.

Wrestling was a big part of my senior year, as it was one of the few things I was involved with this year. It wasn’t just about the matches; it was about the friendships and teamwork. We trained hard and celebrated our wins together. Those moments made bonds that will last.

Not only did I make friends and memories with teammates, but it was the first time I ever felt truly cared about by my coaches. Not only are they good coaches,  but they are also good people who truly wanted to see me improve every practice.

One standout memory was our trip to Colorado. It was an adventure that was fun on and off the mat, filled with tough matches and funny moments at the hotel.

However, one of my main struggles this year was my AP statistics class. Probability and hypothesis testing felt like a maze, but with help from my friends and teacher, I made it through. However, it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience; I am happy about the lessons I learned through taking such a tough class.

I had some great times in class too. Mr. Augustyn and Ms. Pacetti’s classes were more than just learning. They were fun spaces where I enjoyed being around and laughing with my classmates.

But what I’m most thankful for are the people who supported me. My cousin Tyler and my friend JD were always there for me when I needed help. Although I knew them before high school, our bonds have grown stronger through Brother Rice.

As I get ready to move on, I’m feeling nostalgic but also excited for what’s next. Brother Rice might not have been my first choice, but it changed me for the better. And for that, I’m grateful. All these experiences, both good and tough, made my senior year unforgettable.