By John Mattes ‘19

With just a few days left attending Brother Rice, it’s hard to believe I won’t be going to school on 99th and Pulaski anymore come August. These last few days for seniors can be extremely stressful for seniors with finals, but looking back on my time at Brother Rice is already nostalgic.

Not only has this school shaped me to be a better man, it has been a second home to me for the last four years.

Although every year going to Rice has been essential in my schooling and life as a whole, no year has compared to senior year. I had academic success, success in soccer, witnessed the football team have a fantastic run to the state title game, and made even more friends.

When August rolled around and summer ended, I knew that I had a long year ahead of me, but I was more excited than I had ever been going into a school year. I enjoyed going to school each day, because I could see my friends, excel in class, and play my favorite sport, soccer.

This year I was especially looking forward to soccer due to a new head coach being hired, Matt Prunckle. My proudest moment in my athletic career took place senior year at Marist High School, when our team won 2-0 for the Pulaski Cup.

Over my four years playing soccer at rice our team had not beat Marist once, so this was a huge deal for every player.