By Eddie Maloney ‘24

Starting freshman year on a hybrid Zoom schedule feels like yesterday. In the blink of an eye, senior year began.

If I could give a single piece of advice to underclassmen and future Crusaders, it is simply to challenge yourself and get involved. The past four years at Rice, I have played in two sports, led two school organizations, and taken some of the most challenging courses on the curriculum.

For my entire senior year, and pretty much all of high school, I have spent more time at Rice than at my own house. I would not want it any other way.

I never expected to find the opportunity to give back to others while at Rice. In the summer after freshman year, I joined Edmund Rice Camp, a service camp that we provide to boys from local underprivileged neighborhoods. I ended up staying for the next two summers, and this ended up being one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

My time at Brother Rice has been full of ups and downs, but I would not trade it for the world. I have learned countless lessons from both teachers and coaches that I will cherish for a lifetime.

I’ve made countless memories in my senior year alone that I will forever cherish. I will especially never forget beating St. Rita in football in my last home game ever and putting up 42 points with around 300 rushing yards.

From the day in 2006 I was brought home from the hospital wearing a Brother Rice hat, I was bound for success. I am forever grateful for the teacher, coaches, and faculty at Rice that have made it truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Once a Crusader, always a Crusader.