By Charlie Walsh ‘23

My senior year has by far been the most memorable. I have had so much success and fun.

I started off the year running cross country. I was named team captain. This was an achievement that I looked forward to for three years. I remember looking up to the senior captains my freshman and sophomore year; now I was that role model for this year’s young guys.

The season went very well. We took home the regional championship for the 3rd time in four years. At sectionals, we ran one of our greatest races all year and qualified for the IHSA state championship. This was just the 7th time in school history going down state in cross country.  This was one the greatest achievements of my life. I remember going down my freshman year, which was the time of my life, but I have to say, this year was so much more memorable.

The role I played freshman year was much different. I was still brand new to the sport and the team. This year, it was my team that had learned from me, and I couldn’t be prouder.

The last race was an emotional one. It is hard accepting the fact that your lifestyle for the last four years is going to be over in around 16 minutes. I can proudly say that I left it all on the course that day.

After a very successful cross country season, my mind shifted over to track. I had a disappointing season last year, but I’m ready to redeem myself.  Winter running can be brutal; being out in the elements of Illinois can take a heavy toll physically and mentally. With the season underway I was ready to see all of my hard work pay off. I was honored to be named team captain, along with five other seniors. I have played a big role in the 4×400 meter relay and in the 800 meter run.

In the fall, I have decided to attend Illinois State University and study marketing.

It seemed like an obvious choice to choose ISU. I love the fact that the campus is far enough away from home to where it feels like you’re on your own, but still close enough to make the drive if needed. I think the campus is beautiful, with classrooms and facilities that completely fulfill my needs. Another bonus is that my older sister attends ISU, so if I need help or suggestions, I can always go to her. I look forward to studying new things and meeting new people during my time there.

I am confident that my future is bright, because Brother Rice has put me in a perfect position to succeed in anything I put my mind to.