The Final Stretch: Benedictine wraps up the third quarter of its school year.

The Final Stretch: Benedictine wraps up the third quarter of its school year.
By: Ryan Allen '23

From January 22 to March 25, Benedictine has remained open through the hard times of COVID-19 and strives to stay open for the whole year. That means the school has endured through three complete quarters.

"I think that the quarter went very well," said principal Drew Mugford. "I think that all the students and teachers are all ready for spring break, as we make the final sprint to the end of the year."

Benedictine has had seven teams in season, two of which aren't spring sports, played in the third quarter. Some of the most memorable moments include the football team having its first undefeated season since 1962. Benedictine totally demolished its rivals, St. Chris, along the way. Another sport to mention was the soccer teams record of 4-1-2, as it was the teams first winning season in 10 years.

With the passing of John Fogarty, the dean of boys, Benedictine held a Mass for the death of a man who impacted the Cadets and staff members. "Mass went really well," said senior Miles Moten. "It was an honor being able to do one of the readings for the Mass. There was a very emotional ending, with Mrs. Fogarty speaking on Eric Berger's eulogy."

To remember and honor all of what he has done for the Benedictine community, there was an opening of a new student lounge called the Fogarty Lounge. "I feel as though that is the least we could do," said senior Art Neal. "He was my bioethics teacher for three years, and I would argue that it has changed the way that I see life. I feel like he was kind of a father figure around here."

This quarter, Benedictine had many changes of its own. A big change that came at the end of the third quarter, was that Benedictine was trying out a new schedule. Instead of having all eight classes a day, it was decided that the Cadets should only have four a day. Each class lasts one hour and twenty minutes, twice as long as the eight-class-a-day slate. After Dr. Ashton, the school principal, resigned from his position, Mr. Mugford became the new principal for the Benedictine Schools of Richmond, which includes BCP. "Right now it is really hard doing all of these jobs, principal, teacher, coach and father, because I get to school before 7:30, and I don't get home until 8:30-9:00. But I'm having a lot of fun and I Know that the teachers are working just as hard."

The Final Stretch: Benedictine wraps up the third quarter of its school year.
The Final Stretch: Benedictine wraps up the third quarter of its school year.

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