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“AGT” star in Iowa

Lauren Ulveling, A&E Writer

September 18, 2019

“America’s Got Talent” is one of the most-watched TV shows with nearly 9.74 million total viewers weekly.  Getting a “yes” from all four judges is a dream for many, but for Cedar Rapids native, Andy Rowell, that dream became a reality.  “It was extremely surreal. And I do not mean surreal like, ‘Wow, my wildest hopes are coming true!’ But more like, ‘This is weird and completely insane,’” Rowell said. “It is one thing to see the show on TV or...

Alum as director

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

September 18, 2019

A former Saint returns to Xavier.  Xavier graduate Meredith Diebold (X14) is Xuberance’s new show choir director.  During high school, Diebold participated in show choir all four years.  “My favorite part was the thrill of being on stage,” Diebold said. “The adrenaline you feel from performing a show with a team that has worked so hard all year is so rewarding.” After graduating, Diebold missed the Xavier community, but this year she was offered the...

Xavier Saints in “Disney’s Frozen Jr.”

Allie Andrews, A&E Writer

September 18, 2019

Knock, Knock! Who’s there? You. You who? Yoo-hoo Big Summer Blowout! This summer, Rich Heritage of Cedar Rapids (RHCR) Theatre brought to Cedar Rapids the spectacular “Disney’s Frozen Jr.”. This show starred two Xavier sophomores, Ava Challenger and Chase Ralston, who played Elsa and Kristoff, respectively. Practice for the musical started in mid June and they had their first performance at the end of July. Challenger and Ralston were very excited to learn that they...

Positivity is key

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

May 15, 2019

I cannot believe I am done with high school. Time flies when you are having fun is what they always say, and it really is true. I don’t even know where to begin when looking back on my four years. It has been filled with lots of deep talks, ice cream runs, summer days spent by the pool, laughing at our dumb jokes, car rides with the music blaring, Friday night football games, sleepovers and negativity. That’s not what you probably expected me to say, but it is true. Although...

Time of my life

Will Christianson, A&E Writer

May 15, 2019

These past four years at Xavier have easily been the best time of my life. With graduation so close, I’m not sad, but excited to start the next chapter of my life. In this article, I just want to thank all of the people who helped make my life these past years so great. To my Mom and Dad, first of all, I want to thank you for sending me to Xavier. I know it doesn’t always seem like I’m grateful for what you do for me, but I truly am and I know how much you guys sacrifice...

Dear Isaac,

Keera Ball, Sports Editor

May 15, 2019

We, up until this point in our lives, have experienced everything together. We attended school together every day, had classes together and had lockers by each other. We have shared celebrations from every birthday, to our First Communion, to the first day of high school. We posed for senior pictures together, passed our driving test, blew out candles and took turns opening presents. Through every triumph and sorrow in my life, you, my twin brother, have been there right...

Note to self

Olivia Daley, Feature Assistant

May 15, 2019

Here I am. It’s 2019 and I’m about to graduate. A lot has happened in my four years of high school, some things I had hoped for and some I hadn’t. So many memories, laughs, and tears made with my friends and family. One thing I wish I would have realized sooner was to appreciate life as it’s happening, not after something has happened. All throughout high school I would think to myself, I can’t wait for this to happen, I can’t wait to go on this trip, only three...

Cyclone for now, Jayhawk forever

Lauren Nelson, Opinion Writer

May 15, 2019

Far above the golden valley, glorious to view. Stands our noble alma mater, towering toward the blue... The start to what I always thought would be my alma mater. Growing up I heard this song numerous times, at home games in Allen Fieldhouse, after a big win, at my brother’s college visit, at my college visit and just whenever one of us felt like singing it. I knew the words to the University of Kansas alma mater before I even entered middle school and I thought that would...

Villian review

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

May 1, 2019

Who doesn’t love a good superhero story? Primary color-clad do-gooders facing off against dastardly villains in a race to save the world, nay, the universe. In these stories, the death ray is destroyed, the orphanage is saved and the hero steals a kiss. But what if the script was flipped? What if the characters were super, but they were anything but heroes? In V.E. Schwab’s Villains series, there is no good vs. evil, only bad vs. worse. The first book in the series,...

Free Spirit review

William Christianson, A&E Writer

May 1, 2019

One of today’s youngest artists released his highly anticipated sophomore album. On April 5, Khalid delivered his second studio album Free Spirit. Khalid blew up in 2017 with the release of his first album American Teen and has become one of today’s most popular artists. Khalid appealed to the younger generation as most of his songs from his first album relate to a teenager’s life, because he was only 19 when he released the project. Even though Khalid is no longer...

Journey through art

Abigail Todd, A&E Writer

May 1, 2019

One of the goals of Xavier High School is to allow the students to excel and grow as people through their individual, unique talents. The place that exhibits this concept of growing into oneself is none other than room 133 - the art room. Many pieces of art, small to large, have been produced in the art room by students with different stories. Whether it is from just simple boredom or the inspiration to send out a message to others, Xavier artists have painted, sculpted,...

Shazam! review

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

May 1, 2019

In a world filled with dark superhero movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Glass it is refreshing to see one that is lighthearted and fun. Shazam! is Warner Bros.’ and DC Film’s most recent entry into their cinematic universe and is a delight to watch. In Shazam! we follow Billy Batson, played by actor Asher Angel, as he searches for his mom by going from foster home to foster home all across Philadelphia. One day, after escaping a fight with bullies and sticking...

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