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Spooky spots in the CR area

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

October 28, 2019

There is no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than having a good scare. Three Xavier students have found a way to do just that. When spooky season rolls around, juniors Sydney Peterson and Kaitlin Hotchkiss, along with senior Aleece Grafton host private haunted houses.  For years, Peterson and Hotchkiss have been having haunted house parties together.  “My family has always been really into Halloween and we are really close with Kaitlin and her family...

Lucas Lowder On Stage

Lauren Ulveling, A&E Writer

October 24, 2019

Elf, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and now Hello, Dolly! Xavier junior, Lucas Lowder has found himself learning and growing in theatre. Lowder has been doing theatre is whole life, but now that he is in high school, he has found himself through this art form.  “Being a part of theatre has definitely taught me a lot. It’s taught me to always give my all and to just put myself out there. You never know what opportunity can come up, “Loweder said. “It has also given ...

Fall Vocal Music Preview

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

October 24, 2019

Every student who participates in choir looks forward to their first performance of the year. A lot of planning goes into the concert especially from the choir director, Mr. Matt Walker. Mr. Walker directs multiple choirs this year and puts in a lot of work in and out of school to make sure everything goes well. “There are a lot of different things that go into preparation for a concert, and particularly for the fall concert.  Not only do we have music to prepar...

Reed as new drum major

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

October 8, 2019

Taking a risk has yielded a high reward for one Xavier Saint.  Senior Genevieve Reed stepped up as drum major for Xavier’s marching band. When a spot opened up in the percussion section, the marching band needed a new player. Reed was up for the challenge when a friend asked her to join the percussion section. “I figured it was something I could do because of my piano experience,” Reed said. “It sounded like a lot of fun, and with it being my senior year, ...

Preparation for Fall Musical

Josh Slusarek, A&E Writer

September 24, 2019

The fall musical is a common activity for people to attend if they want to watch the Drama Department’s hard work and dedication. This year is proving to be no different. Mr. Mike Cervantes is back for another year of directing, starting off with this year’s fall musical, Beauty and the Beast. This  is Mr. Cervantes’s second year since his return to the Drama Department and he is wasting no time when it comes to getting down to business with the musical. Originally the...

“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...

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