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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Chrsitine Hilario, A&E Writer

March 15, 2019

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For 44 years, one celebration has been a mainstay for Cedar Rapids in March. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or SaPaDaPaSo (which consists of the first two letters of St. Patrick’s Day Society), will take place this Sunday in downtown Cedar Rapids. Junior Hannah Hinkel has participated in this parade every year since she was born. “It has been a tradition in my family for 28 years, and we have so much fun doing it!” Hinkel said. For Hinkel, preparations for the parade begin months in advance. “...

Battle of the Books

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

March 15, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Book lovers in the Xavier community have the opportunity to put their comprehension skills to the test. For the past three years, Xavier readers have competed in Iowa’s Battle of the Books. The premise is Iowa High School students, under the direction of a coach, read a total of 28 books and discuss them as a team. Then the teams participate in a multiple choice comprehension test and an author name test. This first round of testing is completed at their school. The top...

FATHER OF 4 review

Will Christianson, A&E Writer

March 15, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

A member from one of today’s biggest rap groups just released his first solo album. Offset, a member of the group Migos, released his first solo album FATHER OF 4 on February 22. A couple 0f months ago, the other members of Migos, Takeoff and Quavo, released their own solo albums, making Offset’s the last to drop. Fans have been anticipating this album for quite some time because once Quavo and Takeoff both dropped their albums, people assumed Offset would drop one as...

Jazz band takes on districts

Hayley Seymour, A&E Writer

March 15, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Ever since the start of jazz music in the late 1900’s, many have become fans of the genre. Xavier High School’s Jazz Band One (JBO) has fulfilled the desire for jazz music for many. Jazz Band One has reached many milestones this past year, including their most recent competition on March 2. Jazz Band One earned second place at the District Jazz Festival. As a result of placing second, they gained an automatic bid to the Iowa Jazz Championship. In addition, junior Sean...

Awards with art

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

March 1, 2019

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Seven Xavier students will have their works of art on display at YAM art show in Des Moines. Xavier has had three students take home high awards, including the Governor’s Award and Sargent Award; and four more have been recognized for their excellency. Senior Nathan Hagarty received the Governor’s Award for his work “Bee Happy.” It will be displayed in the Governor’s Office for the month of March. The artwork also received an honorable mention from Scholastic....

Start of a new season

Abigail Todd, A&E Writer

March 1, 2019

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Lines to memorize, nerves to calm and excitement to control. This is how many students are feeling right now about the Xavier speech team’s individual performance season. With a competition on its way, the team prepares to compete for State and even All State titles. Just one of those many dedicated students is sophomore Nicole Constant. Already having experience under her belt, Constant is keeping her eyes on the prize by trying to achieve an All State title this year...

Apple Music vs. Spotify

March 1, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Everybody listens to music but the one thing separating listeners is what streaming platform they use. Right now the two biggest music streaming platforms are Apple Music and Spotify. Although these serve the same purpose, people will vow for either side and will be able to defend why their platform is better. I’m going to give some insight on each side. The easiest way to find the true winner is a pro con list, starting with Spotify. The first pro to Spotify is the...

Robins mock trial

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

March 1, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Xavier students have plenty of opportunities to participate in activities that enhance their high school experience. One activity that may be overlooked is mock trial. Iowa High School Mock Trial began in 1983, and is a competition where students must comprehend a set of legal materials and present their arguments to judges at Regional and State tournaments. This years’ case is Kelly Crown V. Bryce Cutter d/b/a Charity Operations Network, which is a civil case involving...

Cuisine with Christine

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

March 1, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized

When the stress and toil of the school day is done, many Xavier High School students just want to find someplace to eat. However, between sports, clubs and jobs, that place needs to be convenient while still having good food. This brings to mind one question: What is the best place to eat near Xavier? There are many differing opinions concerning this matter. Junior Emma Stadelmann’s favorite spot to eat near Xavier is Freddy’s. “Freddy’s is an exceptional...

Music between classes

Hayley Seymour, A&E Writer

February 14, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Many people wear earbuds during passing period and class, but some teachers provide the music for their students. Teachers Mrs. Emily Moses, Dr. Jason Reed, Ms. Vicki Hoffman and Mr. Nate Greene are among the teachers who greet students with music while they settle into their next class. Some teachers play music for their own enjoyment, and others play purely for the students’ benefits. Moses plays music to ensure her students understand her classroom environment and have...

Hoodie SZN review

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

February 14, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

January and February tend to be slow months when it comes to album releases. Luckily, December had enough quality albums to help get us through the boring months. Twenty year old New York rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, led the charts through December which was surprising despite the album being pretty solid. He released his third studio album Hoodie SZN on December 21. This is the uniquely named rapper’s longest album out of his three. It includes 20 songs in total....

Glass review

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

February 14, 2019

Filed under Arts & Entertainment

In a world dominated by comic book superhero movies of familiar concepts, it is so fresh to see a new director have a fresh spin on a genre. Glass is the thrilling conclusion to director M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy nineteen years in the making. This movie follows Bruce Willis’ David Dunn from Unbreakable and James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb from Split as they encounter each other and struggle to overpower one another, eventually ending up in a psych...

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