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Photographer in the spotlight

Photographer in the spotlight

May 1, 2018

While on her way to a journalism conference in San Francisco, senior Camryn McPherson was informed she had won an award through a Jostens Photo Contest. She could not help but jump up and down, even as she stood in the middle of airport security. ...

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

Kathleen Kenney, A&E Writer

April 18, 2018

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“I’m trying to let him know what I’m about to do,” Leonard Peacock said. “I’m hoping he can save me, even though I realize he can’t.” Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick, is a deeply moving story. It follows  high school student, Leonard Peacock, on his birthday, the same day he has decided to kill his ex-best friend and then himself. The book goes through his day, saying goodbye, giving presents, all with the end goal of not making it to the...

We Beefin’?

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

April 18, 2018

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If there is one company that knows how to use internet trends to gain attention from teenagers, it is the fast food chain Wendy’s. Usually known for their never-frozen, square patties, Wendy’s has been gaining popularity over the past year with their Twitter account ran by interns, on which they respond to a lot of tweets with clever and snarky comebacks, usually poking fun at other fast food restaurants. Banking off their new “hip” brand, they have now ventured into...

Voce shares music on tour

Voce shares music on tour

April 18, 2018

Spring activities are in full swing, and one group at Xavier showed off their talents in a special way outside of the school. Voce, Xavier’s chamber choir, embarked on their annual Midwest tour April 13-15. Voce is an auditioned group of 42 students...

Macbeth: a unique production

Kathleen Kenney, A&E Writer

March 28, 2018

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This year’s spring play brings some interesting set and blocking aspects that have not been seen at Xavier before. Xavier 2012 graduate Chloe Streif will be helping the Xavier Drama Department in their production of Macbeth, directed by Xavier English  teacher and drama director Ms. Sarah Hayes. Streif will be returning to Xavier to teach and choreograph sword fighting scenes in Macbeth. “As of now, I’m blocking the choreography by fighting an imaginary person...

Speech sets record

Keaton Maier, A&E Editor

March 28, 2018

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After weeks of preparation, Xavier individual speech members hit success with a record-setting showing at the Individual Event State Speech Festival held on March 10 at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. Nineteen students performed 26 acts, 21 of which received a Division I rating and were eligible for an All-State nomination. The Xavier speech program received seven individual event All-State nominations, breaking the school’s previous record of six. Nominees were seniors...

Xavier artists are recognized

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

March 28, 2018

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Every year since 1961, around 200 students have been recognized by the Council for Art Education (CFAE) during Youth Art Month. This year, Xavier was privileged to have eight students win, two of which received major awards. Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs and promotes art material safety. The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Building Community Through Art.” Originally founded by The Art & Creative Materials Institute,...

Love, Simon movie review

Nicole Hassenstab, A&E Writer

March 28, 2018

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Love, friendship, struggle, heartbreak, and anger. These are five words that come to mind when thinking about the newly released movie, Love, Simon. Love, Simon follows the story of a 17-year-old boy with a massive secret; Simon is gay, but he has not told his friends or family yet. The movie follows Simon as he struggles to define who he is, how he presents himself, and how he manages his life and relationships when it seems like his world has been turned upside down. Love...

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