Winter brings heat

Caitlynn Daniels, Sports Editor

September 18, 2019

New season, new team, same mindset. The Xavier girls’ volleyball team still has the same goal as last season: be the first volleyball team at Xavier to win a state championship.  “We want to be the first volleyball team to hang a state championship banner,” Head Coach Austin Filer said. “It is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, to get to where we want to be.” The Saints lost five seniors from last year’s team and have five new players in their rotatio...

Keep on Keeping up

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

September 18, 2019

Since before I can even remember, I’ve never not watched KUWTK.  For those of you who aren’t avid fans, the acronym stands for the infamous show otherwise known as Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  So it’s safe to assume I’ve always kept up.  Whether that be planning out my weeks to come in an overpriced Lily Pulitzer agenda (in order to have time to watch the show), reaching the bottom of my Instagram feed almost every night or scrolling through the ...

Take it easy

Rachel Schneider, Opinion Writer

September 18, 2019

Imagine you are in school and you are getting back your test results from a difficult English class. The teacher hands you your test, you flip it over and there’s a big fat 60% on the front. You look around the classroom and realize  you were the only one who did so poorly. Your eyes start to fill with tears but you try to hide it as to not make a scene. You are ashamed and don’t know what to do. Doubts fill your head and you think to yourself— “I’m not smart”...

Nine to Five

Virginia Russell, Opinion Writer

September 18, 2019

It’s Monday and I’m at home, bored out of my mind. I’ve done nothing with my free day besides stare at the clock. Then I realize I’m so bored because around this time I’m either playing with toddlers or addressing a face full of tears due to a fight over toys. That’s right. I miss my job. I know, it may not be a commonly coined phrase, but it’s true. I love and ​adore m​y job and I’m a better, happier person because of it, which is why every high schooler...

Making a difference

Anna Schenkel, Assistant News Editor

September 18, 2019

Girls and boys are becoming the next political leaders one conference at a time.  On Sunday, June 16, three Xavier girls went to Drake University in Des Moines for Girls State. Seniors Taylor Coester, Sarah Cunningham and Anika Munjal attended the conference, which lasted until Friday, June 21 and was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Throughout the week, girls were given the opportunity to campaign and run for different political positions. After being split int...

Community is key

Hope Schulte, News Writer

September 18, 2019

The sense of community is one of the common factors that draws people to Xavier High School. “The best thing about being here is being a part of the Xavier community,” President Chris McCarville said.  McCarville has been part of the Xavier community as a 1997 graduate of Regis High School, Xavier theology teacher from 2002 to 2008 and assistant football coach. He also spent several years as the head of  Xavier’s theology department and was Xavier’s first Associate Dean of Stud...

Old faces, new places

Michele Barnum, News Writer

September 18, 2019

Every new school year comes with changes. This year Mrs. Gina Kutilek and Mr. Darrin Ellsworth,were welcomed into new leadership positions at Xavier High School. Mrs. Kutilek has taken over Key Club and Mr. Ellsworth has taken over Student Senate. Mr. Ellsworth assumed the position of moderator for Student Senate after Ms. Sarah Hayes decided to step down from the role. “All I have done for the Student Senate so far is get them together and listen,” Mr. Ellsworth...

Brace yourself

Audrey Dempewolf, Feature Editor

May 15, 2019

One, two, three. These are the three words spoken to me prior to the most painful moments in my life. Words that are meant to reduce impact; they warn me to brace myself, but the most significant times in our lives are the ones we are not prepared for. One, two, three is spoken to me while the ice cold alcohol wipe is being rubbed in circles on my right arm, as I squeeze my mom’s hand until I feel as though it may just collapse under the weight of my paralyzing fear of...

Akeela Love

Akeela Jefferson, Backpage Assistant Editor

May 15, 2019

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). I’ve always loved my middle name. Love. I’ve never met anyone who has the same middle name as me, which makes me love it even more. Through my high school journey, I’ve learned a few life lessons that are very important to me. It’s no coincidence that there is love involved in all of them. 1. Do what you love. Volleyball is my passion, but I used to...

Memories on the menu

Melina Testin, A&E Cartoonist

May 15, 2019

720 days of high school: 716 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For me, once a year, the lunch bell called for a wild adventure through the Xavier kitchen, resulting in a steaming tray of school lunch. Just like those four lunches that completely defined my high school experience, there were so many amazing moments I never pictured for myself as a 14-year-old walking into the Xavier cafeteria for the first time. I never imagined all of the amazing friends, classes, and...

Opportunities of open doors

Emily Jennings, Student Life Assistant Editor

May 15, 2019

As I take my last few steps down the halls of Xavier High School, I can’t help but think about how much this place has impacted my life and has been a true blessing. Thanks to this school, I have met some of the most important people in my life. I have made friendships and bonds I will cherish forever. If it wasn’t for my best friend, Hannah Dake, I wouldn’t have gotten through these last four years. She has been my rock through the ups and downs, the tears and the...


Avery Campbell, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2019

Lost among what’s behind me, around me and ahead of me are a plethora of small moments that have shaped me into who I am today. They say getting lost is what helps you find yourself and that’s EXACTLY what I did on the first day of freshman year. Although I don’t necessarily enjoy reliving that first day of high school in my head, I give it all the credit for opening my eyes to the realization that high school could be more than just a place where I’m forced to...

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