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Cedar Rapids youth leads by example

Michele Barnum, News Writer

December 20, 2018

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For 24 years, select high school students in the Cedar Rapids Metro area have gained leadership qualities while learning about community concerns. Leadership for Five Seasons - Youth Program works to develop talent through formal leadership curriculum. Each participant meets once a month to discuss various themes, including social issues and how to help the underprivileged. Sophomores complete an application process and are chosen by Xavier administration to then apply...

Alum returns to learn

Sarah Cunningham, News Editor

December 20, 2018

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A Xavier alum took a trip down memory lane as he returned to Xavier for an internship with Activities Director, Mr. Andy Umthun. Although Mr. Brendan Miller (X13) was no longer involved in his own Xavier activities, he still wanted to continue being a part of them as much as possible. With the new A.D. Certificate offered at the University of Iowa, Miller’s curiosity and interest were sparked. He chose to return to Xavier as an intern to relive his experience as a student...

Brought together by tragedy

Ella Schulte, News Writer

December 20, 2018

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Ninety-four birthdays, three children and four grandchildren. A husband, a father and an American hero. On November 30, the 41st president of the United States, George H. W. Bush, passed away in Houston at the age of 94. Proceeding his death, two memorial services were held. The first took place at the Washington National Cathedral on December 5, and a second at the Bush family church in Houston on December 6. The first row at the Washington National Cathedral was...

Wacky news

Cate Tucker, News Assistant Editor

December 20, 2018

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The King of Rock and Roll made headlines years ago when he was a crowd favorite during his musical career that ended in 1977. Elvis Presley may have passed away 41 years ago, but the King lives on in the town of Friedberg, Germany. Presley is no stranger to Friedberg. According to National Public Radio, Presley was stationed there from 1958-1960 when he was in the U.S. Army. Therefore, the town decided to pay tribute to him in a unique way. This German town decided...

Richmond family gives back

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

December 20, 2018

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People may find themselves spending too much time preparing for holiday parties, Christmas concerts and cookie exchanges during the Christmas season. Xavier teacher Mrs. Jaclyn Richmond started a family Advent calendar about ten years ago to help her family stay focused during the season of giving. When she and her husband, Mark Richmond, had children ,they wanted to make sure the material aspects of Christmas did not overshadow the true importance of the season. Family...

Wacky news

Sarah Cunningham, News Editor

December 7, 2018

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There is an abundance of weird, crazy and absurd stories happening every day around the world that are not covered by national or local news stations. Recently, videos have emerged on Twitter and Instagram showing ways of false commercial advertising for food products. Many users have taken to those apps to share their disappointment and so-called betrayal after these tricks were revealed by Blossom, a social media account. For example, cardboard is used to stack in...

Twins go state bound

Cate Tucker, News Assistant Editor

December 7, 2018

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As November comes to an end, Xavier looks back on how busy these three and a half weeks have been. With activities such as football and volleyball, senior siblings and twins Isaac and Keera Ball have traveled back and forth from the U.S. Cellular Center and the UNI-Dome to support one another in their state tournaments. Keera, the libero on the state runner-up volleyball team, made history with her team this year by advancing to the state finals and being nationally ranked,...

Teachers use new tools

Michele Barnum, News Writer

December 7, 2018

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Each year there are advancements made in the classroom. Mr. Alexis Avila, Mrs. Jaclyn Richmond, and Ms. Vicki Hoffman, Spanish teachers at Xavier High School, recently learned about some advancements to use in foreign language classrooms. These advancements were presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in New Orleans. These three teachers attended the conference on November 16 through November 18. There were over 300 informational sessions available, ranging from curricular development to adopting the seal...

Salvation Army bell ringing

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

December 7, 2018

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Xavier students have the expectation of providing service to surrounding communities. For the past five years, the Xavier basketball programs have volunteered to ring bells for The Salvation Army. The bell ringing season starts each November and continues through Christmas Eve, raising around 30 dollars of donations per hour. Donations provide basic household items, housing, youth services, rehabilitation, counseling and spiritual care to people in the community. “Our...

What about angels…

Ella Schulte, News Writer

December 7, 2018

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“After your season of suffering, God in all His grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 On November 14, Xavier welcomed family and friends to join the Saints in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium for the annual Memorial Mass presided by Fr. Jack Flaherty. This Mass honored all Regis, LaSalle and Xavier alumni who have passed away this past year, in addition to the previously deceased. Student participation included setting up, greeting,...

Iowa Youth Symposium

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

November 16, 2018

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Major world topics are addressed all around the world every day. Seven Xavier students gathered on October 24 at the Iowa State Capitol for an event called Iowa Youth Symposium. This conference is held annually to provide high school students with an environment to discuss and solve international political issues. “It was an interesting experience that gave us some insight into American politics through the lease of the United Nations,” junior Emma Reasner said. “It...

When life gives you lemons

Ella Schulte, News Writer

November 16, 2018

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The popular proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” can be used to describe the attitude of a Xavier senior as he makes an effort to put his best foot forward both on and off the football field. Ben Conrad has teamed up with the Kick-It Champions Foundation in order to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer. This particular charity is upheld by its slogan, “Turning Season Stats into Research Dollars.” A portion of the proceeds ...

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