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Light in the darkness

Ava Hunt, News Writer

September 24, 2020

One hundred and forty miles per hour winds. Thirty minutes. One community left destroyed, and countless selfless citizens stepping up.         On August 10, a derecho storm swept through the Midwest, leaving a path of destruction where it went. The city of Cedar Rapids was hit with winds up to 140 miles per hour, and much of the Xavier community was affected by this storm. The people of Cedar Rapids rallied together to help those in need by giving their time and...

Communities changes at Xavier High School

Natalie Selensky, News Writer

September 24, 2020

For the first time since its opening, Xavier High School has said goodbye to the student senate and introduced a new system for our school. Xavier welcomed the community system this school year, and it comes with a lot of change.  The community system is a completely new setup from the previous student senate dynamic. This setup consists of five different “communities” of students, with smaller “house” groups inside of them. Students in grades 9-12, teachers a...

Parishes making changes due to COVID-19

Elyse Winter, News Writer

September 24, 2020

Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Catholic parishes all over the nation are among the groups that have faced challenges as a result of the COVID-19 virus and have learned to adapt as adversity hits, meaning that as the church pushes forward with faith, changes are seen.     Parishes have had to change their ways and also look ahea...

The buzzing bees in Belarus

Ella Tallett, News Assistant

September 24, 2020

Tens of thousands of people swarming together, the nation’s leader still holding steadfast, anger fizzing from both the young and old. Protests continue to gain strength throughout Belarus, whose people are demanding a new leader and revised governmental system. These protests were spurred by continued dissatisfaction with the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, with the final straw for the Belarusian people being his rigged re-election in 2020. His manipulation o...

Timeless traditions

Hope Schulte, News Writer

May 13, 2020

No matter the circumstances, the ways of uniting as a community last forever, even if they happen to be virtually. Two of Xavier High School’s long-lasting traditions, prom and senior retreat, took place virtually in the month of May because of the global pandemic.  Prom was held Saturday, May 2, and the livestream was shared on Xavier's Facebook and school website. It included a virtual grand march, the coronation of the prom king and queen, chances to win prizes from ...

The road less traveled

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

April 27, 2020

U of I, ISU and UNI. These abbreviations are at times associated with university programs like Big Ten and All-American. “The bigger, the better,” but, is it? Unlike four-year colleges, trade schools are designed to quickly prepare and equip students for their future occupations with post-secondary training regarding specific fields. Offering direct access to a variety of degrees, these schools get students out into the workforce typically eight months to two years after th...

Saintlike service

Hope Schulte, News Writer

April 27, 2020

St. Francis de Sales once said, “It is to those who have the most need of us that we ought to show our love more especially.” In this time of uncertainty, Xavier Saints are using their time, talents and treasures and doing what they know how to do best: helping those in need in the community. These acts of service range from efforts to spread kindness with Saints of Service (SOS), reaching out to parents and students and continuing faith-filled opportunities. Sa...

Holy Week is halted

Anna Schenkel, News Assistant Editor

April 27, 2020

All across the globe, Catholic churches were forced to change the Easter services they have been accustomed to over time due to COVID-19. After much deliberation, the Roman Vicar Angelo De Donatis announced on March 8 that churches in Rome were closed to tourists, but some were to remain open in specific places for the faithful following a restriction given by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to close most public places in Rome. Pope Francis urged people to cont...

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To new beginnings

Ella Schulte, Student Life Assistant Editor & News Writer

April 2, 2020

Wildfires in Australia and California, mass shootings in U.S. cities and counties and COVID-19, spreading all across the globe. This is the year: 2020. As daily routines and lives are impacted by developments and events in society, some things stay the same. According to Google, Easter is defined as “a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.”   For centuries, the religious significance behind Easter Day has remained, as Ch...

Big players and big titles

Michele Barnum, News Writer

April 2, 2020

The University of Iowa continues to gain recognition in more ways than one. Junior, Luka Garza and senior, Kathleen Doyle, have both been announced as Big Ten Conference Players of the Year. They received this title on March 2 after both having successful seasons in men’s and women’s basketball. Garza is the starting center player for the men’s basketball team at Iowa, and is the first male athlete to receive this award in 52 years. He was voted for this award by the ...

Light it up blue

Hope Schulte, News Writer

April 2, 2020

Unity can take place in unique and hidden places around the world. The thirteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is Thursday, April 2. The theme this year is to “Light It Up Blue” and show support to those who are affected by autism. According to NationalToday.com, Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder marked by behavioral and communicational affections, which impact one’s ability to manage social interactions, which also causes restricted and repe...

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