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Brace yourself

Audrey Dempewolf, Feature Editor

May 15, 2019

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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

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“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

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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

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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...

Pocket-sized

Avery Campbell, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2019

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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...

Trouvaille- discovered by chance

Sydney Walther, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2019

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Senior year is easily the best and worst year of high school. But, as I prepare to graduate this weekend, I surprise even myself with how ready I am to let go. At some point, I realized I didn’t need to embrace the end of high school, but rather embrace who I have become BECAUSE of high school. I can’t say that I’m sad to leave, in fact, I’m really ready to chart my own course, but I can say I’m thankful for the moments that made me who I am. Through my articles...

BPA Nationals breaks records

Ella Schulte, News Writer

May 15, 2019

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Whether surfing some waves or the web, Xavier Saints make a splash. On April 30, 22 students packed up their bags and boarded a plane in order to attend the BPA National Leadership Conference, an annual event held in different locations across America. The four-day competition took place at the Anaheim Convention Center located near the Disneyland Resort. Business teacher and BPA advisor Mr. Tim O’Brien took a selection of sophomores, juniors and seniors to Anaheim...

All in bloom

Ella Schulte, News Writer

May 1, 2019

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“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5, New International Version). On Friday, April 12, Xavier hosted its annual Grandparents’ Day celebration. This event is held each year as a way for Saints to commemorate and reconnect with their grandparents.   Guests were invited to enjoy a variety of pastries, coffee and juices before getting a chance to catch up wi...

Econ team takes fourth

Michele Barnum, News Writer

May 1, 2019

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Great opportunities lead to greater success, a motto that remained true to Xavier High School’s Economic team. This year, four students, Garrett Coester, Michael Coester, Evan Lemker and Grant Schnoebelen participated in the Junior Achievement Titan Economic Challenge held at Kirkwood Regional Center on April 10. Lemker and Schnoebelen placed fourth, while the Coesters placed eighth out of 24 teams. “This seemed like a fun and cool way to do activities involving economics,...

Holocaust survivor visits Xavier

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

May 1, 2019

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Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. A hopeful outlook has encouraged Holocaust survivor, Ms. Rachel Goldman Miller, throughout her life. On April 17, Miller visited Xavier to share her experiences of living through World War II and the Holocaust. Miller started the presentation by informing everyone of her difficult journey. Miller was born in Paris in 1933, where she lived with her family before the Nazis invaded France...

Marching on

Ella Schulte, News Writer

April 11, 2019

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“Fight hard for Xavier High, we are the Saints, so hear our cry.” Graduation ceremonies, state championships, Friday morning prayer, an activities director, coach, teacher, husband, father, principal and president are all activities and titles Xavier’s Mr. Tom Keating has been a part of and acquired over the years. Beginning July 1, Keating will continue to shape the minds and hearts of the students, faculty and families he serves by assuming the position as the...

Shaving for a cure

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

April 11, 2019

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A Xavier teacher continues to show his support for the sixth year in a row. Physics teacher, Mr. Darrin Ellsworth, plans to shave his head during the Xavier spring pep assembly in the Ron Thillen Gymnasium on April 15. He is shaving his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money to find cures for childhood cancers. St. Baldrick’s is a private charity and does not receive any money from the government; the money used to fund their...

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