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2nd annual Senior Walk

2nd annual Senior Walk

May 16, 2018

As another school year comes to an end, the Xavier community must say goodbye to the class of 2018. The seniors are preparing to embark on this new chapter of their lives, but they took a step back during their Senior Walk to remember where they came...

Maier receives National Merit Scholarship

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

May 1, 2018

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Becoming an astronaut is senior Keaton Maier’s dream job. Maier recently became a National Merit Scholarship recipient, will bring him one step closer to this dream. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a program that recognizes academically talented students across the nation. The process started when Maier was a junior and took the PSAT, a precursor to the standardized ACT and SAT tests. Based on the score he earned, he was named a National Merit Semifinalist ...

Olson hired for principal position

Syd Walther, News Writer

May 1, 2018

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With the adaptation of the President-Principal Model and the implementation of block scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year, it is evident that Xavier is constantly changing. The creation of the President-Principal Model promoted Mr. Tom Keating from principal to president, thus opening up the principal position. After a search and interview process, the Xavier High School Board of Education announced on Tuesday, April 24, that current Associate Principal Angela Olson ...

Grandparent’s Day Mass

Grandparent’s Day Mass

May 1, 2018

Once a month, Xavier students gather to celebrate being Catholic through school-wide Mass. Last month, over 340 grandparents joined their grandchildren in the celebration. Father Ken Glaser of St. Ludmila parish asked the grandparents to raise their...

TEDxCedar Rapids

Noah Lynch, News Editor

April 18, 2018

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The world-renowned Technology, Entertainment, and Design organization will be making its way to Cedar Rapids early next month. TEDxCedarRapids is an independently organized TED event that will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library on May 12. Organized by Breanna Oxley, the event will include Keynote presenters, interactive sessions, and existing TED videos. With a theme entitled “Through the Course of Time”, the event will focus on innovation within the Cedar Rapids...

San Francisco trip

Maddye Cavanagh, News Assistant Editor

April 16, 2018

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Almost two thousand miles from Cedar Rapids, 13 newspaper and yearbook students traveled to San Francisco, California. The National High School Journalism Conference (NHSJC) took place on April 13 and 14 at the Marriott Marquis. Over 150 speakers presented including Xavier seniors Sylvia Clubb, Camryn McPherson, Sidney Scott, Mary Tallett, and advisor  Mrs. Kellie Wagner. From workshops about fonts to tips on how to handle controversy in the newsroom, NHSJC covered a wide...

Self defense class

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

April 16, 2018

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Self defense helps prepare people for unexpected situations and also helps develop mental and physical health. An optional three-hour class was held for young women at Xavier High School on April 12. Cedar Rapids Police Officer Smaby led the class. The first two hours of the class consisted of an educational presentation. Women learned how to identify different situations and scams and how to be aware of their surroundings. During the last hour they participated in hands-on...

Model UN Conference

Model UN Conference

April 16, 2018

The goal of Model UN is to build students’ leadership potential, practice debate skills, and learn more about the foreign relations of the government. Xavier students were provided the opportunity to do this through a simulation of an United Nations...

St. Matt’s new principal

Maddye Cavanagh, News Assistant Editor

March 28, 2018

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After 32 years of service, Principal Joe Wolf will retire from St. Matthew Elementary School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Amy Conlon, who has been a Regis Middle School teacher and Associate Principal for the past two years, will be his replacement. Holding a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from St. Ambrose University, Conlon has taught sixth and eighth-grade mathematics and religion at Regis. She started teaching in Catholic schools six...

Stations of the Cross

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

March 28, 2018

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Xavier students attend the Stations of the Cross every year, but many do not necessarily know how much time goes into preparing for the service. The Stations of the Cross consist of 14 stations, which represent the events leading to Jesus’ death. The Stations are a symbolic pilgrimage from station to station and reflect on Jesus’ condemnation and death. At each station, people pause and reflect on specific events, offering songs and prayers, most often on Holy Thursday,...

Keating named Xavier President

Keating named Xavier President

March 28, 2018

As Xavier implements the new President-Principal Model at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, a well-known face will be switching roles within the school. Current principal Tom Keating will become the president of Xavier High School. The responsibility...

March for Our Lives

March for Our Lives

March 28, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of students around the world made their voices heard this past weekend. Led primarily by a group of survivors from the  high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a “March for Our Lives” was held in Washington D.C. on March...

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