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Robotics heads to FTC Worlds

Ella Schulte, News Writer

March 15, 2019

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Hard work, dedication and communication are just a few of the words that can be used to describe this year’s competition season. This team ended their season making school history, but they are not done yet. Xavier’s robotics team, Xcentrics, is composed of 17 Saints, from freshmen to seniors. Being affiliated with FTC, also known as FIRST Tech Challenge, Xcentrics is part of a broader association where students are confronted with the task of constructing, computing...

Vans Challenge

Cate Tucker, News Assistant Editor

March 15, 2019

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Some of the most famous discoveries were by accident—velcro, the microwave and Play-Doh were all unintended inventions. The newest accidental discovery is that the shoe, Vans, will always land right side up no matter how hard or far it is thrown. As this phenomenon blew up on Twitter and was quickly named “The Vans Challenge”, thousands of Vans owners were posting videos of themselves throwing their shoes from stairwells, down hallways, out windows and even in water...

Xavier teachers attend The Summit

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

March 15, 2019

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“We can always get better.” This is the saying Principal Angela Olson emphasized when she and 11 Xavier staff members attended The Summit on PLC (Professional Learning Communities) at Work conference in Phoenix, Arizona. PLCs are schools that can enable teachers to work together to attain superior results for the students they assist. The conference took place February 18-21 for teachers of all grades throughout the country. This was the first year Xavier attended...

Xavier student teaching assistants

Michele Barnum, News Writer

March 15, 2019

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This year, Xavier normalized teacher assistants. Since students are required to take eight classes, Xavier explored ways to add course options for students. Teacher assistants are the best way to allow students to learn more and help teachers. “They help me keep my sanity, lots of students have questions and they answer questions, they help peer edit papers, and help prep stuff for the next day,” English teacher Mrs. Molly Burgeson said. “I love them, all of them,...

Creative weather-related cancellations

Ella Schulte, News Writer

March 1, 2019

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Freezing temperatures have swept across the Midwest, bringing with them a plethora of two-hour delays and cancellations. For many students, faculty and staff this means staying warm and indoors while the roads are too slick for travel, but for Xavier’s Marketing and Communications Director, Mr. Nick Ireland, the fun is just beginning. While other schools in the area have shared comical clips on various online platforms in order to lift spirits and raise awareness of weather-related cancellations and delays, Mr....

Xavier BPA sets new records

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

March 1, 2019

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Xavier sweeps yet again. This year, Thirty-two business students who qualified for the BPA National Conference. Overall they placed first in 16 events, breaking the previous year’s record of 12 events. The Xavier Business Professionals of America (BPA) students attended the BPA Conference in Des Moines from February 17-19. BPA is the nation’s top Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO), allowing students to develop crucial business skills and to grow personal connections....

Wacky news

Cate Tucker, News Assistant Editor

March 1, 2019

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For many, winter means bitter temperatures, slick roads and shoveling the driveway for hours. Winter also means snow forts, snowmen and ice sculptures. For Canada resident Robert Greenfield, the recent heavy snowfall presented a great art opportunity: shoveling the snow to create Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. Naming it the “Snowna Lisa”, Greenfield created this image in his backyard ice rink to make the most out of the winter weather that hit Ontario, according to UPI. Afte...

Lemker recognized

Michele Barnum, News Writer

March 1, 2019

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A longstanding Xavier High School tradition is continuing to grow. On February 6, math teacher Mrs. Bridget Lemker received recognition at the Cedar Rapids West Rotary Educator Appreciation Awards held at the African American History Museum. Cedar Rapids West Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards, and build good will and peace in the world. Each year, Xavier is allo...

Government reopens

Cate Tucker, Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2019

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After 35 days of questions with little to no answers, federal workers are receiving their paychecks for the first time in over a month after working without pay. The government has reopened after the longest partial shutdown in American history, which took a toll on bank accounts and the unemployment rate. Since this is the second partial government shutdown in a year, people find that working for a federal agency feels even less rewarding than it has in the past, according...

Extreme cold plagues Midwest

Ella Schulte, News Writer

February 14, 2019

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Record-breaking lows, severe warnings to stay warm and indoors, thousands of canceled flights, snow days and for some, tragedy, have swept across the Midwest. The polar vortex was said to have peaked on Thursday, January 31 at around 7 a.m., while nearly 216 million people experienced falling temperatures well below zero. Twenty three lives are said to have been claimed by the cold including 18-year-old Gerald Belz, a former Kennedy graduate and pre-med student at the...

Song for eternity

Michele Barnum, News Writer

February 14, 2019

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Music can last for an eternity. Deep in the Nambi Desert, in Africa, it does. Max Siedentopf, a Namibian-German artist, created an exhibit in the desert that can play music forever. According to Sky News, this installation plays “Africa” by Toto on repeat for eternity. He attached six speakers to an MP3 player powered by solar panels. The exact location is unknown to everyone but the artist. On Siedentopf’s website, he posted a blog entitled “Toto Forever.” He sai...

Hall of Fame Inductees 2019

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

February 14, 2019

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Every year Xavier honors individuals who have had an impact in the community. Xavier hosted the induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame during halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, February 8, which was also a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader. A reception honoring the inductees was hosted by the LaSalle, Regis and Xavier Alumni Association and preceded the basketball games. “Xavier is built on the shoulders of those who came before us,” Director...

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