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Mass shooting in Texas

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

November 29, 2017

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A small town called Sutherland Springs, Texas did not think a shooting would ever occur in their town. On November 5, 2017 around 11:20 a.m., Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service at a small Baptist church.  Twenty six lives were taken, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The victims ranged in age from 17 months to 77 years, including an unborn baby. Kelley went into the church and started shooting. Freeman Martin, of the Texas...

Xavier considers block scheduling

Noah Lynch, News Editor

November 29, 2017

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Xavier students could see a big change with their schedules in upcoming years. Xavier administration has spent the past few months considering the possibility of moving to a block scheduling system from the current eight period per day system. No decision has been made yet, but the benefits and challenges of this system are currently being considered by teachers, students, and parents. Under the new block scheduling system, students would have three to four classes a day...

Saints give thanks

Saints give thanks

November 29, 2017

This year, the Xavier lunch ladies made 500 slices of ham, 375 slices of turkey, nine gallons of gravy, 40 gallons of mashed potatoes and over 95 dozen rolls. Across America on November 23, families and friends gathered to share food and give thanks....

Pro-Relationships

Pro-Relationships

November 7, 2017

All of us fall into two categories: single or taken. When it comes to being in a relationship, the pros outweigh the cons for an infinite amount of reasons. Here are my top four reasons on why being in a relationship is the best. First off, you always...

Saints serve for the soul

Lauren Nelson, News Writer

November 7, 2017

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Service is an impactful and selfless act that can make someone’s day within seconds. At Xavier High School, many students love performing different helpful acts in their free time. Some even plan their own service events. Seniors Paige Diebold, Katelyn Gibbs, and Kathleen Kenney are only a few examples of students who are getting involved with service. Building houses may seem like it would be quite intense, but it is actually fun with the help of a few friends, according...

Hollywood scandal

Maddye Cavanagh, News Assistant Editor

November 7, 2017

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The hashtag “MeToo” has been used thousands of times on Twitter alone. This hashtag was used to encourage victims of sexual harassment and assault to come forward and know they are not alone. Dozens of actresses  and actors came forward revealing injustices within the Hollywood production industry. Over thirty women admitted they were sexually harassed by big-time producer Harvey Weinstein, and three said they were raped. In 1979 Weinstein founded Miramax, a major...

Discover Xavier

Noah Lynch, News Editor

November 7, 2017

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Hundreds of prospective students will gather to learn more about Xavier High School next week. Discover Xavier Night is an event where 8th grade students come to Xavier and learn about what life as a Xavier student is like. The event will be held on Monday, November 13 and is put on by Xavier administration and student volunteers. On the night of the event, the students and parents are separated and learn about Xavier in different ways. The parents will hear from seniors...

America Reads Day

America Reads Day

November 7, 2017

A national event, known as America Reads Day, gave Xavier students an opportunity to revisit their elementary schools, read to students, and give back. This year America Reads Day took place on Thursday, October 19. On this day, people all around the...

Students save lives through blood drive

Students save lives through blood drive

October 17, 2017

On average, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The average amount for a blood transfusion is three pints, and almost 6.8 million Americans give blood every year according to redcrossblood.org. At Xavier High School, around 30...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 17, 2017

More than 14,700 people registered for the Especially for You Race and Walk on October 1. This event kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Cedar Rapids and raised over $389,000 for the Especially for You Fund, which helps people receive free mammograms...

Scott recognizes teachers

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

October 17, 2017

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Two role models in the Xavier High School community influenced Drew Scott enough that he nominated them to be recognized at a national level. Scott graduated from Xavier in 2013 and continues his education at Kansas State University, where he plays football. He was one of the Big 12 student athletes in the conference’s “Champions for Life” campaign, which consists of students who excel in the classroom, on the field, and have benefitted from attaining an athletic scholarship....

Mass shooting in Las Vegas

Noah Lynch, News Writer

October 17, 2017

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Dozens were killed and many more injured in one of the most violent mass shootings in United States history. On October 1, 2017, multiple rounds of gunfire were shot into crowds at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired the shots from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. The attack started around 10:05 p.m. and ended at 10:15 p.m. About an hour after the last shot, police found Paddock...

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