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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...

Xavier leaders awarded

Xavier leaders awarded

October 4, 2017

An all expense paid trip for leadership was not the only thing seniors Sophie Cataldo and Ethan Lowder received at the National Council On Youth Leadership. The “Youth Salute” program honors outstanding high school seniors who maintain a high scholastic...

Maier qualifies for National Merit

Lauren Nelson, Opinion Writer

October 4, 2017

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In Iowa, only 216 students were named semifinalists for The National Merit Scholarship this year. Xavier’s very own Keaton Maier is one of these students. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a program that recognizes academically talented students all across the United States. Only a handful receive the oportunity. According to compassprep.com, the National Merit cut-off became harder this year. With many states changing the minimum by one or two points, Iowa...

Xavier hires Harken

Noah Lynch, News Editor

October 4, 2017

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The Xavier Foundation welcomed a new member to their team. Mary Harken has taken a position as the new Director of Development and started her work at Xavier on September 6. Harken will manage new plans for the Foundation’s development and oversee general fundraising campaigns and initiatives. The  Xavier  Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with Xavier High School to help with funding that goes beyond tuition and parish subsidies. The Foundation...

Respect Life Month

Maddye Cavanagh, News Assistant Editor

October 4, 2017

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Every year, many events are held to raise money and awareness for unborn children within the community and at Xavier High School. The month of October is Respect Life Month. Findings from NPR state there are 14.6 abortions per every 1,000 women. This is the lowest rate since 1973. Catholics believe that all life is sacred from conception to natural death. “Respect Life Month is important because if life is not important, we are not important. We are called to take care...

Benefits of exchange

Maddye Cavanagh, Assistant News Editor

September 19, 2017

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Within a year, the average family takes about two vacations, and the ideal length is eight days according to U.S. Travel Association. Imagine spending a whole year in a foreign location! For Xavier’s eight foreign exchange students, that is exactly what they are doing. Statistics say that studying abroad instills lasting life skills, such as doing well in foreign environments and learning how to adapt to new challenges. Students leave their exchange with a better sense...

Pope John Paul II honored at Xavier

Pope John Paul II honored at Xavier

September 19, 2017

Xavier students recently had a once in a lifetime opportunity to deepen their faith and experience a part of Catholic history. A rst class relic of Pope John Paul II was brought to Xavier on Wednesday, September 6. The relic was brought by the Florida...

Xavier welcomes new A.D.

Jenae Marshall, News Writer

September 19, 2017

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Xavier High School welcomes their third activities director in school history. Andrew Umthun was hired as the new activities director in March 2017 before the 2017-2018 school year. Umthun graduated from Dowling High School in West Des Moines and his collegiate career included the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. He previously taught at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School and at Estherville Lincoln Central High School in Northwest...

Hurricanes hit hard

Noah Lynch, News Editor

September 19, 2017

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Thousands of families across Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean have been forced to evacuate their homes this past month due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, two tropical storms that developed over the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Harvey initially hit the coast of Southern Texas, but eventually brought harsh rain and oods to major cities like Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Similarly, Irma initially hit the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands before moving...

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