Don’t click, it’s a trick

Jack Renning, Opinion Writer

September 18, 2019

It’s an energetic place full of bubbling laughter and constant talking. It’s the bright, yellow domain of children everywhere. It’s the thumpy, bumpy, rickety ride that has filled many children’s mornings and afternoons. It’s of course, the school bus. The good old way to transport thousands of kids off to the wonderful world of school. This mode of transportation has been around since our grandparents’ days. With the same design, the same yellow and black color,...

How to stop being awkward

Ellie Tanko, Opnion Editor

September 18, 2019

As he rereads over the menu for the fourth time, practicing his order, he chokes on his water. As I attempt to contain my laughter, his eyes rapidly divert towards the bronze name tag upon my chest. After a valiant effort of trying to order, he tries to casually use my name, but ends up calling me Eli. While walking back to the kitchen to place his order, I couldn’t help but giggle at the endearing, SNL-worthy interaction I just encountered. Suddenly, I’m ambushed from...

A thank you and hello, future

Lexi Ferden, Opinion Writer

May 15, 2019

Things are about to change. Although this can be hard, think of it as the beginning of a new chapter. These past years, I’ve learned some important life lessons, and have met some incredible people. I’ve gone through tough times and happy times. I’ve made memories I will never forget and will cherish forever. But, I’m ready to begin this new journey in my life. Thank you to all of my friends and all of my past friends, you know who you are. You have all taught...

Finding my home

Abigail Todd, A&E Writer

May 15, 2019

Hugging my mom goodbye on a hot summer day in Little Rock, Arkansas was probably the hardest moment in my life. While driving away from my mom’s house, watching her from a rearview mirror getting smaller and smaller, an unsettling feeling of loss consumed me. What if I never saw her again? Maybe during holiday breaks, but that might be it. Nevertheless, I was headed to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in a car with my somber sister and optimistic father. With a new job for him, the...

More than a room

Claire Delaney, Opinion Editor

May 15, 2019

Room 226. Known to some as the JLab, but to me, it is a second home. This room has been a safe haven and a place for my creative energy to flow. The JLab has given me the opportunity to become a better writer, designer and leader. From a newspaper deadline of two weeks to creating a whole yearbook with the best co-editor, Libby Kramer. We have hunted down people for quotes and emailed the few seniors left to submit photos. This classroom has brought me my best friend,...

To my number one hype man

Cassidy Erner, Business Manager

May 15, 2019

I have been surrounded by incredible people my entire life. While I don’t like to admit I don’t have everything figured out, I am lucky to be blessed with family and friends who have helped me navigate this crazy journey. One person in particular has been the best role model for me growing up, my sister. Here are five lessons out of many I have my sister Emma to thank for: 1. All you can do is your best. No matter what challenges life throws at you, you have the...

Live for yourself

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

May 15, 2019

One thing that has stuck out to me about high school is how, at the end of the day, the only thing a lot of us seem to want is attention and acceptance. The pursuit of those things requires living your life for others, not for yourself. I’m guilty of it, most of my friends are guilty of it, people I rarely talk to are guilty of it. Of course there are exceptions, but the most “popular” kids seem to really care about what they are invited to, who they are seen with and...

Thank you forever

Kirsten Smith, Health & Lifestyle Editor

May 15, 2019

May 19, 2019. The day when 164 of us come together one last time, to close the door on this particular chapter of our lives. Throughout my four years at Xavier, I have learned many lessons and I have closed many doors. As each one clicks shut and locks behind me, I have seen a myriad of doors begin to open and never once have I looked back. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that it’s okay to let things go but if you have the opportunity to try something new, DO...

Piece by piece

Maddy Andresen, Photo Editor

May 15, 2019

“Who are you?” In elementary school I was a wide eyed, goofy kid, full of hopes and dreams like becoming an actress, buying a horse, singing on American Idol and going to Hogwarts for school. Most of my time was spent playing with friends and looking forward to school so I could talk, laugh and learn all day. My elementary school self was simple and silly; I gathered only a few pieces to my puzzle. In middle school I was a sporty, social person who was busy every...

Dear Seniors,

Ellie Tanko Assistant, Opinion Editor

May 1, 2019

Blink. That’s how fast it goes. Soon you’ll be across the stage, hopefully without tripping, and it’ll be all over. All of the showing up to a big brick building at 7:48 in the morning rushing to get to class. All of the panic filling your brain when the outrageously intelligent person in the AP Calc class ahead of you says the test is hard. All of the tears that swell in your eyes after Final Show, State Football or Kairos. I have one more year, but I’m not too naive...

Stop blurring the lines

Sarah Cunningham, News Editor

May 1, 2019

As a student athlete at Xavier, I have witnessed discrepancies on the field. I’m not one to make a big deal out of nothing, but there is one issue that seems to be constant on the highlight reel: inconsistent expectations of students at sporting events. During the Dowling vs Xavier girls’ soccer game on April 4, Xavier students were vocalizing their frustration and dismay at an unfair call. At the time, administration was near the entrance. The referees proceeded to...


Taylor Coester, Backpage Editor

May 1, 2019

Do I really need a boyfriend? “UGH, I need a boyfriend right now!”“Why won’t any guy love me? I’m a catch,right?” “No guy loves me. Love must be fake.” Can you see my eyes rolling right now? Because they are. I would just like to get one thing straight before I really get into this: I am a huge hypocrite. I can’t even count all of the times I’ve said similar things to my friends, whether I mean it or not, but that’s the problem. The number of times...

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