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XPress

the student news site of xavier college preparatory

XPress

the student news site of xavier college preparatory

XPress

News encompasses the most important events concerning Xavier.

Near Bidwill Circle, a Xavier student logs in her cans on an online Google survey as evidence that she did participate in the food drive. NHS members worked shifts in the morning to monitor the logging-in of cans.

Xavier holds annual St. Vincent de Paul Canned Food Drive

Layla Torres, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Google defines charity as “an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.” Xavier College Prep demonstrates this simple definition with its own service project: the annual...

Sister Joanie, a former student and her daughter
discuss all Xavier has to offer.

Open House amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Nina Rawal, Club Writer November 23, 2020

Open House has always been a big deal for the Gators at Xavier. Through this event, current students are able to meet potential Baby Gators and introduce them to the wonderful campus and community.  This...

Here’s a look at some of the pinnacle points of 2020 including the Covid-19 pandemic, basketball star Kobe Bryants sudden death, conflict between law enforcement and protesters during this summers BLM protests and the catastrophic Australian bushfires.

Year in review

Yulianna Gomez, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

The year 2020 was full of surprises. From shocking celebrity deaths to forest fire catastrophes and a global pandemic, it has been one rollercoaster of a year. Though every year has its defining moments,...

Candy cane shirts and knit scarves are only a few items in Gator Gears new collection.

Gator Gear releases holiday collection

Sophia Lopez, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

On November 6, 2020, Xavier held its 48th annual auction. Gator Gear, Xavier's clothing store, released a special collection for the auction. Gator Gear is located in upstairs Founders Hall, run by the...

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte and Iced Chai Latte are two of the items offered on the Starbucks fall menu. These autumn drinks were some of my favorite items I tried.

Fall food and drinks review

Grace Nelson, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

As we enter fall and winter, there are many new seasonal foods and drinks to try, from lattes to pumpkin bread. Now is the time to try all of the exciting fall treats. Starbucks is always a reliable...

Students at Xavier made several ofrendas to celebrate their deceased family members and/or idols.

Hispanic cultural appreciation

Ashley Rojas, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October and is widely celebrated. The Xavier Spanish Club celebrated this month during one of its meetings. Students came together to celebrate Hispanic...

The Xavier campus is ready for the Christmas season. Lights and wreaths make the campus glow during the colder months.

When can Christmas preparations start?

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief November 23, 2020

It’s that time of the year again. Arizona is finally starting to cool down, Christmas commercials have started, and the great debate has begun. When is the right time to begin the Christmas season?   Are...

A summer sun sets behind a mountain on Lake Pleasant and reflects on the lake’s water.

Traveling throughout Arizona

April Tanner, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Running out of things to keep you busy? Arizona’s scenic nature provides many trails to hike, lakes to swim in or views to look at.  As cooler weather approaches, Arizona has many different activities...

Emily Alaimo ’24, Brianna Oden ’24, Julia Tipsord ’24, and Ellie Jewett ’24 enjoy celebratory frozen yogurt after setting foot on Xavier’s campus for the first time as official students.

Class of 2024 freshman orientation

MaggieMae Dethlefsen, Club Writer September 30, 2020

 On August 11 and 12, freshwomen came in five groups of 25 -30, along with their parents, to a freshman orientation. All had to wear masks, sanitize hands, and take temperatures before coming into the...

Keynote speaker Elena Flores Breese ‘00 shows her Xavier pride after answering questions from students.

The show must go on

Emma Haas, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

Over the past few years, the Xavier community has gathered at the X Breakfast, a morning event held at Xavier, to listen to former students tell their stories. This year, though, the coronavirus pandemic...

Students have learned to stay organized and manage their time better while in quarantine.

Students formed positive habits during pandemic

Campbell Linaman, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

Months after initially going into quarantine and transitioning into online school, students are finally getting to come back to school while maintaining social-distancing and participating in a split schedule....

Señora Santaella in her classroom, ending the day in a virtual mode. 
Santaella is thrilled to join the Xavier community this year and to have students back on campus. She prepared 
to teach online by attending an online program.

New teachers and students crushing start of year with spirit

Layla Torres, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

“Back to school.” This phrase is usually, and understandably, responded to with sighs from students and teachers. However, this year is anything but normal given the circumstances of online learning,...

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