the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


News encompasses the most important events concerning Xavier.

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,...

EPICS makes fun, patterned masks

‘Rona Fighters

Yulianna Gomez, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

This summer ‘Rona Fighters, a group of high school students from Xavier College Preparatory, made it their mission to help protect the people of their community. Xavier’s EPICS team, consisting...

Junior Daniela Rivera makes and designs beautiful homemade jewelry, and has her own small business 
called Sugar Rush. You can see all her products @sugarrush_jewelryy on Instagram.

Gators stayed busy over quarantine

Sophia Lopez, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak was a surprise but Xavier took the necessary precautions and bounced back. Adapting to a virtual world was difficult, but that didn’t stop the Xavier students and staff from going...

Front cover for the playbill for Little Women. Photo credit to Zoelyn Milloy ‘21

Backstage with Little Women

Zoelyn Mulloy, Class Writer March 9, 2020

This year, Xavier’s theatre department is performing Little Women the musical, which is sure to spark emotions throughout the audience. Following the story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March,...

Xavier Celebrates Traditions Week

Xavier Celebrates Traditions Week

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor March 9, 2020

At Xavier College Preparatory, upholding traditions is something both the students and administration value as a key component of the tight-knit community. To recognize past, present, and future traditions,...

Elena Breese, Xavier alum and inspiring owner of 
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Elena Breese: Empowering Others Through Her Trauma

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor February 10, 2020

   In 2013, Xavier alum Elena Breese suffered a traumatic incident that left her struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition which causes severe physical and emotional reactions...

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