the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


April Platt

April Platt, Class Writer

April is a senior and a new addition to the Xpress class. Prior to being in the class, she was a club writer for two years. She is most excited to write and produce stories this year. When she’s not writing she’s drawing, listening to music, or driving around Phoenix. She’s so excited for the upcoming year with Xpress!

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PBS Student Reporting Lab Assignment- Citizen Science – AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society

May 14, 2019

The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society is an organization dedicated to the conservation and population enhancement of bighorn sheep in the state of Arizona. The mission of the Arizona Desert Bighorn...

Evelyn Cordona ‘19 and Lulu Mckenna ‘19 pose at the Frosh-Senior Luncheon, a celebration of the Seniors’ four years at Xavier. Photo courtesy of April Platt ’19.

Frosh v. Senior trends

May 6, 2019

A lot has changed over the past four years at Xavier. Trends come and go, but memories of such trends stay forever. For the Class of 2019, there have been some definite main stakes in the trend market....

Wildlife World Zoo Attack

Wildlife World Zoo Attack

April 1, 2019

Recently, a woman was attacked by a Jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo located in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Wildlife World Zoo was founded in 1984, focusing on educating the Arizona community in regards...

Arizona’s Harsh Weather Result of El Niño Storm System

Arizona’s Harsh Weather Result of El Niño Storm System

March 11, 2019

In Feb. and Mar., it is almost custom that the temperatures in Phoenix and its surrounding areas will reach 70-80°. However, this year temperatures have fluctuated from 40-60°. Due to this, concern has...

Valentines Baking

February 13, 2019

This video instructs how to make chocolate kiss valentine's cookies. The video additionally goes through the baking process step-by-step. Perfect for the impending Valentine's Day holiday, these cookies...

Sandra Bullock as her character Malorie in the Netflix film Birdbox. She is blindfolded holding her two children, Boy and Girl.

Birdbox thoughts

January 22, 2019

Birdbox, Netflix’s largest movie release to date, has quickly become an internet sensation. Beyond its jaw-dropping ratings, Netflix’s new hit has also acquired a repertoire of memes and challenges...

Topical Topics Podcast

December 12, 2018

This episode of Topical Topics, with Helen Innes and April Platt discusses holiday traditions, Christmas trees, and how to get into the holiday spirit. With Christmas coming quickly, this podcast is...

Do Starbucks’ holiday cups tear us apart or bring us together?

Do Starbucks’ holiday cups tear us apart or bring us together?

November 20, 2018

Starbucks' holiday designs, first introduced in 1997, have become increasingly more controversial. Their first cup, in 1997, was magenta and bore a swirled design. Comparatively speaking, this first cup...

A Hyrdroflask water bottle

5 Tips for Increased Sustainability

November 1, 2018

In spite of grim reportings regarding the Earth’s future, XCP students can still have hope by utilizing sustainability. Practicing living a sustainable lifestyle is important as teenagers because it...

Countdown to Halloween: 13 days!

Valley Halloween Attractions

October 18, 2018

As the Valley gears up for another warmer than average season, Fall can still be found at five of the Valley’s Fall-themed attractions. Throughout the month of October, attractions like 13th floor, Fear...

Student Tech Advisors provide assistance in the computer lab to guide students through tricky computer programming assignments.

How Tech Lab Assistance can “save the day”

March 21, 2018

One program under-utilized in the Xavier community is the Tech Lab Assistant program. Through this program, students in computer programming, at any level, can receive help. Tech Lab TA’s are available...

Young adults are becoming increasingly addicted to electronics, including social media apps on the iPhone.

Are phones the new caffeine?

January 22, 2018

New year, new you. As 2018 begins, many students and faculty members have made New Year's resolutions. Usually focusing on health, these resolutions are not altogether surprising. However, it seems as...

The commencement of the award season

The commencement of the award season

January 26, 2017

Every year, award season comes and goes fast. If you are like me, then you stay up to date on all that is happening with each show. The season has just begun and there have already been many influential...

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