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Bailey Bland

Bailey Bland, Class Writer

Bailey is a senior at Xavier. This is her second year in the Broadcast Journalism class. She loves music, creative writing and learning new things. Bailey also loves being a part of such a lovely group of people. She is a part of National Honor Society, Saint Francis Tutoring Club, National Charity League (Phoenix Chapter), National Society of High School Scholars and the Society of Torch and Laurel. Bailey is also a Leadership Ambassador of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. She is very excited to be a part of this community for another year.

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#RedForEd: Why Arizona educators are protesting

#RedForEd: Why Arizona educators are protesting

May 1, 2018

Walkouts among Arizona’s public educators are happening this week and support for #RedForEd is becoming stronger day by day. Schools are closed all over the state, such as Madison Traditional Academy...

[Video] Why is Xavier excited about Prom?

May 1, 2018

In this Rapid Response, seniors Savana Olivas and Bailey Bland go around the Xavier campus asking juniors and seniors why they are excited for prom.

[Video] Rapid Response: What did Xavier do for Spring Break

April 23, 2018

Savana Olivas takes a trip around Xavier to see where Xavier students and teachers were over Spring Break and what they did

This is of my dads 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle.

Why do people love classic cars?

March 22, 2018

I did not start loving classic cars until a few years ago. I could not understand why people, including my father, had such a fascination with them. It was not until I started looking at classic cars that...

[Video] Mothman: What is it?

March 9, 2018

In this podcast, seniors Kira Dean and Bailey Bland talk about the mythical creature known as Mothman. They talk about what it is and the sighting of it that have occurred over the last several decades.

Little Miss BBQs stylish apparel

Restaurant review: Little Miss BBQ

January 25, 2018

Though it does not look like much from the exterior, Little Miss BBQ is truly a hidden treasure of Phoenix, Arizona. Under the “About Me” page of their website, the restaurant strives to produce good,...

[Video] Xavier robotics VEX team takes second in Prescott

January 24, 2018

The VEX team and their robot were able to get second place overall. They only lost two of their first six games and just barely lost the two final rounds. The VEX team enjoyed their time at the Prescott...

The sight of the first Christmas gift under the tree can seem frightening when remembering how many other gifts are needed for friends and family members.

Tips and tricks to Christmas gifts

December 19, 2017

A common problem during the holiday season is figuring out the best gift to give someone. Christmas seems to sneak up on us and all of a sudden it is time to think of a gift. This list is meant to assist...

PBS Student Reporting Lab: Conservation at the Zoo, Mrs. Whalen

November 21, 2017

Team Conservation interview Mrs. Whalen at the Phoenix Zoo, she showed us what she is passionate about and how extra efforts are needed at the Zoo to keep the wildlife happy and healthy.

Thoughts and Theories: are lizard people running the government?

November 13, 2017

Description: In this episode of Thoughts and Theories, the girls, seniors Kira Dean, Olivia Camargo, and Bailey Bland, talk about the existence of reptilians and take quizzes to determine whether they...

Extra time on the SAT/ACT is possible for disabled students

October 26, 2017

Both the SAT and ACT offer disabled students the option of receiving extra time. According to the College Board, students qualify for extended time “only if their disability causes them to work more...

Thoughts and Theories: Fenty Beauty and its 40 Shades

October 2, 2017

In this podcast, Kira Dean ’18, Olivia Camargo ’18, and Bailey Bland ’18 discuss their thoughts on Rihanna’s makeup line known as Fenty Beauty. Her brand came out with 40 different shades, ranging...

Veteran teachers give advice to new teachers

September 14, 2017

Bailey Bland and Erika Kotlarz asked a few of Xavier's experienced teachers about themselves and what advice new teachers should know.

NASA women are now Legos

NASA women are now Legos

March 23, 2017

“Excited to be part of such a great group of women and even more jazzed about women in STEM!” said Mae Jemison on Twitter. She, along with four other women, are being immortalized in the form of Legos...

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A new mentality on summer programs

March 8, 2017

By the time they graduate, many Xavier girls will have been contacted by numerous organizations asking if they would like to take part in an experience that is an “once in a lifetime opportunity.”...

Robotics clubs software

Robotics club’s software

March 1, 2017

The Xavier Robotics club recently qualified for state due to their design and their engineering workbook after competing in two qualifying competitions. When asked how the competitions went, Mr. Ward,...

Podcast: Do we need another hero?

March 1, 2017

Julia and Bailey discuss the new film 'Logan' that opens March 3.

The sun rises between two buildings at the Rockefeller Center

Bright lights, big city

February 14, 2017

  I recently got the opportunity to travel to New York City.  I took about one hundred photos during my first trip to the city. But after careful consideration, I decided that these photos...

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Four gadgets every Xavier girl needs

January 31, 2017

There are some really helpful gadgets out there any Xavier girl could use. Native Union - KEY Cable Girls will often forget their charging cord. But this handy-dandy tool ends this tragedy. This...

A Xavier girl wearing black tights waves a blanket

Baby, it’s cold at Xavier

November 30, 2016

Xavier takes great pride in its iconic uniform. The dress code enforced at Xavier is confusing at times but a comprehensive description can be found in the student handbook. In the handbook it says, “Xavier...

A healthy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016

For many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday simply because of the delicious homemade meal. But, unfortunately, the meal is not always the healthiest. However, there are many ways to make your turkey,...

3D printer in action

3-D printing is the bomb, according to Mr. Ward.

November 15, 2016

Xavier's 3D printing course is a hidden gem that more students should be excited about, especially those who are interested in engineering. The class provides a unique learning experience unmatched by...

SOUPer Eats

October 23, 2016

Soup is easy and pretty fun to make. You can add all kinds of things and have a great time experimenting with different flavors. As a vegetarian, soup is a great way for me to easily fill my dietary needs....

Women of excellence: aspiring scientist Kiara Nirghin

Women of excellence: aspiring scientist Kiara Nirghin

October 23, 2016

Kiara Nirghin is a 16-year-old girl from Johannesburg, South Africa. From the young age of seven, she has loved chemistry and physics. After recognizing the serious drought problem in South Africa, Kiara...

Polaroid cameras, once nearly forgotten, have come back into style.

The old is now the new

October 12, 2016

It seems Frankenstein is not the only thing that has been shocked back to life. Vinyl records, polaroids and drive-ins, at one point close to death, are alive once again. According to,...

The lettuce wraps from Veggie Village are a vegan must-have.

Restaurant review: veggie style

September 26, 2016

I have been vegetarian for about 2 years and one of the things I really missed was Asian food. A lot of Asian food is cooked with meat products, even if the meat itself is not present on the dish. So,...

Senior Bella Shilliday sees the benefits in going makeup-free on occasion.

Makeup: A Health Hazard

September 22, 2016

Makeup is more harmful than you may think, according to an article from The Huffington Post. Many of the risks are due to the poor regulation of cosmetics before they are shipped out to stores. According...

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