the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Caroline Hink

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor

Caroline Hink is currently a senior at Xavier. She is the Managing Editor of XPress on the XPress Board for the 2019-2020 and this is her second year in the XPress class. Last year, she was the Sports and Fitness Editor. Outside of XPress, Caroline is involved in the Student Ambassadors Club, National Honor Society, and Computer Science Honor Society. Caroline is hoping to involve more Xavier students and help XPress grow in the Xavier community.

All content by Caroline Hink
Senior Editorial: Caroline Hink

Senior Editorial: Caroline Hink

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor May 3, 2020

Senior year always felt like it was so far away. When I first stepped on campus as a Freshman, I felt very much out of my element. For a while, I really didn’t know if I saw myself at Xavier and I definitely...

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,...

Varsity Basketball Coach Gillom speaks to fans, family members, and members of the Basketball and Gatorline teams. Coach Gillom thanked senior athletes for their hard work and recognized families for their commitment. Photo by Caroline Hink 20.

Xavier Basketball and Gatorline Honor Senior Athlete

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor February 10, 2020

Towards the end of every athletic season, Xavier takes time to honor the commitment and leadership of senior student-athletes by organizing Senior Nights for each sports team. This year, February 4 marked...

Megan Onofrei signed to play soccer at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Photo by Caroline Hink 20.

Ten Gators Sign National Letters of Intent

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor November 13, 2019

For decades, Xavier College Preparatory has been both an academic and athletic powerhouse. In addition to preparing students for the rigor of college courses, Xavier continually develops outstanding athletes.  Xavier’s...

Sophomores Meghan Shouten, Sharon Cardenas, and Nina McFarland wait in the library until their shadows get dropped off. 
Photo credit: Caroline Hink 20.

What is the Xavier Shadow Program?

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor October 22, 2019

Did you attend 8th Grade Day? Are you a prospective student who wants to attend a full day of classes at Xavier? Or are you wondering how the Shadow Program works? Every October, hundreds of middle-schoolers...

Mrs. Hubbard and a group of Xavier students visit Inishbofin in Ireland while on the Creative Writing trip this past summer. Photo courtesy of Emmie Halter ‘21.

Xavier Gators Study Abroad

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor September 18, 2019

 Have you ever wanted to travel abroad with your best friends? Have you considered studying abroad in college? Due to the opportunities at Xavier, dozens of students travel abroad each year to Ireland,...

Xavier senior Taylor Garmen visited California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, last spring. Taylor is committed to play collegiate soccer, which has changed the stress level of her senior year. Photo courtesy of Taylor Garmen ‘20.

The Truth About Senior Year

Caroline Hink, Managing Editor September 17, 2019

Once you have finished junior year of high school, you feel like you have conquered the world. However, senior year of high school brings the stress of applications, the importance of first semester grades,...

Thank You, Notes to Xavier

Kit Blouin, Caroline Hink, and Senior Issue May 2, 2019

Kit Blouin and Caroline Hink share this senior edition video showcasing Xavier College Prep Thank You Notes!

Crew is a sport at the center of “Operation Varsity Blues”, one of the biggest college admissions scandals in the country. Xavier Crew athlete Olivia Petrine, who is trying to get recruited as a coxswain, spoke on how wrong and unfair this whole faux recruitment scandal is. Photo courtesy of Olivia Petrine ‘20.

Xavier Athletes Outraged at Faux Recruitment Scandal

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor April 1, 2019

On Mar. 12, one of the largest college admissions scandals, named “Operation Varsity Blues,” was exposed by federal prosecutors. According to the Wall Street Journal, over 50 wealthy individuals were...

Xavier Spiritline at their Nationals competition in Anaheim, California. The Cheer team finished 2nd and the Pom team finished 6th. Photo courtesy of Jackie Hessel ‘20.

Spiritline Completes Season at Nationals

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor March 11, 2019

From cheering on the football team to competing at Nationals, Xavier Spiritline has had an action-packed season. Spiritline is very dedicated to defending their titles and practice every day in first period...

On Feb. 6, six Xavier seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate sports. The Xavier community is so proud and cannot wait to see what these ladies will accomplish in college! Photo courtesy of Caitlin Johnston ‘19.

6 Gators Sign National Letters of Intent

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor February 13, 2019

Xavier College Preparatory is known for having outstanding student-athletes in every sport. Each year, at least a dozen Xavier athletes go on to play at the college level and this year is no different....

Many people do not know that Xavier has its very own spin and yoga rooms. They are located in the upstairs of the Activities Center next to the dance room.  Yoga classes are held during 1st, 6th, and 7th period as elective in the yoga room and the spin room is used by the mountain biking team and Dean Macrina for “Get Lean with the Dean”. Photo by Taylor Brown ‘20.

How do Xavier girls stay active?

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor February 13, 2019

Xavier is well known for its athletic success and though many Xavier girls have participated in at least one club or sport at some point, some find other ways to stay active outside of school-related activities....

Senior Shannon Shields is now the fourth Xavier Gator to be named the Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year. In her senior season, she led the Gators to another 6A State Championship and signed to play NCAA Divison 1 Volleyball at the University of Louisville. 
Photo courtesy of Shannon Shields 19.

Shannon Shields: Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of Year

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor January 22, 2019

Congratulations to Xavier’s very own Senior Shannon Shields who has just been awarded the Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year! She is the fourth Xavier Gator to win this award and it is a...

Junior Caroline Hink also ordered a taco combo with a side of chips and salsa. The serving of chips and salsa was very generous and the salsa had just enough of a kick in it.

Tocaya Organica: The Valley’s Newest Healthy Restaurant

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor January 22, 2019

The newest restaurant in the Valley is one that you have probably never heard of before. Tocaya Organica has just opened a new location at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale. Started in California, Tocaya...

Xaviers Varsity Basketball team with the senior captains Leilani McIntosh, Addie Putnam, and Paris Rasheed-Moore featured in the front row. Photo courtesy of Duke Photography.

Xavier Basketball: Leading by Example

Caroline Hink and Megan Onofrei January 22, 2019

After last season’s run to the State Championship game, Xavier Varsity Basketball continues to dominate the 6A division and are currently ranked 3rd in the state by AZPreps365, behind Hamilton and Pinnacle....

Junior Megan Onofrei is getting excited for the Christmas season and upcoming basketball games. Photo by Kit Blouin.

Should Professional Sports Leagues Schedule Games on Christmas Day?

Caroline Hink, Class Writer December 12, 2018

For decades now, professional sports teams have been playing games on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. One of the biggest professional sports leagues in the United States, the NBA, regularly schedule...

Hannah Zurbriggen ‘20 visited Fear Farm this Oct. and encountered two actors, dressed as a clown and a zombie, who scare guests at Fear Farm’s abandoned town in Phoenix. The actors are part of the popular Undead and Slaughterhouse attractions.

Haunted houses in Arizona

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor November 19, 2018

As soon as Oct. 1 hits each year, new haunted houses and other Halloween related attractions seem to pop up all over the valley. These festive attractions are relatively inexpensive, fun, and a great way...

Takeoff, a member of Migos, performing at Gila River Arena on Oct. 8. Photo by Caroline Hink.

Upcoming Concerts in Phoenix

Caroline Hink, Sports and Fitness Editor October 22, 2018

With the cancellation of the Lost Lake Music Festival, many Arizonans were disappointed that many big-name artists would not be coming to perform in the desert this fall, according to the Phoenix New Times....

Photo courtesy of Caroline Hink

Lifelong Benefits of Tennis

Caroline Hink and Megan Onofrei October 1, 2018

On Sept. 18, the radio station KTAR News 92.3 interviewed Xavier’s tennis coach, Laurie Martin. Coach Martin was asked to speak about the lifelong benefits of tennis and why everyone should consider...

Miss America says goodbye to the swimsuit

Caroline Hink, Class Writer October 1, 2018

On Sept. 9, 2018, the 2019 Miss America pageant was held in its usual location of Atlantic City, New Jersey, but there was one thing missing. Back in June, Miss America announced the removal of a major...

Load More Stories