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the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Emma McCarthy

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief

Emma McCarthy is the Editor-in-Chief of XPress for the 2020-2021 school year. This is her third year on the XPress and last year she served as a section editor. Emma participates in Mock Trial and writes for the newsletter. She hopes to write articles that inspire others and help improve XPress for the future editor.

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Seniors Reese Dietrich and Kassidy Espinosa pose in their college gear on College Sweatshirt Day.

Covid-19 alters college admissions

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief May 11, 2021

Each year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors take on the college admissions process, hoping to get accepted into various universities around the country.  Some dream of going out of state,...

Senior editorial: Emma McCarthy

Senior editorial: Emma McCarthy

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief May 11, 2021

It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago I was entering Xavier with no idea what these past four years would bring me. I have grown immensely since then and I’m so grateful for my time at Xavier...

Xavier seniors pose in AP English Literature and Composition with their signature red sweatshirts as they prepare to head to their next class.

Seniors give advice to juniors

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief March 30, 2021

As each school year draws to a close, seniors look forward to college as juniors begin planning for their senior year. Whether it’s college applications or classes, it can all be very overwhelming and...

The attendees of Kairos 4 celebrate the last day of their retreat at Mount Claret

Kairos retreat continues to change lives

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

For the last four years, Xavier seniors have had the opportunity to participate in the Kairos retreat, a three day experience that Catholic schools and churches host all over the country.  The retreat...

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...

Night falls as The Goonies entertains drive-in guests.

Drive-in movies and concerts: Are they worth your money?

Emma McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2020

With the pandemic still in full force, many industries are trying to adapt and continue while remaining safe. The entertainment industry is recovering slowly, having to develop ways to bring back live...

Remembering 2016-2020 National Events

Remembering 2016-2020 National Events

Emma McCarthy May 3, 2020

Our seniors began their journey at Xavier College Preparatory in 2016, but that’s definitely not the only big event from their freshman year. Here is a look at all the major events that have occurred...

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...

Members of the Key Club gathered after school to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child
Photo Credit: Mrs. Alison Mead

Operation Christmas 2019

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor December 10, 2019

Gators love giving back! Key Club,  Xavier College Preparatory’s organization that focuses on service opportunities for high school students, is providing holiday joy for those in need this Christmas...

Juniors Emma McCarthy, Sloan Sciarappo, and Simone La Magna (left to right) in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland on November 9! 
Photo Credit: Simone La Magna ‘21

Xavier Gators Love the Annual Disneyland Trip

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor November 12, 2019

It’s time again for the Xavier Disneyland trip! Once a year, a few hundred Xavier students hop on three or four buses at about two in the morning and drive through the night to Anaheim, California. They...

The Yankees vs Diamondback baseball game on April 30, 2019 at Chase Field located in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo credits: Emma McCarthy 21.

In a League of Their Own

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor October 22, 2019

Will you watch the Major League Baseball World Series this year? Xavier College Preparatory students may be able to think of a few teachers who certainly will watch it based on their known passion for...

Mrs. Haley Scott DeMaria during her time swimming for Notre Dame, photo credit: What Though the Odds

Haley Scott: Tragedy and Triumph

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor September 17, 2019

This summer’s reading assignment included a book by an amazing Xavier College Prep alum, entitled What Though the Odds. The book and its author tell an engrossing story of despair and courage, along...

Mr. Mos poses with his book, available now!

Mr. Mos is a Bright Star

Emma McCarthy, Connect Editor September 16, 2019

Gather around everyone, it’s storytime with Mr. Mos! The English 1 teacher here at Xavier College Prep, just published his second book, The Bright Star, a story that personifies the stars above Bethlehem...

Changing the Channel on Negative Political Ads

Changing the Channel on Negative Political Ads

Emma Mccarthy, Club Writer January 9, 2019

After Election Day on Tuesday November 6th, it’s safe to say most people were thankful that all political advertising had ceased. The ads during this campaign were vicious and unrelenting, especially...

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