the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Grace Nelson

Grace Nelson, Editor-in-chief

Grace Nelson is a senior at Xavier and she has been writing for XPress since her sophomore year. At Xavier, Grace is an NHS member, a student ambassador, and a participant in theater productions. She also performs outside of school and recently attended two journalism programs over the summer in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Grace is so excited to work with the XPress staff this year to continue to make a difference at Xavier through journalism!

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Sophia Baillie poses with her Silver Key Award. She was awarded for her drawing, “Nana’s Hands.”

Xavier artists awarded for their work

Grace Nelson, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2022

Xavier’s students have always excelled in their passions, and its student artists are no exception. From intricate drawings to mixed-media collages, student artwork at Xavier is being recognized on state...

Scovel (center) and Herding (left center) are pictured dancing among cacti. They performed with Movement Source and incorporated elements of both dance and desert nature.

Xavier instructors dance throughout community

Grace Nelson, Editor-in-Chief March 31, 2022

Xavier’s thriving dance program can be credited to its top-notch teachers. Dance teacher and department chair, Mary Anne Herding, founded Xavier’s dance program in 2002. In 2003, Kelly Scovel started...

Brophy and Xavier students walk down Winsor Way to their off-campus classes. Winsor Way was named after Xavier’s Sister Lynn Winsor and has served as a path for students to travel between the Xavier and Brophy campuses.

What will Brophy’s block schedule mean for students next year?

Grace Nelson, Managing Editor January 28, 2022

Since the news of the coming shift to a block schedule at Brophy next year, anticipation has heightened, especially among the Xavier community. Many are unsure of the impact this will have on Xavier students...

Xavier students discuss class material during a passing period. Students around campus constantly collaborate on class content to better understand material.

Dyslexic students need Xavier’s support

Grace Nelson, Managing Editor December 2, 2021

Students around the world struggle with various learning impediments which may inhibit their abilities to achieve their full potentials. Dyslexia is among one of these challenges that affects many people,...

The set for the Xavier/Brophy fall musical, “Grease,” is undergoing the construction process. Rehearsals began at the end of August and cast members, crew members and directors are excited to share the production with the Xavier/Brophy community starting on October 20.

Xavier and Brophy students interact on and off campus

Grace Nelson, Managing Editor September 23, 2021

While Xavier is an all-girls school, it is still important for interactions and socializing to occur among Xavier and Brophy students to foster an interactive and friendly environment.  This socializing...

Zachary Carlson, ceramics teacher, stands with a ceramics project. Carlson has been working on providing a creative, yet safe space for students to work.

Ceramics class provides an adapted learning experience for students

Grace Nelson, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 11, 2021

This year, the ceramics program at Xavier has adapted to create a safe, yet immersive, learning experience. Ceramics class has been a student-favorite at Xavier, and the changes implemented this year due...

The current Stark Tennis Courts will be renovated this summer. The cracks and breaks in the courts have constantly been filled in over the years.

Stark Tennis Center will be redone summer 2021

Grace Nelson, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 11, 2021

Tennis is one of the most popular sports at Xavier, with approximately 25 JV and varsity players, 60 players in the tennis club and over 80 players in freshman tennis. After spending years keeping up with...

Harry Styles performs his Grammy-winning song “Watermelon Sugar” as the first performance of the Grammys. Styles was one of many artists to perform, including winners Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, and Taylor Swift.

Media awards season begins

Grace Nelson, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 30, 2021

This award season, despite the Covid-19 regulations, fans have still been able to have a relatively normal viewing experience from the safety and comfort of their homes. Two of the most popular award shows...

Pierian Spring issues from past years display student art on front covers. Club members created and selected each piece of art and designed the front cover and inside of each issue.

Students explore creativity in Pierian Spring club

Grace Nelson, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 18, 2021

Pierian Spring is a hands-on, art-focused club at Xavier. Members have the opportunity to explore creativity in an engaging and energetic environment.  Dr. Clay Zuba is the new moderator of the club...

These are some of the tickets collected by Senior Emma McCarthy. Ticket stubs have been used for years in theaters, however we are starting to see the downfall of physical tickets and movies.

The movie industry shifts

Grace Nelson, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 27, 2021

The entertainment industry has adapted and changed throughout the pandemic, as public entertainment has become less accessible and desirable. While going out to the movies was a popular opportunity for...

The Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte and Iced Chai Latte are two of the items offered on the Starbucks fall menu. These autumn drinks were some of my favorite items I tried.

Fall food and drinks review

Grace Nelson, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

As we enter fall and winter, there are many new seasonal foods and drinks to try, from lattes to pumpkin bread. Now is the time to try all of the exciting fall treats. Starbucks is always a reliable...

Junior Ivy Song retrieves her ball at the championship on the 18th hole.

Xavier golf regains state title

Grace Nelson, Staff Writer November 11, 2020

The Xavier College Prep golf team had a successful season, finishing first place in the state championship. The Gators, with the leadership of Coach Tui Selvaratnam and Sister Lynn Winsor, were able to...

Julia Bonilla and Elizabeth Church donate their earnings to Helping Hands.

Serving the community in a pandemic

Grace Nelson, Staff Writer September 29, 2020

Since the Covid pandemic began, students, teachers, and other members of the Xavier community have found new and intuitive ways to safely help those in need. Many students have joined new organizations...

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