the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


All content by Hannah Shulski

Seniors: Future Careers

May 2, 2019

Hannah Shulski and Yacinta Irakoze dive into the possibilities of Future Careers for the XCP Senior Issue!

Pierogi boiling in a pot of water. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski 19.

Easter Pierogi: a labor of love

April 1, 2019

  Many cultures have their own unique way of celebrating Easter, including baking certain dishes for the special occasion. In Polish culture, families often make pierogi (singular, pieróg) to...

The Xavier/Brophy Orchestra.

Get Groovy in the Brophy Chapel

April 1, 2019

Have you ever wanted to hear a choir sing a beautiful rendition of "Africa" by Toto? If so, now you're in luck! The Brophy Honor Chorale, the Brophy Freshman Choir, the Brophy Concert Choir, and the Xavier/Brophy...

The entrance at The Refuge. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski.

Cappuccinos for Change

March 11, 2019

Think of how much coffee you buy monthly from Starbucks, Hava Java or any other chain coffee shop. How much money do you think all of that would add up to? What if all of that money went towards an important...

A bench at the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park. Photo courtesy of Melissa Shulski.

Take a Hike: Experiencing God’s Presence in Arizona’s Deserts

February 13, 2019

The sun is shining down on you. The breeze kicks in as you walk on the rocky trail. As you walk, you find you have gotten out of view of the loud noises of traffic, which are now replaced with the chirping...

Xavier Students on the Consumerist Culture of Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2019

Xavier students Lily Tierney, Yacinta Irakoze, and Sienna Martinez weigh in on the consumerism of Valentine’s Day and offer ways to show love to others without buying gifts.

Insight Timer, a popular guided meditation app, is available for both Apple and Android. Photo courtesy of Hannah Shulski 19.

Meditation is Spiritual Self Care

January 24, 2019

Everyone knows that eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep are small steps to living a happier life, but taking time out of a stressful day to unwind is just as important. This is where meditation...

An Advent wreath sitting on a kitchen table.

How To: Make Your Own Advent Wreath

December 12, 2018

Happy New Year! New Liturgical year, that is. Advent is the start of the Church's liturgical season and many people like to celebrate by making an Advent wreath. Advent wreaths are not purely decorative;...

Arizonas results during the midterm elections. Traditionally a red or Republican state, Arizona has had a recent influx of Democratic votes.

Should religion influence which political party you stand with?

November 26, 2018

There seems to be a stereotype that all Christians are Republicans and that the only Democrats are either atheist, agnostic, or are not a part of any organized religion. This is probably due to the fact...

A photo of Freddie Mercury in the 1985 Live Aid concert and a ticket to the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. The film is currently being shown at most Harkins Theaters around the valley.

Bohemian Rhapsody: a review

November 19, 2018

   "We Will Rock You", "Another One Bites the Dust", "Don't Stop Me Now". Pretty much everyone has heard of the rock band Queen or has at least listened to one of their many smash hits. Bohemian Rhapsody,...

Netflix hosts a variety of Halloween flicks.

Halloween movies on Netflix

October 18, 2018

It's spooky season! This means it's time to curl up with a blanket, a hot cup of apple cider, and watch festive movies. It might be difficult to choose what to watch, as streaming platforms such as Netflix...

Alexandra Mesquita with the historical Brophy item. Photo by Hannah Shulski 19.

It’s a “Brand New Day” with this historic Brophy relic

October 16, 2018

Senior Alexandra Mesquita got more than she bargained for at a visit to her local thrift store. The Xavier student accidentally stumbled upon a vinyl record with its cover art featuring a very familiar...

Xavier seniors getting ready for the rally.

Juniors for the win: Xavier’s first rally in photos

October 3, 2018

Go Grease lightning! The class of 2020 won Xavier's first pep rally of the year with their Grease-themed dance. Relive the moment by seeing the photos captured during the rally.   Pictures...

Xavier students dissecting a rat for service hours. Photo from Hannah Shulski 19.

Need Service Hours? Try Dissecting Rats!

October 1, 2018

   When most people think of service hours, they are reminded of serving hot food at a soup kitchen or volunteering at a shelter, not cleaning out the insides of a rat. However, that’s exactly what...

Leonardo DiCaprio (Getty Images)

5 Celebrities You Probably Don’t Know Are Catholic

October 1, 2018

In the modern world, talking about religion can be somewhat of a faux pas, especially for famous people in the public eye. Instead of keeping their beliefs private, these celebrities have spoken out about...

Xavier Athletic Trainer Laurie White rewarded for achievement

Xavier Athletic Trainer Laurie White rewarded for achievement

April 30, 2018

Every so often, Xavier faculty and staff are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in education and beyond. Recently, Mrs. Laurie White, the Xavier athletic trainer, has become a recipient of...

Call Me By Your Name won best adapted screenplay at the 2018 Academy Awards

The books behind the Oscars

March 21, 2018

The 2018 Oscars may be over, but it doesn't mean you still can't enjoy their movies! Many of the nominations this year were based off of novels. Here are few books you may enjoy if you loved the 2018 Oscars....

Xavier student watching Netflix while in class, a typical side effect of binge-watching syndrome

Is binge watching really that bad for you?

February 14, 2018

It is pretty safe to assume that all Xavier girls love Netflix. The wildly popular streaming service provides a great way for people to relax, especially for stressed Xavier students who need a break from...

(Left to right) Hannah Novack, Kristen Chua, Andy Wissink, and Kelyn Adams, members of the cast and crew.

Into the world of “Into the Woods”

January 24, 2018

The Xavier theatre program did a fantastic job this year with their hit fall production of Disney's “The Little Mermaid,” and now, they're back with another Broadway musical! This time, talented actors,...

The Orchestra concert was a celebration of Christmas and community

Family through music: The Xavier/Brophy Orchestra

December 14, 2017

Every year, the Xavier/Brophy orchestra has their annual Christmas concert, where parents and fellow students come to see the hard work the musicians have done during their first semester. The orchestra...

Gardens of The Getty. Hannah Shulksi 19

Van Gogh in the City: The J. Paul Getty Museum

October 26, 2017

Los Angeles is famous for its sunny beaches, Hollywood tourist traps, and care-free attitude. But can you believe that one of the things that also makes Los Angeles such a unique city is its love for classical...

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