the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Helen Innes

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief

Helen is currently a senior at Xavier. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the 2018-2019 school year, her third year on XPress. From interviewing students at lunch to editing an article, Helen is a versatile and productive student. Outside of XPress, Helen runs on the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams and enjoys volunteering at her local hospice center. Helen is beyond excited to take the newspaper into unchartered territory with the hopes of connecting it more to students and sharing all of the wonderful day-to-day events at Xavier.

All content by Helen Innes

PBS Student Reporting Lab Assignment- Citizen Science – AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society

The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society is an organization dedicated to the conservation and population enhancement of bighorn sheep in the state of Arizona. The mission of the Arizona Desert Bighorn...

Senior Helen Innes standing in front of the entrance to the University of St Andrews, where she will be attending starting in the fall of 2019. Photo courtesy of Helen Innes 19.

An Editor-in-Chief’s “thank you” to XPress

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief April 1, 2019

I have been on XPress for three years: sophomore, junior and senior year. Sophomore year XPress was Period 7, but it soon became my Period 1 elective for junior and senior year. My sophomore year, the...

Caroline Liddy, class of 2018, and senior Helen Innes pose at a protest against Dolphinaris in the fall of 2016. Photo courtesy of Helen Innes 19

Dolphinaris: how one company’s success killed four dolphins

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief March 11, 2019

Four dolphins, half of the original eight, have died since 2016 at Dolphinaris Arizona. Now, the company has announced that it will temporarily be closing because of it. Since the first dolphin death,...

The group of students at the Walter Cronkite Summer Journalism Institute at ASUs downtown campus in 2018. Photo courtesy of Helen Innes 19

Need a summer camp? Apply to the ASU Summer Journalism Institute

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief February 13, 2019

Last summer I attended the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Student Journalism Institute at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. Not only was this one of the best experiences...

A photo of the students and faculty as they prepare to embark to Panama. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Wyman.

What to expect: World Youth Day 2019

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief January 22, 2019

World Youth Day, which is more of a week starting on 22 Jan. and ending on 27 Jan. 2019, occurs every three years and attracts young adults from all over the world. Xavier has been participating in World...

Topical Topics Podcast

Helen Innes and April Platt December 12, 2018

This episode of Topical Topics, with Helen Innes and April Platt discusses holiday traditions, Christmas trees, and how to get into the holiday spirit. With Christmas coming quickly, this podcast is...

Lights hang along the wall of the study. Photo courtesy of Helen Innes 19.

Avoid “Christmasitis”: the Grinch of finals week

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief December 12, 2018

As a senior, I have welcomed my fair share of finals week before the Holiday break and dearly-needed vacation. Also, as a senior, I feel that my class has the responsibility to disperse our knowledge of...

Xavier’s Thanksgiving Traditions

Helen Innes and Yacinta Irakoze November 20, 2018

Seniors Yacinta Irakoze and Helen Innes interviewed students at lunch about their Thanksgiving Traditions.

Holiday presents and stockings rest under the tree with plenty of time until Christmas.

Santa thinks about his presents all year long, and so do I

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief November 19, 2018

It is addicting: each weekend I dig through the newspaper, hunting for the coupons that are hidden deep within the advertisements. My parents are some of the only people I know that still get the newspaper...

Xavier girls celebrate Halloween on Halloweekend, a mix of Halloween and the weekend leading up to it.

Xavier says boo: the Halloween costumes of XCP

Helen Innes , Editor-in-Chief November 12, 2018

Halloween is a staple for any Xavier student with rumors of “Halloweekend” parties floating around and the splurge of Senior Treats the week before the 31st. But who wore what for Halloween? Below...

Angela, a senior at Xavier, shares a routine that brings out her true curls.

It’s a vibe: the curly haired students at Xavier speak out

Helen Innes, Editor-in-Chief October 18, 2018

Curly hair is a love hate relationship for any busy Xavier girl. Its constant tangles, frizz, and high maintenance are enough to result in a messy bun everyday as it seems like curls have a mind of their...

April Platt 19 swats a moth that flies in from of her face

Moths, moths, go away, come again another day

Helen Innes , Editor in Chief October 1, 2018

Dusty brown wings flutter through the hallways of Xavier. Even when just looking at a wall in uppers Fitzgerald Hall it is nearly impossible not to see a moth sulking on a white wall, hunting for its next...

[Video] Agape latte with Dean Macrina

Helen Innes and Holly Ngo May 7, 2018

Dean Macrina spoke to students during lunch on April 30, 2018.

PBS Mars and Space Flight Facility

Reporters Molly Kuhl, Helen Innes, Madeline Warren, and Skylar Smith filmed the recent happenings in the ASU Mars and Space Flight Facility.

The Farewell Episode | That’s Cool, Episode 6

Helen Innes, Lily Gonzales, and Ashten Wheeler May 2, 2018

Helen and Ashten react to past episodes and say goodbye to our viewers!

[Video] Holy moly guacamole! That’s Cool Episode 5

Lily Gonzales, Helen Innes, and Ashten Wheeler April 16, 2018

Watch Helen and Ashten make guacamole in preparation for Cinco de Mayo - and watch the XPress team taste test it!

Debt! | That’s Cool, Episode 4

Helen Innes, Ashten Wheeler, and Lily Gonzales April 9, 2018

Lily Gonzales '18, Ashten Wheeler '18 and Helen Innes '19 give debt a piece of their minds.

[Video] Xavier makes history: Xavier state basketball game

Helen Innes and Holly Ngo March 21, 2018

Reporters Helen Innes and Holly Ngo were on the court to gather footage for the monumental Xavier state basketball game.

Parkland shooting reactions

Lily Gonzales, Helen Innes, and Ashten Wheeler March 7, 2018

This week hosts, Helen and Ashten, discuss the tragic Parkland shooting and the aftermath of the massacre.

Agape Latte: Ms. Rhonda Golden

Holly Ngo and Helen Innes March 7, 2018

Rhonda Golden shares her story of how Christ has become a part of her and her family's lives.

[Video] 2018 Xavier Poetry Out Loud

Helen Innes and Holly Ngo February 15, 2018

The annual Poetry Out Loud competition hosted at Xavier. The winner moves on to the next round.

An image of @dexterthepeacock and his owner posing for a picture earlier this year.

Does Dexter the peacock exemplify service animals?

Helen Innes, Opinions Editor February 15, 2018

Plane rides: always long, always tiresome, and always feeling longer than necessary. To make plane rides even more exciting, a woman recently tried to board a United Airlines with her support animal. Support...

Kombucha Culture

Lily Gonzales, Helen Innes, and Ashten Wheeler January 24, 2018

Watch hosts, Helen Innes and Ashten Wheeler discuss Kombucha, super models and the tide pod challenge!

The holidays are not just for humans, dogs and cats can enjoy the festivities, too.

Watch out Fido: How to keep pets safe during the holiday season

Helen Innes , Opinions Editor December 18, 2017

Filled with sparkling lights and peppermint scented candles, the holiday season is all about spending precious time with family and friends. Not only do Xavier students spend time with close friends and...

PBS Student Reporting Lab: Bridging the Gap, Lisa Hunter

Lisa Hunter talks about her job with Prisma Technology Solutions, as well as how she bridges the gap between coders and consumers.

A Xavier student makes a heart symbol over her Xavier uniform, showing how Xavier students care for the world around them.

How organ donors change lives

Helen Innes, Opinions Editor November 9, 2017

The check on your driver’s license to be a donor proves to be a quite a simple choice, but it could change another person’s life. According to the Mayo Clinic, the recent number of donors is decreasing,...

A beginners guide to the German language

A beginner’s guide to the German language

Helen Innes, Opinions Editor October 26, 2017

With the German Exchange Program in full swing, the Xavier students participating in the program are cramming in their German studies before the visit to Germany in a few months. However, the German language...

[Video] XBreakfast speaker interviews

Helen Innes and Madison Kloeber October 5, 2017

With the 2017 XBreakfast under way, Helen Innes and Madison Kloeber interviewed speakers Allison Schmitt and Amanda Blumenherst after their speeches.

Xavier students speak out after the fall rally

Helen Innes, Opinions Editor September 14, 2017

With the first Fall Sports Rally on Sept. 6, Helen Innes interviews the classes post rally to see how everyone was feeling after a big Senior class win.  

[Video] Gators respond to the solar eclipse

Helen Innes '19, Opinions editor August 31, 2017

Xpress reporter on the beat, asks Xavier students about the Solar Eclipse that occurred Aug. 21.

A popular Netflix show is The Office. Helen Innes 19

Snip, snip: why people are cutting the cable

Helen Innes, Opinion Editor April 19, 2017

Listen to any conversation at Xavier and, most likely, it will somehow involve Netflix. The simple, $8.99 program with the signature red logo has been taking over high schoolers’ brains ever since "Grey’s...

Helen Innes 19

Sorry First Amendment: why teachers need to teach religion

Helen Innes, Opinion editor March 30, 2017

Recently, the debate regarding religion in public schools has been in the headlines. All 50 states have been affected by the newest argument to question student’s Constitutional rights to religion. Just...

Xavier students, among other millennials, are ceasing money spending at Nordstroms, as well as other department stores. Helen Innes 19

Millennials: are we ruining department stores?

Helen Innes, Opinion Editor March 22, 2017

Millennials are likely the most experienced bargain hunters and tech savviest generation, ever. Although under much controversy, millennials are born “after 1980 and [are] the first generation to come...

Q & A: the flu

Q & A: the flu

Helen Innes, Opinions Editor January 4, 2017

Catching the flu is anything but fun, especially for a busy Xavier girl who is forced to handle hours of seemingly never-ending homework. Not to mention, it is just the start of the semester and tallying...

In Defense of Thanksgiving

In Defense of Thanksgiving

Helen Innes, Opinion Editor December 8, 2016
Although Christmas might be the most popular holiday of the season, Thanksgiving is an important tradition for many reasons.
Skip the Instagram break during your study session to save time.

Keeping the “F” out of Finals

Helen Innes, Opinion Editor December 5, 2016

The craziest part of the school year has begun. With turkeys and ornaments flying off of the shelves, it is time for the most dreaded three days ever: finals. Feeling confident when walking through the...

Xavier Cross Country takes sectionals

Xavier Cross Country takes sectionals

Helen Innes, Opinion Editor December 1, 2016

On October 28, the Xavier Gators competed in the sectional cross country meet to qualify for state. The sectional meet has an assortment of high schools in the general vicinity of other nearby schools....

Helen Innes 19 and Caroline Liddy 18 protest the mistreatment of dolphins.

A risky business: the opening of “Dolphinaris”

Helen Innes, Writer October 20, 2016

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Dolphinaris opened its doors. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, just within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Dolphinaris offers one-on-one interactions with dolphins on...

iOS 10: Easier to steal your password?

iOS 10: Easier to steal your password?

Helen Innes, Writer September 29, 2016

The newest update on the iPhone, iOS 10, might seem too good to be true. With people complaining that the newest update is making their phone slower, a new problem is lurking within the software. Hackers...

The Recent Price Increase in EpiPens

The Recent Price Increase in EpiPens

Helen Innes, Writer September 19, 2016

The constant thought of having a severe allergic reaction chains you down with fear constantly. Having to carry around an EpiPen everywhere for fear of contact with common objects such as a peanut, dog...

Cross Country: The start of a new season

Helen Innes, In-Class Writer September 19, 2016

Last Friday was the first meet for the Xavier cross country team. The meet, Desert Solstice, was in Tucson and featured the best runners from the state. Under darkening desert skies and in a rattlesnake...

Alex Gburek 17 stands in front of a Rio Salado promotion poster.

What’s the deal with Rio?

Helen Innes and Abbey Alexander September 1, 2016

When just walking around campus, the possibility of Rio Salado Dual Enrollment is portrayed  through constant announcements, emails galore, and flyers handed out by teachers. Most students are unsure...

Sportsmanship is an essential aspect of athletics and everyday life.

A quality above all others: sportsmanship

Helen Innes, Writer August 25, 2016

Sometimes when people think of the Olympics, winning medals might come to mind. However, what ever happened to the true importance of sportsmanship? One might argue that sportsmanship has been overlooked...

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