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the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory



Jenna Burch, Connect Editor

Jolly Jenna is the new Connect Editor for the XPress for the 2021-2022 school year. Jenna is a junior at Xavier College Preparatory and participates in various clubs such as Xavier Tennis, Publicity Club, Music Club, Student Ambassadors, and Key Club. Aside from her school activities, she also likes to travel and volunteer. Jenna hopes to write informative and interesting articles while becoming a better writer and improving XPress for future staff and editors.

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During Xavier’s 2021 X Breakfast, Tortas Paquimé provides a Mexican treat called “pan dulce.” This treat is a favorite of Spanish teacher Alexandra Lopez-Jimenez and members of her family who live outside of the United States.

How Covid-19 has affected Xavier teachers with international backgrounds

April 7, 2022

During the pandemic, people all around the world were unable to see parts of their families due to various restrictions that made travel difficult. Some of Xavier’s teachers who were born outside...

Many Xavier students, particularly freshmen, walk to Uptown Plaza on Camelback Road and Central Avenue to get food, shop and enjoy the company of their friends. While some students relaxed at Uptown Plaza during the middle of the week, most have gone on Fridays after early release from school.

Activities of Xavier teachers ‘back in the day’ compared to current high school students

February 10, 2022

As time goes on, common trends, fads and activities evolve, characterizing the different generations of high school students. Many of Xavier’s current high school students have fun outside of school...

In the streets of Telluride, Colorado, Xavier alumna Stanya Pawlowski Gorraiz ‘91 surprises her daughter Pippa for her 15th birthday with the same 1979 convertible Volkswagen Beetle that Stanya herself drove in high school. The vintage restored car has had several owners in various states before being reunited with its original owner, thanks to Stanya’s Xavier class ring being found underneath one of the seats after almost thirty years.

Xavier class ring returned after a long ride

November 12, 2021

After being stuck underneath the seat of a vintage car for almost thirty years, a Xavier 1991 class ring was found by a man, Doug Fitchett, in Seattle. While Fitchett was repairing his 1979 convertible...

Xavier’s Transfer Club grows

September 23, 2021

Transfer students are highly encouraged to join one of the only exclusive clubs at Xavier, the Transfer Club. The Transfer Club includes incoming transfer students, transfer students from previous years...

DeMaria offers advice for Xavier students with her unique perspective on life’s adversities. DeMaria cherishes many memories she had as a Xavier Gator, especially as a freshwoman who had to make new friends and enjoy new experiences with which current and incoming freshwomen can identify.

Receiving advice from Haley Scott DeMaria

May 11, 2021

Xavier alumna Haley Scott DeMaria ’91 is a celebrity and an inspiration to the many current Xavier students who read her book “What Though the Odds: Haley Scott's Journey of Faith and Triumph,” which...

Beloved Xavier trees become new benches

May 11, 2021

Some trees from Xavier's back courtyard were causing some problems with the tennis courts so Xavier decided to make them into new benches for the students.

Beloved Xavier trees become new benches

May 11, 2021

Xavier’s administration is elated to announce a recent improvement to Xavier’s campus. The sisters made the decision to cut down the ash trees in the grassy area by the tennis courts and to turn the...

The Women of Courage Wall, located in the downstairs Virginia Piper Center, consists of 11 exceptional women with personally signed letters and portraits. The wall has been up since the Virginia Piper Center was built in 1994 and has progressed since then to exemplify women of excellence for Xavier students.

The story behind the Women of Courage Wall

March 30, 2021

Many Xavier students walk by the Women of Courage Wall every day without realizing the stories behind it and the effort that went into it. Former Xavier student, Janet Scott, had the initial idea of...

This Pub Club poster was created for the annual Xavier Christmas Tree Lighting and was placed on a class tree. During Christmas, each of the virtues represents a class and includes the color of that grade.

Xavier’s Publicity Club leads school

January 27, 2021

Xavier’s Publicity Club, otherwise known as PubClub, has been vital to the school. Run by Katherine Whitlow, PubClub paints the various signs and posters hung around Xavier’s campus. The objective...

The GatorLights drive-through is a Christmas celebration to be held throughout Xavier’s campus on Saturday, November 21 from 6:30-9 PM with display tables made by various Xavier groups. This festive logo was designed by Vanessa Flores.

Holidays at Xavier

November 23, 2020

One special thing that characterizes Xavier is its many long-lasting traditions, especially during the holidays. However, Covid-19 has changed some of the activities Xavier normally holds. Every year,...

A picture of the curtains before the show began at Xavier College Prep located in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Photo Credit: Sattu Samura 21

2019-2020 The Annual National Youth Arts Awards

October 22, 2020

The Annual National Youth Arts Awards for the 2019-2020 season were recently posted, and the Xavier-Brophy musicals earned a total of six awards and 12 additional nominations. Awards included Grace...

The Fall Showcase will feature a group number with the entire cast, which is being filmed individually throughout different rooms in Xavier’s Performing Arts Center in order to adhere to social distancing and CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines. Molly La Joie, choreographer, and Charles Judd, a freshman at Brophy, were rehearsing and filming, with the help of the video club, after school.

Fall play adjustments due to Covid-19

September 29, 2020

Xavier College Preparatory’s theatre department and fall showcase have been forced to alter their plans due to Covid-19, along with many other events this school year.  Aspiring actors and actresses...

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