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Lauren Wehner

Lauren Wehner, XPress Freelancer

Lauren Wehner is a junior at Xavier and she has been writing for XPress since her sophomore year. At Xavier, Lauren is involved in NEHS, NAHS, NCHS, Mu Alpha Theta, the Writing Center, the Little Free Library Committee, and Pierian Spring. Outside of school, Lauren is a soccer coach for four through six year olds. She has a job as a swim instructor, as well. She is an active member in the volunteer community, working with organizations such as Check For a Lump and the Phoenix Mobile Health Unit. Lauren looks forward to another amazing year with XPress making an impact at Xavier alongside all the amazing journalists and photographers. Lauren is a Best of SNO award-winning writer.

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Arizona Republic and Xavier sports writer Don Ketchum with his wife Carol and grandson. Xavier will miss Ketchum deeply, as the community and his family mourn his passing.

Commemorating the life of Don Ketchum

Lauren Wehner, XPress Freelancer and Best of SNO award-winning writer March 1, 2023

Beloved Don Ketchum passed away, due to a stroke on Jan. 25, at the age of 69, surrounded by love. Xavier can not begin to express its thanks and appreciation for Ketchum along with great sorrow at his...

Dean Denise Macrina shows the new tardy system, which was a catalyst for the new referral system.  Hopefully, Xavier students visit her inviting office out of choice, and not because of infractions.

Teachers input referrals

Lauren Wehner, XPress Freelancer December 1, 2022

With the introduction of paperless referrals, Xavier is going green. Teachers will now go through Gatornet. This is the new Xavier way for referrals, since August of the 2022-2023 school year. Many...

Xavier College Preparatory senior Destiny De La O will be attending the University of Arizona to major in psychology, as she hopes to get a career in neuropsychology and potentially psychopharmacology to help those with abnormalities in their brains. Because theater helps give purpose and characters to stories much like how psychology focuses on understanding the behavior of others, Destiny has taken the opportunities to play her dream roles of Amaryllis in “The Music Man” her sophomore year and of Kurt Von Trapp in her dream show, “The Sound of Music,” her senior year.

Last Wills & Testaments

Lauren Wehner, XPress Staff Writer May 5, 2022

Hey my name is Jennifer Eliosa and some of my favorite activities here at Xavier were having lunch with my friends and laughing. Another really fun activity that I enjoyed most was Spanish Club. As one...

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ is a beautiful representation of love and worship for God. As he sits under the glowing afternoon sun, the statue of St. Thomas Aquinas seems to guide the Church. “The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us,” St. Thomas Aquinas said.

God gives life after death

Lauren Wehner, XPress Staff Writer April 28, 2022

Life is a gift given by God. However, it is inevitable that everyone dies. What happens to a person’s body and soul when death comes? Different denominations have different opinions. “If you are...

 Alison Dunn’s students’ art is displayed at Xavier. In the hallway of 2nd floor Steele, the space is full of creative artwork.

Xavier fine arts compares to Brophy’s

Lauren Wehner, Staff Writer February 3, 2022

Despite popular belief, Xavier and Brophy are not all that different, when it comes to the fine arts. Some classes allow the students to mingle, such as dance at Xavier and AP Photography at Brophy,...

Students Asiana Guang and Gianna Bucci enact a morning scene by Fitzgerald Hall. Gators-turned-sprinters rush into homeroom before the 7:45 a.m. bell knowing that they will make it to their seats with a few seconds to spare.

Xavier’s new attendance policy will be effective immediately

Lauren Wehner, XPress Staff Writer January 10, 2022

Tardies, tardies, tardies! As of January 7, 2022, Xavier has implemented a modified late-policy aiming to reduce classroom distractions and promote student punctuality. The administrative decision was...

Xavier College Prep’s crew team poses together after a long weekend of pushing the human body to its limits at the San Diego Fall Classic Regatta. Everyone has a smile of relief on their faces knowing that their training paid off, and they can sleep on the bus ride home.

Xavier Gator crew rows its way through San Diego

Lauren Wehner, Staff Writer December 9, 2021

Xavier’s crew team took on the San Diego Fall Classic Regatta, representing the school in California on Mission Bay over the weekend on November 14, 2021.  On Friday the team loaded its boats onto...

Xaviers campus on a tranquil Monday afternoon. Depicting the beauty of the architecture in the school and some classrooms on campus, Xavier is as welcoming as Jesus.

Implementing Catholicism across the Xavier community

Lauren Wehner, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

The classrooms across the Xavier campus are back in full swing with the new school year. Teachers and students are back full-time after being both virtual and in-person last year due to the pandemic.  Xavier...

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