the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory



Layla Torres, Editor-in-chief

Layla is the new Editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 school year. Layla is a junior at Xavier College Preparatory, where she participates in XPress Journalism Club, President's Council, and NHS. This year, she hopes to make the XPress a reliable and fun way for students to learn more about Xavier College Preparatory and all its events.

All content by Layla Torres
In California’s Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, a board publicly addresses the town’s multicultural diversity and its Spanish roots. The board itself includes elements of Spanglish in its title; instead of saying, “Fiesta de Banderas,” the title says, “Fiesta de Flags.” This little, yet seemingly purposeful error enhances that beauty and culture of the small, warm-feeling-filled town.

What they don’t tell you: The rewarding struggles of being bilingual

May 20, 2022

May you please put this in the licuadora? Sorry, I traduced that wrong.  In Spanish, licuadora means blender. Traducir means "to translate" in Spanish. There have been countless times in which I, my...

Cutline: Seniors celebrate their last rally and their triumph. The winner of class rallies is determined by loudness, frequency of class colors, class dance and overall sportsmanship.

Senior Funny Moments

May 5, 2022

One time in sophomore year English with Ms. Richter, I don't know exactly what happened but all of Fitz began to smell absolutely awful and it was unbearable and so many classes were screaming in the hallways...

XPress Word Search

XPress Word Search

April 30, 2022

Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Steven Spielberg. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

“West Side Story” underwhelms audience

March 6, 2022

As someone who has not seen the original “West Side Story” but became captivated by new musicals, I, Layla, had high expectations for the reimagined West Side Story. Apart from my recent love for musicals,...

Sister Lynn Winsor is inducted into the Hall of Fame for Athletic Administrators

Sister Lynn Winsor is inducted into the Hall of Fame for Athletic Administrators

January 28, 2022

On Tuesday, December 14, Sister Lynn was inducted into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in Denver.

Coach Tui Selvartanam receives stellar recognition from the AIA

Coach Tui Selvartanam receives stellar recognition from the AIA

January 28, 2022

Coach Tui Selvartanam was named Arizona Interscholastic Association Coach of the Year for Golf.

Coach Laurie Martin receives AIA acknowledgement

Coach Laurie Martin receives AIA acknowledgement

January 28, 2022

Coach Laurie Martin was named Arizona Interscholastic Association Coach of the Year for Girls Tennis.

Sitting outside during lunch, two Xavier students, Lily Nelles ’23 (top) and Sophie Saia ’23 (bottom) display their favorite social media platforms and their influencers. Saia watches mindfulness and wellness posts to uplift her mentality and Nelles messages her friends, using social media as a way to promote self-wellness.

Part 3 of 3: Being Alice in a social media rabbit hole

January 28, 2022

This year, Xavier’s administration has decided to conduct in-person learning without any virtual learning. This decision will impact all students as the past year-and-a-half has been primarily virtual...

The Xavier faculty triumphantly dominates the court with their “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed dance. In participating, the faculty not only joined the fun, but allowed the students to get to know them through their enthusiasm and school spirit.

Gators leap into the new school year with fall sports rally

September 23, 2021

“We’re soarin’, flyin’.” There’s no star that Xavier Gators can’t reach. Once again, Xavier started off its school year on a high note - this time by incorporating an amazing rally into...

Elayna Pennell and her mother Tiffany Albers ’89 pose by the Bell Tower. During their interview at Xavier, Albers reminisced as she compared the physical structure of Xavier from when she attended to now.

Xavier continues mother-daughter legacy

May 11, 2021

When the word tradition strikes someone’s ears, they might think about a certain fiddler on a roof. They might think about songs, music and what it means to have or participate in a tradition.  As...

Bruce, Ginger and Winston Richter pose in their fashionable scarves.

Xavier Gators love their furry friends

March 30, 2021

An emotional safe haven. “The wind beneath my wings.” Easy to talk to and trustworthy. Always excited when one gets home. All of these names have been used to describe a certain comrade.  He or...

Junior Allegra Wilga reflects on her success in swimming 100 yards for the Swim for the Light fundraiser at Brophy’s pool on December 6, 2020.

Gators were made to swim for light

January 27, 2021

Throughout the year, Xavier’s Gators constantly proved loyalty to goodness in kindhearted and thoughtful actions such as donating cans for food drives, volunteering in humanitarian organizations and...

Sister Joan’s dedication and love for Xavier earned her the Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired Leaders Award.

A standing ovation in order for Sister Joan

December 10, 2020

Through a virtual ceremony on December 1, 2020, Sister Joan Fitzgerald was awarded the Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired Leaders Award. This award is given to the most outstanding individuals recognized...

Near Bidwill Circle, a Xavier student logs in her cans on an online Google survey as evidence that she did participate in the food drive. NHS members worked shifts in the morning to monitor the logging-in of cans.

Xavier holds annual St. Vincent de Paul Canned Food Drive

November 23, 2020

Google defines charity as “an organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.” Xavier College Prep demonstrates this simple definition with its own service project: the annual...

Señora Santaella in her classroom, ending the day in a virtual mode. 
Santaella is thrilled to join the Xavier community this year and to have students back on campus. She prepared 
to teach online by attending an online program.

New teachers and students crushing start of year with spirit

September 29, 2020

“Back to school.” This phrase is usually, and understandably, responded to with sighs from students and teachers. However, this year is anything but normal given the circumstances of online learning,...

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