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the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Nina Rawal

Nina Rawal, XPress Freelancer

Nina Rawal is a senior and has been writing for the XPress since her freshman year. Besides her involvement in XPress, Nina participates in Mock Trial, Girls Have IT Day, and Yearbook at Xavier. She is also the founder of Caring About Seniors, a non-profit organization that helps seniors through and after the pandemic. Nina is looking forward to expanding her love for journalism while providing Xavier students with all the recent news!

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The varsity team gathers for a quick team huddle before facing its opponent. Mustering up strength, it pulled out another win, continuing its undefeated season.

Xavier’s Soccer wins on & off the field

Nina Rawal, XPress Freelancer February 16, 2023

Xavier’s three soccer teams have made history these past few years. With only three losses out of 36 games for all three teams, it is safe to say that Xavier’s soccer teams are the ones to beat.  The...

After finishing (and loving) Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Evelynn Papez ‘23 picks her next read after researching extensively on BookTok.


Nina Rawal, XPress Freelancer December 1, 2022

Since its rise in popularity, the app TikTok now has over 750 million users worldwide. Its influence spreads, whether by discussing favorite artists, shows, political issues or even books. A subsection...

Xavier’s National Merit Semifinalists gather with Sister Joanie for a fun picture after signing their stars for the poster shown behind them.

Xavier celebrates scholars

Nina Rawal, XPress Freelancer September 29, 2022

Every year, Xavier’s juniors participate in the National Merit competition held by CollegeBoard. Students all over the nation take the PSAT, or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, to determine...

After a summer of promoting the non-profit organization on Instagram, EmpowerHerX has its first meeting of the year.

The Social Impact

Nina Rawal, XPress Club Writer April 7, 2022

The use of social media has not always been as prevalent in society as it is currently. Nowadays, social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and facebook are used by many to post daily and to update...

Junior Evelynn Papez prepares her lunch for the next day of school, continuing her Lenten promise of staying healthy by making her own lunches.

Easter blessings bestowed upon Xavier

Nina Rawal, XPress Club Writer April 7, 2022

The holiday of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This holiday is one of the principal festivals of the Catholic Church and is being celebrated...

Nina Rawal, founder of the Xavier NEHS, sits with Kelly Hubbard and Lisa Galbreath while planning the activities for the future of the society. They have been working closely to outline plans for the society and its future.

Forming Xavier’s own National English Honors Society

Nina Rawal, XPress Club Writer February 17, 2022

Xavier is known for its various honors societies: the National Honors Society, the National French Honors Society and the Computer Science Honors Society.  However, until now, one organization the Gators...

Woot, woot! Reboots are a hoot!

Woot, woot! Reboots are a hoot!

Nina Rawal, XPress Club Writer February 10, 2022

There have been many recent reboots of world-renowned Hollywood favorites in the last decade or so. However only some live up to the expectations of their past productions. Here is a list of recent, successful...

All the spiritline seniors gathered for a picture on the field before the game. They had just finished getting their sashes and crowns after walking across the field with their parents.

It’s Senior Night season!

Nina Rawal, Club Writer November 18, 2021

With the fall sports season ending, Xavier’s sports teams have been commemorating their seniors on team senior nights with fun celebrations, such as gifting goody bags to seniors, making posters and...

Brophy football game

Nina Rawal, Club Writer September 23, 2021

Brophy plays its first football game of the season. Xavier Pom and Spiritline cheered for the Broncos at their game on September 3rd.

During the first moments of the game, students get ready for the initial kickoff. This kickoff started the first victorious football game of the season against St. Mary’s Catholic High School.

Brophy and Xavier celebrate first football win of the year

Nina Rawal, XPress Writer September 23, 2021

After more than a year, football games are finally back in all of their glory. The vibrant sea of red across the football field, the Brophy flags being waved around and the smell of fresh popcorn at the...

Xavier girls eat their lunch while watching the movie “Mulan” for Women’s History Month.

Xavier focuses on diversity through WAX Club

Nina Rawal, Club Writer May 10, 2021

Over the past year, people worldwide have realized that there is a lack of understanding for diverse cultures in communities. As a result, Xavier has decided to start the We Are Xavier Club or WAX Club.  Everyone...

Cheer girls perform their full-team routine at State Qualifiers in 2020. The State Qualifiers this year occurred in person, while National Qualifiers occurred virtually.

Xavier spiritline takes on state championship

Nina Rawal, Club Writer March 30, 2021

The award-winning Spiritline team is one of the pride and joys of Xavier College Preparatory. Composed of two teams, Pom and Cheer, Spiritline is a great way to express one’s artistic persona.  The...

On the second day of rehearsals, Gators and Broncos do a first read-through of the play. Finalized roles were just distributed.

Xavier starts preparations for spring play

Nina Rawal, Club Writer January 27, 2021

“Ay me! For aught that I could ever read / Could ever hear by tale or history / The course of true love never did run smooth” (Shakespeare I.I.132-134). From My Father Odysseus to King Lear, Brophy...

Sister Joanie, a former student and her daughter
discuss all Xavier has to offer.

Open House amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Nina Rawal, Club Writer November 23, 2020

Open House has always been a big deal for the Gators at Xavier. Through this event, current students are able to meet potential Baby Gators and introduce them to the wonderful campus and community.  This...

The entrance to a senior care center, Brookdale Chandler Regional, is vital for many residents.

COVID-19’s effect on senior care homes

Nina Rawal, Club Writer September 30, 2020

COVID-19 has affected us all in several ways. Whether it is not being able to go on that vacation you’ve been looking forward to for months, or not being able to spend much-deserved time with friends...

The Class of Covid19 Heads to College

The Class of Covid19 Heads to College

Nina Rawal May 3, 2020

Being a senior can be quite exciting. You are on your way to starting your life independently and focusing on pursuing your future career. Not to mention, there are a lot of perks that come with being...

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Music of the Decade!! 2010-

Nina Rawal, Club Writer February 10, 2020

Over the past ten years, we have followed experienced artists such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ariana Grande from their hit TV shows on Disney and Nickelodeon to their extremely successful solo...

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Introducing Disney Plus

Nina Rawal, Club Writer December 10, 2019

Have you ever tried to watch all of your favorite Disney shows from your childhood, but couldn’t because they were taken off of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.? Well, Disney created a solution to this problem...

A designed graphic showcasing the famous TikTok symbol. Photo Credit: Leung Muk Wun (Kristie) on WalkTheChat.

The Rise of TikTok

Nina Rawal, Club Writer October 21, 2019

The TikTok app has been grabbing the attention of teenagers all over the world. This new media app has more than half a billion active users and a net worth of 500 million dollars. People all over have...

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