the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Skylar Smith

Skylar Smith, Business Manager

Skylar Smith is a senior editor, who has been involved in XPress since her freshman year at Xavier. This year, she is the Business Manager and hopes to bring fresh ideas to the ever-expanding newspaper. Skylar is also involved in many other clubs, like Student Ambassadors and Robotics. She loves science, reading (especially classics and comic books), writing, Harry Potter, and pugs. When she’s not cramping her hand doing homework, you can catch her wandering a bookstore or being a nerd with her friends.

All content by Skylar Smith

PBS Mars and Space Flight Facility

May 3, 2018

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

Skylar and her friends at an ice skating rink.

Fun things to do with friends before college

May 3, 2018

With senior year coming to a close, the class of 2018 will no longer be able to spend time with their friends everyday during school. Over the summer, it’s important to spend one’s final few months...

A glimpse of the Empire State Building at night.

New York City in pictures

April 18, 2018

Over spring break, I traveled to New York City for the first time. I saw many famous landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station. Though it was a bit cold and rainy, the wonders...

The importance of spending time with your dad

The importance of spending time with your dad

March 8, 2018

Who taught you to ride your bike? Who held your hand as you walked into your very first day of kindergarten? Who cheers you on at every game, recital or competition? Who is always there for you no matter...

The Roman god, Janus, who was the center of Roman New Years celebrations.

A short glimpse at the history of New Year’s Resolutions

January 25, 2018

New Year’s resolutions are extremely popular in today’s society. Some of the more common resolutions are focused on health and fitness to promote personal wellbeing. However, many people are unaware...

Leaving the zoo, the large ‘ZooLights’ sign can be seen in the distance.

Phoenix ZooLights in pictures

December 13, 2017

Though Phoenix doesn’t snow during the holidays, there are still many ways to celebrate the Christmas season. One of these is Phoenix ZooLights, which are nights where people can explore the zoo while...

PBS Student Reporting Lab: Conservation at the Zoo, Mrs. Whalen

November 21, 2017

Team Conservation interview Mrs. Whalen at the Phoenix Zoo, she showed us what she is passionate about and how extra efforts are needed at the Zoo to keep the wildlife happy and healthy.

A cartoon gator with red gym pants lifts weights while listening to music.

Outdoor fitness activities

October 26, 2017

With the fall season in full swing, the temperature in Arizona is slowly starting to cool down from the harsh 110 degrees of summer. Most people prefer to work out in the air-conditioned gyms during the...

The science of hurricanes: an interview with Mrs. Whalen

September 28, 2017

With devastating hurricanes such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it is evident that hurricane season is sweeping its way across the globe. Most Xavier students know that hurricanes cause calamitous...

Exploring your options: College Apps 101

Exploring your options: College Apps 101

September 14, 2017

Most students at Xavier have felt overwhelmed by college admissions at some point during their time in high school. The amount of essays, resumes, recommendations and basic information questions associated...

The Frosh Mixer from when the current seniors were freshmen.

Seniors looking back: Frosh Mixer

August 31, 2017

Over the course of their four years at Xavier, seniors have experienced countless exciting and unforgettable memories that will forever be remembered with a smile. Though all of these times are very special,...

Courtesy of Apple

The color red is not just the color red for the new iPhone

April 19, 2017

  On Tuesday, March 21, Apple unveiled a red iPhone 7 that is the latest in a long line of phones from the company. Though the red iPhone is a bold color, it isn’t just for the sake of fashion. Instead,...

Healthy and simple lunch recipes

Healthy and simple lunch recipes

March 23, 2017

As a busy high school student, there is little time to prepare healthy, but delicious, lunches. Here are several lunch ideas that are quick and easy to make, but also taste great: Skylar Smith '18

Not your average game: the most unusual sports from around the world

Not your average game: the most unusual sports from around the world

March 13, 2017

Though most students at Xavier are accustomed to playing sports such as basketball, tennis, and volleyball, there are many others around the world who participate in more unusual sports. The first...

Winter wins to spring strives: the transition of sports seasons at Xavier

Winter wins to spring strives: the transition of sports seasons at Xavier

March 9, 2017

As we transition from third quarter to the final quarter of the school year, Xavier athletics also transitions from winter to spring sports. This year in particular has been a great season for winter sports,...

[Video] Xavier Robotics- State 2017

March 8, 2017

Xavier Robotics participated in the 2017 First Tech Challenge state competition on February 24 and 25 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Their hard work and determination paid off, as they made it to the semifinals...

Athletic scholarships without the commitment

Athletic scholarships without the commitment

February 23, 2017

College can be very expensive nowadays, so many students have turned to refining their athletic skills and playing for their school team in hopes with committing to a college to play for their team for...

Dr. Michael Snyder made an important discovery regarding disease diagnosis.

The future of diagnosing diseases? Fitness trackers could lead the way

February 10, 2017

Fitness trackers are an extremely popular fitness trend that many girls at Xavier and people across the world wear daily. They are great for counting steps and calories, but could they also aid in diagnosing...

How to stick to your New Years fitness resolutions

How to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolutions

January 26, 2017

When the new year arrives, we all make resolutions to become a better person, most are health and fitness related. However, after a month or two, we abandon these plans and revert back to our previous...

Gifts for the fitness enthusiasts in your life

Gifts for the fitness enthusiasts in your life

January 4, 2017

2017 is finally here and with it comes a whole new year of birthdays, requiring the perfect birthday present (which can be extremely difficult to find). However, for the fitness guru in your life, there...

‘Tech Chicas’ club expands to include all minorities

December 8, 2016

A new club focused on raising awareness and providing opportunities for minority women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields was founded at Xavier College Prep this fall. The...

Xavier hosts college fair

December 4, 2016

Xavier College Prep hosted the annual college fair this November in partnership with Brophy College Prep. The fair provided the opportunity for students and their parents to meet with college representatives...

Lamar-Reneé Bryant: coaching for the win

Lamar-Reneé Bryant: coaching for the win

November 8, 2016

Lamar-Reneé Bryant is the Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball team at Xavier. She has been coaching at Xavier since 2004 and was the 2015 National Federation of State High School Association Coach of...

Quick workout routines

Quick workout routines

September 29, 2016

Homework and studying: these are the two things that take up most of a Xavier student's time. With the many activities on one's plate, it can be difficult to find time to take care of one's body by exercising....

Robotics team attends First Tech Challenge

September 27, 2016

On Sept. 10 the Xavier robotics team attended the First Tech Challenge (FTC). The FTC kickoff was held at Arizona State University (ASU) where they met other teams and discovered the 2016-2017 theme while...

Welcoming the baby gators

September 13, 2016

Frosh Connections is one of the newest clubs at Xavier aimed to create bonds between upperclassmen and freshman. Each upperclassmen club member, or “Gator Guide”, has a few frosh assigned to them,...

Fitbit Fun: The activity tracker on everyones wrist

Fitbit Fun: The activity tracker on everyone’s wrist

September 11, 2016

With all of the technological advances of today’s society, it’s no surprise that there is a device for health and fitness. The Fitbit is one of the most popular activity trackers in the nation, and...

Pokemon Go: the surprising new fitness trend

Pokemon Go: the surprising new fitness trend

August 29, 2016

Whether you enjoy walking through parks or hiking up mountains, you are bound to see someone trekking along with their nose in a phone since Pokemon Go hit the app market. This new game is such an elusive...

Kara Barberich works at PB Americano, which sells at various farmers markets around the Valley.

Farmers markets: delicious options in the Valley

November 10, 2015

From fresh zucchini to goat milk soap, farmers markets have plenty of items that consumers are eager to buy each week. Typically, farmers markets are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings at a public place...

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