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the student news site of xavier college preparatory


Tatum Dial

Tatum Dial, Class Writer

Tatum is a junior at Xavier and this is her first year on XPress. She enjoys musical theater and has performed in many productions at Xavier and outside of Xavier. At Xavier, she was part of  "Mary Poppins" and "In the Heights." She is a member in National Honors Society and International Thespian Society. Tatum cannot wait to develope the skills to become a better journalist and she is so excited for this upcoming year with the Xavier XPress!

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PBS Student Reporting Lab Assignment- Citizen Science – AZ Desert Bighorn Sheep Society

May 14, 2019

The Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society is an organization dedicated to the conservation and population enhancement of bighorn sheep in the state of Arizona. The mission of the Arizona Desert Bighorn...

Xavier’s first Kairos was a huge success

Xavier’s first Kairos was a huge success

April 3, 2019

As a retreatant of Xavier’s first Kairos, I can proudly say that it was by far my favorite experience in high school. This retreat lived up to its heightened expectations that we Xavier students have...

Cast members huddle up to take a mirror selfie backstage before their matinee show.

Information behind Xavier’s spring musical Working

March 11, 2019

Xavier’s spring musical, Working, is one of most unique performances Xavier has ever done. Unlike The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and In the Heights, this musical did not have a main character and...

XPress students celebrate Galentines Day with cupcakes, cookies and more sweets. Photo courtesy of Helen Innes 19

Xavier students prioritize Galentine’s Day over Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

Valentine’s Day is known to be a holiday that is celebrated with significant others and involves the giving of flowers, chocolates and other heart shaped materials. But what if you do not have a significant...

Xavier students on a Kairos retreat with Notre Dame Prep

Xavier students kick off first Kairos ever

January 22, 2019

For the first time ever, Xavier girls are getting the opportunity to go on Kairos, a Roman Catholic retreat program for high school and college students, from Mar. 26 through 29. For years, Xavier girls...

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Arcadia Christmas lights house makes a comeback this year

December 17, 2018

The well known house on 44th street and Lafayette in Arcadia has been putting on an extravagant Christmas light show for many years. Families from all around the valley come to see the abundance of lights...

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Dean Macrina gets real about bullying at Xavier

November 29, 2018

Bullying is a term that people have trouble defining in today’s society. In movies, it has become typical to always see a bigger and more intimidating bully shoving a weaker individual into a locker...

Mrs. Ward and junior Caroline Hink stand back to back

The struggles tall girls face at Xavier

November 1, 2018

There are many girls at Xavier that tower over teachers and Brophy students, almost reach the tops of doorways, and have trouble finding clothes to fit dresscode. As a fellow 5’8’’ citizen, I recognize...

Maddie Dinowitz looking at common app website and doing other homework

How to manage senior stress

October 18, 2018

The first semester of senior year can be a very stressful time for students who are preparing the final elements of college applications. There are last minute ACT and SAT testings that create anxiety...

2018 Brophy/Xavier Frosh Mixer

October 2, 2018

Emme East, Tatum Dial, and Maddie Dinowicz interview the 2018 Frosh at the annual Frosh Mixer.

Juniors Marybeth Bonner and Maddie Dinowitz study for their upcoming finals.

How to get through finals week

May 2, 2018

Finals can be a very stressful time for Xavier students. There are tools we can use to avoid experiencing the anxiety felt by many girls at Xavier. It is important to keep finals in perspective, however....

Mrs. Ryans office is by the other counselors offices in downstairs Steele. She is always open to visitors!

Resources for mental health at Xavier

April 18, 2018

As high schoolers facing new challenges regarding friendships, college decisions, family difficulties and more, Xavier students can experience heightening stress levels. No matter the extent of the issues...

Xavier/Brophy Prom 2018 theories podcast

April 16, 2018

What is four letters long, requires black-tie attire and is going to be an unbelievably good time for Xavier and Brophy upperclassmen two and a half weeks from now? Prom! For theories, commentary, opinions...

Ladies of Into The Woods share the stage

Final Details of “Into The Woods”

March 8, 2018

Ever since students returned from Christmas break, the cast of “Into the Woods” has been working diligently to rehearse this complex musical. With a shorter rehearsal period, cast and tech crew members...

The set of Into the Woods reveals the magical element to this production.

Come to see Xavier’s spring production: “Into the Woods”

February 28, 2018

Xavier theater presents “Into the Woods” on March 1, 2 and 3 in the Performing Arts Center. The cast is extremely excited for opening night this Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be another show at 7 p.m....

Bens Bells promotes intentional kindness

Ben’s Bells promotes intentional kindness

February 15, 2018

Research has proven that intentional kindness is beneficial for people of all ages. A charity based in Tucson was developed to purposely spread kindness to benefit others. The goal of Ben’s Bells is...

Xavier students take action to improve inclusiveness in Founders Hall

Xavier students take action to improve inclusiveness in Founders Hall

December 12, 2017

In a persuasive letter assignment in AP English, students were given the prompt to pick a controversial topic and somehow convince the readers, their peers, to take a stance on the topic. After reading...

PBS Student Reporting Lab: Wild at Heart, Dr. King

November 21, 2017

Watch what Xavier teacher, Dr. King, does for Wild at Heart, the raptors and her students.

Sophomore Eden Tornquist (left), senior Greer Tornquist (middle) and sophomore Grace McGovern (right) pose for a picture in their Bubble Buddy group. 

Bubble Buddy theatre program encourages open environment, safe space

November 8, 2017

The "Bubble Buddy" theatre program was created during “The Little Mermaid” show process as a way to create a warm environment for students new to Xavier's theatre.  Each member of the cast filled...

Sit With Us app may help promote LBF at Xavier

“Sit With Us” app may help promote LBF at Xavier

October 26, 2017

Xavier’s “Let's be friendly” motto has previously been put into question when considering the Founders Hall eight person to a table rule. Some students and parents believe that the round tables encourage...

Bringing it to the round table

Bringing it to the round table

October 12, 2017

Xavier students are regularly reminded of Xavier’s motto, “Let's be friendly,” commonly referred to as LBF, as a way to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone in the Xavier community....

Tips for Xaviers Student Ambassador test

Tips for Xavier’s Student Ambassador test

September 11, 2017

The Student Ambassador test is known for being a challenging exam that contains a lot of detailed information about Xavier, its history and traditions. The rigorous study guide can often overwhelm students....

Pictured left to right: Keegan Kalkman’18, Jenna Germinaro’18, Johnny Robaina’19 and Jacqueline Johnson’18 in the Xavier Performing Art Center in Phoenix, Ariz.

Xavier will produce two well-known musicals this year

August 31, 2017

This year the Xavier community will enjoy two well-known, mainstage musical productions in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Robillard, Xavier's theater director, is excited to celebrate the school’s...

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