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Jessica Loves to Sing at School Events

You are a singer, tell us about that? How long have you been singing? I have been singing since I was 2 years old.  I would make up my own songs and sing and dance to them. What types of events have you been asked to sing for at your school, Saint Francis Xavier? I sing at some of the school …

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Four Xavier Seniors Recognized As National Merit Scholarship Semi- Finalists

Xavier College Preparatory is pleased to announce that four seniors; ­ Areta Buness, Kaitlin Coltin, Jacqueline Edmonds and Lee McMahon have been named semi-finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semi­finalists in its 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Nationwide, approximately 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high …

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A Family Affair at Saint Francis Xavier

For the month of October we wanted to highlight a true Zona Leader.  Patricia Hasset has been a teacher for over 20 years and she gets to share her days with mulitiple grandchildren at Saint Francis Xavier.  Here is what she had to say: How long have you been at SFX? This is my 28th year teaching second grade at …

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Kindness Champions CAMERON HERST and DREW STASSEN

Cameron Herst Q. What is the ‘Champion’ incentive that takes place at your school? A. Being a Champion means being nice and helpful to other students and our teachers. If a teacher spots you being kind or helpful, you are awarded with a Champion Card. Q. How many Champion tickets did you collect altogether? A. About 20. Q. Where did …

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GWEN AND GRETA BINDLEY Discuss Volunteering in Kenya

Greta: Q. What kind of art do you like to make? (Draw, paint, make things out of clay, etc) A. I will make anything! Just being able to make things and use my creativity is what I love. Art is one of the only places you can really be unique and put your thoughts in your work. Of course that …

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Animal Lover KALI RIDDELL

Q. What is the best part about being a member of your local pony club and how long have you been riding horses? A. There really is not a best part because it is all very fun – the riding, my friends, jumping. My favorite pony to ride is Gabe. He is a good jumper. Q. Do you ride horses …

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Natalie Talks Arizona Sunrays Dance

“Natalie is naturally flexible and I knew when we started at Arizona Sunrays with a little combo class, it was not going to be a short lived hobby. She doesn’t just want to dance, she has to dance. She doesn’t just walk through the house…she leaps and cartwheels! She is very passionate about dance and works really hard.” –Jennifer Utan …

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Becca Webb Places 3rd in Essay Competition for Madison #1

Tell us about your Moral Courage Essay submission? I wrote about a lady from Sudan, named Fatima Ibrahim.  In my eyes, she is a true inspiration and advocate for women’s rights.  She worked hard, pursued her dream of women’s equality through every harsh word, and even went to jail for her cause. Where did you get the inspiration to write …

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First STA Student Council President Tie in 10 Years

John Robaina: How did you feel to be elected co-president with Katie? I was really happy and excited. Katie is great and I am really looking forward to it. What are some things that you would like to implement at school? I would like to implement extra lunchtime activities and special days, and work with the students with things they …

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Recent Xavier Graduate and National Merit Scholar, Claire Woodrow, is Off to Stanford University

As a recent graduate, how well do you think Xavier prepared you for college? Xavier provided me with countless opportunities to grow intellectually.  I was able to achieve both breadth and depth to my education because I had access to an abundance of courses.  At Xavier, I not only explored a variety of subjects, I also used AP classes to …

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