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Teacher Spotlight – Ms. Peterson

Teacher Spotlight - Ms. Peterson

October 14, 2020

With Xavier back in session this 2020 academic year, a number of retirements left the faculty with some holes to fill. Of the retirements, Mr. Magner's hit especially close to home, as he had just instructed me in Driver's Ed only a year prior. Ms. Peterson arrived on the scene to fill Mr. Magner's vacancy,...

Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Griffen

Teacher Spotlight: Dr. Griffen

By Andrei Abarientos, Assistant Reporter

October 8, 2020

Dr. Griffen, one of our new additions to the science department, is a talented and intelligent teacher of Accelerated Biology and Accelerated Algebra I. She also moderates the Envirothon club. Here is some information she shared with the Xavier Kestrel. Can you tell us a little bit about your early...

An Editorial to the Totoket Times

State Representative Vincent Candelora's editorial in the Totoket Times, 5/1/20

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

May 5, 2020

Every edition of my town's local newspaper, the Totoket Times runs an editorial written by my state representative, Vincent Candelora. Usually it is a brief update of the humdrum happenings in Hartford, peppered with complaints about the economic conditions of the state followed by the CT Republicans'...

National Jazz Festival Debuts in Philadelphia

National Jazz Festival Debuts in Philadelphia

By Hyun Lee, English Honor Society President

March 6, 2020

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, the National Jazz Festival (NJF) made its official debut in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Under the leadership of Joe Bongiovi, who is the director of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, the band director at Princeton High...

How the Nature vs Nurture Debate Contradicts Free Will

How the Nature vs Nurture Debate Contradicts Free Will

By Aidan Higgins, Editor

February 27, 2020

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the psychological argument I have alluded to in the title, the nature versus nurture debate is an intellectual conflict that has been waged across various fields of study (including, but not limited to, biology, psychology, and philosophy) since the mid-1800s....

The Reality of the Australian Wildfires

The Reality of the Australian Wildfires

By Aidan Pesce, Assistant Reporter

February 27, 2020

Our year started off with a bang. Wildfires, the Coronavirus, tensions between Iran and the United States. So much has happened in the first two months of the new year. Fortunately, the conflict between Iran and the United States has died down, but that is only one of so many terrible issues that have...

Las Vegas Democratic Debate: A Party Deeply Divided

Six Democratic candidates vie for the moderators' attention as they participate in the presidential primary debate in Las Vegas

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

February 27, 2020

In this day and age, it is an indubitable truth that political discourse has been glamorized. Campaigns devise catchy slogans to grab voters' attention, candidates make wild claims about one another, and the truth very often gets buried under a cloak of subterfuge and insinuations. Candidates sometimes...

Kobe Bryant: A Father, Mentor, and Inspiration to All

Kobe Bryant: A Father, Mentor, and Inspiration to All

February 13, 2020

On Sunday, January 26th, Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers. This news has devastated the sports world for the past two weeks, as the Lakers’ tribute to Bryant was held last night at Staples Center. Kobe was a hard worker, a dedic...

State of the Union 2020: Trump’s Time to Shine

President Trump lauded economic prosperity, attacked Democrats, awarded a Medal of Freedom, and addressed upcoming legislation in the final address of his first term.

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

February 6, 2020

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to fulfill his Constitutional duty of reporting on the State of the Union. Reception to his speech has been mixed, but there is one element virtually all pundits can agree on: the President's conduct was nothing if not memorable....

Britain Finally Brexits

Boris Johnson signs the EU Withdrawal Agreement

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

February 6, 2020

After 47 years of membership, Britain has officially exited the European Union. The culmination of a four-year-long battle that began with a 2016 referendum was reached Friday, Jan. 31, at 11 P.M. local time. It seems a tad ironic that the UK, an empire that at one time spread across the world, is now...

Why Banning Pornography Is Not The Right Solution

Why Banning Pornography Is Not The Right Solution

By Aidan Higgins, Editor

January 20, 2020

On December 6, 2019, Representatives Jim Banks, Mark Meadows, Vicky Hartzler, and Brian Babin submitted a letter to Attorney General William Barr, beseeching him to follow through with the Trump campaign's anti-pornography pledge, which they fear has long-since been forgotten by the current administration....

Impeachment Articles Signed, Managers Selected

 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the articles of impeachment using  a set of commemorative pens with her signature inscribed onto them.

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

January 17, 2020

On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives delivered the signed articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate. Two articles enumerate the charges the president faces. Article I addressed Abuse of Power, and passed 230-197, with 1 present. Article II, concerning Obstruction of Congress...

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