Xavier students go above and beyond the classroom

During the first half of the school-year, students at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth Street in Phoenix, have been busy extending their experience beyond the classroom.

Divya Vatsa and Emily Wood (submitted photo)

Divya Vatsa and Emily Wood (submitted photo)

Xavier College Preparatory junior Emily Wood and her research partner, junior Divya Vatsa, have been named semi-finalists in the Siemens National Science competition, according to a press release.

Their project, entitled “Cognitive and Brain Measures in Middle-Aged Autistic Spectrum Disorder Individuals: What Are the Differences?” and conducted in association with Barrow Neurological Institute, is the first-ever study of its kind to map cognitive function and brain differences in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder through functional magnetic resonance imaging–also known as MRI.

Xavier students during the Hope-A-Thon (submitted photo)

Xavier students during the Hope-A-Thon (submitted photo)

Secondly, the Xavier College Preparatory and Brophy College Preparatory Key Clubs joined forces to sponsor their annual HOPE-A-THON in support of the City of Hope Cancer Research Hospital on Nov. 21.  More than 100 community members participated and helped to raise over $2,000.

Xavier Cross Country Team (submitted photo)

Xavier Cross Country Team (submitted photo)

Lastly, Xavier College Preparatory’s cross country team placed 21st in the nation at the Nike Cross Country Nationals in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Xavier seniors Jane Miller, Tessa Weiss, and Shannan Higgins; junior Sarah Carter; sophomores Caroline Liddy and Caroline McClelland; and freshwoman Helen Innes competed for the Gator team.

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