Cherokee Elementary nurse passes away

Cherokee Elementary School nurse Donna Musser passed away at her home in Scottsdale on Sunday, June 2. Ms. Musser started her Scottsdale Unified School District career in 2000 at Cherokee Elementary where she served as cafeteria aide, registrar and then school nurse. A candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, to […]

Xavier recognized for athletic achievements in 6A

Xavier College Preparatory has won the Harold L. Slemmer Overall Excellence Award from the Arizona Interscholastic Association for the 6A Conference. This award, and the others won in the 1A, 2A-3A and 4A-5A conferences, goes to the school in the individual or combined conference that has earned the most points during the year. Points are […]

Xavier celebrates its 73rd commencement ceremony, 286 graduates

Xavier College Preparatory held its 73rd commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at St. Francis Xavier Church. The class of 2019 had 286 graduates, 97 of whom earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College while attending Xavier, according to a press release. Mr. Harry Plummer, executive director of the Division of Education and Evangelization of […]

Xavier seniors earn 97 degrees from Rio Salado in 2019

Ninety-seven Xavier College Preparatory seniors earned associate’s degrees from Rio Salado College on Thursday, May 2. According to a press release, this collaboration started in 1987 between then Xavier principal, Sr. Joan Fitzgerald and then Rio Salado president, Art DeCabooter. In the ensuing 32 years, Xavier students have earned more than 2,000 degrees. “Our collaboration […]

Eight Xavier students sign National Letters of Intent

Eight Xavier athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent for collegiate athletic scholarships. According to a press release, this is the third of three signing ceremonies that Xavier will hold for its student heading to college on athletic scholarships. Surrounded by coaches, family and friends, each athlete was called forward and signed their letter of […]

Meet Your Neighbor: Christopher Neck named to top 6 for Cherry Award

Editor’s Note: Baylor University awards The Robert Foster Cherry Award every two years to a collegiate teacher for their teaching abilities. Paradise Valley resident Christopher Neck finished in the top 6 for the award. Name: Christopher Neck Occupation: Professor WP Carey Business School at ASU What does it mean to you to be nominated and […]

Gateway Academy to host student spring fashion show

Gateway Academy, which serves students with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, will host a student spring fashion show at 9 a.m. Friday, April 26 at Gateway’s Phoenix campus, 3939 E. Shea Blvd., to celebrate April’s Autism Awareness Month. The fashion show will be in the Atrium at Gateway Academy. The school will offer a […]

Two Xavier student-athletes nominated for AIA awards

Xavier College Preparatory recognized two seniors who have been selected as finalists for the Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar Athlete and the AIA Scholar Activities Award. Spirit line member Renee Pierson is a finalist for the AIA Scholar Activity Award and volleyball and beach volleyball player Shannon Shields is a finalist for the AIA Scholar Athlete […]

Xavier choir wins three awards at WorldStrides Festival

Xavier College Preparatory’s Honor Choir took top honors at WorldStrides Heritage Festival March 29, winning all three awards for which it was eligible. The choir, under the direction of Brittanie Hockins with Naoko Garrison accompanying, earned 1st Place Gold in the women’s choir division; earned the Adjudicator’s Award for a total score above 95 out […]

Xavier College Prep recognized for female representation in computer science

Xavier College Preparatory has earned the first College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses. Out of more than 18,000 secondary […]