Ben Kalio Essay Competition

In its determination to contribute to the development of education and instil the habit of reading  among students in Rivers State, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Green Leaf Foundation says arrangement has been concluded for the hosting of the 2017 edition of Group Captain John Ibiwari Ben-Kalio (rtd) Essay Competition.
In a statement signed by Mr. Jaja Manasseh on behalf of the foundation, the body said this year’s competition which is the 12th edition of the programme will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Community Secondary School, Kalio-Ama in Okrika Local Government Area of the state.
The statement further stated that the competition is open to only students from Okirika and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas, adding that the competition was geared towards assisting the less-privileged in both LGAs to further their education.
According to the statement, the competition which started in 2005 has 23 secondary schools participating in the competition while 490 had already participated so far, whereas 175 students had so far received scholarship awards from the organisation.
The statement, however, urged participating students to take note of the date and come to the venue of the competition with their registration forms.

From the Director: July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016

The first time I heard about Xavier High School in Micronesia was in 1996. I was a sophomore at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York.  I was in Algebra II/Trigonometry class, and Fr. Rich Zanoni, S.J. was my teacher.  Fr. Zanoni cancelled class one very cold winter day to show us his photos from his time as principal of Xavier from 1976 to 1979.  I remember being captivated completely by this place once called Truk on the screen in front of me.  It would have been impossible for me to know that I’d be sent there, less than ten years later, in my second year as a Jesuit.  When I arrived, I learned everyone was using the more appropriate name of Chuuk.  When I left Xavier after my six-month assignment was complete, it would have been impossible for me to know that I’d return in exactly ten years as the Director of the school.  I always hoped I return to Micronesia someday, but I never expected it to be this soon or in this capacity.

On my first day as Director, the overwhelming emotion I feel is gratitude.  I am especially grateful for the help Fr. Bob Pecoraro, S.J. has been to me in this time of transition.  Micronesia is holy ground, surrounded by holy water.  I have had profound experiences of God’s love for me and for the world during my time there, and I draw upon such moments quite often, as if they were a kind of spiritual well. Today, I hear God’s voice softly calling me back to the Pacific and that voice elicits in me an excitement that is difficult to describe.  I think about Xavier all day long.  Micronesia is a place that has meant a great deal to me in my life, because it has cultivated within me a more robust view of the Church, the Society of Jesus, Jesuit education, and the world.  I look forward with tremendous excitement and hope for the new things I will learn there, the people who are about to come into my life, and the new ways God will reveal the kind of love that is unique to God alone.

Finally, the Superior General of the Jesuits, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. has said that “depth of thought and imagination are distinguishing marks of the Ignatian tradition.”  As a Jesuit institution, we share in that vision of depth for our school.  There are many stories in the Gospels that involve maritime themes and adventures.  A close Jesuit friend of mine and I share a fondness for verse four from chapter five of Luke’s Gospel, in which we find Jesus in a boat with his friends.  It reads, “When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’”  Micronesia is home to one of the deepest parts of the ocean–the Mariana Trench.  Perhaps it is not a small coincidence that God’s love feels so deep there, as well.

Please be assured of my prayers for Xavier as I prepare for my arrival on Mabuchi Hill later this month.

For Xavier,

 

 

Fr. Dennis M. Baker, S.J.

New Xavier Director: Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ

March 25, 2016

Photo: Xavier High School, Manhattan

March 23, 2016

Dear Friends and Families of Xavier,

I write with important news. Very Rev. John J. Cecero, S.J., Provincial Superior of the United States Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, has appointed Fr. Dennis M. Baker, S.J. as the next Director of Xavier High School, Chuuk. Fr. Baker’s term will begin on July 1, 2016.

Our current Director, Fr. Robert J. Pecoraro, S.J., will step down at that time for reasons of health. His service to Xavier began in 2014 and has been especially noteworthy with regard to financial leadership, teacher recruitment, and the identification of scholarship opportunities for our graduating seniors. We will miss him a great deal, and he has assured me of his continued prayers and his commitment to Xavier and its mission in the years to come.

Fr. Baker completed his undergraduate study at Fordham University in 2002. He holds a master of science degree in criminal justice administration from Niagara University, a master of arts in philosophy from Fordham University, and a master of divinity from Boston College. In May, he will complete a master of education degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College through the Klingenstein Center for Private School Leadership.

Fr. Baker has worked at several Jesuit schools in various capacities. Most recently, he taught history at Xavier High School in New York City. He sits on the Board of Trustees at Fairfield University in Connecticut and Regis High School in New York City. He also serves on the Board of Members of the Nativity Middle Schools of New York City.

Fr. Baker returns to Mabuchi Hill after a ten-year hiatus. He first worked at Xavier as a Jesuit novice in 2006, when he spent the second semester of the school year teaching freshman religion. This new position will mark Fr. Baker’s third assignment in Micronesia, as he also worked at Yap Catholic High School’s summer program in 2014.

Please join me in wishing Fr. Pecoraro well and in welcoming Fr. Baker back to Xavier!

Sincerely, and with our prayers for you and your families as the hope and promise of Christ fills our hearts as Easter nears,

Rodney J. Jacob
Chair, Board of Directors

Meet Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ

Fr. Dennis M. Baker, SJ, 35, was born and raised in upstate New York. As a student at Canisius High School in Buffalo, Fr. Baker was a dedicated athlete and member of the cross country, baseball and basketball teams. His time at Canisius had a tremendous influence on Fr. Baker because he came to know the Jesuits, and it changed the way he looked at the world. He was impressed by these men who could quote Shakespeare, say Mass and even drive a snowplow while influencing young lives and forming men for others. At Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, Fr. Baker found that the seeds of intellectual curiosity planted at Canisius flowered, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2002. Interested in a career in criminal justice, he went on to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from New York’s Niagara University in Lewiston, while also teaching history at Canisius. He entered the Jesuits in 2004, and as a novice spent six months in Micronesia teaching at Xavier High School in Chuuk. Returning to Fordham, Fr. Baker earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2009 and was then missioned to Xavier High School in Manhattan, where he taught history and coached basketball and baseball. At the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Massachusetts. He also volunteered at the Franciscan Food Center and served as a clerk for the Archdiocese of Boston’s Marriage Tribunal. A member of the boards of trustees of Fairfield University in Connecticut and Regis High School in Manhattan, Fr. Baker’s lifelong love of sports helped inspire his recent report for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities on mission, identity and athletics at Jesuit schools. After ordination, Fr. Baker will pursue a master’s in educational leadership. His first Mass as a Jesuit priest will be celebrated at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Manhattan. (Photo and bio borrowed from Jesuits.org)

Xavier Update Newsletter

January 16, 2016

Merry Christmas 2015

December 21, 2015

I will be sending a quarterly update out by the end of the year but
wanted to highlight three exciting bit of news.  First, we have
upgraded our internet speed.  Second, the road project has started.  We have hosted an
excavator on campus these last few weeks that has begun leveling the
road for the paving project.  We are hoping for the road to be finished by May for graduation.  Finally, Our Seniors are applying to 54 colleges and universities this
year.  Eleven students who applied early action have been accepted to
the following schools:

University of New Haven
Loyola University Chicago
St. Martin’s University
Canisius College
Mount Mary College
Columbia College
Samford University

I would like to thank you for your continued support of Xavier.  In
this Christmas season, we are reminded by St Ignatius’ Meditation on
the Incarnation, when the Trinity makes a conscious decision to send
the Second Person of the Trinity to walk with us, that all we do is
done with Christ.

God bless you all!

Fr. Bob

Merry Christmas

Director’s Update for Beginning of School Year 2015-2016

September 3, 2015

Xavier Micronesia Director’s Update

Greetings from Xavier!

As we move into the 2015-2016 school year I would like to first report on some other moving that has occurred this summer. That is the international movement of so many members of the graduating class of 2015. This year Xavier has the highest number of graduates attending colleges and universities internationally in its history. This is thanks to the hard work of our students, faculty and administration and the great generosity of the schools they are attending. I am humbled by the support these schools have given to our students. Along with generous merit based scholarships and financial aid provided by all of these schools, two alums will attend Universities on full academic scholarships. Risa Oue will be attending Sophia University on a four-year scholarship. The APIC/Yukigaya scholarship is a coordinated effort between the Association for the Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) and Sophia University, the Jesuit University of Tokyo. Mr. Mitsuhiko Sakamoto, owner or the Yukigaya Corporation, funds this scholarship through a generous donation. We were also blessed to have Keen Sakuma receive the Gates Millennial Scholarship. Keen is attending the University of Scranton. All told, 22 students will attend college internationally and 15 will attend the various campuses of the College of Micronesia and other local colleges. Every member of the class of 2015 has been accepted to and enrolled at a college or university. The breakdown is as follows:

International:

Cardinal Stritch University (USA)-5

University of Guam (Guam)- 4

University of Hawaii at Hilo (USA)-3

University of Scranton (USA)-3

Park University (USA)-2

Sophia University (Japan)-1

Leeward Community College (USA)-1

Canisius College (USA)-1

Mount Mary University (USA)-1

Oklahoma City Community College (USA)-1

Local:

College of Micronesia-12

Caroline College and Pastoral Institute-2

College of the Marshall Islands-1

 

With the class of 2015 on its way we welcome 51 new students to the class of 2019. This year’s freshmen class breaks down as follows:

Gender:

Male-29

Female-22

 

Demographics:

Pohnpei-19

Chuuk-16

Palau-8

Kosrae-4

Marshall Islands-2

Yap-1

USA-1

Many of the students accepted to Xavier are introduced to us through our summer programs. Xavier runs faculty directed, student staffed, Higher Achievement Programs (HAP) on Chuuk and Pohnpei. This summer, forty incoming 7th and 8th grade students from Chuuk and forty from Pohnpei attended HAP. Students were given enrichment classes in Math and English to help them prepare for the Xavier entrance exam. HAP students also engaged in sports activities in the afternoon. We were also blessed, thanks to alumni support and student gumption to offer student directed HAP programs on Kosrae and the Marshall Islands over the summer.

Through our ICU program, Xavier also provided and opportunity for twenty 8th grade students, from Chuuk, who came close to passing the entrance exam an opportunity to take enrichment classes and retake the exam. Eight of those students entered Xavier this year. Mr. Glen Parado and Ms. Sachiko Hoshide, educators from Northern California, staffed our ICU program this summer and are interested in returning next year. Our summer programs are made possible through the generosity of many supporters of Xavier and we are humbled and grateful for your support!

We are also blessed this year to have recruited our largest faculty to date. We begin the 2015-2016 school year with 17 faculty members (3 Jesuit Volunteer Corps., 1 JICA volunteer, 4 independent volunteers, 2 Jesuit Scholastics, and 7 independent teachers) and 3 new mid-level administrators to work with Principal Carl and me to continue Xavier’s tradition of academic excellence. This year’s faculty and new administrators are:

Annie Kraus (Samford University, Alabama)-College Counseling **
Adam Somers (Franciscan University of Steubenville)-English Skills **
Dodo Hinganaday SJ (Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia)-Latin, Campus Ministry **
Catrina Matos (Brigham Young University)-Math *
Joseph Lenz (Villanova University)-Religion, Music, College Counseling *
Bryan Alamillo (Loyola Marymount University)-English Skills, Computer Skills, Campus Ministry *
Nathalia Sacks (Canisius College)-Literature *
Manuel Alex Moya (UCLA, University of Chicago MA)-Religion, Micronesian Studies *
Sage Ezell (Creighton University)-Science *
Zachary Jambor (The Pennsylvania State University)-Math, Science *
Ha’Ani Artero (Chaminade University of Honolulu)-Literature **
Ean Tierney (Canisius College)-English, History *
Marshall Davidson (Santa Clara University, Notre Dame MEd, Harvard MA)-History, Civics *
Allison Braun (Canisius College BS, Canisius College MS)-Science, Health *
Eriko Akaishi (Rykkio University, Boston University MS)-Japanese Language *
Toshi Shitamori (Hiroshima Institute of Technology BS, Southern Colorado BS)- Art *
Ardi Jatmiko SJ (Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, Indonesia)-Religion, Biology, Campus Ministry *
Kevin Gerike (University of Wisconsin Madison)-Dean of Students ****
Meghan Murphy (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)-Assistant

Principal ****

 

Ricky Rikat II-Boy’s Dormitory Moderator *

 

* (first year) ** (second year) ****(fourth year)

Well before Xavier’s September 1st start date, our faculty and staff were hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. Our faculty engaged in two weeks of intensive teacher training guided by Principal Martin Carl, Assistant Principal Meghan Murphy, and Fr. Tom Benz SJ, superior of the Jesuit community, Xavier board member and former teacher at Fordham Prep and St. Peter’s Prep. We were also blessed to have a two day session in Curriculum by Design presented by Juan Flores, former Superintendent of Schools on Guam, as well as a seminar on classroom teaching and assessments presented by Roberta Abaday, teacher at John F. Kennedy High School on Guam and instructor at the University of Guam. This is Roberta’s fourth consecutive year offering a Labor Day weekend seminar to our faculty. We are grateful for the generosity of all those who help us train our faculty to continue providing the best education in the possible to our multinational student body!

 

Throughout the summer our construction and maintenance staffs worked diligently on many projects. In wake of Typhoon Maysak, repairs to residences and classrooms were abundant.   Most notable was the need to rebuild our boy’s shower house. A tree crashed through half of this building during the typhoon rendering half of the shower house unusable. The summer break afforded us the opportunity to tear down and rebuild the shower house. Thanks to generous donations from around the world we have been able to continue repairing our campus. We have also supplied food and construction materials to our workers, host families and neighbors in the village of Sapuk. This has truly been a global effort and evidence of God’s Spirit alive and present in our world. The most recent article about Xavier’s efforts after Typhoon Maysak can be found on page 25 of the latest Northeast Province magazine at: http://image.jesuits.org/NYKNENPROV/media/JES_Mag_Summer2015_Final_USNE%20copy.pdf

The first floor of our new faculty house has opened and is currently housing six of our female faculty and staff members. The second floor is on schedule to be completed by end of October and will house six male members of the faculty and staff.

Following our Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 2nd the school gathered to bless our new twenty-passenger school bus. This bus was purchased by a generous gift to Xavier by the Stokes Family Charitable Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation earmarked for Xavier’s transportation needs. There are sections of Chuuk not accessible to our larger yellow school buses. In the past a flatbed truck was used to transport our girls to their host families in these areas. This new bus will allow safe and secure transportation to and from Xavier for these young women.

As I come to the end of this first update of the 2015-2016 school year, I feel a great, palpable, sense of consolation. Xavier continues to do great service here in Micronesia. We continue to fulfill our mission of “educating students to be competent, conscientious, and compassionate leaders, whose lives are guided by the Christian call of service.” We do not do this alone. We are graced with the gift of each and every one of you.   Whether through the gift of you time, treasure, talent, or prayer you continue to sustain us and make all the good that comes out of Xavier possible. If you would like to see a recent seventeen-minute video made by our two Indonesian Scholastics last year you can click the following link:

https://youtu.be/b1d5I3jd474

Know that you are prayed for throughout the school year at our daily masses.

God bless you all!

Fr. Bob

 

Xavier Typhoon Update #9

May 3, 2015

Friday, May 1st, I attended the 8:30 am Disaster Coordinating Office (DCO) meeting in town. There were representatives from the FSM government, Chuuk State, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Red Cross, Chuuk Public Utility Corporation (CPUC), Chuuk Department of Health, and the LDS Church.

 

IOM is coordinating the support efforts of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Chuuk. They are committed to partnering with Chuuk government to empower them to take ownership of this process. When asked to say a few words after the IOM presentation Ambassador Takesy said, “this is about humanity and those in need…. this offers us an opportunity to de-politicize the process and work to help those in need.” I was able to thank the Ambassador in person for his support of our relief efforts at Xavier. He spoke fondly of his lunch in San Francisco with Xavier board member, Bob Scavullo.

 

From the outset IOM has been coordinating with the government to address the immediate food, water, safety and sanitation needs created immediately post Maysak. They are currently implementing a new electronic registration system using tablets with geotracking capabilities to photograph and survey those requesting housing assistance. This will replace the paper based, subjective data collection system previously used here with a more objective, third party decision maker system. Information collected here will be electronically sent to engineers in the US who will determine whether a structure is one with minor damage, major damage, or fully destroyed. IOM feels that this system will allow for aid to get to those in most need while limiting opportunities for profiteering. IOM will only offer household aid to repair areas deemed “main sleeping areas.” They reported to me that they heard early on of our providing potable water to the people of Sapuk with need from the million-gallon tank and are grateful.

 

It was clear at the meeting that those most in need reside on the outer islands and IOM data collection will most likely begin there. I have asked our maintenance supervisor to begin a construction needs list for our workers and Sapuk neighbors and our principal, Martin Carl, will compile needs from our host families. We continue to be committed to helping meeting their needs as best we can

Latest Article on Typhoon Relief Efforts

May 3, 2015

Click here to read the latest article on our efforts fro the Jesuit Conference for Asia Pacific (JCAP)

New Article on Xavier’s Typhoon Relief Efforts

April 23, 2015

Click here  to read the new article by the USA Northeast Province on the efforts at Xavier.

A Letter from Ambassador Asterio Takesy, Xavier Class of 1963, Fr. Bob Pecoraro S.J., Director of Xavier High School, and Mr. Rodney Jacob, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Xavier High School

April 17, 2015

Xavier is in need of your help.  Please click the link below to read and share the letter.

Xavier Typhoon Relief Solicitation Letter

 

A Letter From Superior of Micronesia Fr. Tom Benz

April 11, 2015

Click here to read Fr. Tom’s letter

 

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XAVIER NEWSLETTER

SAPUK, WENO, CHUUK, FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015

MAILING: P.O. BOX 220 CHUUK, FM 96942 TELEPHONE: (691) 330-4266 EMAIL: XHS.PRINCIPAL@GMAIL.COM

Xavier Junior Varsity Team

Saramen Chuuk Academy Team

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

The harder the battle; the sweeter the victory!

On Monday, December 7, 2015, the basketball playoffs ended. Ranked 2nd in the regular season, our Xavier Boys’ Varsity team faced off against the 1st ranked team of the regular season, Chuuk High Team A. Ranked 4th in the regular season, our Xavier Junior Varsity team achieved 3rd in the championships. Our Xavier Girls’ team, ranked 2nd in the regular season, also placed in the Chuuk State Basketball Championship.

We thank the players, managers, and coaches for their teamwork and effort throughout the season and look forward to improving for next year.

REMINDER: Third Quarter Tuition was due on January 5, 2016. If you have not yet paid, please contact the director, principal and treasurer. Xavier continues to run because of your support!

REMINDER: First Quarter Tuition was due on August 3, 2015. Second Quarter Tuition was due on October 26, 2015. If you have not yet paid, please contact the director, principal and treasurer.

HOLIDAY SEASON

We, at Xavier, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We continue to be so grateful for our students, their parents and the Sapuk community. We had a special welcome in a school wide mass to celebrate the Epiphany on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, followed by the first day of class. We sure missed you over break and are glad of your safe return for the second semester!

KEITANI GRAHAM MEMORIAL

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, during the events of Xavier Day, we stopped activities to pay respect to the late Keitani Graham, Micronesian Olympic Wrestler and alumnus of Xavier High School. We joined with Keitani’s family for a dedication led by director Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ, of a trophy case memorial. The trophy case contains memorabilia from all levels of Keitani’s competitions, including high school and collegiate, national and international, including the 2012 London Olympic Games. We thank the Graham family for their donation to the school as Keitani’s story will continue to inspire Xavierites. In conjunction with the dedication, Xavier High School has created the Keitani Graham Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded every four years to a deserving student to attend Xavier.

After the dedication, Clark Graham, Keitani’s father, spoke of Keitani’s love of sports and school. In honor of Keitani and his legacy, Ship Hoops, Mr. Graham and Xavier principal Mr. Martin Carl presented medals to ten student-athletes: seniors Hitoshi Oue, Seamon Andreas Jr., Mac Ladore, Youki Susaia Jr., Kiasa Kanto, Klumch Tangelbad, juniors Keenen Weirlangt, Liana Preston- Irons, and sophomores Tiakyra Palik and Truly Darryl Kansou. These students perform well in sports and in the classroom. We commend these students for their love of athleticism and dedication to being drug free.

WELCOME TEACHERS

As our faculty returns from break along with our students, Xavier would like to welcome two new teachers to the faculty: Ms. Morgan Schmidt and Mr. Andrew Denman. Hailing from Wisconsin in the United States, Ms. Morgan and Mr. Denman both graduated from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Ms. Morgan will be teaching freshmen Literature and two special Journalism electives for juniors and seniors. Mr. Denman will be teaching sophomore Geometry and the senior Physics elective. We are excited to welcome them to our Xavier community!

Saint Joseph’s University

Florida Institute of Technology

Cardinal Stritch University

Hawaii Pacific University

Saint Peter’s University

Pacific Lutheran University

Marymount University California

Loyola University of Chicago

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Xavier has been celebrating many acceptances for the senior class. Our college counselors, Ms. Annie Kraus and Mr. Joe Lenz, work with the seniors to search for scholarships and financial aid packets that will best support students financially while studying in university. As of Thursday, January 14, 2015, the seniors have been accepted to 28 universities:

JESUIT VISIT FROM JAPAN

On Monday, December 7, 2016, the students welcomed the Japanese Provincial Fr. Yoshio Kajiyama, SJ, to Xavier High School with the Xavier Welcome Song and a Japanese welcoming song. Fr. Yoshio visited classes, met with faculty and talked with students. Next year Xavier will be blessed with a Japanese scholastic, Mr. Ochi Naoki, SJ. Sent by Fr. Yoshio, he will help with Religion classes and Campus Ministry events. Fr. Yoshio was also happy to attend the Japanese classes taught by our JICA volunteer Eriko Akaishi. At his farewell assembly on Thursday, December 10, 2016, junior Paul Naut stood in front of the assembly to deliver a speech in Japanese, thanking Fr. Yoshio for his visit and wishing him safe travels.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Xavier Entrance Exam January 16, 2016

Sophomore Prayer Day Friday, January 22, 2016

Dance Night Saturday, January 23, 2016

Catholic Schools Week January 25, 2016 – January 29, 2016

GATES APPLICANTS

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the seniors eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholarship spent the day in the Xavier Computer Lab and the Micronesian Seminar, finishing final drafts, uploading essays and submitting applications. We would like to thank the teachers, but most especially the college counselors Ms. Annie Kraus and Mr. Joe Lenz, who have been working with these seniors every step of the way, reading, editing and commenting on the essays. We would also like to recognize the 13 Gates Nominees for their hard work, academic performance and leadership throughout their four years here at Xavier. With the applications in, the seniors can refocus their energy on school and continue to make Xavier great. You are all in our prayers.

APIASF

On Friday, January 8, 2016, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund application was due. Thank you to the college counselors, Ms. Annie Kraus and Mr. Joe Lenz, as well as Mr. Ean Tierney for their guidance.

XAVIER DAY

On Thursday, December 3, 2015, Xavier celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier, our school namesake, with a School-Wide Mass service sponsored by the Chuukese district members. We thank them for their beautiful singing and their willingness to serve.

On Friday, December 4, 2015, there was a half day of classes to allow for an afternoon of fun activities! With the powerful seniors partnered with their freshmen and the mighty juniors with the energetic sophomores, it promised to be an exciting 2 days of events.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Xavier students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together for the main events. Starting the day with the national anthems from each of the students’ countries, the flags from the rooftop waved beautifully in the wind. The sun was shining and the games were on!

From the dizzy races to the coconut husking and the sprints to the relays, both teams gave their best performances. However, at the end of the day, when the Student Body Association counted up the points, the results were 157 – 157: a tie, proving the truth of our motto Ut Omnes Unum Sint, that all may be won.

We give a special thank you to the alumni who came to visit during these Xavier Day games and to the Student Body Association for their organization and execution of the schedule of events. Go Navigators!

HONOR ROLL

On Friday, January 8, 2016, Xavier had the Honors Assembly for students on 1st and 2nd Honors. To earn 1st Honors, students must have a GPA of 3.50 or higher. In addition, they must have an effort average of 1.4 or lower. To earn 2nd Honors, students must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher and an effort average of 1.6 or lower. (Any student with a D or F is automatically disqualified from honors. Any student with a 3 or 4 effort grade is automatically disqualified from honors.) We applaud the honor roll students and encourage all Xavierites to continue to work hard throughout this second quarter!

SENIOR
The senior class has 39% of the students on first honors and 10% on second honors, for a total of 49% of their class on honors.

JUNIOR
The junior class has 35% of the students on first honors and 30% on second honors, for a total of 65% of their class on honors.

SOPHOMORE
The sophomore class has 33% of the students on first honors and 25% on second honors, for a total of 59% of their class on honors.

FRESHMEN
The freshmen class has 28% of the students on first honors and 26% on second honors, for a total of 54% of their class on honors.

SCHOOL WIDE
Xavier has 34% of its students on first honors and 23% on second honors, for a total of 57% of the school on honors this quarter. We will continue to work hard and look forward to the third quarter honor roll! Congratulations to the Junior Class for having the highest percent of students on honors for this first quarter. Keep up the good work!

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