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Christmas Prayer Service and Sing-along

I’ve been busy helping my friend Santa Hawk with his big toy drive so it’s been a while since my last blog post. The Xaverian community came together yesterday to celebrate the annual Christmas prayer service and sing-along. As any Hawk will tell you, it’s one of the best days of the year at Xaverian.


The prayer service includes a blessing over the toys we collected during the Santa Hawk Toy Drive (Santa Hawk says thank you, and has headed back to the North Pole to help with Santa’s big day), and reflections from members of the Xaverian community on what Christmas means to them. This year featured reflections from Mr. Cavanaugh, Mr. Dacey, and Jackson Lawlor.


After the service had concluded, it was time for the annual Christmas sing-along. You haven’t felt the Christmas spirit until you’ve heard a Xaverian rendition of Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and the highly anticipated 12 Days of Christmas.


Over 100 alumni showed up for this year’s celebration, and following the sing-along, they all headed over to the Bisson foyer for the annual Hawks in College reception. It was great to catch up with these recent grads, and see them reconnect with our current students and teachers. A few of the Notre Dame guys kept talking about a big football game coming up in January.


The whole day reminded me why I’m so proud to be a Xaverian Hawk. Christmas, like the Xaverian community, is about the people. So next time you get all caught up in the shopping and traffic jams at the south shore plaza, don’t forget to appreciate the people (and Hawks) around you.

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French and Spanish National Honor Society Induction


On October 24, juniors were inducted into the French and Spanish National Honor Societies during a ceremony held in the theater. The students have shown and proven a deep interest in their respective languages. Dan Gavin ’96 spoke to the students about the importance of their language learning experiences, in particular experiences where one is immersed in the culture.


Students inducted into the French Honor Society include: William Egan, Caleb Griego, Aaron Kaplan, Quinn Kelly and John Vhay.


Students inducted into the Spanish Honor Society include: Dean Adams, Christian Balasco, Jared Brooks, Luke Bullard, Nicholas Cady, Shane Cahalane, James Chisolm, Jason Cox, Anthony Deban, Adrien Deberghes, Michael DiCalogero, Michael Durkin, Robert Fallon, Vincente Griego, Francis Guerrero, Mitchell Harmon, Alexander Horton, Oliver Howe, Simon Howe, Adam Kozdrowicz, Leonardo Loffredo, John McGrath, Nicholas Mecsas-Faxon, Bradley Niziak, Hagen Puller, William Scherneck, Nathan Sievers, Andrew Stieb, Joseph Tenaglia, Owen Tuite, Michael Wakely and John Wheeler.

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National Merit Commended Students

Eight seniors have been selected as commended students in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The students included are: Giovanni Aguila, John Greeley, John Hathaway, Stephen Lacman, Jeffrey Letourneau, Henry Light, Robert Palladino and Conor Biagiotti.

About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 preliminary SAT/​National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

A week earlier, Senior Geoffrey Martello was selected as a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program. For more on Geoffrey’s accomplishment click here.

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National Merit Semifinalist

Senior Geoffrey Martello has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program. He was selected as a semifinalist by scoring among the highest in Massachusetts and in the nation on the 2011 Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Only 16,000 seniors across the nation are selected as semifinalists out of the 1.5 million juniors who took the 2011 PSAT.

Geoffrey will now have the opportunity to become a finalist and to receive one of the three different kinds of Merit Scholarship awards. 8,300 scholarships are being offered to help pay for higher education for these merit scholars (2,500 state representational, 1,000 corporate-sponsored and 4,800 college-sponsored).

“We are very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement,” says Headmaster Brother Daniel Skala, CFX. “He is an outstanding young man who is joining a long list of Xaverian scholars who have been named national merit semifinalists and finalists over the last several years.”

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College Fair

On Monday, September 17, students entered a gym full of colleges, 94 in total. Colleges attending the fair included New England Catholic colleges, as well as Bates College, the University of Chicago, and a number of southern and west coast schools. Click here to see more photos.

The next College Fair will take place on Monday, October 1.

In addition to college fairs, many colleges visit Xaverian to meet with interested students in a group setting. Colleges that will be at Xaverian next week include: Wednesday, September 19: Marquette University, 8:30 a.m. and Friday, September 21: Anna Maria College, 8:30 a.m. Students, with permission from their teachers, must sign up in Naviance Family Connection 24 hours in advance to attend.

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CSI Xaverian

“Mr. Dacey’s “E block” is on the case”


By Robbie Degre ’13


On Thursday, September 13, students were heading to class at Xaverian when they caught sight of the Biology lab covered with police tape! Upon looking inside the room, several skilled teams of investigators were seen examining what appeared to be crime scenes.



These investigators were actually seniors engaging in a lab for their forensics class with Mr Steve Dacey. Each group of students was given a mock crime scene and was put to work measuring, documenting and sketching it.



Each scene had a taped body outline, some “blood” drops, potential murder weapons and potential clues for the students to find.



The lab was a big hit, amongst students and teachers. With the schools new Bring Your Own Device program, students were able to use laptops, and tablets to more accurately depict the scenes. “I had a great time working on this lab, and our group was actually able to make a computerized model of the scene using my tablet,” says Mickey Cashman ’13.



 Photos taken by: Robert Degre ’13 (above right), Mickey Cashman ’13 (above middle) and Mr. Dacey.