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From The Archives (12)

Editor’s note: Thousands of photos have been taken since Xaverian Brothers High School was founded in 1963. Many are in storage here at Xaverian, and many are sent to us from alumni and friends. Here are some of those photos! (Click the photos to view them on Facebook)

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Alumni Hockey Game 2011: In Memory of Brendan Burke ’06

This year’s Alumni Hockey Game was played at the Foxboro Sports Center last Saturday in Memory of Brendan Burke ’06 who tragically passed away in 2010. More than 40 alumni came out for the event, which began with a pregame ceremony with Brendan’s family.

The gold team defeated the blue squad in a thrilling, energetic contest that featured breakaways, highlight-reel saves, and an interesting “powerplay” goal in the game’s final seconds.

Following the action, there was a post-game gathering with pizza and refreshments. Many stayed to watch the Varsity hockey game. Alumni, coaches, family and friends then visited Waxy O’Connor’s in Foxboro for a post game reception.

For the full photo album, visit our Facebook page

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Xaverian Accepts Rachel’s Challenge

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Written by: John Morton ’11

With absolute certainty today was the best Awareness Day I have experienced in my four years here at Xaverian. The Awareness Day focused on the life of Rachel Scott, the first person killed at the Columbine shooting of April 1999. Her brother Mike Scott who said, “It is not an easy story for me to recall but I do it in her memory and for the challenge”, made the presentation.

This challenge exists in the name of the organization that Rachel inspired: Rachel’s Challenge. Today, her brother Mike explained what Rachel’s Challenge was founded on and its five challenges that exist within it. These challenges exist to foster growth, both spiritually and emotionally, with others. These challenges focus on recognizing those in our lives that need more attention and need more love. Rachel certainly epitomized that in her own life. For instance she would bring friends over to sit with a new girl who had recently lost her mother or by defending a disabled boy amidst taunting by others. In fact, this boy (who has become a friend of the Scott family) would have committed suicide if not for the efforts of Rachel to be his friend. Rachel’s life demonstrates that simple acts of kindness toward others truly lead others to be more aware of those in need not only in our communities at school but in our world as well.

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Life at Xaverian: Photos (4)

At Xaverian, there’s always a way to get involved. Here are some photos from life at Xaverian. For even more photos of student life, visit our photos of the week page.

Crews worked hard to remove all the snow from the parking lot last week.

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The freshman team warms up before a big game.

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Students waiting for the late bus to arrive.

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Students gather after school to learn how to make Rachel’s Challenge come alive at Xaverian. (More info to come during another blog post).

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Working hard on superlatives for this year’s yearbook.

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Science Lecture Series Welcomes Professor Dionisio P. Bernal

Editor’s note: In a previous post, Mr. Howard discussed the Science Lecture Series, a great program produced by the Xaverian Science Department. Last week the Science Lecture Series hosted a presentation by Dionisio P. Bernal, Professor of Civil and Environmental  Engineering at Northeastern University. Senior John Morton was in attendance, and was kind enough to share his thoughts with us. Enjoy!

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By John Morton ’11

Xaverian held the second edition of the science lecture series featuring Dennis Bernal, a professor of engineering at Northeastern University. Professor Bernal presented the concept of placing sensors on buildings to alert engineers if there is a structural problem thereby preventing accidents. This corresponded to one of the topics that we covered in Physics II deals with oscillating motion and the principles of period, frequency, amplitude, and resonance.

Professor Bernal first provided an overview of structural dynamics of many buildings and bridges around the world. He explained that buildings and bridges need to be built to survive environmental problems. He showed how they are built using precise mathematical formulas. Following this concept, he moved into the courses that a structural engineer would take in college. Statics was one such course which is taught at Xaverian!

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By introducing the principles of structural dynamics and oscillating motion, Bernal moved into discussing the sensors themselves. One of the challenges of working with sensors is that buildings and bridges can oscillate back and forth because of wind. The wind can trigger sensors with a false alarm. The accuracy of these sensors thus needs to further improvement to prevent future disasters from occurring.

This lecture series truly helped me as it aided in my understanding of oscillatory motion by giving us a practical application to what we were learning in Physics II. Thank you Professor Bernal for coming to speak to Xaverian!