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Awareness Week: Invisible Children

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From “X-Press” Weekly Campus Ministry News

During the week November 7, The Ryken Global Awareness Committee will be sponsoring a week-long awareness and advocacy program  highlighting an initiative called Invisible Children, an organization started in 2003 by three young filmmakers who traveled in northern Uganda, as well its neighboring countries.

Struck by the violence and horror of what was happening there, they began making documentaries highlighting the conflict and injustices in the region, focusing specifically on the issue of children in the area who are either murdered or kidnapped and brainwashed through violence by a group called the Lord’s Resistance Army.

These children are then used in a civil war that has lasted for twenty-six years in Uganda. Invisible Children’s hope is to spread the stories of these children to the world to incite action by individuals and governments to stop the violence.

The Ryken Global Awareness Committee got involved with Invisible Children because of Senior Chris Swansey who attended the Fourth Estate conference in San Diego this summer and has since been organizing his friends to raise awareness and funds for Invisible Children.

Each day of Awareness Week will have a theme focusing on the history of the conflict, what is happening presently, and what we as a school community and as individuals can do. On Wednesday, Movement Director Zach Barrows will be coming to speak at an all school assembly about his story of  involvement and the stories of the many people he has met who have been affected by the crisis in Uganda.

In preparation for the week, theology classes will focus on the background of the conflict and will view the documentary Tony (available through Campus Ministry and on ask for the community’s support and prayers as we undergo this week of reflection and advocacy for children who desperately need our prayers and help.

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College Visits and Interviews at Xaverian.

The following colleges will be visiting Xaverian in October & November. Please see Mrs. Fay in the Guidance Department for more information.
Bates College
Assumption College
Clemson University
Harvard College
Springfield College
Gonzaga University
Mitchell College
University of Delaware
Daniel Webster College
Lasalle College
St. Anselm College
Boston College
Quinnipiac University
Stonehill College

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LIVE@theX: Opening Ceremonies

Blog By Mr. Belmonte

The torch of 2011-2012 has been lit. The building is ablaze with potential. Familiar faces light up the halls and the class of 2015 has brought a breath of fresh air into the place. What will the year bring? Where will the journey take us? One thing is for certain; the adventure has begun and on Thursday, October 27th at 7PM in the XBHS Theater, we will sing it, we will dance it, we will live it.

This edition of LIVE@theX will serve to bring awareness to a cause close to the heart of Senior Christopher Swansey of Norwood, and many here at Xaverian. If you are not aware of “Invisible Children” come and find out. Donations for the cause will be accepted.


Don’t Miss Dan Cummings ’99 on Friday’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Extreme Makeover Home Edition will air this Friday at 8:00 pm. This particular episode will be a 2 hour special, and will feature Dan Cummings ’99. Dan is a founder of Journey Forward, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of people who have suffered spinal cord injury through intense exercise.

The episode will feature a family in Pennsylvania whose son broke his neck three years ago. Dan serves as a consultant on the project and inspiration to what is possible after suffering a spinal cord injury.  Dan himself was told he would never walk again after a swimming accident in 2000. After years of hard work and rehab, Dan was able to walk a mile last October (just 10 years after being diagnosed a c-6 Quadriplegic).

Don’t miss this special episode and see how Journey Forward is bettering the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. For a quick preview visit:

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Speech Team Members Earn Medals

The Speech Team had a great day on Saturday at Sacred Heart in Kingston. Three students received special medals for placing first in one of their rounds. Pictured here are Junior Pat Ingersoll of Dedham, Freshman Stephen Cook of Quincy, and Junior Jackson Lawlor of Dedham.


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Life at Xaverian: Photos

At Xaverian Brothers High School, there’s always a way to get involved. Here are some photos from life at Xaverian. For more photos visit


Junior Matt Champagne of Walpole spoke with a representative from Loyola University Chicago at Monday’s college fair. The Guidance Department schedules two college fairs every fall, and one more for Juniors in the spring. 95 colleges are invited to each college fair, held in the gym. The Guidance Department also schedules 30-40 individual college visits throughout the year.

Freshmen Michael Friedman of Medfield, Mark Lallak of Natick, and Troy Neubecker of Wrentham were hard at work on Monday completing a lab report in Mr. Puclowski’s biology class. Mr. Puclowski is a member of the class of ’98.

Freshman Matt Cunningham of Weymouth, and Senior David Larkin of Quincy faced off in the cafeteria during an intramural ping pong competition after school. Matt Cunningham won and went on to be named tournament champion!
Junior DJ Pagliuca of Franklin avoided three Somerville tacklers during the varsity football team’s 34-0 victory last weekend.