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Congratulations Graduates

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2012 took place on Friday, May 18. Headmaster, Brother Daniel E. Skala, C.F.X., Ph.D., presented diplomas to 224 graduating seniors.

The ceremony, which marked the 46th graduating class, included the recognition of the 9,000th graduate, Andrew Malin, and the presentation of the Xaverian Award, which went to valedictorian and resident of South Weymouth, Sean Tenaglia. The Xaverian Award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership and service, and served as a role model for his classmates. Sean “become known for his sincerity and strong work ethic, and was a stunning embodiment of Xaverian’s highest ideals,” said Brother Dan.

The student speakers were Sean Tenaglia, valedictorian, and Naman Agarwal, salutatorian and a resident of Franklin. The loyalty and service awards, which recognize students’ involvement and commitment to the Xaverian community, were given to Christopher Diehl, Michael Hagerty, Nam Hee Kim, Anif McDonald, Luke Walsh and Samuel Zatkowski. Click here for more

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Seniors Make Their Mark

The Class of 2012 is leaving a legacy at Xaverian that will be remembered for years to come. They are a dedicated and accomplished group of young men and we are excited to see them continue to succeed.

We are especially grateful and proud of the contributions they have made to the Fund for Xaverian. The Senior Class Gift Committee chose to dedicate the senior class gift to assisting future seniors to participate in campus ministry programs like XLI and attend global encounter. In the end, the class had a record number of 77 percent participation and a total commitment of more than $28,000.

Their generosity serves as an example to future students and even their fellow alumni. If you would like to give to the Fund for Xaverian, click here now.

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Xaverian standout Chris Wagner ’09 Signs 3-year Contract with Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks have signed center Xaverian standout Chris Wagner ’09 to a three-year contract. Chris helped propel Xaverian to the semi-finals of the Super 8 hockey tournament in 2008. “Playing at Xaverian gave me my foundation to learn to play with bigger, stronger kids,” said Chris.

Wagner, 20, recently completed his sophomore season with Colgate of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), scoring 17-34/51 points with 69 penalty minutes (PIM). Leading all NCAA Division 1 underclassmen in scoring, Wagner’s 51 points currently rank sixth in the nation. He ranked as high as fourth in the nation when the Raiders played their final game of the ECAC tournament (third-place game vs. Cornell on Mar. 17). In addition, the 6-0, 200-pound bruising center recorded the second-most points in one season for Colgate since former Duck Andy McDonald (58 points) did so in 1999-00.

The Xaverian graduate completes his collegiate career having scored 26-44/70 points with 95 PIM over two seasons and 79 games. He co-led the ECAC in scoring this year and ranked second in assists with 15-24/39 points in 27 conference games. In addition, Wagner had a career-high 11-game point streak (7-10/17) from Feb. 4-Mar. 16. Accolades for his sophomore season include ranking among the top three finalists for the ECAC Best Defensive Award, as well as Second Team ECAC All-League honors.

Chris was selected in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


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Xaverian Alum Dana Barros Goes 1 on 1 against Michael Jordan

This week, NBA All-Star Dana Barros ’85 stopped by the 2011 Xaverian Brothers High School Youth Basketball Clinic. His visit included tips, drills, and a few great stories. One of the best stories told took place during during a preseason game before the 1989-1990 season.

The sellout crowd had come to watch the Chicago Bulls take on the Seattle Supersonics. Barros, just 22 years old, was put in the game and soon had caught a pass beyond the 3 point arc. As he turned to face the basket, he found himself being covered by the best basketball player in the world: Michael Jordan.

After overcoming an initial moment of shock, Dana Barros decided that he could get by Jordan. With a quick fake, Dana Barros sped past Jordan and leapt towards the basket to finish with a layup. Jordan had other plans, however, and cleanly swatted the ball out of Dana’s outstretched hand.

The moral of the story is not that Dana Barros should have dunked the ball instead of trying the layup (although that might have helped). It’s simply that Dana Barros wasn’t afraid. The reason he wasn’t afraid, as Dana explains in the video, is because he was ready. All those hours of practice on an outdoor court in Mattapan made him ready. All those drills in the Xaverian gym gave him confidence. All those games at BC’s Conte Forum prepared him to take on the best in the world.

Whether we’re talking about basketball, football, or that Chemistry test on Monday morning, the key to success is being ready. If you put in the time, effort, and energy, there is no reason to be afraid. You’ll be ready.

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Former NBA All-Star Dana Barros ’85 Visits Xaverian Youth Basketball Clinic

“Let me tell you a story about Michael Jordan…”

Campers were all ears today as former NBA all-star and Xaverian alum Dana Barros took the floor at the 2011 Xaverian Brothers High School Youth Basketball Clinic. Barros spoke about his journey to the NBA, and how hard he worked to improve his game.

The campers especially enjoyed demonstrations of  ball handling drills that are a part of Rajon Rondo’s practice regimen, and an amazing story about going one-on-one against Michael Jordan. (Check back for video clips tomorrow!)

For more information on the Xaverian Youth Sports Clinics, visit our website. For more photos from our Basketball Clinic, visit our Facebook Page.




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Camp Harbor View Cleanup Recap

The Alumni Service and Outreach Committee worked hard and planned a fantastic day for the Xaverian community to volunteer at Camp Harbor View in Quincy…

…and then it rained.

Three weeks later, sunshine greeted seventy-five Xaverian volunteers as they arrived at Camp Harbor View. There was plenty of work to be done, and the alumni, students, faculty and staff were up to the challenge. Representatives from Camp Harbor View estimated that the day’s labor saved the camp $30,000. This was the second year Xaverian Brothers High School has volunteered at Camp Harbor View. Thank you to all our volunteers!

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This Weekend’s Camp Harbor View Cleanup

This Sunday is the make up date for the previously scheduled (and rained out) Camp Harbor View Clean Up. Please join us this Sunday!

Students, Alumni, Parents, and Faculty joined forces during last year's Camp Harbor View Cleanup

In 2010 Xaverian alumni, students, family, friends and faculty members attended the first ever Xaverian Outreach Day. The day was dedicated to providing service to Camp Harbor View. The group spent the entire day cleaning and painting the camp to get it ready to serve over 800 kids from Boston’s neighborhoods this summer.

Camp Harbor View, is a partner of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.Our goal is to gather alumni, students and other members of the Xaverian committee to participate in a full day of clean-up, painting, landscaping and building at the camp following the wear and tear of the winter months.The ability to assist the camp in this effort will save them over four weeks of time due to the limited staff available to them to perform the same task.

We are still in particular need of a volunteers with some carpentry or building experience.

There will be a bus leaving from Xaverian in the morning and returning in the afternoon. Participants will also be able to drive if they would like. There will be a BBQ lunch served.  Family and friends are always welcome!

Join us for the 2011 Service and Outreach Day!  A successful service day depends on your participation and support! Click here to register!