Life as a Hawk

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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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Ultimate Prize for Xaverian Squad

This year was a memorable season for the Xaverian Brothers High School Ultimate Squad. After winning the St. John’s Prep Invitational tournament,  the Hawks capped off a stellar season by winning the 2011 Ultimate High School Division II State Championship! Second year coach Joe Sotelo commented on his team’s great season. “Everyday we demand commitment to our Xaverian values, our school, and each other, ‘No Excuses!’ This season, the boys responded as they always do, with courage and imagination as they undertook this challenge. This championship is not just the completion, but rather a reflection of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by these young men.”

Congratulations on a great season! (Click a photo to view the full album on Flickr)

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Xaverian Brothers High School Student Scores a Perfect ACT

Naman Agarwal, Class of 2012, scored a perfect 36 composite score on the April 9, 2011 ACT.  He scored a perfect 36 on the English section, a perfect 36 on the Math section, a perfect 36 on the Reading section, and a perfect 36 on the Science section.  Naman is the first student to have a perfect ACT score at Xaverian Brothers High School since Bryan Reagan ’08.  Out of 1.6 million students who took the ACT test nationally, less than one-tenth of one percent earned a perfect 36 composite score.  Congratulations to Naman!

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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!

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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. Click the photos to view them on Facebook.

Senior Gerard Florentino is ready for an afternoon behind the plate for the Varsity Baseball team.

Dean of Students Chris Vasta shares a laugh with his father John Vasta, who is serving as a substitute math teacher.

Juniors Brian Fannon, Bobby Leon, and Chris Schwab turn the corner during a recent track practice.

Freshman Peter Roche keeps his eye on the ball during tennis practice.

Sophomore Connor Day is hard at work on a project in his cartooning class.

Junior Ian MacPherson returns to his seat after accepting his College of Mt. St. Vincent Book Award during this week's award ceremony.

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

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Xaverian Global Encounter 2011: Ecuador

By Josh Evans ’12

During April vacation I got the opportunity to travel with ten other of my classmates to Duran, Ecuador. On this trip we got to live out Rostro de Cristo’s motto, “to be not to do”. It wasn’t until this week long trip did I understand the meaning of “being” and not “doing”. This trip opened my eyes to something that changed my life in a great way.

Before going on this trip I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited and nervous. I was going somewhere that would bring me out of my comfort zone to the max. When we got there and got to meet the neighbors and kids, we were welcomed with open arms. I have never seen such a strong and happy community. I have also never seen an area so poor in my life. The smells, the views, the scenes were so distinct I can still remember specific scenes and smells. I couldn’t help but think “what can I do for these people,” but all I could do was be there for them.

Going to different people’s houses, helping out in the after school programs, and going to Damian House opened my eyes to what relationships were all about and what life was all about. We met an 82 year old guy named Gabriel. He lived a simple life as a leather worker and before we left he gave us some advice about life. He said there are three things you need to do, “make conversation, dialogue, and make relationships”

Those three things are what this Ecuador trip was all about. Not only to show you something that is very present in the world today, but to also get to know people’s stories and make relationships and be there for them. That is what we as human beings need to do for each other. Be there and try to understand where others come from.

(For more photos of the Ecuador Global Encounter Trip, visit our Flickr page.)