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Purple and White Charity Event

This Sunday, April 10th at Noon, Xaverian will be co-sponsoring with Ursuline Academy, the 1st Annual Purple and White football game.   The game is a charity event to benefit My Brother’s Keeper in Brockton.  This event is a great way to contribute to My Brother’s Keeper, and excellent local organization! For more information, click here



Freshman Phenom Ready to Pitch

Editor’s Note:This month’s Expressions Newsletter featured a great story on Vladamir Kovalenko, a freshman who can throw a 102 mph fastball. Click here for the Expressions Newsletter, and read on for the full story, and a link to a video of Vladamir pitching!

All of Xaverian has been buzzing over freshman phenom Vladamir Kovalenko -The Russian Rocket. The freshman who just moved this Fall from Slovetchenya has been clocked on radar throwing over 102 mph–faster than many pros!

However Coach Gerry Lambert is trying to calm everyone down. “He’s never even played a season of Little League and is just learning the rules to the game let alone how to pitch,” said Lambert. “He will need at least a full year until he can contribute. Let’s all remember he needs to learn to throw strikes before we can put him in Cooperstown. With that said, his potential is staggering because the 15 year old is throwing an unhittable baseball at the pro level and has only been working with legendary pitching coach Sidd Finch for two weeks.”

Vlads parents moved here from the Ukraine this August after his father took a job at the nearby Raytheon Technology Company. His golden arm was discovered in a recent dodgeball tournament.

Here’s a video of the 6’3″ Vlad’s 102 mile per hour missle!

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Ski Club 2011 Recap

By John Regan ’14

My name is John Regan and I am a freshman at Xaverian Brothers High School. At the beginning of the school year, I knew right away that I was going to join Ski Club. I have been skiing my whole life and I absolutely love it.


The first ski trip we went on was to Okemo Mountain in Vermont. It was still pretty early in the season, but they managed to have 65 trails open. The conditions were great and the lines were short. My friends and I had a blast! The second trip we went on was to Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. Mount Sunapee was a little smaller than Okemo, but they had the best terrain park I’ve ever been to. Every jump was perfectly groomed. Once again, the conditions were great!

For the third trip, we went on to Waterville Valley, also in New Hampshire. Waterville was my favorite of the trips so far. Basically all of the trails were open as well as the glades. The last trip we went on was to Attitash Mountain. Attitash had a ton of trails open. The conditions were the best so far because of the warmth. That was my first time ever skiing in March and it was awesome. It was so warm I didn’t even need my jacket. Since it was the last ski trip we made a stop at the Pizza Barn before going home. It was a lot of fun there and they had great pizza.

A lot of the kids going on the trip already own skis. I was not one of them. The rentals at every mountain were quick and easy and they didn’t cut into the amount of time you ski. Another great thing about the Xaverian Ski Trips is that, they allow anyone to take either a half-day or even a full-day lesson. This is great if you have never skied before, or if you are just looking to improve. Overall, I had a lot of fun during the trips this year and can’t wait until next year.





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Lenten Clothing Drive

By Mr. Fitzgerald, Campus Minister

Ash Wednesday marked the start of our Lenten Clothing Drive to benefit St. Francis House. St. Francis House is a shelter, soup kitchen, and homeless service center in Boston which we visit during our X-CEL service programs.

According to St. Francis House, in the past year their organization has served more than 375,000 meals, provided more than 7,800 showers, and distributed more than 12,800 changes of clothes. They’ve also helped to provide nearly 10,000 medical appointments, counseled guests in more than 20,000 sessions on mental health, substance abuse, and other issues. They’ve trained 156 people in their First Step Employment Program, graduated the 100th class from their Moving Ahead Program, and housed 56 men and women in their Next Step Housing Program.

I am adding a list of items requested by St. Francis House. Please help us contribute to this great organization.

During Lent, students will be periodically around to collect clothes donations from homerooms, but we also encourage students to drop donations in Campus Ministry.  If you have any questions, please see me.

Thanks again for all your support and prayers!

Men’s items

Baseball hats
Belts-All sizes
Casual short sleeves Shirts: Large, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X
Men’s jeans-sizes 28-38 all length 34.
Men’s Sweatpants large, XL, 2X, 3X.
New and gently used sneakers, sizes 9-13
New crew socks (while only please)
New underwear-Briefs: M, L, and XL, (please NO BOXERS)
Spring Jackets – S, M, L, XL 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X.
T-Shirts: L, XL, 2X, and 3X

Women’s Items

New underwear-sizes 5-14 (white only please)
New bras-all sizes (white only please)


Traveler size soaps
Shopping plastic bags

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Get Loud for Red Cloud Recap

Editor’s Note: An estimated 600-700 students attended Get Loud for Red Cloud, and helped to raise nearly $8000 for the three organizations, Red Cloud Indian School, Our Lady of the Sioux Church and Lakota Circle Village on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Campus Ministry and the Ryken Global Awareness Committee would like to thank all the students who attended, all the volunteers that helped with the day and all the parents and organizations who donated baked goods and raffle items.    – Mike Fitzgerald, Campus Ministry

Post by Harrison Pidgeon ’11

On March 12, Xaverian hosted our Get Loud for Red Cloud charity event to raise money
for various places on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This was our
second annual charity event run by the Ryken Global Awareness Committee, in
conjunction with the Student Council, and we were unsure as to how much success we
would have.

But through active promoting of the event and the awesome night itself, the
fundraiser was a huge success. With big moon bounces, obstacle courses, sumo wrestler
suits, numerous raffles, food sales and more fun, there was not one person I talked to who
did not have a good time at Get Loud for Red Cloud.

For me, the success of this event was personal. I was one of eight Xaverian students to go
to Pine Ridge over April break on a Xaverian Global Encounter trip. While there, we helped
out at Red Cloud Indian School and Our Lady of the Sioux Parish in Oglala, and we heard
from various people living on the Rez. One man we met, Leonard Little Finger, plans to
start a school on the reservation taught only in Lakota, the tribal language, to preserve the
native culture.

Sending the money we raised to Red Cloud Indian School, Sister Connie at
Our Lady of the Sioux, and Leonard Little Finger gives me such an awesome feeling. I am
so grateful to be able to help those people we met last spring. I know I speak for our South
Dakota group when I say I am thankful to everyone who came to support the event and to
all who donated.

Photos by Cory Larrubia ’13









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Xaverian Moms Lead The Charge To Help Haitians

via The Foxboro Reporter

“…(Jenny) Reks has been very active promoting Mission E4 and getting help for Haiti, not only by making a presentation to the Foxboro book club and others, but also at her son’s school, Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood.

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(Photo from Foxboro Reporter) Book club members, from left: front, Karen Blakeley, Rose Petti, Andrea Ambs; middle row, Pam Atanasoff, Joy Peter, Lee McIntyre, Jenny Reks; back row, Kathy Landry, Gail Smiley, Karen Campos, Margie Minkler, Sue Goode, Laurie McDonald and Chris Gumaer. (Not pictured: Terri Duggan, Holly Steel, Maria Kent)

The school has adopted “Mountains Beyond Mountains” for its One Book-One Community read and will host the Pulitzer-prize winning author, Kidder, next Thursday night (March 24) for a free program starting at 6:30 p.m. at the school on Clapboardtree road in Westwood.

(Laurie) McDonald and (Jenny) Reks became friends when both had sons who became friends at Xaverian. Two other mothers in the group, Chris Gumaer of Foxboro and Rose Petti of Wrentham, also have sons who have graduated from XBHS.

Now, through the book club, they share a common desire to help Mimit and other Haitians living in poverty.”

(Click here to view full article)

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy Kidder will speak about his book Mountains Beyond Mountains, which is about Dr. Paul Farmer and his medical and humanitarian efforts in Haiti. The event is open to the public, and Tracy Kidder will be available to sign his book following the presentation. For event information, click here. For an interview with Junior Talis Reks on his volunteer work in Haiti, click here.