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Xavier racks up accolades for year

Xavier College Preparatory varsity tennis coach Laurie Martin

Xavier College Preparatory varsity tennis coach Laurie Martin, far right, and her family were honored this year with the U.S. Tennis Association-Central Arizona’s “Family of the Year Award” for their significant contributions to the game of tennis. Martin’s family members include, from left: daughter Courtney, husband Stan Martin, and daughter Amanda. Not pictured are daughter Natalie and son Tanner (submitted photo).

Xavier College Preparatory’s varsity tennis team captured its fourth straight Division I state championship title by defeating Mountain View High School on Saturday, May 9. So it is perhaps no surprise that Xavier varsity coach Laurie Martin and her family also won the United States Tennis Association Central Arizona “Family of the Year Award” for their significant contributions to the game of tennis.

Other recent accolades captured by the school include:

  • Xavier’s student newspaper captured first place honors in the “Private/Parochial School” category of the American Scholastic Press Association’s national scholastic newspaper awards. Run by a team of nine student editors and 50 student staff members, the newspaper debuted during Xavier’s first school year more than 70 years ago. Currently called the “Xpress,” it has been published continuously since 1943.
  • Xavier emerged as the top-ranked school in the Valley on The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list. Xavier was ranked fifth in the state of Arizona, 41st among private schools nationwide, and among the top two percent of 2,300-plus ranked schools in the United States. Rankings were calculated by dividing the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given by each high school by the number of graduating students.
  • Xavier’s Honor Choir captured both the top overall chorus score and the top women’s chorus score at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival of Gold at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Los Angeles in late April. The Honor Choir is directed by Brittanie Fain, a Xavier faculty member and alumna.
  • Xavier’s crew team won the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta, held in Camden, New Jersey. The victory was the first national crew championship in school history. Earlier this spring, Xavier’s crew team won the state championship title at the Desert Sprints Regatta for the second consecutive year.
  • Xavier’s lacrosse program received the “Honor the Game” Award from the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association, for pioneering the student statistician program, modeling the appropriate “extension of the referees” behavior at the scorer’s table during the games, and exemplifying sportsmanship on the field and during pre-game activities at both home and away games.
  • Xavier’s state champion Elias M. Romley “Xavier North” Mock Trial Team finished its outstanding year with a strong team performance and multiple individual awards at the Mock Trial National Championship in Raleigh, N.C. Team members included seniors Ariana Canby, Baani Khurana, Aubrey Hills; juniors Chelsea Divins, Katherine Milano, Natalia Nava; and sophomore Alexandria Murray.

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