What is an American?
hese are Americans, those who embrace the promise of the land, who use it to scale mountains of great adversity, and end up higher than where they began. Americans are a patchwork people unlike any other; innumerable pieces woven together to make the final masterpiece.” —Excerpt of an essay by Victor Wu ’12
Keynote Speaker Dr. Leon Bass holds the Xavier sweatshirt he received from SAC President Dan McGrath.
Cultural Diversity Day 2009
rs. Hoisl and Mrs. Dewey, co-chairs, as well as members of the faculty and staff, and student representatives from the Cultural Diversity Club, Ryken Service Society, Interact Club, and Peer Ministry Team collaborated to plan this informative and educational day. The day began in homeroom with the adults and students making a nametag that reflected their cultural/ ethnic background, which they wore all day. The entire school was called to “You are the future. You the gym to hear the Keynote Speaker Dr. Leon Bass. Dr. Bass shared his can effectuate personal experiences as a young man: change, right facing discrimination, witnessing the here, right now.” concentration camps of World War II, Dr. Leon Bass teaching and working with students in inner city Philadelphia and learning from the foundation of the Civil Rights movement. He challenged everyone to work against “the evil of racism and anti-Semitism and much more...We can’t afford to lose people. We are losing people every day, young and old because some people don’t care. You are the future. You can effectuate change, right here, right now.” Students then returned to homeroom to contemplate on what they had heard and do a journaling sheet on the keynote address. Students were then dismissed to a regular schedule where all teachers were asked to FOCUS their lessons on diversity and understanding/embracing diversity. At the close of day Rotary International member, Mr. Wargo, spoke on Economies of the World, explaining the poverty which is seen in nations around the globe. A special prayer service put together by the Diversity Club, Ryken Service Society, Interact Club and Peer Ministry students then completed the day’s activities.
The Town Times newspaper, serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall, had an essay contest to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, sponsored by Lang & Corona Law Offices PC. The winning essay was written by Xavier freshman Victor Wu. Reacting to this news, Victor’s mother said, “We are really proud of him for this honor. We are also very proud of the fact that his education from District 13 and Xavier and also his living experience in Durham made it possible for him to write such beautiful words.” Victor decided to donate his prize of $200 to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
A Good Citizen Michael Magdzik ’09 received the Good Citizens award and scholarship from the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The award was given on 04/14/09 at the Council Chambers in Middletown City Hall. The award is based upon leadership, dependability, service and patriotism. Michael will be attending Yale in the fall. He had also been accepted at Harvard. Pictured are (l-r) Debbie Shapiro (DAR), Brendan Donohue (Xavier Academic Dean), Michael and his mother, Lilliana Magdzik. Thank you to Fran Into, Regent of the Wadsworth Chapter DAR for making this picture available.
Graduation 2009 Page 14 Page 6 Pages 2–4 Dear Friends of Xavier, Brother William, C.F.X., Headmaster Farewell,