We are 
redefining strong.

We asked the Xaverian community to nominate students who are redefining strong, and the nominations poured in. They came from classmates, teammates, coaches, teachers, parents, and even the principal.

Then, we surprised the students who were nominated.

Hans is passionate about marine biology and is one of the main members of the science club. He has chickens and brings them to school. He comes in during the summer to take care of the fish. He’s different than other guys. I once heard that our need for acceptance can make us invisible in this world. Instead, Hans chooses to be himself in a world full of copycats, which really inspires me. Strong is being yourself, no matter what others think. 
-Submitted by Thomas '21
Nick has a consistent work ethic and go-getter mindset. He’s frequently here at Xaverian at 6:00 in the morning, either training in the weight room or perfecting his basketball game. He always includes his classmates, but even more than that, he helps out the FXD students while he is working out. Through his drive and motivation, Nick worked his way up to Honors courses from the College Prep level. That is no easy task. It has been remarkable to see how he has matured and has become a leader in this community. Not many people would wake up early and hit the gym, but Nick finds the time. Not many people would study instead of hanging out with friends, but Nick finds the time. Not many people would go out of their way to help others who they don’t know, especially younger students, but Nick finds the time. It’s truly inspiring to see how far he has come, and I know he has a lot in store for his future. Strong is making the most of your time to do what is best for yourself and for others. 

-Submitted by Anif McDonald ’12, Assistant Director for Admissions

Strong is...

At Xaverian Brothers High School, we believe that strong is about much more than muscles and will. Strong is about respecting others and yourself. It's taking responsibility and giving credit where it's due. Strong is speaking out, and it is also holding back. Strong is doing a favor and not expecting one in return. Strong is doing the right thing even when it's not popular. Strong is having faith in the face of doubt.
Here, our young men discover the true meaning of strength in an inclusive community where all can thrive. For over half a century, we have helped to shape strong young men in the best sense of the word. Today, we are more than 10,000 strong.
For his Eagle Scout project, Evan worked with a group called e-Nable that distributes prosthetic hands to those in need around the world. He bought the parts and assembled six hands with the help of his fellow scouts. The prosthetic hands were sent to recipients in India. Last year, he brought the project to Xaverian and worked with a small group to assemble more hands. This year, Evan hopes to expand the project by involving more students. Strong is caring for the marginalized around the globe, while inspiring others right here at home.

-Submitted by Mr. Jim Conley, Director of Campus Ministry
In football, it’s not always about the starting quarterback or wide receiver. They might get the cheers from the crowd, but you really depend on the guys who come to work and grind it out every day. Dom is one of those guys. He’s rarely missed a training session. He joined the track team to help himself get faster. And even though it’s not his primary position, he still offered to be practice squad QB when we were a man down. Strong is stepping up even when you don’t get the glory.
-Submitted by Al Fornaro ’78, Head Football Coach
Mike is the captain of the cross country team and suffered a season-ending knee injury which has left him with a brace and crutches for the next eight months. Last spring, he started having some problems with his knee which limited how much he could run. Sometimes it seemed he'd run through the pain just to show us freshmen that you always have to keep going in life, no matter what happens. He's been a big inspiration not only for me but for the whole team. He's committed to helping out the team every way he can, whether that be cheering on a fellow athlete or giving training advice. Strong is lifting up your team even when you are down.

-Submitted by Thomas ’22
Xaverian is a Catholic, college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12. As an inclusive community, we embrace diverse experiences and perspectives, welcoming students and families from all faiths and backgrounds. Through exceptional academics, athletics, the arts, faith formation, and service opportunities, we help young men discover their unique gifts and talents so they can share them with a world in need.