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 Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, WisconsinOctober 19, 2007 Issue 

Xavier named a top 50 Catholic high school

Acton Institute selects top Catholic high schools

GREEN BAY -- Dr. Joseph Bound, director of education for the Green Bay Diocese, announced Oct. 16 that Xavier High School in Appleton has been selected as one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the United States.

"Being named to the Catholic High School Honor Roll acknowledges Xavier's excellent Catholic identity, academic excellence and civic education," said Bound. "The entire Catholic community is proud of Xavier's achievement, which was accomplished through the hard work of many dedicated teachers, staff and parents."

"I am very proud of the faculty and students who make Xavier the successful Catholic community that it is," said Matt Reynebeau, principal of Xavier. "This is a wonderful day to celebrate our faith and to celebrate the formation of tomorrow's strong Catholic leaders."

Nearly 500 students are enrolled at Xavier, which is a member of the ACES Xavier Educational System. ACES Xavier is the pre-kindergarten to grade 12 Catholic school system in Appleton. It is composed of six schools with a total enrollment of 1,753 students. There are six high schools in the Green Bay Diocese with 2,205 students and 46 elementary schools with 11,040 students.

Xavier is one of two schools in Wisconsin to be recognized by the 2007 Catholic High School Honor Roll. The other school is McDonnell Central Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls. Since its inception in 2004, the honor roll has recognized only one other Wisconsin school - McDonnell Central - in its top 50.

All 1,300 Catholic high schools in the United States were invited to apply for the honor roll. At Xavier, the application process began in April with written assessments by the school's principal, chair of the religion department and chair of the social studies department. Student test scores and textbooks were also evaluated.

The Catholic High School Honor Roll is an independent project of the Acton Institute, an international research and education organization. According to the institute, the honor roll's goal is to "encourage Catholic high schools to educate students as effectively as possible in a way that integrates the Catholic faith and prepares students for active engagement in the world as religious, political and business leaders."

The honor roll was produced in consultation with a national advisory board composed of Catholic college presidents and Catholic scholars.

Fr. John Schlegel, president of Creighton University and a member of the national advisory board, believes that competitions such as the honor roll can bring out the best in every Catholic school and the church as a whole.

"Catholic high schools that excel at forming students in the faith and at teaching them to think critically and act virtuously are a great asset to the church. Not only do these schools deserve to be recognized, but they should also be imitated by all Catholic schools," he said.

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