News/Op-Ed: Huntington Beach Oil Spill Leaves Many Questioning The Safety Of Our Beaches

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

Early Saturday morning on October 2nd, it was announced that an oil spill mishap occurred in Huntington Beach California, which has since affected many coastal areas across California and left legal battles in its wake.

Photo by BBC News

Late Friday night, there were reports from offshore boaters in Orange County that they had smelt a petroleum like smell in the air and alerted the hazardous spill hotline soon after. The company at fault is Amplify Energy, and the amount of oil leaked is still in question.

Though there is not a confirmed set amount of oil leaked, the Coast Guard released that they estimate there was a leakage of between 25,000 and 132,000 gallons of oil.

Although initially thought to be extremely harmful to the environment, environmentalists have voiced their hope with new research pointing to the opposite, with the amount of animals being affected staying at a small amount.

Not only could there be an effect on the sea life, but as well as on human life, though the city officials for Huntington Beach have stated that the water quality will continue to be tested twice a week for at least two more weeks. 

Even with the research that points to a minimal amount of environmental damage, there will be no way of completely knowing the effect on the environment for a long period of time. With the researchers still learning more about the effects that these types of disasters have on the environments and animals, it will take time for them to fully understand what effects this specific event will have.

The cause of the oil spill is still under investigation, though. As of October 16th, it is now believed that a 1,200 foot cargo ship dragged its anchor, which ended up catching the pipeline pulling it across the ocean floor for a matter of months until a leak from the line occurred. The spill is still being investigated, as officials are still unaware of whether or not the impact is what caused the leak or if it was hit again after this occurrence. 

Though the Amplify Energy company has stated they are unaware of how much oil leaked exactly, legal officials question whether or not that is the case, as they believe that the calculations for the spill would not be hard to determine, so long as Amplify has all the data from the pipeline.

The oil from the pipeline burst has been reported across the shoreline, even having remnants all the way up to Carlsbad, which is located in San Diego County. This means that the radius of the spill seems to be large and the effect that will have on the environment will be more spread out.

There is high hope that the damages from this oil spill will be minimal, and with hard work from city officials and the Coast Guard, the cause of the oil spill will be determined and hopefully dealt with in order to avoid future problems and so the beaches can be open safely to the public.

Sports: Bosco Braves Look To Continue League Success Against Orange Lutheran

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Bosco Braves take on the red hot Orange Lutheran Lancers in their third week of Trinity league play, coming off a fabulous performance against JSerra.

Photo by Tracy Roman/Press Telegram

This Friday, the Braves will be taking on another top league opponent, and are now officially hitting the halfway mark of their league play. 

Bosco comes into this game with an impressive 6-1 overall record as well being 1-1 in league. The Lancers come in with a solid record of 5-2, but are 0-2 in league play.

This will be an important deciding week for both programs, as it will most likely boost the Braves morale heading into the back half of their season as they seek to get revenge on the “Team in Red” in the playoffs. 

For Orange Lutheran this game possibly means everything. After a tough start to their Trinity League play, this game is a must win and will be far from easy.

Bosco will look to their leaders in these upcoming games to lead them into their final games and set the tone for what’s to come. Quarterbacks Katin Houser and Pierce Clarkson have been impressive to say the least, splitting time this year and both bringing different playstyles to the field. 

The Lancer’s will need to find something deep within to push them over this hump in their season. Both losses come from back-to-back weeks against power houses Servite and the Team in Red, both of which resulted in massive blowouts. But this will prove to be an amazing opportunity for the Braves to pounce on another opponent and finish off the Lancers’ year. 

Last week’s opponent for the Braves, being JSerra, turned out to be a massive win for Bosco. After just coming off of a tough loss to league rival, the Team in Red, they needed to make adjustments and to dominate another team was a huge boost to their confidence.

The defense stepped up big time providing stops all game and keeping the Lions to just seven points. Not only did the defense play well, but the offense played a key role in improving by making the most of every opportunity given, and ended up scoring a massive 44 points.

Though this is great, consistency is key, and this play will need to carry into this week’s game and continue on for the rest of the year. The Braves will play away at Orange Lutheran, as well playing again on the road at Santa Margarita next week. They will then return home to play their final game of the regular season against another top ranked team in Servite.

The game tonight starts at 7pm at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

Sports: Dodgers Advance To NLCS After Dramatic Finish In Deciding Game

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

In a nail-biting game with both team’s pitching in full effect, the Los Angeles Dodgers edged out the San Francisco Giants in the final game of a five-game series, winning 2-1 and moving them onto the Nation League Championship Series (NLCS).

Photo by Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Being one of the most well known rivalries in baseball, and even all of sports, the Dodgers-Giants first ever postseason series was one to remember. With both teams claiming one-sided games throughout the series, it was only right for the series to end in a nail-biting one-run game that came down to the very last pitch. 

The Dodgers in a last minute, game time decision started relief pitcher Corey Knebel on Thursday evening at Oracle Park in place of Julio Urias for strategic purposes that would seem to benefit them in the end. The Dodgers would end up using their bullpen to the max this game, creating more favorable matchups for their players and allowing for each pitcher to stay fresh.

Julio Urias would take over for the Dodgers pitching in the third inning out of the bullpen, going on to pitch four innings allowing one run on a solo homer with three hits and 5 strikeouts. 

This would prove to be enough to get the Dodgers the win, as the small ball would pay off with standout Mookie Betts going 4 for 4 with four singles and a run scored. 

The Dodgers would be the first to strike with a Corey Seager double in the top of the sixth inning that put the Dodgers up 1-0. This came after Mookie Betts got on base for the third time in the game and stole second base. 

Though the Dodgers were able to get on the board first, this lead would be short-lived, as the Giants were able to immediately answer back with a run of their own. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Darin Ruf would lead off the inning with a solo homerun to center field on a 3-2 count that would land as the farthest home run of the postseason thus far and tie up the game at one a piece.

After the runs scored in the sixth, it went back to a defensive game with both teams being able to silence the opposition. It was another standout performance by Giant’s ace and rookie, Logan Webb, as he would turn in seven innings allowing just one run.

He would go on to allow only four hits on seven strikeouts, giving the Giants his best effort to put them in the situation to win the game and the series. Though the bats were kept mostly silent. After Webb was pulled in the seventh along with Julio Urias, the two teams would end up in a bullpen duel that would lead to a tied game heading into the ninth. 

Heading into the ninth, the Dodgers would leadoff with the fourth batter in the lineup, Will Smith.  Though it wasn’t him who got the team going. It was a wild pitch that would hit Justin Turner with one out that would prove to be a costly base runner.

Gavin Lux would then single, moving Turner to second and in scoring position for none other than Cody Bellinger. Although Cody Bellinger has had a struggling season, to say the least, he came through when it mattered most with a crucial RBI single that gave the Dodgers the lead for the last time in the ninth.

Dodgers starting ace Max Scherzer would then come into the game and shut the Giants down, earning him the save on what would be a controversial last pitch of the game. Scherzer ended the Giant’s season on a called third strike ruled by the first base umpire on a check swing. The Dodgers now head into the NLCS where they will face the Atlanta Braves in a best of seven series.

Although the Braves have had a solid season, winning their division and beating the Brewers in the NLDS in only four games, the Dodgers will without doubt be the favorite in this matchup, as they have all the momentum coming off of beating the best team in baseball in a win or go home game five.

The first game of the series will be held at the Braves stadium, Truist Park, tomorrow starting at 5:07 P.M.

News/Op-Ed: New California Mandate Requires All Schoolchildren To Receive The COVID-19 Vaccination

by Ian Cook

After the LAUSD mandated COVID-19 vaccination for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom and the state of California have now become the first state to require the vaccination for all schoolchildren and staff. 

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With California continuing to post low COVID-19 transmission numbers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Public Health approved the idea of a vaccine mandate for all schoolchildren and staff. This vaccine mandate includes schoolchildren from Kindergarten to 12th Grade in public, charter and private Institutions. 

California has already required vaccination from many viruses in order to attend school such as, Polio, Hepatitis B, Measles, Varicella and more. However, due to a significant decline in COVID-19 cases and an increase in vaccine distributions, California will mandate the vaccine in order to prevent further outbreaks in schools. 

This mandate affects millions of students across California and will place the state at the forefront of strict pandemic safety measures.

However, this mandate will not take effect for grades 7th-12th until the semester after the FDA gives full approval for children twelve and older to receive the vaccine. Students from kindergarten to 6th grade would then be required to become fully vaccinated against the virus once the FDA grants full approval for younger children to receive the vaccine. 

Although the vaccine will be mandated for all schoolchildren, Governor Newsome has given parents of schoolchildren the opportunity to cite personal beliefs that inhibit them from vaccinating their children against COVID-19. With these personal beliefs, children will still be able to attend school fully in-person without vaccination. With the vaccination requirements being processed through the legislature rather than a private business entity, the personal beliefs of parents and students must be honored to some extent. Nonetheless, state lawmakers also have the option to remove the personal belief exemption for the vaccine if they choose to do so, which may result in future legal battles. 

In spite of the exemption, unvaccinated students who do not have a medical or personal belief exemption will have the options of enrolling in fully online schooling programs or being homeschooled. 

With California being the only state to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine thus far, this puts pressure on many other states to either do the same or to speak out against it. 

A few school districts that have been in compliance with these mandates are the (LAUSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). These two large school districts already mandated the vaccine weeks before Governor Newsom signed the statewide bill.

Currently, California ranks number 7 in the United States in terms of vaccines being administered, with an estimate of 49,700,000 vaccines being administered and 67.4% of Californians having received at least one dose. 

With the recent news of the mandate, there is heavy speculation on whether or not there will be a decrease in the number of students attending in-person classes, or if there will be more compliance with the mandate, leading to an increase in vaccination rates.

Sports: The Los Angeles Dodgers Take on the San Francisco Giants in an NLDS Series for the Ages

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

After two thrilling games, the Dodgers are midway through their National League Divisional Series (NLDS) run against National League West division champion and rival the San Francisco Giants.

Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times

It’s not every year that a team like the Dodgers win 106 games and only come second in their division needing to play a Wild Card game, but that was the case this year as the Giants would win 107 and go on to secure a playoff spot and the division title.

The Dodgers and Giants rivalry has been one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. The two teams have met thousands of times and no matter how much better one team is compared to the other, they figure out ways to make the games close and competitive.

But, even with all the regular season battles, this year is the first time the Dodgers and Giants have met in the postseason. The amazing part about this matchup is the fact that the two teams are polar opposites.

The Dodgers have a team full of stars with the highest payroll in all of baseball. Meanwhile, the Giants have a much younger core with a few veterans leading the charge.

The NLDS is a five game series, and the pair have already competed twice thus far. It’s safe to say both games were action-packed and high scoring, as the run total of just two games has come to a staggering 15 runs.

The first two games took place in San Francisco, which ended with the series being tied 1-1. The teams will now head to Los Angeles, where they will play two more games and then finish in San Francisco if necessary.

The first game the Giants completely out played the Dodgers winning 4-0. The game consisted of many high points for the Giants, as well as many low ones for Los Angeles. For the Giants, their starting pitcher was rookie Logan Webb who made his postseason debut and hushed the Dodgers offense.

He would go on to throw 7.2 innings giving up five hits, zero walks and no runs while also finishing with a grand total of ten strikeouts. Their bullpen would then finish the game allowing zero hits and would earn Webb the win.

The next game, however, the Dodgers flipped the switch. Los Angeles starter Julio Urias would have an exceptional start, going five innings while giving up only one run on three hits. 

But, what really shined was the offense, the Dodgers would put up eleven hits with struggling all-star Cody Bellinger having two RBI’s on one hit after being in a slump for some time.

The Dodgers would win this game 9-2. They are now perfectly set up to come home and look to finish the series in the next two games. This was exactly what the Dodgers needed to stay locked in on winning and not on the opponent. 

The third game will be held at Dodger Stadium at 6:37pm on tonight.

Life of a Brave: How Principal Dr. Kris Anderson’s Path Led Him Back to Bosco

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

From student to teacher to principal, alumnus Dr. Kris Anderson has gone through a long journey of being educated as well as educating, which has led him back home to become the new principal of St. John Bosco.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Dr. Anderson has filled the spot of Dr. Christian DeLarkin as the new principal of the school and could not be more thankful for the responsibility he now holds. Before coming to school at Bosco, Dr. Anderson already knew that it was the school he would attend. Dr. Anderson made up his mind pretty quickly on Bosco after seeing a role model of his enroll.

Though this role model is what got him initially interested in Bosco, it was Dr. Anderson’s continued research into the school that really solidified his enrollment. Since his enrollment, Dr. Anderson has had countless great memories of the school, though one of the standout memories was going undefeated in Serra league football his junior year.

“It was the best league in California, if not the whole country, and there was no way whatsoever any team would be able to go through this league undefeated, and in its first year of its existence we went undefeated in that league,” said Dr. Anderson.

Though he graduated from Bosco, Dr. Anderson knew that he would eventually be back, as he spent his student-teaching time back at St. John Bosco, and then inevitably returned to become the principal.

“It never really felt like a goodbye, more like until next time,” said Dr. Anderson.

As a student Dr. Anderson was able to build relationships with many of his teachers with one of the more prominent being current counselor Mr. Basil Totah. During Dr. Anderson’s time, Mr. Totah was his position coach for football, which led to a strong bond being formed between the two of them.

“When he first came to Bosco, you could tell he didn’t have a whole lot of experience playing tackle football, though what I noticed was how diligent he was about learning and how hardworking he was,” said Mr. Totah.

As a player, a student and as a faculty member, Dr. Anderson followed Mr. Totah’s example, always being a very diligent and hard worker, and it has not gone unnoticed by his coaches, teachers and now peers.

“Coach [Joe] Griffin and I had a nickname for him when he was a member of the football team. We called him “the sleeper” because he came in under the radar, but he worked and worked and worked and next thing you know he was the man on varsity, and that has not changed,” said Mr. Totah.

Dr. Anderson has proven to be extremely dedicated to his work, whether during his time as a student-athlete or in his career in education, and he will always strive to be the best that he can possibly be.

After graduating from college, Dr. Anderson needed to spend time as a student-teacher in order to get his teaching credentials and decided to spend this time at St. John Bosco. During this time, he was mentored by faculty member Coach Joe Griffin.

Coach Griffin coached Dr. Anderson with Mr. Totah, so there already was a relationship between the two. However, working alongside each other allowed for Dr. Anderson to have guidance as a new teacher. 

“[Dr. Anderson is the] same guy – humble, hardworking, intelligent and a guy you could believe in,” said Mr. Griffin.

Dr. Anderson believes in this school, and is working hard to make sure that it lives up to its capabilities. Through hard work and dedication from the students and faculty, he believes that St. John Bosco could be one of the best schools for young men across the state.

“My goal for this school is for it to be the number one Catholic school for young men in California,” said Dr. Anderson.

St. John Bosco provides students with an excellent opportunity to make more connections with their education and the paths in which they are interested. Dr. Anderson believes that the school’s Academic Pathways are what makes the school better than most schools around the state.

“There is so much opportunity for students to make connections, which is why I love our Academic Pathway program. The opportunity to have educational experiences that expand beyond just the classroom – the more frequently we are able to do that as an institution, the better of a school we are,” said Dr. Anderson.

Though Dr. Anderson is the new principal and does his best to bring in fresh new ideas for the students and the school as a whole, he also understands that every principal from the past has left their mark on the school.

“Every single principal, or administrator, leaves a little bit of imprint, going all the way back to one of my first memories of an administrator, Bill Goodman. You could tell that he was the leader of the school without having to scream at the students because of his steadiness,” said Dr. Anderson.

With Dr. Anderson now at the helm, the school wishes to remember the past while looking forward to the future. While the principals that came before all helped Bosco into becoming the best school it could be, the school now looks toward its future with Dr. Anderson, as he leads the way to continued and greater excellence for St. John Bosco.

Sports: The Braves Look To Regroup Against JSerra

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Bosco Braves look to bounce back coming off a hard fought loss to the “Team in Red,” traveling to San Juan Capistrano this Friday to take on the JSerra Lions in week two of Trinity League play. 

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

League play will continue this Friday for the Braves in what will prove to be an important game for them. The opponent might not be the best, but they need to win big this week to get back on their feet after a 42-21 loss last Friday.

The Braves senior leadership will be put on the spot to help get the team back in check and make necessary adjustments. 

“This week is all about us. The only team that could beat us is ourselves. We believe with the guys we have when we play our game there is nobody in the country that can beat us. So this week we just got to bounce back strong and show why we have the talent to win another CIF Championship as well as National championship,” said Earnest Greene, senior offensive linemen.

The Lions come into this game at 3-3 after an embarrassing loss to another Trinity League opponent, Santa Margarita. This will be a great test to both teams as there should be plenty of adjustments made after coming off of a rough week from both sides.

“We just got to play better, got to execute way better. And we also had a couple of drives in the red zone where we didn’t take advantage of, and that just can’t happen. So we just got to tighten up. We are not worried we will see them [the Team in Red] again,” said Greene.

Defense will likely be a point of emphasis for both teams tonight, as each come off letting up 35+ points to their opponents last week. If the Braves want to reclaim another National Title, they must make adjustments and start preparing now for what lies ahead.

JSerra won’t be easy though, they will be looking to pull off the upset, as the Braves enter the game with a familiar target on their backs. Despite their loss last week, the Braves are still a top ranked national power looking to earn the top spot.

“It’s big for us to win another championship, especially seniors because last year, due to COVID-19, we didn’t get the opportunity to do so. We just got to lock in and come together to hopefully win and get the ball rolling. Another title, I believe, is possible. We just have to come together as one unit and show why we are the best in the country,“  said senior quarterback Katin Houser.

This week will show what the Braves are really made of and likely set the standard for the rest of the season. Their next three games are on the road. They will then come back home to face another nationally ranked opponent in-league opponent, the Servite Friars, before CIF playoffs.

The game tonight will be at JSerra Catholic High school and begin at 7pm.

Life of a Brave: Alumni Spotlight With Social Studies Teacher Mr. Mario Cordero

By Oscar Aranda

Students are thrilled to be back at school, but for former St. John Bosco student Mr. Mario Cordero, class of 97’, he’s continued to return for the last 20 years to give back to the Bosco community as one of the campus’ most beloved teachers. 

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Mr. Cordero, a social studies instructor here on campus, attended St. John Bosco from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Cordero had already came from a Catholic school environment before attending Bosco and was accompanied by half a dozen of his closest friends. This allowed him to make the easy transition into Bosco and get involved with the school pretty early. However, as a student, teaching wasn’t always the plan for Mr. Cordero.

“I wanted to be a shortstop for the Dodgers and then I realized that I shouldn’t put all my eggs in that basket. The next thing I would rather do is be a teacher, and I don’t want to do anything else,” said Mr. Cordero.

Mr. Cordero also noted that there are differences between campus from when he was a student and now. He noticed that the campus had more students while he was at Bosco and was a little more wild. For Cordero, campus now has less kids and is a much calmer environment than the Bosco that he attended. Another difference at Bosco was the rule that the students were only allowed to eat by the 400 buildings and were not allowed to use the basketball courts.

Mr. Cordero found a sense of a community while at Bosco and felt that he had found himself at home when he attended school. He found himself back at Bosco when he was hired by his former baseball coach Chris Jondell to help out at Bosco. The fond memories and his time at Bosco as a former student was what made him excited to come back to Bosco as a teacher. Mr. Cordero has been here for 20 years, but feels the persistent need to keep coming back.

“What makes me keep coming back to Bosco is the students and the coworkers for sure. The students we have are really exceptional students that are great young men,” said Mr. Cordero. 

Not only was Bosco a home to Mr. Cordero, but furthermore, an environment in which he felt he belonged. Mr. Cordero was involved in numerous activities here at Bosco including student government, soccer and baseball. Mr. Cordero was also taught by many teachers here on campus that are recognizable for students on campus now. He was taught by Mr. Linares, Mr. Mestas. Mrs. Machado and Mr. Antonelli who are still active teachers here on campus.

Mr. Cordero has also not been the only Cordero to attend Bosco. His two sons, Cruz Cordero, class of 2020, and Santos Cordero, who is currently a sophomore here at Bosco, have been a part of the Bosco experience. Mr. Cordero was adamant that he did not force his kids to come here and wanted to make sure that they knew they were not obligated to come just because he taught here. The decision to come to Bosco was entirely in the hands of Cruz and Santos.

Knowing how hard it is for freshman students, Mr. Cordero left some words of wisdom for current Braves that may be struggling to find themselves here at Bosco.

“There’s a place for you here at Bosco, and if for whatever reason you feel you can’t find your place here, reach out. There are always people here to help you find your place,” said Mr. Cordero.

Sports: Defending World Series Champs Play Host To The Red-Hot Cardinals In Winner-Take-All Wild Card Match Up

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

Everything is on the line tonight in Los Angeles, as the hometown Dodgers face hated postseason rival the St. Louis Cardinals in a battle of the aces.

Photo by Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports

Both the Cardinals and the Dodgers are coming off impressive seasons, despite both narrowly losing their division. Being a Wild Card game, the loser tonight will go home, and the winner will go on to face the best team in baseball, the San Francisco Giants, in the National League Division Series (NLDS).

The first pitch is scheduled to take place at 5:10 P.M. PT at Dodger Stadium. Both teams will be rolling out their best pitchers, with the Dodgers starting trade deadline acquisition Max Scherzer against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. However, the Dodgers will be without power-hitting first baseman and MVP candidate Max Muncy, who injured his elbow in a collision at first base on Sunday.

As of right now, the Dodgers are -219 favorites according to Caesar Sportsbook. Although the Blue Crew have to play in the Wild Card game, the Dodgers had the second best record in the MLB at 106-56, second only to their divisional rivals, the Giants.

Despite the Dodgers having 16 more wins than their opponent, the Cardinals, who looked hopeless throughout much of July and August, they are not to be taken lightly. The Cardinals posted a 23-10 record in the last month of the season, winning a franchise record 17 games in a row at one point. Therefore, with both aces on the mound, and two offenses that have proven that they can score runs, the match up promises to be one not to miss.

Although they are the underdogs, the Cardinals have a talent-filled roster that consists of a mix of veterans and young players. Future Hall-of-Famers, like catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright (who will be on the bump tonight for the Cardinals), have stepped up and led this group to the playoffs.

The Dodgers are also a force to be reckoned with. In addition to holding the second-best record in the majors, many of the team’s players got hot at the plate toward the end of the year, which is a scary prospect to face for any opposing pitcher. Furthermore, they have a stacked and decorated pitching staff, including Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and MLB wins leader Julio Urias.

Many of the Dodgers’ big names do become free-agents after this year, such as heavy contributors Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Max Scherzer, Kenley Jansen and a few more. With many of them coming off of good seasons, there is a little extra desire to win another World Series, as some of these players will not be back due to how much money they will want and deserve.

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions With New Long-Term Sub Ms. Munoz

By Aydn Morris

St. John Bosco welcomes new long-term sub and St. Joseph alumna Ms. Munoz, who specializes in biological sciences.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Q. What College did you attend and when did you graduate?

A. I attended Cal Poly Pomona and graduated in December 2020.

Q. What did you study in and why did you choose to study that?

A. I majored in Biological Sciences because I had always planned to be in the medical field or teach on the subject.

Q. What high school did you attend and did you grow up there?

A. I graduated from Saint Joseph High School and actually had to take the bus every morning because I lived in Los Angeles.

Q. What interested you about becoming a science teacher?

A. Science has always been something I have been passionate about. Being exposed to working with and mentoring kids from high school until I received my bachelor’s degree was a very rewarding experience, which made me want to pursue it.

Q. What made you interested in becoming a long-term sub here?

A. Being an alumna from Saint Joseph’s, I have a lot of good memories from Bosco and being able to teach here for the first time seems like a full circle moment.

Q. What is your favorite part of teaching?

A. My favorite part of teaching would be building a connection with the kids and seeing on their faces that they really do want to learn and succeed.

Q. Have you had another teaching job?

A. This is my first teaching job!

Q. Have you had a different job other than teaching? 

A. I have actually worked for the City of Norwalk’s Parks and Recreation Department, Starbucks and Disneyland.

Q. Was becoming a teacher your dream job, if not what is/was your dream job?

A. Growing up, I always wanted to be in the medical field, then more specifically a physician assistant.

Q. What is the hardest part of being a long-term substitute, instead of a teacher?

A. I think the hardest part is the possibility of teaching another subject other than Chemistry, because I really do enjoy teaching in this subject.

Q. Have you become immersed in the Bosco community yet? How do you like it so far?

A. I went to the Bosco vs Mater Dei football game, which was really cool considering I haven’t been to a football game here in a few years.

Q. Are you from California, if not where are you from?

A. I was born and raised in California.

Q. What is one place you would love to travel to in the world?

A. I would love to travel to Greece. I have been a major Mamma Mia! fan since I was younger, so it would be amazing to go.

Q. What is your favorite type of food and favorite food?

A. My favorite food is pizza and more specifically, pineapple on pizza.

Q. What is your favorite genre of music and favorite artist?

A. I love more Latin-based music, so I am obsessed with Bad Bunny and Luis Fonsi.

Q.What is your favorite hobby?

A. My favorite hobby would be discovering new coffee shops. I love coffee so finding new spots is really cool.

Q.  Do you watch any sports, and if you do, what is your favorite sports team and player?

A. I only watch football for the sake of my stepdad, and he is a Denver Broncos fanatic.

Q. What is your favorite season of the year and why?

A. My favorite season would be Fall. I love it when its rainy weather and really dislike the heat.

Q. What is your favorite holiday?

A. My favorite holiday is Halloween because it is the perfect weather. I also love candy and scary movies.

Q. What is your favorite movie and TV show?

A. My favorite movie would be Star Wars and my favorite show would be Grey’s Anatomy.

Q. Do you have any pets? If so, what is your pet?

A. I have a purebred Blue Heeler named Dakota, and she is my best friend. She is all attitude but very obedient.

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