Sports: Braves Win Fourth Straight In Front Of NBA Superstar Zion Williamson

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

In a high-scoring battle between St. John Bosco Braves and East St. Louis High School Flyers, the Braves steamrolled another national competitor to keep their perfect season going.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The St. John Bosco Braves continued to shine in their final home game before the start of league play against the nationally-ranked Flyers from Illinois. The Braves are now 4-0 and continue to show improvement every week they step on the field.

Such a marquee match-up even attracted the attention of NBA and New Orleans Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson, as he was in attendance for the game.

To start the game, East St. Louis was given the ball and quickly showed they were not backing down from the Braves’ stacked defense. Their first drive did not result in a score, but was the best start for any team so far against Bosco.

But, just like their offense, their defense came to play as well. Despite the Flyers giving up two big plays to start, the Braves were forced to give back the ball. The rest of the first would be a defensive battle with neither team scoring, but that would quickly change in the second quarter.

The Braves would start by scoring the first touchdown of the game on a long run by the quarterback Pierce Clarkson, giving Bosco a 7-0 lead. The Braves defense would continue to shine, giving the ball back to the offense, allowing them to make a drive down the field, which resulted in another touchdown.

With the Braves quickly regaining the ball, they made another fantastic drive down the field, which led to them pulling ahead 21-0.  With no answer to the Braves dominant defense, East St. Louis went scoreless for the rest of the first half.

At the start of the second half, St. John Bosco began with the ball and quickly scored on an impressive run from Rayshon Luke, which increased the lead to 28 points. With no real answer or game plan from East St. Louis, Bosco sought to put the final nail in the coffin, scoring yet again to put them in front 35-0.

Finally, the Flyers found a spark, scoring their first touchdown of the game, as they looked to make a game of their lackluster performance. With not much working on offense, East St. Louis was able to find the end zone on a punt return as well as a fumble recovery.

Later, the Flyers scored their final points of the game on an impressive pass from their quarterback, which led to their first successful two-point conversion. But, to round off the victory, St. John Bosco’s quarterback, Pierce Clarkson, threw an unbelievable touchdown pass while being hit. This play was arguably the play of the night and the one to end it, as it put the Braves out of reach with a score of 42-26, the eventual final tally.

After four home games, our St. John Bosco Braves football team traveled across the country to Chesapeake, Virginia, where they play their next opponent, Oscar Smith High School. The Braves look to continue their winning season and defeat another national opponent in the Tigers, known for their viral video of their walk out in the “Tiger Cage.” The game will be streamed on the NFHS Network with radio play-by-play available here from Bosco alum Chris Sylvester.

Around Bosco: Triduum Week Returns To Spread “Brave Love”

by Eric Torres, Editor-in-Chief

In keeping with Salesian tradition, St. John Bosco celebrated Triduum this week, a period of self-reflection and preparation for a new school year, which includes the release of the new strenna for 2021-2022. 

The word “Triduum” itself is defined as a three day preparation for an event. The most notable is the Paschal Triduum, or the three day period that precedes Easter Sunday. The Salesians of Don Bosco, however, observe another Triduum, one which is observed in September and is celebrated by the release of a strenna. 

The strenna, which is taken from the Italian word for gift, is a theme that students and members of the Salesian community strive to live by. This year, the strenna released by the Salesians of Don Bosco was: “Do all through love, nothing through constraint.” At St. John Bosco High School, however, it is adapted to align more with the school community. Thus, at Bosco, the strenna amended, while still maintaining its general meaning: “Brave love still stands, even when all else has failed.” 

“We wanted to make our strenna something that is more personal for us. We get to live out the same prayers that St. John Bosco used to give the same spirit and joy to the students, and we want to carry that tradition,” said Brother Quang Nguyen, Bosco’s director of Campus Youth Ministry. 

Although COVID-19 regulations have limited some of the more festive celebrations of the Triduum at Bosco, the three-day period still has a lot of spiritual value. At St. John Bosco, students had the opportunity to reflect, go to Reconciliation, and celebrate Mass, which was the first event on campus with the new strenna. 

Furthermore, Triduum Week is important to the St. John Bosco High School community because it is vital in kicking off the school year the right way. 

“Triduum Week really sets off the entire theme for the whole school year in good spirits,” said Nicholas Neoman, ASB’s Youth Delegate of Campus Ministry.

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with the Newest Member of the Athletic Training Team, Kiana Gleason

by Matthew Parsons

This year, St. John Bosco welcomes Kiana Gleason, certified athletic trainer, to the community.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Q. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

A. I grew up in Oxnard, California, which is about an hour north of Los Angeles.

Q. Where did you go to college?

A. I got my bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and my master’s degree from California Baptist University.

Q. What made you want to work as an athletic trainer?

A. During high school I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field. My high school was small and didn’t have athletic trainers, so I had no idea what an athletic trainer was until my mom told me about the profession. I looked into it and loved it. It was the perfect combination of sports and healthcare.

Q. What is your favorite and least favorite part of being an athletic trainer?

A. My favorite part of being an athletic trainer is working closely with athletes during their rehabilitation and watching them get stronger and get back to performing on the field/court. My least favorite part is the administrative duties that come with it such as dealing with insurance and other paperwork. 

Q. Where have you worked previously?

A. Prior to St. John Bosco, I had a short-term position at Loyola Marymount University for about 4 months. Before LMU, I was working at San Bernardino Valley College.

Q. How long have you worked as an athletic trainer?

A. I have worked as an athletic trainer for five years.

Q. How did you come across St. John Bosco?

A. I was actually contacted by a family friend who was told that St. John Bosco was looking for a certified athletic trainer and at the time I was looking for work, so I just went for it.

Q. How has your time at St. John Bosco been so far?

A. So far it has been great! All the faculty and staff have been very welcoming.

Q. What do you think of Bosco and it’s students?

A. I think Bosco is a great school. This is my first time working at an all boys school, so it was a little different in the beginning but I’ve gotten used to it. The students are awesome. Never a dull moment with them.

Q. Who was your role model growing up? 

A. I would have to say my mom. She’s very loving and kind, and has always supported me in everything I do. She also showed me how to have a strong work ethic and to always persevere.

Q. Do you have any siblings? 

A. Yes, I have an older brother.

Q. What are your hobbies? 

A. I love music, so I really enjoy just listening to music and going to concerts. I also like doing outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and roller skating.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. I really love seafood. I eat almost all seafood, including fish, crab, shrimp and mussels.

Q. Are you a morning or night person?

A. I’m a night owl. 

Q. Do you have any pets?

A. I don’t, but I want a dog.

Q. What is your favorite movie or TV show? 

A. My favorite TV show is The Office, it never gets old.

Q. What is your favorite sport and what team is your favorite?

A. Basketball is probably my favorite sport, and my favorite team is the Lakers.

Q. Do you have a favorite athlete?

A. My favorite athlete is definitely Kobe Bryant.

Q. Did you play any sports in high school, and if so, what did you play?

A. I did. I played basketball, soccer, tennis, and ran track.

Q. What type of music do you enjoy?

A. I enjoy mostly R&B and Hip-Hop.

News/Op-Ed: A Step Too Far? LAUSD Leading The Charge To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

On September 9th, the Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) elected to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine, which has led to an outcry of both support and opposition.

Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

The LAUSD is now the first major school system in the United States to mandate vaccination. This action has pushed the conversation forward and now puts pressure on other states and school districts to either do the same or come out against the decision.

The mandate gives students who are 12 and older, as well as enrolled in a school inside the district, up until January 10th to receive the vaccination fully. Though if the student wants to participate in extracurricular activities that are school-associated, the deadline for the mandate is October 31st.

The vaccination mandate has not only put pressure on the different school districts across the country, but also the education policymakers whose attention has just been grabbed. With this significant move, policymakers in support of the vaccine will look to further this decision and enforce it across the nation.

Many other school districts will most likely wait and watch carefully to understand the repercussions of such a mandate. However, the vaccination mandate has received support from major statewide teacher unions, as well as the entirety of school board members.

This was not the only Californian school district to enforce a vaccine mandate, as Culver City Unified, which is a small district adjacent to the LAUSD, already approved a mandate before the start of their school year.

Though there have been many supporters of the decision, there has also been opposition, as many families feel that they may leave the district over this mandate. Many families who were already hesitant about getting the vaccine are now feeling less confident and more defensive in the wake of this policy.

Despite vaccine hesitancy and backlash, vaccination rates are sure to rise in the Los Angeles area, though the policy may further alienate those in the state that are not so much vaccine hesitant as they are vaccine averse all together.

There are certain school districts inside California that do not agree with the vaccine mandate and will choose not to follow LAUSD lead. An example of this would be the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD). The LVUSD doesn’t believe that mandating the vaccination is in the best interest of everyone as of yet. Most of the opposing districts’ worries for the mandate stem from legal concerns.

The LAUSD is not as concerned with the legal issues that they may endure due to this vaccination mandate. However, how the legalities of this mandate are distinguished will be a popular discussion, as there have not been many cases similar to this.

Even with opposition, it seems that the LAUSD will not be the only school district in California that will continue down this path as several other districts have spoken out in support.

With the cases for COVID-19 continuing to linger, particularly cases found in unvaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds, this decision will prove to be significant in the discussion around keeping schools open for learning in the wake of the pandemic.

News/Op-Ed: New COVID-19 “Mu” Variant Appears In The U.S. Causing Concern

by Oscar Aranda

People may not be totally safe with the COVID-19 vaccine. Coming from Columbia, the “Mu” variant has been found in 31 countries and is now present inside the United States. 

Nearing almost 3,000 cases nationwide, the variant is raising concern for another possible widespread outbreak. So far the Mu variant is prevalent in South America and Europe, which is co-circulating with other COVID-19 variants such as the Delta variant.

The state that has the highest report of the Mu variant is California, with a reported 432 cases. Coming in second for Mu variant cases is Florida, which has reported 308 cases, and in third, New York with 209 cases. 

The Mu variant has been found to be resistant to COVID-19 antibodies as well as vaccines, which can lead to many complications if an outbreak occurs in the U.S. Though if another outbreak occurs not only will the people of America be affected, but the health workers will once again have to go through another wave of hospitalizations. 

This has led people to ask how the Mu variant arose and why it is so dangerous. The Mu variant contains many mutations that give the virus the ability to break through antibodies, though it is less likely to be transmitted compared to the “wild-type” COVID-19 or the Delta variant. In scientific terms, the Mu variant has eight mutations, but the ones that make it concerning are the mutations E484K and N501Y, which affect new mRNA vaccines. 

The Mu variant focuses on spike proteins that are present in the virus that allow for it to enter our cells. Although when vaccinated, we are exposed to spike proteins that will help us fight it off more efficiently.  This allows the Mu variant to have such a great effect on a vaccinated person and/or a person that currently has the COVID-19 antibodies. This makes the vaccine or antibodies 37% less effective when battling the Mu variant.

This leads to the question, what can someone do to protect themselves from getting the Mu variant or any COVID-19 variant for that matter? The most important thing someone can do is to wear a mask in order to reduce the risk of transmission. They should also practice washing their hands thoroughly whenever they have a chance. It is also important to note that though the vaccine may be compromised against this variant, someone is still at less of a risk of contracting the Mu variant if they are vaccinated compared to an individual who is not yet vaccinated. 

Another way of avoiding the Mu variant is to social distance accordingly whenever an individual is out in crowded areas. Lastly, everyone should make sure they are keeping up with their own personal health by taking their vitamins for their immune system, as it is the biggest soldier in fighting off any virus and keeping your immune health strong ahead of flu season.

News/Op-Ed: All You Need To Know For California’s Recall Election Of Governor Gavin Newsom

by Eric Torres, Editor-in-Chief

Californians will decide today whether or not first-time Governor Gavin Newsom should remain in office to finish out his first term.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Newsom, a member of the Democratic Party, has been met with strong backlash due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, many supporters of the recall effort cite the homeless crisis, sanctuary city policies and water rationing as other factors that led to their disillusionment with Governor Newsom.

This is only the second governor recall effort in the state of California to reach an election. Should the recall succeed, it will be only the third time in U.S. history that a governor has been removed via recall election, with the last time being in 2003 when Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced California Governor Gray Davis. According to the California Finance Department, the recall election is estimated to cost $276 million.

As in the 2020 General Election, Californians may vote either in person or by mail. On top of the millions of ballots mailed out, Californians had until September 7th to mail in a request for one. If one is voting by mail, then they must have their ballot postmarked by September 14, 2021. Otherwise, one can vote by dropping off their ballot at a secure drop box or by going to the polls in-person. Voters must be in line at polls or drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. tonight in order for their vote to count.

On the ballot, there are two questions. The first question asks whether or not Governor Newsom should be recalled. Those not in favor will mark “no,” while those who support the recall movement will vote “yes” and continue on to second question. The second question, which is only answered by those who voted “yes” on the first question, asks who should replace Governor Newsom. Obviously, the voter will mark whichever candidate they see as the best fit for California going forward.

If 50% or more of California voters vote “no,” then Gavin Newsom will remain in office until his term finishes next year. However, if more than 50% of voters are in favor of the recall, then Newsom is removed from office and replaced by whoever is the leading vote getter of the other candidates. Should Governor Newsom be removed, the new governor will take the oath of office and relieve Governor Newsom of his duties on the 38th day following the election.

The recall ballot features 45 candidates and a “write-in” option. Among these candidates, Republican radio talk show host Larry Elder and Democrat YouTuber Kevin Paffrath are by far the most popular choices should Governor Newsom be removed. Other notable names on the ballot are former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the 2018 Republican candidate for governor, John Cox.

In order to trigger a recall election in California, a recall petition must be signed by enough registered voters to match the amount of 12% of the previous gubernatorial election. In this case, that is 1.5 million voters. The signatures are verified by county officials, and if enough are verified and those voters don’t change their mind, then the Lieutenant Governor must set a date for the recall election. After the election, county election officials have 30 days to finish and certify the official vote counts, as the Secretary of State will then certify the election results on the 38th day following the election.

As of right now, polling data generally favors Governor Newsom, suggesting that he will defeat the recall effort and serve out the remaining year of his first term. According to RealClearPolitics, an estimated 56.3% of California voters are not in favor of the recall election, compared to 41.8% who are. However, despite Newsom being a Democrat from a heavily Democratic state, this is far from certain, as the voices of the people have yet to be heard.

News/Op-Ed: 20 Years Ago Today, The World Changed In Ways We Will Never Forget

by Eric Torres, Editor-in-Chief

As the world commemorates the 20th anniversary of the most horrific terrorist attack in U.S. history, we remember those who were lost on that tragic day and also thank those who ensure that it never happens again.

Photo by KSAT

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, planes hijacked by members of Al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group, crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., with a fourth plane that was suspected to have been heading to the White House, or the Capitol Building, crashing in rural Pennsylvania. 

Nearly three thousand people lost their lives that morning. This figure includes citizens of 77 different countries, countless American citizens and 441 heroic New York first responders. Even today, 9/11 remains a touchy subject for Americans, and combined with the strife in Afghanistan, many look back on these events with anger and political resentment. 

It is important, however, to look back at these horrific events, separated by 20 years, through a different lens, one of gratitude. 

The United States of America has not suffered another major terrorist attack of the same magnitude since that day. Although we are not completely free from the specter of terror, the brave, hard-working men and women in U.S. defense and intelligence have mitigated threats over the last two decades.

Furthermore, the American military, which has spent the last 20 years in the Middle East, has also worked extremely hard to combat terrorism in the region, which in turn has helped ensure safety and security in the United States. Thousands of American military lives and countless more civilian lives have been lost in the Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan in post-9/11 wars. Last week, 13 more brave servicemen and women lost their lives as the U.S. left Afghanistan.

Beyond that, it is important to remember that we, as Americans, live in a country where many people dedicate their lives to ensure our safety. This is something that many Americans unintentionally take for granted, due to the fact that there is not really a highly societal threat at present. The lack of awareness and gratitude toward U.S. military and intelligence apparatuses stems from the great job they do everyday.

Next time, when someone mentions 9/11, or the mess in the Middle East, instead of reacting in an analytical or political manner, react with gratitude for those who work to preserve the safety of this great nation.

Around Bosco: Club Carnival Returns To Widespread Excitement

by Eric Torres, Editor-In-Chief

St. John Bosco High School hosts its first Club Carnival in two years after a long drought caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, students had the opportunity to participate in clubs around the campus and get more involved with the school. 

Twenty-nine clubs, representing many different students’ interests, filled the quad with each club having a table designed with posters and other decorations. From Tribe Robotics to the International Club, students had a wide variety of options. Hundreds of students, of all grade levels, signed up to participate in clubs with many students joining multiple clubs. 

At St. John Bosco, every student has the opportunity to start or join a club that piques their interests. If a student finds that there is no club for them, all they need to do is find a teacher to moderate and they can start their own club. Although clubs are student-ran, staff members are still active members of the club process. 

“Teachers wanted to get more involved with clubs, and we went from 16 to almost 30 clubs. So it doesn’t just stop with the students, the staff wants the student’s to be more involved,” said Diego de la Cerda, Club Coordinator for the Senior Board.

On campus, clubs are important for many different reasons. First, students can take ownership over the club’s operations. Although there is a teacher moderator, students have to take the initiative to keep the clubs running. In addition, having clubs allows for students to be more involved on campus, especially because clubs naturally surround students with other peers who hold similar interests.

“I think clubs and activities are a huge part of student life. It is a great way to grow as a person and a great way for students to make friends,” said Activities Director Ms. Mayra Fernandez.

It appeared that clubs had sparked more interest than usual, as tables for most of the clubs were crowded with students. After such a harsh year and a half, the club carnival provided a beautiful reminder of what campus life was like before the pandemic. Possibly, a return to school for the first time since early 2020 sparked the Brave student body to be more interested in joining clubs.

“After 18 months of being inside and not being engaging with other students, it’s exciting to be with each other. It’s joyful. It brings an energy,” said Mr. Edward Torre, a moderator of Bosco’s Filipino Club, which had at least 50 student sign-ups this year.

Ultimately, clubs represent what St. John Bosco is all about, capturing the brotherhood that makes our school unlike any other.

“Having clubs means that we can achieve our mission here at St. John Bosco, which is to bring joy to the young, whether it be through academics, sports, culture or clubs,” said Mr. Torre.

With most of the student body being new to Bosco’s campus, this event gave them a great opportunity to meet new peers and really expand their horizons to figure out who they are and how to make the most of their Bosco experiences. 

Sports: Nationally Ranked St. John Bosco Braves Steamroll Bishop Amat Lancers 47-7

by Aeden Alexander, Sports Editor

The Braves continue to stay hot, establishing dominance en route to an easy win over Bishop Amat, as they still await their first true test of the season.

Photo by Michael Goulding/Press-Telegram

The game began with Bishop Amat starting with the ball, but Bosco’s defense continued to put on a show, quickly forcing a Lancer punt.

The Brave’s offense quickly made an impact, as Michigan State commit Katin Houser led the charge at quarterback. The Braves swiftly moved down the field, ending the drive on a rushing touchdown from Houser.

The Lancers offense came out looking to fire back with a score of their own, but the Braves defense proved too strong, intercepting a deep pass and proceeding to get the ball all the way to the 45 yard line. 

Bishop Amat’s defense found a groove and put a stop to the Braves offense, allowing them to get the ball back. But quickly, after a booming punt, the special teams unit came up with a big play, forcing a fumble a getting the ball back.

Taking over at around midfield, the Braves offense quickly scored, only needing two plays, a 35-yard run and a ten-yard pass to the end zone, which put Bosco up 13-0, due to a failure attempting a two-point conversion.

Yet again Bosco’s defense simply proved too much for the Lancers. Bishop Amat turned the ball over again, giving the Braves another golden opportunity to score, which they did in no time to make the score 19-0.

After a quick three and out from Bishop Amat, the Braves found themselves with the ball again. But, this time they only needed one play to score with Jabari Bates showcasing his speed and agility in a 60-yard rushing touchdown.

With Bosco up 26-0, the Lancers finally got something going on offense. They moved down the field in the last few minutes of the half, scoring their first and only touchdown of the game making the score 26-7 going into the second half.

The entire second half was filled with the domination of the Bosco Braves, who just showed how much of a powerhouse they are. The Lancers had no shot at scoring after their lone first half touchdown. Behind a score of 47-7, the Braves improved their record to 3-0, as they continue their quest for another national title.

Bosco looks to keep the ball rolling in their last home non-league game before heading across the country next week to take on Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. The Braves will then come back home to open league play against the Team in Red at Panish Family Stadium in a game with certain Trinity League and national championship implications.

Tonight the Braves take one East St. Louis from Illinois, which could be Bosco’s first legitimate test of the season. You can purcahse tickets to this week’s game or any future game HERE.

Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero E-Sports Head Coach Gabe Giangualano

By Matthew Parsons

Head Coach of the E-sports program, General Manager of the soccer team and teacher at St. John Bosco, Coach Gabe Giangualano, has worked incredibly hard over the past few years at Bosco to provide the best opportunities for his students.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Despite not getting much recognition for his work around campus, he is still extremely passionate for what he does and is dedicated to all the boys who practice and work under him.

Before arriving on the Bosco campus as a teacher and coach, Coach Gabe was also, once upon a time, just another student who attended St. John Bosco. As he grew up in a family of nine in West Covina and Anaheim, all of his siblings took the private school route although he was the only one to attend Bosco. Coach Gabe has also had three of his sons attend Bosco, all of them active in the community and part of athletics programs. 

As a child, Coach Gabe fell in love with sports, more specifically soccer. He’s always had a love for gaming, but his strong passion for E-sports came much later in his life. His love for soccer was ignited as a child when he scored a game winning goal. 

After middle school, Coach Gabe was originally set to go to Servite, but fate had other plans when his father was given a promotion. Coach Gabe and his family were forced to move to Long Beach, leading him to attend Bosco.

When he attended Bosco, by his own admission, he was not an amazing student, but he poured himself into athletics. He dedicated himself to playing soccer at a high level and even won a league championship with his team. Though looking back, he somewhat regretted that he wasn’t so involved with his academics and grades, which is why he is a big supporter of the school’s Pathway Programs. His belief is that they allow a student to be much more engaged with their academics, helping them achieve more in school. 

“I think there were too many distractions, you know, that kind of pulled me away from being a full academic, but I would have loved to join a Pathway here. And I think that would’ve committed me a little bit more,” said Coach Gabe.

Once Coach Gabe graduated from Bosco, he attended Long Beach City College and Cal State Los Angeles, where he played soccer for both schools. After playing soccer in college, he decided to make the transition to playing soccer at a higher level. This led him to Europe for a period of time, before coming back to the United States and becoming a teacher.

“If I could go back in time, I probably would have stayed more committed to playing at Cal State LA and seeing where that was going,” said Coach Gabe.

Even though for a long while he pursued a career in soccer, E-sports became a new goal of Coach Gabe’s. Even in college, he knew that eventually he wanted to do something with it. This dream had stuck with him ever since 2009, when he played World of Warcraft and had his own guild, climbing the national leaderboard and gaining personal recognition for his in-game achievements. He’s a firm believer in all types of games and their importance on being well rounded. 

“I love games of all types: board games, video games. When you can sit down and compete on a different playing field and constantly compete and change the playing field, you create an ability to think outside the box and think for yourself,” said Coach Gabe.

Before his return to his alma mater, he taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for six years at Huntington Park and Manual Arts High Schools before changing jobs to be a Staff Analyst, working on budgets for the L.A. County Office of Education, which he did for about seven years or so. He then transitioned into being a teacher at St. John Bosco, as he felt the desire to teach at a place where he believed the students actually wanted to be there and learn.

“I think, it was working at LAUSD when I realized every time I went to class, there were 90% of the kids that didn’t want to be there. And that constantly wears down on you too. And so I really wanted to be in a place where people want to be there,” Coach Gabe said.

Coach Gabe has always been personally interested in entrepreneurship and finance, and it was actually his plan out of college to work in entrepreneurship or have some sort of business somewhere. This has led him to teaching business and finance, computer applications, office practices and now, at Bosco, economics and third-year engineering. 

Coach Gabe feels a great sense of joy and satisfaction organizing and leading the Esports program, which has allowed him to mentor the young boys who join and instill life lessons in them. He is extremely passionate about the program, many people had to come together and work very hard for it to come to fruition. 

Six years ago he pitched the idea to the administration, and since the idea was not met with much support, it failed to start up. Two years later, he met with student Mauricio Contreras, who accumulated the support from several parents, and the matter was taken up with the principal, which gave them a chance to showcase E-sports potential. Several years later, they’ve become a winning program, getting a State Championship in Valorant last year and having garnered some standout partnerships, especially ones with Razer and HP Omen, which allowed them to create their new room E-sports room worth around $70,000.

Coach Gabe has only been a teacher and staff member at Bosco for a few years, but in that time, he’s been given a lot of responsibility. He is always dedicated to the Bosco community and feels a great sense of satisfaction watching it thrive.

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