News/OP-Ed: Califonia Reacts To Gavin Newsom’s Shut Down of Schools Across State

by Joshua Lucero

Due to the unexpected rise of COVID-19 (the CoronaVirus), the majority of schools all over California have made the preemptive decision to physically shut down for an indefinite amount of time. Students were given an alternate version of school from home, online education.

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The main reason behind this difficult decision is the number of cases that have steadily risen in California. “The number has surpassed 31,000 and is continually on the rise”, said the LA Times. To attempt to ‘reach the curve’ and decrease the spread of this pandemic, entire local areas are being shut down, including schools, restaurants, malls, and many other commonplace areas. The governmental response to COVID-19 has received a widespread amount of different reactions all over the state of California.

Many families all around the state and the nation are beginning to see the true nature of the effects of the virus, as most people have been overbuying products and supplies for their homes. An active request has been in effect for social distancing, but it seems to be easier said than done and it shows through the people’s response toward this request by the government. 

There has been a shut down of malls, bars, roller coaster parks, gyms, and anything else that the public actively uses that is considered “non-essential”. This is all because of the request by California Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration that advises people to stay indoors and out of public spaces.

As a result of many of these spaces shutting down, there has been an influx of people in public parks and around the neighborhoods. In addition to this “common fad”, many teens and young adults have looked towards social media as a way to cope with the concept of being cooped up in one’s house and looking at the same four walls every day. 

The increase of social media awareness to COVID-19 has created trends that bring life to these “locked up” teens. For example, there have been many challenges such as “see 10 do 10”, which means someone would post a video of themselves doing 10 push-ups and nominate several different people to do the same. This is what is keeping teens occupied with all their free time of being indoors during this extremely challenging time. Another challenge that was going on was “#LetTheKidsPlay”. This is a trend that evolved around the student-athletes who had to sacrifice their season because of this pandemic plaguing the US as a whole. 

Especially in high school and college students who are a part of the senior class of 2020, there is definitely a change in their mindsets over what school meant to them. Senioritis is seemingly no more, many seniors are at the point where they actually miss school.

The rising class reaction to this pandemic seems to be even more depressing every day that physical school is shut down. Social media has covered this anxiety by having a platform for people to publish photos and videos on how the class of 2020 will most likely not be able to participate in events such as grad night, prom and even potentially, graduation.

When Governor Newsom says, “Please stay indoors”, it is for the right reason, not to be selfish but to protect the entire population of 40 million or more Californians who are at risk. 

It is for good reason that California is on lockdown, it is to help achieve the curve in the growing numbers of people afflicted by COVID-19 and to end the spread. 

Citing a model that state planners have been using, Mr. Newsom said that the coronavirus could infect 56 percent of Californians, or more than 25 million people, over eight weeks.” said the New York Times. 

Personal feelings aside, and no matter what the reaction of the individual person is towards this pandemic, it is crucial for the livelihood of every human being living in America, to stay indoors as much as possible and listen to those who are trying their best to help stop the spread of this pandemic. 

Around Bosco: COVID-19 Spoils Senior “Lasts” in Spring Athletics, Theater and Band

by Aharon Colon, A+E Editor

This was originally supposed to be an article previewing the rest of the volleyball season, but instead it turned into a piece centered around the new pandemic and how it ended our Spring sport season. 

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The spring sports had so much promise to them leading up into the Trinity League season, notably baseball and volleyball. This volleyball season was set to feature a new core of talent, such as newly minted captain junior Matthew Medina and 6’4” sophomore Maxwell Wootton, who both have great potential.

Seniors Alex Rotter, Ian Callahan and Elijah McCray have been the glue and backbone of this team since entering the program as freshman. But sadly, they won’t get to finish their seniors years as they might have envisioned.

“The season was going pretty great,” said junior captain Mathew Medina. “We were feeling confident of going to the playoffs and going pretty far into it. It is a bummer for all of us, but especially our seniors. They worked hard for four years, and for the first time, they had a chance at going to CIF and now it will not be able to happen.”

We also had our storied baseball program making some noise at their end. Unfortunately, the team has a core of seniors, 15 out of the 28 players on the roster, led by captains Coby Morales and UCLA-commit Jonathan Vaughns, Ty Collins, and Stanford-commit Albert Rios. Ending this current season with a record of 4-2, with wins over San Clemente and Capo Valley, you could tell that the players’ hopes for making it to the CIF playoffs were at an all time high.

“It was like a piece of me was torn away you know?” said senior captain Coby Morales. “You worked so hard in the summer, offseason, doing the conditioning in the heat and having to build the team from the ground up, to just have all of it taken away just hurts.”.

Our sports have not only been cancelled, but our arts as well. St. Joseph’s spring musical, Newsies, was set to premier last Friday but was cancelled. Never getting enough attention, the theater programs at both Bosco and St. Joseph’s have been making steady improvements, with more attendance for both high school’s productions than has been seen in recent years. The actors were excited to be a part of Newsies. Senior Cruz Cordero, a seasoned veteran of Bosco and St. Joseph’s theater, might have already acted in his last high school production.

“It’s pretty saddening that the show is cancelled, but if we still performed, the audiences every single night would be very small due to the fear of the virus, and we worked tirelessly for two months for the crowds to be only about 50 every night,” Cruz said.

Along with theater, the band was also devastated about the news. The band and drumline had a lot planned for the upcoming weeks leading up to Spring Break. With shows and competitions just around the corner, the band and drumline were revving to go.

“Our first competition was going to be last week, but now that they cancelled drumline and everything, we never had an opportunity to compete,” said senior James Roman. “Drumline took up my free time, but now I can’t do anything extracurricular related.”

This virus has had an impact on all our extracurriculars, but it impacts the seniors the most. Not knowing that these last couple games, performances or competitions might have been their last could leave lasting regrets and heartbreak. All the hard work and extra hours they have put in will be unfulfilled, as we are left only to think “what if?”

News/Op-Ed: Doing Our Parts to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

by Emilio Ceja and Ma’A Gaoteote

The recent pandemic outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has spread across nations. Over 400,000 people worldwide have tested positive for the virus, which started in Wuhan, China and spread quickly since reaching Europe, namely Italy. The virus has reached the United States, which now has the 3rd most cases of any country with over 600 fatalities. 

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The Coronavirus although an easily spread virus can be slowed down through simple steps that can be done by everyone. If more people take these simple measures seriously during this time of California state as well as national “lockdown,” Californians and Americans at large can do their little part to help avoid a further spike in new cases, which has led to a death toll that just yesterday increased by more than 100, according to reporting from CNN.

Of course, the most important thing that one can do is avoid contact with those who have been infected with the virus or been around others who have. Beyond that though, it’s important at this stage that we follow the Governor’s and the Presidential Task Force’s recommendations to “stay at home” and practice at least six feet of social distancing.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because the virus can easily spread through these sinual areas. Make sure to consistently clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched by you and others, such as desks and countertops, with disinfecting wipes. Do these things whether you’re symptomatic or not. In order to minimize the possibility of getting the virus, it is strongly recommended to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day.

The contagious virus can be spread through the air, along with being able to spread through touch. This has led to the statewide and nationwide “lockdown” period to help prevent the spread of the virus. This recommended quarantine has been established primarily to prevent large crowds of more than ten, and schools have been cancelled as well.

The spread of COVID-19 can become a more serious issue if the proper steps are not taken to prevent it. Be sure to practice social distancing to the best of your ability, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and clean surfaces that are often touched. Stay safe Braves!

News/OP-Ed: From NBA Players to Our Everyday Lives, “Coronavirus” Has Been Felt Throughout The World

by R.J. Johnson

How serious is the “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19”? With COVID-19 being a new disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still in the works of finding out how severe the illness might be and what causes it. 

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So far, one of the most important things that we know about COVID-19 is how easily it spreads from person-to-person. The main way that the virus has spread is through close proximity with other people through respiratory issues like coughing or sneezing. Droplets admitted from the mouth or nose can make its way onto people nearby, possibly being inhaled into the lungs. 

According to the CDC, people are most contagious when they are most symptomatic. Although people mainly spread the virus through being visibly sick, the CDC believes that some spread might be possible before visible symptoms are shown. A recent example of this would be an NBA player from the Utah Jazz in Rudy Gobert. 

“I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment,” Gobert wrote.

Having recently been diagnosed in the past few days, Gobert appeared to be perfectly healthy before his diagnostics. Shortly after Gobert was diagnosed with Coronavirus, his teammate Donovan Mitchell was too.  In an interview, he jokingly had touched all off the microphones with his hands before concluding. This contamination of surfaces and objects has been found to spread Covid-19 according to the CDC.

“The first and most important thing is I would like to apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected,” wrote Gobert.

Since the Coronavirus outbreak has taken off, we have seen an obvious shift in everyday life that has not been quite welcoming. There have been travel bans, leaving people stranded in countries that are not their own all over the world. Professional leagues such as the NHL, MLS, and NBA have all shut down due to the Coronavirus. There have also been colleges across America that have shut down such as Georgetown University, University of Florida, Michigan State University, and University of California, Los Angeles. 

After seeing plenty of universities temporarily close down the school, each state’s respective elementary, middle, and high schools all began to shut down as well. For many schools, online instruction is being offered to students to keep everyone up to speed with their work. 

Should we be missing out on school, work, and sports? As of right now, America is the 8th leading country in total Covid-19 cases and wants to continue to keep that number as low as possible. There are 135,837 confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide. Even with 70,427 people recovered and 4,990 deaths, there are still 60,420 currently infected patients worldwide according to Worldometer which is keeping track of the virus spread in real-time. 

The goal for scientists across the world is to slow down the spread of the virus so that they could study it more in-depth and develop a cure for it. There is currently no vaccination for the Coronavirus, but researchers in the U.S. National Institutes of Health are in the early stages of development. The first phase of the clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine is set to come within the next couple of months. 

The world moves fast and is ever-changing, waiting months for a vaccination like this might take an even larger toll on certain countries’ trade economies than expected. There is always room for the world to recover from this virus, it is just a matter of how and when. 

Until we find a vaccination, the best ways to try and avoid obtaining the virus are by not sharing food items, keeping your hands away from your face, refraining from unnecessary physical contact with items or people, and washing your hands as frequently as possible for twenty seconds at a time with soap and water!

Around Bosco: BREAKING On-Campus School Suspended as Community Member Screened for Coronavirus

by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor

As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to have pandemic ramifications, the Bosco community finds itself the most recent victim of the fast-spreading global disease, as school administrators opt to suspend on-campus classes through at least next Friday. School will continue online for students starting next Wednesday via Schoology.

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The Bosco community received an emailed statement from Principal Dr. Christian De Larkin at 8:16 pm Thursday night stating that a member of our community is in the process of being screened for the novel coronavirus. In response, the Brave administration decided to cancel school tomorrow Friday, March 13th through Monday, March 16th for faculty and staff. Next Tuesday, faculty and staff will return to receive training for online-based learning for students, which will resume beginning next Wednesday.

“Further details will be communicated regarding online learning guidelines and expectations. We will reevaluate school operations for the week of March 23 and update all early next week,” said Principal De Larkin in his emailed statement to the community.

In addition, all Bosco athletic events, both on- and off-campus, have been canceled through the end of march, according to Athletic Director Monty McDermott. This includes not just games but also practices and team workouts.

In surrounding areas, several other schools have continued to close their doors and either switch to online-based learning or remain closed for the time being, most notably Harvard- Westlake and Loyola High Schools.

While parents, students, teachers and school administrators deal with the crisis on the ground, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (ADLA) releases updates via its website as news breaks. As of now, there has been no official statement on whether or not they will be shutting down all churches and/or schools that fall under the Diocese, but concerned faithful can check their website, lacatholics.org, for updates.

“We will provide updated liturgical guidelines and accommodations regarding the celebration of Mass tomorrow morning,” ADLA said in a brief statement posted last night at 7:00 pm.

Other notable school closers include, North Hollywood’s Oakwood School, Studio City’s Campell Hall, Mar Vista’s Windward School, Chatsworth’s Sierra Canyon and Bel Air’s Marymount School. UCLA and USC are the two most notable universities in the area to close and switch to online-based learning.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) continues to evaluate whether or not they will shut down schools for the time being, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD’s 860 campuses potential shut down can result in containment and prevention of the spreading of Coronavirus, but the large question remaining is whether LAUSD will switch over to an online-based learning system in the interim.

In a Tweet Thursday night, ABC 7 reported that the LAUSD board called an emergency meeting to discuss the district’s ongoing response to the virus.

With many schools and universities closing campus and moving classes online, the question for families now is not if we will suspend on-campus activities, but how long this response will persist as the novel coronavirus reaches pandemic levels. For now, all we can do as civilians is follow the basic measures of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health officials: wash your hands often and thoroughly (if you can’t, in any case, use hand sanitizer), avoid touching your face, stay away from high-populated areas and if you present symptoms, stay away from others and contact your doctor immediately for screening.

Around Bosco: Bosco and St. Joe’s Students Enjoy “Junior Jam” Picnic

by Johnathan Gonzalez

On Friday, March 6th St. John Bosco hosted the junior picnic along with Saint Joseph’s for the class of 2021.

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This year’s junior picnic held at St. John Bosco was brought together by the ASB board of Braves and Jesters, they brought the class of 2021 together through music, food, and games.

These games included cornhole, ping pong, a jumper, and musical chairs. These activities created a sense of competitiveness among students along with the fun atmosphere of the event. Furthermore, students were welcomed to warm pizza and cold sodas.

The junior picnic is a way for the Braves and Jesters to socialize within their class so that they can create more bonds with new students or even those who haven’t yet met. The ASB board of Bosco and Joseph’s came up with innovative ways to allow the students to interact with each other through music and games, this allowed students to have a good time and hangout.

“I think the Picnic was pretty cool. I haven’t gotten to see a lot of my friends at SJ because I’ve been busy with baseball”, said junior Aaron Pena.

The picnic allows for an excuse for those who don’t really get to go out due to their respective sports. The event being held shortly after school hours allows for students to stay at school and wait around as their friends from St. Joseph to arrive.

“It’s pretty convenient that I could come from Baseball practice and go to hang out with my friends from SJ and I can grub”, said junior Jesus Barretto.

The Bosco staff enclosed the quad so that way it’s strictly only junior students attending the event, this created a sense of communion among the juniors and made it easier to communicate.

“The event wasn’t what I was expecting, I thought it would be a flop instead I actually really enjoyed the whole thing. It was fun being able to destroy my homies in ping pong and talking to the females,” said junior Luca Pater.

Luca’s thought mostly sums up what most students thought the event would be, instead the general outcome was positive.

“When my friends asked me if I was going to go to the picnic I kinda cringed but they talked me into it, overall I’m actually glad I went. Musical chairs were somehow a blast to play,” said junior Adrianna Natividad.

The event was a very enjoyable experience for all involved, students were presented with the opportunity to interact with their friends and play games. Although the title may suggest it was just a picnic, it was much more than that, it was a hangout, a gathering of friends which allowed students to catch up and meet new faces.

Sports: Soccer Caps Off Historic CIF-SS and State Playoff Run

by Che Womack, Contributing Writer

In the history of sports at St. John Bosco, the school has known to be competitive regardless of what sport is playing or who the Braves are playing against. In the recent years, the Bosco soccer program has struggled but nonetheless has tried to find its stride in the ranks of Bosco athletics. 

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In 2016, the Braves made the playoffs and found some success. However, in the last two years, the Braves have missed the playoffs and edged out at the bottom of the Trinity League. In 2017, the Braves went 6-14-3 (2-6-1 in league) and missed the playoffs; last year, the Braves went 12-12-2 (3-6-1 in league) and missed the postseason again. The team came together and decided that this year had to be different.

“I would say the difference was the chemistry of the team,” senior defender Christian Brueggeman said. “We were in unison all year, and we had the talent to contribute to the overall team. Chemistry definitely was a difference maker.”

This year, the Braves took off guns blazing. They started the year 11-2-1 before entering league play, with wins over Arizona powerhouses: Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.) and Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, Ariz.).

When the Trinity League schedule began, the Braves started off with a 3-0-2 record. However, the Braves lost their mark, dropped four of the last five league games, and finished fifth in league.

Despite the rocky finish to the regular season, the Braves would receive an at-large bid in the Division 2 CIF-SS Playoffs.

The Braves rediscovered their early-season form and stunned some of Southern California’s most powerful teams. The Braves went on a four-game run and upset Dos Pueblos High School (Goleta, Calif.), Pacifica High School (Garden Grove, Calif.), Hueneme High School (Oxnard, Calif.) and Tesoro High School (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), which avenged their 2016 playoff loss.

The most impressive point about the Braves’ run was their intense travel schedule. They traveled over 305 miles within 10 days and four games to upset these powerhouse teams.

“It was a great experience,” senior center back David Veloz said. “We would’ve rather played home, but nonetheless, it was still a great experience for us.”

Everyone on the team seemed to enjoy the experience of the opposing fans and long bus rides.

“We got to bond with each other,” senior outside back/outside midfielder Emilio Ceja said. “I got to experience the whole playoff environment with all the fans from every team that we played.”

In reward of these wins, Bosco made it to the CIF-SS Playoff Championship game, playing another SoCal power: Channel Islands High School (Oxnard, Calif.).

After a long-fought battle, the Braves fell to the Raiders 2-1 in overtime by the golden goal rule (sudden death).

“I feel like we tired out at the end,” Veloz said. “We came out too light, and we didn’t apply enough pressure. That was the difference maker.”

The Braves would then get an automatic bid to the CIF Southern Regional State Playoff Bracket. The Braves, again, would take off, beating Rancho Bernardo High School (San Diego, Calif.) in penalty kicks. Redemption time would come.

On March 5th, the Braves would get another chance at Channel Islands on their own home turf. This time, the Braves would take advantage and defeat the Raiders 1-0.

“We knew what it felt like losing to them,” Veloz said. “We didn’t want to lose to them again and have them take away another opportunity.”

The Braves would get, yet again, another opportunity in a championship game. This time, against a familiar foe in La Habra High School (La Habra, Calif.).

Previously, La Habra routed the Braves 5-2, in a blow out. The Braves would get another chance at the Highlanders, at Bosco’s house.

The Braves fought hard and gave it their all, but still came up short 4-2, in a heartbreaker.

“I would say we got caught up in the fact that we beat Channel Islands,” Brueggemen said. “We didn’t understand the significance of the CIF State Final until halfway through the game.”

The Braves had a great season and a successful journey.

A lot of hard work was put into the success of this year’s team, and a lot of excellent players are looking to return, to get the Braves back to the championship.

“We’re heartbroken for our seniors,” head coach Dave Sabet said. “However, we’re excited about our future and the young players we have coming back.”

The Braves have a host of underclassmen looking to return.

Tony Negrete, Christian Briseño, Joeo Trejo, and Mikel Villarreal are just a few of the names looking to bring the Braves back to championship games next season.

Bosco ended the year 22-8-3 (4-4-2 in league); CIF SS D2 Runner-Up and CIF SS D2 State Regional Runner-Up.

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