Feast Day of St. John Bosco

by Johnathan Gonzalez, Kristopher Leal

The Feast Day of St. John Bosco is a day that brings the saint back to life and brings him with the children of his school. St. John Bosco’s sole purpose was to give new life and opportunities for disadvantaged youth and delinquents by giving them a home, a place to learn and opportunities that they would have never had.

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His patron is of apprentices, editors and publishers, schoolchildren, magicians, and juvenile delinquents. On January 31, The Feast Day was a day dedicated to celebrating John Bosco.

The Feast Day is a very special occasion for St. John Bosco high school and allows for the students to truly understand what it means to be apart of the Bosco community. Mr. Avila, the director of student activities, recognizes the significance of the day and what it means for St. John Bosco and the Bosco community.

“It’s our Patron Saints Feast Day. It’s special because it’s sort of like a birthday and it’s a celebration of his life,” said Mr. Avila.

Following the student’s shortened classes, the day began with the Feast Day mass. This mass featured the new Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai from Hong Kong, which was very interesting for each of us that took part. He is a Roman Catholic archbishop and the nuncio of the Holy See to Greece. The Bishop spoke about many life stories that the Braves enjoyed. In the ending portion of the mass, a senior named Noah Quezada stepped on the stage and took one for the Braves and politely asked the Bishop for a school day off, the Bishop thought about what he said and he decided it was a great idea to give us Braves a day off (That day has been decided to be placed in the month of March).

“I’m from Taiwan and knowing a man from Asia is here representing the church is nice to know, not only I am the only one along with the other exchange students coming to Bosco in a Catholic manner,” said Leo Lung.

Following the mass, there were many activities for the students to enjoy. This year Mr. Avila found that going with popular activities was the best option for the Braves. Avila explained that after the mass there were going to be a lot of fun activities for the Braves to take part in such as inflatables, a velcro wall, human foosball which the freshman loved and a few other sports going on around on the field and even gaming in the Learning Commence room. Something new that happened was  Mr. Mestas hosting a flag football game for all grade levels to join in.

 “It was a cool thing all in all being the fact that it’s my last Saint John Bosco Feast Day as a high school student and being able to get away from school and hang out with my friends and just mess around was cool,” said Senior Luis Guiterrez.

After the Mass, the Braves were happy to be given free Porto’s pastries. We spoke to some students and they seemed to enjoy themselves after the Mass.

News/OP-ED: Sanders Emerges as Frontrunner, Buttigieg Leads Moderate Lane

by Timothy Levine, Executive Editor

With the results of both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary being released, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders stand apart from the field in a tier of their own with Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren having disappointing showings.  

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The Iowa Caucuses took place in Iowa on February 3, 2020. Normally, the night of the Caucus would be full of speeches going over each candidate’s results, however, the results were delayed and America had to wait six days until 100 percent of the results were reported.

The Iowa Caucus result delay stems from the integration of a new app The Iowa Democratic Party commissioned Shadow Inc., a for-profit technology company, to build according to The New York Times. This app was supposedly plagued with “coding” errors and many volunteers helping to run the caucus were unfamiliar with how to log in and use the app. The party stated that these issues caused “inconsistencies with the reports” and the investigation required time, which led to the delay according to Vox.

With the results now 100 percent reported, Pete Buttigieg can finally be declared the winner with 13 delegates and 26.2 percent of the votes. He holds the slimmest edge over Senator Bernie Sanders with twelve delegates and 26.1 percent of the votes. These two are in a tier of their own with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Former Vice President Joe Biden falling behind with eight and six delegates respectively. The only other delegate awarded went to Senator Amy Klobuchar who garnered 12.3 percent of the vote. Candidates Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer left Iowa empty-handed with zero delegates each.

The New Hampshire primary took place this Tuesday with results quickly following polls closing that evening, unlike the debacle that was Iowa. With the results currently at 98 percent reported, network projections have given Sanders the win with 25.7 percent of the votes and nine delegates. A strong showing from Buttigieg, following his momentum from Iowa, gave him a strong second-place showing with 24.4 percent of the vote and nine delegates as well, thanks to New Hampshire’s tier rules with delegate distribution. The only other candidate to gain delegates was Klobuchar with 19.8 percent of the votes and six delegates in a rather surprising showing for her, surging to third place.

Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden both failed to gain any delegates with less than ten percent of the votes and finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.  This is very disappointing to both campaigns, as they hoped to pick up momentum for later primary elections. Biden, who was once considered the heavy frontrunner, is now in fifth place in total delegates and will need to win big in upcoming primaries. 

In other primary news, Andrew Yang has officially suspended his campaign following poor showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire. A long-shot candidate, Yang was able to surpass many career politicians in terms of fundraising and polling, however, these frustrating results for the Yang campaign give him no clear path forward to win this primary election.

The next primary election will be held in Nevada in the form of a caucus on February 22. Nevada awards 48 delegates, 36 of which are pledged based on the results of the caucuses. This will be an important state to win to gain momentum going into Super Tuesday, where 1357 delegates will be up for grabs.

Sports: Braves Wrestling Looks to Continue Dominance Heading into Individual Run to State

by Hunter Richardson

The Bosco Braves’ athletic domination continues with the wrestling squad who took the Trinity League and CIF Title in two massive wins over familiar championship contender Servite Friars. 

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Bosco wrestling has claimed the CIF and Trinity League Titles in stellar performances winning each match by a large margin. The Braves wrestling squad took the win over Servite in both championship matches to secure the big-time wins for this program and continue the dominance that Braves athletics has had across the board so far this year. The Trinity League title win gave the Braves a huge belief going into the CIF Duals that they would easily take care of business. 

The CIF Duals for the Braves began with an absolute dismantling of Norco in the Quarterfinals by a score of 72-6 followed by a 63-18 blowout win over Villa Park in the Semifinals. Then it was time for the Finals and as expected it was against the league rival Servite Friars. The Braves must have had supreme confidence going into the match knowing that they were better and that they could secure the victory. Some tricky tactics by Servite coaching gave them an early lead in the match. For the first time all season the Braves wrestling team had to face some adversity. But as expected, the Braves battled back and ran through the rest of the match securing the CIF title by a score of 50-26.

This year of accolades for Braves athletics continues to stockpile with football, soccer, basketball, and now wrestling. The wrestling team has been a staple for Bosco athletics over the years winning multiple championships and Trinity League titles. So this year is not off the trend for the Braves Wrestling Squad that continues to assert their dominance across California year after year in the Trinity League. 

The Braves have nationally recruited Wrestlers such as Senior Nathan Haas who is committed to Nebraska which is in arguably the best conference in college wrestling, the Big Ten. He is the headlining wrestler to watch for during Individuals. The Braves Wrestlers began their individual runs this past Friday in the Trinity League Individual Championships. The Braves sent thirteen wrestlers and all of them qualified for CIF with eight first-place Finishers, three second-place finishers, and two third-place finishers.  These wrestlers will have a chance to compete for themselves in the CIF Individuals and then the CIF Masters. If the Braves come through with victories at these events then Braves wrestling will be strongly in contention for an individual state team title.

Life of a Brave: “Senioritis” Strikes Again

by Emilio Ceja

All of the hard work done for four years of high school by students can in some cases mean nothing if they catch “senioritis”. 

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All of the good grades, outstanding GPA’s, and credit for classes can be looked over and ignored if students continue through the last months of high school with this epidemic. The unwillingness to do work the second semester of senior year can not only mean lower grades for students but can also bring much larger consequences to the table. 

Throughout my years at St. John Bosco I have seen many seniors change from their academically achieving selves into the sweatpants wearing, sandals rocking, seniors that no longer care about the whole highschool appeal. Many of these seniors sometimes do not realize the real harm that they can cause to their own future by not doing the often simple work that is assigned to them. Once accepted into colleges, the colleges themselves have the ability to revoke your acceptance if your grades are not adequate to maintain acceptance. For many this can be unknown, once they realize the guidelines, it is too late for anything to change and they are stuck without the option to attend a university that they didn’t intend on choosing.

In order to fully understand the mindset behind students and faculty at Bosco and their opinions on what is “senioritis”, I first had to understand what senioritis actually is. According to the oxford dictionary, senioritis is, “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” The decline in grades and effort in school by the high school seniors can be seen through their mediocre work on assignments and lack of care for certain policies such as school uniform and facial hair policies at Bosco. Although not reaching certain extremes that can be seen in other schools or in prior years at Bosco, I believe that if students are not careful with how far they let this senioritis go, they will not be ready for the rude awakening that is to come. 

The head counselor at Bosco, Miss. Skipper has been a counselor at other high schools and colleges prior, so she knows all about the negative effects of senioritis. Senioritis is often seen primarily during the last semester or couple months of high school or college but can begin prior to that. Even starting to lose motivation as soon as the end of the first semester.

“Sometimes the second they get that first college acceptance, they’re so relieved that they immediately feel like they don’t need to do anything else.”, Said Miss. Skipper.

Although common among students our age, we must make sure that the senioritis this year is not one that will ruin or hinder anyone’s college aspirations. The students must know the consequences prior to their actions or lack of actions in classes that are required to pass or get a certain grade to keep their acceptance from colleges. If this information is passed on to the seniors of this year and upcoming seniors, then maybe the sweats and sandals will be a thing of the past and students will finish off highschool just as strong as they started it. 

News/Op-Ed: CoronaVirus

by Ryan Tavera and Joshua Whitfield

The spread of a new disease, 2019-nCoV, widely referred to as the coronavirus has undoubtedly taken the world by storm. The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China and is currently challenging scientists who are struggling to officially find the source of the virus, although they believe it to be the selling and eating of bats in Wuhan, China. 

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“When you look at the genetic sequence of the virus, and you match it up with every known coronavirus, the closest relatives are from bats,” said Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, an environmental health non-profit organization.

The virus has proven to be contagious affecting up to 17,000 people and already killing 362 people as of Monday according to Johns Hopkins CSSE live map. 

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What does this all mean though for people living in the United States? Well if you are worried about the virus spreading it already has been confirmed in the U.S with 6 cases as of Thursday.  To prevent the further spreading of the virus the infected are being quarantined and treated. 

In recent news, a plane carrying 210 U.S. citizens was issued to evacuate from Wuhan, China after the sudden outbreak. The plane ended up taking the passengers to the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California where passengers are going to be quarantined two weeks.  

Considering a plane was evacuated from China holding 200 passengers what does this mean for other American flights to and from China?

US airlines have already begun to suspend flights to China, a different approach when compared to other major airlines which have banned flights completely to China. These include British Airways, Air India, Indonesia’s Lion Air, and South Korea’s Seoul Air and many more that have decided that the best course of action is to cut off travel for the meantime. 

In addition to countries already being on the verge of cutting travels to China, the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) has declared during an interview on Thursday that the coronavirus is a global emergency. 

“For all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of the virus” says the director of the W.H.O, Tredos Adhanom. 

This declaration may sway many more countries towards the cutting off of all air travel to China. 

“Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it” says director of the W.H.O, Tredos Adhanom. 

Dr. Tredos and the W.H.O. are afraid of what the virus can mean for other countries whose health systems aren’t as advanced as other countries. The world has already seen what can happen when a virus makes contact with a county that lacks the funds for a strong health system. Back in 2014 with the Ebola virus striking West Africa and affecting up to 30,000 people and 11,000 deaths.

2019-nCoV however, is no Ebola, it presents it’s own list of problems and precautions. As the coronavirus continues to take its course, America can only prepare and protect its citizens as we continue down this long journey in search of a cure. 

The coronavirus is no new enemy, on the contrary, the virus has some history behind it, but what exactly makes this virus so prominent and contagious? 

The virus infected those not through the air like bacteria, but can only be transmitted through bodily exchanges like blood and/or infected person’s saliva. The common trend was for people to wear face masks in China to prevent it from getting into their nose or mouth. Yet officials say it’s actually not as effective as it seems.

The resurgence in the coronavirus has shaken the western world due to the contagiousness of the disease in China. Among one of the most infamous diseases to resurge in the last ten plus years, the coronavirus has been spread to hundreds of Americans visiting its epicenter Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and contracting the coronavirus. 

In the early 2000s, the coronavirus was a notorious disease in China because of the severe symptoms and possible fatality of it. The coronavirus is classified as a SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome because of its symptoms to cause difficulty breathing and severe coughing. 

“Routine surgical masks for the public are not effective protection against viruses or bacteria carried in the air”, which was how “most viruses” were transmitted, because they were too loose, had no air filter and left the eyes exposed. But they could help lower the risk of contracting a virus through the “splash” from a sneeze or a cough and provide some protection against hand-to-mouth transmissions.” Dr. David Carrington told BBC News

The CDC classifies it as a virus and according to the CDC, the best way to avoid getting sick is not to wear masks but to have better general health and hygiene.

“There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick.” said the CDC

The virus’ potency is now being felt by the rest of the world because unfortunately, US citizens were in Wuhan when the outbreak happened. This now opens the rest of the world to the risk of the coronavirus and is affecting airlines, trade, and general relations with China. This virus now has spread and shows no sign of quickly slowing down.

Sports: Dodgers Place Their Betts On 2020 Season

by Luke Garrison, Sports Editor

Dodgers add a top 5 player in baseball to help an already star-studded roster. The real question is, can the addition of Betts help the Dodgers capture a World Series title?

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Last night, the news broke from ESPN that trades between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and an undisclosed third team(later names the Minnesota Twins), had taken place that would send Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, and Alex Verdugo to the Boston Red Sox. 

Finally, after Dodger fans had been pleading with ownership, and the front office to make a blockbuster trade. Dodger fans finally had their wish granted. The Dodgers get arguably the BEST player in baseball, other than Mike Trout, on their roster. Betts has shown fans, what he can do over his very short career, in 2018 he was named AL MVP at the age of 24.

The Dodgers in the trade also get Pitcher David Price. Price over the last decade has been one of the better pitchers over that time. The only problem with Price coming over is the very large contract that he has. The 34-year-old is slated to make 32 million dollars this season. Which is a big hit to a franchise that already is struggling to stay under the luxury tax. However, the Dodgers were able to slate the trade so that the Red Sox will have to pay at least half of the remaining contract for David Price. 

The Dodgers send Alex Verdugo to the Red Sox, and the Minnesota Twins send their top pitching prospect, RHP Brusdar Graterol. Many people are wondering if the Red Sox were taken for a ride because the Dodgers were able to get the second-best player in baseball and get a solid role pitcher.

In the trade, the Minnesota Twins acquired Dodgers Pitcher Kenta Maeda.

On a separate note after the Betts trade went through the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came knocking on the door to help the Dodgers remain underneath the luxury tax. The Dodgers and Angels agreed to terms that will send OF, Joc Peterson, and RHP Ross Stripling to the Angels for INF Luis Rengifo and two other prospects to be named later.

The Angels’ front office and Angels fans have to be very excited for this move as they add a pitcher who can both start or come out of the bullpen. This is huge for the Angels as we all know that the Angels lack pitching. The other is they get power hitter Joc Peterson which adds for yet another great bat in an already power-hitting roster.

The Dodgers, after last night, have moved past the Yankees for the best odds to win the World Series, but fans will ask for a World Series title immediately, especially since Betts, is expected to opt-out of his current deal to seek more money. Most experts expect Betts to resign with the Dodgers, but don’t be surprised if he moves onto a team that will pay him top dollar.

 

FINAL RESULTS OF TRADES:

Dodgers receive: OF Mookie Betts, LHP David Price, INF Luis Rengifo, two prospects to be named later, cash(Via Red Sox)

Red Sox receive: OF Alex Verdugo, RHP Brusdar Graterol

Twins receive: RHP Kenta Maeda

Angels receive: OF Joc Peterson, RHP Ross Stripling

 

Sports: Braves Basketball Looks To Follow Footsteps Of Football

by Luke Garrison, Sports Editor

Tuesday night in Santa Ana, California, the Braves and The Team in Red face off for the trinity league title. The Braves Basketball team just like their Football team looks to take the Trinity League title away from the Team In Red.

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Both teams sit with a record of 7-1, which is why no matter what happens after tonight the winner will take league, and the loser will be unable to make that single game up. Currently, the Braves are number one in the Trinity League, as their sole loss coming against the Lions of Jserra. 

The Team in Red has its sole loss coming against the Braves, in an absolute clinic put on by Bosco’s leaders. The Monarchs since that game have continued to have success against several other teams, however, there have been several games in which the Team in Red struggled to pull out victories. Most notably, was their last Trinity League game against the Friars of Servite. The Team in Red did win by a score of, 63-59, but their top recruit, Devin Askew, had to put the entire team on his back. If the Team in Red wants a chance to avenge their loss earlier in the year they will need to rely more so on their players instead of just Askew.

 The Team in Red will be looking to bounce back after sustaining a loss to the hand of Witney Young High School in which the Monarchs lost by a score of, 67-57.

The Braves will look to ride the hot hands of Seniors Josh Camper, Wynton Brown, and Isaiah Holm. Holm and Camper were the de facto leaders in their previous game against the Team in Red. Holm was on fire from all areas of the court as he was lights out from beyond the arc and was able to be pulling down rebounds, and could not be stopped. Holm in the last matchup was a constant force and was a walking highlight real as he put up monster dunks, insane blocks, and just hand an overall nose for the basket.

Camper, and Brown this season have shown that you can attempt to corral them both but will be unable to succeed. You may be able to keep one of them down for a short period of time, but once they find their groves they are unstoppable. Several Braves players have looked at this game, and think they can not over-hype it, but still need to come into it confident.

“They are good, very good, and we cannot psyche ourselves out. As long as we go out and do what we did last time, we should be good. Our leaders know what to do, and our role guys know what they have to do. But we are confident, and know that we must attack early,” Braves forward Jason Gagnon said. 

The Braves are coming into this game with a 7 game win streak and will look to extend it to 8 games and walk out with their second straight Trinity league title. 

FINAL SCORE PREDICTIONS: Braves, 65 – Team In Red, 62

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