Monthly Archives: September 2018

RECAP: St. John Bosco 35, JSerra 28

by Ethan Piechota

The number one ranked St. John Bosco Braves defeated the JSerra Lions on Friday in their Trinity League opener behind four touchdowns from George Holani.


Credit to Scott Varley (@VarleyPhoto)

Welcome to the Trinity League. A quest for a national championship is never easy through one of the best leagues in high school football across the country.

It wasn’t a pretty win from the Braves last night, but the most important thing to realize at this time of the year is that they got the win and battled through some intense adversity from a talented JSerra squad.

The Braves led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, credited by an early George Holani touchdown, one of four on the night for the senior running back.

In the second quarter, the Lions came out firing and dropped 21 unanswered points on the Braves, tying up the game at 21 heading into the half.

In the third quarter, the Braves came out and on their second drive, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei connected with Holani on a 15-yard touchdown strike, giving the Braves a 28-21 lead.

The Braves defense held strong for pretty much the entire quarter and almost the entire rest of the game after that, showing their true talent and potential on that side of the ball.

Holani would put the icing on the cake for the Braves, running through the entire JSerra student body, faculty, staff, players, and alumni with a beast mode-esque run for a 57-yard score, giving the Braves a 35-21 lead in the fourth quarter.

Holani finished the game with a ridiculous stat-line of 24 carries for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns, also adding two catches for 30 yards and a score in the passing game.

In a game where junior five-star quarterback DJ Uigalelei struggled a bit, Holani stepped up and delivered the game of his career for the Braves, guiding them to victory.

However, Bosco was sloppy on special teams and the defense underperformed in the first half, which is something that will need to be cleaned up heading into the coming weeks against top Trinity League opponents in Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei.

Mater Dei is coming off a stellar victory over top-ranked IMG last week and a beatdown of Servite this week, showing their talent. Bosco needs to deliver a good performance on both sides of the ball next week against Orange Lutheran to show they’re ready for the Monarchs in Santa Ana on October 12th.

Orange Lutheran QB Ryan Hillinski will provide a test for the Braves top-ranked defense next week, and it’ll be interesting to see how they fare against him at home at Panish Family Stadium.

At the end of the day, the Braves are still the top team in the nation and undefeated, and with a national championship on their minds, it’s going to take a lot to knock off this talented group going forward.


Mater Dei vs IMG: The Game of the Referees

by Nikolas Molina and Elliston Ospina

On Friday, September 21st, top-ranked IMG came over from across the country in Florida to take on the #3 Mater Dei Monarchs in the game of the year so far.

This was easily one of the most publicized matches in the nation this year for football. Every seat was sold and many coaches and scouts were in attendance from all places, coming to see all the talents showcasing their skill. Many viewers tuned into the game to see the combined 50 players with full-ride scholarships take the field.

Mater Dei took the field led by junior quarterback Bryce Young, senior receiver Bru McCoy, and talented running back Sean Dollars. With a 3-1 record, Mater Dei needed this win to regain their status as the top team in football in the nation.

On the opposing side, IMG Academy was running on a 46-game win streak, carried by talented RBs Noah Caine and Tre Sanders. Having 26 players with FBS offers, this team is complete with no holes on their depth chart.

This game was as good as advertised, with no team having a bigger lead then seven points throughout. It was very even match-up, as IMG finished with 413 total yards and 405 for Mater Dei. With teams matching up pound-for-pound, the players were chirping the whole game, heating things up. Things were getting too physical for the refs, as they ended up ejecting two IMG players.

The game was a flag fest, as the two teams combined for 30 penalties each, resulting in big yards and returning big plays. On one play, IMG took back a 75-yard punt return, only to have it called back due to holding.

IMG scored the first points and led 7-0 in the second quarter with 11:14 left in the half. The Monarchs responded immediately thanks to a personal foul on IMG on fourth down. The penalty extended a 58-yard drive that was eventually capped off with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Young to McCoy. However, simple mistakes caused the extra point to be blocked and instead of tying it, Mater Dei still trailed 7-6 going into halftime.

At the start of the second half, a bad snap pushed IMG back to its own one-yard line. After a short punt that gave them great field possession, Mater Dei took its first lead of the game. Following a 44-yard flea flicker pass from Young to wide open Sean Dollars, the Monarchs converted a two-point conversion pass to Mike Martinez to make it 14-7 with 10:08 left in the third.

Just two plays later, Tre Sanders exploded for IMG with a ridiculous 86-yard run to tie the game at 14.

Mater Dei came back  on their next drive and ran a successful trick play, Young looked like he was running right on a keeper, but instead lateraled the ball to junior tackle Myles Murao, who ran 14 yards untouched for a touchdown, making it 21-14 halfway through the third.

Coming right back, IMG QB David Baldwin threw a dime to receiver Michael Redding, who made a 24 yard catch for a touchdown to tie the game at 21-21 with three minutes left in the third.

After straight series of both offenses on display, the defenses for both teams finally came out and forced a punt on the next four possessions for each team. IMG seemed as if they wanted to wear down the defense with a 60-yard scoring drive, all on the ground. But Mater Dei’s defense went to work in the red zone, forcing only a field goal. This was a big play for the defense, as the offense could now win the game with a touchdown drive.

The un-phased Young finished off a 9 play, 75-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run in the last two minutes, giving Mater Dei a 28-24 lead.

Mater Dei’s defense would not let up, and secured the 28-24 victory. This was a statement win for the Monarchs, letting everyone know that despite their forfeit loss, they are still a top team in the nation.


Bosco: Tridium Week Recap

by Na’im Rodman


Tridium week is a presentation and event on campus where we acknowledge and appreciate the teachings of our very own Don Bosco.

Don Bosco wants all students from Salesian Communities to look at one message, change it in a way, and make it into our own message. “Be happy, be holy, be brave,” is the message and main focal point this year here on campus.

“The message of it was: how do we challenge ourselves to be holy? We know what happy is and we know what holy is and we know what brave is, but the real hard part for a lot of us is holy,” head dean of students Mr Jaramillo said.

The construction theme this year was symbolism for us always working on ourselves, such as the construction on the beautiful Panish Family Stadium.

“The challenge for this year is how do we actually be holy, and in finding holiness looking at our gifts, the flaws and everything else,” said Jaramillo.

Tridium is a three-day presentation where the first day is about the message of Don Bosco, the second day about reconciliation, and the third day is a celebration through our liturgy.

“When I was a student here, Tridium was big, it was huge, you just knew it was Tridium week like when you know it’s homecoming week now,” said Jaramillo.

He considers it the Salesian form of “homecoming” in a sense of all the activities they did for it back in his days of schooling here at St. John Bosco.

“Tridium for me has always left the impact of questioning what my call is as a student,” said Jaramillo.

The goal of Tridium week is for us as a community to look back and reflect on what messages they were trying to convey to fellow students and teachers.

Jaramillo believes that if students understand or question the message administrators are trying to get across, then they must be doing something right. Tridium week in the past and in the future will challenge kids to think and dig deep into their inner selves. It just all depends on if the students are up for the challenge.

Movie Review: White Boy Rick

by Elijah Ramos


When you think of 14-year-old boy trying to make extra money, you may think of a fryer or a dishwasher, but for “White Boy” Rick, he is an overachiever.

Rick grows up in a pretty toxic environment during his childhood. His sister is a drug addict, his dad is a gun dealer and his mom is not in the picture. He has a job for his dad’s company, as he spends time watching his dad buy and resell guns.

The two become partners in this gun business and plan on opening a VCR store in the future. Eventually, Rick starts exploring the streets on his own and sells some of his dad’s guns to local drug dealers at the young age of 14.

Soon after Rick does this, the FBI interrogates him and essentially threatens Rick to get them inside information on the local gangs around the city for pay. When they first offer this to him, Rick turns it down, but they threaten that if he doesn’t take the gig his dad will be going to jail, so Rick accepts the offer, trying to save his dad.

Now, Rick is caught in the weird situation of working for both sides, and it’s a lot to handle for a 14-year-old boy. He drops out of school and and is dedicated to his  gang full-time, which is ran by kingpin and street legend Johnny Curry. Curry takes Rick in like his own son and gives him things his actual dad couldn’t give him. However, Rick now feels guilty since he is still working for both sides.

The film’s only real problem is that the basis of the movie is very predictable, ending like most American gangster movies. If you love and watch plenty of gangster-mob movies, you can pretty much callout how a lot of these movies end, which reigns true with “White Boy Rick.”

However, this film gives us something we really don’t see in a lot of gangster movies, as the plot revolves around a 14-year-old kid trying to make life better for his family and keep his dad out of jail.

This movie really had strong family values that the directors stick by and highlight often throughout the duration of the story. Even though the story revolves around gangsters and street business, it relates back to family. That’s something that really made this movie special in my opinion.


Sports: Cross-Country Season Update

by Jalen Manson and Jake Newman


The 2018 St. John Bosco High School Cross-Country team led by Head Coach Tim McIntosh has already participated in two meets to being their season, performing well in both.

In the first meet on September 1st, the team ran in the Jeff Nelson: High School Invitational at Griffith Park. The team ran hard and earned a hard-fought 4th place finish overall.

“It was a very tough course there at Griffith Park,” said senior team captain Zeke Delgado.

After the meet, the team dedicated a period strictly to training and getting better. Many runners had been dealing with illnesses leading up to the meet, so getting them back to 100 percent was the team’s first priority.

In their second meet of the season, the team participated in the Cool Breeze: High School Invitational, which is held at Brookside Country Club. This was a well-known meet, and had a large field of 35 teams competing.

“There was a lot of PR’s (personal records) set and we finished with a team time of 1:19:34. It was good to see that we finished with a 5 man gap of 30 seconds. This means that everyone finished very close to each other and that we really ran as team,” said Delgado.

Zeke Delgado held it down as team captain and sported a 15:41 time, coming in 21st place. The second one to finish was junior Daniel Covarrubias with a 15:42 time, and he was followed by sophomore JT McCoy, who came in with a time of 15:48.

League play starts Thursday with a huge matchup against other Trinity League powerhouses such as Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, JSerra, Servite and Santa Margarita. The Braves will look to defend their league title from last year and continue to work on starting a new “streak” within the program.


Op-Ed: How Do We Stop School Shootings?

by George Holani and Matthew Ruiz

“School shootings are an unfortunate part of American culture and our American society.”

School shootings are an unnecessarily major part of American society in recent history. This year alone, 10 kids were killed at Santa Fe High School and 17 were killed in the infamous Parkland shooting, where adolescent lives were taken at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

These school shootings were tragic at the time they took place and are still tragic to this day. Families were torn apart because of what happened.

“We shouldn’t alienate students and bully anyone, because that could negatively trigger their mental stability,” said school head of attendance Ms. Margie Woods.

Preventing these school shootings isn’t easy, because there is heavy disagreement on whether or not the Second Amendment should be upheld because of how guns are abused in society.

“If we have safety in and around the school and enough education for our students and our faculty, these [shootings] can be prevented. Teachers shouldn’t carry guns because it would cause mass panic,” said Ms. Woods.

Teachers having guns and being able to obtain them and use them for self-defense when school shooters do intrude is a hot topic, but Woods thinks teachers shouldn’t be able to use them.

“As an American society we must do background checks and especially check for mental health issues with our students and teachers regularly. As a teacher, I don’t feel comfortable with me having a weapon or another teacher having a weapon,” said director of student activities and history teacher Mr. Fernando Avila.

Mr. Avila backs up Ms. Woods in her belief on teachers and firearms and even admits that he himself wouldn’t feel comfortable carrying one.

Students also fear the idea of teachers having and carrying weapons around, such as Bosco junior Nate Quigg.

“Teachers shouldn’t have a weapon in class because an “at-risk” child could pull a gun out and the teacher would have to fire upon that child in self-defense,” said Quigg.

That’s something no teacher would have to ever want to do and creates unnecessary conflicts and potential for disaster.

“If teachers had weapons, there would have to be mental health checks and administration would need to double-check their backgrounds,” said Mr. Avila.

It’s a controversial topic, and definitely a desperate move in hope for preventing school shootings and keeping schools safe in America. Action needs to be taken sometime in the near future.



Sports: Serena Williams Draws Controversy Yet Again At U.S. Open

by Caleb Wiley

The 2018 Women’s US Open Final ended in a controversial loss for superstar Serena Williams, another situation amplified by gender equality that took the sports world by storm.

We live in a world where in recent history, humans have been oppressed and discriminated against because of the color of their skin or their gender. It was difficult for people who were treated poorly and discriminated against to be successful in society, not to mention the harsh backlash they received for trying to break racial barriers in sports.

Athletes such as Jackie Robinson and Althea Gibson paved the way for athletes in African-American history, and sports leagues like the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) and WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) made a statement for women trying to make a name for themselves.

The 21st century really broke ground in sports for the new age of athletes. Athletes of any color and both genders have no problem getting into sports, as all that is required is skill nowadays. Coaches and management don’t care if you’re white, black, man or woman, the only thing they care about is if you can make things happen and win games.

In her most recent loss in the 2018 US Open, tennis icon Serena Williams was frustrated with how the game was being called and how she got her first two penalties.

The match was very much anticipated, as it showcased the best female tennis player of our generation in Serena Williams going up against one of the best young and upcoming players in the game; Naomi Osaka from Japan. Also, with the game being a national event and many people in attendance, there was no shortage of eyes peeled to this game.

In the beginning of the game, Serena got straight-up outplayed and was overpowered by the 20-year-old Osaka. Osaka caught the attention of the viewers, letting them know that she is the real deal and winning the first set with a commanding score of 6-2.

Early on in the second set, the game’s chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, caught Serena’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, sending hand signals to her from the stands, which is a code violation. Williams was consistent with claiming she did not want to be coached nor did she need it and has maintained that claim throughout. Her coach did admit to sending signals afterward. However, many coaches do end up still doing the same thing and ignoring the violation rule. Unfortunately for Williams, Mouratoglou was caught and a penalty was given to her.

Following Ramos’ call, Williams was disappointed and frankly livid at the chair umpire for thinking that she would cheat. However, the referee can only go based on what he sees, as he saw a violation and he called it right by the rule book. Now, if Serena Williams doesn’t like that rule, she can talk to the people upstairs but being frustrated at the referee for doing his job is unfair and unprofessional on her part.

Soon after, Williams received a second violation for racquet abuse which cost her a point. At this point, the fire was lit within her and she started going off on the referee on national television. Williams called Ramos a “thief” and claimed he “stole points” from her. She kept rambling on and continued to complain to the referee, and ultimately he got tired of it and issued Williams another code violation, resulting in a game penalty.

Williams wasn’t done. She continued complaining even after the game was declared over and called out the tournament supervisor and tournament referee. She even went on to tell the media that she believes that the ref was completely sexist towards her and she deals with this all the time.

There is something wrong with her statement, however. Carlos Ramos is known to be a stickler in the tennis community, and not just to women.

In August of 2016, Ramos called a code violation on Andy Murray for saying “stupid umpiring.” Another 2016 incident, Ramos called a code violation on Nick Kyrgios for yelling at the towel boy. In July of 2017, Ramos called a time violation on Andy Murray for playing too slowly. In 2018 during Wimbledon, Ramos gave Novak Djokovic a code violation for slamming his racquet on the ground.

There are many more incidents that show how strict Ramos is as a ump. Ramos isn’t to be called and declared sexist based on his actions in the US Open Final. It is very improper for Serena to pull the gender card and accuse Ramos of such an ignorant thing to say.


Williams begins to chew out referee Carlos Ramos.

Williams was getting outworked, she got mad and went against the rules. The ump realized this and called it how he saw it, and Serena then got mad and acted like everybody was against her. She went straight to sexism as fast as this story got out. End of story.

Sure, Ramos was a little over the top. He could have handled the situation a little bit better but he is known to be a hardcore, by-the-book ump. Pulling the gender card was an easy way out of the situation for Williams, a way of not facing her problems.

The real problem in this whole situation is that everyone was so focused on Williams and Ramos’ disagreement that Naomi’s great outing and accomplishment was overlooked. The young talent faced her idol and beat the greatest player in our generation, not to mention dominating the game. Osaka was looking like she was going to win the game regardless of what happened through Ramos forfeiting Williams.

Along with her great performance being shadowed, Osaka’s accomplishment of being the


Osaka sobs while being awarded with the Grand Slam title.

first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam is not even being mentioned. It is a shame, what should have been one of the great moments in tennis history for Osaka became an embarrassing day for the sport of tennis. Naomi didn’t deserve it, as she should’ve been celebrating instead of sobbing in disgust and in fear that no one liked her because the entire crowd was booing.

Ultimately, it was a bad look for the sport of tennis on the biggest stage of the sport annually. Whether you blame Ramos or Williams, the situation was unfortunate for all parties involved and could have been avoided.           


Review: “Project Brave”

by Samuel Rodriguez

Recently, St. John Bosco High School hosted its first dance of the year, the annual welcome dance. The dance had an astounding attendance of 1,200 students, making it one of the biggest dances in Bosco’s history.

The success of this dance is accredited to its fiery atmosphere, great taste in music, and a live appearance by St. John Bosco’s very own, Ms. Valerie “Mama” Shields. The music was able to keep the students engaged and lively and the tables and chairs outside helped students socialize with people from other schools. The refreshment stand and bar was a success as well.

The only downside to the dance, if anything at all, was the heat inside the gym. The combination of students jumping with the music and a lack of good air flow made the inside of the gym insanely hot. Other than that, the dance set a high bar for future dances to meet and hopefully exceed.

“Honestly, I had a good time with the homies. At first I thought this dance was going to turn out whack but it was actually pretty chill because they had a better DJ, lots of girls, and lots of people showed up,” said Bosco senior Andro Labastida.

Labastida also mentioned that it was a good break from school and that he was able to meet new people from other schools. This dance presented many opportunities for students to socialize and have a good time.

“All of my friends and I had a great time! It was one of the first dances that I’ve been to in a while but was definitely one I won’t forget,” said St. Joseph’s senior Eva Junso.

The success of this dance is greatly attributed to the work of Mr. Fernando Avila, the Student Activities Director on campus. Avila played a big role in planning this dance, collaborating with various ASB members and giving students a chance to escape school and have fun. 

“In terms of open-social dances, the standard is set pretty high at Bosco and it’s something that ASB is going to have to keep living up to,” said Avila.

Mr. Avila also told The Brave News that over 800 pre-sale tickets were sold and over a week went into planning the event.

The welcome dance at Bosco kicked off the new school year and has gotten students hyped up for future events around campus. The student board did an excellent job on this dance, and students are excited to see what is being planned for future events on campus.

The Evolution of St. John Bosco High School: A Lifelong Development

by Enrique Gutierrez

Over the past 80 years, St. John Bosco High School has made its name academically and athletically. Bosco Brave students over the generations have developed in mind, body and spirit from Bosco’s Salesian model of providing a home, school, church, and playground. 


Photo by the Bosco Advancement Offices

Since its founding in 1940, St. John Bosco High School has made a name for itself in Southern California through its continued improvement in the areas of technology, athletics and student life. In tracking the evolution of our school, one thing is for sure: Bosco wasn’t built in a day.



All Photos Credit to Bosco Advancement Offices

Mr. Eddie Torre, a religious instructor,  started working at St. John Bosco in 1994, and reflected on the growth of how  student life has developed tremendously due to technological advancements. The technology that has been created helped both the student and the teacher in a multitude of ways. Whether emailing a teacher for academic support or using online platforms to complete assignments, technology has changed tremendously since the beginning of Torre’s tenure. 

“The technology that we have at our disposal, still trying to use that as adults and students… The genie is already out of the bottle, we have figure the best way to use it for your guy’s learning,” said Torre.

One of Bosco’s science department teachers, Mr. Nathan Corkhill, has experienced change in technology since he attended Bosco. 

“A major difference was that at lunch instead of being in the classroom, we were all outside. We were divided yet unified with the benches; like sophomores here, juniors here. We unified around food, we had music playing sometimes,”  he said

This change has affected students because students nowadays prefer to be indoors with air conditioner, than to be outside and acknowledge nature’s beauty.  Following generations of Braves must navigate the great age of tech. It has been an awesome privilege to be able to be a part of the development of new technology, but it also comes with new challenges for teachers and new distractions for students.



DJ Uiagalelei throws the ball for one of his four touchdowns on the night. Photo by EC Sabin

St. John Bosco offers a variety of activities for students to join. Bosco is highly known for their football and wrestling teams in recent history. Throughout the years that Bosco has been an active high school, coaches and players have come and gone in a constant improvement toward our sports teams becoming nationally recognized stand-outs.

In 2005, wrestling, volleyball, football, and cross country dominated within their lower levels. The varsity teams tended to be not as successful as the Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph teams. Bosco was always good non-conference, but as years changed it flipped around and all athletic programs became lethal in their own rights. 

“Back in the day? No, we were bad. But, we’ve always had a good wrestling team. It all depends on the coaching. Coach Negro [head Football Coach] came in, he has coached to his potential. Coach McIntosh [Cross Country and Track Coach], the cross country team has been awesome. When Coach Delgado started coaching the wrestling team, it skyrocketed. We’ve always had the talent, we just didn’t have the coaches to coach the players up to their potential,” said Mr. Torre.

Tim McIntosh is Bosco’s head cross-country coach and teaches civics and economics. Mr. McIntosh attended Bosco in 1975 and graduated in 1979. When Coach Mac attended Bosco, athletics were good in the 1970’s. According to Mr. Mcintosh, the school always had a good football program and other competitive sports. 

“We were always – in every sport – winning a league title or going to CIF.  It was different because we were in the Del Rey league, which was more isolated. But now we are in the Orange County league so we have to travel there a lot,” said Mcintosh regarding the changes in high school competition. 

Coaching and practice are major keys to be successful at something you enjoy. Practice makes perfect and leads to championships. In the 1970’s, Bosco’s opponents were easy competition as coaches gave their best effort in wanting to make history. In contrast, according to Mr. Torre and Mr. Corkhill, Bosco athletics struggled by and large throughout the early 2000s with exceptions in cross country, track and field and wrestling.

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Ms. Valerie Macrae, an art instructor, has been teaching at St. John Bosco since 2007. Being located in the 400 buildings on campus, she has a clear view of the school and sees how students interact with one another.

The Bosco campus has changed immensely from 2007 to 2018. Since 2007, the 300 building has been renovated with a new Learning Commons (2016), a new athletic field was put in (2017) and obviously the recent addition of the new football stadium (2018). Every year, St. John Bosco has introduced something new and are yet to stop the changes on site. 

“It was much more rough around the edges here on campus. We certainly did not have a new stadium, a new soccer field. It was down and rough,” said Ms. MaCrae. 

Mr. Corkhill has been teaching for five years here at Bosco, teaching classes such as Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Computer Science. Mr. Corkhill attended Bosco as a student from 2005 to 2009. Bosco has always provided activities and clubs for students to be apart of. Student Council and Associated Student Body (ASB) have always been something Bosco has used to help students make the best of their high school days at St. John Bosco. One of the major changes has been the involvement of students with other grade levels and activities. 

“When you are actually apart of it, it’s kind of cool to see all your friends or all grade levels participating all together,” said Mr. Corkhill about the ASB program.

One huge event that has always brought the Bosco community together has been the faculty softball games against the students annually. According to Mr. Corkhill, these softball games used to be a much more frequent thing than just being once a year.

“I think it benefited the school spirit and helped communicate information too. Everybody in the same spot, at the same time,” said Mr. Corkhill. 

Based on interviews with alumni, previous ASB Councils and club leaders tended to be more active with student involvement. ASB would have their own food sales, different clubs would be outside representing themselves and every lunch there would be an ice cream sale.

“There was so much going on that lunch wasn’t a time of seclusion. It was a time of ‘let’s get this going.’ It was fun and was really ‘brotherhood time’,” said Corkhill.

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Mr. David Mestas, a religion instructor and ex-tennis coach, has been working at St. John Bosco since 1997. He believes one of the biggest changes at Bosco has been the student dress code. Bosco has always been strict on dress code as a private school. In the early 2000’s, Bosco’s authority prohibited students to wear sweater hoodies. Hoodies were banned in classrooms as students tended to abuse them and cover their headphones with the hoodie.

Along with hoodies, students in the late 1990’s were prohibited from bringing backpacks to school. Students were to carry their belongings all day in hand and their only source of storage would be a locker. 

“There was a time where backpacks were not allowed. The students would have to carry their books and either put them in the locker room or they were just not allowed in the classroom at all,” said Mr. Mestas. 

Seniors are the main figures at Bosco and underclassmen obviously observe what they do. Bosco seniors have always had senior privileges as they are granted after the first quarter of the school year. It has always been a long wait and has been something for seniors to look forward to. Some privileges that have been active in the past here were early lunch dismissals, senior free dress on Fridays, non-shaves, and tattoos. Besides senior students having these advantages, these restrictions has been misused by other grade levels. 

“Unfortunately, over the last four years, those things [non-shaves and tattoos] haven’t really been reinforced as much,” said Mr. Mestas. 

In contrast, Vice Principal of Student Affairs and former dean Adan Jaramillo believes that this year, administration will be more on top of their jobs. This year’s administration has given students lunch suspensions and have taken other actions against students who fail to follow school rules such as dress code.

“I came to Bosco where there was a time where it was very ‘do this, do that, don’t do this,’” said Mr. Jaramillo.

Bosco’s administration is taking a time machine back to a time where enforcing strict rules was a primary focus. Mr. Jaramillo believes that ‘consistency and equity’ are the two most important roles to be taken when addressing students who do not follow school policy.

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Ms. Michelle Tracy, an English instructor, started working at Bosco in 1999, but years later decided to teach at a different school. However, last year Tracy came back to Bosco, as nothing compares to the students and community here, in her opinion.

Ms. Tracy expresses Bosco’s evolution as something great to be a part of. At the beginning of her time teaching at St. John Bosco, the school was known as just a local high school. Diversity has been something new for Bosco. The difference has been students from different counties enduring the travel just to be a part of the Bosco community. St. John Bosco’s diversity has changed due to sports and activities that are offered as well.

“Most of our students came from local schools but also schools from past the 105 freeway. We have students coming from everywhere to Bosco, being well-known in a lot of different areas. The students feel like the teachers are there for them and that they are accompanied, and you don’t necessarily get that at a public school,” said Ms. Tracy.

As Bosco has grown in the different fields of academics and sports, it has drawn more attention and exposure from middle schoolers and parents. Bosco’s great recent athletes, such as Josh Rosen (football), Evan Longoria and Nomar Garciaparra (baseball), as well as Zahid and Anthony Valencia (wrestling), have given new generations of Braves an inspiration to attend Bosco. 

Coach McIntosh attended Bosco in an age of growth. During the 1970’s, technology was at a state of development as the first digital camera and the 8-bit Apple II was just invented. A major change in Bosco’s exposure has been the internet. People were not aware of other existing schools regarding athletics and academics. Sports would be covered by local newspapers to provide game scores and coverage. 

“With the invention of technology and the internet, it has blown up high school sports. Now, we are known nationally. We’re that good to be known and the internet has blown that up,” said Coach Mac regarding Bosco’s sport and school exposure. 

Technology and the internet has given Bosco the attention that we deserve. Bosco is a top-notch school that people across the country know about. One of the main reasons that Bosco has gained attention is due to their sports. But academics still reign supreme here, and the mission to develop and become well-rounded Bosco men continues to attract a diverse array of talented students and faculty.

Mama Shields: Surviving Hurricane Katrina

by Gabriel Botello

“It changed my whole life, I became homeless and jobless. I had possessions in my home that could never be replaced.”

With Hurricane Florence affecting residents of North and South Carolina, Bosco religion teacher Ms. Valerie “Mama” Shields reflected on her own story of being a victim of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Going through a hurricane is extremely tragic, and many people living in California are fortunate enough to have avoided the experience. Residents must leave their belongings, their money and most importantly their homes while evacuating. For some people, it’s the home they grew up in.

The main tragedy of the hurricane is the destruction it leaves in its wake. Imagine coming back to your home and seeing nothing but destruction, filth, and sadness. As for Ms. Shields, she explained that she was one of the lucky ones, as she evacuated her home early and had insurance to rebuild her home.

Other people who were less fortunate had no insurance, decided to stay and take on the storm, or even ended up losing their lives.

Not only is the destruction devastating, but it also takes a long time to rebuild the community fully.

“People in New Orleans expected the town to be completely rebuilt in five years, and now 13 years later it’s still suffering from Katrina,” said Ms. Shields.

Although this situation is a tragic one, many people such as the citizens who suffered, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Coast Guard still contribute to New Orleans to have it rebuilt and return to its amazing and vibrant culture.

Although Ms. Shields lost lots of her possessions and her home, she explained that she experienced a sense of “humbleness” when she was being taken care of by the Red Cross Organization and while she witnessed many people of different ethnicities and ages in the same situation she was in.

“Seeing all those people giving us a helping hand to those who needed it really brought me to a sense of humbleness,” said Ms. Shields.

Sadly, another hurricane has recently arrived and began hitting the east coast of the United States last Friday: Hurricane Florence. Mandatory evacuations began early last week and lives have already been taken in the aftermath.

“I sometimes experience anxiety and PTSD because I worry for those who are going to suffer and I know what people are going to be going through,” said Ms. Shields.

“I share my story every year to give my students an idea that they are truly blessed everyday they are safe and to make sure that they help whomever needs it. Make sure that if you see a brother down, give them a hand.”

During this time, we can always look to give a helping hand and try to support those in a fight with Hurricane Florence.


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