Monthly Archives: December 2018

Alumni Update: Alberto Gonzalez ’16

by Gabriel Botello

Bosco alumnus Alberto Gonzalez and his team dominated the internship competition at Facebook University and got to meet the famous Mark Zuckerberg recently._E5mh9pW_400x400.jpg

Alberto Gonzalez is an alumnus of St. John Bosco High School and was a part of the graduating class of 2016. For two years, Berto has been bouncing around with different majors such as neuroscience and PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics).

As he was still trying to find what he truly wanted to major in, Berto landed an internship in Washington, DC during the summer where he decided to minor in computer science. With this decision, Gonzalez worked on getting an internship for the class the summer after.

After applying for many internships, Facebook University happily accepted him, and Gonzalez was also ready to get started.

“I said to myself that this would be my test,” said Gonzalez.

As the year went on, Berto began to learn more and more of and about computer science, even considering it as a major instead of a minor. The summer internship came along and Berto Gonzalez was prepped and ready to begin at FBU.

The program he was involved in was an 180-student program that taught the students mobile development over three weeks. After the three weeks of learning, the students were given an opportunity to build their own successful app using their knowledge they learned through the three weeks. The students were then given their own groups and five weeks to develop their app. The top three apps at the end of the summer got to meet and present their apps to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg!

Berto’s team – after weeks of hard work – finally developed their app, “Surround.” This app was created to take a group of phones and turn them into a a full 5.1 surround sound system with several phones as speakers and a couple as controllers. The app was so successful it brought Berto and his team to the number one spot, allowing them to ultimately present it to Zuckerberg.

This was a major accomplishment for Berto Gonzalez, as his family and his Bosco community is beyond proud of him. After working and studying so hard to get to where he is now, Berto expressed his thoughts.

“I was overjoyed! I had completed my test. Now, I am a computer science major and am returning to Facebook next summer,” said Gonzalez.


News: Brexit – A Simple Guide

by Joshua Adoh and RJ Johnson

The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29th, 2019, but how many people understand the backdrops that come with this transition and the Irish Border Issues?


What is Brexit?

Brexit stands for “British exit,” describing Britain exiting the EU (European Union).

Why is the UK leaving the Union?

According to BBC News, the UK is leaving the Union because a public vote called for a referendum – which is a general vote by the electorate on a question.

This referendum was held on back on June 23rd, 2016.

Question asked in the Referendum

The big question that was on everyone’s minds during the referendum was: should the UK leave or remain in the Union?

The leave side won 52 percent to 48 percent. The date for the UK’s exit is said to be on March 29th, 2019.

What is the EU?

The EU is a group of 28 countries that trade with each other and allow each other to move freely within one another’s country.

The UK and the other EU countries are currently going over the withdrawal agreement, discussing more of how the United Kingdom will secede from the EU and then about what will happen after they leave.

What is the withdrawal agreement?

According to BBC News, the withdrawal agreement has two documents, one draft that is a 585-page agreement on Britain’s withdrawal and another 26-page statement on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Each discuss the commitments over citizens’ rights after Brexit. People will be able to work and study where they currently live, and to be joined by family members for a 21-month transition period after the UK’s departure, to allow time for trade talks.

The UK will continue to follow all EU rules during this period in order to give governments and businesses more time to prepare for long-term changes.

A “fair financial settlement” from the UK – also known as the £39bn “divorce bill” – is a “backstop” arrangement to keep the Irish border unmanned if trade talks don’t come up with a way of avoiding that happening.

Recent news as of December 11th, 2019

Theresa May made little progress in her efforts of re-negotiation when Angela Merkel – the German Chancellor – ruled out a re-negotiation of her Brexit Deal. Theresa May’s emergency European tour has been cut short as the EU ruled out re-negotiation.


How To Make The Most Of The Christmas Season

by Michael Beltran

Living in the great city of Los Angeles, you are open to a variety of activities to do with your family during this Christmas season. With the amazing weather, it’s not too cold to go out and walk around, opening up many options.


Naples Lights on Second Street

A great experience is going to Disneyland during the Christmas theme. With the decorations and the huge Christmas Tree, it makes it feel as if you are living in a Christmas fairytale.

The down side to doing this is the price, which makes it more of a once in awhile experience.

A cheaper thing to do is going to see Christmas light-seeing, and with places all over LA there might be one in your city. Christmas light-seeing is very kid friendly and overall a great way to hop into the Christmas spirit.

In the city of downtown Los Angeles, you can go ice skating right in the center of LA live. The enjoyment this brings is amazing. It’s also a great place for a date or to spend time with the family.

If you are big into the snow and want to take a little getaway vacation, you can always visit Big Bear Mountain, where you can go snowboarding, skiing, sliding and so much more.

Big Bear is outside the Los Angeles area – but it is not far – it’s roughly two hours and 30 minutes away. If you like the snow and want to get away for the weekend, this is a great idea to think about.

If this is not already enough, or you just want to stay home, go to your local grocery store and pick up a movie from Redbox. Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy some time with your loved ones.

With so many options to get you into the Christmas spirit, here are some ideas you can consider doing this year to make the most of the Christmas season.

RECAP: Bosco Basketball Wins Fr. Barry Tournament

by Ethan Piechota

After a strong 5-0 start, the St. John Bosco Braves basketball team headed up to Sacramento to play in the Fr. Barry Tournament at Jesuit High School, where they would take on top-ranked teams across the state. 


Credit – @BoscoBasketball on Twitter

The Braves beat St. Mary’s by 26 points to start off their tournament run, a great all-around team win with seniors Chris James and Jonathan Salazar both scoring 14 apiece to lead the way. Everyone contributed as the Braves coasted to a victory.

Bosco then took on Mitty in the semifinals, a close, down-to-the-wire game. They ultimately came out on top, winning 61-54 with James leading the way with 20 points.

Bosco was tested in this one, and responded well to the challenge as they advanced to the tournament championship game with the win.

They capped off their impressive overall tournament with a 85-69 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the finals, as Jonathan Salazar exploded for 36 points on his way to winning the MVP of the tournament.

Chris James and junior guard Josh Camper also made All-Tournament teams in recognition of their great play throughout.

After the championship game, James received his first official Division 1 offer from UC Davis, so congrats to Christian.

The Braves are now 8-0 and will host the Bosco Classic this week, inside the Thunderdome. They take on Rancho Dominguez High School tonight at 7:30 PM, and will need support from their fans in their first home game of the year.

Movie Review: Creed II Comes Out Swinging

by Nick Hernandez

Creed II is a boxing masterpiece, released on November 21st of this year, the film received major support from fans and critics alike. Their immediate responses gravitated towards overall astonishment and gratitude for the truly breathtaking performances by the actors on screen.

When reviewing the critique given by Rotten Tomatoes – an accredited website that certifies movies based on their appeal to both experienced critics and the average moviegoer – it’s obvious that the film did very well, receiving an 85 percent rating overall and a Certified Fresh rating.creed-ii.jpg

Creed II begins by introducing its antagonist Viktor Drago, and the harsh life that he and his father live in Russia. Together, the two train for Viktor’s first fight, where that night he destroys his opponent within the first 2 rounds.

The film then jumps to fight-night where Creed is preparing for a bout of his own. In turn, he wins and receives the title of Heavyweight Champion.

From this point on, the world’s of the two fighters draw closer together until they finally meet for the first time in the ring. Drago challenges Creed, but when he considers the offer, those closest to Adonis begin to doubt him and his abilities, ultimately discouraging him from accepting the fight.

It’s with this self-conflict that Creed goes into the fight and loses, badly, resulting in the destruction of Creed’s body and spirit. This is partly because of unpreparedness, but also relies on the fact that his trainer, Rocky, was not in his corner to support him.

Creed thereafter is stuck recovering from the physical trauma of the fight, but more importantly working to fix his relationship with Rocky.

The intensity picks up again when Rocky and Creed train for the rematch against Drago. Adonis pushes his body to the limit, working to overcome all obstacles and toughen himself in every way possible.

Finally, on the night of the boxing match, Creed struggles to stand up for himself in the early rounds but proves his worth throughout the fight. In the 12th round, Drago is knocked down and after a barrage of blows from Creed, Drago’s father forfeits the fight and Creed maintains his title as champion, showing the world that he’s got what it takes.

The film ends with Drago Senior consoling his son after their loss and showing the pair back in Russia training together.

As a whole, Creed II was an astounding film, filled with action and emotions that made the viewer feel and live through the experiences seen within the movie. Together, screenwriters Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker created a screenplay that emphasized the importance of relationships. Without them, you will not perform to the best of your ability.

While there are more moments in feature that reveal a greater sympathetic and emotional appeal, such as the scene with Creed’s fiancé and daughter, the film does a good job of applying what is experienced in this instance throughout the picture in its entirety.

Creed II in it’s current state is perfect and in no need of a third movie to the add to the series.

Actors Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and those supporting have built upon a franchise that was already successful and created a story that adds to that fame, ultimately proving that ‘Creed’ is flawless and in need of no change (add-ons). 


News: Midterm Elections Results And Analysis

by Kyle Moats

America… Home Of The Free… Because of the Brave. Free to do many things, but especially To Vote…

It says great things about us and, of course, our founders insistence of checks and balances when we face the current outcome of our midterm elections.

This year’s midterm elections were labeled by the modern media as one of the most important midterm elections ever. Maybe so, but what are we really looking at?

Depending on the political party, “important” was either maintaining, losing, or increasing control.

This midterms were a chance for, by their current admission, “an embittered but re-energized” Democratic party to regain control of the House and the Senate. If they were able to, they would be able to stop what they have labeled as “President Trump’s conservative campaign.” 

Interestingly identifying this election as one that is a direct affirmation or rejection of Presidential policies, rather than party politics. This was especially huge for the Democrats, as they now worry that the Supreme Court leans in Trump’s favor with two additional “conservative” appointees being sworn in during the President Trump’s administration.

Despite the fracas, the voting was actually on par with historical voting tendencies in the past. Midterm elections traditionally benefit the the party who lost the presidency. In this case, substantial losses for the Republicans in the house.

It is also interesting to note that the same constituency voted in a record number of Senate Republicans. As an observer, one would think the party line would hold. What is apparent for this election is that people are turning out to vote – individually – for those they think will help their current environment.

Blue Wave, Red Wave, for us as young citizens, what does that even mean? For this report, after studying the political maps, nothing is definitive. Our America remains a great melting pot of ideas and opinions. Either side cannot report complete dominance currently.

Many hard-line Republican strongholds have fallen, and yet traditional Democratic areas are now dominated by conservatives. Opinions vary of course… This election was not a rejection of the “right or left.”  

Moreover, it was a rejection of the political status quo. While writing this article, I thought about how it applies to our experience as students here at St. John Bosco High School. Although all of our parents, teachers, and administrators made every effort to teach and counsel, without pushing their personal feelings this November, it has been “the vote,” rather than the “elephant” in the room. We still were fortunate enough to get up the day after and continue life as we know it.

People are angry, policies will change, and we will either reap the benefits as a country or endure the consequences depending on which “side” we are on.

St. John Bosco Families Cross Party Lines Every Day To Make Us Great

The midterm elections once again represent, whether your party won or lost, what makes America great. For many of the class of 2019, this was our first year to vote. If you did, you were able to experience the process firsthand. If you were not satisfied with the results, you now have the opportunity to make a difference.


Sports: Bosco Basketball Season Update And Preview

by Caleb Wiley

After coming off a very successful season one game away from the Division One State Championship game in California, the top-ranked St. John Bosco basketball team comes in with the highest expectations this program has had in years.


Credit – Parker Gray

This team is the deepest team Bosco has had in a while. They have players like forward Jordan Brown and guard Gabe Campos, who can get on the court and do other things than scoring, like defending and hustling. They understand winning.

“We have have a lot of guys who do the little things very well. They can come into the game and be impactful right away,” said senior starting point guard Chris James.

Along with scrappy players, this team is filled with experience, as there are eight seniors on this roster who are all returning from last year. When you have a lot of returning seniors, it can set you up for a deep run in the playoffs.

“In my time here, this is the first time we have a real seniors class. All these guys were freshman when I started here. The most seniors I have ever had on a team was three. So, having that senior leadership and guys that have been through the ups and downs, which we never really had before, is big,” said varsity Head Coach Matt Dunn.

Every one of those seniors are doing their job in leading this team and the younger guys, which this team needs since they do play many sophomores and juniors on the court as well.

“I think what makes this team special is that we have a lot of leaders. I think Chris James and Gabe Campos are consistently good leaders. Jalen Manson and Fernie Gomez have been great verbal leaders leading with their voice. Then, Josh Adoh always does an amazing job with just how hard he plays,” said coach Dunn.

The team had their first games in the El Monte tournament in November and had their way throughout. The teams they played were not the best competition, but Bosco did their thing regardless as they went on to this tourney’s championship, going 4-0 and winning by an average of 40 points per game.

The last game they played was against St. Anthony, and this was a close game. It went down to the wire, however St. Anthony did not pull the upset as Bosco won this game 67-64. It was a scare, but the team stayed resilient and found a way to win this game.

Bosco currently stands at 5-0 and have a big road trip tournament coming up as they travel to Sacramento for their second tournament of the year. There are gonna be some top-notch opponents this time around. This is a great opportunity for Bosco to show that basketball is for real this year.

“Everybody is going to be good this tournament, there are gonna be eight catholic schools participating. Five of them are from Northern California and a couple are from Arizona. We start off with St. Mary’s, which is the number 20 team in the state,” said coach Dunn.

There are a lot of expectations that come with this season for the Bosco basketball team. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bosco is ranked #3 in all of Southern California.

This ranking could soon be on the rise, as the team looks to have a great tournament in Sacramento and a great rest of the season.



NFL Review: Who Will Make The Playoffs?

by Lucas Garrison

The NFL’s 13th week kicked off with a bang last Thursday with a matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys, two divisional leaders in the NFC.


This game had huge playoff implications, as New Orleans looked to stay atop the NFC, and the Cowboys looked to stay atop the NFC East. The Cowboys shut down the Saints great offense and held Drew Brees to just ten points, asserting their dominance as contenders in the NFC.


The entire NFC is looking like a total crap shoot with which six teams will make the final cut. Currently, the only locks in my opinion are the Los Angeles Rams, Saints, and Chicago Bears. The big question is: who will take the remaining three spots? So far, the NFC East is just too close to call. Depending on how the Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins play, any of those teams have potential to make the playoffs. However, the Eagles will have to struggle to make it and more than likely will miss the playoffs. My prediction for the final spots for the NFC playoffs are…

  1. Saints
  2. Rams
  3. Bears
  4. Cowboys
  5. Seahawks
  6. Vikings

The New Orleans Saints will ultimately come out on top and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.


The AFC race is very, very interesting. The wild card is jumbled with average to slightly above average teams. The biggest problem facing teams is themselves.

Analyst Colin Cowherd called the Pittsburgh Steelers the “LOUDEST team in the NFL.” For the past three seasons, all you’ve heard out of the Steelers locker room is problem after problem after problem. Their most current problem is that Big Ben seems to be losing faith in his rookie wide receiver, James Washington. As Ben threw a game ending interception in a Week 12 loss to the Denver Broncos, he proceeded to shift the blame to the rookie Washington who had dropped a pass in the third quarter that would’ve been a go-ahead touchdown. The Steelers have begun to fall apart, and lost in horrific fashion to the surging Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

The big question surrounding the Houston Texans is: can they stay healthy and will Bill O’Brien be able to lead this team throughout the playoffs? The Chargers answered many questions about their credibility with a comeback win over the Steelers last week. The AFC playoff picture will finish as…

  1. Chiefs
  2. Texans
  3. Patriots
  4. Steelers
  5. Chargers
  6. Colts

The Colts, weathering a bad loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, will recover and beat out the Baltimore Ravens for the final wild card spot. The Chiefs will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.


News: Remembering The Life Of George H.W. Bush

by Samuel Rodriguez

George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and decorated World War 2 veteran, died Friday, November 30th, at the age of 94.

According to CNN, his casket sits in the US capital until a state funeral will take place on December 5th at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. From there, Bush will be flown to Texas to be buried at his Presidential library.

On Monday,  current President Donald Trump honored the lost hero at the US capitol and ended his visit with a firm salute to Bush’s casket. Trump will attend Bush’s funeral Wednesday along with Prince Charles of Wales, who will be representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth. 

George H.W. Bush was born on 1924 in Massachusetts to his mother, Dorothy Bush, and his father, Prescott Sheldon Bush. Once he turned 18, Bush enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi before his 19th birthday, making him one of the youngest aviators in the US Navy.

According to The Washington Post, on September 2, 1944, Bush flew an air attack over Chichi Jima, a Japanese island 500 miles off the coast. This island was a communications center for the Japanese and had great importance to their military forces. Upon reaching the island, Bush’s plane was shot, and flames engulfed its wings.

The Washington Post continues, saying, “Choking on smoke, Bush continued to steer the plane, dropping bombs and hitting the radio tower.”

Of all the soldiers who escaped their planes that day, Bush was the only one to survive. In his years of service, Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three air medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Post World War 2, Bush graduated from Yale and took a job in an oil business for Dresser Industries. According to BBC News, within 3 years Bush started his own oil firm – the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company – which became highly successful.

In 1964, Bush was elected into the House of Representatives where he served two terms and marked the beginning of his political career. Bush went from the Representative of Texas (1967-71), to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1971-73), then became the United States Director of Central Intelligence (1976-77) and went on to become the Vice President to Ronald Reagan (1981-89).

Finally, he became the 41st President of the United States to cap off his career, with his term lasting from 1989 to 1993. Throughout his presidency, Bush made critical decisions that would greatly impact our nation’s future, signing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, according to 

George H.W. Bush stood as a testament to what a model American is capable of. His life story inspires people to pursue their dreams despite how hard they may seem. Bush’s legacy will forever bring honor to what it means to truly be an American. The loss of such a strong and admirable leader brings sorrow throughout America, but continues to bring strength for future generations.

Bosco: 2018 Junior Ring Ceremony

by Matthew Ruiz

The Junior Ring Ceremony is where Bosco juniors celebrate their last year as an underclassman. It acts as a right of passage to our senior year – or a small glimpse of it -with a small memento to remember high school.fullsizeoutput_660

This event also brings juniors closer together in brotherhood, as everyone celebrates as a community and remembers and appreciates high school. Principal Christian De Larkin mentioned that the class of 2020 had the biggest participation in this ceremony in all of the years he’d been at Bosco.

As a junior, receiving this ring means a lot. Being able to say I have found a home here at Bosco, along with a playground, a school, and a church to trust following the model of St. John Bosco.

I interviewed a fellow junior named Adrian Gutierrez, who said receiving a junior ring is an honor and it shows who we are and how we developed as young men since freshman year.

Gutierrez also stated that the ceremony was a very special moment in his life, because it shows his commitment to Bosco and how Bosco has changed him to become a better man socially and educationally.

I also interviewed Andrew Serrano, another junior at Bosco. He said this ring is special because since he has a family history here at Bosco it shows that he has been able to overcome any obstacles life throws at him. He mentioned that Bosco has brought him closer to God and receiving this ring is like our commitment to God, saying you will never lose faith and love all of his children.

The Junior Ring Ceremony is a precious time at Bosco for all juniors that pass through, marking their legacy down as lifelong Braves.