The St. John Bosco track and field team has started their season on the right foot after recently performing well at the Quad Meet at Mater Dei, as they lead into their Trinity League matches.
The 2022 St. John Bosco track team has made many top marks in the state and national marks as well. With many key performers this year, Head Coach Tim McIntosh and the Braves are working hard to have a successful season and turn many heads this Spring.
“A lot of seniors have been key performers this year, Jaden Smith, Camryn O’bannon, Rayshon Luke, Jackson Harley, Jabari Bates, Tayvion Beasley and Chris Chavez to name a few,” said Coach McIntosh.
The Braves have performed very well on the track as they are ranked number two in the state in the 4×2 relay. Camryn O’bannon is ranked number one in the state in the long jump, number three in the state in the triple jump and also number three in the nation in the Triple Jump.
“I’m really excited for this season. We have really fast and athletic guys from football and guys like myself who have been doing this for a long time and are ready to go out and show what we can do,” said Camryn.
The Brave’s last meet was a four-way meet on March 25th, at Mater Dei high school. The meet was between their fellow Trinity League opponents, Orange Lutheran, Jserra and Mater Dei. The Braves dominated the meet.
Camryn O’Bannon placed first in the triple jump with a score of 46-3.00, Jaden Smith placed second in the long jump with a score of 22-08.00, this score was right behind Camryn O’Bannon’s first-place score of 24-04.00.
“I felt like we owned the tournament. Orange Lutheran and Jserra didn’t stand a chance, so it’s usually us and Mater Dei that battle it out for the championship, but I think Mater Dei would’ve lost if they ran all their guys,” said Rayshon.
The Braves also dominated in other categories of the meet including senior Chris Chavez’s 41.90 score in the 4×100 relay, and junior Myles Vaughn’s first place title in the varsity 300m hurdles and 110m hurdles as well.
“Overall I feel that we would have beaten Mater Dei had they not had a race the following day and ran more of their guys. But, there was a lot of stuff we could’ve done better individually and even as a group to better our performance last week,” said Coach McIntosh.
The Braves’ track and field team’s next meet will be against the Santa Margarita Eagles on April 6th, at 3:15 p.m. at Santa Margarita Catholic high school.
Last week, the Five Sisters Theatre Company of St. Joseph’s High School took the audience’s breath away with their Spring performance of Shrek: The Musical.
Based on the book by William Steig and the popular Dreamworks film, Shrek: The Musical is a touching tale about learning to love people for who they are. Most are familiar with animated film, but the musical adaptation brings the show to new heights and seeing Bosco and St. Joseph students up on stage made the story all the more entertaining.
Directed by Larry Van Deventer, the story follows an ogre named Shrek, played by junior Connor Sheehan and his trusty sidekick, Donkey, played by junior Alex Palmer. Together they set off on a quest to deliver Princess Fiona, played by junior Oliva Herron, to Lord Farquaad, played by senior Kriss Valente, in exchange for the swamp Shrek calls home.
At the beginning of the play, others see Shrek as a scary monster, so he shuts the world out, believing that people will only ever see him this way. However, as the story progresses, Shrek learns that just because he looks like a monster on the outside, he doesn’t have to act like savagely on the inside. This heart-warming message of self-love is aligned with the Salesian message of St. John Bosco.
Connor played the lead role of Shrek. The combination of his wide range of vocals, his talented acting and a little bit of green face paint really came together to bring the character to life.
“It’s a fun character to play. He’s not completely goofy, but he also has a lot of bravery to him. Some would call him a Byronic hero, kind of like an antihero,” said Connor.
The comedy throughout the play was top tier, as every joke had the audience filled with laughter. The array of fairytale characters such as the Big, Bad Wolf, played by senior Diego Tavares, Pinocchio, played by Izzy Prata, and the Gingerbread Man, played by junior Kate Sheehan, Connor’s twin sister, only amplified this comedy.
“The show was really good compared to other school plays I’ve seen. [The Five Sisters Theatre Company] put a lot of work into it and it really shows,” said senior Luis Salazar
The next production starring students from St. Joseph and St. John Bosco will be The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which premieres in April 29th under the direction of St. John Bosco’s very own Director of Theater Production, Mr. Martin Lang.
Each year more and more sports fields change from natural grass to artificial grass in order to improve the cost and looks of their complex. Though it may be more dangerous for the athletes to play on turf rather than well-maintained grass.
Artificial grass (turf) holds many benefits to athletes, as it can be easily maintained and can allow the athlete to perform better. Although turf may have many benefits, it also has strong negatives as it is significantly harder on the body than grass is.
Turf fields have been highly preferred by Bosco athletes to play on due to how badly grass fields may be maintained. Artificial grass has been installed more in high school and college-level sports due to how much cheaper it is to maintain over time compared to natural grass.
Turf fields have not had the greatest history when it comes to injuries, as many athletes like to play on turf fields, in a long-term decision grass is more recommended to play on to prevent injury.
“Grass has give. If you are a soccer player and are constantly running and changing directions, or a football player and plant your foot and turn, turf does not have the same give as the cleats tend to stick on the rubber pebbles. Which can cause lower body injuries because when having to quickly change directions, the foot will not be able to move rather than with grass. Your foot will be able to move and slide which will relieve pressure from the joints,” said trainer Melody Mohebbi.
As a long-term decision for the athletes, grass would be better from a health standpoint. But, many high school athletes would rather play on a turf field due to the belief that their performance is better.
“Playing on a wet grass field or a slightly muddy field, you get scared to overcommit because you may slip, whereas on turf you know you will stick to it,” said senior lacrosse captain Noah Citek.
There is also the factor that many of the athletes performed most of their career on turf fields which gives them the comfortability of feeling safer on turf compared to grass.
“I have been playing on turf all of my life. When I play on turf and I plant my foot, I feel like I won’t slip. Especially on my cuts when I am running,” said senior Arizona commit and running back Rayshon Luke.
This safety and comfortability may come from the lack of having well-maintained grass fields as kids which can cause trauma to not wanting to play on grass.
“I was playing Pop Warner in the eighth grade with my friend Khalil Williams and we used to play on the West Coast Dolphins. I was playing corner and he was playing wideout and mind you, he did not even take a step but when the ball was hiked, he just slipped and did the splits and ended up hurting his groin and he has been having groin issues ever since. Ever since that situation at the park, we did not like the idea of playing over there,” said Rayshon Luke.
Due to the fact that it can happen on a grass field that is not well maintained, high school athletes turn away from it, but if the grass was well-maintained athletes would prefer playing on it rather than turf.
“The expense of grass fields would be worth taking care of over turf because if grass fields were well taken care of I would prefer it over turf. But many grass fields are usually muddy and slippery,” said sophomore soccer player Marcos Velasco.
Turf fields have been the safest for high school athletes so far in their careers due to the low maintenance of grass fields. But a well-maintenance grass field is by far the overall preferred and a much safer place to play for athletes.
In California and across the United States, the cost of gas continues to increase amid global crises and uncertainty, such as inflation and the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia is one of the world’s most important and largest oil exporters. Despite the fact that just a little amount of Russian oil reaches U.S. consumers, oil is priced on global markets. As a result of the consequences of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the disruption in Russian oil supply has made prices start to rise. In the last two months, the average retail gallon of gasoline has increased by nearly 25 %, and President Joe Biden’s decision to ban Russian oil imports from the United States is pushing prices higher.
In California, gas prices are rising above the national average, continuing a trend of the last couple weeks. The average cost of a gallon is $5.44 in the Golden State, with prices being higher in large cities such as Los Angeles. California is the only state that has an average cost of more than five dollars per gallon.
“Defending freedom is going to cost,” said President Biden
With the war between Ukraine and Russia going on, President Biden wants to make an impact on Russia’s economy. On Tuesday, March 8th, Joe Biden ordered a ban on Russian oil imports. Although this decision harms the economy of Russia, it also contributes to the increasing gas prices here in the U.S.
In addition, President Biden signed an executive order prohibiting the import of essential Russian items, such as vodka, as well as the export of high-end brands such as luxury cars and designer clothes to Russia. The U.S. and its allies will be able to add higher taxes on select Russian imports, further isolating the Russian economy.
“It has caused the Russian economy to, quite frankly, crater. The Russian ruble is now down 50 percent since Putin announced his war,” said President Biden
According to the Energy Information Administration, the United States imported roughly 672,000 barrels per day from Russia in 2021. This represents around eight percent of total oil and refined product imports into the United States. As the U.S. suddenly cut that off, gas prices obviously rose. Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Napa now have gas prices that exceed $5.50 a gallon. In Bellflower, gas is $5.29, in Downey, gas is $5.36, in Long Beach and Huntington Beach, gas is $5.19 and in Inglewood, gas is $5.14.
Inflation in the United States has already risen to 7.9 % in the last year, and that is the highest it has been since 1982, and it is expected to increase even more if the war in Ukraine continues.
As traders began to view Russian crude exports as untouchable, oil prices soared. This has led to concerns about how that supply of four to five million barrels per day will be restored, especially when demand for gasoline typically rises throughout the summer.
On Tuesday, March 8th, Governor Newsom proposed a tax rebate to bring into light the rising gas prices. Newsom believes that if the U.S. continues to drill oil, then that will cause more extreme weather, more extreme drought and more wildfires. A solution that Newsom suggested is that the world’s largest lithium reserves can be tapped into.
Furthermore, China’s resolve to prevent the spread of COVID-19 resulted in a lockdown in the tech capital of Shenzhen. Combined with the new regulations in Shanghai, less people will be outside of their homes, which may mean that the country will require less energy. On a daily basis, China imports around eleven million barrels of oil, and this decline in oil prices helps to keep gasoline costs in the United States from rising.
The gas crisis is an interesting conflict regarding the balance between defending allies and democracy around the world and the economic interest of the United States, as they are at odds with each other in this scenario.
Mr. Walt Wippler, a native of Southern California, grew up in the city of Downey and attended public schools throughout his childhood until his high school years, where he attended St. John Bosco for all four years.
Bosco was Mr. Wippler’s first experience attending a private school, so it took a little bit of time for him to adjust. At first, he struggled with having friends because of the new environment that he was in. Eventually, he found his way, and he now describes Bosco as a place where everyone has a place.
“I didn’t know anybody. Some guys who lived in Downey also realized that I went to the same parish. Back in those days, people would ride their bikes to school, so they picked me up and we’d all ride there together. It was a welcoming place back then. It was a place where everybody had a spot where they could fit in and do something that they were interested in,” said Mr. Wippler.
Mr. Wippler wasn’t the greatest when it came to academics, but even so he took a strong liking to both math and science. In addition, Mr. Wippler also pursued athletics and music throughout high school, as he was in both band and soccer. However, he eventually put soccer to the side for his interest in music, something that he began to regret as time went on.
“I played soccer for a while, and then when I got involved heavily with music, there was a choice to be made. That’s one thing that I wish I would have actually tried to find a way of doing both because my senior year they won the league,” said Mr. Wippler.
After graduating from Bosco, Mr. Wippler attended California State University, Long Beach, and got a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Achieving this took longer than expected, as Mr. Wippler had to work while attending classes, and he was unable to pursue a master’s degree.
“I worked during college. I paid my own tuition. I worked as a plumber, so I went to school in the evenings, and then I got hired to work here. To get a Master of Engineering, you basically can’t,” said Mr. Wippler.
Before coming to Bosco, Mr. Wippler worked as an engineer. He worked as a draftsman for three summers, and the company he worked for did many government contracts. He worked on many different projects.
“I worked with a unit where we were working on the helmet for the space shuttle. I was pretty low level, so I wasn’t designing stuff, but it was pretty big. I found that the office environment was not really for me,” said Mr. Wippler.
After having his degree for a year, Mr. Wippler decided to come back to Bosco in the year of 1992. He was interested in the idea of teaching and sent out his application to several other institutions, but nothing really came of it. However, through a connection at Bosco, he later learned that they were looking for someone to fill a position in the science department. He decided to take up the position.
Mr. Wippler as a high school student never really imagined himself as a teacher, but funnily enough, his old soccer coach and English teacher predicted that he would end up as a teacher.
Bosco changed a lot since Mr. Wippler’s time as a student in many ways, such as uniforms or the campus experience.
“We didn’t have a uniform, but we had a dress code. You had to wear a collared shirt. You couldn’t wear shorts or jeans. We also now have the pathways and a very expanded curriculum, and on top of that, sports are better all-around. We also didn’t have air conditioning back then, so that’s a really big thing,” said Mr. Wippler.
Now, Mr. Wippler is the head of the Science Department, runs the Engineering pathway, teaches AP Physics and is the lead mentor of Tribe Robotics.
Tribe Robotics is an international organization that St. John Bosco is a part of. Bosco’s team number is 4123 because that is their registration number. It’s an extremely large organization that spans across many countries.
The Engineering pathway’s goal is to create self-sufficient students who are ready for their possible future careers in engineering, and in a sense training them in a way that college may not. The culmination of the Engineering students’ fourth year is a capstone class, where they develop a design for a certain amount of time and they present to a panel, similar to the show “Shark Tank”.
COVID-19 hit the school extremely hard, which greatly affected the Engineering pathway. Before the pandemic, the pathway used to have internships with a company called Pelican. Furthermore, precautions and online school also made it extremely hard to teach engineering, as Mr. Wippler has a very hands-on class. Through all of this, however, Mr. Wippler pushed through without breaking stride.
“Mr. Wippler is a great and understanding teacher. He really emphasizes the collaborative aspect of engineering,” said senior Gabriel Castro.
Mr. Wippler takes a lot of pride in how far Bosco has come. To him, the Science Department has an extremely strong group of teachers. He’s been at Bosco longer than almost anyone else and has witnessed all of its changes in real time, up close.
Last weekend, the Brave community welcomed students and their fathers at the annual Father and Son Car Show.
Landing with a POW, over one hundred cars showed up to this year’s superhero-themed car show. Plenty of fathers and sons showed up with a BANG, repping their favorite superhero apparel. With the recent opening of The Batman, Gotham’s caped crusader proved to have had the most love. This year’s event had an outstanding two hundred students and fathers attend.
The Sunday morning began with mass in the Chapel presided by Fr. Ted Montemayor. During his procession, Fr. Ted was welcomed by Theater Director Martin Lang who accompanied the piano for the service. Upon entering, students were given their ‘Participation Passport’ that, if fully completed, would be their ticket for being entered for a chance to win an Xbox Series S later in the afternoon. With plenty of more incentives, students and their fathers were more inclined to visit all of the activities the Car Show had to offer.
Following the mass, students were free to visit all of the classic, muscle, and sports cars the intramural field had to offer. The event sponsor this year was Team Mopar 360 who showed with the majority of the vehicles. On top of this, many unique cars made an appearance too.
“I honestly thought the beach van and classic cop car were super cool. They aren’t something you see all the time. I was really surprised to see a comic book-themed car, it looked almost like Hot Wheels,” said junior Dominic Garcia.
Superhero-themed cars made their way onto the scene too. Bosco welcomed a Batmobile-inspired 2014 Dodge Viper and 2006 Dodge Charger, a Captain America-inspired 2014 Shelby GT500 along with many more.
“The Batmobile was one of my favorites. The Green Lantern Mustang was really cool too but the Dodge Viper was one of the coolest ones at the show,” said Dominic.
Not too long after the mass, fathers and sons gathered around the senior square to enjoy breakfast as a community. Along with the buffet breakfast, Bosco hosted a snack bar to keep car owners, students and fathers filled up all day long.
As breakfast concluded, activities, raffles, and silent auctions became open to the community.
The most notable prizes were baseball memorabilia signed by Evan Longoria ‘03, movie tickets and gift baskets featuring team gear of a number of Bosco teams.
This year’s activities included a tug-o-war competition (the fathers won a convincing 2-0 for the second year in a row), a carnival high striker (hammer smash), half-court competition, a Bosco Bread Company popup that featured their fresh baked goods and, of course, plenty of cars to check out.
“As a baseball guy, I wished I would have won the baseball bat from Evan Longoria. As for the activities, the half-court completion was probably the best game,” said junior Sam Hentges.
To close out the day, the winner was announced for the Bosco Award and the winner of the Xbox Series S. The 2022 Bosco Award went to a 1932 Ford Coupe and 1965 Mustang Fastback. The Mustang was owned by Bosco senior Matteo Chacon. Sophomore Matt Carillo went home big with the Xbox Series S.
“Honestly I was really surprised to win. I hardly ever win raffles. Going into the event, all I was looking forward to was spending time with my dad but winning the Xbox was a nice touch,” said Matthew.
After the conclusion of the show, Bosco was happy to see that this year’s Father and Son Car Show found such huge success. With plenty of new and returning faces, the Bosco community can only expect more participants, more cars and better prizes for years to come.
The St. John Bosco swim team is looking forward to the remainder of their season, as they are off to a hot start with one of the most talented rosters they have had in years.
Bosco’s swim team has begun their season with a great start, as they have two wins and only one loss overall. On February 24th, Bosco started their season against West Torrence, which ended up being a loss with a score of 53-117. Despite the loss, it pushed the Bosco swimmers to train even harder.
“Winning easy meets is a result of our hard work put into our training. When we do lose it motivates us to learn from our mistakes and to get better and faster,” said co-captain senior swimmer Joshua Joson.
The next meet was against Warren, and Bosco came out on top securing them the first win for the swimming season 115-55. Senior athlete and co-captain Joson placed first in the 200 meters and the 100-meter breast. Another senior and co-captain Jack Woodson placed first in 100 meters back and 100 meters free.
Bosco’s next opponent was Cypress on March 8th. Fresh off of their first win of the season Bosco swimmers carried that momentum into the next meet. It ended in another win for Bosco, 103-68. Marco Uribe, Tyler Baligad and Joshua Joson all placed first in the 200-meter medley relay.
Bosco’s swimmers are in the water practicing for two hours five days each week. The practice consists on average about 3000 yards every single day. Some athletes such as Josh, Marco and Nico will participate in club swimming outside of Bosco to help them train all year round.
Bosco’s strongest swimmers are the captains, Joshua Joson and Jack Woodson. They set an example for the whole team to always do their best and lead the team in warm-ups. Coach Jeff Powers, the head coach of the swim team, strives to make his athletes the best competitors they can be. He pushes them at practices to be the best they can be as an athlete and a Bosco student.
“You can just kind of switch off your mind, forget about your problems sometimes and concentrate on your workout,” said Coach Powers.
The swim team is preparing to continue their success as they still have 14 games before the prelims start. Bosco is training to win a CIF title this year, as they have the talent to do so as well as the dedication.
Bosco swimming’s next meet takes place on El Dorado starting at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th. The rest of their season’s schedule can be accessed HERE.
The season of Lent is an important time to self-reflect and to discover how each person can better prepare their heart for the coming of Jesus, not just by giving something up, but by giving back as well.
5. Adopting from an animal shelter
adoptapet.com is a nonprofit website someone can use to find local animal shelters near them. Their website can be used to find local shelters with the specific breed, age, and species of pet they are looking for. Their site also has resources for those who want to volunteer or donate.
Adopting an animal from a shelter is more beneficial than buying one from a pet store as a lot of the animals in shelters were picked up from off the streets or left by people who couldn’t take care of them anymore. When someone adopts from a shelter they are giving those animals a second chance at finding a home.
4. Checking up on friends
Something easy one can do is to make sure their friends are alright. A lot of people struggle with their mental health, but having good friends for support makes a world of a difference. It could be as simple as checking in on how their friends are feeling or reminding them that they are there for them, little acts of kindness can go a long way. As it is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.”
3. Helping out the church
Getting involved with one’s local church is a great way to serve God during Lent. Someone interested can speak to a priest or church official about becoming a lector, usher or altar server for their local parish. Helping out with mass is a great way to help out one’s community while also growing closer to god.
St Dominic Savio church will be holding confessions this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on ocean conservation. Volunteer opportunities and events such as beach clean-ups and activism meetings are open to the public. Through their website, one can find out when and where events are being held.
Meals on Wheels America and Feeding America are also two nonprofits that are looking for volunteers. Both organizations specialize in feeding the less fortunate, volunteers are assigned jobs such as delivering meals to people in need and as well as working at food banks.
1. Donating to charity
Giving money to a charity is one of the most common ways people give back during lent. Giving money to a charitable organization can provide help on a scale that would be too difficult for just one person.
Doctors Without Borders and American Red Cross are two large nonprofit organizations that take online donations through their websites. Giving even a little can help make a difference in places around the world. Both Doctors Without Borders and American Red Cross are helping in places such as Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iraq, and giving money to organizations like these can help provide aid in places that may feel too far away to help.
Starting tomorrow and in full effect when students arrive to class on Monday, St. John Bosco High School will adhere to the new guidance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), eliminating the indoor mask mandate in schools for the first time in two years.
Going along with Orange County, Los Angeles County lifted their indoor mask mandate for businesses and was one of the few remaining counties in the whole country to do so. Following this, K-12 schools through will also be lifting their mask mandate. However, the CDPH still strongly recommends teachers, staff and students to continue to wear masks indoors, despite the fact it is no longer required.
More and more students have been itching to go without masks, and as the COVID-19 numbers continue to diminish, they has been an eagerness for the mask mandate to be lifted.
“I think that the masks make it difficult in class. Sometimes I am not able to hear my teachers because of their masks and it also makes my glasses fog up which can be very annoying,” said senior Joshua Joson.
Even though many students will no longer be wearing face masks beginning next Monday, there will still be many students who will be wearing face masks due to safety precautions. The choice is for each student to make, and their choice will be respected either way.
One concern that’s been on the minds of many students and parents is if the lift on the mandate will apply for all students or just those who are fully vaccinated. Following the state health guidelines, Bosco’s mask mandate will be lifted for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
“The end of the mask mandate will not take into account vaccination status and will be across the board for everyone,” said Vice Principal of Student Affairs Ms. Schnorr.
Though for many students this is an important issue, for others it is not as impactful. Many students have grown to live with the mask mandate and are not too worried about whether or not they have to wear a mask anymore.
“Personally, I am not affected much by the mandate. I don’t really care either way. I am happy to wear a mask if I need to, and if able to, I am happy to take it off,” said senior Kasen Herroz.
Going forward, students will have the choice of going mask free at school if they so wish. Though, if they or their parents are unsure about their safety, they will always have the option to continue to wear a mask, as strongly recommended by the school and the CDPH.
The St. John Bosco lacrosse team, led by coaches, Chris Jewett and Tommy Johnson, are excited to kick off their long-awaited 2022 Season with the addition of a few new players.
After a brief, and covid affected season last year with an overall record of 4-6, the Braves are looking forward to finally having a normal 2022 season. After the 2020 Season was canceled, followed by an unexpected 2021 Season, the Braves’ goals have not changed and are still striving for a 2022 Trinity League Championship.
“I’m really excited going into this season. We have a few new guys and we’re ready to just be able to have a normal season and an even shot to win,” said senior Joel Embray.
The Braves have welcomed new players such as senior Logan Booher, a former St. John Bosco Football Wide Receiver, and is accompanied by Noah Citek, George Bratton and Evan Stout, three very talented players who transferred from Millikan High School.
“This season, we are loaded. We are going to shock a lot of people and just put us back on the map, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Bratton.
Alongside basketball and wrestling, the St. John Bosco lacrosse team looks to turn a lot of heads this season now that they have a full roster.
“Last year we only had 13 guys on our roster, so it was difficult to have a lot of success with that. This year we have a 27-28 man roster with guys that are fully dedicated to helping us turn our team around and get back on track,” said coach Tommy Johnson.
With that being said, despite COVID-19 protocols within the last two seasons, the Braves have still been able to produce talented players that are going to make an immediate impact once the season begins.
“We have the talent, we just need to play as a team. Brenin Melton and Noah Citek are just examples of some guys who are really talented and can go play this sport anywhere in the world,” said coach Johnson.
The Braves are looking forward to the first game against Downey High School this Friday, they are hoping this game will be the start to a season to remember with a mix of seniors, freshmen, juniors and sophomores all playing key roles in their success.
“We have freshmen all the way to seniors who play significant minutes that help our team win. I think that’s what makes us so special this year because of the depth this program is going to have for years,” said Noah.
With the 2022 Season starting in less than 24 hours, the team is ready to take the field in their home opener against the Downey Vikings at 4:00 p.m Friday, and start their run for a CIF and Trinity League Championship.