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Life Of A Brave: 21 Questions With New History Teacher, Kevin Jung

By Brett Baligad, Senior Editor

A new school year welcomes new faces to St. John Bosco, and Mr. Kevin Jung is one of the more notable arrivals, as he joins the Brave family to teach AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government and Politics as well as AP Human Geography.

Photo by Bo Visty, Photo Editor

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. I was born in South Korea and moved to California when I was four. I grew up in Orange County all my life, originally living in Cypress and eventually settling down in Fountain Valley. 

Q. Do you have any siblings?

A. I have one younger sister named Jessica. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, contracted with Apple Maps to work on GIS models. 

Q. Are you a morning person or night person? 

A. I’m definitely an evening person, but I love that hygge feeling you get in the mornings. Maybe I’ll eventually switch over. 

Q. Where did you attend high school and college? What did you study?

A. I went to Cypress High School and attended California State University, Fullerton. I majored in English and minored in Business. Then, I got my Masters in Education from Union University and Masters in Divinity from SBTS. 

Q. Did you play sports in high school? Which ones?

A. I played tennis during my freshman and sophomore year, but never got into playing sports in high school. 

Q. How did you find St. John Bosco?

A. Honestly, I just happened to stumble upon St. John Bosco by accident. I didn’t know much about the school and just decided to apply when I found the job application online. I remember arriving on campus for the first time for the job interview, looking at the large football stadium, and thinking, “Huh, I guess they really like football.” 

Q. How have you liked Bosco so far?

A. It’s honestly been really refreshing so far. Back in Memphis, I had to constantly break up fights with students, in which I had “come back to Jesus” moments. It’s been a blessing to be a part of a supportive teaching staff and faculty, teaching in such a diverse, creative, and friendly student body. 

Q. What is it like teaching at an all boys school?

A. It’s not that drastically different. I’m not sure what exactly I expected, but it’s not really something that’s on my radar when I’m teaching anymore.  

Q. What is your go-to drink while teaching?

A. Definitely coffee!  My goal is to have a coffee machine in my class. 

Q. Do you have any advice for students taking your classes?

A. I’m always available if you need clarity or help. I’d recommend you make sure you take advantage of the resources in class, pay attention to the lectures, and participate in the discussions and activities. Put in the work and you’ll be fine. 

Q.  What do you do in your free time?

A. My free time usually goes into my church. But whenever I have time, I am usually hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, going on road trips, reading, writing, and exploring hidden gems. Recently, I’ve been trying to get into fishing and cooking though. 

Q. What kind of music do you listen to?

A. Definitely have a weird range of genres that I listen to, whether it’s J Cole or Porter Robinson, but usually much chiller songs. A couple artists that I like are Lany, Lauv, Honne, Oh Wonder, Keshi, Astn, and Jeremy Zucker.

Q. What shows are you watching right now? What is your favorite show/movie?

A. I like Neil Gaiman so I recently got into “Sand Man”. Otherwise, usually rewatch “The Office”, “Friends”, and “Community.” I’m usually down to try out any show/movie/anime so let me know if any of you guys have recommendations. 

Q. What is your favorite video game?

A. I started out with Starcraft, but lately I just play League of Legends, TFT or chess whenever I have time. 

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My dad’s a sushi chef, so I’m kinda biased towards anything seafood. 

Q. Are you a hypebeast? What is your favorite piece you own?

A. Hahaha, not really a hypebeast. I never really jumped on the “Supreme” train. I have a couple F.O.G. shirts, though. 

Q. What is one place you would like to travel around the world?

A. Probably one of the Scandinavian countries. 

Q. Lebron James or Michael Jordan?

A. Michael Jordan. Still, you definitely can’t deny [Lebron James’] impact and influence that comes from bringing home the championship to three different franchises.

Q. Who has the best chicken sandwich?

A. I’d rather eat at In-and-Out. 

Q. If there is a zombie apocalypse, where would you go and why?

A. I’d go home. Maybe if I ignore it, it’ll go away. 

Q. What are some hidden talents that you would like to share?

A. Ask me about it the next time you see me.

Sports: Bosco Football Sets Its Sights on the Lone Star State’s Allen Eagles

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

Everything is bigger in Texas, including high school football, and the town of Allen, home of the Allen High School Eagles, has an $60 million 18,000 seat stadium to prove it. Though the state’s natives tell others not to mess with Texas, the St. John Bosco Braves look to prove that warning does not apply to the number one ranked football team in the nation.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Head Coach Jason Negro and Bosco Football left for Texas Wednesday morning to begin preparation for the Eagles, who are ranked number 46 in the nation by MaxPreps and won the 2017 Texas Class 6A Division I Football Championship.

“Allen is a tradition-rich Texas program that takes a lot of pride in their football program. Brave Nation can expect our team to represent the school, league and state well,” said Offensive Coordinator Stephen Lo. “You will see some hungry Braves flying around the field making plays. Our players have been working for a long time in preparation for this moment, and the game should not disappoint.”

All eyes will be on the players who make Bosco America’s top team coming into the 2022 season. Ms. Melody Mohebbi, Head Athletic Trainer, takes seriously the responsibility of moving Bosco’s athletic training operations to Allen to ensure the players receive top-tier treatment so they can compete at the highest level. 

“We always find some time between meetings or during the rest periods to do some treatment every day, but we are in a good spot. We might have a little bit of soreness and bumps and bruises, which is part of football anyways, but overall we are in good health,” Ms. Mohebbi said.

Though the health and safety of the Braves is always paramount, bragging rights are on the line. Four-star cornerback and Stanford-commit Jshawn Frausto-Ramos perhaps put it best.

“Everyone talks about Cali vs Texas, so I can’t wait to show them what we are about,” he said.

The game is Friday at 5pm PST. Bosco fans who aren’t traveling to Allen can stream the game from their homes via FloSports or attend a watch party starting at 4:30pm in the Mary Help of Christians Quad with their fellow Brave faithful.

Around Bosco: St. John Bosco Caps Off the First Week of School with a Well-Received Y2K Dance

by Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

Last Friday, the St. John Bosco Brave and St. Joseph’s Jester communities took a blast to the past with 2000s inspired music, clothes and Polaroids. The welcome dance’s success shows promise for what the rest of the school year has in store.

Photo by St. John Bosco Student Life

Last week’s Y2K Welcome Dance was the first of many for incoming and transfer students. With over 300 freshmen combined between the Bosco and Joseph’s classes, the dance welcomed over 700 students in attendance from not just the Brave and Jester communities, but also students from neighboring Catholic schools.

Hosted in the Bosco gymnasium, the Thunderdome, the dance brought the theme back to the year 2000 with all Y2K themed décor. The throwback featured many aspects unfamiliar to the typical lives of teens growing up after the early 2000s. Associated Student Body (ASB) and Bosco’s Dance Committee, who spearheaded the planning of the event, implemented a Polaroid camera station for patrons of the dance to attend and get photos on the spot in Y2K style.

Photo by St. John Bosco Student Life

The theme offered students options to expand their wardrobe’s fashion options. A glow in the dark lighting scheme incorporated black lights to illuminate the dance floor.

“It was really cool. I really liked all the neon lights and glow sticks they gave out,” said Kiara Bowerman, senior at Saint Joseph’s High School.

The overall atmosphere excited a vast majority of dance-goers who did not live through the Y2K event, which marked the turn of the 20th century into the 21st century.

“The majority of our ASB decided to do Y2K, and we’re excited for this to be a pretty good event,” said Tyler Baligad, a senior and Co-President of Bosco’s ASB.

The hard work of these individuals helped attract a larger than average turnout, in large part due to the theme being well thought out. Many of the freshmen saw their first ever high school dance, and Saint Joseph’s had only begun attending School that same Friday for orientation.

However, the dance’s success did not come without the collective hard work of those involved.

“Overall it was just really a team effort,” said Christopher De La Rosa, a senior and ASB’s Dance Commissioner. “Without people showing up and helping, we couldn’t make this happen.”

Underclassmen and upperclassmen alike agreed on the dance’s success. Many of the freshmen were surprised at how enjoyable the social aspects of school-sponsored activities can be.

“It’s really fun,” Nathaniel Brake, a freshman at Bosco, said. “Everybody’s [going to the dance], and it’s something that I think everyone should do.”