by Ryan Tavera and Johnathan Gonzalez
Homecoming week is a memory filled period in the school year. The week is filled with activities, food and music that all build up to the big event, where friends come together for an unforgettable night: the Homecoming Dance.
November 3rd, 2019 will certainly be a night to cherish for many St. John Bosco and Joseph students, with bright lights and lively music fueling the exciting evening.
“The dance was actually a great time. I really enjoyed the whole event,” said Bosco junior Hector Andrade.
When asked about the experience, many students shared this same response, so it’s safe to say the night was a success, according to a majority of students interviewed. From Freshmen to Seniors, all were able to join each other on the dance floor and enjoy the night collectively, listening to their favorite music and conversing with friends.
“It was funny to see freshman at the dance all dressed up with their friends. it brought me back to when I was a freshman and my first dance,” said St. Joseph’s senior Grace Gonzalez. FULL STORY
by Emilio Ceja and Matthew Ruiz
Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Hispanic Holiday that is celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd. Every year this event is celebrated throughout Mexico, some parts of Central America and some parts of the United States, including our own community at St. John Bosco High School, which celebrated the event last Wednesday in the quad.
The Mexican Culture believes the Dia De Los Muertos to be a time of remembrance and honor to their loved ones who have passed. They also believe the spirits of those who have passed return to be with their families. The way families remember their loved ones is by making a shrine or altar that contains pictures of who has passed, with their favorite foods, flowers, candles and other mementos that represents the deceased.
There are many ways cities celebrate Dia De Los Muertos from concerts, festivals, parades and food trucks. In Mexico, there are a lot of cities that have big celebrations or fiestas to celebrate the holiday. In the United States, some well-known cities that celebrate this holiday are Los Angeles, San Diego, El Paso and New York City. These cities host large parades to highlight celebrations.
At Bosco, the Spanish Honors Society hosts our annual Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta, which offers many different activities for the students, their friends and families. The event had food, music, altars and snacks and desserts being sold by clubs from around Bosco. FULL STORY
by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor, and Isaiah Holm
The time is here for the most anticipated high school football game of the year, as the Bosco Braves take on the “team in red.” However, the height of the competition seems like it won’t be taking place on the gridiron, but online and at the box office.
Yes, this game not only sold out in less than 24 hours, but it is now facing problems of scalping of tickets, security and space.
Although the game selling out in less than 24 hours could be a story in itself, with so much going on as a result of the fast sell-out, we need to cover it all.
Let us start by taking a look at the scalping of tickets and tailgating spaces. Let me remind you that the tickets were released on Saturday morning, but the following Tuesday morning had someone reselling a ticket for $200. No one has ever heard of this before; this is a straight-up high school game that is having tickets being sold at the same price that several NFL teams sell their tickets. Later that afternoon, when this had been made public, someone posted a ticket pack of 5 tickets for $1500. High school games have never had tickets sell at this high index. FULL STORY
by Jonathan Gonzalez
Schoology, an internet-based learning program for grades K-12 where students can communicate with teachers, find the school calendar and, of course, see their grades, was launched this semester to mixed reviews.
A lot of Bosco parents are extremely involved with their son’s academic lives, and most of the Bosco community may be familiar with our school’s old system called Moodle. However, Vice Principal Edgar Salmingo ensured that Schoology was a practical and beneficial shift. Bosco has advanced its technology so their platforms are better equipped for students.
“Schoology is better at syncing with PowerSchool with grades–seeing your class, seeing when your homework is due. And it shows you what you have to do for homework that week,” said Mr. Salmingo.
Students around campus are already noticing the benefits of the change. Junior Ben Hill believes that Schoology will decrease the stress and pressure he previously felt.
“Using Schoology now for personal use just for the students gives us less stress and pressure felt on from out parents since they no longer get notifications of our grades as were the ones who have to be dependable on our grades at our own pace,” said Hill.
Teachers also feel that it is easier to put Powerpoints, Ed puzzles, notes, homework, tests/ quizzes, etc; on Schoology. However, Schoology is also just a learning tool and it will not be able to replace PowerSchool. Mr. Salmingo believes that there is still a place for Powerschool and that it will still be needed going forward. FULL STORY
by Elias Gomez
Vice Principal Mr. Edgar Salmingo returned from Manila with our Decathlon Program with “Coach of the Year” honors to his name, as Bosco students competed against 600 schools from thirty countries. As a result of their success, they qualified for the next stage of competition, The Tournament of Champions, at Yale University.
While the football team was traveling across the country, our Brave Decathletes took a fourteen-hour trip over the Pacific Ocean and across the globe. Having such a long trip gave competitors time to study and, less importantly, watch all the complimentary movies. The food on the flight was inviting and so were the stewardesses, both of which added to create a hospitable environment throughout the long flight.
They were there for a week but only two days of competition. The first day consisted of the Scholars Challenge (120 questions multiple-choice exam), Team writing (collaborative essays) and the Scholars Debate; all of which take up the entire day. The Scholars Challenge is 75 minutes, the Team Writing is 60 minutes, and the Team Debates vary from two to three hours. FULL STORY
by Emilio Ceja
St. John Bosco celebrated its diversity with its annual Club Carnival, where students had the opportunity to join some of the many clubs offered at Bosco, such as Seal Team Bosco, Key Club, Spanish Honors Society and more.
All the clubs had a table they decorated to attract the students’ attention. Throughout the event, students enjoyed a relaxed environment with food, music, games and friends, where students could learn about and sign up for clubs in which they are interested.
One unique club is Seal Team Bosco, an athletic minded club where Bosco students can meet new friends and teammates from our sister school St. Josephs. They practice and prepare for the Annual U.S. Navy Seal Invitational, where they compete against other schools and clubs. The team trains through morning runs and swimming, along with weightlifting and various skills related to military experience. Mr. Ed Torre, the club’s faculty moderator, trains the team and helps sharpen their physical and mental skills through the tough mentality of being a soldier. FULL STORY
by Johnathan Gonzalez and Kris Leal
To kick off the new 2019 school year, last Friday the ASB teams from St. John Bosco High School and St. Joseph’s hosted a welcome dance, “Neon Lights.” Along with the anticipation for the fun of the dance, the Bosco community also exclusively came together to have a “Student Life Kick Off” to remind students at the start of the year of the tenants of our Salesianity.
This year’s welcome dance gave the chance for people outside of the Bosco/St. Joseph’s community to see just how close the community is, while the “Student Kick Off” gave the chance for new Bosco brothers to gather and get a clearer sense of what Bosco is all about. The kick-off, held in the Thunderdome, was marked by a panel discussion that brought people within the community together to share their experiences being supported and enriched by our home, school, church and playground. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep
When our Bosco community lost Mr. Eugene Fabiero, a space in our community was left and a position in the music program appeared. New band director Bobby Easton has come in to fill that gap.
A graduate of Long Beach State, Mr. Easton has 20 years of teaching experience, previously working around the Long Beach Unified School District mainly as a substitute teacher. Eventually, he taught full time for 4th and 5th grade students for a year each and worked in various after school programs, all in music. He worked with kids from preschool all the way up to college and adult students.
Apart from teaching, Mr. Easton likes to indulge himself in the music industry, working as a professional musician in his own band… FULL STORY
by Joshua Lucero and RJ Johnson IV
St. John Bosco High School has connected with Cedars-Sinai Hospital
to put on the school’s annual blood drive from this year. Students, faculty, staff and other people of the community were given an opportunity to donate blood on March 26th.
Students who were 16 or older were given a chance to help save lives with their donations, with help from a signing from their parents. Students who are 17 years or older were welcomed to donate.
Bosco students had to answer a number of questions, making sure they were cleared to help save lives. Blood donations serves for a number of purposes, asit helps with open heart surgeries, liver, and kidney transplants. Trauma victims that have been in car accidents, shootings, fatal injuries and other life-threatening situations are helped. FULL STORY
by Gabriel Botello
Last year was the first year in the annual Sports Medicine competition for St. John Bosco High School.
The team competed for the first time as juniors, and with six of them representing St. John Bosco, placed 26th place.
The team had to take 150 multiple choice questions about injury scenarios, different types of injuries, legal terms, nutrition, and other things related to the field. In addition, students also had to perform a practical exam where they were given a structure to palpate, an injury to evaluate, a scenario to perform, and a taping job.
For it being the team’s first year and with over 75 schools from the United States being present, the outcome was successful. FULL STORY
by RJ Johnson
Hambones! An alive piece of Southern hospitality located in Bellflower, California on Alondra Boulevard. This barbeque restaurant brings about a unique presence within the BBQ community that not many other restaurants can offer.
At Hambones, you have a wide variety of different main courses to pick from, along with side dishes that do more than compliment the meal.
Unlike larger barbeque restaurant chains, Hambones prides itself in building personal bonds and relationships with all of their customers. Instead of just being a quick bite to eat, it feels more like an experience. Revisiting Hambones feels like catching up with an old friend, home-cooking away from home. FULL STORY
by Sele Pemasa
Creatine is a substance mostly found in muscle cells and is constantly taken as a supplement. Its primary role is to store phosphocreatine which is stored in the muscles and is used for heavy lifting and intense exercise.
Creatine also helps gain muscles by improving cell signaling which aids muscle repair and new muscle growth, lower myostatin levels, and increase cell hydration. The substance gains muscle growth and can apply to untrained individuals and elite athletes.
Before a workout, many athletes love to drink Bang as a pre-workout because it gives you that extra burst of energy when you’re feeling tired and need something to wake you up. It gives you that push when you’re about to give out on that last rep. FULL STORY
by Enrique Gutierrez and Kris Hutson
On January 31st, we remembered the life and death of Saint John Bosco as nations worldwide celebrated his life.
Don Bosco was a priest, educator and a writer of the 19th century. Don Bosco worked in Turin, where there was ill effects. He was dedicated to the betterment and education of the children in the street and kids in juvenile, and other disadvantaged children. Don Bosco taught methods on love rather than punishment. This method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System.
Bosco was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis De La Sale. Bosco was an ardent devotee of Mary, mother of Jesus. He later dedicated his work to De La Sale’s when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Turin. He taught Dominic Savio of whom he wrote a biography that helped him become canonized. FULL STORY
by Nikolas Molina
It is the start of the first Salesian week at St. John Bosco High School. On Friday, January 25th Bosco held community time to allow the student body to play games and have free time with one another.
The games consisted of softball, beach volleyball and kickball against the teachers. These games are all for fun but there is a competition within each of the grade levels.
This year, Bosco brought back Gold and Silver Cups. The previous rallies held various competitions for the Silver Cup. With multiple games and competitions for the cup, the Rua tribe come out victorious in both of the rallies. FULL STORY
by Joshua Adoh
At last, the rumored new schedule change has finally graced itself into St. John Bosco High School’s curriculum.
A popular topic around school grounds in recent time, Bosco has finally made the switch to a block period centered school schedule.
Current principal Dr. Christian De Larkin believes our new schedule will greatly enhance the learning environment at St. John Bosco. FULL STORY
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.
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. FULL STORY
by Kyle Moats
Fall Signing Day was a very special time for the Bosco community. Ten athletes represented four different sports teams at Bosco and one at St. Joseph’s.
- Sebastian Orduno – University of Oregon
- David Hays – University of Nevada, Reno
- Derek Delgado – Concordia University
- Kyle Moats – United States Air Force Academy
- Oscar Favela – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Mitchell Myers – Dartmouth University
- Jonathan Salazar – University of the Pacific
- Antonio Lorenzo – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
- Cleveland Belton – Arizona State University
- Mckenzie Barbara – University of Mississippi
by George Holani and Matthew Ruiz
The “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday and tradition that runs every year from October 31st to November 2nd in Mexican and Spanish cultures.
This event is celebrated throughout Mexico and with Mexican families and heritages everywhere. The holiday focuses on family gatherings and coming together to pray for past friends and family members who have died.
The “Day of the Dead” is important because it relates to and challenges societal views on honoring the dead. The event is celebrated through festivals, parades, and family gatherings at cemeteries to pray for their deceased family members and friends. FULL STORY
by Ethan Piechota and Joshua Adoh
Talk of switching to a permanent block schedule at St. John Bosco High School is a hot topic, and the general feel among students and faculty is that the school is ready to make this change.
“It’s a community decision, and if you talk to some teachers they’re ready to go now, but I would like to move slower because this is something that affects everyone,” school principal Dr. De Larkin said.
Dr. De Larkin is in no rush to implement this potential schedule change and looks to make the transition as smooth as possible. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep
On September 13th and 14th, St. John Bosco held its annual club sign-ups out in the quad, where students explored the different clubs available to join on campus.
Mrs. Jen Schnorr, who organized the club day, viewed that the two days went well. For being a new staff member, the club day happened to be Mrs. Schnorr’s first time organizing a club sign-up at Bosco.
Schnorr was able to do this years club day by taking her experiences from her prior school and building on them. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep
New teacher Ms. Allegra Weinstein comes to Bosco with experience as a teacher and with people in general, bringing something unique and new to Bosco’s teacher staff and faculty.
Q: Where have you previously worked?
A: I have worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the ER and at CHOC in the cardiology ward. I was a medical scribe at both hospitals. I did research at UC Irvine at the Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center. I worked on a NIH funded project looking at the effect of exercise training on children with asthma. I am currently the JV Women’s Basketball head coach at Esperanza High School. I will be starting my 8th season this year. I was a science teacher for 2 years at Halstrom Academy in Anaheim Hills.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been teaching for 3 years.
Q: What college did you graduate from?
A: I graduated and received by BI from Claremont Graduate University. FULL STORY
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. FULL STORY
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. FULL STORY
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.
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. FULL STORY
by Lucas Garrison
Throughout the school year so far, the St. John Bosco staff has continued to surprise students, and they have done it again.
Teachers and faculty organized an event last Wednesday where all staff and students were blocked from indoors and came outside to experience lunch as a community. This was done with the introduction to a past tradition of intramural activities at lunch.
It was something that students enjoyed and something that a lot of students hope comes back again and again throughout the school year.
“This all came back just with a few of us teachers meeting and wanting to see the students experience something we had in the past. In the past for the most part it looked like that [the activities]. We had Mr. Mestas who was in charge of it at the time,” said facilitator and history teacher Mr. Mario Cordero. FULL STORY
by Victor Curiel
In response to the community’s need and desire for computer science curriculum, Bosco’s administration looks to begin construction on a computer lab in the 300 building to serve a brand new Computer Science Pathway.
The new pathway was established for students who felt that they weren’t adequately prepared for all the new challenges and career opportunities that come with our fast-paced, highly technological world. It also gives those students already knowledgeable in the field a chance to hone their skills with further instruction.
Several faculty members have reported being concerned that their students may be at a disadvantage as future professionals in current tech-heavy industries.
“We saw a growing need across the student population. A lot of students were asking about it, and it’s kind of an intimidating class to teach, so not many teachers were willing or knew how to [teach the classes],” Computer Science Pathway co-founder and coordinator Mr. Nathan Corkhill said. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep
Attention all Braves. In the third edition of our new teacher Q&A section, we sat down with new Bosco teacher Ms. Carleen Carney. Please welcome her to our community!
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Northridge, CA and have lived in California my entire life.
Q: Where have you previously worked?
A: Before I became a schoolteacher I had my own business, making custom cakes and other desserts. I also taught sugar arts classes, from basic decorating skills to advanced pastry techniques.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: This will be my fourth year teaching.
Q: What college did you graduate from?
A: I graduated from Cal State Northridge with my bachelor’s degree in both linguistics and French. From Cal State Long Beach, I earned my master’s degree in linguistics. FULL STORY
by Matthew Ruiz and George Holani
Just less than a month into the school year, St. John Bosco’s Brave Vision team started filming, editing, and recruiting new kids for their first episode, which aired on August 30th school wide this month.
A monthly television program aired for the benefit of informing and giving the entire Bosco student body and staff a laugh, Brave Vision is excited for their upcoming year making videos for the students.
by Jake Bailey and Jude Wolfe
“It was probably one of the worst I’ve ever had, mostly because of the almost complete disablement and the constant feeling of being uncomfortable as well as the duration of the virus. The feeling of being useless really begins to weigh on you, and it is extremely annoying to deal with.”
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year at St John Bosco High School, many students arrived at school happy and healthy, primed and ready to enjoy another exciting year of school. However, a dangerous, menacing, and wildly contagious disease swept over some of the members of the Bosco community. Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease is a very intense and unique disease, most commonly found in children, with symptoms including sores in the mouth and vicious rashes on the hands and feet.
“The bumps came on both my arms and on the bottom of my feet, these bumps were painful to the touch and without ibuprofen it was pretty difficult to even move around the house,” said a Bosco faculty member who wished to remain nameless like the rest of the interviewees. FULL STORY
by Ty Nakagawa
It is a new year at St. John Bosco High School, and there has been no better time than this past summer to turn some things around in the school’s own Oratory.
It has been a decade since Brother Nold and Mr. Woods re-opened the Oratory to its current state. The Oratory is an essential part of the Salesian program at Bosco, for it is both a home and a playground for students at the school.
Many families rely on it as a shelter and safe place for their kids who have to be dropped off at six o’clock in the morning and picked up later in the afternoon. The Oratory is a place where students can take a break to engage in friendly banter outside of school hours. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep & Christian Bode
For our next new teacher interview at St. John Bosco High School this year, we sat down with teacher and volleyball coach Mr. Shane Beatty.
Q: Where have you previously worked?
A: I previously worked at Long Beach City College, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Holy Names University and Team Rockstar as a coach and disabled support service specialist.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I actually have no previous teaching at other schools. [This year at] Bosco is my first year teaching. FULL STORY
by Gabe Botello
As the new school year starts and students come back to St. John Bosco High School, everyone is ready to come and learn in the classroom, but outside of the classroom, students are HUNGRY! So what’s on the menu this year?
One goal of Bosco’s administration has been to update the food program on campus. More options, more nutrition and more variety for students to choose from are some of the features they have been aiming at. Unfortunately, although this all sounds good, the main problem with updating the program is capacity.
“[With all this food] does the MPR become the cafeteria? Can it hold 800 students? Does the [salesian kitchen] also become the kitchen for students?” said Mr. Jaramillo. FULL STORY
by Lucas Agatep and Christian Bode
“I have everything from hip-hop to reggae to punk to latin and more. I would have to say old school hip-hop and reggae are my go-to genres. Some of my favorite artists are Talib Kweli, Nas, Mos Def and KRS-One.”
The St. John Bosco community and administration wants all of us to welcome new teacher Jen Schnorr to the staff. Mrs. Schnorr graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is going to be working in the World Languages department, teaching Spanish.
Mrs. Schnorr gave us a few minutes out of her day to answer some questions regarding her past so we as a school can better get to know her. FULL STORY
by Samuel Rodriguez
Our very own St. John Bosco Braves had the privilege of interning at Pelican Engineering throughout the summer. Pelican Engineering is a company that specializes in military-grade cases to safely store weapons, ammunition, and other valuable gear.
The students that participated were from Bosco’s engineering pathway and were sent to discover what it takes to be an engineer in the real world. Senior Ethan Persi gave us an insight on the type of work that went into play while at Pelican.
“When we would work, we had to construct a prototype and come up with the final solution for the project that they had given us. With [their prototype], we had to make a design for it so that they could pick up where we left off because the stuff we made is actually going to be implemented into their line,” said Ethan when asked about the tasks that they performed while at Pelican. FULL STORY
by Ethan Piechota
The beautiful, state-of-the-art new athletic stadium on St. John Bosco’s campus opened up with a Braves 49-0 victory yesterday night on a legendary day in Bosco history.
Five years. It’s been five whole years since a home football game has been hosted on the campus of St. John Bosco. But no more. Panish Family Stadium officially opened last night on a beautiful night in Bellflower, California.
“I think this is big for the culture of our campus. [This stadium] will bring everybody back together and back on our campus, which is great,” school president Dennis Mulhaupt states.
Not only is this new stadium for football, but is for all athletic teams that use the field in their respective sport to enjoy and to use. It will also be a central point for school rallies and community building exercises that all of Bosco can enjoy. FULL STORY
by Julian Boyd
On February 7, 2018, seven athletes from St. John Bosco high school were able to celebrate signing their National Letters of Intent to play sports collegiately. Kevin Coblentz (University of Nevada, Reno), Sal Spina (Stanford University), Cole Aubrey (Montana), Demetrious Flowers (Arizona State University), Kedron Williams (Washington State University), Stephan Blaylock (University of California Los Angeles), and Eli Deroon (Air Force Academy) are among those 7 athletes.
Six out of those 7 athletes listed trusted the process the whole way through, staying at Bosco through every circumstance. A lot of these players didn’t earn much playing time at all until their sophomore and junior years.
Senior linebacker Kedron Williams expressed gratitude to Bosco for helping prepare him for the next level.
“I was able to look up to a lot of older [Division 1] guys at my position as a younger guy and I was able to learn from their game and put pieces into mine. Also, the nationally staged games helped me preform on a high level and get looked at,” Williams said. FULL STORY
by Ethan Piechota
This past spring, St. John Bosco high school received excellent news. After months of fundraising, planning, and preparation, the school finally received approval to begin construction on the state-of-the-art athletic stadium being built for the use of many major athletic teams at Bosco.
The stadium will be occupied by the football team, soccer team, lacrosse team, rugby team, cross country team, and track team for the start of the 2018 sports season if all goes according to plan. This beautiful to-be stadium will change Bosco and the overall identity of the school for the better. FULL STORY