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Sports: Baseball is Back!

by Aeden Alexander

After the Major League Baseball Lockout has ended the season is right underway as both local Los Angeles teams the Angels and Dodgers look to make a run for it all this year.

Expectations are high in Southern California after an amazing offseason from both local clubs. The two teams went with different routes that would fit what they were looking for and both have improved significantly heading into the season.

The Dodgers are the 2022 favorites to win the World Series and that’s not by coincidence. Not only did the Dodgers manage to bring back many of their core players but as well brought on some new guys.

The biggest move however for them would be the addition of 2021 World Series MVP Freddy Freeman. Freeman was the first baseman for the Braves and will continue to hold down his position in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers as well managed to trade outfielder A.J. Pollock for all-star closer Craig Kimbrel. Also re-signing Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw to a short deal to finish off his career.

Although they brought in high-level players, the Dodgers did indeed lose people as well. Previous World Series MVP and starting shortstop, Corey Seager, decided to sign with the Texas Rangers as they offered him a 12-year, 325 million dollar contract which will include over 140 million just in the first four years.

Across the city in Anaheim, the Angels made many moves this offseason that improved their roster dramatically. 

The Angels look to make their first playoff appearance since 2014 when they got swept by the Kansas City Royals which would be what this generation considers their Babe Ruth in Mike Trout to be his only playoff games.

Despite the key injuries in the previous season regarding Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, the Angels have one of the best offenses in the league led by the two-headed monster in Mike Trout and reigning unanimous MVP, Shohei Ohtani.

The three all-star players only played in 32 games last season which would be a dumpster fire for the Angels struggling to find a rhythm and consistency.

The main problem that the Angels have had in the previous years is their pitching and committing to go get the top guys. This year that changed for Anaheim.

Not only did the Angels focus on signing free-agent pitchers this year, but they also used every pick in last year’s draft (20) on pitchers. This made headlines and other teams know the Angels are in to win now.

The first priority for the Angels was re-signing all-star closer, Raisel Iglesias. They would quickly complete this deal giving him four years worth 58 million dollars. This would be key for the Angels as he was their most reliable arm last year having a 2.57 ERA (earned run average).

After this the Angels would continue signing more pitchers, landing lefty reliever Aaron Loup from the New York Mets who had an astonishing .80 ERA in 2021. With Loup, the Halos also signed Michael Lorenzen and Ryan Tapera.

Another key signing for the Angels pitching staff would be starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard is coming off Tommy-John surgery and is looking to return to his dominant self. With the Mets, Syndergaard had a career 3.3 ERA.

Not surprisingly this amazing offseason for the Dodgers had led them to the number one spot on many fans and analytics pre-season predictions. The Dodgers were rated +450 to win it all this year.

Despite the struggling spring for the Dodgers, they still will look to their big contract guys to carry them through the year. With Trea Turner in his main position as a shortstop and Cody Bellinger back in center full time, they are bound to make something happen.

They opened their season up in Colorado against division rival, the Colorado Rockies. In a three-game series that should have been a cakewalk for LA, the Rockies managed to stun the Dodgers taking two of the three.

Many believe that the Dodgers are elite on both sides of the ball, but just like in their spring training this was not the case this past weekend. The Dodgers would begin the series winning 5-3 with ace Walker Buehler on the mound. The next two struggled to get the offense going while the pitching gave up ten runs in two games while only scoring three.

Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero, Bosco’s Director of Football Operations Mrs. Jessie Christensen

by Sione Hala

Bosco’s own Jessie Christensen is an absolute necessity for the football program’s success. She works hard every day on a variety of tasks to ensure the team is prepared on and off the field.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Graduating from St. Joseph High School, Mrs. Christensen started off her career professionally in the NFL and the NBA, working many years in in-game entertainment that included ten years with the Los Angeles Clippers. There, she learned everything about game day productions and ticket sales to the type of music to play to pump up a crowd.

“For the game itself, I have to prepare a manifesto of sorts, with all the elements like: Is this good music? Is it cheerleaders? Is it the video board? It’s all stuff I learned when I was working for the NFL,” said Mrs. Christensen.

Head Football Coach Jason Negro is extremely thankful to have her on board. She does everything no one wants to do, and Coach Negro and the rest of the coaching staff at Bosco all know that she is a necessity.

“She started in our program back in 2013. Her presence alone elevated us to a level to become a national brand. The experience that she brought and her commitment to excellence are two things that really elevated the entire profile of our program,” said Coach Negro.

When she arrived at Bosco, she immediately got started molding Bosco Football into a household name. Bosco’s exhilarating Friday night lights are as bright as they are due to the vision and efforts of Mrs. Christensen.  

She balances ESPN producers and their satellite trucks every game day. She deals with over 50 volunteers every Friday for all the merchandise and security. And she gets all the music and entertainment ready for every game.

“In 2013, Coach Negro called me and created my position because this program was getting bigger. And they developed this position to help manage the program because everything was going great on the football field, but they needed to organize all the other pieces, and he couldn’t do all of it,” said Mrs. Christensen. 

In addition to game day and daily program operations, she organizes all the team’s out of state trips and the team meals every Friday. Mrs. Christensen has also been known to tutor in Spanish to players who were struggling.

The experience she brings to the table has only helped elevate the Bosco Football program, from supporting the head coach and players as well as other assistant coaches and program staff. 

“Jessie is the glue that holds Bosco football together. You don’t see it holding the foundation together, but it’s definitely there. She arranges how we travel, the equipment we use, all the team meals, everything we need to do to perform on a Friday night except on the football field,” said assistant coach Kyle Trudell.

Life of a Brave: Learn More About Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez

by Dominic Ramirez

A week ago today, the Bosco community celebrated Cesar Chavez Day, which is a national holiday in celebration of the civil rights work Chavez accomplished in his life. Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, whose message still resonates today.

Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma Arizona, into a family of farm workers. Like many farmworkers at the time, the Chavez family lost their property to the great depression, and because of this, they moved to California in search of work.

After he finished eighth grade Cesar dropped out of school to help support his family as a migrant worker, he would go on to be a migrant worker into his early adult life.

However, by 1944, Cesar wasn’t just a migrant worker anymore, he had started a civil rights group called the National Farm Workers Association, which is now known as the United Farm Workers of America (UFWA).

The UFWA was officially formed in 1962. It started as a small grassroots organization but soon would soon spread across the US

Cesar Chavez envisioned the UFWA as doing more for workers than giving them better hours, raising wages and better working conditions; he also helped provide better living conditions and spoke out against racism.

With the help of the UWFA, Cesar organized the “Delano Grape Strike”. On September 8, 1965, thousands of workers stopped working in vineyards in Delano out of protest. the strike went on for five years until a collective bargaining agreement was reached with a major vineyard that benefited 10,000+ workers 

Cesar was a firm believer in a nonviolent ideology. He was inspired by another famous civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Through Cesars nonviolent marches, boycotts and rallies he was able to grab national attention and impact real change.

“I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice,” said Cesar during a speech in 1968.

Cesar would later go on to plan and attend many other protests and projects. His civil rights work extended past migrant workers, he also protested issues such as the Vietnam war, gay rights and issues of race.

Cesar Chavez died in his sleep on April 23, 1993. 21 years after his death, president
Barack Obama declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day, making it a U.S. federal commemorative holiday.

While Cesar Chavez Day is celebrated throughout America, only schools in California get the day off, which is good news for students at St John Bosco.

While people across America continue to struggle for fair treatment, the country can still find inspiration in Cesar Chavez’s message and in what he was able to accomplish in his life.

Around Bosco: Robotics Breaks Records in Return to Competition

by Matthew Parsons

After the disastrous era of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bosco’s robotics program started from the ground up to make a strong return to the field of competition.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The robotics program at Bosco competes in the international program known as, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), also known as the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). 

This is the first year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that Bosco has been able to have a team compete in the robotics competition, meaning that the so-called veterans of the team who are the juniors still only had the experience of their freshman year under their belt. Although their team is extremely young and inexperienced in working together, they pulled through.

In the FRC, a challenge is set that teams internationally assemble a robot that fulfills the parameters of said challenge. This happens on the day known as Kickoff Day, where teams across the world tune in to a live stream that reveals the challenge. Kickoff Day signifies the beginning of the build season which lasts around 8-9 weeks.

The 2022 season’s challenge was called “Rapid React”, the goal of this challenge was to create a robot that can accomplish the tasks of intaking a ball, shooting a ball either into the upper hub and/or the lower hub and climbing up a series of 4 bars, stacked similarly as if it were monkey bars.

This year, Bosco competed in the Orange County Regional competition from March 10-12. In this tournament, they don’t compete as a team vs. team, instead, they are put into alliances during their matches and are pitted against other alliances that are randomly assigned. In matches, alliances receive “ranking points” if they do certain actions, these are held to higher importance than a match victory, as it affects the team standing more.

Unfortunately for Bosco, they had fairly poor luck when getting matched into their alliances and despite their strong and consistent performance, were ranked as the last seed of the whole tournament. However, after these seeding matches the top eight teams were gathered to select who they wanted in their alliance for their elimination rounds.

“The team from Mexico was right next to us and they came over. They started talking to us and said that they couldn’t figure out why our ranking was so low, and when they reviewed our matches and saw how they went, they saw we were consistent. But when the time came they went and skipped us. I was thinking ‘okay, we’re going home. How am I gonna explain this to my principal’,” said Mr. Wippler, the coordinator of the Robotics program.

However, Bosco’s luck turned around quickly and the third-ranked team selected them and they were given some time to meet and discuss their strategy and figure out how to work together. They played in the best of 3 matches and eventually made their way to the quarter-final matches, they won with 2 matches and advanced to the semi-finals, a tremendous achievement for the program.

“This year also happened to be record-breaking for our team, with it being the farthest our team has gone in team history,” said team Captain Loreto Albaran.

Unfortunately, Bosco wasn’t unable to advance past the semi-finals and was bested by only two points. For the team, it was a heart-wrenching defeat, but it fuels the team’s drive and determination for future success. 

“I’m more than happy with our team’s progress this year. Sure, we lost our semi-final match by two points, but hey, that’s the name of the game. We had a lot of obstacles to overcome this year, new mechanisms that we have not tinkered around with before, and through perseverance, every member prevailed. Because of this, I firmly believe this is why we were able to make it farther than any others that have come before us on this team,” said Loreto.

Despite their defeat in the semi-finals, Bosco performed greatly as a team and worked together like a well-oiled machine. 

“I was really amazed at how quick they were like a NASCAR pit group. Sometimes they were really working amazing,” said Mr. Wippler.

Next year they hope to push even further than they did this year, it serves as an example to the whole program of their potential and each and every member of the team wants to improve their work.

“We kind of had some bumps this year because of the setbacks from COVID, but this year we’ve flattened those out and we have a very promising team for next year. We hope to get an award next year at our competitions,” said freshman Diego Salcedo.

Sports: Braves’ Track and Field Team Starts Season Off Right

by Ian Cook

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. 

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

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. 

Around Bosco: Bosco Theater Performs Shrek the Musical

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.

Sports: Students Weigh In on Grass Vs. Turf

by Aydn Morris

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.

News/Op-Ed: Gas Prices Continue to Spike in the United States

By Ethan Gibbs

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.

Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero, Engineering Pathway Coordinator and Science Department Chair Mr. Walt Wippler

by Matthew Parsons

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. 

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

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.

Photo courtesy of The Brave News Archive

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.

Around Bosco: Annual Father and Son Car Show Reaches Record Attendance

by Brett Baligad

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.

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