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Around Bosco: COVID-19 Spoils Senior “Lasts” in Spring Athletics, Theater and Band

by Aharon Colon, A+E Editor

This was originally supposed to be an article previewing the rest of the volleyball season, but instead it turned into a piece centered around the new pandemic and how it ended our Spring sport season. 

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The spring sports had so much promise to them leading up into the Trinity League season, notably baseball and volleyball. This volleyball season was set to feature a new core of talent, such as newly minted captain junior Matthew Medina and 6’4” sophomore Maxwell Wootton, who both have great potential.

Seniors Alex Rotter, Ian Callahan and Elijah McCray have been the glue and backbone of this team since entering the program as freshman. But sadly, they won’t get to finish their seniors years as they might have envisioned.

“The season was going pretty great,” said junior captain Mathew Medina. “We were feeling confident of going to the playoffs and going pretty far into it. It is a bummer for all of us, but especially our seniors. They worked hard for four years, and for the first time, they had a chance at going to CIF and now it will not be able to happen.”

We also had our storied baseball program making some noise at their end. Unfortunately, the team has a core of seniors, 15 out of the 28 players on the roster, led by captains Coby Morales and UCLA-commit Jonathan Vaughns, Ty Collins, and Stanford-commit Albert Rios. Ending this current season with a record of 4-2, with wins over San Clemente and Capo Valley, you could tell that the players’ hopes for making it to the CIF playoffs were at an all time high.

“It was like a piece of me was torn away you know?” said senior captain Coby Morales. “You worked so hard in the summer, offseason, doing the conditioning in the heat and having to build the team from the ground up, to just have all of it taken away just hurts.”.

Our sports have not only been cancelled, but our arts as well. St. Joseph’s spring musical, Newsies, was set to premier last Friday but was cancelled. Never getting enough attention, the theater programs at both Bosco and St. Joseph’s have been making steady improvements, with more attendance for both high school’s productions than has been seen in recent years. The actors were excited to be a part of Newsies. Senior Cruz Cordero, a seasoned veteran of Bosco and St. Joseph’s theater, might have already acted in his last high school production.

“It’s pretty saddening that the show is cancelled, but if we still performed, the audiences every single night would be very small due to the fear of the virus, and we worked tirelessly for two months for the crowds to be only about 50 every night,” Cruz said.

Along with theater, the band was also devastated about the news. The band and drumline had a lot planned for the upcoming weeks leading up to Spring Break. With shows and competitions just around the corner, the band and drumline were revving to go.

“Our first competition was going to be last week, but now that they cancelled drumline and everything, we never had an opportunity to compete,” said senior James Roman. “Drumline took up my free time, but now I can’t do anything extracurricular related.”

This virus has had an impact on all our extracurriculars, but it impacts the seniors the most. Not knowing that these last couple games, performances or competitions might have been their last could leave lasting regrets and heartbreak. All the hard work and extra hours they have put in will be unfulfilled, as we are left only to think “what if?”

Around Bosco: BREAKING On-Campus School Suspended as Community Member Screened for Coronavirus

by Lucas Garrison, Sports Editor

As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to have pandemic ramifications, the Bosco community finds itself the most recent victim of the fast-spreading global disease, as school administrators opt to suspend on-campus classes through at least next Friday. School will continue online for students starting next Wednesday via Schoology.

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The Bosco community received an emailed statement from Principal Dr. Christian De Larkin at 8:16 pm Thursday night stating that a member of our community is in the process of being screened for the novel coronavirus. In response, the Brave administration decided to cancel school tomorrow Friday, March 13th through Monday, March 16th for faculty and staff. Next Tuesday, faculty and staff will return to receive training for online-based learning for students, which will resume beginning next Wednesday.

“Further details will be communicated regarding online learning guidelines and expectations. We will reevaluate school operations for the week of March 23 and update all early next week,” said Principal De Larkin in his emailed statement to the community.

In addition, all Bosco athletic events, both on- and off-campus, have been canceled through the end of march, according to Athletic Director Monty McDermott. This includes not just games but also practices and team workouts.

In surrounding areas, several other schools have continued to close their doors and either switch to online-based learning or remain closed for the time being, most notably Harvard- Westlake and Loyola High Schools.

While parents, students, teachers and school administrators deal with the crisis on the ground, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (ADLA) releases updates via its website as news breaks. As of now, there has been no official statement on whether or not they will be shutting down all churches and/or schools that fall under the Diocese, but concerned faithful can check their website, lacatholics.org, for updates.

“We will provide updated liturgical guidelines and accommodations regarding the celebration of Mass tomorrow morning,” ADLA said in a brief statement posted last night at 7:00 pm.

Other notable school closers include, North Hollywood’s Oakwood School, Studio City’s Campell Hall, Mar Vista’s Windward School, Chatsworth’s Sierra Canyon and Bel Air’s Marymount School. UCLA and USC are the two most notable universities in the area to close and switch to online-based learning.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) continues to evaluate whether or not they will shut down schools for the time being, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. LAUSD’s 860 campuses potential shut down can result in containment and prevention of the spreading of Coronavirus, but the large question remaining is whether LAUSD will switch over to an online-based learning system in the interim.

In a Tweet Thursday night, ABC 7 reported that the LAUSD board called an emergency meeting to discuss the district’s ongoing response to the virus.

With many schools and universities closing campus and moving classes online, the question for families now is not if we will suspend on-campus activities, but how long this response will persist as the novel coronavirus reaches pandemic levels. For now, all we can do as civilians is follow the basic measures of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health officials: wash your hands often and thoroughly (if you can’t, in any case, use hand sanitizer), avoid touching your face, stay away from high-populated areas and if you present symptoms, stay away from others and contact your doctor immediately for screening.

Around Bosco: Bosco and St. Joe’s Students Enjoy “Junior Jam” Picnic

by Johnathan Gonzalez

On Friday, March 6th St. John Bosco hosted the junior picnic along with Saint Joseph’s for the class of 2021.

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This year’s junior picnic held at St. John Bosco was brought together by the ASB board of Braves and Jesters, they brought the class of 2021 together through music, food, and games.

These games included cornhole, ping pong, a jumper, and musical chairs. These activities created a sense of competitiveness among students along with the fun atmosphere of the event. Furthermore, students were welcomed to warm pizza and cold sodas.

The junior picnic is a way for the Braves and Jesters to socialize within their class so that they can create more bonds with new students or even those who haven’t yet met. The ASB board of Bosco and Joseph’s came up with innovative ways to allow the students to interact with each other through music and games, this allowed students to have a good time and hangout.

“I think the Picnic was pretty cool. I haven’t gotten to see a lot of my friends at SJ because I’ve been busy with baseball”, said junior Aaron Pena.

The picnic allows for an excuse for those who don’t really get to go out due to their respective sports. The event being held shortly after school hours allows for students to stay at school and wait around as their friends from St. Joseph to arrive.

“It’s pretty convenient that I could come from Baseball practice and go to hang out with my friends from SJ and I can grub”, said junior Jesus Barretto.

The Bosco staff enclosed the quad so that way it’s strictly only junior students attending the event, this created a sense of communion among the juniors and made it easier to communicate.

“The event wasn’t what I was expecting, I thought it would be a flop instead I actually really enjoyed the whole thing. It was fun being able to destroy my homies in ping pong and talking to the females,” said junior Luca Pater.

Luca’s thought mostly sums up what most students thought the event would be, instead the general outcome was positive.

“When my friends asked me if I was going to go to the picnic I kinda cringed but they talked me into it, overall I’m actually glad I went. Musical chairs were somehow a blast to play,” said junior Adrianna Natividad.

The event was a very enjoyable experience for all involved, students were presented with the opportunity to interact with their friends and play games. Although the title may suggest it was just a picnic, it was much more than that, it was a hangout, a gathering of friends which allowed students to catch up and meet new faces.

Around Bosco: Students Reflect On Their Faith At Youth Day 2020

by Ryan Tavera

Last Thursday, St. John Bosco students were given the chance to share their faith with thousands of different students from around the country at Youth Day 2020.

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“Hopefully, the students who were involved left inspired and challenged to live as missionary disciples in their homes, schools, parishes, and communities,” said Brother Quang.

Twenty fortunate students went to Anaheim for the day, to see other kids their age who come from many different backgrounds all throughout the Archdiocese.

The staff and students were able to experience many unique workshops that focused on a certain aspect of life and how God can guide one through rough conditions. Bosco students found themselves in front of Bob Perron, an advocate of his faith and speaker. Perron’s workshop dealt with relationships and if they are really worth the risk many go through to maintain them.

“Let’s face it, relationships can be tough. To be a good friend requires our willingness to be vulnerable and let someone really see us as we are with our gifts, our talents, and our unique weirdness. Yet, in the end, friendship is worth it,” said Perron.

Perron talked to the youth for a little over an hour explaining the key details that make up a relationship and how God makes every one of us in his own way to have an impact on the relationships we construct throughout our lives.

As for Perron he was a man of emotion and displayed how he felt at all times while on stage. Perron spoke clearly and with perspicacity, all in all, the workshop was a very enjoyable experience for all involved.

After Perron’s workshop students were led to the main building where mass was being held. Students were greeted with sweet air conditioning, comfortable seats and beautiful art made by Bosco’s very own Mrs. Macrae. Other students rushed onto the stage and explained the theme for Youth Day  “Through God’s eyes,” which emphasized youth seeing themselves through God’s eyes, rather than through the shallow gaze of social media and other forms of peer pressure.

Shortly after Doug Tooke walked onto the stage where he shared his story to 7,000 young people. Tooke drove home the fact that “Holiness is hard,” in his 40-minute speech, Tooke continued to explain the problem between young people and their faith.

“There’s a generation of people who have no idea of what this mystery even is they don’t know the beauty they don’t know it’s about their story and the churches story they don’t know about surrounding to be a vessel for the eucharist because you and I don’t tell them,” said Tooke.

Following Tooke’s powerful speech, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, stepped onto the stage to begin mass. The mass was filled with music and bright lights, but the most important was the liturgy, which effectively invites us into prayer that deepens our relationship with Christ.

The mass ended with an explosion of music, lights, singing, and cheering. Youth day ended with Students feeling enlightened and open-minded.

Around Bosco: Feast Day of St. John Bosco

by Johnathan Gonzalez, Kristopher Leal

The Feast Day of St. John Bosco is a day that brings the saint back to life and brings him with the children of his school. St. John Bosco’s sole purpose was to give new life and opportunities for disadvantaged youth and delinquents by giving them a home, a place to learn and opportunities that they would have never had.

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His patron is of apprentices, editors and publishers, schoolchildren, magicians, and juvenile delinquents. On January 31, The Feast Day was a day dedicated to celebrating John Bosco.

The Feast Day is a very special occasion for St. John Bosco high school and allows for the students to truly understand what it means to be apart of the Bosco community. Mr. Avila, the director of student activities, recognizes the significance of the day and what it means for St. John Bosco and the Bosco community.

“It’s our Patron Saints Feast Day. It’s special because it’s sort of like a birthday and it’s a celebration of his life,” said Mr. Avila.

Following the student’s shortened classes, the day began with the Feast Day mass. This mass featured the new Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai from Hong Kong, which was very interesting for each of us that took part. He is a Roman Catholic archbishop and the nuncio of the Holy See to Greece. The Bishop spoke about many life stories that the Braves enjoyed. In the ending portion of the mass, a senior named Noah Quezada stepped on the stage and took one for the Braves and politely asked the Bishop for a school day off, the Bishop thought about what he said and he decided it was a great idea to give us Braves a day off (That day has been decided to be placed in the month of March).

“I’m from Taiwan and knowing a man from Asia is here representing the church is nice to know, not only I am the only one along with the other exchange students coming to Bosco in a Catholic manner,” said Leo Lung.

Following the mass, there were many activities for the students to enjoy. This year Mr. Avila found that going with popular activities was the best option for the Braves. Avila explained that after the mass there were going to be a lot of fun activities for the Braves to take part in such as inflatables, a velcro wall, human foosball which the freshman loved and a few other sports going on around on the field and even gaming in the Learning Commence room. Something new that happened was  Mr. Mestas hosting a flag football game for all grade levels to join in.

 “It was a cool thing all in all being the fact that it’s my last Saint John Bosco Feast Day as a high school student and being able to get away from school and hang out with my friends and just mess around was cool,” said Senior Luis Guiterrez.

After the Mass, the Braves were happy to be given free Porto’s pastries. We spoke to some students and they seemed to enjoy themselves after the Mass.

Around Bosco: Braves Football Rides-In Style To Their Second National Title

by Hunter Richardson, Assistant Sports Editor

The culmination of hard work and determination from the Braves football team all came together with a celebration of their historic achievements with the national championship parade and ceremony around the campus and inside Panish Family Stadium. 

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Bellflower Blvd. was packed with students, faculty, and parents as the Braves Football team paraded down the street to celebrate their historic season as CIF, State, and National Champions. This was not only an event for Bosco, but the whole city of Bellflower. Down Bellflower Blvd. fire trucks, police cars, and classic cars carrying public figures like the legendary Sam “Bam” Cunningham lead the parade while the Braves followed shortly behind on top of a couple of double-decker buses. 

A few prominent players could not be in attendance for the celebration such as Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei who is away at Clemson, and Kourt Williams II who both took part in early enrollment. The Braves O-line held up a picture of the star Quarterback throughout the ceremony just to remind everyone of the beast that was slinging the ball this season.

The parade then went into the stadium where a stage was set up in the middle of the field. The championship ceremony inside Panish Family Stadium was large scale with news cameras from FOX Sports and ABC7 Eyewitness News, and important figures in the City of Bellflower such as Mayor Juan Garza. All of the accomplishments this year were acknowledged, mainly head coach Jason Negro, who received Coach of the Year and Coach of the Decade awards. 

 Head Coach, Jason Negro, was very humble in the process despite the winning coach of the year and the decade. However, Negro did ride in style with his brother, Special Teams Coordinator, Jacob Negro, and Offensive Coordinator, Steve Lo. 

“I’m just using the platform that I have as a football coach to be able to springboard these kids into college and get them to have great lives and become good men”, Negro said. 

Senior CJ Womack speaks to what this celebration means to him and his fellow Seniors to end his high school career with such an honor.

“The celebration meant a lot. Being in the class of 2020, me and my guys worked our tails off to reach this goal, and to have the city celebrate us meant everything.” Womack said.

Players and coaches were more than excited about the celebration that was brought together by the city of Bellflower. The most enthusiastic was Wide Receiver, Kris Hutson. 

“It’s awesome to have this parade celebrating us,” Hutson said.

The parade was special for this program knowing that they have finally achieved the goal they have been striving for ever since the 2013 team. All of the adversity this program had gone through over the past couple of seasons made this celebration even sweeter. The Braves community has long supported their football program with students through The Tribe, and parents and fans coming to the games. This was the perfect ending to a spectacular and historic season for the National Champion Bosco Braves football team. 

 

 

Around Bosco: Homecoming Proves to be Annual Success

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.

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St. Joseph’s and Bosco juniors posing at the Homecoming Dance earlier this month at the Colony House in Anaheim.

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.

Homecoming 2019 was the first for multiple students, and it was a great first introduction.

“The night was a lot of fun!” said St. Joseph’s freshman Gaby Salas. “Me and my friends had a great time at the dance. I can’t wait for next year.”

This year for Homecoming, Bosco led up to the big event by allowing students to dress up in order to show school spirit. These themes include Independence Day, a Halloween costume contest and Brave Day.

On Friday Bosco students were lead to the gym and met with cheerleaders from St. Joseph’s. The pep rally included glorifying our fall sports, various games, dances, music, celebrating our Homecoming court and creating hype for the football game.

Once the week ended, it was time for St. John Bosco vs Santa Margarita, where the Braves were coming off a disappointing loss against Mater Dei. The Bosco Braves football team was anything but discouraged, defeating Santa Margarita 35-14.

The weekend following was marked by the Homecoming dance on Sunday night at the Colony House in Anaheim. This Venue was historically known for big events like school dances and weddings primarily, which made it an easy choice.

Homecoming this year surprisingly hosted many underclassmen, which gave them the opportunity to be able to experience a dance that they will hopefully remember not only through their high school experience but through the rest of their lives.

The dance was also a time to appreciate relationships already established and reminisce, especially for our seniors, who had it finally hit them that this will the first of many lasts as they approach graduation in May.

Nevertheless, Homecoming 2019 succeeded in helping the students forget about their responsibilities and drama, while at the same time creating memories that can last a lifetime.

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