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Life of a Brave: Seniors’ Ryan Gutierrez and Tyler Baligad named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2023

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor & Brett Baligad, Senior Editor

Montebello natives Tyler Baligad and Ryan Gutierrez, who have been involved in the St. John Bosco High School community since their freshman years, will be speaking at the 68th Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2023.

Photo by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

On April 28, 2023, Principal Dr. Kris Anderson announced in front of the Brave community that Co-Executive Board President, Ryan Gutierrez was selected as Valedictorian to speak during the graduation ceremony due to all the hard work in having the highest academic achievements and GPA within the Class of 2023. 

Ryan was born and raised in Montebello, California in a family of four with parents who are both educators. Since a young age, Ryan has attended private Catholic schools and is an alumnus of St. Benedict School in Montebello. 

Ever since Ryan stepped foot onto the Bosco campus in the Fall of 2019, he has left an impacting legacy on the future legacy of the Brave community. 

“I came into Bosco having a competitive mindset and a desire to achieve my academic goals. I think that the work that I have put in over the past four years is a great representation of how badly I wanted to become valedictorian,” said Ryan. 

During his time at Bosco, Ryan has served on multiple honors societies including Onori Society, Spanish Honors Society and Math Honors Society. He has also had the privilege of serving on the ASB Executive Board, Student Ambassador Program and Campus Ministry, while also participating in Academic Decathlon and graduating in the Biomedical Pathway.

Over his four years, one of his biggest accomplishments would be getting an ALS research internship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. With the guidance and support from the Biomedical Pathway, he was selected as just one out of ten California high school students to participate in the prestigious stem cell research internship. Through this experience, it inspired him to plan to continue his private educational journey and major in Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Science and Patient Advocacy at the University of Notre Dame.

“It made me realize the beauties of neuroscience and the nervous system. This field called me, and I felt I could study it for the next four years,” said Ryan.

Ryan credits all his achievements to the rigorous and organizational skills he has developed the last four years in order to reach his dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon. 

“To be honest, it wasn’t easy keeping up with the work that I had for my courses. But when I established my own study habits and work schedules, planning and prioritizing were key elements in getting assignments submitted on time and studying for upcoming exams,” said Ryan. 

As Ryan embarks on the next four years of his college experience, he plans to take a gap year following his undergraduate studies to gain some more research experience and strengthen his medical school application. He then plans on attending medical school, completing his residency and, hopefully, settling back in Los Angeles as a neurosurgeon.

On May 5, 2023, Co-Executive Board President Tyler Baligad was selected as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2023. Tyler would be recognized for this prestigious award due to his high academic achievement over the years and his overall representation to the Bosco experience.

Tyler Baligad is also a Montebello native who lives in a family of four including his twin brother and fellow graduate, Brett. Tyler has always been surrounded by faith all his life as he attended Alhambra Catholic School, St. Thomas More leading up to his freshman year.

As a Brave, Tyler shared membership in the Onori Society and Math Honors Society with Ryan. Along with this, Tyler has given his time to the ASB Executive Board, Campus Ministry, Academic Decathlon, the Student Ambassador Program and the Engineering Pathway. Tyler is also an Eagle Scout, earning his Eagle Rank in July 2022. 

Most notably, Tyler co-founded the Brothers of Bosco with his twin brother, Brett. The nonprofit was founded in 2022 as it successfully raised over $2,000 worth of goods during his senior school year. Tyler led three campaigns that sent school supplies and other essential items to Parroquia María Auxiliadora, a Mexican church in Ensenada, Mexico.

“Knowing how strong our Bosco community is, my brother and I knew doing successful work like this was achievable,” said Tyler. “I am very proud of all the work we have done and this could not have been done without our donors.”

When Tyler is not in class or doing community work, he can be found in Bosco’s pool. The three year Varsity Scholar Athlete played a key role for the varsity water polo and swim teams over the past few seasons. Most recently, Tyler was a CIF Finalist for the 50m Freestyle.

“Reaching CIF Finals is something that I wanted to achieve throughout my entire high school career. Reaching this point is something that I have built up to since freshman year,” said Tyler. “Considering the tough competition in the Trinity League, I am happy to say I went toe to toe with some of the best swimmers in the country.”

Through his success in the Engineering Pathway, Tyler has continued to foster his passion for math and science at Bosco. With notable acceptances to UCLA, Tulane University and University of Michigan, Tyler will major in Mechanical Engineering in the Fall.

“I always pushed myself to be the best I can be,” said Tyler. “That is my biggest advice to underclassmen: never be satisfied. Always strive for more.”

Ryan and Tyler proudly sit at the top of their class as true representatives to the Bosco experience. Following the Oratory Model of home, school, church and playground, the Notre Dame and UCLA commits, respectively will proudly lead the way for the class of ‘23.

Life Of A Brave: The Brave And Jester Community Celebrate Prom 2023

by Brett Baligad, Senior Editor

Hosted at The Loft On Pine, the “Evening of Enchanted” symbolized the final chapter for the Class of 2023. With dinner provided and live music swelling, the senior classes of St. John Bosco and St. Joseph High Schools crowned prom royalty as they danced the night away.

Photo by @sjbstudentlife

The much anticipated prom is a formal senior class event that demonstrates a culmination of the high school experience as a Brave.

The Class of ‘23 and their dates began to flood in as the doors opened at 7:00pm in the evening. Plenty of students showed up in style, whether coming as a group in a party bus with their friends or driving in with iconic sports cars. Immediately upon entering, students had access to the second floor, which included tables, a buffet style dinner, refreshments and a dance floor. On the third floor, there was more seating available and photo booths. This three story set up is what gives the venue its namesake, “The Loft On Pine.” 

Food was served at 7:30pm and included a buffet style Italian dinner with a selection of pasta dishes and refreshments. Seniors gathered around tables to celebrate their final month together and caught up with each other.

“The food was really good, and my favorite dish was the ravioli. It was a good time hanging out and eating with my friends,” said senior Christopher Facio.

By 8:00pm, the dance floor became lively with a wide variety of music. 

“I really enjoyed the music. The music kept us turned up,” said senior Cameron Walker.

At the end of the night, the Prom King and Queen were announced. The senior classes of St. John Bosco and St. Joseph’s went through a voting process to decide the court prior to the dance. On the final prom ballot, seniors Rafael Perea, Tyler Baligad, Paxton Allison and Aidan Gallagher were announced Prom Princes. The 2023 Prom King was senior Carter Daley. St. Joseph’s would go on to elect senior Emma Persi as their 2023 Prom Queen. The two would embrace, then lead the class of 2023 in their final slow dance.

“Winning Prom King was kind of a surprise. I knew I had a chance and when they called my name I went into a shock, but I was just overall super excited and honored,” Carter said. “It was even more special to have my date and all of my best friends around who I have known for all four years at Bosco along with my friends at St. Joseph’s there to share the moment.”

Carter is a member of the Entrepreneurship Pathway, the varsity golf Captain and a writer for this publication. He will be attending Indiana University, Bloomington and intends to study business in the Fall.

Prom came just after the senior’s retreat, where they reflected on their favorite memories at Bosco and got to say goodbye to underclassmen at the Senior Farewell ceremony in the gym. Science teacher Mr. Ruben Solorza led the Senior Farewell speech, giving inspiration to the Class of ’23. After, each senior got to ring the victory bell. Mr. Solorza was also in attendance at Prom, chaperoning the dance.

“I really enjoyed chaperoning at prom. I’m proud of all of the guys and it was a good way to cap off a great school year. Everyone seemed like they had a really good time,” Mr. Solorza said.

Overall, the seniors look forward to their final week and a half of school. With AP tests concluding and finals coming up, seniors are eagerly anticipating Grad Nite on Friday, May 12 at Disneyland, their last hurrah prior to Graduation.

Around Bosco: Campus Ministry Celebrates Cinco De Mayo With May Crowning

by William Reynolds

Last week, the Brave community came together during Cinco de Mayo to celebrate the life of our Blessed Mother Mary during Marian Day and the many gifts that she has given our school.

Photo by Austin Hughes, Class of 2023

Originally, Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, is a day of Mexican pride and heritage. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, which is mistakenly considered to be Mexico’s equivalent to their Independence Day. 

This year Cinco de Mayo at St. John Bosco started with attending mass as a school community to celebrate a Marian Day Mass and the life of our Blessed Mary, Help of Christians. 

During the Mass Fr. Ted talked about how “Mary, Help of Christians guides us throughout our lives and that we should be grateful to her teachings and trust her to give the wisdom that we desperately need in our lives.”

Photo by Megan Nash, Director of Social Media and Marketing

Another celebration that the Bosco community was a part of during Mass was during the homily when the Archdiocese of Los Angeles congratulated two seniors, Christian Angel (far left) and Ricardo Rodriguez (second from the right) as well as two faculty members, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt (far right) and Ms. Edna Ramirez (second from the left) for their service and dedication to our school and the community with one of their most prestigious awards, The Christian Service Award. 

The mission and message of Mary, Help of Christians has influenced people all over the world, but it has dramatically affected our fellow students and faculty, like Ricardo, who has been part of the campus ministry team for all four years of his high school career.

“Taking the time out of my day to celebrate Mary and her impact at this moment serves as an opportunity to gather together and remember. Remember who we are, remember that we are not alone and remember the mission we are made for,” Ricardo said.

To end the 2022-2023 school year, the Brave community came together following Mass with our Faith Families and participated in Olympiad Day, where the Braves played many games including basketball, tug-o-war, ultimate frisbee, soccer, volleyball, football, Super Smash Brothers, Pool and Ping Pong as well as board games.

Around Bosco: Environmental Club Celebrates Inaugural Earth Day Celebration

by Robert Visty III, Photo Editor

Some of our readers may know that Saturday, April 22nd was Earth Day, a national holiday created in 1970 to spread awareness for the environment and endangered species. The success of this 53 year old environmental movement has educated millions, and here at Bosco, the Environmental Club continued that tradition by hosting an inaugural farmers market with produce from Bosco’s Agricultural Science Community Garden, which was established in January 2021.

Photo by @sjbcommunitygarden

The goal of the day was community building and sustainability education. Even Bosco’s neighbors around campus, some of whom had never been to Bosco before, introduced themselves and shared in harvesting the garden.

“The best part for me was that the neighborhood came. A lot of non-Bosco people got to be a part of the community and for the first time step on campus and see the garden from the inside,” said Mr. Corkhill, Bosco’s Agricultural Science teacher and of of the orchestrators of the event, along with Environmental Club President Vince Mahar.

There were many events for guests to enjoy, including a peach tree planting ceremony, home gardening and sustainability demonstrations as well as the blessing of the garden by the school’s Spiritual Director, Fr. Ted Montemayor.

Children from the neighborhood enjoyed pulling up carrots, eating watermelon and, for the first time, making the connection between soil and store, accomplishing one of Earth Day’s goals of connecting consumers with the source of their food.

The most visible impact of Earth Day and the Environmental Club around campus will be the conspicuous four color trash receptacles that will encourage Bosco students and faculty to properly recycle waste and contribute to cleaning our campus.

Photo by @sjbcommunitygarden

“We’re gonna have new recycle bins, new ways to separate your trash in order to really educate students on where our trash is going and reduce our waste stream to landfills,” said Mr. Corkhill, who has been instrumental in pioneering the new trash cans.

“We want to change a lot about our waste consumption here,” he said. “So I think it was a good way to kickstart that campaign. As students, you can see after break and lunch there’s trash on the ground, so we need to not only stop littering, but start sorting our trash. It’s a big cultural shift that has to happen in our school to maintain a green campus and to live responsibly.”

All in all, the first Bosco Earth Day Farmers Market was a huge success. Over 100 community members stopped by to enjoy the produce and learn a little about our environment. But Mr. Corkhill believes the education must turn into individual and collective action.

“On a personal level, most people can change their diet. Not eating as much meat is the quickest way for an individual to make an impact on their carbon emissions. Culturally, we need to be more open minded to change as a whole because change is necessary for us to be more sustainable as a community and a country.”

Around Bosco: Friday Night Lights With St. Joseph’s Annual Powder Puff Game At Panish Family Stadium

by Carter Daley

On Friday, March 24th, St. John Bosco High School hosted a variety of events under the Friday night lights with an action packed Powder Puff Game and a Spring Fest Dance.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

Parents and students were offered the opportunity to come together to watch their very own daughters and classmates compete in one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, the Powder Puff Game, an eleven-on-eleven girls flag football game.

The matchup was seen as a high rivalry game between the Donald’s, who consist of Senior St. Joseph Students, versus the Mickey’s, who consist of Junior St. Joseph Students. The Donald’s had something to prove, after losing last year in a close competition to the Class of 2022 Kermit’s. They wanted to make sure they solidified themselves as a team not to mess with. 

“Losing last year was tough. We felt as if we left a lot on the field, but it came up short. We wanted to make sure that did not happen this year so we came ready to play,” said current St. Joseph’s senior Brianna Wright.

The game certainly delivered the excitement. Early in the first half the Mickeys opened up the game with a short rushing touchdown by Mariah Becerra. 

That lead would not last long though, as later in that same half the Donald’s would take back an interception for a touchdown. The play was made by Presley Contreras and got the stands so excited that even the Bosco boy cheerleaders began rushing the field.

“The whole atmosphere was vibrant. All of the Bosco guys had a really fun time cheering and moshing in the end zone was awesome,” said Bosco senior Ahrian McNeil.

The game remained a stalemate, as both defenses played incredibly well with a total of three turnovers in a span of just five minutes. 

The Donald’s had one last chance to take the lead in the game when a deep “Hail, Mary” pass was completed to senior Brooklyn Soto with two seconds left. The next pass unfortunately fell incomplete, finishing the game in an 8-8 tie. 

Although fans were cheering for overtime, the officials were unable to continue the game due to a time shortage. But the fun did not end there, as just around the corner St. John Bosco was hosting a Spring Fest Dance for students. 

Held in the quad, St. John Bosco and St. Joseph students gathered to celebrate the last couple months of the school year. The even featured great music provided by DJ Drip that had students in a free-spirited mood after an exciting game of flag football. The dance was organized by math teacher Ms. Edna Ramirez, Mr. Danny Benitez and Band Director Mr. Ramon Villanueva to raise money for students for the upcoming band trip to Seattle this month. 

“It was a movie. By far the best music out of any social this year. Having it outside also made it better so everyone wasn’t sweating like crazy,” said senior Robert Gonzalez.

As students head into their last two months of the school year, many seniors look ahead forward to Senior Prom, which is just around the corner on April 29th.

Life Of A Brave: Bosco Hosts Annual Father-Son Mass And Car Show

by Isaac Mays, Sports Editor

On Sunday, the St. John Bosco Braves student body was provided with a unique social event they could experience with their fathers. A special Mass, breakfast and car show were organized to celebrate the father figures in the Bosco community.

The morning began with a mass celebration in the chapel, which was led by Spiritual Director Father Ted Montemayor. Father Ted led the fifth Sunday of Lent with the story of Lazarus and his resurrection, an inspiring parable about hope for all in attendance.

Soon after Mass concluded, the Braves and their fathers poured outside to begin their breakfast. During the event, vendors sold Bosco-affiliated gear for guests to purchase. Many sports teams and clubs at school also prepared baskets of items for auction.

Meanwhile, residents of the Bellflower area were encouraged to bring their luxury and classic cars to put on display. The car show brought many families together, as a voting process was implemented to determine winners for each car style. Many event patrons appreciated how welcoming and friendly the car owners were, even though they maintained some exceptional higher-end cars.

“My dad and I both got to see some pretty rare cars. We bond over cars, so it was nice to have that at our school,” said senior Ryan Cirrincione. “The Red Chevy Impala was our personal favorite.”

Many boys were happy to share their love of cars with their fathers. An entire fleet of Mustangs were present along with the infamous Jeep Trackhawk mentioned in Lil Baby’s “Life Goes On.” Many of sportier vehicles were fan favorites.

Perhaps the highlight of the event was the tug of war match between fathers and sons. The tug of war concluded with another win for the fathers, marking the third year in a row that they achieved victory over their sons. Many seniors commented how fun this activity was, as they faced off head-to-head against the undefeated “dad strength.”

“It was so fun to compete against my dad,” said senior Eiian Reyes. “My Baba has a lot more strength than I had initially assumed; he ended up being a major player on the parents’ side.”

Overall, the event fostered many relationships that most high school students don’t typically have the opportunity to cultivate, as the morning allowed students to interact with each other’s families.

“My friends and I are close, but I feel like our dads don’t know each other. The Father-Son Mass lets all of us meet and get to know each other better. I wish I could come back next year,” said senior Andrew Rivera.

This father-son tradition is one of many instances that help separate St. John Bosco from other high schools. Bosco tries to emphasize the family component of our community, and experiences like these help make the student body be more mature young men. All students and important male figures in their lives are welcome next year to continue this great tradition.

Around Bosco: Bosco Robotics Team Reaches New Heights 

by Ed Crowe

Tribe Robotics terminated the competition and secured a second place finish and a ranking of seventh out of the 47 schools that competed in the Orange County Regionals, being one of the best finishes the program has had in its history.

Photo by @triberobotics

For this year’s competition, the theme was “Charged Up”, which required each team to design and construct a robot that will pick up, transfer and place a small traffic cone on a pedestal as well as a foam square. What is also very important is that each team had an alliance, which made two bigger teams. These alliances brought energy to their so-called “community” by retrieving these pieces and scoring them into their grids.

Each individual match always began with a 15-second autonomous time period that gave the team several opportunities to earn points. These points were earned by completing tasks such as leaving their community, retrieving and scoring game pieces onto the grid as well as docking on or engaging with their charge station.  However, in the final two minutes and 15 seconds of the match, the drivers of the robots took control and scored points by continuing to retrieve and score their game pieces onto the grid and docking on or engaging with their charge station. After the match ends, the alliance with the highest score wins. 

Tribe Robotics was given a six-week timeframe to design and build a robot that would complete these tasks, which sounds easy, but is more challenging than most can imagine. Due to having a complex robot, everybody is dependent on everybody, which brings a lot of pressure to the team as a whole. On the Tribe Robotics team, there are separate teams that are responsible for specific aspects of the robot, such as the framework, the chassis, scouting and driving. These are just some of the few miniature teams that make up the Bosco Robotics team as a whole. In order for progress to be made, each smaller team must produce their products and work together in order to create a working piece of machinery. 

Senior Loreto Albaran, who has been a part of Tribe Robotics his entire four years at Bosco, believes that the team took new leaps and reached new heights. Loreto also believed that the bond the robotics team developed for the past couple of months gave them a huge advantage compared to the other teams that competed. 

As a team captain, Loreto observed all the miniature teams, made sure that everyone showed up to practice, and most importantly, ensured no one was running behind schedule. In the competition, however, Loreto was part of the drive team, which entailed him having complete control over the robot. While this may be Loreto’s last year participating in Tribe Robotics, he strongly believes that the team will only continue to soar from here. 

“I want the team to continue to ride the upward trend our team has been building, and I know leaving Tribe Robotics that the team is in good hands,” said Loreto. 

Senior Marco Castro, who has also been a part of the robotics team for four years, agrees with Loreto that the team is only progressing from here. However, he noticed from the offseason as well as on the day of the competition that the team faced a great deal of pressure they simply were not ready to handle.

“At the competition, I would say there was a lot of pressure, especially on the drive team. I really feel like the only thing that could beat us was us,” said Marco Castro.  

Marco also believes that because of the promotion Bosco is giving to the team, more and more people are becoming interested in being a part of the Robotics team. Marco added that this is the first year that St. Joseph’s High School girls who were interested in robotics had the opportunity to join the team, which to Marco is truly extraordinary for the program but also for the bond that each person shares on the team.

Marco plans on continuing his robotics career at the California State University, Long Beach, where he will major in electrical engineering. Much like Marco, Loreto will also continue his robotic career at Kettering University with a major in mechanical engineering.

Life of a Brave: Bosco Alumnus, Mr. Derrick Fernando, Named Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs

by Christian Angel, Managing Editor

Mr. Derrick Fernando, alumnus of the Class of 2001, has served in a variety of roles at St. John Bosco High School, including as a teacher, coach, Dean of Students and Assessment Coordinator. He now plans to step into a new leadership role in the 2023-2024 school year. 

Photo by Megan Nash, Director of Digital Marketing & Social Media

St. John Bosco High School announced that Mr. Derrick Fernando, who currently serves as an upperclassmen English teacher and Assessment Coordinator, will be the new Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs in charge of academics needs and administration. In addition to his four years as a student, Mr. Fernando has served in the Bosco community for the last eleven years in various capacities. 

Mr. Fernando grew up in an active household in Downey. In the fall of 1996, Mr. Fernando stepped onto the campus of St. John Bosco and was involved throughout his four years in the basketball and volleyball programs. He was even involved in organizing a “Filipino Night” showcasing Filipino culture. 

He then attended Loyola Marymount University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. In 2008, he received his Master of Arts in English from Loyola Marymount University and has spent the past 17 years as an educator at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Coming home to St. John Bosco in the Fall of 2012, Mr. Fernando has worked in the English Department, teaching World Literature, American Literature, British Literature and AP English Language and Composition at different points in his tenure. Mr. Fernando took a short break from the classroom when he was a Dean of Students from 2016-2018. 

On the sports side, he worked as an Assistant Freshmen and Assistant Varsity Coach for the basketball program and later as Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach for the volleyball program. 

In stepping into this new role, Mr. Fernando is focusing on the mission of continuing to develop a rigorous academic program at Bosco that brings continuity and cohesiveness in order to support teachers and students at all grade levels.

“My new role is to ensure I can provide any kind of support or development that professionals need, so our teachers are asking a lot for the kinds of support and opportunities to learn and grow that a growing and ever-evolving academic landscape would allow for,” said Mr. Fernando.

Mr. Fernando credits his time working in many leadership positions across his eleven years at Bosco having helped him be ready for this role, as he plans to lead the school with a new perspective to help many students with different backgrounds, especially at-risk students.

“In this new role, the same idea needs to apply from an academic perspective,” said Mr. Fernando. “By being able to work with students and to work with teachers to recognize that there’s something underlying that might cause an at-risk student to slip in their performance in class is another big part of that role.”

Mr. Fernando may be known for his classes being rigorous at a college level, but he has a softer side, too. He is a family man, a devoted husband of 13 years and a father to three beautiful children. With the inspiration of his family, he puts his heart and soul into St. John Bosco, recognizing the gifts that have been bestowed upon him and how he can use those gifts to benefit the futures of Braves for years to come.

A+E: Bosco Theatre Company Closes Season With Five Sellout Performances Of Fiddler On The Roof

by Brett Baligad, Senior Editor

Over the past two weekends, the St. John Bosco Theatre Company hosted their final production of the year, Fiddler on the Roof. With five out of the seven performances selling out, this production is the highest grossing show in Bosco history, while also being one of the most acclaimed shows ever produced by the company.

Photo by Gabby Dela Vega

Directed by Mr. Martin Lang, Fiddler on the Roof is a Broadway classic following an early twentieth century Jewish community in the town of Anatevka, Ukraine. The heartfelt musical focuses on characters created by Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Aleichem, specifically Tevye, a poor dairyman played by senior Connor Sheehan, and his wife Golde, played by senior Eva Sadler, who are trying to navigate raising their five daughters while upholding Jewish traditions in an increasingly antagonistic world.

Debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof stood as one of the longest running Broadway musicals in history with over 3,000 performances in the sixties. Along with its historic initial run, the original Broadway production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, with its revivals receiving several more Tony nominations. 

Performing such an iconic musical is not common for the Bosco Theatre Company. However, the cast was eager to take on the project with great success.

“This is the first big show we have done since the pandemic, and it was time to produce something on a large scale again,” said Mr. Lang. “While I have directed Fiddler on the Roof in the professional world, I have not directed it for high school. It is a difficult undertaking, but I felt we had the right people to do it.”

A large reason for this production was the cultural relevance of Fiddler on the Roof. The play takes place in Ukraine and demonstrates similar elements to the current political turmoil presented in Russia’s invasion of the country, as the Jewish community in Anatevka must coexist with the rising Russian Revolution. Additionally, the production solemnly shows the persecution of Jewish culture in heartbreaking contrast to the warm, bright community of Anatevka. To put elements like these on display meant a lot to Mr. Lang and the cast as a whole.

“Anything that is art concerns the human spirit. Theatre and this story offer a glimpse into a group of people who were persecuted and singled out in a specific time in the history of the world and in a specific place, Ukraine,” said Mr. Lang. “It is my great hope that high school students, who are the future citizens of the world, see this story and that it might speak to them in a way that encourages them to speak and act out against any kind of hatred, bias or persecution.”

Even with a political message, Fiddler on the Roof is no short of a fun sing along musical. A large component of the musical is the comic acknowledgement of the extreme traditions of the people of Anatevka. Along with this, the play joyfully demonstrates Jewish culture and practices through its classic musical numbers. Lastly, Fiddler on the Roof displays the strong family values and devotion to God within the Jewish faith.

Bosco’s rendition of Fiddler on the Roof is chalk full of actors with experience, as nine seniors made appearances throughout the play. This is evident through the many familiar faces, such as seniors Kate Sheehan, Alex Palmer and Jack Scalas all playing memorable love interests through the course of the musical.

“With such a large cast we knew it would take all of us to make this production a success. Mr. Lang can’t do it alone and a lot of the responsibilities fell upon the seniors. I felt they held us to a high standard and raised the bar for our overall performance,” said junior Grant Hidalgo-Villanueva.

Overall, the two weekends proved to be a large success. With five sellout nights for Fiddler on The Roof, it will be regarded as one of Bosco’s most noteworthy productions, rivaling other classics like Ragtime, West Side Story and Sweeney Todd

Around Bosco: St. John Bosco Warms Up The Winter With The First Ever Annual Cookout

by Noah Dawson

St. John Bosco High School, nestled in the heart of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, is known for its academic excellence and thriving student community. This year, the school hosted its first annual cookout for hosted by the school’s Black Student Union (BSU), providing a space for students to connect with one another and celebrate their community.

As students poured into the sprawling campus, they were met with the mouthwatering aroma of all sorts of delicious treats. The event featured a wide range of activities, including games, music and dancing.

One of the most popular activities was the basketball tournament, which pitted students against each other in fierce competition on the school’s outdoor courts. There were also a variety of board games and card games for those who preferred to keep things a little more low-key.

Throughout the day, the air was filled with the sounds of laughter and music, as students of all ages came together to celebrate back heritage. The event provided a space for students to connect with each other and build new friendships, strengthening the bonds that make the Bosco community so special.

For many students, the cookout was a chance to connect with other Black students in a way that they had never been able to before. It provided a sense of belonging and community that is sometimes difficult to find in a school with so much diversity.

“This was a great opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our culture,” said senior Ahrian McNeil. “It’s important to have spaces like this where we can just be ourselves and feel comfortable.”

Even students from other schools felt the impact of the event.

“I go to St. Mary’s, but I came here with a friend, and I’m so glad I did,” says St. Mary’s senior Dallas Oliver. “It’s great to see so many people from different schools coming together like this.”

In a world that is often divided by race, ethnicity and culture, events like the BSU Cookout are more essential than ever. They provide a space for Black students to come together and celebrate their culture, building a sense of community that is essential for success. Senior Austin Hughes, the secretary of the BSU, was beaming with pride.

“It was cool seeing people from my community come together in one place to appreciate our culture through music and conversation,” Austin said.

The event ended with an announcement from the BSU president, inviting everyone to a movie night coming up in March at the St. Joseph’s Flynn Center. The BSU had selected a classic film that celebrated the black experience, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, and the event promises to be a great way to continue the celebration of black excellence and culture.

As students made their way home, tired but happy after a long day of fun, they couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride in their community. The first annual BSU Cookout had been a resounding success, and everyone was looking forward to the next one.

When the sun set, there was a palpable sense of possibility for the prosperity of the African-American student body in the air. The future was looking bright, and everyone was excited to see where this new tradition would lead.

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