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Vaping Poses New Health Risks in High Schools

by Matthew Ruiz, George Holani, Elliston Ospina, and Jake Newman

“Vaping in general is a major health risk to teens and young adults for brain development, addiction, and behavioral risks.”

Teenage vaping of nicotine and marijuana can have long-term effects on the brain. When teens and young adults expose their brain to these substances, they are susceptible to side effects that include addiction, mood changes, and permanent lowering of impulse control.

Nicotine can also lead to addictions with more advanced tobacco products. Some evidence suggests that E-Cigarette use is linked to alcohol use and other substance use, such as marijuana.

According to The Guardian, Americans currently spend around $40 billion a year on legal and black market marijuana.

This intake is almost certain to increase, as marijuana becomes easier to access and is declared legal in more states across America. The “pot industry” continues to marijuana pot as compatible with a healthy and relaxing adult life.

The same is not true for middle and high schoolers.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 53 percent of people who have used marijuana began smoking between the ages of 12 and 17. Even more worrisome, 21 percent of high school students have reported marijuana use in the past 30 days.
This is extremely problematic as a lot of youth are not aware of the negative impact of marijuana on the teenage brain.

Marijuana is associated with the impairment of many brain functions. Teens develop weak memory recollection, difficulty understanding concepts and school subjects, and lower life satisfaction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The use of marijuana has been consistently increasing over the past few years as it has reached the highest point in the past thirty years according the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. This drastic increase in use is a result of extreme accessibility. Marijuana now comes in a multitude of forms such as: pens, vapes, and natural grown herb.

With the emergence of smoking in general, vaping, both of nicotine and marijuana, has become a major issue across high schools in America and at St. John Bosco.


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“[Vaping nicotine] was the same as patches and chewing gum that they would use to get smokers off of cigarettes and on a healthier plan with vaping,” says English teacher and former Dean of Students Mr. Derek Fernando.

Mr. Fernando supported vaping devices when they first came out, but has since determined that they influenced the wrong culture of teens.  

“There’s a problem with how they market the devices and vaping in general,” argues Mr. Fernando. 

Teens and young adults who vape see it as a fun thing to do, and ultimately aren’t prepared for the health effects and chemical changes to their body in the long and short term.

“The benefits of vaping aren’t meant to help people under the age of 25,” said Mr. Fernando.

Getting caught vaping is like getting pulled over for speeding or getting caught drinking underage, as there are consequences and certain fees you have to pay.

“I have not yet caught anyone in the act of vaping [at Bosco], but I have caught some students with the vaping paraphernalia on them,” Fernando said. “I have to put myself in the parents [of students] shoes and see how they feel about their son or daughter vaping and ask, why are they doing this to there body?” he said when speaking about students vaping at Bosco.

School President Dennis Mulhaupt obviously doesn’t condone vaping of  E-cigarettes or marijuana. His view is that, when in school, students are responsible for working hard and being responsible, not thinking about having to vape.

“It’s a socially cool thing to do,” said Mulhaupt. “We need to educate our students and show them why [vaping] is a bad thing. If students choose to vape on campus, it’s not permitted and disciplinary actions will be taken against them.”

Junior ASB member and student-athlete Nathaniel Quigg has a strong viewpoint on vaping within our school as well as outside of school.

“Vaping isn’t as harmful as smoking or doing marijuana, Vicodin, or Methamphetamine, but it still affects students regarding their learning capabilities and mental state,” Quigg claims.

Two anonymous seniors who play a sport and vaped at the same time possessed a negative stance on vaping.


Teen vaping has become a major issue across high schools in America.

“Vaping affected my studying and changed the way I think. It made me lazy and encouraged me to not do any homework,” said one senior, a single-sport athlete. “Vaping is a bad thing, but we all do things that aren’t good for us here and there.”

He says most students are influenced by their friends to vape, and in turn over time they become addicted. Sophomore and junior year this senior was addicted to vaping, and all because of some close friends who influenced him to do it at first.

“I don’t do it like I used to because I learned to grow,” said the senior of his situation now.

The second anonymous senior is a multi-sport athlete at Bosco, who also had a negative stance on vaping. Some of his views were similar to the first anonymous senior but possessed a different perspective.

“Vaping takes time away from school and everything I do in general. Obviously vaping isn’t healthy because it prevents our bodies from developing due to the amount of nicotine we inhale smoking it,” said the senior.

Vaping affects him in sports because it’s harder for athletes to breathe because they have bad lungs. The senior mentioned that the only reason he vaped was because he thought it was cool, but learned to stop and became more focused on his academics and sports.

All of the new technology poses a problem in itself as people may not be aware of what they are ingesting in their body. Increases in lung issues such as popcorn lung, a disease where holes develop in the alveoli in your lungs, have been on the rise.

Combining both the accessibility and the negligence of the product in a present-day problem. Our youth are harming themselves without knowing the outcome with little to no accountability. 

Vaping and smoking in general is a growing issue across America for all high school students and needs to be prevented before serious issues stem from it. We can start here at St. John Bosco High School by taking necessary actions and helping those that vape, stop.


Bosco: Feast Day Celebration

by Enrique Gutierrez and Kris Hutson

On January 31st, we remembered the life and death of Saint John Bosco as nations worldwide celebrated his life.

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Don Bosco was a priest, educator and a writer of the 19th century. Don Bosco worked in Turin, where there was ill effects. He was dedicated to the betterment and education of the children in the street and kids in juvenile, and other disadvantaged children. Don Bosco taught methods on love rather than punishment. This method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. 

Bosco was a follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis De La Sale. Bosco was an ardent devotee of Mary, mother of Jesus. He later dedicated his work to De La Sale’s when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco based in Turin. He taught Dominic Savio of whom he wrote a biography that helped him become canonized.

During the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis addressed Don Bosco with recognition and respect. Pope Francis acknowledged Bosco by referring him as a role model to all priest. Don Bosco was a prime example to who Jesus Christ was. Don Bosco was well known for helping the less fortunate children who wandered the streets in poverty. Bosco helped children grow and develop themselves as men.

Pope Francis focused on how Don Bosco viewed people he helped. Pope Francis said, “to look upon reality with human eyes,” and with “the eyes of God,” and this means “spending a lot of time before the tabernacle.”

Pope Francis’ quote referred to the perspective one gives to another person. Humanity can see a person or the state of someone with disgust and disrespect. Pope Francis makes it well known that man should see the world how God saw life everyday. No matter how terrible a person can be, there can always be a way to help them change and help them develop their lifestyle. God wants us to help those in need for motivation and encouragement.

“And what is the sign that a priest is doing well, seeing reality with human eyes and with the eyes of God? Joy. When a priest does not find joy within, he should stop immediately and ask himself why. And Don Bosco’s joy is known, eh? Because he made others joyful, and rejoiced himself. And he suffered. Today, let us ask the Lord, through the intercession of Don Bosco, for the grace for our priests to be joyful: joyful so that they have the true sense of looking at things regarding pastoral ministry, the people of God with human eyes and with the eyes of God,” were the final remarks of Don Bosco from Pope Francis.

St. John Bosco’s legacy will always be remembered and celebrated worldwide by giving Bosco praise for being an idol for humanity. 

Bosco: Salesian Week Is Here

by Nikolas Molina

The first Salesian week at St. John Bosco High School has come to a close. On Friday, January 25th Bosco held community time to allow the student body to play games and have free time with one another.


The games consisted of softball, beach volleyball and kickball against the teachers. These games are all for fun but there is a competition within each of the grade levels.

This year, Bosco brought back Gold and Silver Cups. The previous rallies held various competitions for the Silver Cup. With multiple games and competitions for the cup, the Rua tribe come out victorious in both of the rallies.

The Silver Cup is earned by the tribe who as part of our salesian values compete on the playground with character and pride.

The games were roughly an hour long which then led into lunch, and were very competitive, but came with smiles, laughter and bragging rights. Bragging rights are what teachers and students strive for here.

Being able to go to a class and brag to your teacher that your team beat their team is very satisfying.

This day of games will lead to a week of celebration and Bosco’s Feast Day on Thursday, kicking off the second Salesian week. On January 31st, Bosco will hold its feast day for our schools founder. We celebrate the gift Don Bosco and the Salesians have brought to our community. Feast day is the biggest celebration of the year for the Bosco community.

“It is a time for fellowship and family time. This is what Bosco wanted by making our salesian school a home, a playground, a school and a church,” said Brother James.

All four of these salesian virtues will be expressed and shown during this two-part Salesian week in which we as Braves will live out the ways over Don Bosco.


Bosco: New Bell Schedule Debuts in 2019 Spring Semester

by Joshua Adohbest-stuent-lab-relaxed

At last, the rumored new schedule change has finally graced itself into St. John Bosco High School’s curriculum.

A popular topic around school grounds in recent time, Bosco has finally made the switch to a block period centered school schedule.

Current principal Dr. Christian De Larkin believes our new schedule will greatly enhance the learning environment at St. John Bosco.

“The addition of more block periods per week allows for teachers to design [the classroom] in a way that encourages collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication among students,” said Dr. De Larkin.

“In an 80-minute block period, you have more time to plan deeper learning experiences,” Dr. De Larkin continued to say.

Another aspect of the new schedule change is every-week late starts. Not only do students benefit from this, but teachers as well.

“Teachers and staff don’t have late start, but students do. The late starts allow for [faculty and staff] to come in in the morning to work and prepare ourselves for the day,” said Dr. De Larkin.

The St. John Bosco community patiently waited for this new schedule to roll out. This new schedule allows for students to take classes and learn in a real college-prepatory environment.

No one person made the decision to change the schedule, but instead it was more of a collective decision by faculty, staff and the Bosco community as a whole.

Dr. De Larkin says he talked to faculty, staff, students and parents to see how this new schedule would affect each of them and went through with finalizing his decision once he believed he had a general buy-in with the community.


Bosco: 2018 Junior Ring Ceremony

by Matthew Ruiz

The Junior Ring Ceremony is where Bosco juniors celebrate their last year as an underclassman. It acts as a right of passage to our senior year – or a small glimpse of it -with a small memento to remember high school.fullsizeoutput_660

This event also brings juniors closer together in brotherhood, as everyone celebrates as a community and remembers and appreciates high school. Principal Christian De Larkin mentioned that the class of 2020 had the biggest participation in this ceremony in all of the years he’d been at Bosco.

As a junior, receiving this ring means a lot. Being able to say I have found a home here at Bosco, along with a playground, a school, and a church to trust following the model of St. John Bosco.

I interviewed a fellow junior named Adrian Gutierrez, who said receiving a junior ring is an honor and it shows who we are and how we developed as young men since freshman year.

Gutierrez also stated that the ceremony was a very special moment in his life, because it shows his commitment to Bosco and how Bosco has changed him to become a better man socially and educationally.

I also interviewed Andrew Serrano, another junior at Bosco. He said this ring is special because since he has a family history here at Bosco it shows that he has been able to overcome any obstacles life throws at him. He mentioned that Bosco has brought him closer to God and receiving this ring is like our commitment to God, saying you will never lose faith and love all of his children.

The Junior Ring Ceremony is a precious time at Bosco for all juniors that pass through, marking their legacy down as lifelong Braves.


Bosco: 2018 Fall Signing Day

by Kyle Moats

Fall Signing Day was a very special time for the Bosco community. Ten athletes represented four different sports teams at Bosco and one at St. Joseph’s.

  • Sebastian Orduno – University of Oregon
  • David Hays – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Derek Delgado – Concordia University
  • Kyle Moats – United States Air Force Academy
  • Oscar Favela – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Mitchell Myers – Dartmouth University
  • Jonathan Salazar – University of the Pacific
  • Antonio Lorenzo – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Cleveland Belton – Arizona State University
  • Mckenzie Barbara – University of Mississippi

Don Barbara, the head baseball coach at Bosco, not only got to see five of his student athletes sign from the baseball team, but also his daughter, Mckenzie Barbara. A St. Joseph’s student, Mckenzie normally would have signed with her St. Joseph sisters on national signing day. This was not the case for her. Since Coach Barbara would be unable to make it to that ceremony because of his Bosco athletes, the Bosco administrators and staff invited her to sign with her Bosco brothers.

This was a special moment, not only for Mckenzie but for the Bosco community as well, as that has never been done before. Coach Barbara had some meaningful words to say on the subject of signing his daughter.

“I thought it was a great day, a very emotional day as well. When I was waiting for Dr. DeLarkin to introduce me, I thought it was going to be easy to introduce my daughter, but once I got to the podium and had to talk about her, it was very emotional because we are really close and she’s a great kid. She worked her butt off to get to go to Ole’ Miss and I couldn’t be more proud of her,” said Barbara.

It was a very touching moment overall and there were tears throughout the ceremony.

“My dad getting to introduce me and him sending me off to college is what made it an emotional experience for him and I. Also being able to sign with my Bosco brothers made the day even more memorable,” said Mckenzie.

It was definitely a day to remember for the whole Barbara family.

Coach Barbara had also some kind words to say about his five student-athletes signing from the baseball team.

“For my guys, it was a special moment. It is a credit to this program, it is a credit to the kids, and it is a credit to our school that they get to go and play at a high Division 1 level for baseball now. It’s very emotional when you have these kids in your program for so long and getting to see them move on and do something they have wanted to do their whole life is amazing,” said Barbara.

The additional athletes represented at the signing table have great stories to tell as well.  Mitchell Myers signing to Dartmouth was a first for the Bosco lacrosse program. During his speech, Myers mentioned that he came to Bosco and joined the team in their formative stages. He witnessed the team grow and developed with his journey culminating in a championship season last spring.

“To join the prestigious Bosco signee group and join the many that have come before me is just an awesome feeling. To be a precursor to the Bosco lacrosse program of the future and to represent them is just a magical moment for not only me but for the Bosco lacrosse community,” said Myers.

Myers committed to Dartmouth University, a very prestigious school academically and athletically.

“I couldn’t be happier to commit to Dartmouth. My main goal was to put 100 percent of my effort into lacrosse and to get the best education possible and be able to still play ball at a high collegiate level. To get the call from Dartmouth and be able to make these dreams come true was a blessing,” said Myers.

Jonathan Salazar, a student-athlete from Panama, came to the United States and originally attended school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is living with another Bosco basketball family and has overcome language and cultural challenges to pursue his dream of an education and college basketball career. This has led to his commitment to the University of the Pacific next year.

Last but not least are the wrestling signees, Antonio Lorenzo and Cleveland Belton.  Bosco has a historically dominant wrestling program and these young men are no exception. Their coaches praised the extreme dedication and work ethic needed to perform at such a high level and the fierce competition they faced along the path to a college wrestling opportunity.

This event is truly special. The start of school is delayed so that as many students and faculty can attend as possible. In contrast to other signing events across the area, and even the state, Bosco has its soon to be college athletes dress in formal attire and prepare a speech given prior to signing their letters of intent.  One common thread amongst all of the student athletes’ speeches was their appreciation of their families, coaches, and faculty. These young adults are aware of the amount sacrifice and support necessary for them to be on that stage.

Photo Credit – Edward Torre




Bosco: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration Recap

by George Holani and Matthew Ruiz

The “Day of the Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos” is a Mexican holiday and tradition that runs every year from October 31st to November 2nd in Mexican and Spanish cultures.

This event is celebrated throughout Mexico and with Mexican families and heritages everywhere. The holiday focuses on family gatherings and coming together to pray for past friends and family members who have died.shirt-1510256257-bc164d1a6e5b9c2edac485f775679688.jpeg

The “Day of the Dead” is important because it relates to and challenges societal views on honoring the dead. The event is celebrated through festivals, parades, and family gatherings at cemeteries to pray for their deceased family members and friends. People celebrate this tradition by putting flowers, candles, ceramic skulls, and pictures of loved ones on their altars.

Food is also placed on altars, as families cook their loved ones favorite dishes and treats to honor them. Sugar skulls and tamales are common dishes to place, which is important because food and drinks placed on the altars are an offering for loved ones to come back and visit.

According to Ms. Norma Aguilera, a Spanish teacher at St. John Bosco High School, the “Day of the Dead” annual celebration started at Bosco about six years ago. The administration at Bosco began to coordinate and set up an event every year for the “Day of the Dead.”

“I sat down with the administration and talked about making world languages open up more and bringing the community together in order to build a closer relationship with them and teach of other cultures in our world language departments,” said Ms. Aguilera.

The coordinators hosting and in charge of setting up this celebration try to represent a real event for Dia de los Muertos in Mexico and translate it to American culture. The event starts on November 1st and ends on the 4th at Bosco, because it’s a three day event.

“The event is celebrated by bringing the entire school community together and making altars in memory of deceased loved ones. We also have music playing because it’s a celebration and not something we should be sad about,” said Ms. Aguilera.

Coordinators provide many traditional dishes from Central America and Mexico. Types of food include burritos, tacos, rice, beans, corn on the cob, churros, tamales, and many more. The “Day of the Dead” is not only celebrated in Mexico, but also in Central America.

“It’s like celebrating the history of the natives on this land before the Spanish and the Spanish festivities going on at that time,” said Ms. Aguilera.

Dia de los Muertos affects many people and their family heritage here at Bosco every year, such as Bosco math teacher Mr. Salvador Perez.

“[Dia de los Muertos] honors people who pass away, such as my grandfather,” said Mr. Perez.

Mr. Perez’s grandfather’s birthday is the same day as the first “Day of the Dead” celebration. He mentions how the “Day of the Dead” used to be very traditional until his family grew older and the tradition shifted towards American culture. Perez’s family celebrates this event by gathering around the dinner table with food and talking about memories they had in the past with their loved ones.

Ms. Rayas, a Spanish teacher at Bosco, describes how not every city in Mexico celebrates Dia De Los Muertos. For example, her family didn’t quite celebrate this tradition during her childhood because it wasn’t passed down in their tradition yet. However, her family in Mexico celebrates it now by gathering around at a cemetery and decorating altars.

The celebration of Dia de los Muertos is one that is looked forward to every year and highly celebrated by people of Mexican culture. It’s great that St. John Bosco High School can take advantage of this annual celebration and participate in it on campus.


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