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Life of a Brave: Unsung Hero, Longtime Golf Coach and Faculty Member, Mr. Jack Hastert

By Aydn Morris

Mr. Hastert continues to make his mark in the Bosco community, even after first stepping foot on campus 56 years ago.

Mr. Hastert has been all over the Brave community. Whether it was as a student, teacher, coach or counselor, he has done it all.

Mr. Hastert taught 37 years at Bosco, focusing mainly on the religious aspect of teaching, as that is what he wanted to give back to the students. He taught sophomore Morality, Social Justice and Relationships, as well as freshmen Old Testament and New Testament. He also taught Christian Service, which was a senior class that took place off-campus. The class was for seniors to serve their community any way that they can, whether it was tutoring, helping out at handicapped kids, among many other noble causes, with the goal to follow God’s will to serve others.

“I never really had much of a career plan. My goal was always to have this vague idea to help others, but I never really knew how I would go at it,” said Mr. Hastert. 

About a year after graduating, Mr. Hastert applied to a Jesuit volunteer group, called Jesuit Volunteer Corp, in which he ended up spending two years in Seattle teaching physical education. At the time, it was one of the biggest Catholic grammar schools on the west coast. In 1978, he got a job as a youth minister at St. Dominic Savio, which is also where he met his wife of 42 years. 

Mr. Hastert was in need of another job with his kids being on the way, but luckily, Bosco asked him to run the bookstore for year. After the year, St. John Bosco asked him if he would like to teach, but Mr. Hastert was hesitant about taking a teaching job. At first, he declined, but Bosco was able to convince him to take the job, and he made sure he was great at his job every single day. 

Mr. Hastert spent two years teaching, and then was asked to become Campus Minister, which led him to quitting the job that he still had at St. Dominic Savio, even though he continued to run the bookstore. He held one and a half jobs for about six years so that his wife could stay with the kids while they were still little. 

In addition, Mr. Hastert was the Religion Department’s chairperson and the Athletic Director, which he said no to at first because he thought he would be too busy for it, with his kids just getting ready to go to high school. However, he ended up serving that role for ten years. This was special to him, as for all his time at Bosco, there were only three other athletic directors: Marty Duissere, Ed Riley and Monty McDermott.

Not only was he a teacher, Athletic Director and Campus Minister, but he was also known as coach for Bosco football and golf. Coaching was one of the jobs Bosco did not ask Coach Hastert to do, but athletics was something he wanted to be a part of. He coached football for 26 years, serving as freshman head coach and varsity special teams coordinator. He then moved his coaching career into golf, which Mr. McDermott suggested because he knew he loved the game of golf. 

Lastly being a guidance counselor was the only job Mr. Hastert ever asked for. He held this job from 2002 to 2011 and it was one of his favorite jobs at Bosco because of the psychological love for dealing with the students, their families and their feelings. 

“One thing I would’ve done differently in life would have been change my major to Psychology, because at the time I didn’t know what that was but now that I do, I would have done that,” said Mr. Hastert.

He also enjoyed it because the people, even those that retired in the department, which he is still very close friends with, made it feel like it wasn’t work at all.

“Bosco has always been this place where you don’t feel like you are going to work with people you hate, but going to work with people you consider friends and family,” said Mr. Hastert

Mr. Hastert has taught and coached many Bosco alumni, which just makes his job so much easier. 

Mr. Hastert has always been a family person, as many of his decisions have been made for his family. He was the oldest of his three brothers and three sisters, and they all bonded very closely as they did everything together growing up. His youngest sibling was born when he was 14 years old, and crazy enough, Mr. Hastert taught his youngest brother at Bosco twice. 

He also has three kids: two daughters and one son. Both of his daughters went to St. Joseph High School and his son also went to Bosco. His oldest daughter, Julianne, is a nurse with two children, his other daughter, Rachael, also has two kids and works for many companies’ websites, and his son Jacob sells medical equipment to hospitals, and he has a son and daughter as well. 

Mr. Hastert loved sports as a kid, and he is a fan of the Rams, Dodger, Lakers and USC. 

“I know a lot about sports. I should have been a sports announcer,” said Mr. Hastert.

His love for sports is the reason he started coaching, as he also played many sports growing up, including baseball, basketball, soccer, football, cross country and golf.

As much as Coach Hastert loves sports and golf, he announced his retirement from coaching, with this season being his last.

“I wanted to have more free time to spend with my wife, to go traveling, visiting our family and not missing out on family events. It certainly wasn’t that I didn’t like it anymore, although I did get frustrated at players not listening or responding to emails, text or not showing up to matches. The main reason was to spend time with my wife and my family,” said Mr. Hastert.

Although he is stepping down as the head coach, he will still be a part of the team to help out if needed, which shows true love and dedication to Bosco.

“There are many things about Bosco that I really like, but the diversity of the place is one thing I love. It’s not just ethnic diversity, it’s financial diversity. There is academic diversity. We have people from all over the world at the school. If you point one direction there are people coming from there and from the other direction there are people coming from there, you can point any direction and there are people coming from there,” said Mr. Hastert

He doesn’t believe that the students realize how much of an advantage that is to their lives because the diversity allows one to hear from multiple people’s perspectives, and that has even opened his eyes up about everyone’s unique challenges that they have to overcome to be successful, helping him grow as a person.

“What has made Bosco such a special place to me is the family spirit. The Salesians really fostered the concept of Don Bosco and are all about being family, which is really important. With less Salesians, I am concerned we will lose that family spirit. They used to really push us on how important family was, but if Bosco loses the concept of family, it might not be as good as it was,” said Mr. Hastert

Although Mr. Hastert may be leaving his Bosco occupation, he definitely values family in his life, and will always be a part of the Bosco family.

Life of a Brave: Q&A with St. John Bosco’s Class of 2022

By Ethan Gibbs

As graduation approaches, many seniors are reflecting on their past years here at Bosco.

Kai Storch

Q. What is your favorite memory at Bosco?

A. The junior ring ceremony where I got to speak at the event and get our rings was my favorite moment.

Q. What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or shadows?

A. Get involved. Make sure you come to Bosco and do something. Don’t come here and do nothing because you will be bored. Come here and try to get involved in something, as everyone here has open arms.

Q. Where do you imagine yourself ten years from now?

A. Hopefully I’m successful and doing what I’m passionate about, which is public health. I’m majoring in public health, and that’s what I like to do, so hopefully I’ll be able to be stable and happy.

Q. Who is your favorite teacher at Bosco and why?

A. My favorite teacher at Bosco would have to be Mr. Perez. I had him sophomore year for Algebra 2, and he is funny and always made me laugh.

Q. What is different about the school from your freshman year?

A. The dress code. Freshman year, the dress code was so strict and now, senior year, you can have long hair, earrings, facial hair. Everything is so more lenient, and I think it’s better for our community because we’re finally modernizing.

Q. Describe your senior year in three words?

A. Happy, healthy, strong.

Nova Goldsby

Q. What is your favorite memory at Bosco?

A. I liked hanging out with my friends at the lunch tables and sometimes food fights that would happen. The bus rides to and from school were fun, as the bus drivers were always really dope and chill.

Q. Who’s your favorite teacher and why?

A. Mr. Vigil because he always asks me how I’m doing, and it makes me feel better.

John-Paul Lim

Q. What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or shadows?

A. Get involved in anything you can, get more inclusive in the school.

Q. Where do you imagine yourself ten years from now?

A. Hopefully with a decent job, hopefully in biology or business.

Q. What career are you looking to go into?

A. I want to become a doctor or do something in marketing.

Q. How has Bosco helped you grow as a person?

A. Bosco has helped me grow as a person by introducing me to new people from around the area that I otherwise would not know.

Q. Who is your favorite teacher at Bosco and why?

A. Mr. Requerme because he understands not to give too much work, but also to not be too easy so he has a good balance of work and free time in his classes.

Q. What subject was your favorite and why?

A. Probably AP Biology senior year.

Jack Earley

Q. What is your favorite memory at Bosco?

A. It was definitely online learning.

Q. What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or shadows?

A. You might not have the best time here compared to your friends outside of school, but you’re going to have a lot of opportunities here, so try your hardest because at the end of it, you’ll appreciate it.

Q. What career are you looking to go into?

A. I’m looking to go into the arts and entertainment industry such as movies, acting and stunt men.

Q. Who is your favorite teacher at Bosco and why?

A. My coach, Mr. Beatty, because he has helped me become a better student and helped me grow as a student and as a Bosco Brave.

Q. What subject was your favorite and why?

A. Entrepreneurship because we got to go to UCLA and present a project there for free, and it helped me see what a college campus is like.

Life of a Brave: Studying Tips for Final Exam Success

By Matthew Parsons

As finals week approaches, instead of stressing, here are some tips in order to prepare for all the exams.

Don’t Just Read:

Too often, students just read over their books or notes. Instead, try reading the notes and then create questions or answer questions from the material. Just rereading the material isn’t the optimal way to study for exams.

Practice Tests:

Retrieval tests are extremely beneficial to retaining information and being prepared for your exams. Retrieval tests can be as simple as quizzing a friend over the phone or creating flashcards with a question on the front and the answer on the back. Try to ask questions in the same way that a teacher would ask. Don’t just ask surface-level questions either, try to dig deeper to be prepared for more complex questions.

Use Pictures:

The use of pictures makes it significantly easier to grasp material for some. Try to use images from class materials and if there are none, try to find or make some. Using pictures allows the brain to create more complete models in one’s head.

Space out studying: 

Distributed practice is a strong tool to use as it allows for the digestion of information over a period of time. This allows for a deeper understanding and memory of the concepts, rather than just remembering it for the exam. Distributed practice also helps put off procrastination, which is a habit many unfortunately fall into.

Intensity:

Try to use short and intense study sessions. These sessions should last somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour, and they include active studying strategies. For example, self-testing is an active study strategy that improves the intensity of studying and efficiency of learning

Multitasking:

A significant amount of research has shown that multitasking does not have a positive impact on efficiency, but rather hurts your efforts to study effectively. Any distractions in studying can draw attention away from the main task and will have the potential to elongate the process of learning the material. Try to limit any and all distractions, including texting and social media.

Location:

Try to switch up the locations of where you study, and study when and where you learn best. Some times of the day will allow for a stronger performance than other times, and some places you may lead to better results than other places. Have a variety of locations for studying, which prevents one from being too comfortable and losing intensity in studying.

Try to Teach: 

Try to talk about the material and teach it as the teacher would. One can do this in a study group, with a partner, or even on one’s own. When saying the material out loud, it will direct the mind to what is confusing. Try to, like a teacher, make connections and use examples to deepen understanding. At first, notes may be necessary to help, but eventually the connections will be made, and the notes will not be needed.

Life of a Brave: A Magical Night at Sofi

by Aeden Alexander

As the 2022 school year comes to an end, St. John Bosco High School held its senior prom at Sofi Stadium. Home of the reigning Super Bowl champions the Los Angeles Rams as well as the Los Angeles Chargers.

The stars were shining bright in Los Angeles as Bosco and St. Joseph’s came together for the 2022 senior prom. The venue was one of, if not, the best venue Bosco has had for their events and it did not disappoint. 

Prom would begin at eight and kids would trickle in as the night went on. The loud DJ and the homemade pretzel bites were great but the announcement of the prom king and queen really took over the show.

The Bosco prom court consisted of Eric Torres, Jake Ellison, Michael Carbone, Gian Noble and David Mayoral. The winner was picked by who had the most votes which were taken on Friday during the senior retreat.

After a few hours of dancing the night away, it was time to announce the winner of prom king. Eric Torres would win and be swarmed by students and picked up after the announcement. 

“It feels great to be nominated and win prom king. To be honest, I did not expect this to happen, so I was very surprised,” said Torres.

The announcement came as a shock to Eric as there were many popular students on the court but in the end, Eric came away with the victory. 

Eric celebrated by dancing with the prom queen from St. Joseph’s while the rest of the two schools stood around in a circle and watched. 

“I was shocked when I received the email saying I was on the prom court. I knew some guys told me that they voted for me, but I didn’t know I’d actually be on there,” said Torres.

For the rest of the night, the DJ continued to blast music as everyone enjoyed their time doing different things. Besides the dance, there were many attractions at the venue. Off to the side, there was a circular platform you and your friends could stand on while a video camera twirls around you shooting a 360-degree video.

Though if the students grew tired, they could take a break from dancing and sit down at the tables while enjoying some of the snacks provided. Besides that, students could take a walk around and see different views of the Sofi stadium football field that had other events on it as well. 

The prom ended at 11 p.m., and the students left satisfied with the magical night. After the event ended, students made their way out either through their own car or party buses.

Life of a Brave: Unsung Heroes in St. John Bosco’s Front Office, Ms. Laura Wilson, Ms. Cat Hocanson and Ms. Diane Whitten

by Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

Despite flying under the radar, St. John Bosco’s front office continues to provide in critical ways for the school.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

The front office consists of three women who take care of a variety of tasks that ensure Bosco’s success. These three spectacular workers include Ms. Cat Hocanson, the supervisor, Ms. Laura Wilson, the financial operations manager, and Ms. Diane Whitten, who is the receptionist. Working together, these three operate a system that ensures the most efficient work environment.

Each member of the front office was born and raised in Southern California, and, as of now, have no intentions of leaving. Ms. Wilson and Ms. Hocanson hold a record of service at Bosco longer than most faculty members, as Ms. Wilson is in year 27 here, while Ms. Hocanson has 23 years. Though Ms. Whitten just began a month ago, she already creates an impact on the Bosco community and the front office.

Ms. Wilson and Ms. Hocanson both were put in touch with St. John Bosco through a contacting agency which is where they found out about the job opening. For Ms. Whitten however, she was able to find out and acquire the job through friends in the Bosco community.

Though the three have been working here for vastly different amounts of time, it is obvious that during their time here, they have enjoyed their work.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

“I feel that it is obvious that we have enjoyed working here from our longevity alone. Though, my favorite part about working here is seeing the diversity in the students,” said Ms. Wilson.

Though Ms. Whitten has only been working at St. John Bosco for one month, she already feels that she fits in, as she enjoys working alongside Ms. Wilson and Ms. Hocanson. 

“So far so good. I really like the atmosphere of the community, and the people are very nice,” said Ms. Whitten. 

Although the work of the front office has been going on for quite some time, the consistency of the day-to-day work has not. 

“I walk in with an agenda, and it doesn’t get done. Though I get a lot of other things done, most of what I do at this job is help other people,” said Ms. Hocanson.

The work life may not be consistent, but the quality of work has been as the three have been so instrumental in helping Bosco stay efficient in all aspects of the school. All three have an important role to play, and they all work together in unison to get the job done.

Though they are able to work together to produce amazing work, the job is not always easy as there are many complications throughout each day.

Photo by Alex Diaz, Photo Editor

“The hardest part about the job is probably trying to stay on task with the job duties. There are a lot of interruptions, as we serve the population not only inside the school but those outside,” said Ms. Wilson.

The front office takes care of the needs of everyone inside the Bosco community. They take care of all of the Bosco employees, the students, the students’ families, the vendors and others. Everyone who works with St. John Bosco will go through the front office.

Like many, the COVID-19 pandemic had a very significant impact on the front office and the daily operations that take place.

“The job has become digitalized and much more of our work takes place online than before,” said Ms. Hocanson.

“As a result of the digitalization, our job has become much more overwhelming. Now that there is contact by phone and email 24/7, there is a lot more happening all at once,” said Ms. Wilson.

Through all adversity, it is no doubt that the front office will not only be able to get the work done, but also have it be of the highest quality. Without the front office, much of what the students and community love at St. John Bosco wouldn’t be possible. 

When passing by the front office, make sure to show them support as they are some of the hardest workers on campus and yet do not get nearly enough recognition.

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.

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.

Life of a Brave: The SAT Test is Going Digital

by Dominic Ramirez and Andrew Fierro, Managing Editor

Starting 2024, the college board will be offering students the chance to take the SAT test digitally. This change will be made in response to covid restrictions as well as a general rework of the structure of the exams.

On January 25, the college board made the announcement that the test will be offered digitally internationally in 2023, and in march of 2024 for the United States. The test will be taken on a laptop or tablet at school, or at a local testing facility, the test will not be available to be taken from the home.

If a student does not have a suitable electronic device, one will be provided by the college board on the day of the test. Also, if a device runs out of battery, the test will allow for the user to resume once the device finishes charging.

The digital SAT won’t just be the online version of the paper test, the college board plans to restructure the test to make it more flexible, easier to take, easier to give, more secure and more relevant. The test has been shortened to one hour, as opposed to the previous test, which was three hours in duration. This was done by making reading sections shorter and math questions less lengthy.

Making the SAT online also allows test results to be delivered to students faster and easier. SAT scores will also help give students resources like information about local two-year colleges and workforce training programs.

This isn’t the first exam sanctioned by the College Board to go digital, as in recent years they have had to conduct AP exams online due to covid restrictions.

“In this covid environment and in the digital new age, it makes sense to transition to an online version of exams,” said school counselor Basil Totah.

The effects of COVID-19 continue to have an impact on the educational field, with more schools transitioning to online learning, and more tests transitioning to digital versions. Though, for many, this is looked upon as a good thing as it can help with stress and other health issues when approaching tests or school in general. Many students at Bosco feel similarly and look forward to the digital switch of the SAT.

“I think making the SAT digital will help a lot with lowering my stress level on (the) testing day,” said junior Angel Rivera.

This new rework may improve the number of students actually taking the test as many have opted out since it has become optional. Many students would dread the SAT test, knowing that it was a very long and difficult test that had a great impact on a student’s college application. Though, with the length of the exam becoming far shorter as well as the exam becoming digital, students may feel more confident going into the test than they would have previously.

Although the SAT isn’t a mandatory requirement for most colleges it’s highly recommended you still take it as a good SAT score can strengthen your college application. All PSAT exams will become digital in the fall of 2023. To find out more about the SAT exam, one can visit the college board official website at https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/digital

Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Digital Marketing Director, Ms. Megan Nash

by Sione Hala

This year, St. John Bosco is excited to welcome Ms. Megan Nash to the Brave Community.

Photo by Bo Visty, Assistant Photo Editor

Q. Where did you spend most of your childhood?

A. I grew up here in Los Angeles. I’m from Manhattan Beach, in the South Bay.

Q. Where did you attend high school and college?

A. I went to high school at Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles. It’s an all-girls high school, and I went to Loyola Marymount for college.

Q. What event in your life made you decide to become who you are today?

A. I grew up in a household where my dad is a Certified Public Accountant, and my mom is an artist. She’s a painter. From a young age, the duality of business and creativity were instilled in me, so marketing is a blend of both. I studied business at Loyola Marymount University and loved my marketing classes.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I played volleyball at LMU, so my first job was an assistant coach at Occidental College for their volleyball program.

Q. What do you contribute here at Bosco? 

A. I’m the Director of Digital Marketing and social media, so I work on the website, anything that touches the brand and the marketing of the school.

Q. Did you work at a different high school previously?

A. I didn’t do this in my first high school. However, I spent ten years in the entertainment industry before this, working on movies.

Q. How is the entertainment industry?

A. After I did the coaching job, I ended up interning for a company that distributed independent films, a lot of art house movies, documentaries and things like that. I learned how to market and sell independent films, and I worked ten years for that company, and I bounced around other companies such as Sony.”

Q. What was your dream job growing up as a kid?

A. As a kid, I wanted to be a professional beach volleyball player of course. I also wanted to be a teacher.”

Q. Have you always seen yourself in a school environment?

A. Yes. I was always interested in being in a school environment. I’ve always loved school. I love the learning environment and things like that, it was a place where I felt fulfilled.

Q. How did you arrive at Bosco?

A. I applied and luckily got an interview. A lot of my background, having gone to an all-girls high school, being from Los Angeles, an athlete to working in marketing all lined up and it worked out.

Q. How has Bosco been? Do you like it so far?

A. It’s been great! I’m loving it here. Everything that I read online and that I heard from people is true. So that is really awesome. The people here are welcoming and kind. There are a million creative opportunities here, so it’s exciting.

Q. What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?

A. I’m proud of earning a Division I scholarship and playing the sport that I love. I’m proud of the work I did for ten years in the entertainment industry and having the courage to switch industries. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here so far and look forward to much more to come.

Q. Was the transition from the entertainment industry hard for you?

A. Yes, it’s always challenging to make a huge transition like that.

Q. Did you play any sports? If so, did you ever think of becoming a professional?

A. I played most sports growing up but once I got to high school, I narrowed it down to volleyball.

Q. What was your favorite sports team growing up?

A. I loved basketball and the Lakers. UCLA football was a team my family always rooted for.

Q. Do you have any pets, and if so, how long have you been an owner?

A. No, but I have a lot of plants.

Q. What type of plants do you have?

A. I have about ten houseplants that I adore. I have a lot of greenery in my house.

Q. What’s your favorite color and why?

A. I love green. It makes me feel good.

Q. How do you like to spend your free time? 

A. I live by the beach. I love the beach. I love to play beach volleyball whenever I can, and I also love to read and write. I enjoy photography as well.

Q. What’s something you would tell your younger self?

A. You don’t need to figure everything out right now, everything eventually connects. Follow your gut and you’ll know the way.

Q. What piece of advice did you get when you were younger that you never forgot?

A. There was a book that I had to read when I was playing volleyball at LMU. It’s called The Talent Code. Reading that book and talking about it with the coaches changed my life and my view on talent. It basically said that there’s a number of factors that account for why someone is so talented and successful at what they do, but if you spend ten thousand intentional, dedicated hours at something, you will be very good at it.

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