Life of a Brave: Hawaii Football Trip Travel Log

by Kourt Williams


Day 1: 


As the team and I are ready and set for the trip, eager to start this once in a lifetime experience, first we had to go through the challenge of getting there. I had to wake up at three o’clock in the morning to be able to get to Bosco by four. By the time I got to the school, the majority of the team was already there ready to go. As we drive in the dark on our way to the airport, even though this time of morning is usually peace and quiet, my teammates and I were wide awake, almost as if we were on our way to a party. You could just feel the excitement in the air.

As we arrive at the airport, after talking to my teammates about the trip, this is the first time some of them have ever been at an airport, let alone an airplane. Just the fact, young men in high school get to travel to an island and experience something only a few ever get to do, in all just to play a football game, is something I will never forget, always cherish, and never take for granted.

We land in Hawaii, and the excitement just rises. We load off the plane, get our bags, and head for the bus to go to our hotel. As a senior on the team, traveling is not really a new thing for me, but for some of the younger players that have never experienced it, they were just in awe about every little thing, and that was great to see them be able to experience that. As we are on the road headed to the hotel, the scenery is phenomenal. Looking at the beauty in the tropical mountains and the light to dark blue sea ahead just gave me this feeling of joy that made me realize the reality of the opportunities I’ve been given and I began looking forward to what lies ahead.

Day 2:


As the day starts, my body is trying to get used to the time difference. Being three hours behind in terms of my body clock was something we all weren’t used to. That I would say was one of the most difficult tasks to overcome. This is the day that we all would be able to see history before our eyes. We would be at the same location as what happened in Hawaii territory on December 7, 1941. But first, as you would imagine, we had to practice. Everything about the trip was like we all were in paradise. Even the location where we practiced, we were on a grass field on a hill on the edge of the ocean. The view of the ocean was beautiful.

After practice, we head to Pearl Harbor. This I would say was the most profound moment of the trip. For myself and my teammates to be able to experience that together and learn an in-depth analysis of what really happened that day was an experience I would never forget. It really made us appreciate and be thankful for all we have today and what is provided for us because it made us realize in a blink of an eye it all could be over and gone.

Day 3:


This is day everybody has been waiting for and anticipating. It’s game day! Social media is going crazy, people from the outer states start rolling in, my family included. The night before it was hard for me to sleep because I was so excited about the game. As the day continues and we all start preparing for kickoff, the focus is on one thing and one thing only, to win a football game.

At six o’clock in the evening, it was time to go. As the game begins it seems pretty even in matchups of teams. But my defense and I were too much for their offense to handle. My offense started racking up points and it was beginning to become obvious who was the dominant force of the game. As the game concludes and both teams knew what the eventual outcome would become, things start to get a little riled up for the opposing team. We stayed dominant and made sure to keep all action on the field.

As the game ends and we head back to the hotel, I can sense there is a little disappointment from my team because the trip had to end, but nonetheless, we knew it had to end sometime. We were just thankful we got the job done and accomplished the main purpose of why we went on this trip in the first place, and that was to win a football game.

Day 4:


Similar to day one of the trip, we had to wake up at three o’clock in the morning to head to the airport to make it home. Some of the best moments with my teammates are the aftermath of the trip because we actually get to talk about what we had just experienced. In it all, it just made the team’s bond closer. Taking a trip like that does nothing but make you a closer football team. It also allows you to become more than just teammates. It allows you to become brothers.

As we head to the airport and board our flight, as a whole, the team is ready to get back home and back to their normal lives, including me. When we land, there is a comfort that I felt knowing that I was back home. Knowing you have a home to go back to is one of the best feelings you can have. But knowing you have a second home with your team and brothers is an even better one, and I believe that became apparent because of this trip.

This adventure myself and Bosco football experienced was one I will never forget. It will be a story I will one day tell my children about. Something I will hold precious to my heart and cherish until the end of time.

News/Op-Ed: Candidate Andrew Yang’s Campaign Stunt Might Run Into Legal Trouble

by Tim Levine, Executive Editor

One of the biggest moments of the last Democratic debate came from Andrew Yang’s opening statement, in which he announced an unprecedented move to give ten people $1,000 a month for a year. 


The stunt is an attempt to garner popularity and promote the candidates flagship policy proposal, The Freedom Dividend, which would give every adult American $1000 a month for personal use. Yang plans to raffle off these ten entrants from his list of over 450,000 entrants who have signed up for the promotion. While it is an exciting idea and one that is unique to the political world, there are still many questioning the legality of it.

The $120,000 necessary for the contest “will be financed by campaign donations from supporters,” according to CNN. This has garnered the attention of some campaign experts who have brought up that this campaign stunt is in possible violation of federal law that inhibits converting campaign funds to personal use.

In an interview with CNN, Adav Noti, a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) lawyer, believes that Yang’s team interprets the law as that they can’t use campaign money for his bills. However, he says that the law prohibits anyone from using campaign money for personal use.

“Although it’s hard to say with 100% certainty until we know the details of the payouts, on its face Yang’s proposal to use campaign money to help pay the day-to-day expenses of selected people appears to violate the law,” Noti told CNN.

Even despite these concerns, Yang remains confident in the legality of his contest, mentioning on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he had “a team of lawyers who signed off on it. We’re sure it’s perfectly legal.” Yang also added the hypocrisy that “nobody would blink an eye” if millions were spent on consultants and a “small army of canvassers,” but the fact that this money is going back to the people is what is raising questions.

Whether the contest is legal or not, a decision is unlikely to be made for quite some time. The FEC who rules on cases such as these has lost its power to make decisions with the resignation of former Chairman Matthew Petersen. This leaves the FEC with just three members and they need “at least four members to take significant action,” according to CNN.

Outside of this question of legality, Yang believes this contest will provide data into how Americans would use this money, and campaign manager Zach Graumann believes that the stories it will create will help the campaign moving forward.

“The campaign is excited to work together with our supporters to help create more stories about what the Freedom Dividend means for American families. It will enable and empower citizens to pay their bills, switch jobs, take care of loved ones, and plan for the future,” said Graumann in a news release.

While no definite conclusion has been made, if legal, this would set a new precedent for campaigns moving forward and create a new path forward for the candidates of the future.

Sports: Impact Of CIF Rule Change Varies Among Bosco Sports

by Timothy Levine, Executive Editor, and Isaiah Holm

With the 2019-2020 school year in full swing, there comes a new set of athletic seasons for St. John Bosco, but this year there will be one big change that comes from the California Interscholastic Federation, CIF. 


In a unanimous vote, the CIF Federated Council approved a new rule that starting this year will ban California teams from playing high schools around the country that don’t compete in their state championship playoffs. This rule will have a huge impact on certain sports at St. John Bosco and affect California athletics as a whole.

CIF has some clear reasoning behind this rule, which includes their belief in the balance of academics and athletics. These schools are allowed to recruit and promote their athletics in ways that schools under CIF are simply unable to. Monty McDermott, the Director of Athletics at St. John Bosco, believes that these academies can sometimes barely be recognized as academic institutions.

“They do not have any transfer rules, academics are not their first priority, they are boarding schools. It is probably not a good idea to play those types of schools if you can even call them high schools,” said Mr. McDermott.

CIF believes that these schools go against their “mission as an organization” and are inherently detrimental for athletics in schools, according to the Los Angeles Times. While this rule seems to allow for a fairer playing field, it also eliminates certain matchups that garnered much attention, such as the Mater Dei vs. IMG Academy game from last year’s football season. However, matchups against teams like IMG Academy may not be positive for schools like St. John Bosco. McDermott believes that this allows IMG to recruit and take players from their program.

“There has actually been a case where they have tried to take a few of our kids, and there are no rules against it. They can call our kids on the phone, they can come to their living room, they can say, ‘hey come out to IMG; we will give you whatever whatever whatever.’ So when you play them, you give them a free recruiting trip to recruit your players,” said Mr. McDermott.

Outside of these big matchups, it affects many sports at St. John Bosco and their respective schedules. One sport that is impacted by this rule is basketball. Basketball is a prominent sport at St. John Bosco, and the team has participated against prep schools in the past. Basketball is one of the largest sports in California as well, and head coach Matt Dunn believes that the rule will affect California basketball as a whole through certain scheduling conflicts.

“I think the biggest change is tournaments we can participate in, because we can not participate in any tournaments that [prep schools] are playing in, so I think some of the bigger events it makes it harder to play in,” said Coach Dunn.

However, Coach Dunn believes that showcases will play a bigger role in basketball going forward, due to its selection of specific games.

“In a showcase, it’s not as big of a deal because we can play in the same showcase they are in, just not against them,” said Coach Dunn.

When asked about how it would affect Bosco basketball directly, Coach Dunn is unconcerned, as he believes it will bring no significant changes for them.

“I don’t think so, not really. I mean, I’m sure it does in some ways that there are schools that aren’t going to come to events that we play in that they normally would, but otherwise it doesn’t affect us,” said Coach Dunn.

While it may not have an impact on Bosco basketball’s schedule, Coach Dunn is mixed on his overall opinions of the rule, as he has experienced losing a player to one of these prep schools and believes their recruiting abilities make it unfair for CIF schools.

“I do like the rule, but obviously we also enjoy competing against the very best so losing that chance it’s not a great thing, but overall I’m not a big fan of playing against guys that are trying to take your players,” said Coach Dunn.

Another sport that is impacted by this rule is wrestling, another winter sport and a successful one for St. John Bosco. However, head coach Jeff Anderson believes that it will not have a huge impact on wrestling as a whole in California, but just for those teams at the top that try to compete against these elite prep schools.

“As a whole, most teams in California are not going to be directly affected by the change.  The rule is a problem though for teams that want to compete against some of the best teams in the nation,” said Coach Anderson.

Bosco wrestling strives to be a top team in the state of California and for the past eight years has competed at the Ironman Invitational, arguably the most competitive in-season tournament in the country. However, with the rule change, Bosco will no longer be able to attend this prestigious event.

“It has a negative effect on our schedule. We are one of those programs that want to compete at the highest level. Because of the rule, we are no longer able to compete at the Walsh Ironman, arguably the best tournament in the nation,” said Coach Anderson.

When asked about his overall thoughts on the rule, Coach Anderson understands CIF’s motives behind the rule and their good intentions. However, he believes that the rule should be amended for wrestling as many schools are still following national and state guidelines, but simply choose not to compete in the state tournament.

“It indiscriminately targets schools that are not a member of their respective state organization by choice, but are still sanctioned and accredited by their state’s governing bodies. A lot of prep schools fall into this category. They are sanctioned and abide by all the National Federation of rules for wrestling, but CIF is presenting it as they can do whatever they want,” said Coach Anderson.

While CIF may have had good intentions with this rule, the reality is not as black and white, as different sports are affected differently by this rule and some are hurt more than others.

Sports: Cross Country Season Update

by Ryan Tavera

The Cross Country team has set big goals for this year and are training their hardest to make them a reality, with head coach Tim McIntosh leading the team the runner’s hopes are high for the upcoming season. 


Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG

2018s Cross Country team performed very well, placing second in the league. Head coach Tim McIntosh hopes to repeat the success they had last year and go beyond what is expected from the team.

“High expectations for this year, felt last year was very young they really developed a lot in track and this year our goals we want to win the league and get up on that podium at CIF and State,” said Coach McIntosh.

The Cross Country team has high expectations for the upcoming season, every runner is preparing themselves for the upcoming season both as a team and individually.

“Goal for the season to work together as a team, we had trouble getting the team together, we were always just scared, this year we really matured and we just got to work together and push those hard days and run for each other,” remarked Senior Alex Frias

2019s Cross Country team feels very confident to be number one this season, the team believes they have really tied everything together and are prepared for what lies ahead.

“We’ve really matured last year was a bigging stepping stone for us and this year we really put the pieces together and I feel like we’re ready to roll,” said Senior Alex Frias

The team believes they have never felt better, the bond between each player not only as teammates but as friends seems to be what will really take this team to the next level, every player pushing each other to be the best they can.

“Our greatest strength is our brotherhood, whether its the last guy on the team we’re always just running together and pushing ourselves to the best of our ability,” said Alex Frias.

With expectations high and goals set to be the best, it is all up to the team to train as hard as they can and stay both physically and mentally strong for the upcoming season. Each runner must fully apply themselves in the sport and fix their mentality to be the best. Junior JT Mcoy understands the mental aspect and realizes it is the most important part of the sport.

“Its definitely the mental game, when you’re in a race and everything hurts, it’s that mental part to keep pushing yourself and get over it,”

Physically the team is putting in work Monday through Saturday arriving at school at 5:45 am to make sure they are on top of the competition and in shape to compete. The team is doing double practices to make sure they get the most out of a day.

“It can be mentally tiring anybody can improve in running but to make it in the big leagues the milage is tough your body gets tired,” said Coach McIntosh

The Cross Country Team is made up of many talented runners, only three seniors and the rest being Juniors and sophomores, many are returning runners who want to quench their thirst for the first place title, these runners are willing to put in the time for the victory. The work ethic is definitely there for these runners, Coach McIntosh is excited for what has to come, he believes that with this year’s team they are more fit than ever to be number one.

Regarding big events coming up for the team this Friday, September, 27th is a Trinity league meet, then the team comes back again in November and does it again, they have a big race in Clovis and two meets in Fresno.

A+E: “Lend Me A Tenor” Play Preview

by Travien Sears, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

The St. Joseph High School 5 Sisters Theatre Company will be putting out their 2019 Fall play, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor, an intended pun on “Lend me a tenner” (a ten dollar bill), which was the title of Ludwig’s first Broadway production. The play was a nominee for 9 Tony Awards and wound up winning 3 and has since been adapted as a musical.


“This is one of the most absolute comedic plays that I know of,” said Mr. Van Deventer, the Visual and Performing Arts and Theatre Director at St. Joseph High School.

Mr. Van Deventer, who says that he chose this comedy because the theatre students have been asking him to do a comedy, wanted to put out a play that didn’t have too much of deep meaning. He wanted to put out a play that brought laughter and joy among the crowd as well as among the cast.

“[This play] is extremely hilarious and in the times that we are living in, people especially need a good laugh,” Mr. Van Deventer said.

There is also a few Bosco students on the cast list and one of these students, Parker Deaton, who plays Tito Merelli, a world-famous Italian opera tenor singer who is known as ll Stupendo, had some influence on the selection of this play.

“I didn’t tell [Mr. Van Deventer] that I wanted this you know what, I did talk to [Mr. Van Deventer] at the end of last semester and basically told him that all the shows I’ve ever done with St. Joseph’s have been like really serious, so I told [Mr. Van Deventer] that I wanted to do a really funny comedy,” said Parker.

“The cast in general is pretty excited, but also kinda nervous, which is essentially every show. Overall, we’re just excited to perform it come opening night,” Parker added.

The cast list is a small one consisting of only three St. John Bosco High School students and eight St. Joseph High School students, a total of only eleven performers.

Despite a small cast list, the play is guaranteed to be hilarious and to give the audience a good laugh. A breath of fresh air is one way to describe this play, and you won’t be disappointed with the talents that the students will bring.

Opening Night for the play will be Friday October 11th, 2019; 7:30 PM at St. Joseph High School, in the Multi Purpose Room turned Black Box Theatre.

Other performances include:

Saturday October 12th, 2019, 7:30 PM

Thursday October 17th, 2019, Social Media Night, 7:30PM

Friday October 18th, 2019, 3:30PM and 7:30PM

Saturday October 19th, 2019, 7:30, Closing Night

Be sure to go and watch this hilarious comedy and support your fellow St. John Bosco Braves and St. Joseph Jesters!

A+E: Big Brother’s Twenty-Year Reign Atop the Reality Game Show World

by Aharon Colon, Arts and Entertainment Editor

As season 21 of Big Brother quickly comes to a close, it’s worth looking at the long-standing pop cultural significance of the groundbreaking reality show. 


If you do not know what Big Brother is, allow me to explain.

Big Brother is a reality game show that is also treated as a social experiment, where producers put at least 16 random people in a house to compete for half a million dollars. Not only do they have to win challenges to gain immunity from being voted out or gain power ups, but they also have to survive mentally and play the social side of the game. What this means is that they have to have good relationships with the people around them in order to not be on the wrong side of the house vote, where one could be “evicted” from the house. The main goal is to be the last one standing.

There is so much thought that is put into this show that it is second to none. From the creativity of the games to how the show is run, no reality game show is like the genre’s godfather.

Contestants are recorded 24/7 by a vast array of live cameras throughout the show’s house, hence the name Big Brother (a nod to the surveillance state in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984), and cannot have access to the outside world. They do not even see producers or anyone who works on the show, it is only them and the game.

Due to this, the cast is always worn down, images of adults crying like babies, injuries and mental breakdowns are all expected to happen the moment the game starts. No one is safe and no one can be trusted.

The house is also of importance, too. Despite the colorful themes and very nice decor, the house is usually the battlefield for the mental part of the game.

This is where the contestants cook food, get to know each other and share secrets to their trusted allies. Whatever happens in the house always trickles over into the games, where the stakes get higher as the weeks go on.

So, what makes this show important?

First, it is crazy to think that a show like this has been going on for 21 seasons. First airing on July 5, 2000, BB, as it is known for short, has great relationship with CBS. Racking up the ratings is not a problem, and even though this generation might not be into it as much, the show has genuinely good content despite it being a reality game show.

Not only that, but the show has a dedicated fan base. Just like the show The Bachelor, there are super fans and historians on this show documenting its every move and every season. The core of this fan base tends to be in between “45 to 50 years old,” according to an article by the BBC.

This following is mainly fueled by access to 24/7 live feeds via CBS All Access, where views can watch the contestants’ every move and see what they are doing at all times of the day and night. Not only can viewers tune in that way, but voting and “fantasy leagues” all take place as well. Due to this, fans gain more connection to the contestants, thus making them more inclined to watch and see how they do every week.

St. John Bosco religion teacher Mr. Ed Torre has a son, Grant Torre, who actually interned on the show. Due to his contract, some of the information expressed in the interview cannot be published here. However, he did share why he felt the show has had such widespread, consistent success.

“When it boils down to it, Big Brother is a social experiment above all. What happens when you put 16 different people in a house for almost 100 days with no contact with the outside world? How do communities form? How do alliances form? How do targets emerge?” he said.

Coming from a different perspective, Grant explained Big Brother’s psychological aspect perfectly, conveying how these contestants are put in a less than desirable situation and expected to thrive in it.

“Like Lord of the Flies, a book that explores this a long time ago, or a lot of reality shows now, or even the state of American politics, I think Big Brother does a good job of being a microcosm of society,” he said.

Simply put: no show does it like BB.

This season is no different, and the drama and action has continued. The backstabs, fallen allies and all the mental breakdowns that have defined the show to this point are all present in the current season, and it’s almost time to crown a winner. The show has reached episode 39 with only three contestants remaining.

Watch this show from start to finish on Spectrum On Demand or CBS All Access.

Life of a Brave: New Faculty Q&A Featuring Ms. Sparks

by Christian Estrada

For our first new faculty interview at St. John Bosco High School of the year, we sat down with administrative assistant Ms. Emma Jean Sparks to ask her some questions and welcome her to the SJB family.


Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: Anything (and everything) from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Q: When is your birthday?

A: November 13

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Blue – the color of the ocean!

Q: What is your Job?

A: I’m working as an administrative assistant – helping with registrar duties while Rubi Araque is out on maternity leave, and also helping Mr. Salmingo with the school’s technology update!

Q: How do you like your job?

A: Getting to work with the Bosco community has been such a fun experience. The staff, teachers, and students have all been so welcoming and warm.

Q: Who is your Favorite student?

A: My favorite student at SJB would have to be Ryan Jones! He is such an amazing actor!

Q: What is your best and worst childhood memory?

A: My best memory from my childhood would probably have to be playing in the neighborhood, riding bikes and rollerblading with all my friends.

Q: Do you have any Kids?

A: No kids yet, but I’ve always worked in education and I treat all of my students like family!

Q: Do you have a Significant other?

A: Yes, I am happily involved.

Q: What are your hobbies and what do you do for fun?

A: For fun, I love to watch movies, try new things like food and cultural experiences. I love to travel and plan to do much more in the next couple of years. I also love going to Disneyland and playing volleyball!

Q: What is your Funniest memory?

A: My funniest memory would have to be the time I made such a good joke that my cousin laughed so hard that her soda came out of her nose!

Q: What got you into your job?

A: By the time I got to college it was very clear to me that I would be pursuing a life in the educational field because of my passion for learning and working with youth. I have worked as a teacher, nanny, mentor, sports coach, program director, and several other positions which have all proven to me that the world of education is the place for me.

Q: What’s your favorite food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

A: For breakfast, I can never say no to a good breakfast burrito. When it comes to lunch, I’d have to say any version of a sandwich wrap – like the ones from Trader Joe’s. And for dinner, pasta is the way to my heart.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m originally from Long Beach, California. But I’ve just moved back after living in Northern California for over 6 years. Happy to be home.

Q: How do you like it at Bosco?

A: Bosco has been great! It’s such a beautiful community and the campus is absolutely gorgeous.

Q: What is your biggest fear?


Q: What makes you the happiest?

A: The ability to make someone else happy.

Q: What is your religion?

A: I was raised in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic school from Kindergarten through my senior year of high school.

Q: How strong are you in your beliefs?

A: My beliefs are very important to me.

Q: What is your favorite drink?

A: My favorite drink is probably an Iced Green Tea Lemonade!

Q: What city were you born in?

A: I was born in Anaheim, California.

Q: How do you handle stress?

A: If I ever feel stressed, I do my best to take a step back from the situation. I focus on my breathing and work to clear my stress. I always find it best to ask for help and to talk about any dilemmas out.

Q: Do you interact with any of the students at Bosco in your free time, if so what do you guys normally talk about?

A: Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to connect with the students at Bosco yet. But I am hoping to do so once I get a bit more settled! I’m excited to learn about their interests both inside and outside of school, and about their personal learning experiences at SJB!

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