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Isaiah Benitez

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor

I am a senior at Bonita Vista High (BVH) and a Sports Editor for the Crusader. I joined staff in the second semester of last year on a whim and became a Staff Writer. I joined newspaper to further expand my writing skills, build school-wide connections through interviews and apply my amateur knowledge of art to creating graphics for the publication. As I continued my journey into the journalistic world, I discovered my passion for sportswriting, which motivated me to apply for the Sports Editor position this year. Aside from the Crusader, I am also a member of BVH’s varsity co-ed wrestling team, as well as the Secretary for BVH’s Artisan Club. 

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Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
April 26, 2024
On Mar. 7, the Bonita Vista High (BVH) track and field team had their first meet of the season against Montgomery High School (MHS). BVH boys high jumper and junior Dakarrai Roberson goes up for his last attempt of the meet.

Friday nights and spotlights

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
April 12, 2024

[Photo] Beyond the cafeteria

Paula Pichay, Opinion Editor
April 2, 2024
On Feb. 26 at BVHs stadium, BVH boys varsity lacrosse competes against Monte Vista High School (MVHS). Midfielder and senior David Lankard (8) runs to save the ball before it goes out of bounds.

Barons overthrow the monarchs

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
March 7, 2024
Bonita Vista High middle blocker and junior Luke Janssen (13) goes in to spike against his Santa Fe Christian (SFC) opponents. The rest of the BVH boys varsity volleyball team watch in awe as the junior goes in for the kill.

[Photo] Barons slam the Eagles

Aparri Tarpley, Sports Editor
February 26, 2024
BVH seniors Aaliyah Victoria and Carlene Rico sell handmade baked goods including cookies, brownies and chocolate covered strawberries. They do this in order to be able to pay for their dance competition in Chicago.

Life sure is sweet!

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
February 20, 2024
On Jan. 19, the Bonita Vista High (BVH) Barons boys’ varsity basketball team outplayed their league rivals the San Ysidro High (SYH) Cougars in a 70-51 victory. Early in the game, BVH power forward and Junior Aaron Owens (22) shoots a three pointer from far out to tie the score.

Photo of the month

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
February 10, 2024

[Photo] A call for action

Antoinette Gilbert, Opinion Editor
February 8, 2024
On Jan. 29, Bonita Vista High (BVH) Car Culture Club co-president and senior Haydn Lopez gives a slideshow presentation about Car Culture Club at the clubs first meeting during lunch at BVH autoshop. Lopez is informing the clubs members of a potential club field trip to the San Diego Automotive Museum. This topic was among other informational slides about the Car Culture Clubs plans for this year, such as participating in BVHs food fair to raise money.

Driving to revive a community

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
February 5, 2024
On Jan. 30 at Eleve Dance Studio, Bonita Vista High (BVH) senior Mia Garcia interacts with her young dance students. Garcias experiences with her students have changed her perspective on life and dance as an art form.

[Photo] On Pointe!

Madison Knudson, Arts & Cultures Editor
February 2, 2024
On Nov. 18 at the Eastlake High School field, Otay Ranch High center-mid and senior Aaleen Fontanilla (left) steals the ball from her opponent. Fontanillas team would go on to win the all-star game 2-0.

From competitors to collaborators

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
December 8, 2023
Untitled Artwork

[Photo] “It’s over for you”

Dani Fincher, Staff Artist
December 4, 2023
On Nov. 27, senior William Fowler enjoys a game of Fortnite from the comfort of his home. Similar to many others, Fowler has enjoyed Epic Games bringing OG Fortnite back to the game.

[Photo] A leap back in time

Isaiah Nafarrete, Features Editor
December 2, 2023
Four-days for the people

Four-days for the people

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
October 31, 2023
On Oct. 27, the Bonita Vista High (BVH) varsity football team contested Eastlake High (EHS) at home on the Barons senior night. BVH running back and senior Carlos Ochoa (21) runs the ball and powers through multiple EHS players as he tries to get his team a first down.

Bonita Vista remains bootless

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
October 30, 2023
Photo of the month

Photo of the month

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
October 28, 2023
On Oct. 27, the Bonita Vista High (BVH) varsity teams offensive line takes a stand against Eastlake Highs defensive front. Throughout the season, the tough character of the BVH offensive line has been the key to success in the Barons road to the playoffs.

Blocking for the Barons

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
October 26, 2023
Grappling with the pain

Grappling with the pain

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
September 22, 2023

[Photo] Bringing clubs back to life

Katie Hicks, Photographer
September 21, 2023
On Sept. 15, the Bonita Vista High (BVH) boys Varsity Football team face off against Mar Vista High (MVH), a team that they lost against last season. Enraged with the results of last seasons game, multiple BVH defenders are shown bringing down an MVH ball carrier.

The Barons bloody the waters

Isaiah Benitez, Sports Editor
September 17, 2023
At the Bonita Vista High (BVH) stadium on Aug. 17, the BVH varsity football team holds their first home game of the season against Castle Park High (CPH). As the sun sets, CPH attempts to score a touchdown in the the third quarter while BVHs defense holds the perimeter.

Barons back to the gridiron

Isaiah Benitez, Staff Writer
August 19, 2023
After a day at school, Bonita Vista High (BVH) students regularly hang out around Ralphs. BVH students are seen regularly entering and exiting the store despite the restrictions that Ralphs and BVH tried implementing on them.

[Photo] Keep out!

Isabella Garcia, Editor-at-Large
August 18, 2023
Bonita Vista High (BVH) Assistant Principal Jason Josafat completes final tasks during his remaining days at BVH. As of Aug. 4. Josafat will serve as principal to Bayfront Charter High.

[Photo] AP Resigns

Lauralai Gilbert, News Editor
August 10, 2023
The United States (U.S) Supreme Court put an end to affirmative action on Thursday, July 19. However, affirmative action is crucial for minorities to receive a fair application process.

[Photo] Reaffirm Affirmative Action

Grace Na, Editor-in-Chief
July 13, 2023
The boys varsity tennis team chants  before officially starting the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) game taking place at San Marcos High. The team then disperses to the courts for the matches to begin at 3:30.

Booted but unbroken

Isaiah Benitez, Staff Writer
April 21, 2023
Point guard and senior Alyssa Alvarado (2) pump fakes the ball to get around her defender and throws up a three-pointer. She successfully makes the shot in as her family and audience watch intensely from the stands.

An early victory

Isaiah Benitez, Staff Writter
March 25, 2023
The NFL is known for making a spectacular Superbowl show. What fans dont know is, during the halftime-shows some performers are not paid but do benefit in other ways.

[Photo] Fenty or frenzy

Amanda Cortes, Staff Writer
March 8, 2023
On Feb. 3 at the BVH gymnasium, Principle Lee Romero held an assembly to uplift school spirit by leading student chants.

[Photo] Four months into permanence

Maddie Almodovar, Co Editor-in-Chief
February 6, 2023
A new years resolution can range from working out to setting a new goal. Others consist of reaching a certain number of something to reach that goal, such as reading 55 books.

[Photo] 50 in 2022

Maddie Almodovar, Editor-in-Chief
February 4, 2023
Photo of the month

Photo of the month

Isaiah Benitez, Staff Writer
January 30, 2023
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