• Victorious Vikes

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    Victorious Vikes

    Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

    January 28, 2015

    On Jan. 15, in the gym, the varsity wrestling team beat rival school, Warren High School, with a score of 35-25, winning eight out of 14 matches. The Vikings started out strong winning the first three matches;, however, they had some trouble in the next couples of matches. Senior Randy Chavez, a wrestler on the junior... READ MORE »»

    On Jan. 15, in the gym during a wrestling match against Warren, Angel Baez, 12, goes for a pin against a Warren wrestler. “Before each match I try to get into my zone, so I can just focus on the match,” Angel Baez said.

    Emily Herrera

  • Students with an alternative plan

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    Students with an alternative plan

    Leslie Ruiz, Business

    January 28, 2015

    As graduation approaches seniors Alan Ruiz, Matthew Ramirez, and Amberly Espindola plan on taking an alternate route from college to join the Armed Forces.   Senior Alan Ruiz plans on joining the Air Force when high school is over.   “College really isn’t for me and I wouldn’t want my parents to deal... READ MORE »»

    After high school some students plan to go to college, but Amberly Espindola, 12, plans to go into the Marines once she graduates. Her older brother was in the Marine Corps, which is why she plans on going as well.

    Karen Ariciaga

  • Video girl

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    Video girl

    Sophie Prettyman, Staff Writer

    January 21, 2015

    Among numerous people hoping to put a spotlight on their talents is Downey High School junior, Kyle Lucena, a young musician and YouTuber who posts videos of herself performing songs. She has been posting covers of songs such as “Team” by Lorde and “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce on her YouTube channel under the name of KYLEthefilipinoh... READ MORE »»

    On Wed., Nov. 12, Kyle Lucena, 11, demonstrates her love for music with instruments like the ukulele, which drives her to create videos of herself performing music on YouTube. “When I perform a song, I honestly feel shy and I get these weird butterflies when people are watching me,” Lucena said. “I love singing and preforming for people.”

    Matthew Palencia

  • Get active and spread awareness

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    Get active and spread awareness

    Mireya Navarro, Staff writer

    January 14, 2015

    Sophia Loulakis, 12, decided to promote epilepsy awareness at Downey High when she realized that many people do not know about it. She, along with her family and friends, collected money from friends, family members, and co-workers, to donate to the Epilepsy Foundation. The purpose of this walk for awareness is to educate people... READ MORE »»

    Promoting a walk for epilepsy, on Nov.11, Sophia Loulakis, 12, wears her shirt to encourage awareness of the neurological disorder she’s been battling for five years and now. “I want to make sure everyone is aware, and that it’s not a joke,” Loulakis said. “Cancer may kill but so does epilepsy.”

    Vernice Ortiz

  • Coaching in a “boys world”

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    Coaching in a “boys world”

    Sophie Prettyman, Staff Writer

    January 14, 2015

    This year, Ms. Michelle Avedissian, more commonly known around campus as Coach A, began working at Downey High as a sports medicine teacher, athletic trainer, and permanent substitute teacher.   Avedissian’s love of sports began when she was a child. Her natural need to burn energy and love of the competitive nature... READ MORE »»

    During the CIF game on Dec. 5, Michelle Avedissian is quick to act when player, Darrian Franklin, 11, is injured on the field, and both Kiefer Enslin , 11, and Camercon Carr, 11, watch over him to make sure he is ok. “Coach A is a very nice and cool person,” Franklin stated. “She helped me when both of my legs cramped up during the game.”

    Darla Sanchez

  • What started as CIF, ended in “what ifs?”

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    What started as CIF, ended in “what ifs?”

    Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Chief

    January 7, 2015

    On Friday, Dec. 6, Downey’s varsity football team competed for the CIF Southeast Division title at the championship game against Crescenta Valley at Glendale High School. The Vikings lost the game 21-14, but it was the way our fellow Vikes lost that sparked the wave of controversy.   After winning the CIF title... READ MORE »»

    On Dec. 5 at Glendale high school, senior Justin Huff (5) hurdles over one of Crescenta Valley’s players for a touchdown. “Seeing that play right in front of my eyes was so unreal, it was one of the memorable plays of the game,” said Stephany Gonzalez.

    Emily Herrera

  • Back to the 1930s

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    Back to the 1930s

    Irania Quintero, News Section Editor

    January 6, 2015

    Downey High School’s drama department presented Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, on Dec. 5, because Lee’s novel served as inspiration to Mr. Lars Hansen due to current events in modern society. Hansen deemed it appropriate to have his students perform this play given the relativity to today’s society and... READ MORE »»

    At the theatre, on Dec. 11, senior Hector Gonzalez and junior Kathy Azzam perform as Bob Yule (an abusive father) and Mayella (a compulsive liar) in the To Kill a Mockingbird play. “ This was hard for me because I’m totally against disrespecting girls, but luckily I’m good friends with her,” Gonzalez stated. “She knew it wasn’t serious, but overall it was a great experience.”

    Areli Dominguez

News

Lighting up the night

Lighting up the night

Celine Spence, Public Relations

On Monday, Dec. 8, the City of Downey came together to celebrate the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Civic Center outside of Downey City Hall.   The event...  Read More »

January 6, 2015 • 0 comments

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Student Life

Animal love

Animal love

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

Pet-owners have an unbreakable compassion for their pets. Even the usual pets have something unique about them that make them compatible with their owners, such as Yasmine...  Read More »

January 28, 2015 • 0 comments

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Community

Showing the road to freedom

Showing the road to freedom

Esther Rodriguez, Parents and Teachers section editor

On Jan. 24, the Stay Gallery opened their newest exhibit, Maidan: A Road to Freedom. that features photos and posters from various Ukraine artists and photographers such as...  Read More »

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Lives of Legends

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Sports

Victorious Vikes

Victorious Vikes

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

On Jan. 15, in the gym, the varsity wrestling team beat rival school, Warren High School, with a score of 35-25, winning eight out of 14 matches. The Vikings started out...  Read More »

January 28, 2015 • 0 comments

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Staff Profile

Esther Rodriguez
Esther Rodriguez

Parents & Teachers Section Editor

Entering her second year as a writer for The Downey Legend, senior Esther Rodriguez has high hopes. As a sophomore, she heard about joining Newspaper during the morning announcements and her...  Read More »

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Parents & Teachers

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Social Studies teacher, Mr. Armendariz, proposed to his girlfriend of six years on an active volcano in Nicaragua, over the holiday break.   Q1: Where did you get...  Read More »

January 26, 2015 • 0 comments

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Editorial

They hate us ’cause they ain’t us

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor

As a teenage girl, I spend an extensive amount of time on Twitter. Twitter allows users to voice their opinions in 140 characters or less and attain information in the matter...  Read More »

January 23, 2015 • 0 comments

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