• S.W.A.P. conquers USC

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    S.W.A.P. conquers USC

    Karen Ariciaga, Staff Photographer

    April 9, 2014

    On Mon., Mar. 24, S.W.A.P club members visited the University of Southern California to get a sight of the admired university from a high school’s student point of view. Students met in front of bungalow 7 at 7:30 a.m. to check in before they departed to USC. The 48 club members took the Metro bus and the Metro rail on... READ MORE »»

    During a field trip to USC on Mon., Mar. 24, S.W.A.P students admire one of the USC’s streets due to the similarity of its name to the city of Downey. “It was so funny to see Downey as a street name in USC,” junior Jessica Angell, said. “We just had to take a picture with it.”

    Karen Ariciaga

  • Calling all dancers

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    Calling all dancers

    Mizhelle Cortes, Business Manager

    April 4, 2014

    Dance enthusiasts, students, parents, and supporters gathered in the gym to watch the fifth annual Downey’s Best Dance Crew show hosted by the Downey High School Dance Team on Fri., Mar. 21. The three unique dance groups, Sinful 7, Street Ninjas, and Supa Threat, battled to claim the title as Downey’s Best Dance Crew. Once... READ MORE »»

    On Fri., Mar. 21, at the Downey High School gym, the annual Downey Best Dance Crew competition takes place to fundraise money for the dance team. Downey’s dance team started off the competition by performing Friday Night Lights.

    Mayra Castro

  • Walking for independence

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    Walking for independence

    Esther Rodriguez, Staff Writer

    April 4, 2014

    On Sat., Mar. 22, the Downey community gathered together at Stonewood Center to participate in the Arc Walk for Independence supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Before the participants started their trek, the hosts welcomed Downey Mayor Fernando Vasquez who spoke a few words to and about the... READ MORE »»

    On Sat., Mar. 22, the Stonewood Center hosts the annual Arc Walk for Independence to raise money for people with disabilities. The Arc Walk has helped over 400 children and adults.

    Alexandra Menendez

  • Downey Vs. Paramount

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    Downey Vs. Paramount

    Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Staff Writer

    April 4, 2014

    On Thurs., Mar. 20, the boys varsity tennis played in a tournament against Paramount High. The Vikings held their undefeated title after winning the game 11-7, with their strength evident in the single player games. The game began at 3 p.m. with the single player games taking place on the left side courts and the doubles... READ MORE »»

    On Thurs, Mar. 20, the Downey Vikes play their fourth game of the season against the Paramount Pirates, with senior Christos Meletis winning his match 7-5. Meletis won all his matches 6-0.

    Gissel Enriquez

  • The heart of a coach, the mind of a teacher

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    The heart of a coach, the mind of a teacher

    Serene Gallardo , Staff Writer

    April 2, 2014

    At Downey High, teachers tend to take on twice as much as expected – that is, alongside teaching curriculum courses, they take hand in coaching a team. Managing both classrooms full of students and a sports team is double duty, but these teachers are willing to go the distance. The process to apply as a coach, once established... READ MORE »»

    Previously the boys golf coach at Downey High School, Mr. Sanders now focuses on teaching AP European History and Economics. Sanders stopped coaching to focus on raising his family.

    Veronika Cedillo

  • Hyperpresentation

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    Hyperpresentation

    Serene Gallardo , Staff Writer

    March 18, 2014

    On Fri., Mar. 7, Stay Gallery curated their latest exhibit, Hyperpresent, presented by local artist David Layton. The exhibit featured three of Layton’s series: arcade, cinema, and coaster. The images displayed were vivid, yet distorted –the focus of his “hyperpresent” art. “Hyperpresent,” a term coined by Layton,... READ MORE »»

    On Fri. Mar. 7, Stay Gallery opened the Hyperpresent exhibit by David Layton to present his paintings such as Nine. Layton’s art process began as a digital photo and then he painted it.

    Alexandra Menendez

  • Botany Sales

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    Botany Sales

    Esther Rodriguez, Staff Writer

    March 10, 2014

    In order to spread the news about the annual pepper and tomato plant sale, Mr. Pittenger and his Botany students are advertising the sale on various social media sites. Turning to sites such as Instagram and Twitter, Mr. Pittenger, with the help of his students, wants to reach a younger demographic as well as people in the... READ MORE »»

    On Tues., Mar. 4, Mr. Pittenger counts the plants and gets them ready for his next Botany class. “Plants have the ability to do cool things animals can’t,” Pittinger said. “You can do surgery and clone them.”

    Juan Munguia

News

Steppin’ on the competition

Steppin’ on the competition

Gabriela Sanchez, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Downey art students entered the Vans Custom Culture competition, a national high school shoe customization contest, where participants submitted their designs in hopes of...  Read More »

May 16, 2014 • 0 comments

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Student Life

Prom?

Prom?

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Staff Writer

As the month of May begins, Downey High seniors start to plan their proposals for the most anticipated dance of the year—Prom. Senior girls are known for stressing the most...  Read More »

June 3, 2014 • 0 comments

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Community

Children’s story time

Children’s story time

Mizhelle D. Cortes, Staff writer

Every year the Downey City Library celebrates National Police Week in May, by hosting a bilingual story time for children ages 3-5. On Wed., May 14, the library invited the...  Read More »

May 23, 2014 • 0 comments

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Lives of Legends

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Sports

Manleaders

Manleaders

Sara Cabrera, Copy Editor

The tables were turned during the month of April as male Vikings came together for cheer practice, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm preparing to support...  Read More »

May 23, 2014 • 0 comments

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Parents & Teachers

The heart of a coach, the mind of a teacher

The heart of a coach, the mind of a teacher

Serene Gallardo , Staff Writer

At Downey High, teachers tend to take on twice as much as expected – that is, alongside teaching curriculum courses, they take hand in coaching a team. Managing both classrooms...  Read More »

April 2, 2014 • 0 comments

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Editorial

A crime is a crime

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Late Wednesday night, as my father was on his way to drop me off at home, he asked me if I heard about the hijacking of the Ethiopian Airlines plane. I told him,...  Read More »

February 25, 2014 • 1 comment

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