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  • AP Environmental Science’s Trip to Yosemite
    Clubs & Organizations, Student Life

    AP Environmental Science’s Trip to Yosemite

    Taylor Harrison, Social Media Manager

    February 6, 2017

    On Jan. 15, 38 AP Environmental Science students and 6 adult chaperones set out to Yosemite National Park for the adventure of a lifetime. Yosemite, a location for millions of tourists each year, took 9 hours to reach but it was well worth the five days and four nights of new experiences. Students participated in activit... READ MORE »»

    After hiking three and a half miles to upper Yosemite Falls, a small group of the AP Environmental Science students, who names themselves Raven Scat, stops to eat lunch with the view of Half Dome on Jan. 17. (Photo courtesy of Kristina Cruz)

  • Glamour Gowns
    Community

    Glamour Gowns

    Alicia Garcia, Photographer

    January 25, 2017

    The Assisteens of the Assistance League of Downey gave out free dresses and accessories for the upcoming Winter Formal at Knott’s Berry Farm. The event took place on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Assistance League Chapter House in Downey.   Because generosity and charity are important values to her, Eveney Smith, 12,... READ MORE »»

    In order to help those who cannot afford a dress for dances, Glamour Gown members, Catherine Saldivar, Sara Guillén, Kaylee Aburto, Madeline Weyers, Isabella Fierro, Giselle Garcia, Michelle Vilarino, Kayla Terrazas, and Alexandra Romero come together on January 14 at the Casa de Parley Johnson. “Many of us have been doing this since our freshman year,” Garcia said. “It was nice to see how happy everyone gets once they find the right dress and ‘Say yes to the dress’.”

    Stefanie Chavez

  • First Girls Wrestling Match
    Sports, Winter Sports

    First Girls Wrestling Match

    Genevieve Gaubert, Photographer

    December 19, 2016

    Starting off their first season, the girls wrestling team competed against North View, Del Oro,  Bell Gardens, and Birmingham on Sat., Dec. 3. The team had been learning new moves and drilling non stop at practices to get ready for their matches.   This is the first girls wrestling team at Downey High School, and with confidence a... READ MORE »»

    In the Downey High School gym on Saturday, Dec. 3, Haylie Leon competes with a San Francisco opponent during the second match of the day. “Going into my match I was pumped up and ready to work my hardest,” Leon said. “I was just a little bit nervous and I expected the match to be somewhat tough but it all worked out at the end.”

    Marlene Garcia

  • Christmas Parade
    Community

    Christmas Parade

    Anabelle Rositas, Writer

    December 16, 2016

    With Christmas around the corner, the city of Downey commemorated the holiday and hosted their 65th annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 4.   People who attended the festival lined up along the curbs and cheered for each float or performance. Christmas decorations were hung at each light post and also deco... READ MORE »»

    Opening up the parade in a black convertible, Financial Partners, with their members walking behind them, participate on Dec. 4th for Downey’s Christmas Annual Parade. Every year, people from the city line up to see the show that runs through Florence and 3rd St.

    Leticia Ortiz

  • The Football Season Continues
    Fall Sports, Sports

    The Football Season Continues

    Allie Gurrola, Writer

    November 18, 2016

    The journey for the Downey varsity football team continues to post season in CIF, and after coming short last year, the Vikings are seeking revenge. This season they finished with a 9-1 record, and took the title as the 2016 San Gabriel Valley League Champions.   “I'm really excited; you know this is my senior ... READ MORE »»

    With the CIF game coming up on at Downey High School, Elisha Garcia, 11, talks about his hopes and preparations for the game. “I think we can make it all the way to state,” Garcia said. “We have a really good team this year so I’m hopeful we’ll make it far.”

    Nicole Najera

  • The Girls Are Ready To Kick Off Their First Wrestling Season
    Sports, Winter Sports

    The Girls Are Ready To Kick Off Their First Wrestling Season

    Melissa Estrada, Writer

    November 18, 2016

    At the end of last year, the first ever, all girls wrestling team was created at Downey High School and is now made up of about 25 members led by Coach Soto. Since then, the athletes have been practicing in order to ensure that they have a successful first season.   As this is their first season, the team ex... READ MORE »»

    Prior to wrestling season, Jessica Gudino, 12, practices for the upcoming wrestling match that will take place on Dec 3. “We will just face each hardship ,” Gudino stated. “Push through it despite any odds.”

    Clarice Rosales

  • Last Hometown Rivalry Game, One To Remember
    Seniors, Student Life

    Last Hometown Rivalry Game, One To Remember

    Melissa Estrada, Writer

    November 18, 2016

    On Oct. 21, the class of 2017 witnessed Downey take on their hometown rival, Warren, for the last time in their high school experience on Viking territory. The stadium was packed with students eager to cheer and show their support for Downey by wearing Viking attire and painting their faces cardinal and gold. Seniors, ... READ MORE »»

    Getting in spirit for their last ever Downey vs. Warren football game, seniors, Marc Gepigon, Eduardo Bayardo, Andrew Biladeou, Joseph Lee, Alan Ramirez, Byron Merlos, and Josh Choi, decide to cover themselves in Viking red in order to to show what Viking Nation is about. “It was a great end to our four years, the cherry on top,” Ramirez said. “We’re going to look back and be glad we did this with our friends.”

    Karla Ramirez

News

North Korea Restarts Nuclear Reactor

Alex Castillo, Copy Editor

Ahead of newly elected Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s visit to Eastern Asia, drones have spotted activity at one of North Korea’s abandoned nuclear reactor sites...  Read More »

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Student Life

AP Environmental Science’s Trip to Yosemite

AP Environmental Science’s Trip to Yosemite

Taylor Harrison, Social Media Manager

On Jan. 15, 38 AP Environmental Science students and 6 adult chaperones set out to Yosemite National Park for the adventure of a lifetime. Yosemite, a location for millio...  Read More »

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Podcast

Super Bowl TV Spot Trailers

Chris Tellez, Podcaster

With the Super Bowl airing an amazing game, new amazing movie trailers also aired, today we discuss the movie movies on the rise.

February 10

Trump – A Day of Change or Doom?

January 23

The Dean with the Red Jeans

December 20

One Less Dictator

November 30

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Editorial

Thanks Obama

James Torrico, Writer

  January 20, 2009, America was ushered into a new dawn, as the first African-American president took office. What a time to be alive, right? Well, at the moment, Pre...  Read More »

January 31

Self-Love, Equality, and Diversity

November 18

Election Day

November 18

The Selfie Epidemic has taken its Poll

November 18

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Comics

Condemned

Condemned

Sofia Carrillo, Comic Artist

February 21No Comments

Man’s Best Date

Man’s Best Date

February 14

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

January 25

‘Tis the Season of Giving

‘Tis the Season of Giving

December 21

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Community

Keeping Downey Beautiful

Keeping Downey Beautiful

Genevieve Gaubert, Photographer

Keeping Downey Beautiful took place on Saturday, Jan. 14. This is a monthly event that involved people that went out to better their community, by walking around on the str...  Read More »

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  • Glamour Gowns January 25
  • Downey’s Tree Lighting and 60th Anniversary December 16
  • Christmas Parade December 16

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