The School Newspaper of Downey High School
  • 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

  • Dia De Los Muertos Festival
    Community

    Dia De Los Muertos Festival

    Anabelle Rositas, Writer

    November 16, 2016

    The fourth annual Dia De Los Muertos festival took place at the Downey Civic Center on Oct. 30. The festival celebrated a popular Mexican tradition of honoring and remembering family and friends who have passed away. Local and regional artists came together to display pieces of their artwork that depict what the holiday mean... READ MORE »»

    At the Dia De Los Muertos Festival at the Downey Civic Theatre on Oct. 30, an art sculpture created by artist, Martin Sanchez, is displayed. The sculpture was made using recycled can lids, soda cans, and other recycled materials.

    Alicia Garcia

  • Troy Noka Concert
    Spirit, Student Life

    Troy Noka Concert

    Karla Ramirez, Photo Editor

    October 26, 2016

    Searching to inspire his young audience through his music, triple-threat artist, Troy Noka, gave a concert at Downey High on Sept. 28 as part of the high school tour he is currently performing. Noka travels with a Power 106 radio crew in order to bring life to the high schools they visit.   “A moment like th... READ MORE »»

    While the crowd waits for rapper Troy Noka, Power 106 DJ, Jose Jimenez, is the one that keeps the crowd entertain by interacting with the audience. “I’m the crowd pleaser,” Jimenez said. “I like to get everyone excited for the song that is being played.”

    Leticia Ortiz

News

In Memoriam Fidel Castro

Alessandro Esquivel, Co-Copy Editor

Fidel Castro died on the night of Nov. 25, leaving behind a controversial legacy as de jure dictator of Cuba from 1959 to 2006. People are quick to paint Fidel Castro as ...  Read More »

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Student Life

College Application Season

Taylor Harrison, Social Media Manager

As college application deadlines are approaching, students must handle the responsibilities of completing schoolwork, as well as finishing and editing their college essay...  Read More »

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Comics

‘Tis the Season of Giving

‘Tis the Season of Giving

Sofia Carrillo, Writer

Dec 21 • No Comments

More than just a Paper

More than just a Paper

December 14, 2016

College App Season is Rough.

College App Season is Rough.

December 9, 2016

The Vikings Get the W

The Vikings Get the W

November 28, 2016

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Community

Downey’s Tree Lighting and 60th Anniversary

Downey’s Tree Lighting and 60th Anniversary

Alicia Garcia, Photographer

The annual tree lighting event at the Downey Civic Center took place on Monday, Dec. 5, where the event consisted of performances from local school choirs, an area exclusi...  Read More »

Dec 16 • No Comments

  • Christmas Parade December 16, 2016
  • Dia De Los Muertos Festival November 16, 2016
  • Sweets and Treats November 16, 2016

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Lives of Legends

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Sports

First Girls Wrestling Match

First Girls Wrestling Match

Genevieve Gaubert, Photographer

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 lear...  Read More »

Dec 19 • No Comments

  • The Football Season Continues November 18, 2016
  • The Girls Are Ready To Kick Off Their First Wrestling Season November 18, 2016
  • From Cubs to Bears November 16, 2016

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Staff Profile

Alessandro Esquivel
Alessandro Esquivel

Co-Copy Editor

Preparing himself for the upcoming school year, Alessandro Esquivel, 12, focuses on taking primarily AP classes in hopes of obtaining a better future. “I’m not determined to pass, I am determined to exc...  Read More »

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Parents & Teachers

Science with Ink

Alessandro Esquivel, Co-Copy Editor

The DHS Science Department, especially with Project Lead the Way, is incorporating standards through Think with Ink, into its classrooms.   Think with Ink bega...  Read More »

Oct 18 • No Comments

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Editorial

Top Trending Christmas Gifts

James Torrico, Writer

With the conclusion of Thanksgiving, the public have their attention focused on the wonderful holiday known as Christmas. With Christmas right around the corner, everyone is ...  Read More »

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