The Downey Legend

During B lunch on June 3, Chris Zuniga, 12, along with his classmates, serve teachers lunch, so they can experience what it is like to host a food service event. “It feels really good and cool to be able to make this food for the teachers,” Zuniga stated. “I also feel great that we can bring them joy.”

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer June 16, 2015

On Wed., Jun. 3, Downey High School’s Creative Foods class and their teacher, Ms. Diane Villa, hosted the annual teacher luncheon, in room A-203, in order to give the students an experience in a food...

Cheerleader Mikayla Minnig, 11, and her mom Mrs. Minnig, have a brief mother and daughter time around the Downey High school campus on Mar. 16. Between cheer and homework, we spend a good portion of our time volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, since Mikayla has Juvenile Arthritis,” Mrs. Minnig said. “I am really proud to be a Cheer Mama and will support my daughter in all of her adventures in life.

Mama Minnig

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer March 30, 2015

Janet Minnig has been supporting her daughter ever since she chose to become a cheerleader at the age of 5 and is also on the PTA board for Downey High School. She continues to support the cheer adviser...

In room S-6 on Feb. 25, Mr. Witkin, displays the lacrosse shirt he wore as an extra in the movie American Pie. “[Being] able to look and see a TV show and movies that I know I was in, and to play a part in that in history, is pretty cool,” Mr. Witkin said.

Accidental fame

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer March 11, 2015

Downey High School’s English teacher, and former lacrosse coach, Scott Witkin, starred as a lacrosse player in the movie, American Pie, in 1999.   Mr. Witkin talks about how his experience...

In B-111, at Downey High School, history teacher, Ms. Rauls, accomplishes what she has wanted since she was young: becoming a fully credentialed teacher. “I have been able to see the view of my education through the eyes of my teachers,” Rauls stated.

New around here

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor February 17, 2015

At the start of second semester, Ms. Rauls, a former student teacher of Ms. James and Mr. Glasser, began her first semester as an official history teacher.   Through student teaching, Ms. Rauls...

On Sat., Jan. 17, at the Redondo Beach Historic Library, Ms. Stratford weds her fiancé Rick Crespo. “Lots of work goes into a wedding, but it’s all worth it once the day came,” Stratford said. “My bridesmaids were long time friends so they helped me through the stress.”

Tying the knot

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer February 6, 2015

On Jan. 17, English teacher and Writer Center Adviser, Kelly Stratford, wed her long time boyfriend in front of friends and family at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Marriage is already a serious commitment,...

Quizards of DHS

Celine Spence, Public Relations February 4, 2015

On Monday, Jan. 19, Quiz Bowl teams from both Downey and Warren participated in some friendly competition of trivia in the DHS library.   Being the first time ever hosting a scrimmage against...

ERWC teacher Mrs. Ordway-Roach, in room R-8, is happy being teacher of the month, but wonders how she won it. “I just got lucky and someone remembered my name,” Mrs. Ordway-Roach said.

Ordway is the way

Mireya Navarro, Staff Writer February 2, 2015

11th and 12th grade English teacher, Mrs. Ordway, recently won Downey High School’s teacher of the month for the month of January. While she believes that she just got lucky for winning, many of her...

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif January 26, 2015

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 the idea of proposing on a...

English teacher, Ms.Nishioka, shares her story about adopting her children, Travis and Chloe, during Dec, 2014. “While I knew it would be a challenge for me, I never imagined the true possibilities,” Ms. Nishioka said.

Nishioka’s new motherhood

Carlos Garcia, Staff Writer January 26, 2015

After an intensive process of paperwork, home visits, and parenting classes, English teacher Ms. Nishioka finalized the adoption of her children, Travis and Chloe, on December 23.   “I found...

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.”

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...

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