The Downey Legend

 During his senior year, Manases Orozco accepts his admission offer to Richmond, The American International University in London, to study political science for the fall of 2014. Orozco plans to study aboard in London for four years, then transfer to Yale for law.

Moving far away for a college education

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 16, 2014

By Thurs., May 1, numerous high school seniors who plan on attending universities and colleges made a decision on where they will spend the next four years of their lives receiving an undergraduate education....

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.”

S.W.A.P. conquers USC

Karen Ariciaga, Co-Photo Editor 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...

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.

Calling all dancers

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team 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...

During a Comedy Sportz game against Santa Fe on Fri., Feb. 28, Chris Dan Cruz, 12, pretends to choke and Brianne Gonzalez, 9, helps him. Chris Dan Cruz played in Drama Productions rendition of The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Laughing the night away

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team March 18, 2014

On Fri., Feb. 28, Downey High School’s Comedy Sportz team held one of its games, competing against Santa Fe High School, for an improv- based entertainment show in the school’s theatre. As guests...

In front of the quad, on Thurs., Feb 13, boyfriend and girlfriend Rafael Segura, 12, and Gabriela Herrarte, 12, take a polaroid together for Valentine’s Day. “I wanted to take a picture as a memory for us,” Herrarte said.

Instant memories

Lauren Rodriguez, Writer/Student Life Editor February 26, 2014

In the quad on Wed., Feb. 12 and 13, Mrs. Cordova’s Advanced Photo class sold polaroids for three dollars, during A and B lunch, to fundraise for miscellaneous photography expenses. Advanced Photo...

On Fri., Sept. 20 at the Allen Layne stadium, varsity cheerleader Jessie Herrera,10, performs a routine during the halftime. “It’s crazy, at practices, in class, on my way home, I see all the routines in my head,” Herrera said.

Leaving it on the mat

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif February 25, 2014

Downey High School’s very own cheer squad has taken part in what they call a “Downey sweep” during this year’s competition season. With a consistent ranking of either first or second place in their...

On Tues., Jan. 14, senior Jackie Tester dresses as a hipster to participate in the biannual Downey-Warren spirit week.

Spirit Week

Sara Cabrera , Writer/ Copy Editor February 2, 2014

As the wrestling match and basketball game against Warren High School approached students showed their excitement during Spirit Week from Jan. 13 through the 17. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Hipster...

During her senior year, Valerie Iwamoto applies for local scholarships in hopes of getting extra money to pay for college finances. Seniors have to submit applications, resumes, and an essay for the local scholarships by Fri., Jan. 17.

Money is in the air

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 24, 2014

  While seniors completed and submitted their final college applications, they faced new deadlines, including the local scholarship opportunity that officially closed on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Students had...

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the DHS theatre, Abigail Williams, played by Cassandra Barrera, 12, stands on trial when she is accused of being a witch.  Barrera has been a part of improv, choir and even dance; the stage is her battlefield.

The Crucible

Sara Cabrera , Writer/ Copy Editor January 7, 2014

Mr. Hansen’s Drama Production class has rehearsed every day during and after 6th period, since the first week of October for their performance of The Crucible. The play premiered in the B building theater...

On Wed., Dec. 11, freshmen, sophomores, club leaders, and athletes are invited to the gym to hear Mike Smith’s personal experience and stance on anti-bullying. “I think what he did was really amazing,” sophomore, Heather Rodriguez said. “I’m going to start being friendly to people who don’t seem to have anyone to hang out with.”

Dude, be nice.

Noemi Lozano, Copy Editor January 7, 2014

On Dec. 11, motivational speaker Mike Smith made a special appearance at Downey High to address the struggles that teenagers may be experiencing and encourages youth to make a difference. All varsity athletes,...

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