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Downey High School student Jennifer Ruiz, 10, walks around campus while holding a Starbucks Frappuccino cup on Dec. 9 as a part of her morning routine. “I prefer Starbucks than Coffee Bean because it has stronger coffee,” Ruiz stated. “I get coffee three times a week.”

Noemi Lozano, Copy Editor

While seniors finish their college applications, and as finals are approaching, the coffee cup has been a familiar sight on campus.

According to the American Dietetic Association, when it comes to teenagers drinking caffeinated beverages, the number has tripled since the 1970s. With all the coffee shops near by, including Small Town Brew, the coffee shop inside the school, it is easy for students to get their caffeine fix.

Senior Emily Montes was hardly a coffee fan, but coming to Downey High, kindled her love for it.

“There’s so many coffee shops nearby, but my favorite has to be Coffee Bean,” Montes said. “They are all so nice and welcoming, and nothing compares to their hazelnut lattes.”

For some, coffee is a necessity and a form to gather up enough energy for the school day.

Senior, Aryana Dantic, wakes up every morning ready to grab her daily cup of Joe from Starbucks.

“Coffee helped me survive junior year and I’m depending on its help this year as well,” Dantic said. “Caffeine just gets me through life.”

Although consuming caffeine is popular at Downey, some students tend to disagree with their peers.

Senior Amy Lopez has never consumed an ounce of caffeine and claims she never will.

“I think it’s crazy how people drink coffee everyday,” Lopez said. “I drink a cup of tea every morning and that’s enough energy for the day.”

While coffee shops continue to brew their coffee, The City of Downey could possible be brewing a new generation of devoted coffee drinkers.