The Downey Legend

Jazz 1: Irvine Competition

Jazz 1: Irvine Competition

Diego Martinez, Writer

April 10, 2019


Filed under Clubs & Organizations, Legends, Student Life

On the weekend of March 15, the Downey High Jazz 1 Band attended the annual Irvine Jazz Competition. The Jazz 1 combo A and B group players practiced tirelessly and are satisfied with their performances.   Sophomore guitarist in Jazz 1, Ivan Cuevas, worked really hard to make sure he did his best on st...

Larson East SELACO High in Downey High

Larson East SELACO High in Downey High

Alexis Gutierrez, Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Legends, Student Life, Top Stories

Downey High has had a separate high school on its campus for decades called SELACO. Founded by a deaf man named Herb Larson in the late 1960s, it is under the Larson East PAU organization. SELCO is its own educational schooling; it is a regionalized program that provides deaf and hard of hearing...

The Sounds of Downey: Alaska

Lukas Luna, Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Community, Legends, Student Life

Music and the youth have always gone hand-in-hand. For decades, the influence of one’s favorite artists has driven them to start bands with other like-minded individuals and express their creativity.   One such individual is senior Julian Martinez, founding member and singer-songwriter of th...

Pursuing Interests: Artistic Endeavors

Lukas Luna, Writer

February 1, 2019


Filed under Legends, Student Life

While some only view art as a hobby, many hope to turn it into a career.  From aspiring animators to comic hopefuls, Downey High School is a host to a wide variety of ambitious young artists.     Their efforts do not go unnoticed as many of their teachers are quick to point out the pote...

Surpassing Asthma: Christopher Benitez

Surpassing Asthma: Christopher Benitez

Jessica Garcia, Photographer

December 14, 2018


Filed under Legends, Student Life

Growing up in a well kept home, senior Christopher Benitez was also born with severe asthma. For the last eighteen years of his life, he has kept himself from doing things he has liked to do, participating in some of his interests like swim and water polo   Being diagnosed with severe as...

5 Questions with Natalia Loya

Lukas Luna, Writer

December 14, 2018


Filed under Legends, Student Life

Downey High School senior Natalia Loya is one of the many young entrepreneurs that are currently cropping up across the country. Armed with her on beauty line, Loya hopes to go far in the industry.     Q1. What inspired you to start producing your own makeup? “I originally was r...

Overcoming Cancer: Anais Bald

Jesus Aguayo-Cerda, Writer

November 25, 2018


Filed under Legends, Student Life

The year before her diagnosis, Anais Bald, 12, would frequently get sick and, unbeknownst to her, cancer was to blame.   In June of 2017,  Bald was diagnosed with 3B Ocular Melanoma, a skin cancer that found its way to her right eye. She had to undergo surgery a week after her diagnosis t...

Tristan Yepez is a Brand Agent for Hollister Co.

Tristan Yepez is a Brand Agent for Hollister Co.

Alexis Gutierrez, Writer

November 25, 2018


Filed under Legends, Student Life

Once minors turn 16, with exceptions, they are eligible by the state to have part-time jobs. Downey High student Tristan Yepez, 12, opted to participate in this opportunity. He applied and accepted a Hollister offer to become a brand agent.   Yepez is one of 75 brand agents that are ...

Overcoming Adversity: Angie Chavez

Overcoming Adversity: Angie Chavez

Diego Martinez, Writer

November 25, 2018


Filed under Legends, Student Life

Dealing with personal adversity can be a strain on many, whether it be a social issue, a family matter, a psychological issue, or even a medical complication. Students at Downey High are no exception to such dilemmas, especially junior Angie Chavez, who has to face rare and fatal medical conditions....

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