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Mama Minnig

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 and coaches. Minnig also has a cheer mom Twitter account, which her daughter set up for her. She...

Accidental fame

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 with working in the film industry was a great time but happened on accident.   “I was play...

New around here

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 feels she learned how to make teaching fun for her students. She also feels Downey High School,...

Tying the knot

Tying the knot

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor

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, but as a teacher, changing maiden names can have a dramatic impact.   “For the...

Ordway is the way

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 students and former students believe that she deserved it.   After joking with her class...

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

5 questions with Mr. Armendariz

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-In-Chief

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 volcano? A1: She has been working in the Peace Corps for two years helping Nicaraguan’s develop...

Nishioka’s new motherhood

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 my children through the foster care system,” Nishioka said. “From there, I am sent profiles of...

Coaching in a “boys world”

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 love of sports began when she was a child. Her natural need to burn energy and love...

The new, the better, and the change

The new, the better, and the change

Mireya Navarro, Staff Writer

November 14, 2014

After teaching at Sussman Middle School for 20 years, Kimberly Wilmoth, decided to make a change in her career by becoming a sophomore English teacher at Downey High.   She was sitting in her classroom during her prep period one day and said to herself, “I need a change.” She then filled...

Here to stay

Here to stay

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 29, 2014

Downey High School’s long-term substitute teacher, Anthony Massey, is now a permanent teacher this 2014-15 school year. Massey has taken over Algebra II and Geometry classes of former math teacher, Rodney Bremer.   Upon finding out that his position as a math teacher at Downey High would...

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