The Downey Legend

The Art of Makeup

Downey High student, Jaylene Chinchilla, 11, has always had a great passion for makeup. “My mom has a degree in cosmetology and I grew up seeing all the women in my family being very into beauty so I feel like that’s where my interest really sparked,” stated Chinchilla. “Once I got old enough to further my interest in it is when I started to make it a hobby, no matter if I was happy or not having a good day doing my makeup is where I would turn to.”

Brisa Rodriguez, Photographer

March 17, 2020

Hall of Fame 2019

Jahzelle Ford, Writer

December 6, 2019

  Every two years, DHS inducts new members into the Downey High hall of fame. This year’s ceremony took place Friday November first 2019 during third and fourth period. 5 new former DHS graduates have been inducted, Johana Hernandez, Dr. Cynthia Lum, Leslie R. Murray, Blanca Nieves Pacheco, and Stev...

APES Upcycling Project

Brianne Galindo, Photographer

May 22, 2019

Jazz 1: Irvine Competition

Preparing for his jazz performance, Ivan Cuevas, 10, devotes extra hours of practice to improve his combo. “I prepared by simply just working out the composition with my combo groups after school almost every day,” Cuevas said. “In class we worked out even just the smallest problems, just to ensure our success.”

Diego Martinez, Copy Editor

April 10, 2019

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

Alexis Gutierrez, Writer

February 22, 2019

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, Co-Copy Editor

February 5, 2019

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, Co-Copy Editor

February 1, 2019

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

Showcasing one of his many abilities, senior Christopher Benitez is a self-taught musician; apart from guitar, he also learned how to play the piano. “It was a really hard experience learning it all on my own,” Benitez stated. “But after awhile of learning the guitar it felt amazing because I was able to add more to what I was learning.”

Jessica Garcia, Photographer

December 14, 2018

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, Co-Copy Editor

December 14, 2018

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

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...

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