Five Questions with Dulce Gutierrez

April 9, 2014

Sophomore Dulce Gutierrez talks about her involvement with Polynesian dancing and how it has impacted her life.

Q1: Why did you want to begin Polynesian dancing?

A1: My mom put me in it when I was really young, and I thought it would be something new and an exciting dance to try.

Q2: How has it impacted your life?

A2: It’s made me a social person, because it taught me how to make friends in any situation and that there are people out there that can become sort of like your family. It helps me focus on any other activity that I do like Cheer or my school work.

Q3: Why have you stuck with it for so long?

A3: I practice two times a week, and I just really like being around the people I dance with. I’m really close to all the girls I practice and compete with; they’re like family to me. My coach is like my second mom, so it’s always fun going to a practice or a performance.

Q4: What has been your favorite performance so far?

A4: My favorite performance was performing for the kids with special needs because they just get so excited seeing me dance and it really warms my heart.

Q5: Do you see this as more of a hobby or as a possible career choice?

A5: It is more of a hobby for me right now but, in the future, I want to start my own dance studio for Polynesian dancers.

About the Contributors
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Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif
Senior Vivian Buenrostro is not only a writer for The Downey Legend online newspaper, but has also taken on the responsibility of Co-Editor-In-Chief. Having been a part of the newspaper staff since her sophomore year, she has experience with the different positions and has even held the positions of Arts and Entertainment Section Editor and Song of the Week Editor. “Newspaper has been one awesome ride these past three years,” Buenrostro said. “I’ve learned skills that are applicable to everything and anything.” Although Co-Editor-In-Chief is a tough and tedious job, Buenrostro is ready to take on the challenge. Throughout this year on staff she hopes to build a close bond with all of the staff members and have productive deadlines.

When she is not running the staff or writing stories, Buenrostro enjoys jogs around her neighborhood, making healthy shakes and other concoctions, or swimming in the waves at Huntington Beach. “Time doesn’t really exist when I’m in the ocean,” Buenrostro said. Buenrostro also loves live music; she has been to various concerts including Young the Giant, Arctic Monkeys, and Walk the Moon. Buenrostro plans to graduate and attend an out of state school far from California. “As much as I love Downey High,” Buenrostro said, “I can’t wait to go to college in a new environment.” While away at college she hopes to major in biology and medicine to start her path towards her career goal of being a doctor. Buenrostro aims to make her final year at Downey High School rewarding in both her academics and her position on The Downey Legend staff.
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Gissel Enriquez, Photographer
Continuing her passion for photography, senior Gissel Enriquez joins The Downey Legend for her second year with hopes of contributing newsworthy events for the 2013-2014 school year. As a photographer, her interest sparked from the first moment she captured a photo as an eight-year-old child. “It’s amazing how you can take a picture and it brings thousands of memories with just one shot,” Enriquez said. “I just have a passion for photography.” Her enthusiasm for photography is evident as she decides to improve her skills and learn new things from the newspaper staff. Her junior year at The Downey Legend has enabled her to expand her knowledge and alleviate the stress from honors and AP classes. This aspiring photographer joined in order to capture the daily moments of high school and bring awareness to the online newspaper. Since joining the team, she has gained confidence in herself as well as in her art. With her goals set high and hardworking mindset, Enriquez is sure to dedicate her time with the aim of succeeding as a member of the online newspaper and as a Downey High School student.

While photography remains one her favorite hobbies, she also enjoys roller skating around her neighborhood and constantly listening to bands like The Smiths. Enriquez loves spending time with her family, especially her best friends: Yasmin Alvizures and Joy Eskander, and going to Yogurtland on her free time. With her future set, this outgoing photographer plans to travel around the world after graduating from a four year university. Wherever her journey leads her, her passion for photography will remain at heart.
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