The Downey Legend

Alexandra Menendez

Alexandra Menendez, Photographer

Returner Alexandra Menendez took up photography for The Downey Legend her junior year. Since the purchase of her first camera as a mere 6th grader, photography has been a point of interest for the 17 year old; the school newspaper is just one on a long list of creative outlets she uses to express her photography skills. “I like having the ability to capture a memory before it’s gone forever.” Menendez says. Outside of campus, she refines her skills through photo-shoots with her friends and sister along the railroad tracks and otherwise simple backdrops. She plans on enrolling at San Francisco State and studying to be a professional photographer, but if all else fails, she aspires to at least be a qualified teacher. Currently, she is attending the ROP class Principles in Education to guide her into being the ideal photography instructor she aims to be.


The soft-spoken Menendez lives her life to the fullest of its potential each and every day. She is a proud film enthusiast, lover of Asian cuisine, and self-proclaimed introvert – though she claims to enjoy wasting away the weekends with her friends. Nonetheless, rather than having a traditional quinceñera with the spotlight on her, Menendez chose to travel Europe alone. “I’ve always wanted to go, just to see new places I’d never seen before.” Menendez says. “I wanted something new. She still longs to travel the rest of the world – all the while, documenting her trips through a camera lens. A small girl, Menendez has big dreams ahead of herself.

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On Fri., May 16, the remake of the movie Godzilla premieres in theaters. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

[Photo] The King of the Monsters roars back

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor
June 3, 2014
On Sat., Mar. 22, the Stonewood Center hosts the annual Arc Walk for Independence to raise money for people with disabilities. The Arc Walk has helped over 400 children and adults.

[Photo] Walking for independence

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor
April 4, 2014
On Fri. Mar. 7, Stay Gallery opened the Hyperpresent exhibit by David Layton to present his paintings such as Nine. Layton’s art process began as a digital photo and then he painted it.

[Photo] Hyperpresentation

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
March 18, 2014

[Photo] 5 Questions with Ms. Pena

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor
February 26, 2014
On Dec. 6, both teams competing in the soccer tournament race towards the ball to score another goal. Team Biola ended with the score of 8-2.

[Photo] Playing for hope

Mia Dixon Slaughter, Social Media Manager
December 13, 2013

[Photo] 5 Questions with Kimberly Schnars

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor
November 18, 2013
On Oct. 22, Lauren Martinez, 11, plays against Paramount during their last tennis game of the season at the Downey courts.  Martinez ranked second in singles tournament.

[Photo] The strong finish

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor
November 1, 2013
Until Oct. 11, Stay Gallery closes due to its reconstruction, to add and raise the ceiling, creating the illusion that it is larger. The re-opening event will be Bones of Steel, an industrial sculpture exhibit by Christian Castro.

[Photo] Artistic passions revisited

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief
October 7, 2013
On May 9,during the CIF Champions vs. the Faculty, Mr. Glasser lifts his shirt and runs with excitement after scoring a penalty kick. With Glasser’s goal, he helped his team get one step closer to win

[Photo] Laying it out on the field

Gabby Sanchez, Co-Editor-In-Chief
May 21, 2013
At the start of 2012, the app Four Pictures One Word became known throughout the student body at Downey High. This app not only caught the attention of students but also teachers such as Miss Piho.

[Photo] Addicted to words

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif
March 15, 2013
During the city library’s story time, on February 27, library employee, Angie Macias, read Dr. Seuss books to the children, in honor of his literary contributions.  The library hosted two days, one in Spanish and the other in English, available for children to listen to the stories.

[Photo] Seuss’s story time

Joey Flores, News Editor
March 1, 2013
At Stay Gallery, on February 8, Downey residents are able to view photographer J. Arthur Morris first collections of photos.  The gallery also plans to show his other collections within several months.

[Photo] For the love of the arts

Norma Flores, Sports Editor
February 14, 2013
In November, in front of Downey City Hall, a new statue is resurrected as a veteran’s memorial. On every corner around the statue there is a plaque of each department of the military to represent the Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force.

[Photo] Remembering the veterans

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief
December 7, 2012
During snack on, October 17, in front of everyone present in the quad, Seth Gonzalez, 11, asks Daisy Serrano, 11, out to Homecoming. “I was nervous and shaking after I asked her,” Gonzalez said, but it was all worth it to him as she agreed to go.

[Photo] Making it impossible to say no

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor
October 25, 2012
Throughout the week of Oct. 15 to Oct. 19, Downey High School’s ASB encourages students to display qualities of the six pillars of character, during Character Counts week, by plastering posters around campus.  “It was hard to spread this around the student body, but even if it gets to one persons, it’s enough,” Jenifer Sicardi, 12, said.

[Photo] Character does count

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif
October 27, 2012
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