The Downey Legend

Carla Vente

Carla Vente, Photographer

Varsity Lacrosse player Carla Vente, 12, ends her final year at Downey High as a photographer on The Downey Legend newspaper. Aspiring to pursue a career as a CSI Agent due to her interest in Chemistry and CSI shows, Vente aims to major in Criminal Justice at the University of Santa Barbara. 

 

Vente has been a member of the Amigos Club for two years and has spent her lunch time hanging out with the special needs students on campus. She enjoys spending time with her friends and surrounding herself with people she cares about, “I tend to put others before myself,” Vente said, “I don’t know, I am just a caring person.”

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During quarantine, Jennifer Soto, 12, doesn’t believe reopening everything would be a good idea because everyone continues to get sick. “I think we shouldn’t trust the government because they don’t tell us everything for a reason.” Soto continues, “Trump kept the virus a secret for a long time and the government should be finding a vaccine at this time.”

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May 19, 2020
Previously a fan of the actor Penn Badgely from Gossip Girl, Ashley Orellana, 12, decided to watch the series YOU on Netflix. “I thought it was going to be the same as Gossip Girl.” Orellana continued, “I think Penn Badgely fits his role perfectly from the way he talks to the way he walks. Season 2 is my favorite season because he fits the character perfectly.”

YOU

February 4, 2020
Overwatch Esport Event

Overwatch Esport Event

January 4, 2020
Passionate about Overwatch, Nathan Maldonado, 12, loves playing because of the competitiveness and its intensity. “I have love for the game, I’ve been playing it for months everyday nonstop.” Maldonado continues, “I took the opportunity when they announced to be in tournament and I don’t regret it.”

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January 4, 2020
The Gamer’s Club administrator, Mr. Kraus, English teacher, supports Downey High students in any possible way he can to see students happy. “It’s just to help the kids. Its things they love to do and if I can support that then I’m happy to help any way I can.” Kraus continues, “We work with a company called Go Carrot for the Overwatch tournament and we work with another company of former Downey graduates called Sabertooth Gaming that help us produce several more tournaments in the year.”

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January 4, 2020
Playing Overwatch since it came out, Nathan Ha, 11, enjoys being a part of the 2nd annual Overwatch Downey Unified Esports High School Tournament against Warren High as he believes Overwatch is a very competitive Esport. “Overwatch was one of the first Esports title games that I started playing.” Ha continues, “I really got hooked onto playing it and watching all the competitive matches got me hyped to get in and induce into competitive play of my own. I thought this would be a good opportunity to join the tournament.”

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January 4, 2020

The 10-10-20 Challenge

December 3, 2019
Participant of the 10-10-20 challenge, Mr. Morales, Business teacher, feels good after participating in the challenge because eating healthy makes him feel better. “I watched what I eat because I have kids and they like to leave their chicken fingers in their mac n’ cheese and I try not to eat that stuff.”

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December 3, 2019
Coordinating the 10-10-20 challenge for 10 years, Mr. Manzanares, Physical Education Coach, got many teachers to participate and encourage teachers to lose weight. “It’s open to all the teachers for sure. I feel like one year we included the students,” Manzanares continues. “It was kind of fun, we had a teacher pick a student that also wanted to lose 10 pounds.”

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December 3, 2019
This years winner of the 10-10-20 challenge, Mr. Harris, Science teacher, lost over 50 pounds in 10 weeks, his diet consisted of shakes and organic foods that helped him achieve his goal. “I actually did this program called R-Bond, the shakes they use in place of two meals per day and then the third meal you eat organically,” Harris continues. “I want to continue to be healthy and lose weight but I hope I never win another competition like this again because if I do it means I probably gained weight back.”

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December 3, 2019

Deaf Chat Night

November 1, 2019
An American Sign Language student, Emily Ayestas, 9, attends Deaf Chat Night at Panera Bread on October 5 to make a difference in the community. “It allows us to interact with other people and it opens our eyes and mind to a different world,” Ayestas stated.

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November 1, 2019
At Deaf Chat Night, Alexa Gomez, 9, spent her evening at Panera bread to interact with deaf people of different ages to welcome them. Gomez is not an ASL student who still wants to make a difference in the community by involving deaf people. “Honestly it just shows us to be more compassionate, like shows us to be more caring,” Gomez stated.

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November 1, 2019
At Panera Bread in the Downey Promenade, Emily Salinas, 10, thinks Deaf Chat Night is an important factor in Downey because getting to know the deaf community makes Downey an interesting place. “Now that I am taking ASL now I attend events to know my community,” Salinas stated.

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November 1, 2019
Growing up watching Disney movies, Asta Young dresses as Stitch, to bring joy to herself and others at Comic-Con. “Lilo and Stitch is my all-time favorite movie. This is my favorite cosplay.” Young continues, “I love dressing up and how it brings out the creativity of my art, it’s fun.”

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October 30, 2019
Los Angeles Comic-Con invites cosplayers to become a different person for a day, which is why Bobby Princet (left) cosplayed as her role model, Jester Lavorre from Critical Role, on October 12th. “This character, Jester, just makes me really happy and inspired,” Princet said. “She’s a super cute tiefling [fictional humanoid race].”

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October 30, 2019
Cosplaying as the murderer from his favorite horror film, Texas Chainsaw, David Gutierrez, cosplays as Leatherface. “I’ve always loved that you can be someone else and people wont judge you.” Gutierrez continues, “Out of the costume I’m very quiet and shy and when I have it on it’s like I’m a different person. You can be someone else.”

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October 30, 2019
Arriving to Comic-Con ready to mingle with many people, Jacob Byes (left) and Miguel Denis (right), want to attempt to break people out of their shells and enjoy being someone different. “We always wanted to come to Comic-Con.” Denis continues, “To break out of the shell but wear a mask but not wearing a mask, you know? This is the mask.”

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October 30, 2019
Having a love for DC movies, Ashley Chavez, chooses to cosplay as Poison Ivy, in the attempt to be different. “I like cosplaying because it involves imagination and creativity, I made everything from the ground up.” Chavez continued, “It was a whole other outfit and I made it into Poison Ivy.”

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October 30, 2019
As Viking Nation is full of smiles and excitement, Molly Houts (FarRight), 12, is excited to dance at Homecoming and get dressed up with all her friends. “I’m kind of bummed that Homecoming is the only dance until Prom because I really wanted to go to Winter Formal,” Houts stated. “It’s my senior year and I wanted to attend all dances.”

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October 8, 2019
 An ASB member and on duty Sports Medicine, Carla Chafloque,12,  roots for Senior Princess, Tammy Abad to win Homecoming Queen. Chafloque went to the homecoming game to make as many memories as she can before she graduates. “It’s my last year,” Chafloque continued, “Making it memorable with my friends! Homecoming being the only dance until prom makes me ten times more excited.”

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October 8, 2019
The Junior Homecoming Princess, Daniella Gomez is up to the challenge to become Homecoming Queen next year. Gomez had a great time at the homecoming game and is excited for the Homecoming Dance. “This was a really nice experience and I wouldn’t mind doing it again,” Gomez continues. “If I have time on my hands next year I might just be up for Homecoming Queen.”

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October 8, 2019

Homecoming Court

September 24, 2019
Downey High School’s Homecoming king, Jacob Cota, 12, aims to make lots of memories at this years Homecoming dance in the hopes of never forgetting this thrilling moment. “Never having ran for a school title,” Cota explains how it feels to win Homecoming King. “It feels pretty cool to win, that means a lot of people must like me or want me to win,” Cota continues. “It feels pretty good.”

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September 24, 2019
Downey High School’s Homecoming king, Jacob Cota, 12, aims to make lots of memories at this years Homecoming dance in the hopes of never forgetting this thrilling moment. “Never having ran for a school title,” Cota explains how it feels to win Homecoming King. “It feels pretty cool to win, that means a lot of people must like me or want me to win,” Cota continues. “It feels pretty good.”

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September 24, 2019
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