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Celeste Lira

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor

Senior Celeste Lira is this year’s 2012-2013 Photo Editor for The Downey Legend. In hopes of becoming a better photographer, Lira landed a position on staff to allow her to get more experience in becoming a professional photographer. “It sounded fun and it would be a good experience being part of this school since I just moved to this school sophomore year and not living in Downey and all,” Lira said. Taking Photo 1 last year, Lira took an interest in photography, but she didn’t know she was going to like it as much as she does now. She continued to pursue her new interest and is also currently in Advanced Photo.


This year will be her first and last with The Downey Legend, so she hopes to make the most of it. Her goals for this year are to get more students excited about the online newspaper, thus gaining popularity for the site. Aside from photography, Lira plays guitar and plans to one day travel the world.

All content by Celeste Lira
At the end of the play, the cast of the drama production The Musical Comedy Horror of 1940 bow as they receive an applause from the audience at the Downey High Theater on June 8. Throughout the play, the audience laughed and applauded the performance put on by the production class.

[Photo] A night of fright and murder

Gabby Sanchez, Co-Editor-In-Chief
June 14, 2013

Getting Lucky

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor
May 17, 2013
During the Skills USA state competition, junior Francisco Flores won gold for Quiz Bowl and silver for engineering in San Diego from April 4 to April 7. As a gold medalist for the Quiz Bowl, Flores will be participating at Nationals in Kansas, Missouri.

[Photo] Bringing home the gold

Gabby Sanchez, Co-Editor-In-Chief
April 19, 2013
To support Relay for Life, and raise money for senior Mario Galvan, 12, Joey Romero, 12, Mario Andres Galvan, 11, Edwyn Arroyo, 12, Eddie Guerrero, 12, and Michael Rivas, 12, shave their heads in March. They also sold t-shirts to support Galvan’s older brother who was diagnosed with cancer late last year.

[Photo] Not alone, we fight together

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor
April 10, 2013
On March 22 and March 23, the Downey High jazz band participated in the jazz festival at Fullerton College to compete against 35 schools with the program. Downey’s intermediate band won second place and advanced jazz won third place.

[Photo] Jazzy opportunities

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif
March 29, 2013

It is instinctual

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor
March 26, 2013
On Friday, Feb. 8, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects premieres in theaters everywhere and earns $10 million and number three in the box office opening weekend. The psychological thriller, starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum, follows Emily Taylor’s life of being prescribed with antidepressants.

[Photo] Side Effects Movie Review

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 14, 2013
Jonathan Levine’s romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies premieres on Feb. 1 in national theaters. The film, renowned for being told from a zombie’s perspective, is based on Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name.

[Photo] Getting warmer

Joey Flores, News Editor
February 14, 2013
After Dr. Emmett, portrayed by senior Javier Navarro, allows Ethel P. Savage, portrayed by senior Justina Clark, to leave The Cloisters Asylum, Mrs. Savage begins the think about the other residents of The Cloisters and debates whether or not to leave during the production in the theater on Jan. 8. Mrs. Savage decided to leave and pursue her plan to help “average” people reach their goals.

[Photo] The insane and the riches of The Curious Savage

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor
January 30, 2013
During the months of October and November, the members of Key Club at Downey High School raise money for UNICEF, called Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, to support Iodine deficiency and HIV/AIDS programs worldwide. With their efforts, the club successfully raised over a thousand dollars.

[Photo] Little boxes, big money

Joey Flores, News Editor
December 5, 2012
During the CIF Finals game against La Serna on Dec. 1, Tristan Esparza, 11, and Jason Thomas, 10, attempt to catch the ball to prevent La Serna from scoring a touchdown. The Vikings were successful in blocking the opposing team from scoring and won the game 33-25.

[Photo] Viking football goes down in history

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
December 3, 2012
During the Homecoming game, Justin Huff, 10, makes a touchdown that assists the Vikings win 28 to 12, at the Allen Layne Stadium, on Oct. 26. Huff made 12 out of the 28 points for the Vikings.

[Photo] From the field to the dance floor

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 13, 2012
Life before Downey High

Life before Downey High

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor
October 25, 2012
As he shares his love for music, math teacher Mr. Bradfield discusses his musical influences, such as Rush and Jimi Hendrix, on Friday, September 21. The Algebra II and Geometry teacher also plays the piano, and guitar, and sings.

Math teacher and musician

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor
October 9, 2012
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