The Downey Legend

Clarissa Arceo

Clarissa Arceo, Photographer

New student from St. Pius, Clarissa Arceo, 12, is starting her first year as a photographer in Downey High School’s newspaper, The Downey Legend. Arceo has a passion for photojournalism and wants to pursue her dream as a photojournalist. Arceo has taken summer courses at her dream universities, USC and Stanford, to flourish her writing and picture taking skills. 

 

Arceo loves to help people in anyway she can, whether it’s doing favors, tutoring, or helping people obtain and achieve their goal. “I like helping people individually,” Aceo said. “Which is why I have also considered psychology and teaching.” Being in The Downey Legend makes her more available to the community to communicate and help people.

 

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The Make a Wish Club’s president and social media manager, and former marching band leader, Violet Becerra, 11, prepares to take on and learn more about a new form of music. “It’s a part of my culture that I am interested in learning more about,” Becerra said. “There’s more than one way to play music and I think it’s important for everyone to be exposed to that.”

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March 5, 2020
Band director and music teacher, Mr. Guerrero, takes on the responsibility of directing and creating Downey High’s newest addition to the music program, the Mariachi club. “Mr. Houts recently gave me the money to start buying instruments for the club,” Mr. Guerrero said. “ I’m really excited to take on this new role because not only I will benefit from the new journey but our students will be exposed to a new culture and form of music.”

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February 4, 2020
In love with the art of poetry, senior, Nelson Mencos joins Mrs. Bean’s poetry class after taking Digital Art and Design last semester. “I had Mrs. Bean as my Sophomore English teacher and she helped me find my love for poetry,” Mencos said. “Think of poetry like music, you can like a song for its beauty or the way it was made, but the central emotions and overall meaning makes it all the much more enjoyable.”

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February 4, 2020

New Clubs On Campus

December 1, 2019
The Ping Pong Club meets every Wednesday after school between the Girls’ and Boys’ locker rooms and invites every student at Downey High to join in on the fun. “We are hoping to get our own room, too,” Briseno stated. “We want to be able to open the club room during lunch so people can hang out and have fun, especially since it’s hard to stay after school sometimes.”

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December 1, 2019
Hoping to start a tradition, Sophomores Nicolas Briseno and Sam Sarofeem, club founders, start the Ping Pong Club as a safe place for students of all grades to hang out, meet new people, and compete in friendly matches. “We’ve been friends for as long as I can remember,” Sarofeem said. “We hang out and play ping pong all the time so we figured it’d be really cool to befriend and compete with others at school.”

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December 1, 2019
Inspired by the winning basketball game for the Special Olympics, Senior, Tobazje Lackey Kemp, also known as BJ Kemp by his friends, shares his experience winning against Warren with his team. “It was really fun, we practiced the day before the game for two hours,” Kemp said. “I realized that no matter what obstacles you face in your life, there’s nothing that should ever stop you from having fun.”

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December 1, 2019
Host of the Special Olympics home game, Junior, Rachel Delpino, explains how excited she was to bring the winning game altogether. “It was an amazing experience, I’d definitely want to do it again,” Delpino said. “I was especially excited when I was able to get some of the girls who didn’t want to play basketball cheer with the cheerleaders!”

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December 1, 2019
Downey High’s Cheer team joins together in rooting for the basketball team as they play their first Special Olympics game in Downey. Senior, Sierra Sepulveda, shares her experience working with other girls from the SPED program and how she was affected by it. “The whole team was so thrilled to be working with the girls in the event, it was the cutest thing ever,” Sepulveda stated. “It was a little hard to teach everyone at first but seeing the smiles on their faces after learning the cheers really warmed my heart.”

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December 1, 2019
Host of the Special Olympics home game, Junior, Rachel Delpino, explains how excited she was to bring the winning game altogether. “It was an amazing experience, I’d definitely want to do it again,” Delpino said. “I was especially excited when I was able to get some of the girls who didn’t want to play basketball cheer with the cheerleaders!”

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December 1, 2019
Her first and final year as Downey High’s Commissioner of Viking Nation and Spirit, Senior Viany Campos, hypes up the crowd during Friday’s pep rally before the big game. “It’s honestly a bittersweet feeling,” Campos said. “I’m sad that it was my last time, but it was also the best game I’ve ever experienced; the energy was insane and everyone was so pumped!”

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November 15, 2019
Performing her last cheers for Downey High, Jazmine Marabilla, 12, pumps up the crowd in a flower crown. “I’m really sad that it’s over,” Marabilla said. “But I’m also really proud of myself for doing this all four years of my high school and for being able to create so many memories with my girls.”

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November 15, 2019
Preparing to be subbed into the game, Senior Jaden Allen is motivated by his coach to dominate the Bears’ defense. “My coach was telling me what to expect from the defense before sending me out,” Allen said. “I couldn’t wait to get back onto the field, I felt like nothing could stop me.”

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November 15, 2019
Senior Varsity football player, Elijah Flores, pushes himself like never before, although being injured during his last high school football game versus Warren High. “I remember looking at the scoreboard; time is running out,” Flores said. “It’s going to suck now that it’s over, but I’m happy that I got to experience this on the field.”

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November 15, 2019

Havana Nights

November 6, 2019
Random citizen of Downey captured posing for the camera while dancing to the music performed by La Charanga Cubana with his wife.

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November 6, 2019
Native Los Angeles Artist, Michelle Taylor, also known as Pinchi Michi, poses with her art pieces awaiting the guests of Havana Nights to pay a visit to her booth.

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November 6, 2019
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November 6, 2019
Second and New Street’s rooftop celebration, Havana Nights, honors Cuban culture for the fifth year in a row on October 10, 2019. Located near the Studio Movie Grill theatre, Havana Nights brings people from all over Los Angeles together to join in celebrating the beloved culture through art, music, food, and dancing.

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November 6, 2019
Essentially watching their daughter perform live with her dance group, Jasmine and Giovanni Gonzalez join in on the celebration for their first time. “We only came to watch our daughter perform with her group,” Giovanni said. “But the event took us by surprise; it has called people to get together and join in celebrating this culture where we all get to be ourselves no matter who we are.”

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November 6, 2019
Facebook invite brings Dysis Holness, lover of Cuban music, to experience a slice of Cuban culture with friends that night. “It wasn’t what I expected it to be like at all,” Holness said. “The energy is high and welcoming enough to not feel like an outsider, and I think that it’s great that all these people can come and get along with one another and appreciate this beautiful culture.”

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November 6, 2019
Dancing the night away, Annette Montero, third-year attendee, looks forward to this event every year in light of celebrating her culture with her family. “I love Havana Nights and I hope they continue celebrating Cuban culture for many years to come,” Montero said. “They do a perfect job at creating the best environment for everyone, Cuban or not.”

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November 6, 2019
Guiding DHS students in bright orange vests during the earthquake drill, Senior Sports Medicine students, Alyssa Fetter, Jason Gov, and Carla Chafloque, aid in assessing the drills and emphasize the importance of preparing for similar situations. “Students need to be taking these drills seriously because they’re scary,” Chafloque said. “If there were to be an actual earthquake, people would most likely panic which is why we need to be prepared.”

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October 31, 2019
In preparation for ‘the big one’, Downey High’s students join over 10.8 million participants all across the state in practicing safety habits and precautions during The Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Having prepared for this drill since their Junior year, the Senior Sports Medicine Team was charged with the responsibility to organize and lead student participation.

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October 31, 2019
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