The Downey Legend

Irania Quintero

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer

As a first year staff writer, senior Irania Quintero joined The Downey Legend in search of new experiences and opportunities. “I joined Newspaper because it gives me a chance to explore and build upon my passion for writing,” Quintero said. “It is indeed a new environment for me but a challenge worth taking on.” She has a passion for writing and hopes that with being a part of the staff she’ll expand her knowledge on different writing styles, improve her own writing, and get a feel for what she plans to do in the future. “Great writing to me is writing that makes the reader feel like he or she is a part of the experience or event described,” Quintero stated. “My ultimate goal is to deliver the same feeling to readers as many writers have done for me.” As a writer for The Downey Legend, Quintero will be in charge of pitching new story ideas and meeting deadlines. The job of a writer may get stressful and tedious at times but with Quintero’s passion for writing and undeniable reliability, she’ll take this job on without the slightest of difficulty.

Aside from being a writer for The Downey Legend, Quintero enjoys writing poetry, reading books by Nicholas Sparks, watching the Angels during their baseball season, and cooking and/or baking in her spare time. She also says that her favorite music varies from John Legend, Kanye West, The XX, to different alternative bands. Quintero also shared that she’s great with puns and that she has a positive vibe about herself at all times. “There’s almost always a smile on my face no matter what my mood is,” Quintero said. After high school she plans to attend a four-year-university, her top choice being San Francisco State University, and eventually become a journalist. Quintero has the right mind set and motivation to help her accomplish her dreams and succeed in her near future as well as in her current position on The Downey Legend.

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During B lunch on June 3, Chris Zuniga, 12, along with his classmates, serve teachers lunch, so they can experience what it is like to host a food service event. “It feels really good and cool to be able to make this food for the teachers,” Zuniga stated. “I also feel great that we can bring them joy.”

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
June 16, 2015

Love for being in love

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
June 8, 2015
In honor of her work for the Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Program, Natalie Turcios, 12, receives her silver medal from counselor, Mr. Frye on April 28. “We had to present to the judges what we learned in our CTE class, and for me it was health occupations,” Turcious said.  “I showed how it motivated to pursue a career in the field of medicine.”

[Photo] One school, four medalists

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer
May 29, 2015
On April 30, Downey High School’s ASB and Stop the Traffick club organize a Battle of the Sexes night rally to fundraise for sex trafficking awareness and introduce spring sports teams.  The man-leaders performed a routine along side the cheerleaders in order to see which sex dominated the cheer game.

[Photo] Battles of the sexes

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif
May 29, 2015
Jumping over the ball in the Downey High School gym, Joseph Lopez, 11, and his team compete in the dodge ball tournament on Mar. 6. “The wresting team and I decided, since we didn’t do it last year, we are going to this year,” Lopez said. “I had lots of fun being with my team members.”

If you can dodge a wrench…

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
March 25, 2015
Scouted for soccer, Idalis Gonzalez, 12, on Feb.4 officially signs with the University of Louisiana at Monroe. “I’m ready to just go off on my own without having to depend on my parents or sister,” Gonzalez said.

Ball is life

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
March 10, 2015
At the Downey High School theatre on Feb. 6, Javier Fernandez and Dennise perform during the Cultural Talent Show. Jonathan Lara, former student of Downey High, was the choreographer of this group, as well as the start of this year’s annual talent show.

A taste of diverse talent

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
February 18, 2015

She’s his only one

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
January 12, 2015
At the theatre, on Dec. 11, senior Hector Gonzalez and junior Kathy Azzam perform as Bob Yule (an abusive father) and Mayella (a compulsive liar) in the To Kill a Mockingbird play. “ This was hard for me because I’m totally against disrespecting girls, but luckily I’m good friends with her,” Gonzalez stated. “She knew it wasn’t serious, but overall it was a great experience.”

Back to the 1930s

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
January 6, 2015
Warren High School senior, Hilda Atunear, wins a $10,000 scholarship from Nordstrom by completing an application process and an interview to be able to stand out with her writing and personality. “When they first walked in to my classroom and said that I had won I could not believe it,” Atunear said. “I was so happy.”

Nordstrom gives back

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
December 3, 2014
At Downey High School, on Oct. 7, during the game vs. Dominguez, Downey the football team fights for the title of league champions. “All gas, no brakes,” senior Josh Flores (#26, running back) stated. “It’s a saying we have; it means we go hard and never quit for what we want.”

Legacy of league

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
November 14, 2014
At the annual, Downey vs. Warren, Dig Pink volleyball game, Kimberly Schnars, 12, spikes a serve to intimidate her rivals. Schnars demonstrated her skills with her high jumps and powerful serves.

Dig pink

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer
November 3, 2014
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