The Downey Legend

Jasmine Fernandez

Jasmine Fernandez, Editor-In-Chief

For Jasmine Fernandez,12, it’s about the journey and the destination. As a student involved in almost all aspects of Downey High from Theater to Newspaper she loves having goals and pursuing success. “In five years I want to be pursuing something more.” Fernandez stated, “The thing that I would want the least coming out of college is not knowing what to do.’’  


When I first met Jaz I was surprised at how lovable she is. This girl who is the current Editor in Chief for newspaper, who is a quiz bowl state champion, and the president of the writing center, put so much on her shoulders and will make you surprised at how well she handles everything that gets thrown at her. Jasmine Fernandez is the girl who makes you want to live her life for even a second, adored by all who meet her and baffled by how many faculty members she has befriended; to the point where she even attended board meetings.


She is the silly person everyone wants to be friends with, I mean if you saw someone sitting in a Panera for eight hours wouldn’t you have the urge to go speak to this mindless girl?


Many people call her ‘mom’  seeing how she cares for all of her friends, and honestly everyone who she meets. Instead of calling her my mom I would prefer to call her my comrade, seeing how we both go through the same struggles in life, dealing with the drawbacks of high school and life.

Rather than letting the torments get to her and slow down her path to Cornell Jasmine confidently thrives on through high school, as she states, “I am so grateful for the opportunities i’ve had and lessons i’ve learned in those gates but i’m also really excited to move onto the next”. Having the ability to push obstacles out of her way to focus on what actually deserves her attention, causes many around her to envy her, and secretly hate her, but that is besides the point.

-Vanessa Carillo

All content by Jasmine Fernandez


April 30, 2019

ERWC Rehauls Curriculum

October 10, 2018

Satire in Movies

March 28, 2018

On DACA and Partisanship

February 27, 2018
Leading the Jan. 20 One-Day convention with president and sophomore Sade Neri (far right), Allyssa Chan, 10, (center right) upholds the responsibility of co-vice president in and out of club meetings. “We tried to advertise the convention as much as possible, spreading fliers to Twitter and social media,” Chan said. “Thankfully, people from our chapter are really enthusiastic and made our first One-Day a success.”

JSA One-Day

February 9, 2018

North Korea Strikes Back

September 20, 2017

Weekend Christmas Events

December 20, 2016

Trump Can’t Tweet

November 18, 2016

The Rise of Dodie Clark

November 16, 2016
While the crowd waits for rapper Troy Noka, Power 106 DJ, Jose Jimenez, is the one that keeps the crowd entertain by interacting with the audience. “I’m the crowd pleaser,” Jimenez said. “I like to get everyone excited for the song that is being played.”

Troy Noka Concert

October 26, 2016
During the first meeting in the school theatre, on October 5, Jonathan Zaragoza, 11, Everette Sanchez, 9, Danny Corzo, 11, and Sussy Sanchez, 11, set up on stage for the first time. This group of recently admitted Comedy Sportz members stepped on stage to show off their improv skills and challenge their dramatic skills.

One Night Only

October 19, 2016
Now having dealt with a breakup, Alexandria Gonzalez, 12, is returning to music, and changing her appearance by getting a tattoo, showing how much dedication she has in making music. “Once I broke up with my boyfriend, I started to work on myself and my music,” Gonzalez said. “I also got a tattoo; this shows dedication, to show everyone that this means something to me.”

Stars on the Rise

October 5, 2016
Having recently transferred to Downey from a private high school, Glendale Adventist Academy, Jocelyne Rojas, 10, talks about her future and her vast change of environment.


May 11, 2016
Dancer Lucia Ruiz, 12, finds herself able to vote in Bolivia, and shares the importance of being an active citizen here and in her home country.


March 4, 2016
Captain Dean Milligan, along with other officers, stop to socialize with citizens on the street. The majority of the officers came out to the parade to pay respects to their fallen hero.

The Life of a Hero

December 15, 2015
Before the screening in the theatre Ms. James, the club adviser, had a few words with the audience about the importance of being aware. “I was pleased with the number of students that showed up,” Ms. James said. “The whole board from last year’s event came.”

[Photo] 3 A.M. Girls

November 10, 2015
Before the bell rang during 6 period on Oct. 2, senior, Jarred Aldaco, asks senior, Julissa Villalobos, to the homecoming dance. “Very rushed, I got to school early thinking this wasn’t going to work out,” Aldaco said, “I had to get there before she got there so it was pretty intense.”

Homecoming Proposals

October 21, 2015
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