The Downey Legend

Jaylene Cardona

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager

 First year staff member of The Downey Legend newspaper, Jaylene Cardona, 12, photographer and business manager, aspires to become a surgical nurse after high school. Cardona’s passion is to help people both mentally and physically in order for them to enjoy their remaining life. She aims to earn her doctoral degree within five years at her dream college, whether it be Berkeley or NYU, she plans to work hard until she reaches her goals. 

 

Striving to be a better person, Cardona chose to help those in need regardless of  the costs. “I would put others first before I help myself.” Cardona stated. “However, there's a time when I need to step back away from the situation to remember to breathe and have time to myself.”

 

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Interested in the medical field, Savanna Rosales, 12, is looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for her. “It’s kind of a scary feeling to move from highschool to college because there’s a lot of unknown, but I’m excited,” Rosales stated. “I don’t know where I am going yet but Ive decided between Long Beach or Cal Poly. I’m still trying to see which will be better for myself to become a nurse or pharmacist.”

Beyond High School

April 5, 2020
Having a passion for basketball, Kiki El, 10, leaves everything on the court contributing to the win against the Warren Bears. “When I was young, I naturally found myself loving and doing well in this sport, and throughout the years I saw how well my passing abilities were,” El said. “Although teamwork and communication is the most important ability to have.”

JV Basketball

February 11, 2020
Wanting to have experience in a hospital setting, Tony Polony, 12, volunteers on the second floor and the ambassador center, helping patients enjoy comfortable visit. “The ambassador center shows more leadership and very active throughout my shift, and second floor allows me to see nurses and doctors do their work first work,” Polony states. “I would recommend to anyone who wants to experience being in the hospital setting, its a great experience.”

PIH Volunteers

January 28, 2020
Striving to become a doctor in the future, Michelle Astrada, 12, volunteers in the ambassador center to experience how a hospital is run. “My shift was on fourth floor originally but the ambassador center gave me a wider range in things I could do, from the ICU to CCU,” Astrada stated. “Volunteering here at PIH gave me a more secure answer of my future decisions because of how much I love it.”

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January 28, 2020
Giving back to her community, as well as wanting to gain experience with the medical field Melanie Jimenez, 12, volunteers on Tuesdays in the ambassador center. “The ambassador center is the only department that allows me to experience all aspects of the hospital, from discharging a patient to delivering labs,” Jimenez states. “I have learned a lot from my shifts regarding the hospital, as well as made new friends.”

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January 28, 2020
On Wed. November 13 Downeys Girls Basketball team hosted a faculty Vs faculty game against Warren High. This game took place away, and served as a fundraiser for the team.

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December 1, 2019
With high levels of energy playing basketball for the first time, Trina Mendez, strength and conditioning trainer, participated in the Downey staff versus Warren Staff basketball game, giving encouragement to her fellow teammates and quickness on the court to give Downey a win. “This is a lesson that you always try new things, even if you dont think you will be good at them, Mendez states. “Always challenge yourself, and take courage in trying new things.”

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December 1, 2019
Playing throughout high school and college, Coach Ellis, freshman basketball coach, leading the team to victory against the Warren bears. “I have played for Downey and never lost to Warren, and I am not losing right now,” Ellis stated “Downey for the win!”

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December 1, 2019
Knowing Downey would succeed against the bears, Mr. Davis, predicted a win of over 20 points and was right with the Vikings winning by a total score of 42-22. With humor, Davis stated, “I have oxygen to contribute, and ready as an 80-year-old man,” scoring over 4 points himself in the end.

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December 1, 2019
Influenced by Mr. Vazquez, Mrs. Ordway, English teacher, made her own ofrenda combining American literature with Mexican culture to remember famous poets. “Having individuals come up to me and told me that they didn’t know Dr. Seuss did x,y, and z or a particular author looked like this, which was very cool,” Ordway stated. “I hope this ofrenda make individuals take the time to remember some of the poets and the words they left. If we can make connections with poets’ lives, then I feel like my job is done.”

Dia De Los Muertos

November 19, 2019
Touched by the remembrance of poets, Alex Garcia, 11, recalled her favorite childhood authors to inspire her for Mrs. Ordways ofrenda of poets. “It was fun learning about their history because I chose Shel Silverstein, whom I read as a kid. Doing the research of Silverstein I learned many things I wouldn’t associate with him, such as him being in a band,” Garcia stated, “Overall this was fun because now I know their words and projects will live on forever.”

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November 19, 2019
Wanting to influence the youth of Downey High School, Mr. Vazquez, Spanish teacher, wants to expose the Latino community of the Mexican culture-Dia de Los Muertos, by having his students participate in the ofrenda. “The alter gives individuals the chance to reflect on those whom they lost, and because of very little exposure I hope to give individuals a chance to know why the Mexican culture does an ofrenda,” Vazquez stated, “Dia de Los Muertos is more than just a holiday, but more as a 3D version of a family album.”

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November 19, 2019
Dedicated to her passion, Joseline Gomez, cosplaying as Spider Quinn, has been cosplaying at Comic-Con for eight years. Amazed by her character, “I love the character so much, she is one of my favorite characters over all of them,” Joseline stated. “Once she came out in Spider Universe I was drawn to the cosplay of Spider Quinn.”

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November 19, 2019
Through the love of anime, Haven Garcia (left), playing Beast Boy and Mary Bell (right) playing Raven, both from DC comic Teen Titans, has been cosplaying ever since middle school. Bell states, “If I love anime how can’t I do cosplay and ever since I realized that I’ve been participating ever since,” Garcia adds on, “along with anime I love sewing and started creating costumes and never looked back.”

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November 19, 2019
Starting her son young, Heather Davis, and her son, Dante Davis, recently started participating in cosplay, with inspiration from the famous comics of Marvel. Making props for the outfit of Iron spider, Davis states, “I always loved dressing up, if I have any excuse to get all dolled up I will,” Heather stated. “Figuring out how to make it was easy and now we have the bug for Comic-Con. Coming all the way from San Diego to be here at LA Comic-Con”

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November 19, 2019
Being one with cosplay, Andy Holt has been perfecting his cosplay of Hawk Man from Justice League for four years now, dedicating many hours over the course of a month to create his wings, through many trial and error. “This is my fifth set of wings, trying to perfect my cosplay of Hawk Man,” Holt states with Hawk Mans promise to, “right that which is wrong, fight for justice, and serve all of mankind.”

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November 19, 2019
Having Comic-Con down packed, Steph and Dan Baker, cosplaying as Harley Quinn and Joker, as professionals. Having experienced both sides of Comic-Con of working a booth and cosplaying, Steph states, “Being on the other side and not running a booth is fun while being behind a booth is all business. I prefer being on the other side because I get to do what I love.” Dan added on describing the process of getting ready. “It is all in finding all the pieces to put together.”

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November 19, 2019
Absolutely in love with the cosplay world, Eli Robinsin, cosplaying Skrull from Marvel comics, has been cosplaying for three years. “ I’ve done many characters, Skrull, in particular, took me an hour,” Eli states, “I love it, if I could do this every weekend, I would do it every weekend.”

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November 19, 2019

Link Crew Tutoring

October 18, 2019

Joker

October 16, 2019
Enjoying computer design, Jermey Ortega, 12, is loving the class and bringing that love into Post-it art. Ortega along with three other students completed BMO, a cartoon character, “it was such a cool experience, we struggled to put it together but we overcame the challenge,” Ortega stated.

Post-It Art

September 24, 2019
With the new Post-it Art, started by computer design, Miguel Solis, 12, was really fond of the project. Even with the challenge it did face, “it was fun but it was also challenging,” Solis stated, “We had to measure and be symmetrical, it was a slow process but it was worth it.”

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September 24, 2019
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