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

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
April 5, 2020
Managing the current chain of events with school dismissal, Mr. Navarro, Integrated Math and AP Calculus teacher, is taking it one day at a time. “The first week was difficult reaching my students because of technical issues with Khan Academy, where I assign work to my students. I would try to reach my students that I could not see that they completed the assignment and they would not reach back.” Mr. Narravo stated. “I am feeling better now, I am finding more time to be available to my children. I am spending more time playing with them and chasing them around because they lost all their playtime with their friends from school.”

Teachers Take on Covid-19

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
March 28, 2020
With a four-year sweep against Warren High School,  Kaylie Lara, 12, started her freshman year at junior varsity and shortly after joined the higher level of competitiveness: varsity. “Making CIF playoffs division two would be my favorite memory because it was a surreal experience, I never thought I’d be there.” Lara stated, “I have been playing basketball for so long that it makes me sad because I blinked and now I am playing my last basketball game.”

Downey Vs. Warren Girls Basketball

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
February 20, 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

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
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

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
January 28, 2020
Loving the atmosphere Christmas brings, senior, Terrell Placide, enjoys quality time with his family and the beauty Christmas gives. “Christmas couldn’t be Christmas without the decorations. The bright and happy lights with chilly fall weather brings out a happy mood that defines the very essence of Christmas,” Placide stated.

Christmas Favorites

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
January 4, 2020

Faculty Basketball Game Verses Warren

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
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

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
November 19, 2019

Link Crew Tutoring

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
October 18, 2019


Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
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

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager
September 24, 2019
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