The Downey Legend

Leanna Bobadilla

Leanna Bobadilla, Photographer

In Downey High School, we have a lot of outgoing and loud people, not noticing the quiet ones at times. Leanna Bobadilla, 10, has joined the Downey Legend newspaper as a photographer. Seeing photography as a great form of art, Bobadilla hopes to one day graduate and go to art school, and get one step closer to her dream of being a graphic design artist. 

 

Art means something different to Bobadilla, it is what she sees in her future. “It’s a good way to express what you’re feeling without necessarily having to say anything,” Bobadilla stated. “It’s just fun to see what you’re capable of creating, even if it isn’t always up to your expectations.”

 

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Featured above is a drink called the Magician’s Brew; a blended toasted marshmallow taro tea latte and a Faust sugar cookie from Requiem Cafe at their Arcana Masquerade event which took place January 18, 2020. “My favorite thing about the event was hearing people’s responses to it and the food and drinks.” Flowers said, “I loved hearing what everyone’s favorites were and it was rewarding to see even the arcana team light up and get excited about the items my partner and I developed!”

[PHOTO] Arcana Cafe

February 12, 2020
Mandalorian

Mandalorian

January 4, 2020
Lobo, Viramontes’ German Shepard, passed away in the time the piece Gracias Amigo was being made.“It was a significant loss for me, especially in a busy time like this year,” Viramontes said, “ but I turned the event into motivation to finish the piece in his honor and as a thank you. It just goes to show that art really can be therapy.”

[PHOTO] Power For Periods

November 20, 2019
A sign on the construction fence around Apollo Park holds details for the renovation plans put up by the City of Downey.  City council member Sean Ashton said, “If there was one thing that I would have added now in hindsight, it would have been pickleball courts.  This is a newer sport that is gaining popularity, but at the time of the creation of the Park Master Plan, it wasn't well known yet.”

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November 15, 2019
At the entrance of the park, the welcoming Apollo Park sign is now surrounded by a green construction fence with a poster that warns people of what is behind the fence, general people not being allowed for the next two months. “Our parks are used by quite a lot of our residents, especially the big four(Apollo, Furman, Golden, and Wilderness Parks) and these improvements will continue to attract new users to the parks for years to come,” Ashton said.

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November 15, 2019
Scattered around the entrance of the park are bulldozers and many supplies being used for the ongoing renovations that cost up to $7.29 million (including the Denace the Menace park which is under renovation as well). “Without the 1/2 cent sales tax that the voters approved, we would not have been able to start on these improvements,” Ashton stated, “The first two parks to get started were Apollo Park and Dennis the Menace Park back in May and they are scheduled to open in November.”

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November 15, 2019
The piles of dirt and rubble surround what is known as the Apollo Park playground, a temporary eyesore to what will later be replaced by an even better park for people to enjoy with new picnic tables, picnic shelters, restroom improvements, and new field lights. “We really haven't upgraded our parks since they were built,” Ashton said.

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November 15, 2019

Comic-Con 2019

October 29, 2019
Webtoon is a growing platform for aspiring artists to publish their stories and have their talents be discovered. The company used Comic-Con as a chance to scout out other people with the same potential many others have shown by letting people put their art on sticky notes and sticking it on the wall they put up.

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October 29, 2019
People tend to let themselves unwind and have fun at such a big convention like Comic-Con. Having just danced to Thriller, by Michael Jackson, amongst two or three other songs and they all posed for a group picture.

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October 29, 2019
As soon as the clock struck 9:30 A.M the eager fans of Los Angeles Comic-Con faced into the convention hall. Security guards could be heard telling fans to stop running to prevent injuries.

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October 29, 2019
Stan Lee was in charge of Los Angeles Comic-Con, or as it was previously known as Stan Lee’s LA Comic-Con and Comikaze Expo among other names, so it was fitting to see many Marvel characters at the convention after his passing as a way to honor him. Captain America is among one of the groups of characters Stan Lee helped create.

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October 29, 2019
Cosplaying and being a vendor are usually kept separate at conventions like Comic-Con but Michelle Prebich shows a love for both, dressed as John Marston, from the video game franchise Red Dead Redemption. “I really loved John Marston in the first game and thought his arc in the second game was just so satisfying.” Prebich said. “So other than a love for the character, I thought it would be a fun challenge to put together a western victorian outfit.”

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October 29, 2019
The finished product can be seen after a little over a week of working on it.

[PHOTO] Tape Murals

October 16, 2019
Some progress on putting the major details with the tape on Chacon and Curiel’s Mural. “No one else had done it,” Curiel said, “I wanted to do something unique or different and somewhat challenging.”

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October 16, 2019
 The tape mural in its early form with only the sketch and some tape placed on it can be seen, the photographed few days old work belonging to sophomores Anisa Chacon and Diana Curiel. “The design seemed easy enough at the time,” Chacon said, “The tape kept unsticking from the wall, it was hard to get it to not fall off.”

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October 16, 2019
Downey Sign

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October 9, 2019

Regional Parks Renovations

September 15, 2019
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