The Downey Legend

Mizhelle Cortes

Mizhelle Cortes , Writer/ Business Team

Mizhelle Cortes has been seeking an extra curricular activity her first three years of high school, but as a senior, she feels she has discovered her passion as a writer and business manager for The Downey Legend. “It makes me feel special that other students will read my work,” Cortes said. “I can provide unheard stories from students and staff.” Since Cortes is planning to pursue a business career, she is pleased to be part of the financial support of the online newspaper. Despite her overwhelming schedule with honors courses, Cortes is glad to take a break and write school news. She anticipates improving as a journalist and meeting all those interesting students hidden in the school campus.


Cortes finds pleasure in reading realistic fiction novels, particularly those by the author Joyce Oates. Oates has inspired Cortes to have a voice of her own and experiment with her writing by using imagination and unique qualities. In her free time, she enjoys watching scary movies with her friends and tasting the variety of yogurt flavors from YogurtLand.  This vehement writer aspires to attend UC Berkeley after her senior year and pursued the careers of business and fashion. Cortes feels UC Berkeley is her dream school since it is far from home, which allows her to gain more independence and dorm in such a beautiful campus. After finding her dream job, she wishes to form a family and settle in The Golden State, in order to stay close to her family. Another of her future goals is to travel the world, specially the Philippines to visit her family. With all her determination, Cortes wishes to accomplish all the goals she sets in live, maintaining her passion for writing through out her adventures.

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On Fri., Mar. 21, at the Downey High School gym, the annual Downey Best Dance Crew competition takes place to fundraise money for the dance team. Downey’s dance team started off the competition by performing Friday Night Lights.

Calling all dancers

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
April 4, 2014
During a Comedy Sportz game against Santa Fe on Fri., Feb. 28, Chris Dan Cruz, 12, pretends to choke and Brianne Gonzalez, 9, helps him. Chris Dan Cruz played in Drama Productions rendition of The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

Laughing the night away

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
March 18, 2014

On February 8, Sebastian Soto, 12, shakes his opponent’s hand before starting his match, at Quartz Hill High School. Before every match the wrestlers shook hands, in order to show each other respect and be sportsmanlike.

So close to reaching the CIF title

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
February 26, 2014
5 Questions with Ms. Flores

5 Questions with Ms. Flores

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
January 24, 2014
Sophomores, juniors, and parents attend an informative meeting, on Jan. 8, at the Downey High School theater, in order to understand PSAT scores. The purpose of the meeting was to inform parents and students how to improve their SAT scores.

En route to the SAT

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
January 22, 2014
On Dec. 10, Mr. Jose De La Torre is pleased to be part of the Downey High School staff and have assisted his students for the past seven years. “It is great to be given the opportunity to help students daily,” De La Torre said. “What if I make a difference in a student’s life?”

Teaching beyond the limits

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
December 13, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 26, Jewels, a Golden Retriever, wins the Most Creative Costume award dress as a bumblebee. The annual dog celebration event offered a dog costume contest to celebrate Halloween with the pets of the Downey community.

Woof or treat

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
November 1, 2013
BONES OF STEEL is the opening exhibit for Stay Gallery’s one year anniversary; Cristian Castro’s robot consists a car buffer, a water hose, and a propane gas filter. Castro had no guidelines when creating something new from different objects.

Creativity meets the eye

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
October 18, 2013
On Sept. 27, senior Patrick Smith performs a hurdler stunt at the football game vs. Huntington Beach, to encourage the audience to cheer for the Vikings. “I can’t choose either one,” Smith said, “Football is my life; cheer is happiness.”

One back handspring and tackle at a time

Mizhelle Cortes, Writer/ Business Team
October 7, 2013
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