The Downey Legend

Natalie Ramirez

Natalie Ramirez, Photographer

Initially taking photojournalism before joining The Downey Legend staff as a photographer, Natalie Ramirez, 11, devotes her time to Newspaper due to her love and passion for photography. Moreover, she not only enjoys photography, but she is also fond of painting, cooking, and traveling frequently with her family in her spare time. “[I like] to try new things and travel a lot,” she states. “I’m also very adventurous.”

 

Aspiring to pursue a career in either business or the medical field, Ramirez plans to attend Cal. State Fullerton since the school “Has a good medical program,” Ramirez said, “And I want to stay local.” Furthermore, she intends to study retail nursing, but she still has the idea of possibly becoming a Marketing Manager because she also possesses an interest in selling and leadership. 

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Being one of the top ten students of her Honors Human Body System class, Hilary Lathrop, 12, got the opportunity to attend a cadaver field trip at the University of California Health Sciences, to further her knowledge on the human body first-hand. “It was amazing to see and hold parts of the human body like the brain and heart, knowing that it was once part of someone just like ourselves,” Lathrop said. “It was just really cool to physically see the things we learn about in class.”

Cadaver Field Trip

January 10, 2020
On Oct. 23, Store Manager of the iconic Los Angeles donut shop chain, Randy’s Donuts, Kavon Azhir celebrated their grand opening. “Opening day was madness but in the best way possible,” Azhir said.  “No one else in the world has our ingredients or mix and every single day our donuts are hand-made other places you’ll just see a giant production line of machines rolling out sheets of donuts, we make ours from scratch by hand every single day and served fresh that day only.”

Donut Ranking

November 27, 2019
As a former resident of Inglewood and current resident of Downey of 13 years, customer Noemi Jauregui, skeptically tried Randy’s for the first time on Nov. 7, as she has always heard the hype of the donut shop but never got the chance to try it. “As a coffee lover, the coffee from Randy’s tastes really good and the donuts were better than I expected,” Jauregui said. “I have always wanted to try Randy’s Donuts but I never thought it would be worth the drive back to Inglewood. Thankfully, now it is right around the corner.”

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November 27, 2019
On Nov. 8, Elaine Lopez, 11, excitedly tried the newly opened Randy’s Donuts for the first time and explained her thoughts on it. “The smores donut was pretty sweet and needed more graham crackers, however, I would order it again,” Lopez said. “What I liked about it was that you can see the difference in quality and it was doughier than other donuts, it wasn’t too dry or too oily.”

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November 27, 2019

Thirst Gala

November 9, 2019
President of the new club on campus,  Thirst Project, Dianna Mae Baliscao, was awarded Top Student Humanitarian in the United States on Sept. 28, 2019, at the Thirst Gala in Beverly Hills. “The vibes at the Thirst Gala were amazing,” Baliscao said. “You’re surrounded by people that believe they can make a change for developing countries.”

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November 9, 2019
First getting involved with the Thirst Project because of a guest speaker in the Kiwanis club on campus, Wendy Galvan, 12, vice president, had the opportunity to attend the Thirst Gala on Sept. 28. “We are trying to get people involved from other cities,” Galvan said. “I work with people from other schools and give presentations to educate them so that they can educate others.”

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November 9, 2019
As the secretary of the Thirst Project club, Terra Duron,12,  attended the Thirst Gala in Beverly Hills on Sept. 28, along with celebrities: Adam Sandler, Jenna Fischer, and Angela Kinsey. “Attending the Thirst Gala allowed me to show my family and friends that even at my age I was able to make a difference,” Duron stated. “Everything about the Thirst Project is genuine and it also allowed me to recognize that even though I have my own struggles and live in an okay area, I should still be thankful because there are people struggling to survive every day.”

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November 9, 2019
This school year, Downey High received a new security guard, Gloria Hernandez, a former police officer for Compton City and security guard for Lynwood High. “I love the school, Hernandez said. “It’s a great place to be and it’s so peaceful.”

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November 9, 2019
As a strength and conditioning coach, Trina Mendez now works for the Downey Unified School District and occasionally works with the volleyball teams as well. “To be honest with you, it was an opportunity that fell into my lap,” Mendez said. “I never thought that I would be working with high schoolers, Ive been training for 12 years and I’ve always worked with adults.”

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November 9, 2019
Downey High School has welcomed a new Dean of Discipline, Golden Fowler, former teacher, and Resource Specialist at Cesar Chavez High School for 10 years, in the city of Compton. “It’s been my fifth week and it’s been a great experience, I love Downey”, Fowler said.

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November 9, 2019

Downey Dance Day

October 22, 2019
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