The Downey Legend

Serene Gallardo

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor

Returning to The Downey Legend, junior Serene Gallardo is hoping to take more responsibility as a section editor, rather than being solely a writer. She wanted to join Newspaper after a class visit to Mrs. Ramirez’s class, and soon after, she was in. For her, Newspaper was a great platform to showcase what she loved doing the most: telling the story of thousands of Downey citizens. “For a quiet person like me,” she says, “writing is one of the best ways to express myself.”

In her free time, the 16-year-old introvert enjoys going on the in­ternet, writing­­ poetry, and playing Mario Kart. Musically, Gallardo’s tastes range from 80s-nostalgic tunes by The Smiths and The Cure to more modern alternative jams by Mac Demarco and Tame Impala. In the future, the writer sees herself attending a university somewhere in Northern California, where she wants to either continue her writing career or become a preschool teacher. But for now, she enters her second year with unassailable high hopes and a bright future­.

All content by Serene Gallardo
Carlos Agredano, 11, and Emily Lopez, 12, are student ambassadors for Stay Gallery, and their partnership started in early November. “We began to grow a close relationship with the directors of the gallery,” Lopez said. “They knew us as the two ASB kids from Downey and Warren.”

Still youth

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
January 9, 2015
In front of the Stay Gallery, former Downey High graduate, Cindy Macias takes pictures of the people that assist at the event, while her work is on display as well.  “ Being there made me realize that you never know who you’re going to meet or come across,” Macias said. “It was just amazing seeing the support of the community.”

Two year stay

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
November 3, 2014
Previously the boys golf coach at Downey High School, Mr. Sanders now focuses on teaching AP European History and Economics. Sanders stopped coaching to focus on raising his family.

The heart of a coach, the mind of a teacher

Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
April 2, 2014
On Fri. Mar. 7, Stay Gallery opened the Hyperpresent exhibit by David Layton to present his paintings such as Nine. Layton’s art process began as a digital photo and then he painted it.


Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
March 18, 2014
On Fri., Feb. 14, during Zachary Aronson’s first solo show at the Stay Gallery, he uses torches to draw with fire to create what is called pyrography. “I recognize and celebrate the imperfections in the wood and in the people burnt into the wood,” Aronson said.


Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
February 26, 2014

“I Sat by the Ocean”

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
February 19, 2014
	On Monday, Jan. 6 in Downtown Downey, Joseph’s Bar and Grill begins their first day of business. Joseph’s had a sneak premiere on New Years Eve to inform their clients of their new location.

Three in one dining

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
January 24, 2014
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, senior Andrew De La Cruz performs his solo for Jazz Ensemble at the Winter Concert.  The Jazz Ensemble performed three songs: “God Rest Ye Merry Trombones”, “Oh, Holy Night”, and “Perdido”.


Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
December 18, 2013
At Apollo Park on Nov. 22, H.E.L.P.S. room director, Beth Gendreau, sorts cans and goods voluntarily for people in need. Gendreau had a significant amount of work, but enjoyed doing it; she has been in charge for four years and hopes to continue in this capacity.

Giving thanks to helping hands

Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
November 20, 2013
On Oct. 13, Elle Neri, 11, and, Brenda Alvizures, 11, marches down Firestone Blvd. to support the annual CROP Hunger Walk event. “I felt united as a community,” Alvizures, “getting together trying to make a difference in someone’s life.”

One step closer to ending world hunger

Serene Gallardo , Community Section Editor
October 18, 2013
Stepping up at the end of her sophomore year, Hope Club President, Elle Neri, 11, takes on a role of leadership for the community service organization. “I try to put myself in other people’s shoes, which makes me want to help out more,” Neri said.

What it takes to lead a club

Serene Gallardo, Community Section Editor
October 4, 2013
Load More Stories
Activate Search
Serene Gallardo