The Downey Legend

Yesenia Folgar

Yesenia Folgar, Photographer

Yesenia Folgar, a 17-year-old senior at Downey High School, is one of the newest photographers for The Downey Legend. Her passion for photography drove her to apply as a photographer for the school’s online newspaper. She views everything with optimism and keeps an open mind when regarding her future and education, and although she can sometimes be stressed by it, she always finds a silver lining in any situation. She joined the school newspaper to learn about journalism while also building on her love for photography. She enjoys playing on drumline in the school band, something she has done since her freshman year. Some of her other hobbies include photography, reading, and riding bikes.


Folgar is also open-minded about college and her future. “I’ve realized that keeping an open mind about many things has brought me so much happiness,” Folgar said. “By keeping an open mind, I was able to find so many things that I love such as being in newspaper and being in drumline.”


Parsons College is her dream school, located in New York City, and a perfect fit for her personality. Parsons’ small size combined with its urban location and specialization in photography, perfectly suits Folgar, who prefers smaller class sizes and one-on-one time with her teachers. She is not sure what career she wants to follow, but would love for it to revolve around photography, fashion design, or music. Newspaper is a step in the right direction for her future endeavors.

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