The Downey Legend

Rodas Hailu
Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Downey Legend, leads the 2013-2014 staff into a busy and exciting year, introducing them to the journalistic world and all its wonders. The writer and photographer first entered the online newspaper as a junior, landing the position of Student Life Editor and turned heads when her stories revealed a seemingly natural instinct for investigative journalism. One year in newspaper left Hailu craving more: a position of leadership where she could let her ideas flourish and create a more successful website. As this year’s editor, she hopes to lead her team into greatness and provide a comfortable workspace. According to the senior, there is no room for mediocrity in the online newspaper. “I don’t want the writers and photographers to be apathetic at all,” Hailu said. “If they are in The Downey Legend, they are in The Downey Legend.” Full force and with great efforts, the talented student hopes to heighten the newspaper’s popularity and implement new ideas, hopefully capturing a new, wider audience.


The senior, who is often described as an old soul, admires classical music and is moved by each powerful note in pieces composed by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Khatchaturian. A violinist of 7 years, her appreciation for works of art extends to cinema, and claims to be an avid movie watcher. “I really love to watch movies with a good script, amazing characters, and wonderful cinematography,” Hailu said. With a sixth sense for different forms of human creativity, she hopes to become a student in a liberal arts college and experience the intimacy of a less populated university. The future awaits Hailu, a force to be reckoned with in the arts field, and she predicts she will be living on her own because of her “innate independence.” Living day by day and constantly telling herself, “whatever happens, happens,” she tunnels her focus on The Downey Legend and its future success. A true leader with a mind coiled with layers of depth, Hailu reveals bits and pieces of her vision through her various works or art, photographs and stories.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2014
Moving far away for a college education (Story)
Apr 02, 2014
High Ball Stepper (Story)
Feb 25, 2014
A crime is a crime (Story)
Jan 22, 2014
Time to get some money (Story)
Dec 13, 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (Story)
Nov 15, 2013
I will survive (Story/Media)
Nov 04, 2013
She’s got a ticket to ride (Story)
Oct 23, 2013
Zombies at Downey (Story/Media)
Oct 07, 2013
Artistic passions revisited (Story)
Jun 14, 2013
Your not-so-average teenager building his dreams (Story)
Jun 04, 2013
A night of musical wonders (Story)
May 31, 2013
2013 Cannes Film Festival (Story)
May 21, 2013
Dance your heart out (Media)
May 17, 2013
Five Question with AP coordinator Tina Carlson (Story)
Apr 26, 2013
Giving donations for the ones who need it most (Story)
Apr 26, 2013
A year of success recognized (Story)
Apr 10, 2013
Dress shirts and ties, oh my! (Story)
Mar 29, 2013
The girl on the ice (Story)
Mar 29, 2013
Rocking out for Relay for Life (Story)
Mar 13, 2013
Five Questions with Nayeli Quintero (Story)
Mar 01, 2013
Student elections, Key Club style (Story)
Feb 20, 2013
Her struggle was her destiny (Media)
Feb 14, 2013
Practicing the skill of public speaking (Story/Media)
Jan 30, 2013
Can you guess who your teachers are? (Story)
Jan 18, 2013
Lending a hand to striving writers (Story)
Dec 21, 2012
Reading into the world of fantasy (Story)
Dec 07, 2012
The study of filming (Story)
Dec 07, 2012
New class, same enthusiasm (Story)
Dec 05, 2012
Helping out the rest (Story)
Nov 15, 2012
Providing a healthy choice (Story)
Oct 27, 2012
The sweet taste of victory (Story)
Oct 26, 2012
Striving for the gold (Story)
Oct 25, 2012
Rising success in a foreign land (Story)
Oct 03, 2012
Triumph over a loss (Story)
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Rodas Hailu