The Downey Legend

Roy Mendoza
Roy Mendoza is quite the multitasker.  Not only is he a senior with a full schedule at Downey High, he is also mentoring his freshman sister, and has taken on the double duty of Co-Editor-in-Chief and Copy Editor of The Downey Legend. The busy student found his interest in writing during his middle school years and always sought to improve his skills as a reader and writer.  He continued with this skill along to high school where, as a sophomore, he was offered a chance to be a part of history in the making by joining Downey High’s first ever Online Newspaper staff.  Taken aback by the offer, he accepted, and two years later, he is glad he did because Mendoza holds a position now that has only ever been held once.

“I feel so honored to have a double position,” the ambitious writer said.  “I know sometimes the stress might get to me, but I have my Co-Copy Editor behind me at all times, and I need to be behind my E.I.C. one-hundred percent.  I have her back completely, and I know she has mine because we’re the team captains, along with the Photo Editor.  We have to set an example.”

Mendoza is glad to have met and surpassed his goal to stay on the staff of The Downey Legend for the rest of his high school years, and plans to attend the University of California: Berkley after two years at Cal State Long Beach.  He hopes the skills he has learned throughout his time in newspaper stay with him, as he wishes to be a reporter for The New York Times.

Mendoza is proud of his position on staff, but he also makes time for friends and family as well.  On the weekends, one can usually catch this teenager at popular local hang out spots with friends.  One thing is for sure: there is much in store for this motivated yet humble individual.


Roy Mendoza, Co-Editor-in-Chief/Copy Editor

Jun 21, 2012
Yearbook tries something new (Story)
Jun 01, 2012
Acknowledging the Viking Alumnis (Story)
May 08, 2012
Five Questions with Nurse Laura (Story)
Apr 27, 2012
In the background: Mrs. Tina Campos (Story)
Feb 11, 2012
Winter Formal 2012: Enchanted Evening (Story)
Dec 16, 2011
Holiday spirit for all (Story)
Dec 16, 2011
Viking water polo defeats the Lancers (Story)
Nov 22, 2011
Resisting an accepting change (Story)
Nov 02, 2011
A second round of bear meat (Story)
Oct 12, 2011
Bring on the food trucks (Story)
Oct 12, 2011
Sizzling summer flicks (Story)
May 31, 2011
Drama’s man-eating success (Story)
May 11, 2011
Swim’s road to finals (Story)
May 11, 2011
Downey Street Fair (Story)
May 11, 2011
Yearbook wins NSPA Pacemaker Award (Story)
Mar 07, 2011
2009-2010 Yearbook becomes Pacemaker finalist (Story)
Feb 16, 2011
Boys basketball gains SGVL title; advances to CIF (Story)
Oct 20, 2010
Vikings trump gladiators at homecoming game (Story)
Sep 30, 2010
Introducing, the Senior Tables (Story)
Apr 30, 2010
A musician in the making (Story)
Mar 31, 2010
Reflections of romance (Story/Media)
Feb 26, 2010
Bringing it back together (Story)
Feb 01, 2010
Make it new (Story)
Dec 02, 2009
The compelling act of giving (Story/Media)
Nov 04, 2009
Sublime confirms the long awaited reunion (Story/Media)
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Roy Mendoza