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High Ball Stepper

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2014

Since the disbandment of the The White Stripes in 2011, guitarist Jack White has begun to focus  primarily on his solo work, with the success of his debut album, Blunderbuss, proving to be a hit.  But surely enough, on April Fools Day,  it was no joke that he had something waiting for his fans. Wh...

Come a little closer

Moises Martinez Cortez, Writer/Community Editor

November 15, 2013

Seeing as there “ain’t no rest for the wicked”, Cage the Elephant is back in the scene with their new song “Come a Little Closer.” The boisterous alternative-rock band went nearly two years since releasing any new tracks, making their new single highly anticipated. Written by lead-singer, Matthew...

Just a Reflektor

Edward Valencia, Writer/Parents and Teachers Editor

November 15, 2013

Indie rock band Arcade Fire released their fourth studio album Reflektor on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Commonly called “indie’s biggest band,” expectations for their new album were high, considering their last album The Suburbs peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and won the Album of the Year a...

Zombies at Downey

As a fan of the zombie horror television series, The Walking Dead, Kevin Perez, 12, wears a shirt based on the show to display his appreciation for the program. The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC,  returned on Sunday, October 13. with a record 16 million viewers who tuned in to watch the fourth season premiere.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2013

AMC’s post-apocalyptic zombie drama, The Walking Dead, premiered its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 13 to over 16 million viewers, some of whom include Downey’s own students who have an affinity to the show. Senior Crystal Vazquez instantly got hooked to the show ever since its first episode premiere...

Chapter 2 of horror

The sequel to horror film Insidious was released into theaters on Friday, Sept. 13. People stood in line for hours to get the questions answered that arose at the ending of the first part of the movie.

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

October 4, 2013

On Friday the 13th movie goers sat in a movie theatre seats waiting to see the highly anticipated thriller sequel: Insidious: Chapter 2. Director James Wan and screenplay writer Leigh Whannell scared their audiences once again. The thriller follows the Lambert family as they are investigated for th...

Blurred lines between black and white

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor

June 4, 2013

On March 20, 2013, American R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke released his new single “Blurred Lines” off his sixth studio album of the same name. The single features American rapper T.I. and R&B singer Pharrell Williams. Thicke is known for his R&B sound and similarity to singer Justin...

New York, New York

On April 17-21, Downey Jazz Choir took a trip to New York for an opportunity to learn from professional instructors. “Everyone there taught us something,” Jose Padilla, 12, said. “We learned different techniques on how to sing, swing, and work with other groups.”

Mia Dixon-Slaughter, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

May 21, 2013

Jazz Choir was privileged to be invited to New York and be taught by a professional jazz conductor, Steve Zegree, from April 17 to 21, along with other ensembles from across the United State, where they perform at the Lincoln Center. Cory Olariu, the jazz director at Downey High, is a good friend...

Oz the Great and Powerful: Movie Review

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 18, 2013

Disney’s lighthearted comedy Oz the Great and Powerful was released Friday, March 8, as the prequel to the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Sam Raimi, the director, creates a magical world full of good and evil from the ground up and shows Oz’s rise to power. The fun-loving, hyped-up film starring...

A music extravaganza

A music extravaganza

Gustavo Ramirez, Opinions Editor

May 30, 2012

Thrilling audiences with a mixture of talented singers and musicians, the Spring Concert held on May 23 showcased the talent within Downey High School’s choir and band groups. Within choir there is a division between the advanced group and beginners, with each demonstrating their level of talent. Band...

Both haven and prison

Both haven and prison

Marilyn Ramirez, Copy Editor/Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2012

Many books have sprung from the deep corners of the bookstore and into the best-seller section, including Emma Donoghue’s novel, Room. This novel is read with two extreme constraints: the restricted point of view through five-year-old Jack, and the place he calls home: an 11-by-11-foot room he share...

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