The Downey Legend

Broken but not defeated

Even though English teacher Mrs. Mierau broke her tibia during the month of November in an ATV accident, she continues working with a smile. Mierau also gave birth to a baby girl in July but she continues on despite her new obstacles.

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor

January 18, 2013

As she raises her first-born daughter and teaches English, Courtney Mierau continues to march on through the difficulties of balancing her personal and professional responsibilities while struggling in a wheelchair due to a broken tibia. The injured teacher carefully balances both tasks, and despite...

Opening doors to the holidays

Classes show their holiday spirit by decorating classroom doors for The Door Decorating Contest from December 10 to December 14. Ms. Barabeu, in room C-110, went to the next level with the help of her fourth period class when they each sketched out the design and won second place, leaving Ms. Romero in first.

Vivan Buenrostro, Writer

December 21, 2012

ASB organized a way for the students and staff to work together and lift the holiday spirits throughout campus by decorating their classroom doors with Christmas themed decorations. From Dec. 10-14, certain fourth period classrooms came up with eye catching ideas and brought them to life. Ms. Barbeau’s...

A little dream

During her free time, Amber Gonzalez, 12, paints vivid, realistic pictures at places like the park. “It calms me down,” Gonzalez said, “It’s a way for me to relax and express my feelings.”

Kaylee Camacho, Public Relations Manager

November 15, 2012

Since the very young age of 5, senior, Amber Gonzalez has always loved art and known it was her passion, when she painted her first painting at the age of 5 and although she has no particular style, she paints primarily abstract artwork using watercolor. Gonzalez usually doesn’t start painting with...

Five Questions with Sophia Paik

Five Questions with Sophia Paik

Joey Flores, News Editor

October 30, 2012

Q1: You are co-president of CSF and secretary for Key Club, amongst other board member positions. What is your main motivation to be involved in these clubs, especially as a board member? A1: Well, for Key Club, I have compassion and the urge to serve the community. Ever since I was young, the community...

PTA: Oct. 2012

PTA: Oct. 2012

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

October 26, 2012

The monthly PTSA meeting was called to order on Oct.15, at 6:00 p.m., in the theatre, where Downey’s parents, teachers, and students alike discussed the start-of-school events, senior privileges, and various programs that have been implemented into the school’s coursework.   PTSA President...

A helping hand

A helping hand

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 26, 2012

Clubs and church congregations from different cities, including Downey KIWIN’S, joined together for the Compton Initiative, on Oct. 20, at Vanguard Learning Center in Los Angeles, hoping to beautify the school inside and out. The event focuses on crowds of people joining together and dedicating...

Dancing, eating, and “Macarena”

The Viking Link organizes a freshman tailgate before the Downey vs. Oxnard football game at Allen Layne Stadium, on Sept. 21, that includes link leaders and link advisers Ms. James, Ariel Bravo, 12, Destiny Jones, 12, Mr. Armendariz, Mario Neblina, 12, Fabiola Anguiano, 12, Nkechi Okoroma, 11, and Cory Trujillo, 12. The night was filled with students dancing to various songs like the Cha Cha Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, and even the Macarena, which was a hit and got many students running for the dance floor. “I thought it was fun because we got to interact with different people.” Neblina said. “Normally with people we wouldn’t interact with on our own.”

Kaylee Camacho, Public Relations Manager

October 5, 2012

The Viking Tailgate, the first major event for the new Viking Link club, took place before the football game, at Downey High School, on Sept. 21, 2012. Link leaders and their freshman groups came together to get new students involved in school activities. ASB provided the music that kept participants...

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