The Downey Legend

The convergence of two ecologic entities

The convergence of two ecologic entities

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

May 27, 2011

In attempt to protect the natural ecology of native plants, the Ecology Club and the Humanitarian Club combined to extract an invasive species on May 23. Members of both clubs congregated at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve to catheterize invasive plants cultivating near native and natural born...

AP Testing: Stress squared

AP Testing: Stress squared

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

May 11, 2011

As Advanced Placement tests are rolling in, students are frantically preparing to pass the hardest tests of the year. Advanced Placement testing takes place in the first two weeks of May. Students who take the class and pass the test may obtain college credit for their future universities. The respective...

Hanna movie review

Hanna movie review

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

April 13, 2011

Not too many surprises here, just a great action flick with a sci-fi edge. Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is a teenage girl raised in the wilderness by her Ex-CIA Operative father, Erik Heller. She is trained in advanced martial arts as well as survival skills in the wilds of —of all places—Finland. He,...

A homerun victory for softball

A homerun victory for softball

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

March 18, 2011

In a slaughtering outcome, the varsity softball team swung their way to victory against St. Josephs on March 10. The Lady Vikings defeated them with an extremely close score of 9-8. The match against them was the first time they had played on home ground this season. The Vikings had a grand total of...

New semester brings new habits

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

February 16, 2011

As first semester came to a close, students began preparing for the end of the year. Only five months of school remain, and the last official day of school is June 23, 2011. Students—either satisfied or disappointed with the previous semester grade—have a fresh start and another chance to succeed...

GSA: The Gay Straight Alliance

Meeting every Friday in Room S-3, the Gay Straight alliance is Downey High's most recent addition to the array of after school activities and clubs.  The adviser, Mr. Zakour supervised and participated in the first meeting of the year.

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

January 26, 2011

Centered on one main goal, the new members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) congregated for their first meeting on Jan. 14. The goal of GSA is to make their school community safe and welcoming to all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Senior Robert Mejico, current Vic...

Parents and students fill out financial aid applications

Senior students and parents inquisitively ask Representative Diana A. Porras about Free Applications for Federal Student Aid on Jan. 13.  Porras handed out grant applications that could lead their child to scholarships.

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

January 26, 2011

As seniors prepare themselves to go to college and close their admission applications, students must now find local methods to pay for their high-cost tuition. In efforts to help the student body, Downey High promotes the Local Scholarship Application, the application that is taken into consideration...

Latin Flair

Latin Flair

Brandon Pineda

December 15, 2010

Heating the auditorium with Spanish flair, the Latin dance team preformed their first revue on Friday, December 10. The Downey High Latin Dance Club, advised by Spanish teacher Mrs. Fitzel, displayed great style and talent conveyed by Latin flare. Before the show, the team would perform on stage at lunch...

The end of something magical

The end of something magical

Brandon Pineda

November 23, 2010

Harry Potter and friends begin the final showdown with evil Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. However, the seventh in the wizard's series is the beginning of the end. Much of the plot of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows involves the attempt to find and destroy a series...

Saw 3D v. Paranormal Activity 2

Saw 3D v. Paranormal Activity 2

Brandon Pineda

November 5, 2010

With only one major release on Halloween weekend, it is tempting to simply predict a first-place finish for Saw 3D and take off. However, the Halloween weekend’s feud between two horror films — Lionsgate’s seventh (and hopefully last) Saw entry and Paramount’s holdover Paranormal Activity 2 —wounded...

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