The Downey Legend

Eight scholars march in white

Eight scholars march in white

Angelica Co, Student Life Editor

June 21, 2012

Earning an accumulated grade point average of 4.5 and higher, eight outstanding seniors received the highest honors of the 2011-2012 school year. Eric Choi, Ivy Hughes, Sophia Loumiotis, Jinan Mannaa, Marvin Salazar, Pimlada Tantiwuttipong, Caroline Tran, and Jessica Xilo will be wearing a white graduation...

A time to reflect and give thanks

A time to reflect and give thanks

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

June 21, 2012

Seniors gathered for the first time in their caps and gowns during Baccalaureate, at Downey First Baptist on Sunday, June 10, for a ceremony to celebrate and reflect on their rite of passage. The afternoon began with a greeting from principal Tom Houts in which he inspired students to think about...

The head of the show

The head of the show

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

June 1, 2012

As the Advanced Placement Coordinator, Christina Carlson has concluded another successful May testing period and has helped several AP students seeking college credit.   In addition to teaching Honors English 11, she is responsible for making sure that everything runs according to plan. So...

Spring time testing

Spring time testing

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

May 11, 2012

As the end of the year approaches, underclassmen must prepare for the spring California Standards Tests, which are reported to the state to measure academic achievement. Every year, the STAR Program evaluates progress in math, reading, writing, science, and history. The performance levels are measured...

Sealing the deal

Sealing the deal

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

April 27, 2012

As the May 1 deadline approaches, seniors are reviewing their college acceptances and making their final decision about what school they plan to attend during the fall.   After months of waiting for the letters in the mail, a final stress is still pending – commitment. Some students already...

Spice and everything nice

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

April 6, 2012

With an exciting plant variety, the Botany class is holding its 3rd Annual Pepper and Tomato Plant Sale on March 24, 31 and April 7 in front of the pool on Brookshire Avenue to raise money for classroom necessities. Greg Pittenger’s class is selling over 40 varieties of plants and each plant costs...

Gymnastics: A trial of endurance

Gymnastics: A trial of endurance

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

March 21, 2012

A determined athlete and caring teammate, Carlie Norczyk is a gymnast at the American Gymnastics Academy and has competed in both several states and countries throughout her athletic career. At the age of three, the sophomore’s mother introduced her to the sport after realizing that she could do...

Reaching for the sky

Reaching for the sky

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

February 29, 2012

As part of the Lance Corporal Kenneth L. Worley Young Marines in Norwalk, California, Beth Abzun earned the title as Division Six Marine of the Year for 2012 as a result of her leadership and determination. As a freshman, she has already demonstrated her ability to stand out even among six-year participants...

A night in New York

A night in New York

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

February 10, 2012

Chosen from the best high school musicians in the United States and Canada, Rebekah Jin will participate in the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, on Feb. 12, in New York City. Senior Jin will represent Downey in the east coast on a night filled with music and pride....

Money in the community

Money in the community

Jessica Xilo, Parents & Teachers Editor

January 20, 2012

As a new year begins, seniors face the responsibility of searching for local scholarships within the community to help with college expenses. The Local Scholarship, available on www.downey.dusd.net, is an important resource for many students. Applying through the online application gives the opportunity...

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