The Downey Legend

Thirst Project

The Thirst Project Club is a student-oriented organization that not only fundraises money to provide water to those in need but educates those who do not know anything about situations like these happening all around the world. “Our purpose is to fill the jerry cans for these women and children so that they don’t have to,” Diana Balisco, 12, a member of the club (left), says, “There are pregnant women who lose their offspring just for the family they have at home, there are children- seven to eight years old who are harming themselves just to carry a big jug of water 6 kilometers home.”

Clarissa Arceo, Photographer

September 25, 2019

Walking for Purpose, Walking to Help

Adrian Soto, Writer

February 20, 2019

On Feb. 9, the Downey community was given the opportunity to fight the water crisis plaguing countries in Africa through an event at the Downey Allen Layne Stadium.  The event, Walk 4 Water, was organized by Kiwin's and the Thirst Project in order to fundraise money for a pump in an African town th...


Nicole Estrada, Writer

September 20, 2017

KIWIN’S is one of the 33 clubs here on Downey High School’s campus. KIWIN’S involves community service and they do events such as Relay For Life, movie nights, and karaoke nights.   Leslie Hernandez, 12, a member of the club who has been attending KIWIN’S since the  beginning of ...

A year of success recognized

At the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, KIWIN’S was presented with a total of six awards during the weekend of April 19 through the 21 for their progress and effort towards their club. The awards that KIWIN’S won were: Distinguished Club, Single Fundraiser, District Project, Kiwanis Adviser Hall of Fame, Video Contest, and T-shirt Design.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2013

From Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22, several members of Downey KIWIN’S attended the 37th Annual District Convention at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, winning six awards for their club. KIWIN’S members from the states of California, Nevada, and Hawaii attended the three-day convention...

Mother of many talents

On April 12, Santa Alejos demonstrates the pride she has in her four Downey High School students and the support of the various activities her children are involved in. Jazmin, 11, is part of DHS Dance Team, Jaqueline, 11, plays the clarinet in band, Jerry, 10, is a wrestler and Jocelyn, 10, is part of the JV track team.

Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor

April 19, 2013

Aside from being a supportive parent, Santa Alejos, mother of Joselyn, 9, Gerardo, 10, Jaqueline, 11, and Jazmin, 11, has been involved in helping the community and her children’s schools since her oldest twin daughters Jazmin and Jaqueline were in the fourth grade attending Gauldin Elementary School....

Walking and supporting

Participants from the Arc Walk wait in line in front of Acapulco Mexican Restaurant to get their burritos for lunch after finishing the event. The Arc Walk is an annual event that donates its profits to the disabled who work at The Arc located on Washburn Road.

Gabriela Sanchez, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 29, 2013

The annual Arc Walk for Independence was held Saturday at 8 in the morning on March 23, at Stonewood Mall where hundreds of people joined together to walk around the city of Downey to honor and show support for the mentally and physically disabled and their opportunities for economic independence. Crowds...

Celebrating the teacher of the year

On March 4, English teacher, Ms. Kasner, is announced Teacher of the Year for Downey High School. “I feel very proud and honored to represent DHS,”Kasner said.

Joey Flores, News Editor

March 15, 2013

To reward her for her teaching skills and willingness to educate to the best of her ability, English 9 and Honors English 10 teacher Debra Kasner was announced Teacher of the Year on February 28.   Several of her students met the news with the utmost excitement because they had the chance...

Finding a cure together

On Friday, March 1, senior, Mario Galvan shares his story about battling cancer during the March Madness fundraiser for Relay for Life. Galvan was Homecoming King and a member of the varsity football and varsity soccer teams.

Norma Flores, Sports Editor

March 15, 2013

4,000 plus students, divided into two assemblies, were rounded up in the gym during second period on March 1 to begin fundraising for Relay For Life. The event, on June 1-2, works toward trying to find a cure for cancer.   Last year Downey High School came together for a common purpose –to...

Serving one at a time

On January 12, the Downey KIWIN’S hosted a KIWIN’S Training Conference at Downey High School to teach others what the club is about. Mr. Gaytan, their advisor, began the conference by welcoming the guest.

Brenda Lopez, Writer

February 8, 2013

Downey High School's KIWIN'S club hosted their annual training conference for the Diamond Division on Jan. 12, welcoming Palos Verdes, Narbonne, and South High School. As members from other schools filled the theatre the vibe was welcoming, as they showed enthusiasm to start and learn new ways to serve...

Just doing good

On January 19, Jessica Samaniego, 11, helps paint Longfellow Elementary School for the Compton Initiative. “I had lots of fun and just knowing that the work we did will make someone happy,” Samaniego said, “it makes me feel great about doing it.”

Joey Flores, News Editor

January 30, 2013

Longfellow Elementary School received a revamp on its campus by people from the Compton Initiative, an organization that revitalizes school campuses and houses in Compton. On the morning of January 19, volunteers gathered to help, and Downey’s very own KIWIN’S and Key Club were there to participate. Anthony...

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