The Downey Legend

Photography Student Wins Gold Medal on SkillsUSA

Brenda Melara, Writer

May 21, 2018

A selected group of students from the Advanced Photography class of Ronda Cordova went to Ontario, California on April 19, 2018 to participate in SkillsUSA in the categories of Photography and Career Pathway Showcase. At the end of the week, Leslie Paniagua, 12,  won the gold medal in the category ...

Downey High School Competes at the SkillsUSA State Competition

In anticipation of the SkillsUSA State Conference taking place in Ontario, California from April 19 through April 22, Leslie Paniagua, 12, prepares to compete on the state level in Ms. Cordova’s photography section. “Basically, the photography is a bit more competitive just because they give you a theme and you have to go out and take it,” Paniagua said. “You have to Photoshop, and then you actually have an interview one-on-one with the judge.”

Oscar Flores, Copy Editor

April 30, 2018

From Thursday, Apr. 19 to Sunday, Apr. 22, high school students throughout California participated in the annual SkillsUSA State Competition held in the Ontario Convention Center.  Among the schools that participated in the competition is Downey High School, which sent out students from various vocat...

“My goal is to… have her [Mrs. Cordova] commend me for some work…”

Alyssa Vega and Julissa Villalobos

February 10, 2016

Jarred Aldaco, 12, talks about his experiences in photography and hopes to pursue his goal in Mrs. Cordova’s Advanced Photo class.

5 Questions with Brooke Cuttress and Joshua Franco

On October 7, Brooke Cuttress, 12, and Joshua Franco, 12, displays what their modeling and photography jobs consist of outside of school, both having different personality’s enjoy working together as co-workers. Franco and his dad own Red Crew Films, where they photograph and video events, and LAModelMagazine, a fashion magazine with beauty tips and lifestyle guides; Cutress is their main model, but she also works for different companies such as Blim girl, for brands that endorse NASCAR, and can be seen in their ads and headers for their website and Facebook page.

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

November 12, 2014

Five questions with Brooke Cuttress and Joshua Franco Starting over the summer, seniors Joshua Franco and Brooke Cuttress have been working as a photographer and a model. Franco approached Cuttress about modeling, which led to her becoming one of his models of LAModelMagazine, a fashion magazine that...

For the love of the arts

At Stay Gallery, on February 8, Downey residents are able to view photographer J. Arthur Morris first collections of photos.  The gallery also plans to show his other collections within several months.

Norma Flores, Sports Editor

February 14, 2013

The Stay Art Gallery in the heart of Downtown Downey celebrated not only the 94th birthday and life of community leader Arthur J. Morris, on Feb.8 starting at 6:00 p.m.   The Stay Art Gallery is a non-profit organization whose mission statement is to stimulate community engagement through ar...

Pushing the envelope for photography

Pushing the envelope for photography

Thomas Beltran, Arts & Entertainment Editor

May 31, 2011

Aside from furthering their photographic talent, advanced photo have been busy with projects of their own this year, with teacher Ronda Cordova leading the way. The class has not only taken Prom portraits for Downey, but they also took pictures of classy dresses and tuxes for Warren’s prom, and senior...

Art for knowledge

Art for knowledge

Mercy Watkins, Writer

April 15, 2011

Viking Poster Contest Winners seniors Irene Saavedra, Benjamin Garcia and Francisco Concha were announced on March 30. Prizes included a $100 Visa Gift Card, $50 Visa Gift card and $25 Visa Gift card. German teacher Pamela Mullen created the poster contest to advertise for the Viking Awards. The constestants...

Photography finalist places in congressional competition

Photography finalist places in congressional competition

Thomas Beltran, Arts & Entertainment Editor

April 4, 2011

Photography is becoming second nature for senior Francisco Concha, who entered the 34th Congressional District Photography Competition and also was placed 3rd in Downey High School’s Poster contest, held by Mrs. Mullen. The aspiring photographer was placed in the top 5 category of finalists out of 2...

Photo Club strives to become picture perfect

Mercy Watkins, Staff Writer

February 16, 2011

The start of second semester brought the beginning of Photo Club a group for people with a passion for photography. The club was reestablished by Yearbook Photo editor Carlos Ontiveros and will meet on Tuesdays in O-2 at 3:10. Throughout the years Photo Club was not successful because of a lack of...

Diverse Design

Thomas Beltran, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2011

Pictures are often used to capture moments, but for seniors Irene Saavedra and Frankie Concha, they are more of an expression. Both Concha and Saavedra work together: Concha taking pictures and Saavedra designing the photos. “Frankie is very talented and Irene is very good at graphic design,” Ph...

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