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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...

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...

Brilliant meets wise

Brilliant meets wise

Angelica Co, Student Life Editor

March 21, 2012

All throughout the school year, dedication and hard work have emerged from the Vikings who tackle multiple Advanced Placement classes along with various clubs and sports. Despite the tremendous amount of perseverance these rigorous courses and extra curricular activities require, these students have...

CST scores improve API

CST scores improve API

Dinorah Acuna, Writer

October 12, 2011

Successful with their CST scores, Downey High’s Academic Performance Index score (API) increased by 21 points after months of hard work by the students of the 2010-2011 school year.   Every year, students all over California are required to take the CST in order to see what they have learned;...

Strides toward cleaner air

Strides toward cleaner air

Gustavo Ramirez, Opinions Editor

October 12, 2011

Led by a desire to make the air around Downey safe and clean for future generations, the Downey Fresh Air Coalition (FAC) is tirelessly working towards banning smoking in public parks by the end of 2012. The FAC is a youth and adult advocacy group aimed at banning smoking in parks and other public areas...

City council reaches out

City council reaches out

Angelica Co, Student Life Editor

May 11, 2011

The Downey city council held its very first Student Government Day in which seven Associated Student Body members attended an informative event on April 26.  Along with the Vikings were the leaders of Warren High School and Columbus Continuation School. In hopes of learning more regarding the aspects...

PTA: April 2011

PTA: April 2011

Alejandra Paredes, Student Life Editor

April 13, 2011

A PTSA held meeting was conducted on Apr 11 presenting the Reflections contest winners and an update of the month’s events. PTA president, Martha Michael began with the reading of minutes. Following, Tom Houts conducted the principal’s report. Houts announced that no furlough days would be scheduled...

Genesis Anguiano chosen as new Girls State Delegate

Julia Ruiz, Sports Editor

March 4, 2011

Junior Genesis Anguiano prepares to represent Downey High School as this year’s delegate for the 2011 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Girls State is a nationwide program that sets out to help high school girls, which have completed their junior year and understand local and state gov...

Remember: Character Counts

In support of Bully Free Week, signs like these are posted throughout the school. Bully Free Week lasted from October 18 to the 22 along with Character Counts.

Brandon Pineda, News Editor

October 20, 2010

As an attempt to raise awareness on campus, The Associated Student Body dedicates the week of October 18-21 to recognize the growing conflict brought on by bullying as well as praising character and moral values. Across the nation, there were more than sixteen documented suicide attempts among teens...

Club rush: pick a club, any club

Irene Luna, Editor-in-Cheif

September 30, 2010

In order to promote clubs and activities on campus, and get to students more involved, Club Rush is held during both lunches in front of the outdoor stage on Sept 22-23. Some of the clubs that were present and promoting include the Key Club, Art Club, Junior State of America, Spanish Club, Eco Club,...

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