The Downey Legend

Moving far away for a college education

 During his senior year, Manases Orozco accepts his admission offer to Richmond, The American International University in London, to study political science for the fall of 2014. Orozco plans to study aboard in London for four years, then transfer to Yale for law.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2014

By Thurs., May 1, numerous high school seniors who plan on attending universities and colleges made a decision on where they will spend the next four years of their lives receiving an undergraduate education. For Mario Garcia, Joseph Flores, and Manases Orozo, three Downey students, this decision means...

High Ball Stepper

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2014

Since the disbandment of the The White Stripes in 2011, guitarist Jack White has begun to focus  primarily on his solo work, with the success of his debut album, Blunderbuss, proving to be a hit.  But surely enough, on April Fools Day,  it was no joke that he had something waiting for his fans. Wh...

A crime is a crime

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2014

Late Wednesday night, as my father was on his way to drop me off at home, he asked me if I heard about the hijacking of the Ethiopian Airlines plane. I told him, of course I did. But immediately after my response, I had a feeling that our conversation about this news would turn very bitter very quickly...

Time to get some money

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, is an application that provides high school students with financial resources when entering college and furthering their education. The FAFSAs are required by numerous colleges and universities and is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2014

On Jan. 1st, the United States Federal Government released FAFSA, the Free Application for Student Aid for any undergraduates and graduates who desire financial assistance for his or her college years. The FAFSA does not give students money. Rather, when filling out FAFSA, the federal government first...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

On Fri., Dec. 6, the Stay Gallery partners up with True Lasting Connections to conduct a toy drive. Members of the Downey community brought toys of a ten-dollar value or more, enjoyed the art and entertainment, and ate free pizza.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2013

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Stay Gallery held their second annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Toy Drive, collecting over 200 toys from the community. The toy drive, held in partnership with the district’s TLC Family Resource Center, was held to collect toys during the holiday season to provide gifts for underp...

She’s got a ticket to ride

At The Downey Civic Theater, on Sat., Oct. 26, David Brighton as George Harrison, and Gilbert Bonilla, as John Lennon, perform “A Hard Day’s Night” by The Beatles. “We love you George!” a fan screamed from the audience as Brighton sang his part of the song.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2013

Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band, performed at the Downey Civic Theater on Saturday, Oct. 26, playing hit songs from one of the most famous rock groups in history. The show started off with an opening act, with the producer of the show making a couple of jokes to the audience. Once he conclude...

Zombies at Downey

As a fan of the zombie horror television series, The Walking Dead, Kevin Perez, 12, wears a shirt based on the show to display his appreciation for the program. The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC,  returned on Sunday, October 13. with a record 16 million viewers who tuned in to watch the fourth season premiere.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2013

AMC’s post-apocalyptic zombie drama, The Walking Dead, premiered its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 13 to over 16 million viewers, some of whom include Downey’s own students who have an affinity to the show. Senior Crystal Vazquez instantly got hooked to the show ever since its first episode premiere...

Your not-so-average teenager building his dreams

Throughout his junior year, Anthony Bravo constructs his own car at his family’s car shop to accomplish his goal. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to build my own car,” Bravo said. “You learn to appreciate the car much more than when you buy it.”

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 14, 2013

Since the summer of 2012, junior Anthony Bravo has carefully constructed his own car from scratch, finally completing his 1979 Chevrolet Z28 recently. Once his sophomore year ended, Bravo aggressively searched for the perfect drag racing car. Although piecing a car together would be considered a difficult...

A night of musical wonders

On Wednesday, May 22, Crescendo vocalists Rudy Amaya, 10, Justin Ortiz, 12, and Frank Macias, 11, perform solos in “Home”, arranged by Greg Gilpin with The Viking Singers, in the Downey High theatre during the 2013 Spring Concert.  The three Crescendo vocalists ended the night with the Crescendo Choir singing “Peze Kafé”.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 4, 2013

On Wednesday, May 22, Downey High’s award winning band and choir held their annual Spring Concert for eager parents and friends in the B building theater. The two and a half hour recital began with the concert band performing “Flashing Winds,” which consisted of a mostly brass-based section...

2013 Cannes Film Festival

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 31, 2013

The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival was held in the South of France from May 15 through May 26, 2013. Every year, actors and actresses from around the world attend the most prestigious festival honoring the craft of cinema. On opening night, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, was scree...

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