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First year tutor of the Writing Center, Erika Arteaga, 11, tells us that the Writing Center helps people write more efficiently and be less scared when writing. Arteaga became a tutor by applying with a form she got from her English class and taking a video of why she wants to be a Writing Center Tutor, all because she loves helping people. During One-on-Ones with the tutors, they help people with specific sections that they tend to struggle on. I like that each and every one of the tutors has a different point of view, she said. That can help people come up with a compromise in their writing.

The Writing Center

Leilani Montes, Photographer October 12, 2021

As the Writing Center shifts over to an online program, Secretary of Tutor Morale, Hailey Harris, 12, reflects on what she will miss the most about in-person tutorials. “I will definitely miss the one on one in person interaction you get with each student when you meet and have a conversation with them in the writing center,” Harris stated. “I find that personal interaction is extremely valuable as it connects you with your tutee and helps you quickly learn how to best communicate with them based off of their body language.”

Writing Center Goes Online

Claudette De La Garza, Photographer September 20, 2020

Poetry Slam 2019

Michelle Salinas, Videographer March 22, 2019

Potential Writing Center Tutors

Lukas Luna, Co-Copy Editor March 20, 2019

The Downey High School campus, like many others across the country, is filled with a vast majority of talented young writers. The Downey High School Writing Center allows these individuals to channel their...

On Feb. 28, Julian Martinez, 12, performed an original song during the third annual Poetry Slam in the DHS Theater. “I felt very comfortable when performing,” Martinez stated. “I focused on my guitar and pretending to practice by myself, so it was really easy to be in front of so many people.”

The Poets’ Punch Behind the Slam

Lily Nguyen, Comic Artist March 4, 2019

On Feb. 27, 23 poets from Downey High performed at the 2019 Poetry Slam, a fundraiser hosted by the campus’ Writing Center, in the Downey High Theatre. The poets vary in almost every way. Each poet...

ELD Tutoring Yay…or Nay…

Adrian Soto, Writer November 16, 2018

English Language Development (ELD) is a program dedicated to helping students adapt to English when it was not their first language.  Very few of these ELD students strive for more and find themselves...

Experienced writers such as Sara Fuentes, graduate, take time out of their day to help students who need advice on how to write better essays or prompts. “It’s a great experience to help students out because I knew I needed help when I was a student,” Fuentes said. “I enjoy giving advice on how to write better because writing is really important for all subjects not just English.”

Writing Center Expansions

Jasmine Fernandez, Editor-In-Chief October 17, 2016

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Downey High School’s Writing Center is open to freshmen, sophomores, and now juniors. Previously, only freshmen and sophomores could access the center, but the resource...

On Sat., Jan. 17, at the Redondo Beach Historic Library, Ms. Stratford weds her fiancé Rick Crespo. “Lots of work goes into a wedding, but it’s all worth it once the day came,” Stratford said. “My bridesmaids were long time friends so they helped me through the stress.”

Tying the knot

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer February 6, 2015

On Jan. 17, English teacher and Writer Center Adviser, Kelly Stratford, wed her long time boyfriend in front of friends and family at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Marriage is already a serious commitment,...

Writing Center Promo

May 15, 2013

Downey High School provides a writing center to help students with their English and Writing work.

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