Wednesday morning report, May 27

Five things to know this Wednesday morning:

1.) A team from Downey High School competed for the first time in the Metropolitan Water District’s Solar Cup last week and ended up sweeping the competition.

The Solar Cup is the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. This year, more than 800 students from 41 schools competed to build and race 16-ft., single-seat canoes powered only by the sun.

Under the tutelage of engineering teacher Glenn Yamasaki, Downey’s 13-member team took first place in the 200-meter sprint, first place for public service, and second place in the 2-kilometer solar-powered endurance race.

The competition was held May 15 at Lake Skinner in Temecula.

2.) Danna Gonzalez, a seventh grader at Sussman Middle School, has been chosen to attend an engineering internship at Cal State Long Beach this summer.

Only 12 girls were invited to the program, where students will spend a week attending academic workshops and activities.

The program was exclusively designed for girls who excel in math and science, and who have shown an interest in engineering and technology.

3.) Barnes & Noble has donated hundreds of books to Columbus High School worth a combined $4,300.

The donation was the result of the retailer’s “Donate a Book” program. Barnes and Noble and its customers had already donated $1,000 worth of books to Columbus High earlier this year.

Sussman Middle School and Dooley Elementary in Long Beach also received donations.

4.) Downey Police have announced they will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location this Friday starting at 8 p.m.

5.) Shameless self promotion: the Downey Patriot will be unveiling a new and improved website, which may go live later this afternoon.

I think you’ll like it, but I’m curious to hear your opinions either way. Either post in the comments, or shoot me an email at eric (at)