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The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

All my friends know  is another short, two-minute song that shows her variety of sounds and influences.
Pinkpantheress continues to rise in new mixtape "to hell with it"
Capitalizing on her massive Tiktok popularity, Pinkpantheress releases a collection of new songs that are short and sweet, but leave a little to be desired.
Van Nuys Live
Like Senior Kickoff, ASB hosts Freshmen Funday to honor VNHS freshmen on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Each freshman received a bag of cookies, chips, and a bottle of water before they enjoyed performances, activities and booths set up by different clubs.
ASB hosts the first freshmen event of the year
Pacemaker award 1 (Isabella)
The Mirror wins second consecutive Pacemaker Award
The print newspaper continues to rack up accolades among various competitions
Zoom with a special guest: Congressman Tony Cardenas and moderator Lilly Monterrosa meet with the journalism class to congratulate them on their successful award-winning program.
Congressman congratulates journalism students
Congressman Tony Cárdenas sat down with journalism students to commend their award-winning program.
California students will now have access to free menstrual products in school bathrooms beginning next academic year.
A step toward menstrual equity
New law passed by Governor Gavin Newsom requires all public California middle schools, high schools and universities to provide free menstrual products in bathrooms starting next school year.
Lights and Color! Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is known for its variety of colors and oil lamps lighting up the night.
The Festival of Lights: Everything you should know about Diwali
"Originally Diwali was celebrated as a harvest festival in India, but today Diwali is celebrated as the Festival of Lights by Hindus all over the world."
After missing seasons due to covid, Mr. Tovar hopes to rebuild a championship team.
Calling all the wrestlers to Coach Ramon Tovar
“No kid has ever come into my wrestling room and wrestled a season or two and not walked out a stronger person on the inside. It teaches you how to be tough.”
Michael Zamarippa flaunts his intricate eyeshadow look accompanied by rhinestones and pearls.
Be confident in your look
Michael Zamarippa uses makeup as an artistic medium to express his creativity and personal style. He hopes to bring a different vibrant look to campus everyday.
Rachel Sang wears a preppy look as a nerd and Grace Mitchell threw on a jersey to represent the jocks.
Revisit the best outfits from Spirit Week
Students show off their creativity and school pride duing the second Spirit Week leading up to Thanksgiving Break.
Katherine Kipnis spent eight years doing rhythmic gymnastics prior to becoming a member of the Dance Company
5 MINUTES WITH...
Dance Company member
Katherine Kipnis
“Dance is important to me because it’s a way to help me express myself and let me come out of my shell."
A new sheriff in town: After a decade of working as an administrator and an additional five years as a principal, Principal De Santiago is excited to use her prior experience to lead her staff and the rest of the student body.
PROFILE | New principal takes the reins
"It was at Polytechnic where she then began her administrative career, becoming Dean of Discipline for three years."
Mental health issues arising from the pandemic have made returning to in-person learning challenging for many students.
Stress sucks
Teenagers are struggling to stay afloat in school as they deal with stress, anxiety and other mental health struggles prevailing from quarantine
Prevalent across the internet and social media, those against canceling argue that it is not a tool for advocacy.
There is no justification for canceling people
By Kimberly Luna, Staff Writer
Canceling someone has become a toxic form of justice instead of a tool to raise awareness for a movement.
PUFFS: Jude Struble and Edgar Munoz are seen wearing transparent masks during their performance.
Actors should not be required to wear masks on stage
By Kimberly Luna, Staff Writer
Acting requires a lot of physical exertion. They should have the same options as athletes.
BTS has enjoyed a rise in success with multiple number one hits on the Billboard charts.
K-pop music doesn't deserve your hate
By Julianna Macfarlane, Staff Writer
Even with its increasing popularity, many people and even fans continue to leave vile, racist comments online.
All of your hard work over the past four years comes down to this final stretch.
College application season is stressing me out
By Julianna Macfarlane, Staff Writer
This is a dilemna that almost every senior must face and try their best to deal with the pressure.
The Winter Showcase will be led by students behind the curtain and on the stage.
Returning on a high note
The cast of Knives out poses for a picture
10 fall flicks to end the autumn season

As the autumn begins to transition into winter, here is a top 10 list of movies that will close out this fall season. So get your pumpkin pie, a tall glass of milk, and a blanket and get ready to binge...

Pumpkin nut muffins: Both preparation and cooking time for this dish should take around 20 minutes, yielding 12 muffins which can serve 12 people.
Mouth-watering recipes for your Thanksgiving feast
Here are 10 easy to make, delicious dishes that will surely leave everyone wanting more.
One critic claim that ‘Lantern’s Lane’  is like an insurance commercial – just without the creativity.
REVIEW | “Lantern’s Lane” is a joke of a horror film
“Lantern’s Lane” failed to tick the boxes for me on what a good horror film is.
Breeana Gerdes, Gover Olivares, Sebastian Estrada and the rest of the Puffs come together during a humorous scene in the first act.
That’s a wrap on “Puffs”
The drama team wrapped up their final performance of their first school play back in-person.
Famous celebrities: These boxes display drawings and prints of classic dogs like Snoopy and one of the 101 dalmations.
Barking up the right tree
❑ PHOTO STORY | Boxes will be placed in each classroom, with some teachers offering extra-credit.
Senior Katie Contreras and Junior Kyla Villanueva perform their routine for the cheering students.
Cheer team shines in the final football pep rally of the year
❑ PHOTO STORY | The home team gets ready to take on the Sylmar Spartans at 4 p.m.
After choosing his perfect pumpkin, Senior Marvin Ocampo prepares a scary idea to paint.
Painting the perfect pumpkins
❑ PHOTO STORY | The EduCare program held a pumpkin-painting competition after school on Oct. 26. With 150 pumpkins to choose from, two hours and a variety of different paints, lots of students entered the contest.
Senior Angela Proca dances under the tents on the quad and tries to avoid getting drenched.
Drizzled and drenched on campus
❑ PHOTO STORY | Students used to the typical sunny weather of the campus were treated to an unexpected surprise as the campus was hit with showers all day long.