Homecoming Court Candidates

By Jeehyun Kim

The Mirror

By Lauren Yu

The Mirror
Chief Financial Officer


A Tale of Two Monarchs

Homecoming season is finally here! Meet your candidates for Homecoming Queen and King.

How do you stand out compared to other candidates?
Why do you think people should vote for you?

Candidates for King

Jacob Zelonky

I stand out from other candidates because I’m beautiful and have on multiple occasions eaten entire loaves of bread in one day by myself. People should vote for me because as the iconic Voice of Van Nuys, I have earned a celebrity status and deserve a crown to show it. Also I’m doing this as a favor for Anmari.”

Pete Vongtongdee

“What sets me apart from other candidates is that I’m a unique and interesting person. Since freshman year, I’ve been told that my visual appearance is quite menacing or I seem like a person who would be mean, but to those who truly know me, they know that I’m a fun, caring, and loving person. I think people should vote for me because ever since freshman year I wanted to run but never did. Now that it’s my final year of high school, I believe it would be a fun accomplishment to end my four years here at Van Nuys.”

Christian Suarez

“I stand out because I feel like residential kids don’t want to feel like magnet kids are better than them. If they see a residential student , they’ll be like, ‘Oh if he did it, we can do it too,’ and after me, there could be more residential representatives than those of magnet. They should vote for me because I’m nice and outgoing, and I’m not rude. This is a new experience for me, and I’ve never done this before. If I win, it would be such an honor.”

Candidates for Queen

Valentina Herrera

“What sets me apart from the other candidates is that most of them are in the magnet program, and I would be representing the residential students. I’m a pretty fun and sociable person, and I like to interact with other people. People should vote for me because I’m very passionate about this election.”

Vianney Losoya

“As compared to the other candidates, I stand out because not only is my name unique, but so am I. I think people should vote for me because I feel like I show everyone that you don’t have to look a certain way to be a queen. Everyone is a queen in their own way.”

Nevy Mendoza

“Well each candidate has their own originality and qualities that make them unique. I think I stand out because even though I’m not as outgoing as the rest of them I have learned to put myself out there to see what it’s like. I was very self conscious running for Homecoming Queen, but I wanted to prove something to myself that I was confident enough to do this in senior year and make some memories. I think people should vote for me because I consider myself to be a nice person, someone that helps others and can make someone’s day. I want to be able to tell people that I ran, and I was comfortable with it. If they want to do something out of their comfort zone, why not? It helps you grow and feel good. Win or lose, it’s better to try than to not try at all.”

Brittany Estrada

“I stand out because I belong to the dance committee and take my responsibility very seriously when it comes to making every dance memorable for everyone. I think people should vote for me because I genuinely care for my school, school pride, and my friends and students who go to Van Nuys High School. GO CLASS OF 2017! GO WOLVES!”

Kate Alviar

“I think what really sets me apart from the other candidates is that I’m not considered a part of the popular crowd. I think my all-around participation at school differs from other candidates. I participate in sports, I take part in AP/Honors classes, and I’m very school spirited. I also think my personality sets me apart. Throughout the last three years at VNHS, I’ve learned not to be afraid to be who I am, and I think being my silly self and a good person bring the best out of me. I think people should vote for me because, like I said, I am very school spirited. To every school sports game or school event you find me in, I’m always the loudest and proudest. I also have never won anything other than a basketball game, so it would be nice to hear my name being called as ‘Homecoming Queen’.”

Steffany Alaverdyan

“I think people should vote for me because I’m the most fun loving! Even if I don’t win, I know I’ll be having the best time with everyone! But if I win, I promise to make sure everyone has an amazing night. I believe I stand out from the other candidates with my distinctive, wild personality. If you know me, you know I’m down for anything, and I love to have fun. I can start a party anywhere, and I love to make people laugh and smile. My sweet and comedic personality definitely puts me in a different lane than the other candidates.”

Anmari Pagtulanan

“People usually know me for my bubbly and outgoing personality. I’m that one girl who likes to make sure that everyone around her is okay at all times. Many times, I go out of my way to help people. I just genuinely love people, so if you’re reading this, I love you. Oh, I also have a really strong sense of smell for guavas, so if there is a guava in a room, I will know it’s there and I am pretty sure no other candidate can do that. It’s usually the prettiest or the most popular girl that wins and trust me, I’m neither. I really don’t want to win because I’m ‘well known’ or because of my appearance. I want people to vote for me because they genuinely believe that I’m their friend. My friend Jacob and I are running together. I thought it would be fun since he’s one of my best friends. We make quite the duo, and I think we represent our school quite well, the Performing Arts part of it at least.”

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