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The Mirror

The Armenian Club sold zhingyalov hats, a flatbread filled with herbs, vegetables and spices, during Multicultural Day.

A day of diversity: Multicultural Day

On April 12, 2024, the school hosted Multicultural Day, an event that granted students an extended lunch break and a chance to experience different cultures as presented by various clubs.
By Lindsay Han, Staff Apr 12, 2024
On April 12, 2024, the school hosted Multicultural Day, an event that granted students an extended lunch break and a chance to experience different cultures as presented by various clubs.
Conan Grays newest album Found Heaven explores the rollercoaster of emotions he felt during his first known relationship and breakup.

Conan Gray’s “Found Heaven” seeks peace after heartache

Superstar Conan Gray’s third and latest pop album, “Found Heaven,” is leaving fans wanting more of his heartbroken tracks.
By Max Sandoval, Staff Apr 12, 2024
Superstar Conan Gray’s third and latest pop album, “Found Heaven,” is leaving fans wanting more of his heartbroken tracks.
From L to R: Jake Champana, Reynold Finnegan, Dwayne Famenia, Jasmine Varkey, Yanitzy Alatorre, Jaima Murshed and Adrianna Bean (and Diego Serrano, not present in the photo) make up this year’s award winning VNHS JSA Speech and Debate team, taking home seven Best Speaker gavels.

Chasing championships: JSA

JSA, or Junior State of America, is a non-partisan youth organization focused on Speech and Debate and Civic Leadership. From “Should Trump be able to run for President?” to “What is the worst place for a first date?”, students battled it out to not only convince the audience of their argument, but also to win the coveted “Best Speaker” gavels, awarded to the audience’s favorite speaker of each debate.
By Adrianna Bean, Staff Apr 11, 2024
JSA, or Junior State of America, is a non-partisan youth organization focused on Speech and Debate and Civic Leadership. Students battled it out to not only convince the audience of their argument, but also to win the coveted “Best Speaker” gavels, awarded to the audience’s favorite speaker of each debate.
Back Row L-R: Elizabeth Hernandez, Mr. Joseph Agruso, Yanci Alba, Farah Alsibai, Andrew Salazar, Anthony Sanchez, Mario Rodarte and James Herrera. Front row L to R: Adrian Hernandez, Jonathan Cristobal, Io Gaytan, Sebastian Spiridon and Francisco Pastor.

Chasing championships: SkillsUSA

Every April, California hosts the SkillsUSA championship alongside the State Leadership & Skills Conference (SLSC). Beginning at a local chapter level, competitors progress through district and regional competitions. Each student is able to choose the competition they would like to showcase their skills in and adhere to different guidelines outlined in the competition of choice.
By Delmis Vaquerano, Staff Apr 11, 2024
Every April, California hosts the SkillsUSA championship alongside the State Leadership & Skills Conference (SLSC). Beginning at a local chapter level, competitors progress through district and regional competitions.

Why didn’t we get glasses during the solar eclipse?

During second and third period on April 8, 2024, the Wolves experienced part of a solar eclipse that traveled across the nation. We asked students what they thought of the rare astronomical event.
By Jalyn Bautista and Daimler Koch Apr 11, 2024
During second and third period on April 8, 2024, the Wolves experienced part of a solar eclipse that traveled across the nation. We asked students what they thought of the rare astronomical event.
CANDIDATE CONUNDRUM With the presidential election coming up in November, new voters are presented with two choices: Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Unfortunately, due tot he issues that both candidates pose, many voters feel dissatisfied with the choice they are going to have to make and wish they had better options instead.

Lack of candidate choices concerns student voters

The 2024 election is driving young people to the polls, forcing them to choose between two candidates that aren't fully up to the task.
By Mia Ramirez, Staff Apr 10, 2024
The 2024 election is driving young people to the polls, forcing them to choose between two candidates that aren't fully up to the task.
A HISTORIC WIN  (L to R) William Schnider, Hudson Mirsky, Kaela Longboy, Andre Ruiz and David Lara work on their project for National History Day. they won first place at the regional competition with their documentary film Americas Dissonant Harmonies and are advancing to the State Competition.

National History Day documentary team advances to state contest

By Skylie Molina, Staff Apr 9, 2024
With the aid of history teacher Ms. Aditi Doshi, the team created a ten-minute-long documentary film on John Hammond, an American record producer, music critic and civil rights activist who worked on incorporating Black musicians into the segregated music industry
Varsity right fielder Leah Torres glances over at the pitcher from Monroe High School, making a last minute decision as to whether or not she should swing her bat. This was the Wolves season opener.

Trying to turn it around

After a winless last season, the softball team is focusing on communication and improving skills. It's paid off with two wins.
By Rogers Levitt, Staff Apr 9, 2024
After a winless last season, the softball team is focusing on communication and improving skills. It's paid off with two wins.
From L to R: Sports Editor Isabel Valles, Opinion Editor Joel Nam, Design/Layout Editor Brianna Alvarado, Online Editor-in-Chief Daimler Koch, Arts and Entertainment Editor Madison Thacker, Executive Editor Angelina Gevorgyan and News/Features staff writer Delmis Vaquerano prepare to write their wills shortly before taking off on Spirit Airlines. They celebrate the newspapers Best of Show award, landing in first place among hundreds of other high school newspapers from across the country.

Chasing championships: The Mirror

The editorial staff headed to Kansas City to attend the JEA/NSPA's National Spring Journalism Convention and ended up winning several top national awards
By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief Apr 9, 2024
From April 4-6, 2024, the Mirror's editorial staff headed to Kansas City to join the JEA/NSPA's National Spring Journalism Convention, and ended up winning many impressive awards.
Alumni athletes: Following up with their past successes

Alumni athletes: Following up with their past successes

By Isabel Valles, Athletics Editor Apr 8, 2024
The school has made itself home to many talented athletes. We followed up with four who graduated to see if they continued with their sports in college.
The nearby Saint Elizabeth Church has put up a sign prohibiting skaters and other solicitors from hanging out around the premises of the church.

Locked out: Exclusionary tactics in urban design

Hostile architecture is a design technique employed in urban environments to guide, discourage or outright exclude certain behaviors or individuals. Implementing this in neighborhoods can result in detrimental social effects for the surrounding community.
By Delmis Vaquerano, Staff Apr 3, 2024
Hostile architecture is a design technique employed in urban environments to guide, discourage or outright exclude certain behaviors or individuals, resulting in detrimental social effects for the surrounding community.
Ms. Peggy Shim has taught at the school for the past 24 years. During her tenure, she has seen both improvements in teachers salaries and a decline in students motivation to receive an education.

The trials and triumphs of teaching

The after-effects of the UTLA strike have left LAUSD teachers with a better salary than before. Nevertheless, pupil problems still plague them, especially among newer teachers.
By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Apr 2, 2024
The after-effects of the UTLA strike have left LAUSD teachers with a better salary than before. Nevertheless, pupil problems still plague them, especially among newer teachers.
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