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Van Nuys, California
The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

STOP THE CLOCK Teachers acknowledge and accommodate for students decline in attention span.

Gen Z’s shrinking attention span

By Mia Ramirez, Staff Jun 22, 2024
The rise of short-form content on social media has led to irreversible changes in the classroom.
ROCKY ROAD A collage of pamphlets for colleges across the state. For many students, going to a prestigious university is a dream of theirs. However, the path to college can be overwhelming.

Back to reality: Your dream college might not be the right fit for you

By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Jun 20, 2024
Attending a prestigious school like Harvard is the dream of many high schoolers, but for most, it may be better to set sights on a community college instead.
The new cell phone ban would force students to lock up phones in lockers at the start of the day, retrieving them back in the afternoon.

Strict Laws Make for Sneaky Students: LAUSD needs to revoke the cell phone ban

By Madison Thacker, Arts/Entertainment Editor Jun 18, 2024
While LAUSD board members push for a complete cell phone ban in classrooms, students fight back, understanding the mass changes that will need to happen, in order for the ban to be effective.
A SAD REALITY The American civilian population possesses around 433 million firearms, putting innocent people at risk of being involved in a mass shooting.

Gun violence ricochets in America

By Joel Nam, Opinion Editor Jun 18, 2024
In America, hundreds die as a result of gun violence. In order to save lives, we must take decisive action to address broad societal and administrative issues.
MYTH VERSUS FACT Misconceptions swirl around ADHD, reducing it to a harmful stereotype. The condition often results in hyperactivity, inattention and anxiety.

Focusing attention on the reality of ADHD

By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Jun 17, 2024
Millions of people in the United States struggle with ADHD, spreading awareness and better understanding its symptoms can go a long way in helping those who suffer as a result.
This illustration depicts the weight on those with fears and expectations that come from perfectionism.

Perfectionism is far from perfect

By Abigail Kim, Staff Jun 6, 2024
Perfectionism has proven to be a pervasive issue among students that has deleterious effects on their mental health.
At its most fundamental level, religion is composed of beliefs that constitute values and standards necessary for the healthy functioning of society.

Rethinking Christian values

By Joel Nam, Opinion Editor Jun 5, 2024
Joel Nam shares his understanding of Christianity and how it's beliefs can benefit society by teaching us to exercise patience, compassion and empathy.
As a Muslim, Adiba Rysa feels that Western society has made her personally accountable for the conflict raging between Israel and Palestine.

Untold stories: The other side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

By Skylie Molina, Staff Jun 4, 2024
Insight to the ongoing war or, as Senior Adiba Raya comments, “genocide” in Palestine.
Despite senior year being touted as the easiest, students are expected to tackle questions about their future.

The reality of being a senior

By Alaina Wicks, Staff Jun 4, 2024
As senior students approach graduation, the end of their high school years, they face uncertainty regarding their future.
Unmasking the sigma mystique in modern high school culture

Unmasking the sigma mystique in modern high school culture

By Cristian Mejia, Associate Online Editor-in-Chief May 28, 2024
Sigma culture champions authenticity and non-conformity, fostering an environment where individuals feel empowered to be true to themselves.
OFF THE SHELVES Florida and Texas have started a new wave of book bans that aim to create a narrative that excludes people of color and in the LGTBQIA+ community.

Book bans are hellish weapons of censorship and false narrative building

By Daimler Koch, Online Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2024

Over the past couple of years, a disturbing trend has arisen in some parts of the nation. Texas, Florida and other Republican states all over the U.S. have been removing books about racism, sexuality...

Offering ASL (American SIgn Language) to more schools would help bring in more diverse language credit options to students who are interested in learning.

Sign me up! Why ASL should be offered in LAUSD high schools

By Val Arias May 21, 2024
American Sign Language is a step towards inclusion and variety that schools should be offering.
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