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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

Black people feel like they have to defend themselves and their race every time theres an incident.

An altercation should never open a floodgate of Anti-Blackness

Why is it so easy for people to be racist when a Black person is involved in a fight?
By Elom AttipoePublished May 4, 2022
Why is it so easy for people to be racist when a Black person is involved in a fight?
 Students such as Seniors Gideon Genesis Dela Torre (left) and Maradie Sattra brought their national flags or wore traditional clothes to school on Multicultural Day to express their national pride. Even students not explicitly working a club stand expressed their cultural and national pride or supported other cultures by walking around with cultural items or flags.

Multicultural Day: A taste of many countries

A celebration of diversity at school through food, music and performances related to various cultures.
By Diana Zalmanov and Allison AntonioPublished Mar 14, 2022
A celebration of diversity at school through food, music and performances related to various cultures.
Despite being torn between two races, no matter how draining it can be, I know my family has and will always accept me for me.

Torn between two races

Being biracial means sometimes feeling like I don’t fit in anywhere
By Isabella Thomas, Staff PhotographerPublished Mar 10, 2022
Being biracial means sometimes feeling like I don’t fit in anywhere
What its like growing up Black

What it’s like growing up Black

It went from jokes to insulting my skin color, hair texture, and ethnic features to calling me slurs. Most of the class joined in. No one stood up for me.
By Elom AttipoePublished Mar 9, 2022
It went from jokes to insulting my skin color, hair texture, and ethnic features to calling me slurs. Most of the class joined in. No one stood up for me.
Ms. Tracy Kim had interviewed at both Van Nuys High School and Granada Hills Charter High School, but she accepted a teaching position in the science department within the magnet program of Van Nuys High School.

5 MINUTES WITH…
Science Teacher Ms. Tracey Kim

“Life is short and you want to pursue your passion. Pursue it with influence because it’s worth it in the end.”
By Rosendo Rubalcava , Current Events/Features Staff WriterPublished Feb 23, 2022
“Life is short and you want to pursue your passion. Pursue it with influence because it’s worth it in the end.”
Destinys layered necklace sold immediately after being posted.

Destiny’s Jewels: The world’s her oyster, she’s the pearl

After discovering their natural skill and craftsmanship in the art of jewelry-making, junior Destiny Reveles has focused on developing and expanding their business in which they sell handcrafted jewelry comprised of silver, gold and everything bold.
By Diana Zalmanov and Shaan BhatiaPublished Feb 7, 2022
After discovering their natural skill and craftsmanship in the art of jewelry-making, junior Destiny Reveles has focused on developing and expanding their business in which they sell handcrafted jewelry comprised of silver, gold and everything bold.
Ms. Doshi leads a discussion on slavery with her junior students.

Q&A | Aditi Doshi: Social Science Teacher

"Throughout my career, I have sought out schools that are committed to this goal of equal, excellent education for all."
Published Dec 14, 2021
"Throughout my career, I have sought out schools that are committed to this goal of equal, excellent education for all."
The masks of anonymity are used as an excuse by sexist players.

The community of sexist gamers are my real opponents

Freshman Eva Tanguay describes her frustration with the online gamers that utilize toxic commentary and derogatory remarks to prevent a rise in female gamers.
By Eva Tanguay, Guest WriterPublished Dec 13, 2021
Freshman Eva Tanguay describes her frustration with the online gamers that utilize toxic commentary and derogatory remarks to prevent a rise in female gamers.
Leadership, public speaking, and communication skills are all traits Sofia Kiremijian has learned in her role.

5 MINUTES WITH…
Key Club Vice President

Key Club Vice President Sofia Kiremijian talks about her organization and the duties that come with her position.
By Diana Zalmanov, Staff WriterPublished Dec 3, 2021
Key Club Vice President Sofia Kiremijian talks about her organization and the duties that come with her position.
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

Principal, Lourdes De Santiago, brings her prior experience as both a teacher and as an administrator to help run the school, in person, amidst a pandemic. Her academic career began when she worked as a paraprofessional at Polytechnic High School. After getting her teaching credentials, she went on to teach at James Monroe High School as well as Polytechnic High School. She later took on administrative positions such as Dean of Discipline at Polytechnic, a Title I coordinator, and a Principal.
By Ani Tutunjyan, Executive Editor & Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished Nov 18, 2021
"It was at Polytechnic where she then began her administrative career, becoming Dean of Discipline for three years."
Two is better than one: Twins, Danny (L) and Michael (R) Levy, share their experiences as twins and the journeys that led them to where they are today.

PROFILE | The Levy twins

Twins, Michael and Danny Levy, express their views on being twins and the traits that distinguish them as individuals.
By Diana Zalmanov, Staff WriterPublished Nov 11, 2021
“We used to be similar when we were younger, but now we are different,” Michael Levy said. “Just look at us, he´s skinny and I'm fat.”
Ms. Navarrete joined the campus in 2018.

5 MINUTES WITH…
English teacher
Ms. Nancy Navarrete

Ms. Navarrete shares her personal journey to becoming a teacher and what she enjoys know about teaching her students.
By Angelina Kanno, Staff WriterPublished Nov 5, 2021
"Literature is one of many arts expressed into a story for the audience. The purpose is to improve an individual's ability to entertain and to give creative pleasure from a written format. Even reading literature helps communicate ideas as well as sharing ideas with colleagues."
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