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The Mirror

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The student website of Van Nuys High School
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

Van Nuys High School

2022-2023 Staff

Angelina Gevorgyan
Print Editor-in-Chief

Angelina Gevorgyan

Angelina Gevorgyan is the Print Editor-in-Chief of The Mirror. She is currently a junior in her third year in journalism. Besides writing, some of her recreations include reading, practicing piano, and running track and cross-country. She looks forward to graduating from high school and plans on becoming an attorney and pursuing a career in law.

Angelica Venturina
Print Editor-in-Chief

Angelica Venturina

Angelica Venturina is the Print Editor-in-Chief. A senior now, this is her last year of journalism. She likes reading historical fantasy books, creative writing, video editing, watching Korean dramas, listening to music and playing with her cat, Chowder. Outside of journalism, Angelica is involved with TASSEL Cambodia and First Gen. In the future, she hopes to visit the Philippines again and spend ti...

Baron Kim
Online Editor-in-Chief

Baron Kim

Baron Kim is the Online Editor-in-Chief. As a sophomore, this is his first year in journalism. He enjoys playing drums, along with reading manga and true crime. Apart from journalism, he is involved with the ACSL as the club founder and president, and the sophomore board as the vice president. He is also involved in JSA as the secretary and the director of debate. He aspires to pursue his calling i...

Cristian Mejia
Associate Online Editor-in-Chief

Cristian Mejia

Cristian Mejia is the Associate Online Editor-in-Chief. He is a sophomore in his first year of journalism. Aside from journalism, he is vice president of the ACSL club and enjoys coding projects. After graduating high school, he plans to attend a four-year college and major in computer science.  

Beverly Regino
Creative Director

Beverly Regino

Beverly Regino is the Creative Director for her third and final year in journalism as a senior. She is in charge of photography, layout, graphic design, and social media. An artist at heart, her main passions include drawing, painting, and dressing up, with a side of playing single-player story-driven video games and listening to music. After graduating, her goal is to get into either college: Art...

Allison Antonio
News/Features Editor

Allison Antonio

Allison Antonio is the News/Features Editor. She is a senior in her second year of journalism. Aside from writing articles, she bakes and reads mystery novels. She enjoys bullet journaling about her day and listening to music. Her playlist is filled with K-pop, especially the group “Stray Kids.” She plans to attend an in-state college to support her younger sister while she finishes school. ...

Lindsay Han
News/Features Co-Editor

Lindsay Han

Lindsay Han is the News/Features Co-Editor. She is a junior in her first year of journalism. Outside of writing articles, she enjoys painting and listening to Lana Del Rey. She loves to drive around California with her friends and watches Netflix when she has the time. Currently, she is a volunteer at the Pasadena Humane center, teaches English to kids in Ukraine through a program called EnGin, an...

Breeana Gerdes
Opinion Editor

Breeana Gerdes

Breeana Gerdes is the Opinion Editor for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first year in journalism and has strong opinions on political and non-political subjects. She is used to being behind the scenes and on the main stage from her experience in Technical Theater and Acting. After high school, she is going to pursue degrees in psychology and acting.

Selma Timpers
Sports Editor

Selma Timpers

Selma Timpers is the Sports Editor for The Mirror. She is a junior in her first year of journalism. Besides writing articles, she enjoys playing soccer, reading books, and listening to Phoebe Bridgers. Selma is the President of the French Club and spends her free time babysitting. She is passionate about equal rights, the mental health of athletes, and women’s empowerment. Selma plans to attend a four-year ...

Katrina Gomez
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Katrina Gomez

Katrina Gomez is the Arts and Entertainment Editor. She is a senior in her first year of journalism. In her free time, she enjoys going thrift shopping or grabbing boba with friends. She also really enjoys listening to R&B music and jazz. Some of her favorite artists are Steve Lacy, Laufey, SZA, and Ella Fitzgerald. She likes to hang out in cafes where she can study and read books to wind down....

Dashiell Dekker
Arts & Entertainment Co-Editor

Dashiell Dekker

Dashiell Dekker is the Arts and Entertainment Co-Editor. He is a senior in his fourth and final year in high school journalism. His innate passion for media resonates in his film reviews, which he is consistently writing. He hopes to carry his affinity for entertainment journalism into the future, but above anything else, he aspires to be a director.

Samantha Ramos
Photo Editor

Samantha Ramos

Samantha Ramos is the Photo Editor for The Mirror. She is a senior in her second year of journalism. Outside of the program, she played soccer for five years and even made it to nationals in Hawaii. As a sideline to her sport, she also plays “Rocket League,” a video game in which cars are the soccer players. Samantha enjoys writing, photography, and listening to music. Her favorite musical art...

Val Arias
Social Media Editor

Val Arias

Val Arias is on the layout team as Social Media Editor. They are a junior in his first year of journalism. Apart from writing, they enjoy all kinds of art. Drawing and photography are their main hobbies. They are a part of the Red Cross Club and the Heart of Nature Club. They plan to go out of state to pursue a career in Behavioral Psychology.

Diego Aguirre
Layout/Graphic Designer

Diego Aguirre

Diego Aguirre is a Salvadoran immigrant who is a graphic designer in his first year of journalism as a senior. He is also a digital illustrator. His work has appeared in the print edition over the last two years. When he is not busy making the next design for a piece or fixing templates, watching motorsports — F1, WEC, and NASCAR — take up his time, alongside his art and mechanical studies. Cu...

Darling Zelaya
Layout/Photographer

Darling Zelaya

Darling Zelaya is a layout designer and photographer for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first year of journalism. Outside of school, she enjoys listening to music, reading, watching movies, and swimming. She has two cats that she loves a lot — Ginger and Milo. After high school, she plans to go to college and get a bachelor’s in accounting.

Keely Duarte
Photographer

Keely Duarte

Keely Duarte is a photographer for The Mirror. This is her first year in journalism as a senior. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and going to the gym with her friends. She has two brothers and one sister, and her family also includes two female dogs. After graduating from high school, Keely plans to go to college to get a nursing degree. ...

Jg Perez
Photographer

Jg Perez

Jg Perez is a photographer for The Mirror and is currently a junior in his first year in journalism. When he isn’t catching up on assignments, he enjoys listening to music from artists and bands such as Dystopia and Flatsound. He has a great interest in photography and hopes to further enhance his skills this year. Jg also has a huge fascination with insects. He has always found it satisfying ...

Nicole Tovar
Photographer

Nicole Tovar

Nicole Tovar is a photographer for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first and last year of journalism. Outside of journalism, she enjoys designing costumes, thrift shopping, and watching classic films. Her current favorite films at the moment are “Casablanca,” “To Catch a Thief,” and “Back to the Future.” Her favorite music genres are retro pop, classic rock, and jazz, with Billie Holida...

Nevaeh Medina
Staff Writer

Nevaeh Medina

Nevaeh Medina is a senior in her first year of journalism as a Sports Writer. During her free time,  she enjoys watching movies or TV shows and reading. She is a part of the girls soccer and softball team at Van Nuys High School. Even though she isn’t yet sure of her future or career, after high school, she plans on attending Valley Community College for the first two years and then transferring to...

Ashley Amaya
Staff Writer

Ashley Amaya

Ashley Amaya is a Sports writer for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first and last year of journalism. Aside from journalism, she is a libero for her volleyball team and has her own small business. On her free time, she likes to read, sew, draw, and design. She plans on attending a 2 year college and then transferring to a UC after graduating.

Kennedy Strickland
Staff Writer

Kennedy Strickland

Kennedy Strickland is an Opinion writer and is a senior in her first and only year in journalism. Aside from journalism, Kennedy enjoys playing video games, watching videos on YouTube, and playing with her dog. Along with watching movies like “Sweeney Todd”, “Hercules”, and “A Bronx Tale,” she loves listening to a variety of music, such as rock, hip-hop, soul, rhythm, blues, etc. Sh...

Jaden Gervacio
Staff Writer

Jaden Gervacio

Jaden Gervacio is a Sports writer. He is a freshman in his first year of journalism. Outside of school, he loves spending time with his pet chihuahua. He enjoys playing sports such as basketball and enjoys playing video games. He also likes to watch movies. His favorite is “Thor: Ragnarok.” After graduating high school, he hopes to attend a four-year university.

Docette Danialypour
Staff Writer

Docette Danialypour

Docette Danialypour is an Opinion writer. She is a freshman in her first year of journalism. Outside of journalism, she enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, crafting, listening to theme park ride soundtracks, and going to Disneyland. She hopes to become a movie director in the future and currently writes, produces, edits, and directs her own short films, starring her two younger brothers. She is i...

Rainielle Santos
Staff Writer

Rainielle Santos

Rainielle Santos is a staff writer and a senior in her only year of journalism as a News/Features writer. Journalism aside, she is in the Medical Magnet and enjoys learning about current or upcoming trends on social media. Her hobbies involve listening to a variety of music, volunteering,  and studying medicine. She is currently involved in Key Club as a Lieutenant Governor for the CNH District and ...

Daimler Koch
Staff Writer

Daimler Koch

Daimler Koch is an Arts and Entertainment writer. He is a junior who is in his first year of journalism. Besides drawing and running his own newspaper, Daimler is a huge Disney fan and enjoys all things Disney related. He is currently the Director of the Van Nuys High School Math Tutoring Center, where he and other tutors help students who are struggling with their basic math skills. He plans to go ...

Angelina Kanno
Staff Writer

Angelina Kanno

Angelina Kanno, a senior, is a News/Features writer in her second year of journalism. She enjoys writing poems and making various types of pasta from different regions of Italy. Her playlist is filled with retro music, especially music by Kate Bush, Tears For Fears, and Journey. Her favorite movie is “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” because of its medieval setting, intense d...

Emely Arevalo
Staff Writer

Emely Arevalo

Emely Arevalo is a Sports writer. She is a junior in her first year of journalism. Besides studying journalism, she volunteers at a girls’ camp where they teach young women to learn to play new instruments. She’s also in a band and plays the electric bass. She plans to take a gap year after graduation before settling in and knowing what she wants in life.

Cruz DeHerrera
Staff Writer

Cruz DeHerrera

Cruz DeHerrera is an Opinion writer for The Mirror. They are a senior in their first year of journalism. Apart from writing, they commonly work on their video game concepts — creating scripts, concept art, and even music — whenever they aren’t busy with schoolwork. Their other hobbies include voice work/voice acting and creative writing. After high school, they plan to go to college to study Aud...

Alexis Martinez
Staff Writer

Alexis Martinez

Alexis Martinez is an Entertainment writer for The Mirror. They are a sophomore in their first year of journalism. Outside of school, they enjoy drawing, writing, reading, acting, playing video games, listening to music, and watching TV shows and movies. A lover of all things animated, they hope to work in the animation industry someday and create their own cartoon. They are extremely passionate abou...

Seth Keimon
Staff Writer

Seth Keimon

Seth Keimon is an Entertainment writer currently in his first year of journalism as a junior. Outside of journalism, he mostly listens to a wide and eclectic variety of music. Artists he often listens to include Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Weezer, Björk, Black Midi, Spiritualized, Animal Collective, Death Grips, and Car Seat Headrest. He is unsure of what he wants to do in life. ...

Isabel Valles
Staff Writer

Isabel Valles

Isabel Valles is a Sports writer in her first year of journalism. She is a daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico and is the youngest of two siblings. She has always been driven to succeed, carrying a 4.0 throughout middle school. Being Freshman Board President, she also plays on the JV girls’ basketball team. Isabel wants to study criminology and plans on attending either the University of...

Zachary Skolnick
Staff Writer

Zachary Skolnick

Zachary Skolnick is a News/Features writer for The Mirror. He is a senior in his first year of journalism. Outside of working on the publication, he enjoys spending time with friends, participating in school productions, and volunteering in his local community. He respects all political views but leans to the left on most topics. He values helping others in criminal and social justice and plans to at...

Alexa Ballesteros
Staff Writer

Alexa Ballesteros

Alexa Ballesteros is an Opinion writer for The Mirror. She is a junior in her first year of journalism. Aside from writing articles, she writes personal poetry. She’s also a rock music enthusiast, specifically listening to the metal and punk subgenres. She is currently the Communications Director for the campus club, Disadvantaged Youth Aid. Alexa plans to go to a four-year university and major i...

Destiny Reveles
Staff Writer

Destiny Reveles

Destiny Reveles is an Opinion writer for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first year in journalism. In her downtime, she loves to play video games with friends and make jewelry. She hopes to attend a four-year college and get a master’s degree in human resources.

Olamide Olumide
Staff Writer

Olamide Olumide

Olamide Olumide is a News/Features staff writer. She is a freshman, so this is her first, but not her last, year of journalism. Outside of journalism, she enjoys reading, dancing, and listening to rap and k-pop music. Currently, she is the Secretary of the Freshman Board. She owns her own Etsy shop where she sells handmade jewelry. She is hoping to attend college after high school and pursue a car...

Mia Ramirez
Staff Writer

Mia Ramirez

Mia Ramirez is a News/Features staff writer. She is a freshman in her first year of journalism. Outside of her work or the paper and website, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and binging Grey’s Anatomy. Mia is a second-generation Mexican and is very close to her family. After high school, Mia plans to go to a four-year college and get a degree in communications. 

Cheyenne Heang
Podcast Crew Member

Cheyenne Heang

Cheyenne Heang is a crew member of the Mirror’s up-and-coming podcast: ToBeDiscussed. She is a first year journalism student and a senior. Outside of journalism, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and listening to music. She mostly enjoys fantasy books and alt pop music. Cheyenne plans to pursue a career in either music or creating comics. She also hopes to become a strong advocate for me...

Rachel Khutorskoy
Podcast Crew Member

Rachel Khutorskoy

Rachel Khutorskoy is a crew member of the up-and-coming podcast “TBD: To Be Discussed”. She is a sophomore in her first year of journalism. When she’s not writing for The Mirror or working on her podcast, you can find her reading or listening to her favorite artists like Taylor Swift or Tyler the Creator. She advocates for mental health and LGBTQ+ rights through writing and activism. She wants t...

Joshua Castro
Podcast Crew Member

Joshua Castro

Joshua Castro is a crew member for the up-and-coming, soon-to-be award-winning podcast, TBD: To Be Discussed. They are a senior in their first year of journalism. When he’s not working on the podcast, they love all things art and music. Some of their favorite artists are Her’s, Peach Pit, and Laufey. They are a part of the film program as well, helping with the live broadcast of the mor...