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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

2023-2024 Staff

Angelina Gevorgyan
Executive Editor

Angelina Gevorgyan

Angelina Gevorgyan is the Executive Editor of The Mirror newspaper publication and website. She is currently a senior, and this is her fourth consecutive year in the journalism program. As a writer, organizer, strategist and visionary, she strives to elevate The Mirror to its highest potential and aspires to make a lasting impact on her school and its surrounding community. Her endless passion for storytelling ...

Daimler Koch
Online Editor-in-Chief

Daimler Koch

As the Executive Editor-in-Chief of my own weekly satirical newsletter, I’m always striving to improve my writing skills in all forms. During my first year of Journalism, I was an Arts and Entertainment staff writer and later the editor of the Opinion section. Now, I’m the Online Editor-in-Chief for the Mirror. Outside of school, I’m always either reading, pretending to be four different people for my...

Haik Ushaglyan
Associate Online Editor-in-Chief

Haik Ushaglyan

Before I applied for the Associate Online Editor position, I knew I wanted to have an impact in our community. My interests are in emerging technologies surrounding neuroscience and artificial intelligence. It’s a personal belief of mine that how information is presented to a person is just as important as the information being presented. I feel like most of my years have been spent learning and ch...

Maya Diaz
Associate Online Editor-in-Chief

Maya Diaz

A collector of hobbies and talents, Maya Diaz immerses herself in various activities with creativity and dedication at Van Nuys high school. She strives to be an integral part of the school’s performing arts’s program, participating both on stage and behind the scenes. As a passionate musician, Maya leads the school choir and participates in other ensembles outside of school. She also en...

Lilit Aprahamian
Marketing Manager

Lilit Aprahamian

Singing, acting, and writing all serve as an entrance into the creative world, and a platform to creatively express my own words and thoughts in an articulated way. It is fascinating to see the flow within poetry, and to bring that artistic side wherever I go. The creative elements within greatly complement each other and have helped me discover who I am. As a new voice to journalism, I hope to bri...

Gianna Iovino
Photo Editor

Gianna Iovino

I have always been a creative person, my love for art started when I was a baby drawing on my bedroom walls. My creative hobbies have upgraded from wall drawings to oil paintings, jewelry making, sewing, and most importantly, photography. I aspire to be a photographer when I’m older, just like my dad. He sparked my interest in photography and has supported me through my journey. On my weekends...

Brianna I. Alvarado
Design/Layout Editor

Brianna I. Alvarado

Though I’m new to the Design/Layout editor position, I’m confident I’ll make it through this year as best as I can. I enjoy painting and other creative endeavors, when I’m not stressing about college applications. I am looking forward to future projects and experiences VNHS Mirror has to offer. 

Olamide Olumide
News/Features Editor

Olamide Olumide

From writing stories at the back of my elementary school notebooks to my unhealthy obsession with law-themed shows, (especially Lucifer), I’ve always loved telling and reading stories. As a returning staff member to the Mirror publication, I intend to explore my interest in writing in a more in-depth way as well as reporting stories in a dynamic and interesting perspective. Besides writing and l...

Joel Nam
Opinion Editor

Joel Nam

From trekking through national parks in Washington to scouring pictures on the internet at home, pursuing all things aesthetic is my favorite way to realize my values and dreams. As a new voice at Van Nuys High School’s Journalism team, my aspiration is to appreciate the untold stories that surround us in our daily lives and share them with everyone else. In my spare time, I can be found searchi...

Isabel Valles
Athletics Editor

Isabel Valles

Through participating in multiple sports writing competitions, I was able to prove my commitment to the class and was chosen to become sports editor in my second year of journalism. My love for sports writing came around the time my love for sports developed around 6 years ago. Another thing I love about writing about sports is being able to inform and catch up readers about games that they may have mis...

Madison Thacker
Arts/Entertainment Editor

Madison Thacker

Madison Thacker is junior who’s embarking on her first year in journalism. Her journey through the performing arts started at just 5 years old, and today, she’s ever-present in the performing arts magnet at VNHS. Beyond the spotlight, Madison has dedicated over eight years to the Girl Scouts, earning both bronze and silver awards for her commitment. As high school nears its end, Madison...

Jalyn Bautista
Staff

Jalyn Bautista

I find joy in capturing moments through photography and filmmaking. Armed with a camera, I love freezing life’s precious instants, whether it’s the beauty of nature or genuine human connections. In filmmaking, I enjoy crafting visual stories that resonate with audiences. Each click and frame is a chance to express myself and share the beauty I see in the world. Photography and film are no...

Max Sandoval
Staff

Max Sandoval

Max is a senior in the performing arts department at VNHS. They can often be found reading books or at packed concert venues. When they are not in class, Max is in the theatre helping bring the arts to life with tech. They are excited to write about the arts and their other passions.  Later in the fall, Max will attend college to further their education in technical theatre. ...

Kimberly Salazar
Staff

Kimberly Salazar

Kimberly Salazar is an Opinion writer for The Mirror and is currently a sophomore in her first year of journalism. When she’s done trying to catch up with all of her assignments, she’s chatting with friends or listening to her favorite bands like KoRn and Bring Me The Horizon.

Roxana Vasquez
Staff

Roxana Vasquez

I have lost many video games, but when I win them, it feels like an accomplishment. As a newcomer journalist, I want to explore different views, opinions, and entertainment through my writing. Exploring new worlds and adventures through gaming helps me escape the real world. I hope that my writing will be an escape for people from their everyday lives. Everyday life can be boring without some fun and...

Rogers Levitt
Staff

Rogers Levitt

From playing Mozart’s sonatas on my upright Yamaha to watching a baseball soar into the bright day sky from my bat, I’ve always been driven to be the best. As a rookie journalist, I aspire to take my same dedication to become a noteworthy and dependable writer. With every story, I will report facts in an entertaining fashion with the hopes of drawing readers. When I am not honing my journalist...

David Vazquez
Staff

David Vazquez

David Vazquez is a junior and in his first year of journalism. Listening to music helps him keep motivated and focused on his career. His favorite artists include Mac Demarco and Julie Delpy. He owns a cat named Bambi even though he’s allergic to cats but he still loves her very much. He looks forward to pursuing journalism professionally at a college such as USC or one outside the country such as...

Adrianna Bean
Staff

Adrianna Bean

Swiftie and first year Journalism writer Adrianna Bean can be found screaming the lyrics to whatever album she’s obsessed with right now (it’s always different). From animation and art, performing in plays and musicals, writing about topics she cares about, to re-reading her favorite books, Adrianna loves a good story, fiction and nonfiction. Story of Us? Love Story? Long Story Short? “The story starts when it...

Abigail Kim
Staff

Abigail Kim

The most magical thing to do in this world is to escape it. This is the power of reading, and it is a force I readily succumb to. A delectable story fills me with the greatest joy, and inventing extravagant tales offers a luscious meal to my hungry brain. My greatest wish as a beginning journalist is to communicate the wonderful quirks of the world through my perspective and to share the divine opinions o...

Mia Rodriguez
Staff

Mia Rodriguez

There’s many things I enjoy doing, such as music, playing my instrument. When the marching band won the LAUSD championship, my love of music grew more as if it was a sapling who turned into a beautiful flower. Writing and playing music calm me, like if I’m at a cafe drinking a warm coffee or tea. I feel proud of belonging to the VNHS community. After I graduate from high school, I want people fr...

Viktoriya Khanliyan
Staff

Viktoriya Khanliyan

I am a senior who is graduating in 2024. I am interested in majoring in either psychology or classic literature in College. I like to read books and watch different genres of movies in my spare time. I am currently taking AP Psych and AP Art History. Outside of school, I’m interested in learning about different mythologies and cultures.

Ivan Alcala
Staff

Ivan Alcala

I didn’t have a name for a month after I was born, my name is Ivan Alcala. I’m new to journalism. I enjoy telling people my opinions, even when they don’t ask. I also enjoy filmmaking and camerawork; capturing a moment in time on a C100 or Black Magic 6k camera that tells a wider story feels fulfilling. When I’m not doing filmmaking, my main interests include model building, a hobby that toes ...

Delmis Vaquerano
Staff

Delmis Vaquerano

As a deep inquirer and keen observer, I am enthralled by the world around me and the subtleties that lie beyond the surface. From deconstructing metaphors to noticing my heart-shaped nostrils, I scour the planet and the internet for answers that exist behind behaviors and occurrences. As a new addition to The Mirror, I strive to translate the perplexities that propagate our social world. Outside of spect...

Kristina Charshavdzhyan
Staff

Kristina Charshavdzhyan

Kristina Charshavdzhyan is a junior in her first year of journalism. Outside of journalism, she enjoys crocheting and making projects for her family and friends. She also enjoys listening to any type of music and is always open to  recommendations of any type of music. Currently she wants to crochet enough to be able to open a small business of crochet items.

Jerald Choondakaran
Staff

Jerald Choondakaran

From shooting bullseyes in my archery class to helping my middle school win $25,000, I always strive for my best in everything I do. I am a freshman here at Van Nuys High School, and my goal is to go into the medical field and help others. At this school, I hope I can help myself and others reach their academic goals. If you can’t find me, I’m most likely fighting with my brother. ...

Marcello Chester
Staff

Marcello Chester

Photography has always been something I was interested in but I only recently started to do my own photography. I love going to art exhibits and I especially love looking at and capturing beautiful views. My mom is the biggest reason I’m into art as she always takes me to museums and art exhibits starting at a young age. Photography has also led me to find an interest in filmmaking which I lov...

Baron Kim
Staff

Baron Kim

An avid korean drum player, Baron Kim is a news and features writer at The Mirror. He is a junior in his second year of journalism. He enjoys playing the drums, trying new food, and watching sci-fi shows in his free time. Outside of journalism, he is involved in JROTC and National History Day. He plans to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Mia Ramirez
Staff

Mia Ramirez

I never thought that one day I would sit and write news stories all the time. When I was little the only thing I liked to write about was fairytales and popstars. Now that I am older the focus of my stories have shifted. As a staff writer for The Mirror, I write stories that focus on real people and what they have to say.  I have written multiple stories for the paper and I continue to search for...

Christopher Monterrosa
Staff

Christopher Monterrosa

From taking photos on my iPhone to taking them on Sony cameras, my passion for photography has always been prevalent. The desire to capture beauty in an instant has motivated me to continue to pursue this hobby. Although only my first year in journalism, I hope to utilize the tools and equipment that is offered to help me thrive as a photographer. As a senior at Van Nuys High School, I plan to maximi...

Chioma Chiawa
Staff

Chioma Chiawa

Chioma Chiawa is a junior in her first year of journalism. She enjoys reading comic books, baking cookies, and watching the UCLA women’s volleyball team. She enjoys reading “Real Friends” by Shannon Hale and listening to A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd. She intends to enter a 4 year university and get her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Skylie Molina
Staff

Skylie Molina

From catching a wave alongside a dolphin to studying for the next exam, my days are packed with a little bit of everything. I am a junior in my first year of journalism. Passionate about conservation and climate change, I am the founder and president of the VNHS Environmental Club. Involved in many other activities, I am a 3rd year varsity cheerleader, and found love for surfing. Outside of school, yo...

Jaden Gervacio
Staff

Jaden Gervacio

From watching sports to playing them, I have always been inclined to write about the new athletic events that occur at our school. As a sophomore at Van Nuys High, I am going into my second year of journalism, not just to write about the games, but to uncover the background and details of the talented athletes that play them. Whenever I’m not on my laptop typing about an athlete or game, I am try...

Natalia Navarro
Staff

Natalia Navarro

From gazing at beach sunsets while laying in the sand to splattering paint on a canvas, my desire to design gets expressed in Journalism. Pursuing design is my main objective in journalism in hopes to achieve graphics that’ll tell stories. I believe design, whether it’s clothing, graphic or art design, is a form of expressing your creativity. The art that music creates is like a language that I ...

Michael Arredondo
Staff

Michael Arredondo

Since I was a kid my family has always known me to be a sort of wildcard when it comes to doing anything at all. I have changed hobbies throughout my life more times than I can count and my passions have changed numerous times. However my attitude and work ethic has remained the same through it all. At the moment I am interested in producing any sort of media as I look forward to holding a position...

Kimberly Perez
Staff

Kimberly Perez

I once rode a mammoth. When I was 8 I went to “walking with dinosaurs” at the staples center with my family and got to ride a robotic mammoth. Photography has always piqued my interest but it wasn’t until my senior year of high school when I decided to join journalism and take a role in the line of work. As a photographer in training my goal is to capture amazing memories for not only myse...

Farah Alsibai
Staff

Farah Alsibai

Even though I will most likely never fulfill this dream, I could totally see myself as a florist and possibly owning a flower shop. Whenever I receive flowers I love to preserve them and keep them around as decoration. I find taking the time to arrange the flowers in a visually appealing way very calming. As a first-year senior in journalism, I am glad to say I am a photographer and I am excited to...

Lindsay Han
Staff

Lindsay Han

Lindsay Han is the business/social media manager. She is a senior in her second year of journalism. Outside of doing journalistic duties, she enjoys shopping 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 EnGin which teaches English to kids in Ukraine, is the Editor-in-Chief of yearbook...

Alaina Wicks
Staff

Alaina Wicks

I love music and drawing. The bright beautiful colors in nature are something that I enjoy recreating on paper. We are surrounded by trees, birds, flowers and life, which can remind us how beautiful mother nature is. This is why I like to go for walks while listening to music and observing my surroundings, so I can draw them later on and be grateful for those moments I experienced. Music is an amazing...

Val Arias

Val Arias

Val Arias is on the graphic design team. They are a senior in their second year of journalism. Apart from writing, they enjoy all kinds of art. Drawing and photography are their main hobbies. They plan to attend Los Angeles Valley College and transfer to UCLA to pursue a career in Developmental Psychology.

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