The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

2018-2019 Staff

Langi, Gwen

Gwen Langi

Gwen Langi is the Pro & Con Editor for The Mirror. Currently a senior, she has been a part of the journalism program since her freshman year. She won her first award at the 2020 Los Angeles Regional Write-Off Competition at CSUN, placing third for Opinion writing. Outside of journalism, Gwen enjoys traveling and reading. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in the medical field but would also like...

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan the Executive and Print Editor-in-Chief for The Mirror. She joined the program in her freshman year as a Current Events writer and she is now in her fourth year of publication as a senior. Ani has won a number of regional and national awards for her News and Features writing. Outside of journalism, she is involved in TASSEL Cambodia and Operation Period. In her free time, she enjoys lis...

Delgado, Ivan

Ivan Delgado

Ivan Delgado is a Senior Filmmaker, Photographer and Photo Editor for The Mirror. This is his third year in the program since he joined in the beginning of his sophomore year. His goal is to provide the best quality visuals for the newspaper and the website. He loves music, art and fashion. He looks forward to majoring in Filmmaking after he graduates. ...

Kim, Kasey

Kasey Kim

Kasey Kim is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Mirror. She is currently a senior in her third year in the journalism program. Outside of journalism, she enjoys listening to Indie music and hiking. She has an interest in nature and gardening. She is currently involved in JROTC and volunteers at the Veterans Adm. Sepulveda hospital. She looks forward to graduating high school and plans on ...

Rodas, Andre

Andre Rodas

Andre Rodas is the Print Editor-in-Chief for The Mirror. Joining the program since his sophomore year of high school, Andre started as a staff writer for the Sports department. Now in his senior year, he is one of two people in charge of the print publication. Besides writing, Andre enjoys drawing, traveling, reading and music.

Mhar Tenorio

Mhar Tenorio

Mhar Tenorio is the Online Editor-in-Chief for the Mirror website. As a part of the journalism program since his freshman year, Mhar started as a writer for the Features and News departments. This is his third year in journalism. He has won a number of individual writing awards, including First Place in news writing at the CSUN Fall regional write-offs. Besides writing, Mhar enjoys drawing and graphi...

PLAPOL RATTAPITAK

Plapol Rattapitak

PJ is the Assistant Photo Editor. He enjoys editing and writing in class. On his free time he enjoys running around and taking pictures on the side.  Most of all, he wants to keep his plate balanced between school and photography.

Kimberly Perez Solis

Kimberly Perez Solis

Kimberly is a senior writer for the sports section of the newspaper. She enjoys dancing and running on her free time.

Michelle Ramirez

Michelle Ramirez

Michelle Ramirez is an Opinion Staff Writer for the Journalism team at Van Nuys High School. As a junior, she joined the Journalism team this year and is very excited to be part of the team. Outside of Journalism, Michelle likes to stay after school everyday and participate in the school’s EduCare Foundation program. Michelle is a very social and outgoing girl, who loves to spend time with her f...

Ivan Delgado

Ivan Delgado

Ivan Delgado is a Photographer and Photo editor  for The Mirror. Ivan is also a Filmmaker and he is currently working hard on his Video Editor certificate. He loves listening to a variety of music and is a fan of Kanye West and Radiohead. He hopes to pursue a career in Programming and Photography after he graduates from High School. ...

Jackson Beckman-Smith, Online Editor-in-Chief

Jack Beckman-Smith

Jack Beckman-Smith is the Online Editor-In-Chief for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. He started off as an Opinion Staff Writer in 10th grade and now spends his time overseeing the website maintenance as a senior. Living up to his name, Jack also takes to writing where stories need be, acting as a true Jack of all trades. He has always retained a love for opinion writing and often voices his moder...

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Christian Walsh

Christian Walsh is a Features Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. He joined the program during his junior year and is now in his second year with the publications as a senior. During his free time, he enjoys talking with friends, using the computer and keeping up with the news. While he finds interest in news channels that take an untraditional route to broadcasting, he is also int...

Margarita Hovsepyan

Margarita Hovsepyan

Margarita Hovsepyan is the Executive Editor-in-Chief of The Mirror and vnhsmirror.com. She has been in the Journalism program for three consecutive years, taking on the position of Opinion Editor in her junior year. Her articles and blogs tend to focus on politics and social justice with mainly a conservative perspective. She loves to run and is the Captain of the Cross Country team. Outside of sch...

Joseph Hernandez

Joseph Hernandez

Joseph Hernandez is currently a Sports Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. He is currently a senior in his first year in the Journalism program. He is interested in writing and covering stories for the school’s sports teams. Besides his duties within the program, he enjoys playing basketball and listening to music.

Hyun Min

Hyun Min

Hyun Min Yang is currently an Entertainment Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. He is a freshman entering his first year publication for the journalism program. Outside of journalism, Hyun plays baseball and participates in the Armed Drill team of the JROTC program. While he enjoys playing games with his friends and family, he also likes to read fantasy novels during his free time. Re...

Layla Williams

Layla Williams

Layla Williams is an Opinion Staff Writer for the Van Nuys High School Mirror. She is a junior in her first year in journalism. Outside of journalism, she tends to hangs out with her friends and help around the house. She loves to rap and spend her weekend at the studio. She enjoys writing music, short stories and diary entries about herself and things going on in her life. She feels writing is her...

Holden Mandell, Opinion editor

Holden Mandell

Holden Mandell is currently the Opinion Editor for The Mirror. He joined the program during his junior year and is now in his second year publication as a senior. Other than contributing to Journalism, Holden likes to play video games with his friends and research about the world’s current events. When it comes to politics, Holden considers himself a moderate libertarian.   ...

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh is a Sports Staff Writer and a Photo Assistant for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. As a senior, he felt that joining Journalism during his final year could help him pursue his passion for photography while contributing to the program. He enjoys practicing the guitar and editing with professional programs such as Adobe Photoshop. He also listens to genres such as classic rock and hip hop. Vi...

Mhar Tenorio

Mhar Tenorio

Mhar Tenorio is a News staff writer for The Mirror. He joined journalism during his freshman year and wrote feature stories. Returning to the program in this his junior year, he is contributing to Journalism by writing articles for the News Department. Besides writing, Mhar enjoys drawing and graphic design. His future plans include pursuing a degree and a career in the field of art. ...

Gina Kim, CFO

Gina Kim

Gina Kim is currently the Chief Financial Officer for The Mirror and has been contributing to the Journalism program since her sophomore year. Gina has written Opinion articles in her previous years and is beginning to write for the News department. Along with writing articles, Gina enjoys reading books and listening to music. She also volunteered at Valley Presbyterian Hospital and LAPD Devonshire PALS....

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan is a Staff Writer on the news team in the Journalism program at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a freshman, so this is her first year. Outside of Journalism, Ani likes to dance and paint. She plans on majoring in philosophy in college and wants to eventually become a lawyer.

Zoe Rodriguez, News Editor mugshot

Zoe Rodriguez

Zoe Rodriguez is a senior and the News Editor for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. Having begun journalism in her freshman year, she returns to the program for this, final year. Outside of Journalism, Zoe is involved in many different aspects of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. She plans on studying Civil Engineering in college and becoming an urban planner. ...

Chau Tran, Staff Writer mugshot

Chau Tran

Chau Tran is an Entertainment Staff Writer for the The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior enrolled in her first year in the Journalism program. Outside of Journalism, Chau volunteers at Pet Orphans Of Southern California and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Her hobbies include watching TV shows and movies of all genres. Chau also loves to listen to music, particularly R&B a...

Jessica Eusebio staff mugshot

Jessica Eusebio

Jessica Eusebio is the Entertainment Editor for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior in her second year publication in the Journalism program. Outside of journalism, Jessica plays for the school’s tennis team. Her hobbies include reading books and watching movies. She plans on pursuing a career in nursing with a bachelor’s degree. ...

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung is a sophomore and Entertainment Staff Writer for The Mirror. Starting in ninth grade, she has been in Journalism for two consecutive years. Outside of the program, Kaitlyn participates in a police academy for cadets and the school’s JROTC program. Her hobbies include art, watching Korean dramas, taekwondo and traveling.

Trisha Khaownimon

Trisha Khaownimon

Trisha Khaownimon is an Entertainment Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is a senior in her first year in the Journalism program.  Outside of journalism, she is the Courtesy Patrol Executive Officer for JROTC. She also works at a local boba shop and does calligraphy. She plans on majoring in biology in college and wants to pursue a medical career in the future. ...

Kayla Lee

Kayla Lee

Kayla Lee is one of the Editor in Chiefs for the The Mirror. In addition to being in journalism, she participates in Science Olympiad and TASSEL. As a senior at Van Nuys, she plans to go to a four-year university and pursue a career in law. She enjoys learning new languages, snapping photos, and dancing.

Sharmie Azurel

Sharmie Azurel

Sharmie Azurel is the Features Editor for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior in her first year publication in the Journalism program. Outside of Journalism, Sharmie participates in various school activities, including JROTC, Model United Nations and the Junior State of America. Besides writing stories for The Mirror, she also enjoys photography, graphic design and journalin...

Meta Astles

Meta Astles

Meta Astles is a Features Staff Writer and a Photo Assistant for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a junior in her first year publication in the program. Outside of Journalism, Meta volunteers in a program that provides care packages for the homeless and assists the homeless needs. Besides writing stories for the school newspaper, Meta practices her photography. She enjoys stre...

Inesa Sargsyan

Inesa Sargsyan

Inesa Sargsyan is a Features Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior in her first year publication and is excited to expand her knowledge in the Journalism program. Outside of the class, Inesa is part of the chamber choir. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, going on adventures, learning new languages and singing and playing music. Inesa considers pur...

Janessa Bisarra

Janessa Bisarra

Janessa Bisarra is a Features Staff Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior in her first year publication in the Journalism program. Outside of school activities, she loves to engage in photography and go on adventures with her friends. In college, she plans on majoring in Molecular Biology to become a Forensic DNA Analyst. ...

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan

Ani Tutunjyan is a Staff Writer on the news team in the Journalism program at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a freshman, so this is her first year. Outside of Journalism, Ani likes to dance and paint. She plans on majoring in philosophy in college and wants to eventually become a lawyer.

Josh Updegraph

Joshua Updegraph

Joshua Updegraph is a Staff Writer for the Sports Department at The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. Currently a senior, this is his first year working on the Journalism team. Outside of journalism, Josh—as everyone calls him—is a key player on both the champion Varsity Basketball and Volleyball teams. He plans on majoring in business management for sports in college and wants to work in the business ...

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung is a sophomore and Entertainment Staff Writer for The Mirror. Starting in ninth grade, she has been in Journalism for two consecutive years. Outside of the program, Kaitlyn partakes in a police academy for cadets and the school’s JROTC program. Her hobbies include art, watching Korean dramas, taekwondo and traveling.

Daniel Reyes, The Mirror Staff

Daniel Reyes

Daniel Reyes is a Staff Writer for the Sports Department at The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. He is a sophomore, and this is his first year in the Journalism program. Reyes also plays baseball on the Wolves Boys Varsity team. His favorite professional baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Go Big Blue! Regarding his future endeavors, he plans on majoring in business after he graduates. ...

Lucas Shim, Print Editor-in-Chief

Lucas Shim

Lucas Shim is the Print Editor-in-Chief for The Mirror and vnhsmirror.com. Last year he was Entertainment Editor. He joined the journalism program during his sophomore year and is now a senior. Other than contributing to journalism, his hobbies include binge-watching movies and TV shows, brainstorming story ideas and writing screenplays for his future career as a screenwriter. He is also a volunteer at P...

Devin Tse, 2018-19 Sports Editor

Devin Tse

Devin Tse is the Sports Editor for The Mirror and vnhsmirror.com for a second year. This is his third year in the Van Nuys High School journalism program. He enjoys watching and participating in sporting events of all kinds. He is currently on the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team. Besides covering sports for The Mirror, he is also interested in the other activities occurring at Van Nuys High School. ...

Stefanie Tyo, Layout Editor

Stefanie Tyo

Stefanie Tyo is senior and the Layout editor for the newspaper and the website. She was Chief Copy Editor last year for the Journalism team at Van Nuys High School.  She has been in journalism for four consecutive years starting in the ninth grade.  Outside of Journalism Stefanie plays club soccer and volunteers at Tarzana Hospital. Besides writing feature stories for The Mirror, she also enjoys...