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

2019-2020 Staff

Harutunyan, Anzhela

Anzhela Harutyunyan

Anzhela Harutyunyan is an Entertainment Staff Writer for The Mirror. She is currently a senior in her second year of program. Outside of journalism, she enjoys designing clothes and playing video games. A character that inspires her is Goro Akechi from Persona 5. She has an interest in digital art, high fashion and gardening. She is currently involved in the Self-Empowerment Group and volunteering at...

Pilar Sims

Pilar Sims

Pilar Sims is one of the two Editors in Chiefs The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior this year. Other than writing articles for the program, she likes to read, listen to music and skateboard with her friends. She also enjoys writing many creative, short stories. In college, she plans on double majoring in Journalism and English. She is deciding on whether to become a freelance wr...

Ciena Carlos

Ciena Carlos is currently a senior who writes for Entertainment. Ciena is a seventeen-year-old Chicana who loves to listen to music and watch movies. She especially enjoys reading books in her free time. She is always up to date with everything on social media and takes pleasure in helping others.

Mazariegos, Monica

Monica Mazariegos

Monica Mazariegos is an Opinion Staff Writer for The Mirror. This is her second and final year in the program. She participated in the regional Write-Offs at CSUN this past February. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music and working on fashion mood boards. After high school, she plans on majoring in Sociology and becoming a psychiatrist. ...

Layla Williams

Layla Williams

Layla Williams is an Opinion Staff Writer for the Van Nuys High School Mirror. She is a senior in her second 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 he...

Pamela Serrano

Pamela Serrano

Pamela Serrano is a senior writing for the News section for The Mirror. In her free time, Pamela likes to play basketball and watch anime. Her favorite team is the Golden State Warriors while her favorite anime is Naruto. She also loves to listen to Korean pop group GOT7. She likes to walk her dog Lilo in dog parks. This is her first year in journalism.

Oscar Jimenez

Oscar Jimenez

Oscar Jimenez is a senior writing for the News Section. He is the youngest out of 5 siblings. His parents are from El Salvador. In his free time, he likes to watch movies, listen to music and paint. He works at Pizza Hut as a part time job, where he has learned communication skills. He looks forward in his first year in journalism and the future in general. 

Angelica Valenzuela

Angelica Valenzuela

Angelica Valenzuela is a senior writing for the features section in The Mirror. She is the eldest of four siblings. Her favorite color is pink. In her free time, Angelica likes to paint and hang out with her friend. In her first year in journalism, she is excited to learn new things. 

Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sánchez is a features article journalist. She enjoys writing and making films in her spare time. She “knows” how to make brownies. Being the president of Women’s Empowerment Club, she is a huge advocate for women’s equality. She is a proud Chicana. She is an asirping humanitarian & entrepreneur. She hopes to open up an Internet cafe in New York City one day. She aspires to li...

Stephanie Caceres

Stephanie Caceres

Stephanie Caceres is a writer for the news section of The Mirror.She is currently 14 and a freshman at Van Nuys High School. She likes horror movies, writing, listening to music, watching Netflix and protecting the environment. She also loves dogs and being with her friends. She would like to become a pediatric nurse.

Arsh Dole

Arsh Dole

Arsh Dole is a sports writer for the award-winning paper The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. Arsh joined the program in his freshman year of high school. Arsh mainly writes for the sports section. Besides writing for Van Nuys, Arsh enjoys playing basketball and playing volleyball. Arsh is on the Frosh Basketball team and on the JV Volleyball team. Arsh follows mainly basketball since that is his favor...

Noelle Copeland

Noelle Copeland

Noelle Copeland is a senior, writing first-time for the features section in the Mirror. She is looking forward to make lasting memories in her last year of high school.

Contreras, Adriana

Adriana Contreras

Adriana Contreras is an Opinion Staff Writer for The Mirror. Now a senior, she has been in journalism for two years. She enjoys writing and voicing her opinion for the publication. Outside of journalism, she is president of the Spanish Club and participates in a dance group called Ballet Folklorico de Huitzilin. ...

Sophia Herrera

Sophia Herrera

Sophia Herrera is a freshman, opinion writer for The Mirror. She loves to write, play all types of music on the piano, and is a soccer player. She plays on three different soccer teams; club, AYSO, and here on the Van Nuys High School girls varsity soccer team. 

Eduardo Camarena

Eduardo Camarena

Eduardo Camarena is a sports writer for the award-winning paper The Mirror at Van Nuys High School.  He also likes to watch football in his free time. His favorite is the Los Angeles Rams. His favorite player is Josh Reynolds because Josh plays as a wide receiver and Eduardo wants to play and become a wide receiver.

Pfau, Julia

Julia Pfau

Julia Pfau is the Perspectives Editor for The Mirror. She is a senior and has been writing for the program since her sophomore year. Outside of journalism, she likes drawing, fashion and cooking. She aims to help write impactful and interesting stories for The Mirror. In the future, she would like to study marketing or art. ...

Andre Davancens

Andre Davancens

Andre Davancens is a Photographer and Sports Analyst for The Mirror. He has been juggling his many interests —photography, athletics and fitness, and music, among others— as high schoolers tend to do. Upon entering high school in the 2017-2018 school year he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and do as he did in high school. Andre joined both the Van Nuys aquatics programs and the ...

Ruben Cocilion

Ruben Cocilion

Ruben Cocilion is a senior at Van Nuys High School. For the first time since starting at VNHS, he has joined The Mirror as a writer for the opinions section. After he graduates, he plans to immediately enter the workforce. He then plans to attend a community college. What he intends to study is yet to be decided.

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...

Milton Najarro

Milton Najarro

Milton Najarro is an entertainment writer in The Mirror. As a freshman in high school, this is his first year in the program. He wants to be an animator and start his own comic book series. He plans to pursue this in Otis College of Art and Design in Pasadena after he graduates. He is inspired by Marvel Comics and Dragon Ball Z. He joined journalism, in hopes of becoming a better writer.  ...

Xavier Gonzalez

Xavier Gonzalez

Xavier Gonzalez is currently a sports writer for The Mirror. He is in his senior year of high school. He loves to compete in Robotics competitions. He enjoys playing basketball, video games and eating tacos (cabesa and lengua.) His favorite basketball player is James Harden because of his step back. His current favorite video game is Call Of Duty: World War 2.

Kazi Maisha Rahman

Kazi Maisha Rahman

Kazi Maisha Rahman is an entertainment writer for “The Mirror”. Although she intended to go into the diverse universe of art, her father, Kazi Mesbaur Rahman, a retired freelance journalist in Bangladesh, had provoked certain thoughts about joining journalism. She loves thrillers, especially ones that capture her imagination about extraterrestrial life and beyond. One on her list of favourites is ...

Estefania Lopez

Estefania Lopez

Estefania Lopez is senior at Van Nuys High School and is a feature staff writer for The Mirror. She is a team member of the tech crew. She volunteers at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Her favorite sport is basketball and she loves Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who play for her favorite team, the Golden State Warriors. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in nursing.   ...

Andrea Hernandez

Andrea Hernandez

Andrea Hernandez is a freshman at Van Nuys High School. She is a features staff writer for The Mirror. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys playing volleyball and binge watching tv shows like The Office, Friends and That 70s Show. She also listens to a lot of music genres, such as rap, r&b, rock and indie pop. She enjoys walking her dogs, Juno and Chiquillo.  

Dhamara Gomez

Dhamara Gomez

Dhamara Gomez is a sports writer for The Mirror. She joined the program in her freshman year. Besides writing, Dhamara enjoys drawing her own characters and playing basketball. Her favorite NBA basketball star is Lebron James. She enjoys pop and rock music, with her favorite artist being Shawn Mendes.   ...

Anahit Sharamatyan

Anahit Sharamatyan

Anahit Sharamatyan is a freshman and a writer for the Entertainment section for The Mirror. This her first year in journalism and she is very excited to be involved with her school. Other than journalism, Anahit enjoys reading, watching TV shows and movies, as well as dancing.

Beverly Regino

Beverly Regino

Beverly Regino is in her junior year at Van Nuys High School and is a Photo Editor. Aside from drawing and playing video games, the two main hobbies she enjoys, she spends most of her free time listening to K-pop. More specifically, the K-pop boy groups “Stray Kids”, “DAY6”, and “Seventeen”, whom she’s completely obsessed with. Outside of those interests, her biggest obsession right now i...

Josselyn Ramos

Josselyn Ramos

Josselyn Ramos is currently a senior at Van Nuys High School. She writes for the features section in The Mirror.  She currently works as a sales associate at Justice. She loves kids and enjoys new adventures. Her hobbies consist of doing makeup, shopping and dancing.  

Caroline Ortiz

Caroline Ortiz

Caroline Ortiz is a freshman, completely new to high school. She aspires to be a detective or a crime scene investigator. She is an only child who spends time keeping up with grades and having the most fun she can with family and friends. Caroline used to live in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved to California last year. She’s had the most fun and her experience here has been the best. ...

Shanya Neal

Shanya Neal

Shanya Neal is a junior who writes for the Sports section. She plans to go to a four-year college to become a nurse. She loves going on hikes, and being outdoors. She hopes one day to be a professional photographer (for a side job). She is also on the hair crew production team for the plays that are performed at the school.

Jimena Martinez

Jimena Martinez

Jimena Martinez, a freshman, is part of the journalism team at Van Nuys High School. Outside of journalism, she likes to go out and enjoy nature. She also likes dancing to Mexican music. Jimena is more of a reserved person, but once you get to know her she becomes social. She is still trying to decide what to do with her life, but plans on being the first person from her family to go to college. &nb...

Saahil Gaur

Saahil Gaur

Saahil Gaur is an aspiring actor, director, and a photography enthusiast. He is in film class, has starred in a few student films, and has written a few scripts. In his free time he enjoys , music, watching TV and movies, cooking, and acting. He would like to go to college, travel the world, and be an actor. He would also like to direct a few movies. His directing influences are Jonah Hill, Jordan ...

Rozalynn Casillas

Rozalynn Casillas

Rozalynn Casillas is a staff writer for the News section. She joins the journalism program this year for the first time as a sophomore. Outside of journalism, Rozalynn enjoys sketching, painting, and calligraphy. She also takes part in Speech and Debate. She hopes to major in Biology in college.

Plapol Rattapitak

Plapol Rattapitak

Plapol is a Photographer and Assistant Photo editor. For him, photography has been fun and there is a lot of learning curves that he had to go through. He says “photography is basically an art form” every time people asks him what is Photography for him. He also likes traveling and loves arcades.

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. ...

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung

Kaitlyn Jung is the Features Editor for the Mirror. She has been part of the Journalism program ever since her freshman year. Currently, she is in her junior year and is not really looking forward to the coming year. She enjoys traveling, camping and hanging out with friends. Outside of journalism, Kaitlyn studies for her classes, volunteers at the Pet Orphans in Van Nuys and does taekwondo. She a...

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.

Mejia, Aaron

Aaron Mejia

Aaron Mejia is the Online Editor in Chief for The Mirror. He’s in his third and final year of the program. Before his current position in the publication, Aaron was the Finance Manager, Podcast Editor Social Media Editor, an assistant copy editor and a staff writer for the Entertainment and Features section. Aaron also proudly serves as Key Club’s President, JSA’s Social Media Director and a member o...

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...

Seungyoun Kim

Seungyoun Kim

Seungyoun Kim is the Layout Editor for the 2019-2020 school year. She has participated in editorial and features writing in her two years of experience in journalism. Aside from journalism, she is involved in a prevention program called Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YDAPP). She is very passionate about teenagers’ early exposure to drug use and plans to involve herself in the public health field...

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.