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

2021-2022 Staff

Drake Hernandez
Sports Editor

Drake Hernandez

Drake Hernandez is the Sports Editor for The Mirror. He is a junior taking part in his first year in the journalism program at Van Nuys High School. Outside of journalism, Drake is an avid gamer playing online video games such as Formula One 2020, Madden 21, and NBA 2K20. Aside from gaming, he is a fan of the Los Angeles Clippers and also has a knack for trying new foods. He hopes to one day visit Sp...

Isabela Diaz
Entertainment Editor

Isabela Diaz

Isabela Diaz is a senior and the Editor for Entertainment section. Outside of journalism, she enjoys spending time with friends and baking. She is also an athlete, playing on the girls volleyball team at VNHS. Her favorite movies are The Edge of 17 and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Angelina Gevorgyan
Current Events/Features Editor

Angelina Gevorgyan

Angelina Gevorgyan is the Current Events/Features Editor for The Mirror. She is currently a sophomore, and this is her second year in the journalism program. Besides writing, some of Angelina’s hobbies include reading, practicing piano and playing tennis. She looks forward to graduating high school, and plans on becoming an attorney and pursuing a career in law.

Angelica Venturina
Current Events/Features Editor

Angelica Venturina

Angelica Venturina is a Features Staff Writer for The Mirror. She is currently a sophomore beginning her first year in the journalism program. Outside of journalism, she enjoys video editing and reading manga. She occasionally bakes, watches anime and listens to K-R&B and alternative pop music. Currently, she is involved in the Red Cross Club as a volunteer for the West Valley Youth Corps. She’s als...

Antony Nepeyvoda
Design & Layout Editor

Antony Nepeyvoda

Antony Nepeyvoda is the Design and Layout Editor for The Mirror. He is a senior and in his second year of journalism. He enjoys thinking of new ideas for different projects to stay busy. His current project is editing a music playlist. He looks forward to graduating high school and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has been in the chess club at school for a little bit less than a year now and has l...

Csarina Jarencio
Podcast/Social Media Editor

Csarina Jarencio

Csarina Jarencio is the Podcast/Social Media Editor for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is a senior in her second year in Journalism. Outside of journalism, she enjoys watching movies, listening to music and cooking food. Her favorite movie is Frances Ha because of how it demonstrates how normal it is to get “lost” in life even as an adult. She listens to music to relax herself, mainly ...

Diana Zalmanov
Current Events/Features Staff Writer

Diana Zalmanov

Diana Zalmanov is currently a junior and is a Current Events/Features Staff Writer for The Mirror. Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her rabbits and listening to music. Lately, she has been listening to Olivia Rodrigo. Her favorite song is Drivers License. She hopes that her love and passion for animals will eventually lead her to work in a shelter in the future. I...

Emma Salehi
Current Events/Features Staff Writer

Emma Salehi

Emma Salehi is a Current Events/Features Staff Writer for The Mirror. She is currently a senior and this is her first year in journalism. Outside of journalism Emma enjoys theater and singing. She loves many music genres but likes K-pop the most. She hopes to “Crush it”, like Rebel Wilson says in “Pitch Perfect”, her favorite movie. She plans on going to college to study broadcasting jou...

Angelina Kanno
Current Events/Features Staff Writer

Angelina Kanno

Angelina Kanno is a Current Events/Features writer. She is a junior in her first year of journalism. She enjoys writing poems and cooking — specifically a variety of pastas — in her free time. Her playlist is filled with 80s rock, especially music by Fleetwood Mac. Her favorite movie is “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” because of its medieval setting and extravagant jewels. An...

Allison Antonio
Current Events/Features Staff Writer

Allison Antonio

Allison Antonio is a junior and Current Events/Features Staff Writer for The Mirror. Outside of journalism, she volunteers at a local pet shelter to help animals in need of homes. During her free time, she likes to bike, bullet, journal, read, and listen to music after a long and stressful day. She also likes to listen to k-pop, specifically the band Stray Kids, and watch anime. She plans to go to co...

Makayla Enciso
Chief Financial Officer

Makayla Enciso

Makayla Enciso is the CFO for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a senior and is in her first year of journalism. Interestingly, she is mildly obsessed with Harry Potter. She prefers the books over the movies and what sets her apart from casual fans is the influx of merchandise that she owns. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading and watching TV shows and movies on Netflix. In th...

Samantha Ramos
Sports Writer

Samantha Ramos

With a passion in writing and especially photography, Samantha Ramos joined The Mirror and is currently a Sports Staff Writer. She played soccer for five years and even made it to nationals where her team had to travel to Hawaii! Her favorite team has been France for a very long time. As a sideline to her sport she also plays “Rocket League”, a video game where cars are the soccer players. When ...

Jennifer Garcia
Sports Writer

Jennifer Garcia

Jennifer Garcia a junior writing for the Sports section for The Mirror. Outside of journalism, she has interests in aesthetic journaling and watching history documentaries on YouTube. She enjoys playing Genshin Impact in her free time with friends. Her future plans include going to college and pursuing a career in nursing or teaching. She hopes to one day fulfill her childhood dream of visiting Ja...

Emily Emi Kim
Sports Writer

Emily “Emi” Kim

Christopher Linares
Sports Writer

Christopher Linares

Christopher Linares is a senior and first year journalism student. He is a writer for the Sports section at The Mirror. He enjoys playing soccer and supporting the Brazilian soccer player, Neymar. He considers soccer his passion and he even plays Fifa for almost three hours every day. Christopher wants to visit Italy because he finds the views beautiful and enjoys eating Italian food. When Christop...

Jessica Cervantes
Entertainment Writer

Jessica Cervantes

Jessica Cervantes is an Entertainment Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is presently a senior, and this is her first year participating in the journalism program. Aside from writing, she expresses an exuberant passion for music, incorporating it into every aspect of her daily lifestyle. Another interest of hers includes observing the sport of soccer; a public figure she considers to...

Jaden Hantman
Entertainment Writer

Jaden Hantman

Jaden Hantman is a writer for The Mirror’s Entertainment section. He is a senior and is in his first year of journalism. His interests include listening to music, watching movies (Mulholland Drive is his favorite), and studying history. He wishes to tour the world and particularly to Egypt, where he wishes to visit the king’s chamber. Jaden plans to major in history and eventually become a...

Vannesa Machado
Entertainment Writer

Vannesa Machado

Vannesa Machado is an entertainment writer for The Mirror. She is a senior in her first year of journalism. She likes watching Tik Toks and movies for fun, with her favorite movie series being Harry Potter. She likes to take naps to relax and also enjoys playing Minecraft with her friends. Her favorite performer is Harry Styles, but she likes to listen to all types of music, ranging from pop to alte...

Gabriel Castillo
Entertainment Writer

Gabriel Castillo

Gabriel Castillo is a senior and is a writer for the Entertainment section of The Mirror. Gabriel likes to play video games to relax, especially the Devil May Cry series. He also likes to play volleyball and read informational books in his free time. Gabriel wants to travel the world; primarily Mexico, Cuba, and Vietnam. Something Gabriel is passionate about is wanting to help countries that are struggl...

Dakota Threats
Opinion Editor

Dakota Threats

Dakota Threats is a senior in her first year in the Journalism program. She is currently the Opinion Editor for The Mirror. Dakota loves making edits and listening to music. Some of her favorite artists include Jorja Smith and Dominic Fike. She likes to listen to all kinds of music, but her favorite song since she was little is “Like A Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae. When she’s not listening to...

Mereline Perez
Opinion Writer

Mereline Perez

Mereline Perez is an Opinion Staff writer for The Mirror. She is currently a senior in her first year of journalism.

Andrea Parada
Podcast Staff

Andrea Parada

Andrea Parada is part of the Podcast section for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. She is currently a Senior in her first year in the journalism program. She’s involved in the Digital Media program, and ASB class of 2021. Outside of journalism, Andrea enjoys filming and editing videos for the school and making pasta. She looks forward to graduating high school and starting her own video busines...

Isabella Thomas
Staff Photographer

Isabella Thomas

Isabella Thomas is currently a senior in her first year of journalism. When she isn’t working on her journalism assignments, she is either writing or listening to music. One of primary interests is dance, which is also something she does to help her relax, along with listening to music. Bella is also really into interior design, whether she is decorating her room or someone else’s. She ...

Kyrillos Mina
Opinion Writer

Kyrillos Mina

Kyrillos Mina is an Opinion Writer for The Mirror. He is currently a sophomore and this is his first year in the journalism program. At Van Nuys High School, Kyrillos is an active member of the cross country team and even enjoys running in his free time. He enjoys spending his time reading comic books and playing video games such as “Call Of Duty” and “Valorant”. His favorite movies are “Jumanji...

Julianna Macfarlane
Opinion Writer

Julianna Macfarlane

Julianna Macfarlane is in her senior year of Van Nuys High School and is an Opinion Writer. Outside of journalism, she likes to listen to music, specifically Kpop, as well as play with her dogs. She’s obsessed with a tv show called SuperNatural which she enjoys watching with her friends. Her favorite video game is Roblox because of various mini-games. Her future plans are to go to a college or un...

Kimberly Luna
Opinion Writer

Kimberly Luna

Kimberly Luna is a junior and an Opinion Writer for The Mirror at Van Nuys High School. Outside of journalism, she enjoys participating & watching soccer, as well as scrolling through Tik Tok to relax. She also likes watching slime videos and thoroughly enjoys playing Minecraft. After graduating, she plans on going to community college and then transferring to a University with a plan of studyi...

Angela Proca
Photo Editor

Angela Proca

Angela Proca is a Photo Editor for The Mirror. She is a senior and currently in her second year of journalism at The Mirror. Angela loves hanging out with friends and thrifting. She is also an active member of the Van Nuys Dance Squad. Not only has Angela been on the Dance team for VNHS, but she has also been doing theater for a while acting in several plays including “Peter and the Star Catcher”, ...

Shaan Bhatia
Online Editor in Chief

Shaan Bhatia

Shaan Bhatia is the Online Editor in Chief for The Mirror. He has previously worked on other publications at his previous school as both an editor and a business manager. Outside of school, Shaan continues working on his pilot’s license, taking his car for long drives along Pacific Coast Highway, writing for his personal car blog, and watching sports. ...

Nathan Han
Online Editor in Chief

Nathan Han

Nathan Han is an Online Editor in Chief for The Mirror. As a senior, he is enjoying his second and final year in the program.  Nathan wants to write many stories about the school and is interested in getting student perspectives. He has played on the tennis team since his freshman year and is president of the Chess Stars club.He loves watching the Toronto Blue Jays and likes to listen to Rich Brian...

Beverly Regino
Photo Editor

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...

Ani Tutunjyan
Executive & Print Editor-in-Chief

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...