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Nikki Iyer

Nikki Iyer, Staff Writer

Nikki is a junior at San Juan Hills High School, and this is her third year on The Express. She spends most of her time with her friends and family, but she also loves to dance, go to the beach, and read. Her favorite topics to cover are initiatives in the community and events at SJHHS. She is excited to continue learning about journalism and writing this year as news editor. 

 

 

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Because Representative Mike Levin was in Washington DC and could not attend, he filmed a virtual statement for the festival condemning anti-Asian attacks in the community.

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March 2, 2021
The Qing Wei Lion and Dragon dance troupe came to perform at the festival. The group performed the Zhou Jia styles of Chinese Kung Fu and Traditional Lion Dance.

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March 2, 2021
Attendees of the festival prepare their lanterns. At the event, all guests were masked to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

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March 2, 2021
Members of Dear Asian Youth, an organization dedicated to empowering Asian youth with over 79k instagram followers, stand next to founder and MC at the festival Stephanie Hu (right). Dear Asian Youth helped host the event.

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March 2, 2021
Task force leaders of San Juan Hills Against Racism, an organization dedicated to minimizing racism on campus, Sarina Iyer (12) and Sandhya Ganaesan (11) answered questions and helped guests at the CUSD Against Racism booth. CUSD Against Racism helped host the festival.

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March 2, 2021
The Croy family quarantined in their backyard with their neighbor, who also contracted the virus. The Croy’s spent most of their 14-day quaranting period inside their own home, only occasionally going in their backyard to get a breath of fresh air. Everyone in their family, excluding their youngest son, all tested positive with varying effects for all of them. While the entire family did survive, they continue to wear masks and stay socially distanced in order to ensure that other families don’t have to go through what they did.

Quarantining Together

December 14, 2020
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Which Class Has it Worst?

September 20, 2020

Sophomores

September 20, 2020
During this number, Jack Kelly, played by Michael Liebig (11) and Katherine Plumber, played by Presley Nicholson (11) sit inside of Medda Larkin’s theater. The backstage costume crew chose costumes for Jack and Katherine that would reflect the social status of each individual. For example, Jack wears a paperboy’s outfit in recognition of his poverty, Katherine chooses a pink dress, demonstrating her wealth. To the right, performers dance to the song “I Never Planned on You/Don’t Come Knocking on my Door”. On the left of Jack and Katherine, Medda Larkin, played by Madeline Halliburton, tells the two to lower their voices in her theater.

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March 4, 2020
Dean McElroy conducts the students in a song from the production during dress rehearsal. The musicians in Newsies learned around thirty songs for the show, practicing about six hours weekly. Preparation started for the show late October, and carried into February. Every instrument in band and orchestra, except the viola, was incorporated into the show, in addition to guitar and electric bass. After collaborating with the actors, the musicians said they could almost mouth the lines of the play. “It’s cool to see it all come together,” said musician Abraham Palmer (12).

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March 4, 2020
Edward Kemp (12) dances and sings along with other performers, engaging with the audience as they laugh and cheer along with them. In the show he played Joseph Pulitzer, a man in ownership of a newspaper company. His character attempts to raise the prices of the newspapers to make a greater profit, further leading to the “newsies” revolting against his company. As a member of Actors Repertory, Kemp has also participated in many other SJHHS theater productions, including Romeo and Juliet where he played Lord Capulet, Mr. Laurence in Little Women, and Mr. Mann in Front.

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March 4, 2020
Varsity baseball player Ethan Pope (12) speaks to an audience of future stallions and parents about the college he has committed to play baseball for. Other athletes announced their college plans to inspire eighth graders about the benefits of attending SJHHS.

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February 12, 2020
Beginning intermediate dancers perform on the stage during Stallion Showcase. The dancers choreographed their dance for the student choreographer show titled, Game On! This dance was inspired by the video game, Hip Hop Dance Experience and included a compilation of music ranging from Cardi B to Iggy Azalea.

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February 12, 2020
Academic advisors, Maureen Scherf, Lisa Cassarino, and Fernando Sotelo engage with parents and students of incoming freshmen at Stallion Showcase. The academic advisors help students balance their schedules and stay on track for college.

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February 12, 2020
While an incoming stallion and his Mom wait in the library for a Link Crew Tour, they pose with a Stallion t-shirt. In the library, stallions were able to purchase shirts, as well as meet with a link crew leader for a tour.

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February 12, 2020
Link Crew leader Shali Patel (11) shows the incoming Stallions around the Upper Quad. In the upper quad, there were numerous booths demonstrating electives and clubs at San Juan Hills.

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February 12, 2020
 An incoming freshman tours the F building with Link Crew leaders Lucy Hughitt (11) and Jade Hernandez (11). Visual and performing art classes set up booths in the halls to promote their programs in hopes of expanding student interest.

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February 12, 2020
(Left to Right) Junior link crew leaders, Sri Ghosh, Garrett Gattis, Siena Chacon, Tamsin Sherwood, Jillian Tabone, and Sydney Howes pose together in the library during Stallion Showcase. Link crew leaders spent their time giving tours of the school to incoming freshmen.

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February 12, 2020
 Alaina Arbiso (10) presents the features of the blackbox during a tour of the theater department. Future stallions were taken around the F building with their parents at Stallion Showcase to promote VAPA.

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February 12, 2020
Varsity baseball player Ethan Pope (12) speaks to an audience of future stallions and parents about the college he has committed to play baseball for. Other athletes announced their college plans to inspire eighth graders about the benefits of attending SJHHS.

[PHOTO]

February 12, 2020
Beginning intermediate dancers perform on the stage during Stallion Showcase. The dancers choreographed their dance for the student choreographer show titled, Game On! This dance was inspired by the video game, Hip Hop Dance Experience and included a compilation of music ranging from Cardi B to Iggy Azalea.

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February 12, 2020
Academic advisors, Maureen Scherf, Lisa Cassarino, and Fernando Sotelo engage with parents and students of incoming freshmen at Stallion Showcase. The academic advisers help students balance their schedules and stay on track for college.

[PHOTO]

February 12, 2020
While an incoming stallion and his Mom wait in the library for a Link Crew Tour, they pose with a Stallion t-shirt. In the library, stallions were able to purchase shirts, as well as meet with a link crew leader for a tour.

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February 12, 2020
Link Crew leader Shali Patel (11) shows the incoming Stallions around the Upper Quad. In the upper quad, there were numerous booths demonstrating electives and clubs at San Juan Hills.

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February 12, 2020
An incoming freshman tours the F building with Link Crew leaders Lucy Hughitt (11) and Jade Hernandez (11). Visual and performing art classes set up booths in the halls to promote their programs in hopes of expanding student interest.

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February 12, 2020
(Left to Right) Junior link crew leaders, Sri Ghosh, Garrett Gattis, Siena Chacon, Tamsin Sherwood, Jillian Tabone, and Sydney Howes pose together in the library during Stallion Showcase. Link crew leaders spent their time giving tours of the school to incoming freshmen.

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February 12, 2020
Alaina Arbiso (10) presents the features of the blackbox during a tour of the theater department. Future stallions were taken around the F building with their parents at Stallion Showcase to promote VAPA.

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February 12, 2020
Day 2 Chunky Dunks: from the left, singer Charlie Demsey (12), Guitarists Cristiano Arbiso and Josh Dostis, and Trumpeter Alex White serenade the crowd with their epic sound. Their set list included the songs “Such Great Heights” and “Would you be impressed.

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January 22, 2020
Day 2 Grant Alarid: Grant Alarid (12) was the only solo performer who did not rap for his performance. Alarid impressed the crowd with his amazing guitar skills by covering “In Your Atmosphere” and “Daughters” by John Mayer.

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January 22, 2020
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