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Nikki Iyer

Nikki Iyer, Staff Writer

Nikki is a sophomore at San Juan Hills High School, and this is her second year on The Express. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, writing, and going to the beach. She is excited to learn more about journalism and writing this year as feature 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

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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
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