They don’t really add much, but here are the descriptions for the new characters TeenNick released (as well as links to the new cast on twitter). I don’t know if anyone noticed this, but with the addition of the new characters a solid 1/3 of the cast is made up of minorities.
Lola Pacini (Amanda Acuri: https://twitter.com/amandaaarcuri)
Grade 9 – Bubbly and excitable, Lola is a boy-crazy cheerleader with colorful hair and a vibrant personality that is hard to miss in the halls of Degrassi. Lola’s closest friends are Shay and Frankie.
Shaylynn “Shay” Powers (Reiya Downs: https://twitter.com/reiyadowns)
Grade 9 – Shay loves playing sports and is determined to be the best athlete. She aims high in school and her standards also extend to boys. There is only one guy she has eyes for, but Shay may have a rude awakening when she realizes that she can’t always get what she wants.
Arelene Takahashi (Devyn Nekoda: https://twitter.com/devyn_nekoda12)
Grade 9 – Arlene is a quintessential nerd that is sometimes tucked away at Degrassi wearing elf ears and reading comics. Often picked on by the cheerleaders, she is the antithesis of Zoë and Lola and she’s fine with it.
Jonah Haak (Ehren Kassam: https://twitter.com/EhrenKassam)
Grade 11 – After getting into some bad situations, Jonah has seen the light and he’s ready to make some friends who share his strong faith at Degrassi. He gave up all his vices, but he’s kept the rock ‘n’ roll.