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March 20: How the cancellation of Pilipino Culture Night because of COVID-19 pandemic hurts like the loss of a family member

Because the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has extended school closure to May 1 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bayanihan Club leaders have decided to cancel April's Pilipino Culture Night in the Performing Arts Center. Sunny Hills students will not be able to see club members perform on stage like they did April 20, 2019, in the PAC. Image used with permission from the Bayanihan Club

Gianne Veluz

March 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at  [email protected] This mornin...

High school sweethearts share their love story beyond high school

Amber and Samuel Chang (Class of 2005) are among the many high school sweethearts from Sunny Hills who eventually married and have a family. The two met as freshmen, and both were swim and water polo athletes as well as journalism students. Image used with permission from Amber Chang.

Gianne Veluz

March 17, 2020

The Accolade sought out as many former high school couples as possible through a post to the Sunny Hills Facebook alumni page and received nearly a dozen responses with marriages that have lasted as long as 50 years. Class of 1968 alumna Nancy Sundvold MacInnis posted a comment saying she met her husb...

78th minute goal pushes boys soccer into the second round of playoffs

Midfielder senior Brandon Toledo (center) dribbles through a pair of Laguna Hills defenders during Sunny Hills' 2-1 victory over Laguna Hills Feb. 12 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Gianne Veluz

February 14, 2020

Update: This story was updated Feb. 14 at 12:50 p.m. to change the next round from quarterfinals to second round. In a tense match between Sunny Hills and Laguna Hills, the Lancer boys soccer team emerged victorious 2-1 in its CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first round matchup Feb. 12 at the Sunny Hills...

I’ve been tinikling about joining this Filipino dance for IFF since freshman year

Accolade staff writer and Bayanihan Club member junior Gianne Veluz clicks the two 10-foot-long plastic bamboo sticks in one of her many practices to prepare for the Feb. 6 International Food Faire assembly. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

Gianne Veluz

February 9, 2020

If you’ve ever been to the International Food Fair [IFF] assembly (like the one we had on Feb. 6), then you’ve most likely watched the program end with the Bayanihan Club performing a famous Filipino folk dance called tinikling. It’s a dance that is performed with four people and a dancer or...

Sunny Hills offers rooter bus for third week in a row — this time to the Dec. 7 Lancers football game in Bakersfield

Wide receiver and defensive back senior WIlson Cal (center) leads the team onto the field before the Lancers' 24-21 win in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship game at San Marcos High School Stadium Nov. 30. Cal intercepted a pass in the Sunny Hills endzone to seal the victory with 30 seconds left in the game. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Gianne Veluz

December 6, 2019

Students who want to be a part of Lancer sports history will once again have a chance to ride a rooter bus to Bakersfield Christian High School stadium, where for the first time ever, the Sunny Hills football team will compete in a state CIF playoff game. Assistant principal Hilda Arredondo sent a m...

Football caps off regular season with 48-16 victory over Troy; the team heads into CIF Division 8 playoffs ranked No. 1 and will play Nov. 8 at home against Tustin High School

Running back senior Jun Ahn breaks a tackle from a Troy defender during one of his first quarter runs. Ahn ended the game as the leading scorer with four touchdowns and 164 total rushing yards in the 48-16 victory Nov. 1 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Gianne Veluz

November 3, 2019

This story was updated Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. with information on the first round of CIF Division 8 playoffs and Nov. 8 at 2:20 p.m. with quotes from head coach Peter Karavedas.  The Sunny Hills football team finished the regular season Nov. 1 at home with another trouncing of a Freeway League opponent,...

Conservatory of Fine Arts to hold fall festival featuring Peanuts pumpkin patch theme

Fall festival planning committee members put together this Peanuts-themed poster promoting the Oct. 24 after school event featuring various programs from the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The 3-4:30 p.m. event will be held in the quad.

Gianne Veluz

October 24, 2019

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] plans to host its annual Fall Festival after school Oct. 24 with a theme based on the Peanuts cartoon episode titled, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” “This year, COFA is going more full out with everything,”...

Sunny Hills trounces Sonora 45-7 in Freeway League home opener

Sunny Hills wide receiver and defensive back senior Wilson Cal tucks the ball in while trying to avoid a tackle by a Sonora defender during the first quarter of the Oct. 4 homecoming game at Buena Park stadium. Cal later scored the game's first points on a touchdown reception at the corner of the end zone. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Gianne Veluz

October 6, 2019

In its first Freeway League game of the season that also turned out to be a homecoming game, the Sunny Hills football team left its opponent in the dust with a 45-7 trouncing of Sonora Oct. 4 at Buena Park High School’s stadium. Head coach Peter Karavedas dedicated the win to the team’s seniors. “We...

Boys water polo shoots for win streak

Utility player junior Jacob Brooks focuses his aim and prepares to throw the ball during the teams first home game against Esperanza High School Aug. 27. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Gianne Veluz

October 2, 2019

Coach: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach, goalie coach) Top Returning Players: Christian Aguirre (12), Min Chin (12), Cole Seibel (12) and Jonathan Sulvaran (12) Outlook: Even with a shortage of players, the boys water polo team will have to be dedicated and driven to carry thr...

Football coach, players don’t anticipate having a ‘turf’ time adjusting to new home field at Buena Park High School

Lancers quarterback senior Luke Duxbury looks for targets to throw the football to during an Aug. 22 scrimmage against Yorba Linda at the Buena Park High School stadium. Duxbury is among four Lancers ranked in the Orange County Register’s online Hot 150 high school football athletes.  The Register rated him at 71, the highest among the other three Lancer football players. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Gianne Veluz

August 30, 2019

This story was updated Sept. 10 to include a statement from quarterback senior Luke Duxbury about last year's Aliso Niguel away home opener. Coaches: head coach Pete Karavedas, assistant head coach/offensive line/special teams coach Ron Newton, offensive coordinator/running backs/corners coach Jae Byun, def...

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