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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Accolade editor-in-chief senior Kate Yang checks the information sheet for the newspaper layout category while working on Adobe InDesign during the Orange County Journalism Education Association contest Saturday, March 4, at Fullerton College. The senior’s entry earned her a first-place trophy.

The Accolade wins 2 of 3 Best of Show plaques from Orange County student media contest

David Kim, Staff Reporter March 17, 2023

A tiebreaker to determine first place that went against The Accolade’s online work prevented the journalism program from sweeping the Orange County Journalism Education Association’s  [OCJEA] Best...

Senior Julian Boyd practices his butterfly stroke for the upcoming season after school in the Sunny Hills pool Monday, March 13.

BOYS AND GIRLS SWIM PREVIEW: Lancers look to improve, qualify for CIF

Justin Pak, Copy Editor March 14, 2023

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach/girls head coach), Sergio Dorrego (boys head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach), Amanda Morris-Shaw (assistant coach) Top Returners: Julian Boyd (12), Eden...

The boys volleyball team celebrates a point against Cerritos on Thursday, March 9, in the Sunny Hills gym. After losing the first set, the Lancers bounced back and swept the next three to win, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 26-24.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Lancers looking forward to challenge of competing in higher division

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter March 14, 2023

Coaches: Albert Soliguen (head coach), Victoria Guillory (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Ryan Axe (12), Nathan Casasola (12), Logan Filadelfia (12), Ryan Mesnik (11), Owen Taylor (12), Payton...

Winston Creel, a father of triplet daughters who attended Sunny Hills in the mid-1980s, rides his horse as the school mascot known as Winston the Lancer. The mascot would show up at Sunny Hills home football games until the horse died before the start of the 2016-2017 football season.

DID YOU KNOW? FROM LANCE BULLWINKLE TO WINSTON THE LANCER: How Sunny Hills got its mascot, school colors

Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter March 3, 2023

As a continuing feature from last semester, The Accolade investigates some of the school's history. For this issue, we look into the origins of how Sunny Hills' colors became black and gold and how the...

New auto shop teacher Jesse Munoz (left) demonstrates how to fabricate an engine support brace to sophomore Jacob Carr in his Advanced and Intermediate Auto Shop second period class in Room 131 last semester.

New auto shop teacher wants students to learn beyond just nuts, bolts of being a mechanic

David Kim, Staff Reporter January 30, 2023

This is the last in a series of profiles on full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester last year. A part-time English teacher last semester now works full time this spring,...

Senior Kayla Alamos (above) puts her left arm around senior Kylie Yang to demonstrate the referees position during wrestling practice on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 153.

GIRLS WRESTLING PREVIEW: New coach, increase in athletes raise expectations for season

Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter January 27, 2023

Coaches: Matthew Acosta (head coach), Ethan Nguyen (assistant coach), David Park (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Kayla Alamos (11), Jenna Park (12), Kylie Yang (12) Top Newcomers: Karina...

Barely visible between vehicles, the staff and student markings on the west parking lot awaits restoration at an undetermined time.

West parking lot in need of resurfacing, repainting

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 11, 2023

While the parking lot near the Performing Arts Center has undergone resurfacing and repainting last year to designate which spots belong to staff, the other side of campus has yet to see the same upgrade. Many...

Using an iPad, new math teacher Christina Vu (left) assists freshman Terah Nohl in her fourth period Algebra 2 Honors class in Room 105 at the beginning of the fall semester.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: New teacher follows in her mother’s footsteps as an educator; aims to multiply the joy of math with her students

Faith Jung, Social Media Manager January 10, 2023

Christina Vu sat in the back of her mother’s classroom at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove 20 years ago as she watched her role model teach math to Advanced Placement Calculus and Algebra...

Richard Thomas plays Atticus Finch, an attorney who agrees to defend a Black man accused of sexually harassing a white woman in the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird stage adaptation worth scouting for something to do during holiday break

Justin Pak, Copy Editor November 22, 2022

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has faced controversy in recent years, especially during the Black Lives Matter movement. The novel about an Alabama lawyer — Atticus Finch — defending a Black...

Drum major senior Lana Luu accepts a second-place plaque for the Lancer Regiment during the Saturday, Nov. 12, Division Championships at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo. The Lancer Regiment, comprised of the school marching band and the Color Guard, will advance to the championship round Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove, where they will compete for a chance to earn a first-place award for a second consecutive year.

Lancer Regiment to compete Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove for chance to repeat as California State Band champions

Faith Jung, Social Media Manager November 18, 2022

Copy editor Seowon Han and cub reporter Kevin Lee contributed to this story. After placing second in a divisional round last weekend, the marching band and Color Guard will advance to compete Saturday,...

Senior Ricardo Gonzalez belts to “Hypocrisy,” a song that Gonzalez wrote and performed Wednesday, Oct. 26,  with three other band members during the Fall Festival held after school in the quad.

PHOTO ESSAY: Conservatory of Fine Arts draws after-school crowd with carnival-themed Fall Festival

Justin Pak, Copy Editor November 8, 2022

While New Orleans usually celebrates the Mardis Gras season in the spring, the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] wanted to create a carnival atmosphere for its annual Fall Festival last month. “We...

New engineering teacher Patrick Salem (center) reacts to the progress his engineering students are making on their balloon cable car project in Room 402 on Monday, Aug. 22.  Salem, hired through the Regional Occupation Program, also takes over as the new coordinator for the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovations and Change program.

NEW CHALLENGE: Ex-college professor, engineer aims to connect with EPIC students

Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter October 7, 2022

Patrick Salem owes his interest in engineering to his father, who raised his family in the Midwest. “He was an electrical [design] engineer and began teaching me electrical engineering when I was...

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