The Accolade

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Samuel Kho stays organized while graduating at the top of his class

Senior Samuel Kho is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Samuel Kho.

Aaliyah Magana

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: Johns Hopkins Neuroscience/Physics Research. See if I can get the Woodrow Wilson Grant. Question #2: Which ex...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Jenny Lee’s encouragement from her mother helped her rise to the top of her class

Senior Jenny Lee smiles for a picture in her neighborhood after filming a video for Sunny Hills High School's virtual graduation. Image posted with permission from Jenny Lee.

Aaliyah Magana

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? (which school, which major; if not going to college, why not?) Answer: I am planning on attending Williams College as a b...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Peter Park graduates as a valedictorian and gives thanks to all of his high school teachers

Senior Peter Park performs a layup during a practice on November 14. Park is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Aaliyah Magana

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school?  Answer:  UCLA, applied mathematics. Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of?  A: ...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Andrew Tran graduates as a valedictorian and reminisces about the summer days spent with friends

Senior Andrew Tran poses for his senior portrait in early August 2019. Reprinted with permission from Andrew Tran.

Aaliyah Magana

May 25, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer: UCLA as a human physiology major.  Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of?  ...

Students, parents react with tears, concerns over school closure for rest of spring semester — likely through the summer

Printed signs like this are taped outside Sunny Hills High School's main office doors between Rooms 3 and 7 as a reminder to the community that the campus will remain closed through the summer unless California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifts his stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li

Aaliyah Magana

April 17, 2020

Senior Sarah Bankhead couldn’t stop refreshing the inbox of her school email on her iPhone 7+ after reading the latest announcement from Fullerton Joint Union High School District superintendent Scott Scambray. Bankhead was hoping to read a subsequent notice from Scambray that would cancel out that f...

Instagram Cheetos filter earns recognition for Sunny Hills senior

Senior Ruben Parker promotes his

Aaliyah Magana

March 19, 2020

Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter. These platforms have become more popular among youth because of word-of-mouth about the latest trends. Instagram entered the fray Aug. 13 by collaborating with Spark AR Studio, a Facebook-owned designing software used to create the augmented reality (AR)...

March 16: What it’s like to be allowed to return to campus to pick up my school lunch

Because the campus has been closed down this week until March 30 after spring break, Sunny Hills students who are on a free or reduced, federal government lunch plan can pick up their to-go, bagged lunches outside the Performing Arts Center between 10 a.m. and noon. Look for the black and gold Lancers color tent. Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Aaliyah Magana

Aaliyah Magana

March 17, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is the first 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] ...

New resource officer aims to ensure safety for students, staff

New resource officer aims to ensure safety for students, staff

Aaliyah Magana

February 28, 2020

Rob Watson could have been fighting fires instead of stopping criminals. “At first I wanted to be a firefighter, and then seeing what my uncle did for the LAPD [Los Angeles Police Department] made me want to do the same,” Watson said. He eventually joined the Fullerton Police force two years ago...

Sunny Hills girls cross country team takes first in Freeway League Cluster

Sunny Hills girls cross country runner freshman Jeweliet Fields races toward the finish line during the Freeway League Cluster Oct. 9 at Ralph B. Clark Park in Fullerton. Fields finished 13th with a time of 20.48.93 and helped the Lady Lancers take first place during the race. Photo taken by Accolade staff reporter Kristima Aryal

Aaliyah Magana

October 27, 2019

This story was updated Oct. 28 with additional quotes from cross country runners. The girls cross country team finished first in the three-mile Freeway League Cluster at Ralph B. Clark Park in Fullerton; meanwhile, one of its junior runners has been placing in the Top 10 in the past three events. ...

Northern California singer offers a ‘masquerade’ of new songs in debut album

Maia, also known as mxmtoon, is a Northern California musician who has released her debut album,

Aaliyah Magana

October 15, 2019

Chinese-American singer mxmtoon succeeds in her first, self-released album, the masquerade, comprising 10 songs followed by 10 in acoustic format. The 19-year-old Oakland native -- who has yet to reveal her full name but also goes by Maia -- and ukulele player became a YouTube sensation after releasin...

Freshman kicks way to varsity football

Freshman Mathias Brown (left) gets ready for one of his kickoffs during the Sept. 6 game against Irvine High School. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Aaliyah Magana

October 4, 2019

For freshman Mathias Brown, his status on the Sunny Hills football team all changed on one play -- the second one of the first game of the 2019-2020 season. That’s when senior Arnoldo Beltran got hurt trying to tackle an Aliso Niguel player while playing defense. The defensive back’s right wris...

Class of ‘23 gets new Lenovo Chromebook models; sophomores and upperclassmen to keep using Acers

Librarian technician Laura Prompongsatorn scans one of the new Lenovo model Chromebooks on Aug. 13 in the school library. The Chromebooks were distributed to freshmen at the beginning of the school year. (Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake)

Aaliyah Magana

September 24, 2019

After three years of issuing Acer Chromebooks used by the graduating senior class to incoming freshmen, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has decided to provide brand new Lenovo devices to incoming ninth-graders for all campuses.  “I was kind of jealous because I’ve had the same [Acer] Chro...

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