The Accolade

Sunny Hills AVID Senior Standout gets top scholarship prize of $25,000 from virtual Orange County Department of Education awards ceremony

Senior Dana Mabin holds up the email she received April 7 from the Orange County Community Foundation notifying her of the $25,000 scholarship she received from a county AVID awards ceremony, which was canceled and turned into a virtual slide presentation ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the email, Mabin will be given $6,250 through a scholarship check which will be mailed directly to her educational institution to help cover each year’s college tuition up to four years total.

Andrew Park

April 21, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis with several senior-related events canceled or drastically changed, Dana Mabin received some good news from the Orange County Department of Education [OCDE]. This year’s Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] Senior Standout was awarded a $25,000 ...

Netflix’s new Top 10 features ease subscribers’ viewing choices

Instead of the

Andrew Park

March 18, 2020

Adults have Rotten Tomatoes to go to if they ever need to find out what critics think about a recently released movie or streaming series. But for many high school Netflix viewers, that website is quite foreign to them. So how do they decide what to watch in their free time? Is that based on word...

The Accolade tops Best of Show at OCJEA write-offs

The Accolade's web editor senior Alex Park (left, front row), editor-in-chief senior Michelle Buckley and managing editor senior Hannah Yi hold up Orange County Journalism Education Association Best of Show plaques that have been awarded to the newspaper for  the past four years as part of an annual writeoff contest. Image used with permission from Arya Patel.

Andrew Park

March 15, 2020

A four-peat. That’s what The Accolade staff celebrated upon finding out it won the Best of Show award during the Feb. 22 Orange County Journalism Education Association write-off contest awards ceremony at Fullerton College. The Accolade’s Sept. 27 “Media Under Fire” issue scored the highes...

Sunny Hills girls soccer defeats La Habra in 5-0 shutout

Midfielder senior Meghan Legayada attempts to fires the ball toward the goal during a 5-0 blowout against La Habra Jan. 29 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra

Andrew Park

January 31, 2020

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Sunny Hills girls soccer team dominated La Habra, shutting out the Highlanders 5-0 in a Jan. 29 home game. “It was a perfect game,” head coach Jeff Gordon said. “We had more than three goals and had a shutout.” Before the game against the Highl...

Meet this year’s Sunny Hills AVID Senior Standout: Dana Mabin

Senior Dana Mabin holds up the certificate she received back in November for being this school year's AVID Senior Standout. Mabin will be recognized April 20 at the University of California at Irvine's Barclay Theater. That’s also the same day when she’ll find out whether she will be awarded up to $24,000 for the Orange County AVID scholarship and up to $2,500 for the AVID Orange County Dollars scholarship. Image used with permission from Lori Larsen.

Andrew Park

January 21, 2020

“Hard-working, driven, determined, ambitious and focused.” Those are the words from an staff email that Lori Larsen, the district’s coordinator of the Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] program, used to describe senior Dana Mabin, who was selected as the Sunny Hills AVID Senior...

Not much of a rise in creative storytelling for final installment of Star Wars saga

The final installment of the Star Wars saga, which was released Dec. 20, includes some spectacular lightsaber duels like this one in which Rey (left) played by Daisy Ridley fends off the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who tries to persuade Rey into joining the Dark Side of the force. Their fight eventually destroys the remains of the Darth Vader helmet. Image posted with permission from Walt Disney Studios.

Andrew Park

December 24, 2019

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away … As much as this symbolic opening comes to fans with nostalgia, most audiences have grown tired of the repetitive space adventure movie. Despite being undoubtedly the most famous sci-fi film series in the world, or perhaps the galaxy, the ninth ep...

School officials asking for help in identifying three who vandalized 11 student lockers in November

Students' belongings lay scattered on the floor near the set of lockers attached to the 30s building in the aftermath of a Nov. 16 early morning vandalism at Sunny Hills. Image posted with permission from Jennifer Kim.

Andrew Park

December 23, 2019

School officials are still looking for the three unidentified male suspects caught on security cameras showing them vandalizing items inside of 11 students’ lockers last month. “We are asking other schools if they recognize the guys,” principal Allen Whitten said. “We can get a glimpse of...

‘Parasite’ offers a host of themes that’s Oscar-worthy

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho,

Andrew Park

November 8, 2019

Par•a•sit•ism “One in which a parasite obtains benefits from a host, which it usually injures,” according to merriam-webster.com. This is how the South Korean thriller, “Parasite,” reflects the the division within our society today — those who are poor harming the rich to financially ...

Weightlifter ‘snatches’ gold medal

Freshman Julian Malone performs a 50 kilogram lift during a control test at the Academy of Weightlifting in Santa Ana earlier this year in February. Reposted with permission from Monica Malone.

Andrew Park

October 21, 2019

A young weightlifter steps on to the stage and slaps chalk on his hand as he grasps the barbell. Beep. He lifts the barbell up to his shoulders, breathing nervously yet confidently. Then, he pushes it up above his head for several seconds.  Beep. The barbell slams back down the floor, evoking loud chee...

Sunny Hills football dominates Buena Park in 49-8 victory; takes six-game winning streak into Oct. 18 showdown vs. La Habra

Running back and defensive back junior David Harris avoids a Buena Park player in one of his carries during the Oct. 11 game against Buena Park High School. The former Buena Park Junior High School student scored his first touchdown of the season -- a six-yard scamper into the end zone. Photo by Paul Yasutake

Andrew Park

October 14, 2019

This story was updated on Oct. 15 with quotes from more players. The Sunny Hills High School football team maintained its winning streak Oct. 11, blowing out its second Freeway League opponent of the season in a 49-8 victory against Buena Park High School. “It was great to get the big win,” ...

Apple TV Plus to take a bite into producing its own streaming content

An artist's rendering of an image from Apple promoting one of its original streaming content. Actresses Reese Witherspoon (left) and Jennifer Aniston star in

Andrew Park

September 11, 2019

Netflix and Hulu may face some new competition in November. That’s when Apple -- the company that revolutionized the phone service industry with the first iPhone in 2007 --  plans to produce its own content to be available for a subscription price. Marketed as Apple TV Plus, the tech giant ann...

Ballers check out new outdoor basketball ‘sport court’ surface

Junior Krystofer Bagunu dribbles past senior Peter Park during practice Aug. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Andrew Park

August 17, 2019

It began as a small idea. Why not cover the black asphalt basketball courts next to the swimming pool and girl’s locker with a surface that provides a more safer and efficient ground for students to play on? About a year and a half ago, principal Allen Whitten then researched online for different options and c...

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