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‘We killed it:’ Sunny Hills principal cites College Board report showing more than three-fourths of students passed their May 2020 Advanced Placement exams — the highest passing percentage over the past four years

An infographic for the national score distribution of AP Human Geography text takers last year.

Kate Yang

September 26, 2020

This is the first of a two-part series focusing on the May 2020 Advanced Placement scores released earlier this summer. In response to the coronavirus pandemic that shut down testing locations worldwide, the College Board had severely modified its exams to the point that it was administered online for s...

Nov. 3 elections: Use of safe and sane fireworks could go up in smoke if Fullerton voters repeal city’s 8-year-old law

Junior Luke Weinreich, who is in opposition of banning safe and fireworks, plays with sparklers in celebration of the Fourth of July this past summer in his neighborhood in Fullerton. Fullerton voters will decide on Measure U, which calls for the prohibition of the sale and use of these fireworks.

Michelle Sheen

September 22, 2020

The savory aroma of meat grilling in the front yard during a July summer day while patriotic music like “Firework” by Katy Perry or “Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood plays around the house.  Such festivities are capped off when the sun goes down, and the safe and sane fireworks lik...

Basketball, football programs temporarily shut down because of possible COVID-19 exposure

Linebacker senior Noah Brown runs around a cone during a June 23 football practice on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Practices would be suspended two weeks later on July 6 before resuming on Aug. 17 but have since been shut down again because of possible COVID-19 exposure.

Andrew Ngo

September 19, 2020

This story was updated at 8:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, with an additional quote from principal Allen Whitten and information about how many athletes have been exposed to COVID-19.  In what’s been a wild and tumultuous year for high school athletics, the coronavirus pandemic has pitched yet another...

STILL TI(C)KING: Sunny Hills TikTok users, creators relieved that social media app will not be going away

With 100 million monthly users in America, TikTok has grown popular among Gen Z millennials but was under hot water when President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to ban the app in the U.S. because of security concerns.

Nevya Patel

September 18, 2020

Saved by the O. Oracle, that is. With a Sept. 20 deadline looming for an American company to buy TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance in China, or else President Donald Trump would ban its use in the United States for security reasons, Oracle announced earlier this week it has struck a deal to bec...

With more than 30 years of administrative experience, new assistant principal says ‘aloha’ to Sunny Hills

New assistant principal John Oldenburg holds a sign as part of a video clip for students at La Vista and La Sierra continuation schools to encourage them after the coronavirus pandemic closed down classrooms in March. Oldenburg previously worked at La Vista and La Sierra in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District before he was transferred to Sunny Hills this school year.

Kristima Aryal

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of feature profiles of new, full-time teachers or administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Having grown up on the island of white sand beaches and palm trees, John Oldenburg says “aloha” to Sunny Hills this school year. The newest member to join the admini...

13 try out for boys soccer, but recent poor air quality has prevented coach from scheduling more sessions for newcomers

Forward and then-freshman David Rezko (left) kicks the ball during a 2-1 home victory over Buena Park on Jan. 24. The sophomore, along with his new teammates, will vie for a second Freeway League title in as many years when their season begins next February. Meanwhile, on Sept. 3, head coach Mike Schade held tryouts drawing 13 candidates.

Henry Lee

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year.  Before the coronavirus pandemic affected high school sports nationwide, boys soccer head coach Mike Schade would’ve been able to figure out what his team roster would look...

FJUHSD pushes back date for returning to on-campus learning to no earlier than Oct. 5

The sun sets on the Sunny Hills campus on May 28, the last day of school in the 2019-2020 school year. Because of Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s Sep. 3 announcement, students whose parents signed them up for Cohors A or B will not arrive back on campus until Oct. 5 at the earliest.

Alice Shin

September 13, 2020

With Orange County coronavirus cases no longer spiking as they were in the summer, state officials have allowed schools to re-open for live, in-class instruction as early as Sept. 22, though Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] campuses -- including Sunny Hills -- will do so no earlier ...

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

The Accolade Editorial Board

September 12, 2020

The Accolade’s editorial board count: Eight approve and seven disapprove of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s [FJUHSD] new class schedule for the 2020-2021 distance learning period. On Aug. 26, math teacher Kari Morita was late to class — but she didn’t know it at first. I...

Time to take a stand — or a knee — against athletes making political statements in a game

Time to take a stand -- or a knee -- against athletes making political statements in a game

Grace Johnson

September 12, 2020

During the Sept. 10, National Football League season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans, both teams joined together at midfield at the Chief’s stadium to have a “Moment of Unity” before starting their game. A loud chorus of boos erupted among many watching the game from ...

COVID-19 health guidelines force Link Crew to welcome freshmen via Zoom instead of live orientation on campus

Then-junior Daniel Magpayo (center) gives instructions to Krystopher Bagunu (left) and Leoni Nguyen, then juniors, in the gym during the Aug. 6, 2019, Link Crew freshman orientation. For the 2020-2021 school year freshman orientation, Link Crew had to resort to meeting with freshmen through the Zoom meeting platform because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Michelle Sheen

September 9, 2020

After three years of holding freshman orientation on campus before the start of the school year, Link Crew had to resort to a virtual one that attracted 450 students to meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. “Zoom meetings were nerve-wracking for us as we had to make connections, train and ge...

Despite distance learning, student clubs can hold virtual meetings, attract new members after virtual club rush

The Alzheimer’s Awareness Club members promote their group during the 2019-2020 Club Rush at break. Because the new school year has started with distance learning instead of live instruction on campus, the ASB had to resort to a Google Slides presentation of clubs, which was posted on the school’s website Sept. 4.

Nevya Patel

September 9, 2020

Though not allowed to hold live, in-person meetings during distance learning, clubs have been given permission by school district officials to virtually gather on platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet outside of classroom hours. In addition, club officers and members are expected to follow all school ...

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.

Hope Li

September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the occasional passing out of free candy. This has been what Club Rush was all about during the tra...

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