The Accolade

After 37 years in education, math teacher Larry Allen retires

Larry Allen holds in one hand a calculator and ruler to represent the math classes he has been teaching at Sunny Hills, while his other hand holds a football signed by his 2018 Freshman City Championship players. Image posted with permission from Aurora Allen.

Charis Lee

May 30, 2020

Buena Park, Fullerton, Sonora and Troy -- all high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District that math teacher Larry Allen has taught at before coming to Sunny Hills High School. The only campus Allen hasn't taught at in the district is La Habra and the continuing education schools. Alle...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Daniel Shim plans to pursue engineering at UCLA

Senior Daniel Shim is one of the 12 valedictions in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Daniel Shim. 

Charis Lee

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 engineering is my future education plan for now. Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you ...

Sunny Hills officials post video on Facebook featuring staff using various remote learning tools on first day of district-imposed school closure

Charis Lee

March 22, 2020

For one minute and 30 seconds, the Sunny Hills community affected by a district-imposed school closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic got a glimpse of what distance learning looks like. From the teachers’ perspective. On the first day students had to stay home instead of coming to ...

Teen couples double tap into the digital age

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Charis Lee

February 14, 2020

Just as standards, cultures and mainstream trends have changed through the generations, so has dating.  Medieval acts of “courtship” have translated to modern-day “dating,” but are they the same?  Nowadays, teens of Generation Z—anyone born after 1997—have access to social media and technology, ...

I literally had a wake-up call about my blood donation experience

Accolade staff writer junior Charis Lee learns the hard way the consequences of ignoring some of the reminders on the back side of the American Red Cross summons card.

Charis Lee

February 11, 2020

It was a typical Wednesday morning for me — barely any sleep, having little to eat and heading straight to zero period. I had completely forgotten what was planned for the day.  I slept about two hours the night before, or technically morning, and I thought about my schedule during passing period heading...

Wrestling team rolls through La Habra en route to a Senior Night win

Senior Andrew Park (left) stares down Juan Sanabria during their 220-pound weight class bout Jan. 15 in the Sunny Hills gym. Park pinned Sanabria in the second period to put the Lancers ahead 41-15 with just four matches remaining. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Charis Lee

January 22, 2020

The wrestling team ended its Senior Night Jan. 15 with a 47-25 win against La Habra in the Sunny Hills gym, securing victories in nine out 14 of matches.  “Our [wrestlers] pulled through, and we needed those big points in the beginning,” assistant coach Josue Chew said. “I was most worried a...

Here’s why my mother deserves not one, but two diamonds

Accolade staff writer Charis Lee still has the two gems that she won for her mom from writing a poem for the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest. Students have until Friday, Jan. 17, to submit their entries. Image used with permission from Charis Lee.

Charis Lee

January 15, 2020

“Mom! I won you an amethyst, I just won an amethyst!” I hurried to my mom’s car as she picked me up from my junior high school -- me holding a white paper in one hand and me with a bright smile plastered across my face. That was in the seventh grade, and in my Creative Writing class, my teacher...

Female athletes make history with girls’ first wrestling team

Freshman Kylie Yang (left) stares down Highlander wrestler Vanessa Hernandez during the Sunny Hills dual meet between La Habra and Sunny Hills Jan. 15 at the Sunny Hills gym. Yang won the 137-pound JV girls bout with a pin in the second period. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Charis Lee

November 15, 2019

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach) , Josue Chew (assistant coach) and Ryan O’Sullivan (assistant coach)  Top Returning Players: Brianna Tran (11) Top Newcomers: Daniella Berrios (12) and Kylie Yang (9) Outlook: For the first time in Sunny Hills’ history, nine female students have formed the fir...

‘Tall Girl’ falls short on sentimental moments but offers lots of laughs

Ava Michelle (left) plays a teen girl who struggles with her height and comparisons to her older, shorter pageant queen sister played by Sabrina Carpenter in

Charis Lee

November 5, 2019

She has blond hair and blue eyes and looks stunning, but one thing sets 17-year-old Jodi Kreyman apart from others – she’s six feet, two inches tall. Hence the title of the 101-minute, Wonderland Sound and Vision-produced film, “Tall Girl,” which succeeds with several comedic scenes but falls...

New College and Career Center will benefit students

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Charis Lee

September 12, 2019

As students chase academic success and race for straight A’s, college is a worrisome concern for most high schoolers, especially as senior year looms closer each year.  Fortunately, the College and Career Center is available for all students for the first time in a decade in Room 2. I person...

New math teacher brings world of experience to students

New Algebra I and Algebra Foundations 1 teacher Lauren Johnson moves around the classroom asking students if they are in need of assistance in Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

Charis Lee

August 26, 2019

Traveling to multiple unfamiliar and foreign countries, Lauren Johnson carries myriads of experiences before arriving at Sunny Hills.  Johnson is the wife of a technician in the U.S. Air Force, who gets transferred every so often to different military bases all over the world. Because of that, she h...

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