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Combining cheer, song to create new Pep Squad at Sunny Hills is such a great idea that I even auditioned for the team

Sophomore Sydnee Tallant records the new Pep Squad routine on video May 6 as part of her audition application to join a combined cheer and song team at Sunny Hills.

Sydnee Tallant

May 30, 2020

The theater lights shine brightly and the music cues. Backstage, the dancers stretch anxiously before their routine. The audience roars with excitement to greet these performers. I have always had a passion for participating in environments like this.  Dance has always been one of my favorite act...

Summer school Monday, June 1, to continue with distance learning; health for incoming freshmen not being offered because of school closure

Students enrolled in summer school starting next Monday, June 1, will need to continue to rely on their electronic devices and internet access at home as Sunny Hills will continue to provide instruction through distance learning. One change is incoming freshmen will not be allowed to enroll in health since students are still not allowed to come to campus for classes or to pick up school-issued chromebooks. Source:

Sydnee Tallant

May 28, 2020

With summer school scheduled to begin Monday, June 1, incoming freshmen will be the only group prohibited from enrolling in health, while distance learning will continue for both sessions, school officials said. “With the [COVID-19] pandemic, we are limiting summer school [course] options this year,”...

Netflix’s gory, violent ‘The Decline’ best for those with a strong stomach

Locked and loaded, the survivalist trainees led by Alain (left) get ready for their next training exercise in Netflix's

Sydnee Tallant

May 6, 2020

A few weeks into California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve, Netflix released a Quebec-produced film aptly titled, “The Decline.” One can easily fill in the blanks after these two words:  “The Decline … of motivation to do school work.”...

2020 color of the year is a classic

The color-matching company, Pantone, has selected for its 2020 color of the year, Classic Blue. Two other well-known paint companies have also selected a similar shade of blue for their 2020 color of the year. Photo taken by Accolade feature editor Lira Jeong.

Sydnee Tallant

February 13, 2020

Sophomore Toni Lee’s favorite color is red.   “Red is really flattering to me,” Lee said. “I think it suits me the best when it comes to clothes.” Junior Kayla Vazquez agrees, though she prefers a darker shade, burgundy.  “The color also looks really nice on most people,” Vazq...

Newcomer Layton Greene’s debut EP captures listeners’ attention with songs about her rough childhood, broken relationships

Newcomer Layton Greene doesn't hold back in her seven-song debut EP, Tell Ya Story. In

Sydnee Tallant

December 19, 2019

Teenagers love to listen to music and often bump out to rap songs with no meaning such as “In the Party” by Flo Mili and “Wow” by Post Malone. But newcomer Layton Greene has opted to dive into deeper topics like dark childhood stories and broken relationships in her debut album, Tell Ya Sto...

Girls volleyball to start Freeway League play Sept. 16

Defensive Specialist Calie Koehn serves the ball in the air while in her serving motion during a 3-0 loss to Walnut High School Aug. 22. (Photo taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak)

Sydnee Tallant

September 16, 2019

Coaches: Amanda Donaldson (head coach), Katie Pascoe (assistant coach), Jane Paul (JV coach) and Allison Wong (frosh-soph coach)  Top returning players: Kayla Cho (12), Callie Koehn (12) and Maddie Rumenap (11) Outlook: The Lady Lancers aim to push for a Freeway League title after ending last season in third place and a b...

Running start — cross country girls aim to repeat as Freeway League champs under new head coach

Juniors Isha Patel (front) and Sneha Amin jog up Lancer Way toward school during their cross country practice Aug. 15. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Sydnee Tallant

September 12, 2019

Head coach: Ashley Geisler is in her first year guiding the girls cross country runners Top new runner: Kayleigh Castro (10)  Top returning runners:  Esther Fee (11), Stephanie Gonzales (11) and Peyton Rushing (11)  Last season: The cross country girls captured their seventh straight Freeway League title. ...

Boys cross country adjusts to 2 new coaches after retirement of longtime leader Dan Scott

Senior Chris Sanchez finishes his run during practice near the train tracks near the Agriculture complex Aug. 29. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Sydnee Tallant

August 27, 2019

Head Coach: Ashley Geisler and Jacob Holloway replace Dan Scott, who retired last school year Top New Runner: Ivan Guzman (12) Top Returning Runners: Noah Barragan (12), Robert Flores (12), Zachary Gomez (10), Chris Sanchez (12), and Emiliano Zavala (11) Last season: The boys won their sixth straight title...

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