The Accolade

Staff editorial: FJUHSD should reopen classes in fall to all students since studies show minors are less likely to contract coronavirus

Art illustrated by contributing artist Jacqueline Chang.

The Accolade Editorial Board

June 4, 2020

A May 20 online article from the Los Angeles Times describes the first day of the return of school for students at Gyeongbuk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus crisis. Titled, “‘Kids will be kids’: Furtive hugs, complex logistics on South Kore...

May 26: Count on me to tell you how many school days have passed since the start of the 2019-2020 school year

Junior Hope Li (center) gets her friends in her sixth period Honors Chemistry class to hold up their fingers to signify the number 133 on the 133rd day of school March 13, in Room 112. Li started collecting images of a tally of each day of the school year as a time capsule project at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic announced that day, she has continued with it through the last day of the spring semester.

Hope Li

May 29, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part 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] “Neandertha...

Get ready to sing along with Disney Plus’ latest movie adaptation of the young adult novel, ‘Stargirl’

Hope Li

March 22, 2020

In a March 13 interview with USA Today, Grace VanderWaal said she wrote her song, “Today and Tomorrow,” on the set of her debut film, “Stargirl,” without any intention of including it in the movie. The 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 winner said she showed it to the movie’s director Julia Hart (“Fast Color”), who ...

March 18: Son of a glitch; how my first day of distance learning went

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li joins the Google Meet that her fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, David Wilde, set up. Like Li, many Sunny Hills students experienced WiFi and online app connection issues on the first day of distance learning. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.

Hope Li

March 19, 2020

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

Despite cliche elements, Pixar’s first fantasy production, ‘Onward,’ moves with dramatic flair

Tom Holland of Marvel's Spider-man voices Ian Lightfoot (left), who chants a visitation spell and uses a Phoenix Gem and a wizard's staff to bring back his father while his older brother Barley watches. This incites the brothers' fantastical quest to find another magical gem to complete their task to resurrect their dead father. Image used with permission from Disney Studios.

Hope Li

March 15, 2020

Although Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” has a predictable redemptive plot, the wholesome film impressively crafts a time-conscious story containing multiple layers within 102-minutes. Blue-skinned elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland, “Dolittle”) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt, “Avengers: Endgame”)...

Overcomer: Blind student wrestles with adjusting to new contact sport; finds his place on JV team

Sophomore Brennan Lamarra (left) wrestles against La Habra Highlander Edgar Arellano in the 195-pound weight class match during a dual meet held in the Sunny Hills gym Jan. 15. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake.

Hope Li

January 26, 2020

The "Overcomer" story is the first in a series of articles featuring Sunny Hills students who are also athletes despite their physical or emotional disabilities. Whenever junior varsity and frosh/soph wrestling coach Josue Chew demonstrates a move for his student athletes in the Sunny Hills wrestlin...

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Hope Li

December 9, 2019

This story was updated Dec. 12 with a quote from one of the football players. To the sound of Queen’s Freddie Mercury singing “We Are the Champions,” school officials celebrated the football team’s CIF-Southern Section Division 8 football title with an ice cream toss by players in the quad duri...

The Accolade wins sixth place in Best of Show at national journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li (left) holds the Best of Show certificate from the National Scholastic Press Association while adviser Tommy Li holds up six fingers signifying the placement. The Nov. 23 awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., and The Accolade's first issue of the school year earned recognition for placing in the Top 10 nationally.

Hope Li

November 30, 2019

The Accolade school newspaper was one of two Southern California tabloids recognized Nov. 24 for placing in the Top 10 in the Best of Show contest at a national journalism convention in Washington, D.C. Sunny Hills' newspaper adviser Tommy Li submitted the first issue of the 2019-2020 school year tit...

Columbia Scholastic Press Association names Accolade, Helios Crown award finalists — only Orange County publications to receive such a national honor

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios's 2018-2019 yearbook Nov. 1, including this Sports section spread.
Image posted with permission from Helios

Hope Li and Krishna Thaker

November 15, 2019

The Accolade newspaper and Helios yearbook have been named a finalist for a national award sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA]. Through a live Twitter feed video on Halloween, the CSPA posted a slide recognizing The Accolade for a Silver or Gold Crown award. By the time t...

Red Ribbon Week kicks off with ‘Net of Memories’ in quad

Seniors Branden Elliott (left) and Kourtney Barbour dance to the music in the quad Oct. 29 while helping man the Friday Night Live bean bag toss game as part of the week's Red Ribbon Week festivities. Behind the two is the

Hope Li

October 29, 2019

This story has been updated Nov. 1 with new information as to who handed out the Red Ribbon Week bags. Red Ribbon Week kicked off with decorations around campus and the distribution of bands for students to wear around their wrist as well as a “Net of Memories” in the quad. Organized by Sunny Hills...

Singing of Sunny Hills alma mater spreads to sports teams

Members of the girls volleyball team band together while singing the school's alma mater following their final home Freeway League game Oct. 14 against Fullerton. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Hope Li

October 19, 2019

Hail to alma mater, loyally we stand. Keep our sons and daughters famed throughout the land. Go forth to lead our country, strong let our motto be. Alma mater Sunny Hills, hail to thee. This is Sunny Hills’ alma mater. Although it is not well-known, junior Jenna Beining has spearheaded a ...

OC Auto Show in Anaheim Convention Center is quite electric

Accolade staff writer Hope Li sits in a 2018 BMW i3 Oct. 3 at the Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li

Hope Li

October 5, 2019

I don’t like cars. Nice cars are exactly what they sound like … nice. But on Oct. 3, I had the chance to visit the 2019 Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with no expectations. I walked onto a black carpeted “road” with yellow lines in the middle and right into...

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