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Here’s how Investopedia — not Wikipedia — has taught me to become financially literate about stock market, day trading

A screen shot of the Investopedia web page and its option to set up an investment simulator, which is a first step to learning about investing in the stock market.

Daniel Kong

May 28, 2020

In my sophomore year, I got approval from the Associated Student Body [ASB] to create my own club, Distributive Education Clubs of America [DECA]. Although I was already a member of the Future Business Leaders of America club on campus since my freshman year, I felt our campus needed something else...

Science Olympiad places 4th at regionals, advances to state for first time in school history

Co-captains senior Cecilia Lee (center), senior Megan Luo (bottom right) and senior Samuel Kho (top right) join some of their Science Olympiad teammates in celebration of their fourth-place finish at the Feb. 15 regional competition held at the University of California, Irvine. Image posted with permission from William Kho.

Daniel Kong

March 17, 2020

This story was updated April 4 with additional student quotes and details about students who placed first in various events. Since 2016, Sunny Hills’ Science Olympiad team had been making progress in its goal of qualifying for the state competition held annually at the California Institute of Tec...

Sunny Hills League of Legends team makes history in capturing first season of CIF eSports league title

Members of the Sunny Hills League of Legends team celebrate with principal Allen Whitten and senior Serena Lee after their win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the PlayVS League final Jan. 29 in Room 44. Photo reprinted with permission from Sonya Joyce

Daniel Kong

February 10, 2020

After taking the crown and winning $2,500 last year in a national League of Legends tournament, the Sunny Hills League of Legends team proved its dominance again this school year, sweeping Eleanor Roosevelt High School 2-0 and winning the first California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] eSports title....

Challenge squared: Eighth-grade Parks student takes not one, but two academic classes at Sunny Hills

Eighth-grader Kyle Pak works on one of his zero period Algebra 2 Honors assignments in math teacher Nicole Knutson's class. Pak and two other Parks students take biology class at Sunny Hills as well. Photo take by Accolade staff writer Alice Shin.

Daniel Kong

January 21, 2020

Accolade staff writer Alice Shin contributed to this story. It’s the first day of the spring semester in Nicole Knutson’s zero period Algebra 2 Honors class. The 36 students enter the classroom and return to their seats from the fall semester. After Knutson shares her welcome back message,...

Sunny Hills wins first CIF League of Legends game against Bakersfield in dominating fashion

Sunny Hills League of Legends team chases down Bakersfield High School’s top laner after a team fight. Screenshot image posted with permission from Soonchang Kwon

Daniel Kong

November 1, 2019

In its first CIF game of the season, the Sunny Hills League of Legends team won 2-0 Oct 29 against Bakersfield High School. “We as a team were confident from the beginning,” said eSports club president Gavin Sass, who played the support role for the team in the newly remodeled Room 44 gaming class....

Fall musical ’Sister Act’ to be staged off campus — just one of many firsts for Sunny Hills’ theater program

The group of actors for the fall musical,

Daniel Kong

October 16, 2019

This fall’s musical, “Sister Act,” will have several firsts for theater teacher Amanda Gieser. First time the performances will be held off campus -- because of Performing Arts Center modernization at Sunny Hills, audiences will have to travel to Buena Park High School’s theater to watch “Sister...

New cross country head coach draws from her own high school athletic experiences

Coach Ashley Geisler (center) supervises cross country athletes as they perform an ab workout on the field next to the track Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Daniel Kong

September 18, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Sunny Hills boys and girls cross country teams have had Daniel Scott as their head coach, but because of his decision to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the teams needed a new leader. Enter Ashley Geisler. Geisler was looking for a head cross country coachi...

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