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May 29: Being quarantined at home because of coronavirus crisis can’t stop these students from pursuing Victorian-era hobbies

A student models Christian Aguirre's painted denim jacket to advertise his growing business. Reprinted with permission from Christian Aguirre

Hanna Oltman

May 30, 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] Since Califor...

Charter Communications offers Spectrum free internet for 60 days for students so they can do classwork at home

To help low-income families who cannot afford internet access at home for students, Charter Communications has been offering 60-day free WiFi service. This was in response to several California schools' decisions to close campuses to students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many teachers now instruct remotely from home using Google Meet or Zoom. Image used with permission from Charter Communications.

Hanna Oltman

April 12, 2020

Since the move last month to distance learning at Sunny Hills High School, Charter Communications has offered free Spectrum Wi-Fi service for 60 days to any homes with K-12 or college students who do not have internet access. According to a March 13 Charter news release, “Americans rely on high-speed br...

Springing into fashion with cardigans, Nikes and headbands

Snappy-dresser senior Clara Hahm (left) poses in her trendy, spring outfit with a scarf scrunchie and cropped cardigan while senior Ruben Parker (middle) shows off his bucket hat and bulky chain necklaces and sophomore Elaine Chu (right) sports a skirt and crop top for a casual but put together look.

Hanna Oltman

March 10, 2020

Instead of neon tube tops and low-rise jeans, 2020 fashion means headbands and cargo pants. With the upcoming spring season, the fashion spotlight is shining on new styles, accessories and patterns as students start updating wardrobes and picking out what’s hot or not.  “As a fashion enthusiast myself, I think t...

Group ‘flocks’ to aid homeless students in Fullerton Joint Union High School District

Fullerton’s Love of Orange County Kids, also known as FLOCK, has been raising money and accepting donations of school supplies, clothing and prom attire to support homeless students in the community. Art by Erin Lee.

Hanna Oltman

February 4, 2020

A man wearing tattered clothes while pushing around a shopping cart. A woman sleeping under a bridge with nothing but a stray dog to keep her warm. A man holding a sign on the side of the highway asking for spare change. These are the preconceived notions most people have of homelessness based on...

Calling all poetry lovers — here’s your chance to win some bling bling

The 28th annual Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest stems from Diamond Mike Watson's idea. This image of Watson is used on the contest website as well as on the news release about this year's competition.

Hanna Oltman

January 15, 2020

For a chance to win a nearly $600 diamond, elementary to high school students have until Friday, Jan. 17, to enter the 28th annual “Why Mom Deserves a Diamond” contest by writing a poem of 22 words or less to show their appreciation for their own moms. Those interested in competing for a diamond...

Cute, cliche but crazy ‘Last Christmas’ wins over hearts despite unlikely plot

Sparks fly as Tom (Henry Golding) and Kate (Emilia Clarke) chatter across the counter in the Christmas boutique that Kate works at in the holiday film,

Hanna Oltman

December 11, 2019

In recent years, it seems that romantic comedies have taken an indefinite sabbatical (at least from the big screens). So in theory, a warm, silly holiday movie centered on an unlikely but lovable pair sounds great.  Released on Nov. 8, “Last Christmas” manages to deliver a heartwarming story y...

Mathematician Meets Marathons 

Math teacher Amanda Morris gears up with water bottles, a knee brace, hat, and sunglasses for her first marathon in Long Beach in 2013. Image used with permission from Amanda Morris.

Hanna Oltman

October 25, 2019

After a long day of lecturing and grading papers, most teachers head home to get some well-needed rest. However, Sunny Hills math teacher Amanda Morris puts on her running shoes, grabs some water and hits the trails. Her training has just begun, and she’s determined to run 26.2 miles in under four...

Oink, oink; Sunny Hills agriculture’s Astro the pig wins Grand Champion title at OC Fair

Sophomore Samantha Stanfill holds the ribbons she won after her pig Astro notched the top prize of Grand Champion Market Hog at the Orange County Fair over the summer.  Image posted with permission from Samantha Mejia.

Hanna Oltman

August 29, 2019

For the first time in 18 years, the Sunny Hills Agriculture Department won the top prize of Grand Champion Market Hog over the summer at the Orange County Fair with its 295-pound pig, Astro.  “I didn’t know how to feel; I didn’t really believe it until my friends came over and hugged me,...

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