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20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Micheal Jiang commits to UCI and graduates after four years of taking EPIC classes

Senior Michael Jiang is one of the 12 valedictorians for the class of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Image used with permission from Michael Jiang. 

Lira Jeong

May 25, 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: I'll be going to UC Irvine to study biomedical engineering.  Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs ...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Golf captain Stacy Kim commits to UCLA with straight A’s

Senior Stacy Kim graduates as one of the 12 valedictorians for the class of 2020 at her house wearing UCLA merch. Photo reprinted with permission from Stacy Kim

Lira Jeong

May 25, 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 Business Economics Major  Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of?  ...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Audrey Gass graduates high school with a full International Baccalaureate Diploma and straight A’s

Senior Audrey Gass graduates as one of the 12 valedictorians for the class of 2020 at her house on May 20. Photo reprinted with permission from Audrey Gass

Lira Jeong

May 21, 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: I plan on taking a gap year in order to finish my hours to get my pilot's license, and then I’m off to Germany for...

After 31 years in education, AVID and business teacher Lori Larsen retires to pursue dream of fixing up house in South Carolina

Lori Larsen is the only Sunny Hills teacher who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year next week. Larsen was instrumental in setting up on campus the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which started in 2006.

Lira Jeong

May 19, 2020

For 14 years, Lori Larsen has encouraged her students to pursue their dreams of getting admitted into a four-year college through the Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] program. And after the spring semester is over, Larsen has decided to follow her own dreams -- retiring as a teacher a...

Columbia Scholastic Press Association taps 2018-2019 Helios yearbook with top Gold Crown award; The Accolade newspaper wins Silver Crown

A screenshot of the online video awards presentation by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognizes the 2018-2019 Sunny Hills yearbook with its highest honor, a Gold Crown.

Lira Jeong

April 23, 2020

The Helios staff that produced the 2018-2019 yearbook has been awarded a Gold Crown — the highest honor — from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, while the 2018-2019 Accolade received a Silver Crown. “We were all ecstatic about winning the Gold Crown because we put a lot into that book, and w...

Senior year doesn’t get easier after getting college acceptance letters

As college acceptance letters are rolling in for Accolade feature editor Lira Jeong, she is struggling to figure out what major to settle on. Art by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Lira Jeong

March 21, 2020

“Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you admission …” As I was reading this on March 7, I sighed with relief. I finally received the assurance that I have the option of going to a college of my choice. Unfortunately, all the anxiety and stress didn’t disappear after one letter. As...

Korean Culture Club performs dance, martial arts, drum set at Buena Park festival

Korean Culture Club members perform Nanta with traditional Korean outfits at Buena Park’s 63rd annual Silverado Days Festival on Oct. 19. Photo taken by feature editor Lira Jeong

Lira Jeong

October 23, 2019

Members of the Sunny Hills Korean Culture Club [KCC] performed a dance, a martial arts routine and a drum ensemble as part of Buena Park’s 63rd annual Silverado Days Festival on Oct. 19. “I think this event was successful because I got to see my students learn and share the Korean culture,”...

It’s worth the time to improve SAT scores

From the College Board blog

Lira Jeong

October 15, 2019

After three to four hours of taking the SAT, students feel the relief of getting the test over with. This standardized test that students struggle to do well on is the best way of getting admitted to college.  Because students knows how important the SAT is, they find ways to help themselves get ...

Students stick to their style in decorating their school gear

Junior Jenna Beining drinks water from her yellow colored Hydro Flask covered in stickers on Sept. 15. Photo taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

Lira Jeong

October 2, 2019

It was February this year when sophomore Malini Pandey decided to decorate the top cover of the Acer Chromebook that she had checked out from Sunny Hills High School. Pandey picked up two vinyl labels on a table for free during her visit to the Junior State of America conference at the Sheraton Ga...

New math teacher adds to number of faculty who graduated from Sunny Hills

New math teacher and Sunny Hills alumnus Minhoh Han teaches his geometry students about specific equations that can be applied to different shapes on Sept. 4. Han (Class of 2009) joins 13 other instructors here who also graduated from this campus.  Photo taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

Lira Jeong

August 29, 2019

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”  This is one of several famous statements made by former UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden. His grandson-in-law, Craig Impelman, collected his sayings and have made them available on his website, woodenswisdom...

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