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Grammy-nominated rapper introduces his new Astroworld: McDonald’s Travis Scott Meal

The $6 Travis Scott Meal, named after Travis Scott and consisting of Quarter Pounder with Bacon, medium fries with BBQ sauce and a drink of any choice, is available at any McDonald’s store until Oct. 4.

Andrew Park

September 27, 2020

A new trend popped up among TikTok users this month involving those grabbing a bite at the Golden Arches. A line of eager customers in their cars pull up at the drive-thru at a McDonald’s restaurant, waiting for the classic question from the speaker: “What can I get you?”  Instead of responding...

BTS comes back with a boom in K-pop band’s latest all-English single/music video, ‘Dynamite’

 An artist’s re-creation of a scene from the YouTube released music video of BTS’ latest single, “Dynamite.”

Esther Oh

September 12, 2020

Three years ago, BTS entered the U.S. mainstream, attending the Billboard Music Awards and performing its “DNA” song at the American Music Awards later that November. Then last year, the K-pop band exploded in the United States. By then, the seven-member boy band had recorded songs in their native ...

‘Train to Busan’ sequel derails from beginning as zombies take a backseat to military troop gone awry

An artist’s rendering of Gang Dong-won, who stars as Jeong-seok, an ex-South Korean soldier. The protagonist fights for his life to escape from zombies and a rogue military unit established nearby Incheon Port in “Peninsula,” the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s South Korean-made “Train to Busan.”

Alice Lee

September 12, 2020

Earning $98.5 million worldwide, South Korea’s “Train to Busan” returns four years after its initial release with a long-awaited yet disappointing sequel that features a cliche good guys vs. bad guys plot and unnecessary elements. When director and screenwriter Yeon Sang-ho (“Psychokinesis”...

New math teacher brings the right formula of experiences into her instruction

Using the Google Meet platform during distance learning, new math teacher Dorothy Cheng reviews on Aug. 19 from her classroom parabolic equations (left) with her third period Algebra 2 class.

Audrey Seo

September 5, 2020

This is the first of a series of upcoming, weekly feature profiles of new, full-time teachers and administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Dorothy Cheng knew she wanted to become a math teacher upon entering middle school. Cheng, one of two new math instructors at Sunny Hills this...

Despite backlash, Cardi B’s single, ‘WAP,’ redefines female empowerment; remains No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-hop chart

An artist's rendering of the image used to promote Cardi B's

Annie Bang

September 5, 2020

In what seems to be the most graphic and explicit song of 2020, Cardi B’s newest single, “WAP,” featuring rapper Megan Thee Stallion, successfully stands as a feminist anthem in today’s time, wholeheartedly embracing and de-stigmatizing the concept of female sexuality despite the overwhelming condem...

Is live-action adaptation of ‘Mulan’ worth $29.99?

Liu Yifei, as Mulan, fights her own inner conflicts and physical battles in the new live action

Accolade Staff

September 3, 2020

Disney fans, it’s finally here. Not another Star Wars movie. Or a Marvel Universe flick. But the latest live-action Disney princess film adapted from 1998’s “Mulan.” After the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus derailed “Mulan’s” March 9 original U.S. theatrical release date...

First season of Netflix’s Korean-imported drama quite ‘Okay’ to binge watch

An artist's rendering of a scene from Netflix's Korean-imported TV series,

Yeihn Lee

August 29, 2020

It’s a classic story revolving around a pair of star-crossed lovers -- only with a hint of mild horror yet still quite satisfying to watch. The debut season of the Korean TV drama, “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” originally aired from June 20-Aug. 9 in South Korea but has been available for st...

Back-to-back eSports League of Legends national title winners aim for another legendary championship season

Though the Sunny Hills League of Legends Gold team was unable to accept its championship trophy and $2,500 check for the school because of the coronavirus pandemic, the North America Scholastic eSports Federation put together this image to promote the team's success on its website.

Daniel Kong

August 29, 2020

Head coach: Casey McDonald Top new gamers: Ryan Gae (11), Cole Sass (10) Top returning gamers: Dylan Kim (12), Erik Kim (12), Soonchang Kwon (12) Last season: Playing from gamers’ homes because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sunny Hills eSports League of Legends Gold team became the bac...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Jiwon Hur graduates with a full International Baccalaureate diploma and would like to thank her grandparents for motivating her

Senior Jiwon Hur is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Jiwon Hur. 

Rebecca Choi

May 26, 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: My plan for right now is to go to UCI as a Psychology B.S. Major. I’m interested in double or even triple maj...

NBA cancellation during quarantine period leaves me devastated

Accolade copy editor Rebecca Choi awaits being able to watch basketball again. Lebron James Layup by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Rebecca Choi

March 19, 2020

“Emergency announcement from Fullerton Joint Union High School District: Starting Monday, March 16, schools will be closed. We will begin Distance Online Learning March 16 through March 20, 2020.” When the district first sent this text message to my phone during school last Friday, I — as well...

Instructors should show more R-E-S-P-E-C-T to students when it comes to smart phones in the classroom

Art by accolade staff reporter Katherine Kim.

Rebecca Choi

December 6, 2019

“OK class, I’m going to be taking attendance based on the cell phone pockets this year. If your phone is not in the pocket, you’re going to be marked absent.” These were the words of three of my teachers this school year. I walked into class on the first day of school only to be greeted with...

Girls basketball aims for deeper run into CIF playoffs

Shooting guard and small forward senior Rachel Kim drives into the lane while in a scrimmage against team assistants and other girls basketball players at the Sunny Hills gym Nov. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Rebecca Choi

November 18, 2019

Coaches: Jae Byun, (head coach), Gene Bordy (assistant coach), Janice Lee (assistant coach), Ronnel Quedit (graduate assistant) Top returning players: Jaidyn Decastro (12), Annika Johnson (12), Jessica Kim (10) Outlook: The girls basketball team aims to perform better in its season after its elimination in the first round...

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