The Accolade

Math teacher Darius Durham, who was hired shortly after the spring semester started, sits at his desk in Room 97 to get ready to instruct his first period Pre-calculus class on May 18. Durham is one of four new full-time additions to the Sunny Hills faculty for the 2020-2021 school year.

After couple of career changes, Darius Durham joins Sunny Hills community as new math teacher

Nevya Patel May 24, 2021

For new math instructor Darius Durham, before he decided to join the teaching profession, things just weren’t adding up for him – literally. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley,...

Junior Manishi Jayasuriya celebrates getting her driving permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] in Fullerton. Jayasuria has been waiting for a month to take her DMV permit test because the facility has been closed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

More students heading to DMV for driving permit or license test after it was closed down earlier because of the coronavirus pandemic

Divya Bharadwaj May 19, 2021

Red light. The novel coronavirus shuts down the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] throughout California on March 27, 2020.  Yellow light. Last May, 25 selected field offices opened for customers with...

Teresa Hallbauer (left) appears in a Sept. 30, 1983, article about new teacher hires in The Accolade. The math instructor now goes by the name, Teri Klein, who appears in a 2020 yearbook photo. Klein retired after nearly 37 years in education, most of those spent at Sunny Hills High School.

Math teacher retires after more than three decades in the profession

Hannah Kim May 19, 2021

She’s the last to retire of the Sunny Hills teachers who were hired with her in September 1983 – icons like science teacher Jeff Nelson, who coordinated the International Baccalaureate program before...

With her iMac and school-issued chromebook on her desk, social science teacher Kelsie Thompson works on instructing her fifth-period Economics students Friday, May 14, over Zoom as well as those who are live in the classroom. Thompson was hired to fill a teaching vacancy at the beginning of the spring semester.

New social science teacher follows her childhood dream to become an educator

Divya Bharadwaj May 17, 2021

Kelsie Thompson remembers setting up her easel with an alphabet chart and arranging her stuffed animals in a circle to teach them —all before she started transitional kindergarten.  Along with the...

Sunny Hills alumna Jackie Logwood stands in front of the Fullerton Auditorium June 19, three days after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees voted unanimously to remove Louis E. Plummer’s name from the building. Logwood had created an online petition seeking the change in name after Plummer was alleged to have been involved with the KKK.

From change.org to change that name: Class of 2019 alumna reflects on one-year anniversary of how she successfully campaigned to remove a suspected KKK member’s name from district’s auditorium

Rida Zar May 17, 2021

Originating in the 19th century, social justice was not on the minds of many of her peers when Jackie Logwood attended Sunny Hills from 2016-2019. While Logwood had to contend against the pressures...

Students can take online tests to find out their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

MBTI becomes a trend among students in order for them to discover their inner selves more

Alice Lee May 16, 2021

It’s a four-letter word. But not that one. Though it’s really an acronym, MBTI, which stands for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, some Sunny Hills students are beginning to use it as part of a conversation...

Based in San Francisco, the national Stop AAPI Hate group has started a campaign to increase awareness of violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders. This is the top of a March 31 full-page ad that ran in the Los Angeles Times.

Yellow Wave: Organizations, elected officials and community members take steps to address AAPI hate

Michelle Sheen May 10, 2021

It was a full-page ad that appeared on the March 21 issue of the Los Angeles Times.  Typed out in a white font that contrasts against the black backdrop, the notice called on readers to report any...

Colin Lee takes a picture of sneakers on top of a shoebox in his normal backdrop of a concrete ground in the front of his house to post on his Instagram on April 21, 2021.

Kickstarter: Junior donates thousands of dollars to charities from shoe re-selling business

Dominique Chang May 8, 2021

Since last November, junior Colin Lee has made $8,000 off re-selling shoes through his Instagram shoe-selling business, Bobakickss. Lee could have invested all of it into stocks like Tesla, which is...

Freshman Francine Vudoti has racked up her collection of articles as the youth editor for the Fullerton Observer newspaper

Freshman takes on youth editor role for the Fullerton Observer

Divya Bharadwaj April 8, 2021

When she wrote her first “Letters to the Editor” to the Fullerton Observer about a story on babysitters, she had no idea that her opinion on the topic would start her work as one of their very own...

Sophomore Sydney Lee dyes her hair at home Feb. 23 using professional-grade Sally Beauty Supply products during the pandemic.

Students add color to dull quarantine lifestyles

Charis Lee April 1, 2021

Before the March 2020 lockdown, senior Estefani Espinoza would get her naturally brown hair dyed at a local beauty salon for $120. But once the state mandated that all such shops remain closed to slow...

Then-sophomore Gianne Veluz takes a selfie with her Lancer gold helium balloon in the background after she got inducted into the National Honor Society during fourth period in May 2019. While the club is still seeing an interest in new applicants, it has been unable to carry out any of its induction traditions since the coronavirus pandemic broke out a year ago in March.

Club Corner: Despite lack of fan … or balloon fare in welcoming inductees and changes to application process because of coronavirus health and safety issues, National Honor Society still seeing interest to join group

Hanna Jung March 20, 2021

They come unannounced into various classrooms holding ribbons with helium balloons tied at the other end. Their mission: to hand off a Sunny Hills Lancer gold balloon to the next wave of high achieving...

Four Sunny Hills students share their stories of how they contracted COVID-19 throughout the year since the March quarantine.

Coronavirus Testimonies: Students open up about their COVID-19 experiences

Hope Li March 13, 2021

It was only a month into the lockdown that started last March when senior Marcus Llajaruna went for a run and started experiencing muscle weakness, a coronavirus symptom. It was worse for junior Kelly...

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