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New math teacher mixes ‘cool points’ and music to hype up interest in his classes

Cameron Tong (right) celebrates his wedding day with his bride, Shirley, on July 13 in front of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range. Nearly a month later on Aug. 11, Tong starts the 2020-2021 school year at Sunny Hills as a new math instructor, teaching Algebra 2 and Probability and Statistics.
Krishna Thaker November 21, 2020

Every Friday, math teacher Cameron Tong plays a musical game with his students in all of his classes called, “Guess That Song.” As students are joining his Zoom session or are walking into his classroom...

Sunny Hills students take initiative in political fields

Sophomore Reena Jung makes a call to voters on Sept. 30 and gives reasons why they should vote for Young Kim, who was declared the winner of the 39th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.
Esther Oh November 20, 2020

As the first summer under quarantine from coronavirus began, some students took the chance to relax at home. Others rushed to fulfill internships, academic opportunities or other extracurricular activities. The...

Making quarantine sweet: Two juniors create a tasty new business

Sweet Treats DB owners junior Daniela Rosales (left) and junior Brianna Ruiz (right) make one of their specialty confectionaries, candy coated strawberries which go for $1 each.
Anthony Keem November 13, 2020

Juniors Daniela Rosales and Brianna Ruiz are doing something sweet during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair have created their own online confectionary business, Sweet Treats DB.  Since July, the...

YOUTH VISION presents a platform to display the young generation’s views on clothing

Juniors Amelie Fu (bottom right), Maxwell Robey (bottom left), Serin Kong (top right) and Samuel Bae (top left) sit on ladders or skateboards to present the pink, blue and tan shirts of the season one collection of YOUTH VISION.
Alice Lee November 7, 2020

As junior Jaden Gong’s second semester of sophomore year at Sunny Hills High School rolled in, his parents struck a deal with him that if he achieves a GPA higher than 4.0, they will financially...

Fresh wave of female politicians inspires school’s JSA members

A girl stands in the shadow of her role model as she aspires to follow in her footsteps toward a career in politics.
Divya Bharadwaj November 2, 2020

The Junior Statesmen of America [JSA] dropped the "men" from its name — and rightfully so. At Sunny Hills High School, from the look of its cabinet leaders, it could be referred to as Junior Stateswomen...

Fly landing on Pence bugs millions of viewers

A fly like this one landed on Vice President Mike Pence's head during the vice presidential debate.
Lauren Jung November 1, 2020

A fly landing like no other: this event trumps even the Rover landing on Mars. In the middle of the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s hair and remained...

Digital dilemma: Students torn between seeing friends in person and remaining at home

Junior Guillermo Soto attends class while eating a burger. Like many other Sunny Hills students, Soto elected to stay at home when the hybrid schedule begins on Nov. 2.
Anthony Keem October 31, 2020

While Sunny Hills High School officials have taken every precaution possible to create a safe and healthy environment for the campus’ reopening Nov. 2, junior Guillermo Soto still isn’t convinced. In...

Junior establishes ethical podcast and school club to promote ‘upcycled’ fashion

With her sewing machine, junior Violet Kim makes a denim bag for her first collection released Sept. 12. Kim is wearing a shirt from her collection as well.
Minjeong Kim October 30, 2020

As her sophomore year came to a close in May, Violet Kim knew she had to direct her passion for fashion through some kind of outlet. Quarantine gave her the perfect opportunity to rebrand her business. With...

Students upgrading their wardrobes despite distance learning Zoom sessions instead of live classroom instruction

 Sophomore Gabriel Villanueva sports a favorite outfit consisting of a button-up shirt, black skinny jeans, a pair of Doc Martens and accessories like rings and a chain belt. Though he hasn’t had the chance to wear this outfit to school because of the coronavirus pandemic, he has worn similar ones to Sunny Hills pre-COVID-19.
Michelle Sheen October 27, 2020

Since mid-March when the COVID-19 shutdown started and live classroom instruction shifted to online learning, the only times sophomore Gabriel Villanueva has ever left his Fullerton home are when he went...

Sunny Hills counselor spins her way to nearly $23,000 in cash and prizes on TV’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show

Guidance counselor Tracey Falletta’s Oct. 8 appearance on the TV game show, “The Wheel of Fortune,” nets her $22,900, which includes a trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, no one was allowed to be in the audience during the show’s Aug. 7 taping in Culver City.
Divya Bharadwaj October 25, 2020

Sunny Hills counselor Tracey Falletta will never forget the words “puffy” and “fluffy.” With $22,900 in cash and prizes and a $13,850 lead heading in the Final Spin round of TV’s “Wheel...

Unmasking a fashion trend: COVID-19 coverings lead to Lancers’ collection for trendy, stylish wardrobe for going out

Senior Meagan Kimbrell takes out her collection of 30 masks that she has bought either from Amazon or Target since the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. Though Kimbrell does not plan to return to campus Nov. 2 for hybrid learning, she still values mask fashion and will continue to promote her new finds on social media.
Dominique Chang October 19, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, senior Meagan Kimbrell purchased her first mask: a $7, gray fabric with white polka dots from the Target at Town Center near Sunny Hills High School.  Not...

Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding new ways to make their virtual classes more engaging for students since the second round of distance learning started for the 2020-2021 school year.
Divya Bharadwaj September 19, 2020

After a month of distance learning using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris decided it was time to change things up. “I chose this game because it gives you...

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