The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

With a trash picker in his right hand and a trash container in the other, sophomore Adrian Ramirez demonstrates on Tuesday how he helps out after school.

Sophomore volunteers to clean SH campus

Alexxa Berumen December 2, 2021

Earbuds blasting music and a bucket full of trash in hand, sophomore Adrian Ramirez oftentimes gets mistaken for a student in after-school detention. He has taken a household chore to another level...

Junior Memphis BellCobb (right) works on a trick with his skateboard in the quad after school Sept. 17.

Rails, ramps, steps — skateboard heaven

Michelle Sheen November 10, 2021

Turning, twisting and flipping before skidding to a stop, people take over parking structures or skate parks on their skateboards as a hobby and sport — one that is popular among the youth.  Particularly...

Ella Ongkoputro has been named the new food service lead at Sunny Hills, where she will oversee cafeteria operations during the 2021-2022 school year in which all students are eligible for a free breakfast, lunch and take-home dinner meal.

New cafeteria supervisor has decade-long experience in food service industry

Jiwoo Han October 11, 2021

Coming from Indonesia to the United States after completing high school was not an easy transition for Ella Ongkoputro. “It was a struggle to learn how to do all things by myself, as my parents did...

New teacher Christian Penuelas (right) calls up his fifth period theater students, sophomore Isabella Castaneda (middle) and freshman Anabelle Kim (left) for a demonstration of an improvisation performance. All drama levels are in one class period.

And action: new theater teacher aims to stage live performances next spring

Irene Sheen October 6, 2021

New Sunny Hills theater teacher Christian Penuelas still recalls his first time watching La Habra High School Theater Guild’s re-enactment of “Beauty and the Beast.” The admirable size, grandeur...

Junior Luke Hong (left) checks his answers after senior Lucas Zhuang helps him with math homework in Room 45.

Algebra Center offers free math tutoring after school

Henry Lee September 24, 2021

To many students, math is arduous. But to senior Yeonji Baek, the subject comes naturally. Her understanding of concepts in Advanced Placement [AP] Statistics and AP Calculus BC motivated her to help other...

New English teacher Thomas Butler goes over his goals for the beginning of the school year with his sixth period sophomore honors English class.

Self-published author joins the English teaching ranks at Sunny Hills

Yeihn Lee September 22, 2021

Sunny Hills now has a resident author among its teaching staff. New English teacher Thomas Butler has two paperback novels available on Amazon – Some Experience Preferred for $14.99 and originally...

 Kathryn Aurelio, Class of 2021, sits in front of her laptop to find application information for her college application editing service @collegeessaygals on Instagram. She runs this business with alumni Anika Madan and Amaya Mitchell.

Stressed about college apps?

Divya Bharadwaj September 7, 2021

Senior year. A time filled with spirit days like Black and Gold Day, traditions like Grad Nite and most importantly, graduation.  But wrapped up in the midst of these moments – especially during...

Sergey Artemyev stands in front of a European map to indicate where the German state Hessen is located. Artemyev, who taught at La Habra High School before coming here this school year, looks forward to teaching his students about German culture and promoting the language at Sunny Hills.

Former La Habra teacher follows liebe for German

Divya Bharadwaj September 1, 2021

For Sergey Artemyev, the process of finding a career was a long and tedious one. Although Artemyev knew he wanted to be a teacher, his love for exploration made it hard for him to dedicate himself to...

New Drawing and Painting teacher Vashtty Lemus guides her students through an assignment during an Aug. 26 class.

Once a promising pediatrician, art teacher draws on her artistic talents to help students

Minjeong Kim September 1, 2021

When she entered California State University, Fullerton, in 2014, Vashtty Lemus dedicated herself to becoming a pediatrician because she loved science and wanted to help a lot of people. The lifelong...

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...

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