The Accolade

May 29: Being quarantined at home because of coronavirus crisis can’t stop these students from pursuing Victorian-era hobbies

A student models Christian Aguirre's painted denim jacket to advertise his growing business. Reprinted with permission from Christian Aguirre

Hanna Oltman

May 30, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] Since Califor...

Dancin’ to ‘90s music? Glow in the Dark Neon Lights in the gym? Student-suggested May stag dance themes could have been either one had the COVID-19 pandemic not have gotten in the way

In an effort to get more students involved in school events, the ASB created a name the next stag theme contest with the winner getting a free stag dance ticket. The ASB received 73 suggestions but was unable to pick a winner because school was shut down in mid-March with all events -- including the May stag dance -- canceled in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Alexandria Kim

May 26, 2020

“Neon Lights.”  “The ‘90s.” “Blacklight.” These are just a few of the 73 student stag theme submissions that the ASB received before school closure in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who turned them in, however, will never know what the last stag dance the...

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...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Samuel Kho stays organized while graduating at the top of his class

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

Aaliyah Magana

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: Johns Hopkins Neuroscience/Physics Research. See if I can get the Woodrow Wilson Grant. Question #2: Which ex...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Jenny Lee’s encouragement from her mother helped her rise to the top of her class

Senior Jenny Lee smiles for a picture in her neighborhood after filming a video for Sunny Hills High School's virtual graduation. Image posted with permission from Jenny Lee.

Aaliyah Magana

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? (which school, which major; if not going to college, why not?) Answer: I am planning on attending Williams College as a b...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Daniel Shim plans to pursue engineering at UCLA

Senior Daniel Shim is one of the 12 valedictions in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Daniel Shim. 

Charis Lee

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: UCLA engineering is my future education plan for now. Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you ...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Peter Park graduates as a valedictorian and gives thanks to all of his high school teachers

Senior Peter Park performs a layup during a practice on November 14. Park is one of the 12 valedictorians in the Class of 2020. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Aaliyah Magana

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:  UCLA, applied mathematics. Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of?  A: ...

Going for a clean slate: Sophomore sells home-made soap to pay off fines for losing school textbooks

Suh Lin Hong sits in front of the cabinet of her Fullerton home, where she has stored the soap she has made after the spread of the novel coronavirus forced Sunny Hills High School to close down in mid-March. Before school closure, she had made $80 selling her Bunny Bars on campus through word of mouth and through her Instagram story page (@bunny.bars). Image used with permission from Woojin Hong.

Yeihn Lee

May 26, 2020

$180. That’s how much money in school fines sophomore Suh Lin Hong had accrued since her freshman year. “The truth is, I lost all my textbooks and my chromebook charger both my freshman and sophomore year,” said Hong, who chose not to pay the PTSA $25 for a locker to store her school supplies...

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: Andrew Tran graduates as a valedictorian and reminisces about the summer days spent with friends

Senior Andrew Tran poses for his senior portrait in early August 2019. Reprinted with permission from Andrew Tran.

Aaliyah Magana

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 as a human physiology major.  Question #2: Which extracurriculars and clubs have you been a part of?  ...

Korean Culture Night would have commemorated its 10th year anniversary had it not gotten axed because of COVID-19-related school closure

Wearing their performance outfits, some members of the Korean Culture Club practice with their buk drums March 2 after school on campus for Korean Culture Night. The March 21 event, which would have commemorated its 10th year, was canceled a week before because of the spread of the novel coronavirus. The thunderous sounds created by these instruments represent the South Korean nation, and the drummers' performance would have been the first one after intermission. Image posted with permission from Esther Lee.

Lauren Jung

May 25, 2020

It was supposed to be an event to commemorate the 10th year of performances to show what the Korean culture -- past and present -- is all about. Korean 1 and 2 teacher and Korean Culture Club [KCC] adviser Esther Lee had also invited such special guests as Fullerton Joint Union High School District supe...

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?  ...

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