The Accolade

Here’s what the Spanish Flu from more than a century ago can teach us about how to respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Art illustrated by Accolade staff writer Katherine Kim.

Henry Lee

May 25, 2020

Long lines at grocery stores.  Schools no longer open for classroom instruction. Hospital beds full of dying patients. Doesn’t all of this sound like the aftermath of the novel coronavirus outbreak? But these events have happened before -- more than a century ago. In 1918, a virus sprea...

Yearbook makes history — winning top two national journalism awards, placing second in Best of Show in a single school year

Some of the Helios staffers from last year note the hard work and effort in producing creative Index pages like this one for the 2018-2019 yearbook, which swept both national journalism awards this school year. Image posted with permission from Lindsay Safe.

Emmaline De Leon

May 24, 2020

When Sabrina Lee and Tara Desai became co-editors-in-chief of Helios last school year as seniors, they strived to produce a yearbook they’d be proud of for the rest of their lives -- a goal common to all past student publications leaders. Little did they know that their “It’s All Here”-the...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020: Hasan Mirza heads for pre-med track at UCLA

Megan Shin

May 22, 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’m going to attend UCLA and study molecular biology on the pre-med track. Question #2: Which extracurricul...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Audrey Gass graduates high school with a full International Baccalaureate Diploma and straight A’s

Senior Audrey Gass graduates as one of the 12 valedictorians for the class of 2020 at her house on May 20. Photo reprinted with permission from Audrey Gass

Lira Jeong

May 21, 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 plan on taking a gap year in order to finish my hours to get my pilot's license, and then I’m off to Germany for...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Sunghee Lee will continue her academic studies as a Bruin at UCLA

Senior Sunghee Lee celebrates her high school graduation as one of the 12 valedictorians at the Buena Park High School stadium on May 14. Image posted with permission from Sunghee Lee.

Hannah Jeong

May 21, 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 am going to be a cognitive science major at the University of California, Los Angeles. Question #2: Which extra...

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Cecilia Lee commits to Yale University after graduating with a full International Baccalaureate diploma

Senior Cecilia Lee is one of the 12 valedictorians for the Class of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Image posted with permission from Cecilia Lee.

Annie Bang

May 19, 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’m planning on attending Yale University as a molecular, cellular, developmental biology major. ...

The Flare, the Red Death, the Plague — how’s about reading some fictional pandemics during stay-at-home period?

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Lauren Choi

May 19, 2020

As Californians are headed toward the 10th week of stay-at-home orders, they may consider reading what past authors have written regarding fictional pandemics. Take for example the dystopian science fiction series turned movie trilogy, The Maze Runner, written by American author James Dashner. ...

Despite canceled spring concert because of the COVID-19 pandemic, dance teacher gives the show’s theme, ‘Beyond,’ new meaning by posting video segments on Instagram, YouTube

Members of Dance Production check out photos taken for the spring dance concert program during a Feb. 20 rehearsal in Room 130, the dance room. Though the April 9-11 event was canceled because of COVID-19-related school closure, dance instructor Leiana Volen has posted seven videos on the Dance Department's Instagram and YouTube channels of various video footage of her students rehearsing their routines to showcase their hard work in preparation for the performance. Image posted with permission from Leiana Volen.

Emmaline De Leon

May 5, 2020

When dance teacher Leiana Volen first came up with the “Beyond” theme for the April 9-11 spring dance concert at the Performing Arts Center [PAC], she never thought she would have to take it that literally. Because concerns over the spread of COVID-19 forced the Fullerton Joint Union High Scho...

Sunny Hills officials post video on Facebook featuring staff using various remote learning tools on first day of district-imposed school closure

Charis Lee

March 22, 2020

For one minute and 30 seconds, the Sunny Hills community affected by a district-imposed school closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic got a glimpse of what distance learning looks like. From the teachers’ perspective. On the first day students had to stay home instead of coming to ...

Sunny Hills TikToker racks up nearly a million followers in less than a year

Sunny Hills TikToker racks up nearly a million followers in less than a year

Chloe Lee

March 21, 2020

It all started when he wanted revenge for a heartbreak. TikTok poster Anthony Noh, or “lilants,” has racked up 971,000 followers on the platform with at least 5 million views per week while balancing his school life as a senior. “A girl crushed my heart, and I started making videos to get...

Sophomore draws away from the starving artist profile, earning four-digit figure from sales of her prints, buttons, charms

Cosplaying as the anime Demon Slayer Kanao Tsuyuri, sophomore Elisa Kho sits behind her table at artists alley Jan. 19 at Anime Impulse at the Fairplex in Pomona. This was the first time that Kho took her merchandise for sale at a convention, earning an undisclosed amount of money. Photo used with permission from Elisa Kho.

Hannah Kim

March 21, 2020

The starving artist. For stereotypical Asian parents aka Tiger Moms, their child should strive to attend an Ivy League university and pursue a career in the medical field or law, oftentimes steering them away from professions they deem financially unstable such as in writing and fine arts. But...

Instagram Cheetos filter earns recognition for Sunny Hills senior

Senior Ruben Parker promotes his

Aaliyah Magana

March 19, 2020

Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter. These platforms have become more popular among youth because of word-of-mouth about the latest trends. Instagram entered the fray Aug. 13 by collaborating with Spark AR Studio, a Facebook-owned designing software used to create the augmented reality (AR)...

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