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New club brings ‘empowerment’ to female youth at Sunny Hills

Youth Empower Club member senior Taylor Michel (left) holds up one of the signs she made for the Jan. 18 Women's March in downtown Los Angeles, while her sister, freshman Jaden Michel, shows one of the placards that a demonstrator gave her. Image posted with permission from Angelica Mosqueda.

Rida Fatima

January 24, 2020

They endorse women’s rights, encourage political marches and hope to promote the involvement of adolescents in the ever-changing world around them. These are the members of the Youth Empower Club, which set up a registration booth in the quad for nationwide elections Sept. 27 along with a table...

Challenge squared: Eighth-grade Parks student takes not one, but two academic classes at Sunny Hills

Eighth-grader Kyle Pak works on one of his zero period Algebra 2 Honors assignments in math teacher Nicole Knutson's class. Pak and two other Parks students take biology class at Sunny Hills as well. Photo take by Accolade staff writer Alice Shin.

Daniel Kong

January 21, 2020

Accolade staff writer Alice Shin contributed to this story. It’s the first day of the spring semester in Nicole Knutson’s zero period Algebra 2 Honors class. The 36 students enter the classroom and return to their seats from the fall semester. After Knutson shares her welcome back message,...

Meet this year’s Sunny Hills AVID Senior Standout: Dana Mabin

Senior Dana Mabin holds up the certificate she received back in November for being this school year's AVID Senior Standout. Mabin will be recognized April 20 at the University of California at Irvine's Barclay Theater. That’s also the same day when she’ll find out whether she will be awarded up to $24,000 for the Orange County AVID scholarship and up to $2,500 for the AVID Orange County Dollars scholarship. Image used with permission from Lori Larsen.

Andrew Park

January 21, 2020

“Hard-working, driven, determined, ambitious and focused.” Those are the words from an staff email that Lori Larsen, the district’s coordinator of the Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] program, used to describe senior Dana Mabin, who was selected as the Sunny Hills AVID Senior...

Freshman forms new Cyber Patriots club at Sunny Hills

The Sunny Hills Cyber Patriots club competes in its first tournament Oct. 26 at Troy High School. The club is the only one this school year formed by a freshman, Remy Garcia-Kakebeen (third from left). Image used with permission from Minhoh Han.

Alice Lee

December 4, 2019

As the only freshman to have an ASB-approved club for the 2019-2020 school year, Remy Garcia-Kakebeen took initiative to create the campus’ first Cyber Patriots club at Sunny Hills High School. Inspired by her Cyber Patriots involvement at Parks Jr. High School, Garcia-Kakebeen said she decided...

Cantonese student creates club in hopes of spreading his cultural background to others

Chee cheong fun, also known as long rice noodle rolls, is a popular Cantonese dish that can be eaten plain or with fillings such as shrimp, barbecue pork, or vegetables. This would be among the Cantonese style food items the Cantonese Club would be talking about besides watching films spoken in Cantonese with English subtitles. Image used with permission from Aiden Wong.

Lauren Choi

November 20, 2019

Though sophomore Aiden Wong got his Cantonese Club approved by the ASB, he’s still working on recruiting members. “I wanted to start the club because I felt like not many people knew about the Cantonese language and culture,” Wong said. According to travel guide China Highlights, Cantonese...

New Distributive Education Clubs of America offers alternative to FBLA

DECA vice president sophomore Rachel Lee shows freshman Saahil Kakaria (left) the Sunny Hills DECA website during a Nov. 14 club meeting. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

Nicole Chung

November 18, 2019

They strive to become the next economic world leaders, dominate the world of business and pay tribute to business tycoons to give respect to the working field. Members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America [DECA] try to adjust in different fields of business and work to make business a well-known...

Mathematician Meets Marathons 

Math teacher Amanda Morris gears up with water bottles, a knee brace, hat, and sunglasses for her first marathon in Long Beach in 2013. Image used with permission from Amanda Morris.

Hanna Oltman

October 25, 2019

After a long day of lecturing and grading papers, most teachers head home to get some well-needed rest. However, Sunny Hills math teacher Amanda Morris puts on her running shoes, grabs some water and hits the trails. Her training has just begun, and she’s determined to run 26.2 miles in under four...

Spirit Halloween offers costumes for purchase

The entrance to Spirit Halloween in the Amerige Heights Town Center has costume selection decals on the windows. (Photos taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin)

Megan Shin

October 19, 2019

Students looking for spooky outfits to wear on Oct. 31 can check out Spirit Halloween, which opened last month and took over the building formerly occupied by Aki-Home in the Amerige Heights Town Center "People like to dress up as [characters from] 'It,' Fortnight and anything scary," district manager...

Girls in eSports enjoy the game despite stereotypes

Freshman eSports club member Hannah Yaros plays League of Legends during lunch in Room 44. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Annie Bang

October 19, 2019

eSports club senior co-presidents Joseph Park and Gavin Sass gave their first club presentation of the year on Aug. 30. Senior eSports multimedia manager Serena Lee listened to the presentation attentively among a sea of eager, male gamers, while taking photos of the slides. Lee is one of very few...

Students stick to their style in decorating their school gear

Junior Jenna Beining drinks water from her yellow colored Hydro Flask covered in stickers on Sept. 15. Photo taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

Lira Jeong

October 2, 2019

It was February this year when sophomore Malini Pandey decided to decorate the top cover of the Acer Chromebook that she had checked out from Sunny Hills High School. Pandey picked up two vinyl labels on a table for free during her visit to the Junior State of America conference at the Sheraton Ga...

Ex-software designer turned teacher works toward expanding coding, gaming pathway

New math and computer science teacher Jeremiah Wai explains a homework assignment on Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

Hannah Jeong

October 2, 2019

It’s never game over for Jeremiah Wai. As the first coding and gaming teacher at Sunny Hills, Wai doesn’t shy away from the challenge of building a new program on a campus. “I've spent most of my teaching career focused on building computer science programs at schools, but Sunny Hills is...

New Sunny Hills administrator brings extensive experience from La Habra

New assistant principal Melissa Stinson works in her office dealing with tasks given to her at her new position. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake.

Andrew Hong

October 1, 2019

 “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” Willliam Shakespeare’s character, Lucio, makes this statement to Isabella, the protagonist of the play, Measure for Measure. Lucio’s advice has also been adopted by new assistant principal Melissa Stinson, ...

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