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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Barely visible between vehicles, the staff and student markings on the west parking lot awaits restoration at an undetermined time.

West parking lot in need of resurfacing, repainting

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 11, 2023

While the parking lot near the Performing Arts Center has undergone resurfacing and repainting last year to designate which spots belong to staff, the other side of campus has yet to see the same upgrade. Many...

Color Guard member sophomore Janessa Lima (center) swings her flag while other members of the Lancer Regiment behind her play their instruments during “The Summit” performance Saturday, Nov. 19, at Bolsa Grande High School.

Lancer Regiment takes second place trophy, $1,000 prize at California State Band Championships in Garden Grove

Seowon Han, Copy Editor December 14, 2022

Following a first-time championship last year, the Lancer Regiment won second place in the final round of the California State Band Championships [CSBC] at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, earning...

Dance 3 member senior Emmaline DeLeon (left) and math teacher Mariam Tan practice their routine on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 130 to prepare for this week’s Dancing With the Staff fundraiser.

DANCING WITH THE STAFF (UNMASKED EDITION): For the first time since 2019, performers not required to wear face coverings during Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, shows

Euree Kim, Staff Reporter December 2, 2022

For the first time since 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, those performing on stage for Dancing With the Staff [DWTS] this week will not be required to wear masks. “Dancing without masks are the...

Drum major senior Lana Luu accepts a second-place plaque for the Lancer Regiment during the Saturday, Nov. 12, Division Championships at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo. The Lancer Regiment, comprised of the school marching band and the Color Guard, will advance to the championship round Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove, where they will compete for a chance to earn a first-place award for a second consecutive year.

Lancer Regiment to compete Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove for chance to repeat as California State Band champions

Faith Jung, Social Media Manager November 18, 2022

Copy editor Seowon Han and cub reporter Kevin Lee contributed to this story. After placing second in a divisional round last weekend, the marching band and Color Guard will advance to compete Saturday,...

Customers gather at their local Department of Motor Vehicles field office to take their drivers knowledge test on a touch screen device June 2015.

DMV offers online platform for driver’s knowledge exam

Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter October 14, 2022

Students 18 and above can now take the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] permit exam from the comfort of their home online instead of the traditional in-person option in which test-takers have to endure...

Korean Culture Clubs fan dance subgroup practices after school on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for its performance on the Saturday, Oct. 8, Korean Culture Festival that will take place at the Sunny Hills quad.

‘Squid Game,’ K-pop and more for Saturday, Oct. 8, Korean Culture Club festival in the quad

Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor October 7, 2022

The Korean Culture Club [KCC] will hold its free-admission, inaugural Korean Culture Festival on campus Saturday, Oct. 8, in the quad, where the group will showcase such events as K-pop performances and...

Senior Lindsey Kang (left) shares a special moment with her father after being crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the Friday, Sept. 30, football game between Sunny Hills and Fullerton at Buena Park High School stadium.

ASB vice president crowned homecoming queen

Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief October 3, 2022

Senior Lindsey Kang, the Associated Student Body vice president, was named homecoming queen Friday, Sept. 30, during halftime of the Sunny Hills football team’s Freeway League home opener against Fullerton...

Passing rate averages for Advanced Placement [AP] exams from the 2021-2022 school year show an 8% increase compared with the previous school year and 1% below 2020’s highest rate over the past five years. The College Board views a 3 or higher as passing for its AP tests.

2022 Sunny Hills Advanced Placement exams yield higher passing rate averages despite fewer students taking them

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor September 27, 2022

After returning to a full, in-person Advanced Placement testing environment for the first time in three years, the number of Sunny Hills students who passed with a 3 or higher improved 8% compared to the...

Juniors, assigned Kevin the Minion from “Despicable Me,” huddle together to celebrate their victory after surviving the final round of musical chairs in the quad Sept. 8.

Juniors bring home first win with ‘Battle of the Classes’ debut

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter September 21, 2022

After at least 16 rounds of playing musical chairs in the quad, the last student standing during lunch Sept. 8 was an 11th-grader, securing the first victory of the school year for the juniors as part...

Agriculture students and recent SH graduates hold up their red, blue and green ribbons to commemorate their success at this summer’s Orange County Fair livestock competition.

SH agriculture program wins 21 awards at summer Orange County Fair livestock competition

Chloe Chun, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor September 20, 2022

The Sunny Hills agriculture program won 21 awards in various categories ranging from pig to rabbit showmanship at the annual Orange County Fair livestock competition over the summer. “The students...

Class of 2022 senior Savannah Thul looks at the Sunny Hills crowd after the Associated Student Body named her homecoming queen during the football game at Buena Park High School stadium Oct. 15, 2021.

Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 1 in the quad, following positive feedback last year

Stacy Kim, Staff Reporter September 19, 2022

Based on popular demand, the Oct. 1 homecoming dance will take place in the quad, similar to the 2021 social that drew an estimated 1,260 students, Associated Student Body [ASB]  event organizers said. “We...

Freshmen and Link Crew leaders participate in a group stretch at the annual freshman orientation held Aug. 9 for the incoming Class of 2026. According to school officials, the 615 incoming ninth-graders come close to the 650 enrolled in the 2018-2019 school year.

Sunny Hills enrollment of 2,433 – with the help of 615 freshmen – continues to increase for a fifth straight year

Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief August 30, 2022

Despite declines in state, county and district enrollment in public schools, Sunny Hills has continued to increase its student population for a fifth straight year – a majority of students coming from...

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