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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

Valedictorians sit in the library during first period on Monday, April 15, as they listen to principal Craig Weinreich talk about how the graduation speech candidates will be chosen.

Class of 2024 sets record with 39 valedictorians, surpassing previous highs in 2019, 2021, 2023

Ellen Hwang, Cub Reporter June 9, 2024

Thirty-nine. In math, that’s the product of one and 39 as well as two prime numbers: three times 13. In sports, that’s 10 fewer than the name of San Francisco’s football team — the 49ers...

Junior Celerina Lee (left) wears her medal while holding up her National German Exam certificate, both of which were given to her from her German 3 honors teacher, Sergey Artemyev, on Thursday, May 9. The awards recognize her high marks from the National German Exam.

German program seeing success at national level

Angelina Jeong, Sports Editor May 29, 2024

German national testing officials have praised the school’s students studying this language, especially based on the results of this year’s exam takers. Three students — two juniors and a sophomore...

California Senate Bill 348, which was passed Sunday, Oct. 8, aims to reduce sodium and sugar levels in school lunches.

LAW & ORDER: New state legislation to reduce school lunch sodium, sugar levels this fall to begin this fall

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter May 29, 2024

As a new feature, "Law & Order" explores passed bills relevant to teachers and students. What impact will these decisions have on the school? Schools across California are set to apply Senate...

Cyber attacks targeting schools have gone up in recent years. The internet outage the Fullerton Join Union High School district experienced on Tuesday, Nov. 14, was a result of one as well.

NEW GANG IN TOWN: Cybersecurity experts cite increased wave of ransomware attacks on schools

Irene Park, Copy Editor May 12, 2024

It’s known as the Medusa ransomware gang. Though the name is based on a Greek mythological character known for turning those who meet her eyes into stone, cybersecurity experts say that moniker has...

Accolade adviser Tommy Li (right) shows online managing editor senior Hannah Lee the first-place plaque that the journalism program’s online news website won last month from the Southern California Journalism Education Association as part of its California All-Stars digital mail-in competition. Lee holds a smaller plaque of the same award that The Accolade won in 2021. The presentation was held during fourth period on Tuesday, April 9, in Room 138.

The Accolade online news website earns second California All-Stars plaque from Southern California media contest

Julie Jung, Staff Reporter May 2, 2024

For the second time in four years, The Accolade won a first-place plaque for its online news website as part of the Southern California Journalism Education Association’s [SCJEA] annual student media...

Accolade staff writers junior Kayden Kim (left) and sophomore Kevin Lee work on creating magazine layouts for The Accolade’s upcoming May senior issue during fourth period Tuesday, April 17, in Room 138. With the creation of an honors Advanced Journalism course starting next school year, Kim, Lee and their peers on staff can be eligible to earn honors credit for taking this elective if they become an editor.

Starting in the 2024-2025 school year, Advanced Journalism students eligible to earn honors credit

Aiden Park, Opinion Editor April 25, 2024

For the first time in Sunny Hills history, students enrolled in Advanced Journalism are eligible to earn honors credit starting in the 2024-2025 school year. “It was a long and arduous process to...

Helios adviser Lindsay Safe presents the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker award to her fourth-period yearbook class on Friday, April 12, in Room 62. The award is for the 2022-2023 yearbook titled, “Honestly Who Says We Can’t?” making this the publication’s third such Pacemaker plaque.

Helios wins third Pacemaker award; The Accolade also earns national recognition

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter April 24, 2024

Helios won its third national award for its 2022-2023 yearbook during a Kansas City journalism convention earlier this month. “I was shocked at that; it was definitely a pleasant surprise,” said...

Sunny Hills students enjoy the 2019 prom at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, with the DJ and dance floor set up in the main area. The dance will return to this location Saturday, April 6.

PROM PREVIEW: Titanic-themed dance to be held Saturday, April 6, at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific

Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor April 5, 2024

With more than 800 tickets sold as of Wednesday, April 3, this coming Saturday’s “Titanic”-themed prom will be held at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific — the same venue as in 2019 before...

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District provides the community with information regarding the potential dangers of the West Nile virus and what can spread it. The website also offers contact information for the public to ask questions, and that’s how The Accolade learned of the district’s oversight in taking three months longer than expected to remove “PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE” signs warning about West Nile virus dangers outside the Sunny Hills campus and Raytheon Co.

OC Vector officials confirm mistake in failing to remove West Nile virus warning signs outside Sunny Hills in December

Justin Pak, News Editor April 1, 2024

In response to a Thursday, March 28, Accolade online article about “PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE” signs related to the West Nile Virus being removed around the Sunny Hills campus, Vector control officials...

 The five nominees for this years prom king stand together after being handed their sashes during the Thursday, March 28, event in the quad.

Prom court revealed during Thursday, March 28, event in the quad

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor April 1, 2024

Nearly two weeks after the prom theme video release, the Associated Student Body [ASB] announced the 10 seniors to represent the court on Thursday, March 28.  The nominees for prom king were announced...

The principals digital newsletter promotes three new tutoring programs introduced this year. The Algebra Center, however, on the top right hand corner is an after school tutoring program that has been on campus for awhile..

Faculty, Link Crew introduce new after school tutoring options for such subjects as English, Spanish

Emily Lee and Irene Park March 27, 2024

For the first time in school history, the World Language Department has created an after-school tutoring program for students struggling in Spanish classes. “During one of our Professional Learning...

The six-member Sunny Hills Math Club team (right) joins those from Sierra Canyon School to recognize their first-place tie in the Southern California Mathematics Competition Division B contest with assistant professor of mathematics Nathaniel Emerson at USC’s Taper Hall Saturday, March 23.

Math Club ties for first at Saturday, March 23, Southern California Mathematics Competition at USC

Justin Pak, News Editor March 27, 2024

A six-member team representing the school’s Math Club tied for first place Saturday, March 23, in a competition held every other year at USC. “I’m just so excited and happy for them … it was...

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