The Accolade

Nov. 3 elections: Use of safe and sane fireworks could go up in smoke if Fullerton voters repeal city’s 8-year -old law

Junior Luke Weinreich, who is in opposition of banning safe and fireworks, plays with sparklers in celebration of the Fourth of July this past summer in his neighborhood in Fullerton. Fullerton voters will decide on Measure U, which calls for the prohibition of the sale and use of these fireworks.

Michelle Sheen

September 22, 2020

The savory aroma of meat grilling in the front yard during a July summer day while patriotic music like “Firework” by Katy Perry or “Proud to Be an American” by Lee Greenwood plays around the house.  Such festivities are capped off when the sun goes down, and the safe and sane fireworks lik...

Four FFA students take second place in state virtual fruit tree judging contest

The four Future Farmers of America team members were in Fresno March 12 to look at some of the fruit trees in person and get some practice before their March 13 competition in Yuba City, which was canceled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That eventually led to the creation of a virtual event over the summer.

Gianne Veluz

September 21, 2020

Coming off a first-place finish for Sunny Hills’ Future Farmers of America [FFA] program last year in a state fruit tree judging contest, a new team of four students fell three points shy of repeating as champions, agriculture department officials said. “With a second-place win this year, it all...

STILL TI(C)KING: Sunny Hills TikTok users, creators relieved that social media app will not be going away

With 100 million monthly users in America, TikTok has grown popular among Gen Z millennials but was under hot water when President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to ban the app in the U.S. because of security concerns.

Nevya Patel

September 18, 2020

Saved by the O. Oracle, that is. With a Sept. 20 deadline looming for an American company to buy TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance in China, or else President Donald Trump would ban its use in the United States for security reasons, Oracle announced earlier this week it has struck a deal to bec...

FJUHSD pushes back date for returning to on-campus learning to no earlier than Oct. 5

The sun sets on the Sunny Hills campus on May 28, the last day of school in the 2019-2020 school year. Because of Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s Sep. 3 announcement, students whose parents signed them up for Cohors A or B will not arrive back on campus until Oct. 5 at the earliest.

Alice Shin

September 13, 2020

With Orange County coronavirus cases no longer spiking as they were in the summer, state officials have allowed schools to re-open for live, in-class instruction as early as Sept. 22, though Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] campuses -- including Sunny Hills -- will do so no earlier ...

COVID-19 health guidelines force Link Crew to welcome freshmen via Zoom instead of live orientation on campus

Then-junior Daniel Magpayo (center) gives instructions to Krystopher Bagunu (left) and Leoni Nguyen, then juniors, in the gym during the Aug. 6, 2019, Link Crew freshman orientation. For the 2020-2021 school year freshman orientation, Link Crew had to resort to meeting with freshmen through the Zoom meeting platform because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Michelle Sheen

September 9, 2020

After three years of holding freshman orientation on campus before the start of the school year, Link Crew had to resort to a virtual one that attracted 450 students to meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. “Zoom meetings were nerve-wracking for us as we had to make connections, train and ge...

Despite distance learning, student clubs can hold virtual meetings, attract new members after virtual club rush

The Alzheimer’s Awareness Club members promote their group during the 2019-2020 Club Rush at break. Because the new school year has started with distance learning instead of live instruction on campus, the ASB had to resort to a Google Slides presentation of clubs, which was posted on the school’s website Sept. 4.

Nevya Patel

September 9, 2020

Though not allowed to hold live, in-person meetings during distance learning, clubs have been given permission by school district officials to virtually gather on platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet outside of classroom hours. In addition, club officers and members are expected to follow all school ...

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.

Hope Li

September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the occasional passing out of free candy. This has been what Club Rush was all about during the tra...

Yearbook class changes from sixth to fifth period to accommodate schedule conflicts

Helios editor-in-chief senior Anika Madan (first row, second video window from left) captures a historic moment -- the first virtual yearbook camp sponsored by Herff Jones on July 25, the camp's first day. Traditionally held at California State University, Long Beach, the July 25-29  Yearbooks by the Beach offers publications students sessions ranging from staff bonding to theme brainstorming. A total of 23 of the 33 Helios yearbook staffers attended the event to prepare for the 2020-2021 annual's production, which now will take place during fifth instead of sixth period.

Alice Shin

September 3, 2020

After three years of the award-winning Helios yearbook class being held during period six, it has switched back to fifth period this school year, joining other electives like the Associated Student Body and The Accolade newspaper staff. “Before, since the yearbook was at the end of the day, it was co...

Homecoming postponed until February, stag dances canceled

Homecoming princess Rachel Kim (left), escorted by Kenji Williams (both Class of 2020), celebrate their walk around the gym during the 2019 ASB-organized assembly. Because football got postponed to the spring semester of 2021, the ASB has decided to move its traditional fall homecoming events to the week of Feb. 9.

Anthony Keem

September 2, 2020

This story was updated at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 2 with an additional student quote. Despite canceled stag dances and assemblies this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Student Body [ASB] will push ahead with virtual events and a goal toward holding homecoming next spring in al...

Summer spike in COVID-19 cases in Orange County leads to cancellation of in-person graduation ceremony at Buena Park’s football stadium

Class of 2020's Johnathyn Yip and Elena Singh, wear their Sunny Hills cap and gowns at a senior graduation photoshoot at the Brea Dam on June 28. The Class of 2020 not only lost its senior traditions like prom, Grad Nite and paper toss, but last school year's seniors also never had a chance to walk down the aisle to pick up their diplomas during a commencement ceremony usually held at Fullerton Union High School's football stadium. An Aug. 5 makeup graduation at Buena Park High School's football stadium was canceled July 28 because of the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Orange County.

Sydnee Tallant

August 27, 2020

Elise Ibara (Class of 2020) was looking forward to seeing as many of her former senior classmates again earlier this month. With traditional senior events like prom in April and Grad Nite and the commencement ceremony itself in May wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, Ibara held out hope that CO...

COVID-19 forces school officials to change the Aug. 25 Back to School Night into Zoom experience for parents

Traditionally held on campus, Back to School Night for students' parents will be held through Zoom meetings with teachers Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5:45 p.m. for zero period and 6 p.m. for first period. Sunny Hills officials had to resort to an all-virtual program in keeping with COVID-19 health guidelines, and so like the current situation with students, they will be unable to see some of the newly designed aspects of the school such as the front doors in the main office wing.

Rida Zar

August 24, 2020

For the first time, Sunny Hills will hold a virtual Back-to-School-Night Tuesday, Aug. 25, for students’ parents in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing and health guidelines, school officials said. “We take pride in the positive and energetic school culture we have here at Sunny Hills High School,” ...

ASB to release 20-minute Welcome Back video Monday, Aug. 24, for students, staff to watch at end of Period 4

The Associated Student Body [ASB] co-adviser Mike Paris, top row, far left, leads a Zoom meeting during fifth period on the first Wednesday of the 2020-2021 school year to review the ASB agenda with his 60 students. After sponsoring a virtual school spirit week from Aug. 17-21, the ASB has put together a Welcome Back video to be released Monday, Aug. 24, at the end of fourth period.

Anthony Keem

August 22, 2020

This story was updated at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, with additional quotes from students and information about how the ASB will promote the video. The Associated Student Body [ASB] plans to release a 20-minute Welcome Back video Monday, Aug. 24, featuring a montage of recorded messages from...

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