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Gym to hold Dancing With the Staff in December because of PAC modernization

Science teacher Christopher Ghareebo (left) holds his hand out while dancing to

Nevya Patel

November 19, 2019

For the first time in its eight-year history, the Dancing With the Staff [DWTS] fundraiser sponsored by Dance Department will be held in the gym Dec. 6-7 instead of the Performing Arts Center [PAC], which has been closed for remodeling since May 20. Dance director Leiana Volen said she made the decision...

Columbia Scholastic Press Association names Accolade, Helios Crown award finalists — only Orange County publications to receive such a national honor

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios's 2018-2019 yearbook Nov. 1, including this Sports section spread.
Image posted with permission from Helios

Hope Li and Krishna Thaker

November 15, 2019

The Accolade newspaper and Helios yearbook have been named a finalist for a national award sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA]. Through a live Twitter feed video on Halloween, the CSPA posted a slide recognizing The Accolade for a Silver or Gold Crown award. By the time t...

ASB cancels Mr. Sunny Hills because of uncertainty over completion date of PAC remodeling

Theater teacher Amanda Gieser (left) and the site construction project manager survey the new stage extension during a recent inspection of the PAC, which has been closed since May for remodeling. Posted with permission from Melissa Stinson.

Jaden Hom

November 15, 2019

A previous version of this story had the wrong year for when Mr. Sunny Hills started. It has been corrected on March 5 in this version to show it was in the spring of 1995. While school officials expect the Performing Arts Center [PAC] to reopen in early March, the ASB has decided to cancel the an...

Lancer Regiment takes first place at Oct. 26 tournament; first time winning sweepstakes against bigger bands

Band leaders from each school in the competition march on the field before receiving their awards at Sierra Vista High School Oct. 26. Sunny Hills is the third team from the right. Image reprinted with permission from Brian Milian

Andrew Ngo

November 2, 2019

Following the Lancer Regiment’s first-place finish at the Valencia Field Tournament Oct. 12, the Sunny Hills band won sweepstakes at the Sierra Vista Field Tournament Oct. 26 in Baldwin Park, earning five trophies. “I was really happy with the performance everyone put in,” band director Whitney...

Red Ribbon Week kicks off with ‘Net of Memories’ in quad

Seniors Branden Elliott (left) and Kourtney Barbour dance to the music in the quad Oct. 29 while helping man the Friday Night Live bean bag toss game as part of the week's Red Ribbon Week festivities. Behind the two is the

Hope Li

October 29, 2019

This story has been updated Nov. 1 with new information as to who handed out the Red Ribbon Week bags. Red Ribbon Week kicked off with decorations around campus and the distribution of bands for students to wear around their wrist as well as a “Net of Memories” in the quad. Organized by Sunny Hills...

Sunny Hills on lockdown for 23 minutes morning of Oct. 24 after police alert administrators of armed men in the area

Freshman English teacher Jennifer Kim's students hide under their desks in Room 188 after hearing about the lockdown announcement during second period Oct. 24. Image posted with permission from Jennifer Kim

Tyler Pak

October 24, 2019

This story was updated Oct. 25 with additional quotes from administrators; it was updated Oct. 31 with another student quote. For the first time in this era of violence on school campuses, Sunny Hills administrators declared a lockdown at approximately 9:45 a.m. Oct. 24 after receiving an alert from th...

Conservatory of Fine Arts to hold fall festival featuring Peanuts pumpkin patch theme

Fall festival planning committee members put together this Peanuts-themed poster promoting the Oct. 24 after school event featuring various programs from the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The 3-4:30 p.m. event will be held in the quad.

Gianne Veluz

October 24, 2019

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] plans to host its annual Fall Festival after school Oct. 24 with a theme based on the Peanuts cartoon episode titled, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” “This year, COFA is going more full out with everything,”...

Korean Culture Club performs dance, martial arts, drum set at Buena Park festival

Korean Culture Club members perform Nanta with traditional Korean outfits at Buena Park’s 63rd annual Silverado Days Festival on Oct. 19. Photo taken by feature editor Lira Jeong

Lira Jeong

October 23, 2019

Members of the Sunny Hills Korean Culture Club [KCC] performed a dance, a martial arts routine and a drum ensemble as part of Buena Park’s 63rd annual Silverado Days Festival on Oct. 19. “I think this event was successful because I got to see my students learn and share the Korean culture,”...

Lancers raise $2,450 for breast cancer victim in one-minute fundraiser

International Baccalaureate Economics HL1 teacher Robert Bradburn holds a $20 and $10 bill before putting the money into an envelope during the Oct. 18 ASB-sponsored

Andrew Ngo

October 23, 2019

As part of a fund-raising drive called “Miracle Minute,” Sunny Hills faculty and students raised $2,450 last week for Breast Cancer Angels, which in turn will pass the funds to a Fullerton breast cancer patient. “The Miracle Minute [worked] well,” principal Allen Whitten said. “[I am] so proud of A...

Mosquitoes invade Orange County, bug Sunny Hills students, staff

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District has been notifying the public about the new species of mosquitoes that have been spotted throughout the county.

Chloe Lee

October 18, 2019

Sunny Hills students and staff are finding themselves victims of the recent Orange County invasion of two species of mosquitoes — the Asian tiger and yellow fever — with one classroom being supplied with insect traps. “All the bites that I’ve had from this past summer have swollen up a lot,”...

Senior Cece Hamby crowned homecoming queen during halftime of Oct. 4 football game

Last year's homecoming queen, Jessica Barrow (left), passes on her title to senior Cece Hamby during halftime of the Oct. 4 football game between Sunny Hills and Sonora. Hamby was the first to be crowned homecoming queen at the modernized Buena Park High School turf stadium, where Sunny Hills plays its home football games. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Hannah Jeong

October 6, 2019

Senior Cece Hamby was named homecoming queen during halftime of the Oct. 4 football matchup between Sunny Hills and Sonora -- the first time that the coronation was held at the modernized Buena Park High School turf stadium where the Lancers play their home games. “I felt very grateful and shocked...

Sunny Hills earns six-year accreditation status

Principal Allen Whitten (left) shows the WASC certificate to English teacher Suzanne Boxdorfer, who was the WASC coordinator in charge of producing a self-study report for the visiting team in March of last semester. The document concluded that  Sunny Hills High School's accreditation is valid until June 30, 2025. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Elijah Jhee

October 2, 2019

After a committee’s evaluation of Sunny Hills’ progress in the spring semester, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] granted the campus a six-year accreditation term -- the best outcome an institution can receive from the organization. “It was a source of pride to be able to ...

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