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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

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Sophomore Yena Oh performs her piece, “Polonaise no. 1 in D Major,” by Henryk Wieniawski, at Carnegie Hall in New York. Oh was given a chance to perform in the East Coast in January after placing first place in the virtuoso string category of the International Association of Professional Music Teachers Virtuoso string concerto competition.

COLUMN: My violin playing journey – first Carnegie Hall, then the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Yena Oh, Cub Reporter May 7, 2024

“In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes,” Andy Warhol wrote in his exhibition catalog at the Moderna Museet gallery in 1968. My moment started in early January this year when I was...

Assistant principal Heather Bradley gives instructions to staff and students at the beginning of the Thursday, Feb. 15, evacuation drill.

Staff Editorial: Tell us why

The Accolade Editorial Board March 13, 2024

The Accolade Editorial Board unanimously agrees school officials need to clearly explain to students the reasons for new safety procedures in light of recent drill. Increased awareness of mental health...

Section editors of the 2022-2023 school year work on newspaper layouts in  The Accolade  room after school. This was a recurring daily routine during the week that print issues were released.

Old-style methods just lower my GPA

Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor February 20, 2024

This story was originally published in our March 3 print issue last year. Because of our oversight, the full version never got posted online, which is why...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District superintendent Steve McLaughlin’s Friday, Jan. 12, email sent nearly an hour after school to students and parents informs stakeholders that last November’s network outage was “caused by a sophisticated ransomware attack.”

Staff Editorial: Fullerton Joint Union High School District superintendent should have acted sooner in informing community about November data breach

The Accolade Staff Editorial Board January 12, 2024

The Accolade Editorial Board unanimously agrees that the district-wide network outage that occurred last semester from Nov. 14-Nov. 15 warranted more transparency and immediate information from the superintendent.  Cyber...

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy (right) wants those ages 15-24 of the electorate to pass a civics test about the U.S. government before they can vote. Right now, once U.S. citizens turn 18, they have the right to cast ballots during elections.

Civics Education Initiative makes voting more meaningful in the U.S. with a new civics test

Irene Park, Copy Editor December 19, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, the youngest of the current nine vying for the chance to take on Democratic President Joe Biden, proposed a plan to pass a constitutional amendment that...

The administration has introduced the 5-Star app (left) and physical restroom passes attached to lanyards for the fall semester of the 2023-2024 school year. School officials plan to make the digital app, which limits restroom use to seven minutes twice a day, a schoolwide requirement for teachers and students to use by the start of the spring semester.

Staff Editorial: New 5-Star app requires adjustments to hall pass limits

The Accolade Editorial Board December 11, 2023

The Accolade Editorial Board unanimously agrees that the 5-Star app hall pass system needs revision in its time and daily limits. As the second semester approaches in January, the Sunny Hills administration...

Freshman Matthew Gallardo rushes to pick up his lunch meal at the RoundHouse on Monday, Oct. 16, during lunch. In the 2023-2024 school year, more students have picked up meals because of improvements made to school lunches.

Believe it or not, free lunch meals are tasting better than ever

Kevin Lee, Staff Reporter November 15, 2023

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation earlier this month that was championed by an 11-year-old boy named Zacky Muñoz. Known as the Muñoz Student Allergy Framework for Emergencies Act – AB 1651, the...

Starting March 2024, the SAT standardized test will become digital only, and students will be able to use their own devices to take the test, which will run for two hours and consist of one section for reading and one for mathematics. Nevertheless, junior Christopher Lee still finds value in traditional SAT prep books.

COLUMN: I’m looking forward to be among first in the U.S. to take digital SAT version next year

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter November 13, 2023

SAT, SAT, SAT.  I’ve heard about this standardized test since elementary school from friends, teachers and parents. I was going into seventh grade at Parks Junior High when my parents got me my first...

Sophomore Isaac Gaxiola (right) takes a look at the top of the Uno card stack during his lunchtime game with his friends Monday, Oct. 30, in Room 138. The group has recently been spending the second half of the 30-minute lunch period playing what an online article calls Americas Favorite Game.

COLUMN: If only I were eligible to apply to be a ‘Chief Uno Player’ – and get paid $20K for it

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter October 30, 2023

Uno has been around for 52 years. It’s a simple card game of numbers and colors with the objective of being the first player to get rid of all of the cards in his or her hand. Uno is easy enough for...

With the heated academic environment, many Sunny Hills students, including junior Seowon Han, strive for recognition through grades, awards and programs. This further extends to titles such as try-hards and overachievers.

I’M A TRY-HARD: Toxic overachievement culture pushes me for recognition

Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager October 20, 2023

In sixth grade, I first overheard this phrase passing by a lunch conversion: “Asians get A’s because they’re not ‘B-sians’ or ‘C-sians.’”  After processing it for a second, the underlying...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s introduction of Threads, aims to topple X, or Twitter, as the popular social media platform for posting news and other information.

COLUMN: X vs. Threads; when it comes to challengers, I choose the mainstays

Troy Yang, Staff Reporter October 13, 2023

Coke or Pepsi? Netflix or Disney+? Twitter or Threads? When it comes to choosing the establishment over the newcomer, I’m the kind of person who would choose the former. Like with many of my...

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