The Accolade

Guest Editorial: Former President Donald Trump does deserve the blame for violent Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Photo of the Capitol rotunda taken during the November 2019 National Scholastic Press Association journalism convention held in Washington, D.C. A radical faction of Trump supporters broke into the building Jan. 6.
Jasmine Lee January 26, 2021

Recently, a fellow Sunny Hills student wrote an anonymous column arguing that former President Donald Trump was not solely responsible for the recent violent attack on the Capitol.  The writer...

Vice President Kamala Harris sets a new path in politics for me and other women of color

Writer Rida Zar looks admiringly at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Rida Zar January 20, 2021

In 1789,  John Adams became America’s first vice president after receiving the second-most Electoral College votes after George Washington. In the 47 more vice presidents to come, regardless of the...

I spent thousands of dollars on SAT practice, and it looks like it’s going all to waste because College Board keeps canceling SoCal test dates

Junior Daniel Kong finishes the last of his SAT Prep material from Sapient Academy. Rescheduled in March, Kong’s test has been canceled four times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniel Kong January 19, 2021

The third time wasn’t the charm. On Dec. 2, I was supposed to take my SAT at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, but unsurprisingly, College Board canceled the administration of the test. That...

Staff editorial: Patience with vaccine provides perfect gift

The Editorial Board looks forward to receiving the vaccine, but not until those who need it more receive it first.
The Accolade Editorial Board January 17, 2021

The Accolade’s editorial board, with the exception of a student whose parent is anti-vaccination, unanimously agreed to take a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to students. With the FDA’s...

A Capitol offense: Undemocratic Jan. 6 break in weakens our security, violates American core ideals and exposes hypocrisy within policing

The events at Capitol Hill on Jan. 7 demonstrated an attack on American democracy, Rida Zar writes.
Rida Zar January 9, 2021

In 1801, on the eve of his last day in office, John Adams -- the second president of the United States -- appointed a total of 58 “midnight” judges to the Federal Circuit courts. He hoped to maintain...

Guest Column: Trump doesn’t deserve all the blame for Wednesday’s Capitol chaos

Image of the Capitol building taken during the November 2019 National Scholastic Press Association journalism convention held in Washington, D.C. More than a year later, it was sieged Jan. 6 by a radical faction of Trump supporters.
January 8, 2021

The Accolade has agreed to keep the guest columnist -- a Republican student and supporter of President Donald Trump -- anonymous for the writer’s safety. The last time the U.S. Capitol Building was...

I feel trapped in this ‘free’ society

In modern society, the social media has become increasingly more hostile for sharing opinions, an Accolade reporter argues.
Grace Johnson January 3, 2021

As I scrolled through social media, bold text depicted a controversial statement that I couldn’t help but stare at. Quickly, I typed up a response, but I hesitated when I reached to click the “post”...

Get rid of the Electoral College

The Electoral College is an outdated and ineffective system, an Accolade writer argues.
Krishna Thaker December 28, 2020

Without fail, every presidential election season, the phrase “your vote counts,” gets thrown around by campaigners for the executive office, attempting to attract high voter turnouts. However, this...

I’m glad our leaders are becoming more diverse

Female politicians like Michelle Steel (left), Kamala Harris (center) and Young Kim have all made strives toward becoming gender parity in the U.S. political system.
Tyler Pak December 21, 2020

Kamala Harris makes history. In the weeks following Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump for The White House, you’ve likely seen some form of this headline. Biden’s pick is a historic one...

Fear and anxiety from COVID-19 has made me afraid of going to work

Senior Gianne Veluz wears a mask as she takes customers’ orders during her shift at a dessert cafe in Buena Park on Sept. 19.
Gianne Veluz December 17, 2020

“I’m going to have to ask you to put a mask on, or else we can’t serve you.” This is what I find myself saying often to customers when they refuse to comply with the mandated face covering requirement...

Teachers should make online finals optional

A student celebrates after a teacher announces that the semester final will be optional.
Alice Lee December 14, 2020

With final exams scheduled for next week, teachers have started to address what they plan to do during the two-hour period. At Sunny Hills, students normally attend two classes from Tuesday through...

Despite use of the N-word, the accurate portrayal of racial injustice in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ must stay in high school English classes

Harper Lee’s 20th century novel To Kill a Mockingbird still remains relevant today in the racially charged 21st century.
Rida Zar December 13, 2020

A fictional narrative of a young tomboy growing up in Maycomb, Ala., with her single father and older brother -- it's a simple concept for a book without magic, twisted realms or the supernatural.  Harper...

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