The Accolade

The good, the bad and the ugly of my remote learning 2.0 experience

Senior Aaliyah Magana puts her binder away in her cubic box in a six-by-six foot bookcase, a part of her at-home learning system for the new school year, after the online school day has ended.

Aaliyah Magana

September 21, 2020

I never expected to start the fall semester of my senior year at Sunny Hills like this -- with distance learning 2.0. As the previous school year ended there were rumors from various close friends that the virus would end during the summer months because of the high temperatures and we would be bac...

How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.

Gianne Veluz

September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and I came out positive.” My mom found out that she tested positive from one of her weekly COVID-19 tests pro...

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

Staff editorial: We’re split over the merits of distance learning ‘bell’ schedule

The Accolade Editorial Board

September 12, 2020

The Accolade’s editorial board count: Eight approve and seven disapprove of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s [FJUHSD] new class schedule for the 2020-2021 distance learning period. On Aug. 26, math teacher Kari Morita was late to class — but she didn’t know it at first. I...

Flying cross-country during COVID-19 pandemic unmasks many of my fears

Buckled and ready for her first cross-country flight during the coronavirus pandemic, senior Karen Lee sits in her seat on Delta Air Lines as she waits for the pilot to take off from Los Angeles International Airport. The Accolade’s online graphics editor was excused from school for part of Aug. 14 and the whole day of Aug. 17 so she could travel with her parents and older brother, Daniel, to Georgia’s Emory University in Atlanta, where Lee’s brother will be attending his first year of college. Like several other businesses nationwide, airline passengers are required to wear a face mask before they board their flight.

Karen Lee

September 10, 2020

As the flight attendant handed me a snack bag with a pack of Biscoffs, Cheez-Its, a water bottle and a Purell hand sanitizer packet, I reached to take off my mask to eat the snacks. But I paused, thinking about our nation's current state regarding the coronavirus pandemic — 6.3 million people infect...

BATTLE OF THE VIRTUAL PLATFORMS

Nine-year-old video conferencing platform Zoom (left) provides advanced options like breakout rooms; for others, 3-year-old competitor Google Meet offers a minimalist, easy-to-understand format without the experience of advanced features.

September 5, 2020

In response to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s decision to enter full distance learning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, two Accolade reporters debate the merits of the main platforms for at-home learning: Google Meet and Zoom. ...

Why I stand with Black Lives Matter

Senior Hanna Oltman uses her iPhone 11 to take an image of protestors in Downtown Fullerton on June 7 chanting for justice after the death of George Floyd.

Hanna Oltman

September 2, 2020

I’ve never been pulled over for looking suspicious. I’ve never been called a racial slur.  I’ve never had a discussion with my parents about how to act if stopped by a police officer.  Why? Simply put, it’s because I’m white. Even though the civil rights movement began 66 years ago in 1954, raci...

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution

Anti-vaxxers need to change their views once COVID-19 immunization shot gets approved for distribution

Annie Bang

August 26, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic plagued the forefront of every news headline and dictated a culture of “new normal,” the intense battle against time has begun to invent a vaccine to eventually bring about immunity from COVID-19. With the talks of such a development as early as November to early...

Worth the effort: Find your next summer activity in a Fullerton College course

Senior Andrew Ngo, a straight-A student at Sunny Hills, has been enrolling in Fullerton College’s summer courses since 2019. Before the coronavirus pandemic forced all classes to be held online earlier this spring, one of the midterm projects from Ngo’s June 2019 art class  provided Ngo the chance to expand his right-brain creativity through a visit to the Getty Museum.

Andrew Ngo

August 24, 2020

Before COVID-19 hit earlier this year, I’ve known of classmates flying cross country to participate in summer programs that cost upwards of $10,000. Some landed internships, while others joined the workforce at local businesses in the area for the first time. A significant number hunkered down at SAT or ...

The Accolade: We’ve still got issues planned during distance learning; meanwhile, check us out online during this historic COVID-19 period

<i>The Accolade</i>: We've still got issues planned during distance learning; meanwhile, check us out online during this historic COVID-19 period

Tyler Pak

August 24, 2020

This past school year, The Accolade has truly lived up to its namesake.  In previous years with our print issues, we’ve traveled down a two-year win streak of taking the Best High School Newspaper title from the Southern California Journalism Awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club (we’ve b...

Win, lose or draw: How my summer art instructor kept me engaged during distance learning

This is the optical color wheel rising senior Elijah Jhee submitted for one of his assignments in his summer Drawing and Painting class. For the first time in Sunny Hills history, summer school sessions were held online.

Elijah Jhee

August 10, 2020

The most important item for my summer school art class at Sunny Hills wasn’t a paintbrush or a charcoal pencil. It was my school-issued chromebook. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all summer school classes in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District — including my eight-week Drawing...

Staff editorial: Better safe than sorry

Staff editorial: Better safe than sorry

The Accolade Editorial Board

July 29, 2020

The Accolade’s editorial board count: 14 approve and one disapproves of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s July 17 decision to close schools within the state’s coronavirus county watch list, including Sunny Hills High School. Before Newsom’s mandate, seven had planned to attend school both in-person and online in the A/B Cohort and e...

Staff editorial: FJUHSD should reopen classes in fall to all students since studies show minors are less likely to contract coronavirus

Art illustrated by contributing artist Jacqueline Chang.

The Accolade Editorial Board

June 4, 2020

A May 20 online article from the Los Angeles Times describes the first day of the return of school for students at Gyeongbuk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus crisis. Titled, “‘Kids will be kids’: Furtive hugs, complex logistics on South Kore...

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