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March 19: COVID-19 ‘Reasons Why’ working part-time during national crisis scares me and cuts off a big part of my income

On its Instagram page @giantramensushi, the restaurant announced March 19 that it will only take to-go and delivery orders and will close the building to prevent dine-in customers from coming inside in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Such a response will also impact part-time student workers there since many of them depend on tips from customers as part of their income.

Alex Park

March 19, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at  [email protected] “Here are...

Coronavirus crisis: SH alumna recounts chaotic reactions to Stanford shutdown and the challenge of online learning

After Stanford University shut down its campus to students earlier this month, Class of 2019 valedictorian Camryn Pak and her peers have had to resort to distance learning, which Sunny Hills students started doing Wednesday, March 18. Like many SH students, Pak communicates with her Stanford professors through Zoom, an app used for online video meetings. Photo taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Camryn Pak

March 17, 2020

It was just another Friday night at my freshman dorm. My friend Kristina and I were dressing up for The Stanford Daily’s “Special D” — a campus tradition in the form of a dinner party — to celebrate the launch of our winter quarter magazine.  Our plan was to de-stress before finals by en...

March 16: What it’s like to be allowed to return to campus to pick up my school lunch

Because the campus has been closed down this week until March 30 after spring break, Sunny Hills students who are on a free or reduced, federal government lunch plan can pick up their to-go, bagged lunches outside the Performing Arts Center between 10 a.m. and noon. Look for the black and gold Lancers color tent. Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Aaliyah Magana

Aaliyah Magana

March 17, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is the first of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] ...

Staff Editorial: With the campus closed to students until March 30, thank goodness we have a news website to keep us connected and informed

The 2019-2020 Accolade staff with its sixth-place Best of Show award for its first issue of the year titled,

Alex Park

March 15, 2020

A message from The Accolade editorial board: If COVID-19 happened just two years ago, The Accolade would have had to wait until students can return to campus for our staff to publish any articles related to this pandemic in our print product. With the school shut down for a week before spring ...

Unlicensed to drive; how I learned It’s worth starting driver’s ed early

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Isaac Choi

March 15, 2020

I am currently 16 years old and will be turning 17 by March 27, and I have no driving experience whatsoever -- no learner’s permit or driver’s license. Nothing. I have recently noticed many of my same-age peers finishing their driver’s education requirement and working toward earning or...

I play video games for three hours a day, but I’m not an addict

Art by Graphics Editor Erin Lee

Andrew Hong

February 19, 2020

During my 2014 summer trip to South Korea, I was fascinated by the bright beams of light that illuminated Seoul at night.  However, as I passed by the countless stores that lined up along the bustling streets, I kept noticing businesses that appeared just as often as Starbucks — internet cafes...

I literally had a wake-up call about my blood donation experience

Accolade staff writer junior Charis Lee learns the hard way the consequences of ignoring some of the reminders on the back side of the American Red Cross summons card.

Charis Lee

February 11, 2020

It was a typical Wednesday morning for me — barely any sleep, having little to eat and heading straight to zero period. I had completely forgotten what was planned for the day.  I slept about two hours the night before, or technically morning, and I thought about my schedule during passing period heading...

I’ve been tinikling about joining this Filipino dance for IFF since freshman year

Accolade staff writer and Bayanihan Club member junior Gianne Veluz clicks the two 10-foot-long plastic bamboo sticks in one of her many practices to prepare for the Feb. 6 International Food Faire assembly. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

Gianne Veluz

February 9, 2020

If you’ve ever been to the International Food Fair [IFF] assembly (like the one we had on Feb. 6), then you’ve most likely watched the program end with the Bayanihan Club performing a famous Filipino folk dance called tinikling. It’s a dance that is performed with four people and a dancer or...

Here’s why my mother deserves not one, but two diamonds

Accolade staff writer Charis Lee still has the two gems that she won for her mom from writing a poem for the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest. Students have until Friday, Jan. 17, to submit their entries. Image used with permission from Charis Lee.

Charis Lee

January 15, 2020

“Mom! I won you an amethyst, I just won an amethyst!” I hurried to my mom’s car as she picked me up from my junior high school -- me holding a white paper in one hand and me with a bright smile plastered across my face. That was in the seventh grade, and in my Creative Writing class, my teacher...

Ban on sales of vape flavors won’t stop teenagers from using e-cigs

Art by Erin Lee.

Hannah Kim

December 11, 2019

It starts with the city, and the county is next. The City of Laguna Niguel has become the first in Orange County to ban the sales of flavored e-cigarettes. Several other municipalities — including Fullerton — will be keeping a close eye on how effective such an ordinance will be in the com...

Instructors should show more R-E-S-P-E-C-T to students when it comes to smart phones in the classroom

Art by accolade staff reporter Katherine Kim.

Rebecca Choi

December 6, 2019

“OK class, I’m going to be taking attendance based on the cell phone pockets this year. If your phone is not in the pocket, you’re going to be marked absent.” These were the words of three of my teachers this school year. I walked into class on the first day of school only to be greeted with...

LeBron James no longer deserves ‘King’ James title after remarks in favor of Chinese totalitarian regime

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Alex Park

November 20, 2019

  The hypocrisy is real. Football players like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel in protest of racism of White America, but basketball star LeBron James succumbs to the will of the totalitarian regime in China for the sake of money. I think it’s obvious which...

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