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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

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College planning consultant Alisa Berner, who has past experience working with high school students and parents throughout the application process, offers advice for upperclassmen after the Supreme Court decision to strike down affirmative action in June 2023. (Illustration by Lindsey Um)

NAVIGATING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: Private counselor Alisa Berner offers advice on essays with current affirmative action decisions

Justin Park, Staff Reporter January 31, 2024

Independent educational consultant and private college counselor Alisa Berner, who also works at Rancho Bueno Vista High School, helps students find the best academic, social and financial fit for their...

Seniors applying to colleges can have access to an admissions file once they start attending a university they applied to and got accepted into. The file contains notes from college admissions officers, and if students did not waive their Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act rights, they can even access teacher recommendations and notes during interviews.

DID YOU KNOW? College admissions file can be accessed to find out how your university rated you

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor January 28, 2024

When Class of 2022 alumna Rachel Lee first opened her Harvard University acceptance letter in December 2021 through an online portal, she was greeted by the word, “Congratulations!” in bold text. After...

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...

A teacher earlier this week anonymously provided The Accolade with a letter titled, “NOTICE OF DATA BREACH,” which states the cause of the recent internet outage that all schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District faced last November before Thanksgiving break. Emails from The Accolade that have been sent to the superintendent asking for comment on the document and the ransomware attack were unresponsive until Friday, Jan. 12.

HACKED: Unspecified number of district employee data taken from November’s network outage, according to Friday, Jan. 5, letter

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor January 12, 2024

*The Accolade strives to follow professional journalism practices in identifying all sources in the stories it posts or publishes. However, in rare cases in which sources’ identities could risk harm,...

After the U.S. Supreme Court banned affirmative action on Thursday, June 29, critics of legacy admits have expressed concerns over the credibility of college admission traditions. Johns Hopkins University and Pomona College are among numerous U.S. institutions that have prohibited legacy admissions.

Legacy admissions face scrutiny amid ban of race-conscious practices

Irene Sheen, Managing Editor December 8, 2023

Celebrated as one of eight prestigious Ivy League institutions, Dartmouth College highlights its exceptionally selective admissions and acclaimed education programs.  But earning recognition among...

U.S. legislators have recently taken initiatives to ban the social media platform TikTok across the nation. This controversy has raised concerns ranging from user privacy to the promotion of Chinese communist propaganda.

TIK, TIK, TIK: By banning the app, U.S. government contradicts core American ideals

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor May 3, 2023

In February, a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon was spotted over U.S. waters, where the device wandered for seven days before being shot down by the military off the coast of South Carolina on...

In recent years, the use of social media platforms, TikTok and Instagram, have encouraged teens to build their own platforms. Sunny Hills alumni and students reflect on their social media ventures and sponsored content.

FROM LANCER TO LEGEND: Alumni and student influencers reflect on their journey to fame

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor March 17, 2023

Sunny Hills cultivates future generations of doctors, lawyers, teachers — and recently, influencers. SH Class of 2020 alumna Stacy Kim, a fashion and travel influencer posting content on Instagram,...

This trend is well worth the shot

Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager March 16, 2023

“Help Me.”  “SOS.”  Customers of the fast-fashion, online clothing brand SHEIN inspected the labels stitched on the tags of the company’s products to find these alarming messages, hypothetically...

The Stanley Quencher Tumbler is one of many products social media influencers have peddled to consumers. Platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram, have become the primary outlets for product advertisements.

TO CONSUMER AND TO CREATE: Social media influencers usurp traditional product advertising

Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief March 12, 2023

The Alix Earle Effect.   According to, the 22-year-old social media sensation Alix Earle, with up to 4.7 million TikTok followers, has been reportedly paid between $40,000 and $70,000...

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