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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...

With increasing conversation around sexuality and gender identity, couples in the LGBTQ+ community share their experiences with dating.

LGBTQ+ LOVE: Queer couples come forth with their relationships

Jaimie Chun, Editor-in-Chief February 17, 2023

"Since we’re both fruity, let me take your booty to HOCO." Senior Clarissa Arteaga wrote this message in rainbow letters on a large cardstock poster last September.  Arteaga was standing in the...

With changing Generation Z dating norms, more Sunny Hills students experiment with online relationships. Students and university professors offer their input to navigating teenage romance on the Internet.

Toss the old-school letters; online dating is in-style

Irene Sheen, Managing Editor February 15, 2023

During the peak of the COVID-19 lockdown when social interactions were limited to technological forums, the multiplayer online game, Among Us, earned its title as an instant cultural phenomenon.  With...

Astrology gains increasing popularity among teenage audiences. As more Sunny Hills students probe their astrological placements, they consider how zodiac sign compatibility may affect their romantic relationships.

Searching the stars: SH students look into astrological signs to determine romantic compatibility and similarity

Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2023

When it comes to seeking compatibility in a friendship or one’s love life, gone are the days when Sunny Hills students are asking each other, “What is your MBTI?” The use of the Myers Briggs Type...

With user-inputted keywords such as robot and hand, two separate artificially intelligent websites produced the humanoid and palm images in under 20 seconds. The hand reaches out to the blue automation, offering its acceptance into an emerging world of technology.

AI revolution sparks technological advancements, student interest

Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief December 12, 2022

iPhone user: “Hey Siri, what is artificial intelligence?” Siri: “Here’s some information.”  Siri responds, providing one source from Apple’s built-in Siri Knowledge and two links from...

Advancements in artificial intelligence technology initiate changes in the entertainment industry. FN Meka, Holly Herndon and Darth Vader are just a few of the many examples of AI integration in music and film.

AI powers new age of talent

Irene Sheen, Managing Editor December 7, 2022

Neon green braids, face tattoos, gold chains and grillz — although he embodies the physical traits of a stereotypical American rapper, he is quite literally detached from the human world.  Powered...

Artificial intelligence-powered services, such as Grammarly and Mathway, have offered assistance but also methods for cheating. As a result, Sunny Hills staff and students express conflicting opinions about AIs application at school.

SUNNY OR SHADY?: Students, staff reflect on AI’s impact within education

Jaimie Chun, Editor-in-Chief December 5, 2022

Senior Simran Bimb types the last word of her admissions essay for the University of California. Without a moment of hesitation, she highlights her 350-word essay and turns to an assistant that has accompanied...

Within recent years, social media has facilitated drug transaction for the younger generations. The fentanyl crisis has been augmented by this method of drug purchase.

From streets to Snapchat, illicit drug dealers utilize social media to reach younger consumers

Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2022

It takes a single pill, a mere 2-milligram dose of fentanyl to poison a user in seconds, leading to death, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA].  Sixteen-year-old Cooper...

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