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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Site technician Anthony Jara (left) and International Baccalaureate coordinator and art teacher Brian Wall pose after their nomination as the employees of the year in Room 3 on Jan. 18.
Veteran and second-year staffer named teacher and employee of the year
Chris Lee, Staff Reporter • February 3, 2023

One has worked at Sunny Hills High School for 32 years, while the other only two. Despite the gap in their work experience, Sunny Hills staff...

New auto shop teacher Jesse Munoz (left) demonstrates how to fabricate an engine support brace to sophomore Jacob Carr in his Advanced and Intermediate Auto Shop second period class in Room 131 last semester.
New auto shop teacher wants students to learn beyond just nuts, bolts of being a mechanic
David Kim, Staff Reporter • January 30, 2023

This is the last in a series of profiles on full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester last year. A part-time...

Sporting his Sunny Hills cap, Spanish teacher Luis Gomez reviews a warm-up exercise with his Period 4 Spanish 2 class last December in Room 56.
FROM ONE ‘HILLS’ TO ANOTHER: New Spanish teacher first taught at San Juan Hills High School in south Orange County before getting hired here
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • January 20, 2023

New Spanish teacher Luis Gomez found himself going through very distinct routines to support his wife and two sons 10 years ago. In the mornings,...

Using an iPad, new math teacher Christina Vu (left) assists freshman Terah Nohl in her fourth period Algebra 2 Honors class in Room 105 at the beginning of the fall semester.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: New teacher follows in her mother’s footsteps as an educator; aims to multiply the joy of math with her students
Faith Jung, Social Media Manager • January 10, 2023

Christina Vu sat in the back of her mother’s classroom at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove 20 years ago as she watched her role...

New math instructor Summer “Jade” Ng teaches her first-period Geometry 2A students how to determine the numerical length of points in Room 85 on Friday, Aug. 19.
NAME CHANGER: Miss Ng sounds too much like ‘missing,’ so new math teacher has a solution
Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter • December 16, 2022
Sunny Hills alumna Dawn Shanks gives a TED Talk to an audience in Natick, Massachusetts about her experiences leaving an evangelical cult in January of 2018. TEDx Talks channel posted her March 6, 2018, and the video accumulated over 3.8 million views.
THANKFUL TO GET OUT: One of the artists behind the breezeway mural speaks up about how she ended up with the offer of a lifetime to tell her story
Susie Kim, News Editor • December 6, 2022
New social science teacher Matthew Acosta greets his fifth period United States History class Nov. 4.
New 'high energy' social science teacher also helps out as coach in Lancers' football program
Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief • November 6, 2022
English teacher and environmental activist Christina Zubko (second from left) stands for a picture with other members of her organization, “Friends of Ormond Beach,” during the California Coastal Cleanup  in September 2019 at Santa Monica Bay.
TEACHER LEISURE: Instructor and environmental activist advocates for protection of Ormond Beach
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • October 22, 2022
Social science teacher Chris Vogt gives a lecture to his students on Thursday, Aug. 18, during his fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History class in Room 23.
Former Ayala High School baseball coach joins Sunny Hills as new social science teacher
Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief • October 19, 2022
MURAL FEATURE PIC
DID YOU KNOW? Breezeway mural’s origins a mystery to many
Susie Kim, News Editor • October 13, 2022
New engineering teacher Patrick Salem (center) reacts to the progress his engineering students are making on their balloon cable car project in Room 402 on Monday, Aug. 22.  Salem, hired through the Regional Occupation Program, also takes over as the new coordinator for the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovations and Change program.
NEW CHALLENGE: Ex-college professor, engineer aims to connect with EPIC students
Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter • October 7, 2022
New chemistry teacher Mason Morris, who worked here as an administrator before returning as an instructor, demonstrates a lab experiment with his period four regular chemistry class on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
HAPPY RETURNS, PART 2: Ex-administrator now science teacher Mason Morris aims to build chemistry with his students
Chris Lee, Staff Reporter • September 28, 2022
New computer science teacher Sonya Joyce instructs freshman Adrian Rodriguez about using the “println” statement to output the code correctly during her third period Coding and Gaming class in Room 44 Sept. 14.
HAPPY RETURNS: Former site tech starts first year as Sunny Hills’ computer science and coding and gaming teacher
Susie Kim, News Editor • September 21, 2022
Senior Connor Lew holds up the backpack hes been wearing to school since the fall semester started.
UNPACKING A TIKTOK TREND: 'SENIOR YEAR BABY' video inspires students to reconnect with childhood characters like Lightning McQueen, Hello Kitty
Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter • September 20, 2022
FROM SONORA TO SUNNY
FROM SONORA TO SUNNY
Jaimie Chun and Hannah Lee September 19, 2022
New assistant principal Heather Bradley from Sonora High School works on athletic clearances in her Room 6 office on Thursday, Aug. 18. Bradley replaces Hilda Arredondo, who accepted an administrative position at La Habra High School.
KICK STARTER: New assistant principal Heather Bradley brings a field of experience in sports, teaching
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • September 19, 2022
Assistant principal of Pupil Services Katie Wright works in her new office at the beginning of the school year after coming from Sonora High School, where she had served as an administrator for four years. Some of her favorite sayings like NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED,” “I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN” and “LIVING THE DREAM” are also displayed to her left on the window sill.
‘LIVING THE DREAM’: Fifth-year administrator Katie Wright motivated by sayings and her Snickerdoodle
Hannah Lee, Opinion Editor • September 19, 2022
Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education
Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education
Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor • September 15, 2022
New World Language teacher Cindy Ruiz passes out papers to her fourth period Spanish 1 class on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Ruiz also coaches the girls frosh-soph soccer team.
Second time’s the charm for new Spanish teacher who applied for a position in the district in 2020
Justin Pak, Copy Editor • September 6, 2022
Spanish teacher John Marvin makes sure he finishes the spring semester strong as he sits in front of his computer screen in Room 85 after issuing tests for his fifth period Spanish 1 class on Friday, May 20. After 38 years working here as a Spanish teacher, Marvin retired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.
Spanish teacher says adios to students, staff for the last time, retiring after a 38-year tenure
Irene Sheen, Special Sections Editor • June 8, 2022
New, full-time on-campus nurse inspired by mom, a first responder
New, full-time on-campus nurse inspired by mom, a first responder
Minjeong Kim, Feature Editor • May 25, 2022
At the California Dance Classics competition in Downey, then-sophomore David Burn performs a ballet routine in which he received an honorable mention for on March 4, 2019.
Orange County Register recognizes senior David Burn for a top dancer award
Grace Min, Sports Editor • May 20, 2022
Writers Alliance president sophomore Binny Park (left) discusses possible names for their literary magazine with sophomores Hannah Choi (middle) and Chloe Chun during a lunch meeting May 9.
Teen writers aim to get first literary magazine printed
Susie Kim, News Editor • May 18, 2022
Senior Patrick Jimenez (left) uses his fingers to show the first letter for win as he greets senior Abby Hahm after the two were announced as prom king and queen, respectively, during the April 9 event held at Fullerton Airport.
The King and I
May 18, 2022
Newly hired math teacher David Rogers lectures students on an angle of elevation problem displayed on the board on April 14.
Welcome to Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood
Nathan Lee, Staff Reporter • May 3, 2022
Wordle, the once-a-day-game, interests Sunny Hills students and teachers as the game brightens their day.
‘Simple, clear, fun and free’: Clues offered for how Wordle puzzle game has become a hit nationwide
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • March 18, 2022
 Senior Aidan Wong works on sharpening his Dutch skills through the Duolingo website on his Chromebook at the lunch tables near the 90s building on Feb. 23.
IB senior uses Duolingo to learn languages
Rachel Yun, Sports Editor • March 16, 2022
A screenshot of the page that students who fill out the pre-session questionnaire will look at as they wait to be connected with their tutor.
Tutor.com website offers help 24/7 for students in all subjects
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • March 15, 2022
Video production senior Daniel Johnson (left) and junior Sasha Flores (right) live stream the football game against El Modena on Sept. 3 at Buena Park High School.
Zooming in on the behind-the-scenes of video production
Yeihn Lee, Staff Reporter • February 20, 2022
Newly hired College and Career guidance technician Genesis Perez organizes paperwork containing information about the PSAT on her rotating display in Room 2. Perez welcomes all students to visit her office anytime to look for information about post-high school and college opportunities.
New College and Career Center tech has multifaceted, educational background
Susie Kim, News Editor • February 15, 2022
Senior Andi Elisaldez (left) and AVID coordinator Jennifer Papageorge show off the AVID Senior Standout Award certificate.
AVID Senior Standout reflects on her recognition
Irene Sheen, Special Sections Editor • February 8, 2022
During new teacher Daniel Flores’ fourth period Video Production class in Room 136, junior Rylee Ortiz (left) plays a quick game of Pac-Man before the bell rings on Friday, Jan. 21. Flores arcade game is among the items he set up as part of the January theme about pop culture.
From 'The Wizard of Oz' movie props to the 1980s Pac-Man arcade game, new video production teacher impresses his students with themed classroom decorations
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • January 20, 2022
Ag teacher feature
New agriculture teacher aims to continue with traditional events like ‘Kiss the Cow’ while helping students grow as leaders
Esther Oh, Staff Reporter • January 19, 2022
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