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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Accolade staff members celebrate the publications Pacemaker recognition with SunnyD drinks that adviser Tommy Li distributed during fourth period on Monday, Nov. 6, along with a variety of cake pop flavors.
The Accolade wins its 2nd Pacemaker plaque recognizing the nation’s best of the best
Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief • November 7, 2023
Junior Carlos Pineda walks to the boys restroom in the 40s building last month after activating his restroom pass through the 5-Star app in his fourth period class along with his class’s designated physical hall pass on a lanyard.
Restroom passes to go digital – students only allowed two per day using 5-Star app
Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor • November 7, 2023
Assistant vice principal Peter Karavedas and the student panel reflect on their personal Sunny Hills experiences to an audience of freshmen in the Performing Arts Center Tuesday, July 11.
Summer Bridge Program’s 2nd year to build on successes from inaugural one that attracted around 260 freshmen
Jenna Kim, Staff Reporter • November 2, 2023
A Fastsigns employee puts up new logo decals during the afternoon onto the door of Room 107 on Thursday, Aug. 10. Not all the logos were put up in the summer, with the employees having to return later to finish. The doors also have different designs, with some displaying a Lancer head and others displaying an“SH” logo.
SIGNING ON — AND OFF: Hallways, athletic areas get large, square-shaped panels; logos for programs like dance, AVID removed
Irene Park, Copy Editor • October 31, 2023
Principal Craig Weinreich (left) offers a handshake to the Disneyland Imagination Campus Sales team employee who visited Room 4 with three Mickey Mouse and a card to congratulate Sunny Hills for ranking Top 1,000 in the nation on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Sunny Hills ranks in the Top 1,000 schools nationwide, Disneyland employees visit to celebrate
Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager • October 27, 2023
Dance Production members perform to will.i.ams Bang Bang during the Friday, Sept. 29, homecoming assembly in the gym. Starting this school year, the team  practices during zero period instead of sixth period after dance teacher Leiana Volen assumed the role of Conservatory of Fine Arts co-director.
2023-2024 school year brings more zero period options
Justin Pak, News Editor • October 25, 2023
The bar graph displays passing rates of Sunny Hills Advanced Placement [AP] exams from 2019-2023. The passing rate increased by 1.99% from the previous year, surpassing the 2020 rate by 0.59%, the previous highest mark recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic when the college board exclusively offered digital versions of its AP exam.
SH students achieve highest Advanced Placement pass rate since 2020 with more exams taken
Teo Jeong, Staff Reporter • October 20, 2023
Freshman Eli Anizor puts his belongings into his designated locker between the 20s and 40s buildings during lunch Tuesday, Sept. 26. Over the summer school officials contracted with Color New Co. and spent $390,000 to paint the lockers black and changed the colors on all buildings to a neutral gray-white.
$400,000 MAKEOVER: Most students, staff like new look of black lockers, neutral gray-white on all buildings, larger signage
Irene Park, Copy Editor • October 20, 2023
Sunny Hills student section decks out in beach attire for a Surf’s Up theme and lets out a cheer at the Friday, Aug. 25, football game.
SH student section celebrates being recognized Top 5 among Orange County schools
Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief • October 11, 2023
The Accolade will find out next month whether issues from the 2022-2023 school year will earn the programs second national Pacemaker award, considered to be as valuable as a Pulitzer Prize offered to professional publications. This front cover of the Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, issue was used in the National Scholastic Press Associations September news release listing the 39 finalists in the newspaper/newsmagazine category.
The Accolade up for its second national Pacemaker award on Saturday, Nov. 4
Aashna Dialani, Assistant Business Manager • October 10, 2023
A worker from the Fullerton Joint Union High School District installs one of the many new staff parking signs featuring the “SH” logo on poles in the campus west parking lot. The signs — measuring 18 inches wide and 24 inches high — were put up at the end of May before finals week of the spring semester. School officials wanted them bigger to improve visibility since the previous ones measured only a foot wide and 18 inches high.
Repaved west parking lot, bigger signs curb student motorists from occupying staff slots
Julie Jung, Staff Reporter • October 10, 2023
Art teacher Chablis Bates awards senior Camila Carriedo (left) with the Lancer LEGEND medallion to recognize her act of selflessness on Sept. 1 in Room 22.
School officials say new character-based award promotes positive self-esteem and campus unity
Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor • October 7, 2023
The College Boards website offers advantages of its new digital PSAT format. Sunny Hills students who signed up for the exam will be among the first to take the online version with Chromebooks in the gym on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
Juniors who signed up for the PSAT Wednesday, Oct. 11, will be first SH students to take digital version
Kayden Kim, Staff Reporter • October 4, 2023
Senior Katie Ortega (left) and her mother react to the announcement naming Ortega as the 2023-2024 homecoming queen. The coronation was held during halftime of the Friday, Sept. 29, football game between Sunny Hills and Sonora at Buena Park High School stadium.
Great Gatsby 1920s-themed homecoming events full of firsts
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • September 30, 2023
The Associated Student Bodys poster promotes the Saturday, Aug. 26, Wild West-themed stag dance.
Saturday’s stag dance – first of school year – to feature Wild West theme
Natasha Niazi, Staff Reporter • August 25, 2023
Students in the Sunny Hills quad walk to their first period classes during the morning drizzle on Monday, Aug. 21, after Southern California’s second tropical storm since 1939 swept through the region the day prior. Superintendent Steve McLaughlin made the decision the night before that all campuses in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District were safe for students and staff to resume the second week of the school year.
Sunny Hills escapes any damage from Tropical Storm Hilary as campus stays open on Monday, Aug. 21
Jaimie Chun, Editor-in-Chief • August 22, 2023
Students enjoy their break at the quad on May 4. After a school year in which lunch came before break, school officials have decided to return to the 2021-2022 bell schedule.
TIME FOR CHANGE: First-year bell schedule of lunch before break gets the ax for 2023-2024
Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor • May 30, 2023
Newspaper managing editor junior Jaimie Chun holds up on Monday, April 24, her Superior certificate and medal, which she earned from  competing in the Student Media Contest sponsored by the Journalism Education Association. The national writeoff competition was held Friday, April 21, at a journalism convention in San Francisco.
The Accolade makes Top 5 again for Best of Show contest at national convention in San Francisco
Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter • May 16, 2023
Senior Dylan Tran and two other Art Club members paint a black backdrop over a pencil sketch after school Tuesday, April 18, near the Lyceum entrance for the new mental health mural.
‘YOU MATTER’ GOES MURAL: Art club gets $150 to paint wellness-themed mural near library entrance
Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter • May 12, 2023
Senior Kier Regoso (left) holds up his camera to record two Chinese Club members to lip sync to a part of Donny Osmonds Ill Make a Man Out of You on Friday, April 7, outside the gym.
SH GOES DUBBING: Video production students coordinate their first lip dub video in decades, fostering school spirit
Angelina Jeong, Sports Editor • May 1, 2023
Social science teacher Christine Creel with some of her students from the Class of 2005; Creel, who retired in 2013, died Wednesday, March 26, of breast cancer, and a memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton. (All images used with permission from Robert Bradburn.)
Ex-SH teacher Christine Creel has died after battling breast cancer for 15 years; memorial service set for Saturday, April 29, in Fullerton church
Justin Pak, News Editor • April 28, 2023
Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials have put together an informational flyer to promote the new Ethnic Studies class to be offered for the 2023-2024 school year. Counselors who handed out registration packets to non-seniors earlier this semester included this handout for students to consider adding to their course selections.
Promotion pays off for new ethnic studies class for 2023-2024
Justin Pak, News Editor • April 24, 2023
Accolade editor-in-chief senior Kate Yang checks the information sheet for the newspaper layout category while working on Adobe InDesign during the Orange County Journalism Education Association contest Saturday, March 4, at Fullerton College. The senior’s entry earned her a first-place trophy.
The Accolade wins 2 of 3 Best of Show plaques from Orange County student media contest
David Kim, Staff Reporter • March 17, 2023
Class of 1968 reunion committee member Vince Citrano places the black plaque to glue on the center of the bench by the Lyceum Thursday, March 9.
SH Class of '68 reunites to view the $10,000 furnishings added on campus
March 13, 2023
Class of 1968 reunion committee member Jim Gronwall adds glue Thursday, March 9, to the inspirational message plaque that will be attached to the center of the black and yellow bench underneath the “Class of 1968” engraving. The bench in front of the library and the plaque are among the nearly $10,000 in outdoor furniture that school officials purchased using money raised by the ‘68 reunion group.
‘Knowledge is power,’ ‘You haven’t failed until you stop trying’ among nine added onto new outdoor furniture to inspire students
Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager • March 10, 2023
Principal Craig Weinreich (left) receives a plaque with an engraved inspirational quote from Sunny Hills Class of 1968 reunion committee co-chairman Brad Rawlins as a gift Thursday, March 9, during fourth period by the 30s wing. The quote reads, “Education Is The Passport To The Future Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For Today.” Rawlins and nine other graduates from the Class of 1968 reunion committee met on the SH campus to glue nine inspirational quotes on the new benches and tables school officials had purchased through the groups $10,000 donation last summer.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Class of ‘68 reunion committee returns to campus to see new outdoor furniture funded from nearly $10,000 in donations
Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief • March 10, 2023
Before prom comes around again on April 15, seniors will have a chance to vote for their king and queen. Last year, seniors Patrick Jimenez (left) and Abby Hahm took the honors.
PROM SEASON: scheduled for April 15, the last formal dance of the school year has been reserved at an undisclosed location in Orange County
Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor • March 9, 2023
One of the six new benches on campus funded by the Class of 1968 reunion committee. All have school colors of yellow and black with the Lancer knight logo next to Class of 1968 in the center back section of the bench.
Class of '68 reunion group to visit campus Thursday, March 9, to unveil special plaques for benches, tables it funded
Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief • March 9, 2023
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios for its 2021-2022 yearbook titled “It’s Time. We’re Ready, Are You?” as a Crown finalist Dec. 14, 2022. The organization nominated both the yearbook program and The Accolade as Crown finalists and plans to announce the Gold Crown winners at the New York Convention March 15-17.
The Accolade, Helios recognized as finalists for national journalism award
Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor • February 22, 2023
The wellness sticker in the girls and boys restrooms contains a supportive message and help services for those who are in a mental crisis.
FJUHSD designs stickers promoting mental wellness
David Kim, Staff Reporter • February 17, 2023
Principal Craig Weinreich (left) applauds after presenting freshman Boyd Houser with a certificate in the Lyceum at a recent Parent Teacher Student Association meeting. Houser is among the first group of students to receive the new award in which teachers nominate  students for their effort and participation in the classroom.
11 students recognized for inaugural PTSA award
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • February 9, 2023
Indian Student Association members freshman Norah Chowdhury (left) and senior Krisi Patel practice a traditional Indian choreography for their International Food Fair performance in front of the gym Thursday, Jan. 26.
PTSA prepares increased food and performance variety for IFF
Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor • February 6, 2023
Barely visible between vehicles, the staff and student markings on the west parking lot awaits restoration at an undetermined time.
West parking lot in need of resurfacing, repainting
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • January 11, 2023
Color Guard member sophomore Janessa Lima (center) swings her flag while other members of the Lancer Regiment behind her play their instruments during “The Summit” performance Saturday, Nov. 19, at Bolsa Grande High School.
Lancer Regiment takes 2nd place trophy, $1,000 prize at California State Band Championships in Garden Grove
Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager • December 14, 2022
Dance 3 member senior Emmaline DeLeon (left) and math teacher Mariam Tan practice their routine on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 130 to prepare for this week’s Dancing With the Staff fundraiser.
DANCING WITH THE STAFF (UNMASKED EDITION): For the first time since 2019, performers not required to wear face coverings during Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, shows
Euree Kim, Staff Reporter • December 2, 2022
Drum major senior Lana Luu accepts a second-place plaque for the Lancer Regiment during the Saturday, Nov. 12, Division Championships at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo. The Lancer Regiment, comprised of the school marching band and the Color Guard, will advance to the championship round Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove, where they will compete for a chance to earn a first-place award for a second consecutive year.
Lancer Regiment to compete Saturday, Nov. 19, in Garden Grove for chance to repeat as California State Band champions
Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor • November 18, 2022
Customers gather at their local Department of Motor Vehicles field office to take their drivers knowledge test on a touch screen device June 2015.
DMV offers online platform for driver’s knowledge exam
Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor • October 14, 2022
Korean Culture Clubs fan dance subgroup practices after school on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for its performance on the Saturday, Oct. 8, Korean Culture Festival that will take place at the Sunny Hills quad.
'Squid Game,' K-pop and more for Saturday, Oct. 8, Korean Culture Club festival in the quad
Jaimie Chun, Editor-in-Chief • October 7, 2022
Senior Lindsey Kang (left) shares a special moment with her father after being crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the Friday, Sept. 30, football game between Sunny Hills and Fullerton at Buena Park High School stadium.
ASB vice president crowned homecoming queen
Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief • October 3, 2022
Passing rate averages for Advanced Placement [AP] exams from the 2021-2022 school year show an 8% increase compared with the previous school year and 1% below 2020’s highest rate over the past five years. The College Board views a 3 or higher as passing for its AP tests.
2022 Sunny Hills Advanced Placement exams yield higher passing rate averages despite fewer students taking them
Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor • September 27, 2022
Juniors, assigned Kevin the Minion from “Despicable Me,” huddle together to celebrate their victory after surviving the final round of musical chairs in the quad Sept. 8.
Juniors bring home first win with ‘Battle of the Classes’ debut
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • September 21, 2022
Agriculture students and recent SH graduates hold up their red, blue and green ribbons to commemorate their success at this summer’s Orange County Fair livestock competition.
SH agriculture program wins 21 awards at summer Orange County Fair livestock competition
Chloe Chun, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor • September 20, 2022
Class of 2022 senior Savannah Thul looks at the Sunny Hills crowd after the Associated Student Body named her homecoming queen during the football game at Buena Park High School stadium Oct. 15, 2021.
Homecoming scheduled for Oct. 1 in the quad, following positive feedback last year
Stacy Kim, Feature Editor • September 19, 2022
Freshmen and Link Crew leaders participate in a group stretch at the annual freshman orientation held Aug. 9 for the incoming Class of 2026. According to school officials, the 615 incoming ninth-graders come close to the 650 enrolled in the 2018-2019 school year.
Sunny Hills enrollment of 2,433 – with the help of 615 freshmen – continues to increase for a fifth straight year
Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief • August 30, 2022
On the first day of school, students make their way through the 80s building hallway during lunch, which occurs before break because of the new bell schedule. To meet a recently passed state law, all public high schools starting this school year have to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. – zero period exempted.
New bell schedule results so far? More students awake in classes; more time for ASB, club activities during an earlier lunch start
Irene Sheen, Managing Editor • August 30, 2022
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