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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, Staff Reporter • 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, Special Sections Editor • August 30, 2022
Principal Craig Weinreich, left, accepts the giant check for $9,500 from Class of 1968 reunion committee board members, Brad Rawlins and Pat Hartunian Simonian, on July 9 outside alumna Kathy Nelson Zibulsky ’s home in Fullerton. The 54th-year reunion was held there as well.
Giant check from SH Class of 1968 means nearly $10,000 to go toward campus improvements
Alexxa Berumen, Feature Editor • August 30, 2022
Associated Student Body’s posters line the walls of the gym as students cheer for Dance Production performers during the Aug. 20, 2021, Welcome Back assembly. This year’s version will take place Friday, Aug. 19, during a double third period assembly instead of the traditional second period one because of the new bell schedule.
Teacher tortilla challenge among the highlights of Friday’s Welcome Back assembly, to be held for the first time during third period
Euree Kim, Staff Reporter • August 18, 2022
For the 2022-2023 school year, Peter Karavedas makes the move from social science teacher and former head football coach to an assistant principal at Sunny Hills.
CALLING AN AUDIBLE: Ex-football head coach/social science teacher starts 2022-2023 school year as SH’s new assistant principal
Susie Kim, News Editor • August 14, 2022
National Honor Society [NHS] adviser and English teacher Randy Oudega inspects the 61 NHS cords for seniors to wear on graduation day on Wednesday, May 18, in his classroom. The cords will be distributed on Tuesday, May 24, from his classroom during lunch, the same time when nearly 50 non-seniors will be inducted into the group.
National Honor Society to induct nearly 50 new members May 24 in first live ceremony since the 2018-2019 school year
Seowon Han, Copy Editor • May 19, 2022
The Associated Student Body’s poster promotes the theme for the school’s first stag dance May 20 — the first since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020.
After two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, stag returns to the gym May 20
Hannah Lee, Opinion Editor • May 17, 2022
Seniors Patrick Jimenez (left) and Darian Choi spring out of gift boxes to commence the Winter assembly on Dec. 12, 2021 in the gym. In addition to assemblies returning to double second format, the Associated Student Body will move to third period for the next school year, adjusting to the new bell schedule.
ASB moves to third period this fall to accommodate new bell schedule
Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief • May 16, 2022
Senior Aute Blackwell holds her right arm up while an American Red Cross nurse preps it before the blood draw during the Thursday, April 21, blood drive in the Lyceum.
American Red Cross club’s first blood drive in two years helps to ease nationwide blood shortage
Stacy Kim , Staff Reporter • May 10, 2022
New principal Craig Weinreich, who replaces Allen Whitten, has a conversation on his first day on the job with seniors Lindsay Bridges and Samantha Perez in the quad on April 13. Weinreich said he plans to continue Whitten’s policy of talking with students during break and lunch in order to be accessible with students.
Newly hired principal Craig Weinreich, who was an assistant principal here until 2019, aims to reconnect with students, staff
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • April 28, 2022
Officials release the 2022-2023 bell schedule via email Thursday with first period starting at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch before break?
Susie Kim, News Editor • April 22, 2022
In an effort to raise awareness about drug abuse – especially since prom occurs this month in April – students in Friday Night Live [FNL] have organized a new contest addressing the question: “What does drug prevention mean to you?” This part of the FNL flyer shows the varying Starbucks gift card values as prizes for the top three entries.
$45 worth of Starbucks gift cards offered as prizes in new drug prevention contest
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • April 8, 2022
The Associated Student Body [ASB] hosted prom at Hanger 21 South in Fullerton on April 9. It filled the site with carnival games and carnival food for juniors, seniors and invited underclassmen.
Prom for seniors, juniors, invited underclassmen returns Saturday, April 9, at Fullerton Airport after 3-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic
Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief • April 3, 2022
A screenshot of part of the virtual Crown awards presentation Friday, March 18, from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA], which announced The Accolade as earning a Silver Crown -- the journalism programs third such award since the 2005-2006 school year. CSPA officials chose to highlight the cover of the April 30, 2021, issue with judges comments displayed to the right.
Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards The Accolade its third Silver Crown
Irene Sheen, Special Sections Editor • April 1, 2022
Member junior Thaddaeus Kiker(right) and co-captain Dahee Kim compete in the Detector Building event during the Feb. 26 online satellite Southern California Joint Regional Science Olympiad tournament. The team places sixth overall and will advance to compete at the state level April 2.
Sunny Hills Science Olympiad team advances to state tournament April 2
Alice Shin, Managing Editor • March 28, 2022
Voting for Associated Student Body executive cabinet candidates will take place on Friday, March 11, through the 5-Star app. Juniors Rebecca Tualla and Ariana Choi (not pictured) are running unopposed for the positions of secretary and treasurer, respectively, while two candidates each are running for president and vice president.
Friday, March 11, ASB executive cabinet election features all-girl candidates with two running unopposed
Yeihn Lee, Staff Reporter • March 10, 2022
Sophomore Patrisha Hordista’s “Afflication” receives a third-place award in the drawing category, at the annual Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] Education Art Show. Along with the other winners, Hordista’s work will be exhibited at the FJUHSD board room on March 18.
Eight SH students win prize money from 36th annual district art show
Michelle Sheen, Editor-in-Chief • March 3, 2022
Student support services teacher Kellie Ma (left) and head custodian Daniel Rodriguez hold onto the flowers and balloons they were given in the staff lounge on Jan. 21 to recognize their honor of being voted Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year award, respectively, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Teacher, classified employee of the year awarded to student support services teacher, head custodian for 2021-2022 school year
Kate Yang, Editor-in-Chief • February 25, 2022
Junior Remy Kakebeen (left) reacts to students going ahead of her at the Roundhouse Feb. 26. Kakebeen is one of many students who noticed the increased amount of cutting in school break and lunch lines.
Long lunch lines lead to students’ irritation over waiting times
Nevya Patel, News Editor • February 22, 2022
News Whitten departure reaction
SH community anticipate new principal who embodies Whitten’s core characteristics
Irene Sheen, Special Sections Editor • February 16, 2022
Following two years of cancellations of International Baccalaureate [IB] exams because of the pandemic, the assessments are to take place in person throughout the month of May during the 2021-2022 school year according to the organized schedule on the IB website.
IB tests to return in person for the first time in two years
Alice Shin, Managing Editor • February 4, 2022
The Sunny Hills Helios yearbook program has earned its fourth Pacemaker finalist nomination by the National Scholastic Press Association [NSPA]. The latest recognition – posted on the NSPA website Dec. 16 during final exam week last semester – is based on the 2020-2021 annual titled, “Don’t Stop Now. You Haven’t Tried This.” The staff will find out whether it’s a Pacemaker winner during the NSPA’s convention April 7-9 in Los Angeles.
For the second time in three years, Helios named Pacemaker finalist for 2020-2021 yearbook
Susie Kim, News Editor • February 4, 2022
Sunny Hills High School interim principal Cathy Gach works in her office on Jan. 21 in Room 4. Gach, who replaces Allen Whitten upon his promotion to the district office last month, was hired January 2014 for the same position after former SH principal Judy Fancher left mid-school year. The retired administrator officially started her first day on Jan. 5 after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District school board approved the hire during an emergency meeting.
Here for the Interim: Cathy Gach sees spring semester principal role as ‘cheerleader’ for school
Nevya Patel , News Editor • February 3, 2022
Bayanihan club members junior Chearriez Alvarez (left) and senior Jonah Alagao prepare for their cultural performance after school last semester in the quad.
Korean and Filipino cultural shows to return to the Performing Arts Center later this spring unless COVID-19 positive cases spike
David Kim, Staff Reporter • January 24, 2022
Math teacher Kari Morita collects senior Sharon Choi’s spare change for the Minute of Hope fundraiser held by the Associated Student Body on Wednesday.
Second-period fundraiser for Pathways of Hope collects more than $1,600
Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter • January 24, 2022
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association posted this announcement in its Twitter feed Dec. 14, recognizing The Accolade as a Crown finalist. In the post, it features the newspapers April 30 issue cover titled, Stop Asian Hate.
The Accolade nominated for Columbia Scholastic Press Association national journalism award for a third time
Divya Bharadwaj, Feature Editor • January 18, 2022
Two Sunny Hills students pass out information about the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovation and Change during the January 2018 Open House in the gym. With a surge over winter break in Omicron variant cases in Orange County, district officials have decided to cancel the Thursday, Jan. 6, Open House – the first in-person one since January 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic hit in March of that same year.
Surge in Omicron COVID-19 variant cases prompt district officials to impose new health and safety protocols, canceling this month’s Open House, sports team dinners and banquets
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • January 6, 2022
This is a screenshot from the Fullerton College website, which shows all classes available for students in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program. Sunny Hills students interested in the program can sign up for Counseling 104, which is available next semester.
SH seniors planning to attend Fullerton College can register in the dual enrollment program to start their college career in high school
Divya Bharadwaj, Feature Editor • December 15, 2021
Principal Allen Whitten takes the podium to welcome visitors to this year’s Back to School Night on Aug. 31. Starting next semester, Whitten will take on a newly created position in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District as the director of Student Services.
After seven years guiding Sunny Hills, principal Allen Whitten gets promotion to new position in the district as director of Student Support Services
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • December 8, 2021
ASB student decorates the Christmas tree in the quad as a part of the 2016 holiday decorations. The annual quad decorations will return this year on Dec. 13.
Holiday quad decorations to return Dec. 13
Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter • December 7, 2021
Junior Saahil Kakaria tutors junior Dennise Cruz in chemistry on Thursday in Room 66 for the new Level Up Tutoring program.
Level‌ ‌Up‌ ‌Tutoring‌ ‌offers‌ ‌students‌ ‌free‌ ‌aid‌ ‌in‌ ‌all‌ ‌school‌ ‌subjects‌
Seowon Han, Copy Editor • December 2, 2021
For the first time in two years, seniors will be able to have their annual Grad Nite at Disneyland and California Adventure on June 1. Tickets went on sale Nov. 29 and will be available until March 1.
PTSA to hold Grad Nite at Disneyland for the first time since 2019
Chloe Chun, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor • November 30, 2021
Dance Production senior David Burn (left) practices his routine Monday, Nov. 15, after school in Room 130 with math teacher Cristian Bueno and junior Amber Reuter to prepare for the 10th anniversary of Dancing With the Staff. Tickets for the Dec. 9-10 event will go on sale Dec. 2.
PAC to hold Dancing With the Staff for the first time since renovation
Aiden Park , Arts & Entertainment Editor • November 29, 2021
Some Class of 1968 members return to their alma mater to check out the modernized look of the campus, including the giant “S” and “H” in the center of the quad stage. The group of five alumni plan to host a fundraiser starting on Dec. 1 with the hopes of donating benches for students around the campus.
Paying it forward – Class of 1968 organizes email fundraiser among alma mater with proceeds going back to Sunny Hills for campus needs
Susie Kim, News Editor • November 17, 2021
Saturday school begins for the first time since March 2020 during the first week of October in Room 83 for students with unexcused absences or excessive tardies.
Officials re-institute Saturday school — emphasis on value of attending classes
Susie Kim, News Editor • November 4, 2021
A screenshot of the National Scholastic Press Associations list of high school newspaper Pacemaker finalists with the first one representing California journalism programs being Sunny Hills The Accolade.
The Accolade newspaper PDF issues from 2020-2021 tapped national Pacemaker finalist – only journalism program in Orange County given such an honor
Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor • October 30, 2021
Themed Drift, the last stag the Associated Student Body [ASB] worked on was in March 2020 — a week before the pandemic hit. The ASB hopes to reboot it next month.
Stag dances postponed to possibly November
Minjeong Kim, Feature Editor • October 29, 2021
Students will have the opportunity to win awards and money by submitting their artwork to the PTSA annual reflections contest based on the theme “I Will Change the World By…”
PTSA to host annual Reflections contest Oct. 22 for eligibility to earn awards and scholarships
Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief • October 19, 2021
Associated Student Body [ASB] community affairs commissioner senior Madeline Liu greets the less than 1,000 crowd in the gym during the Friday, Oct. 15, homecoming assembly. Liu was dressed as Mrs. Potts in keeping with the Oct. 16 homecoming dance theme related to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” This was also the first time Sunny Hills ASB organized a triple assembly schedule to meet state COVID-19 guidelines restricting school indoor events to no more than 1,000 in the audience.
More than 1,000 tickets sold for Saturday, Oct. 16, Homecoming ‘Beauty and the Beast’-themed outdoor dance; shatters previous 2016 record of sales for a social
Kristima Aryal, Web Editor-in-Chief • October 15, 2021
The COVID-19 dashboard provides data on confirmed positive student and staff cases within the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. As of Oct. 7, two students and one staff member from Sunny Hills tested positive compared to La Habra High School, which has the most positive COVID-19 cases among the campuses in the district.
Fullerton Joint Union High School District re-introduces COVID-19 dashboard that reports positive coronavirus cases among students, staff
Susie Kim, News Editor • October 11, 2021
Of the 1,048 students who decided to take AP tests in the 2020-2021 school year, 233 opted to take them in person on the SH campus. The past year’s tests yielded results that were, overall, lower than those of previous years, and students and teachers agreed that online learning was a main factor for the dip in scores.
Overall AP scores drop in 2021 school year with online learning being the biggest factor for the dip
Michelle Sheen, Editor-in-Chief • October 7, 2021
A screenshot of the Sept. 14 trustees meeting in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board room. The district’s renewal of its nearly $75,000 contract with Zoom was among the items approved as part of the consent calendar during the meeting.
FJUHSD school board approves one-year Zoom contract renewal for nearly $75,000
Grace Min, Sports Editor • October 7, 2021
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