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Alexxa Berumen

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor

Junior Alexxa Berumen returns for her second year on staff as the special sections editor after dedicating her sophomore year to her feature editor position. She hopes to expand the topics the publication focuses on during her year of working in the spotlight section. Berumen has earned several Best of SNO awards starting her freshman year, as well as 2 honorable mentions for stories written in the 2022-2023 school year.

Outside of The Accolade, she enjoys volunteering, reading and listening to music.

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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,...

Senior Connor Irons (center) wears an Air Force Academy jersey while standing next to his parents and holding a California flag. The three celebrated Irons’ commitment to play football for the Air Force with a full-ride scholarship during their visit to the military university in Colorado earlier this summer. Irons has played as a defensive end on the football team for four years, being the captain for his senior year.

GAMEBALL: Football team co-captain, defensive end’s gridiron journey to continue at Air Force Academy in Colorado

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor October 28, 2023

University of Pennsylvania [UPenn]. U.S. Military Academy [West Point]. U.S. Air Force Academy.  These are three of the colleges that football defensive end and co-captain senior Connor Irons...

 Junior Alexxa Berumen stands in front of the SoFi Stadium billboard that projects the Eras Tour concert information on Monday, Aug. 7.

The Eras Tour experience: ‘It was rare, I was there’

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor October 18, 2023

In light of “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” movie, which premiered in theaters on Friday, Oct. 13, and set a box office record for a movie concert debut at $96 million, Accolade spotlight editor Alexxa...

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

Academics, character, selflessness, resilience and leadership.  These five pillar values of a newly introduced character-based recognition program for the 2023-2024 school year.  The Lancer LEGEND...

Senior Ricardo Gonzalez and his band, ROUNDHOUSE, perform “Hypocrisy” at the Oct. 26 Conservatory of Fine Arts Fall Festival in the quad. The song is one that Gonzalez wrote.

MUSICAL VIRTUOSO: Senior Ricardo Gonzalez shares musical journey in forming his band, ROUNDHOUSE

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor June 1, 2023

A quick, muted guitar riff plays alongside low-fidelity drums leading into the chorus.  Lead singer Joe Strummer begins to sing.  “You better cheat-cheat / No reason to play fair”  These...

“Bad Habit” singer Steve Lacy will be among four others performing Friday, June 2, at the re:SET show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tickets can be purchased at

‘Bad Habit’ singer Steve Lacy to headline at Pasadena Rose Bowl June 2

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor May 19, 2023

Coming off his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single, “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy will come to Los Angeles County along with Foushee, Toro y Moi and James Blake for a concert Friday, June 2.  Fans can see...

Pitcher sophomore Alexis Perez positions to catch a softball at the Sunny Hills field in an afterschool practice Monday, March 27.

SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Lady Lancers bounce back from their ‘short stop’ of win streak hoping to win Freeway League, advance deeper in CIF

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor March 29, 2023

Coaches: Elise Laws (head coach), Dale Lopes (assistant coach), Vanessa Moreno (assistant coach)  Top Returning Players: Gabrielle Flores (12), Madison Moreno (11),  Olivia Pedraza (11), Alexis Perez...

Two years after being featured in a 2020 Netflix documentary “Miss Americana,” American singer songwriter Taylor Swift releases a new album Midnights Oct. 21.

Swift’s latest, Midnights, worth listening ‘round the clock

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor November 29, 2022

Taylor Swift: Oct. 24, 2006. Speak Now: Oct. 25, 2010. Red: Oct. 22, 2012. Known to dominate the music charts in October with more than half of her studio albums released this season, singer-songwriter...

Freshman Christian Kim is among the few on campus who come to school with wired headphones, following a recent trend among celebrities in their paparazzi images.

Wireless vs. wired head sets: Some SH students align with celebrities who are not cutting the cord just yet

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor November 18, 2022

Nike Air Force 1’s, Dickies pants and now, headphones?  Similar to clothing trends, today’s Gen Z teens are getting a blast in their ears from wired headphones instead of Apple AirPods, which have...

Amazon Primes new series, a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, takes its characters on several journeys throughout the J.R.R. Tolkien world. This scene appears in the third episode of The Rings of Power in which one of the protagonists, the elf Galadriel, travels to Numenor, the land of men.

Amazon Prime’s $715 million “Rings of Power” shines

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor September 17, 2022

July 29, 1954, marked the beginning of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and decades later, the “Lord of the Rings” movie franchise, leading fantasy-fiction fans down a winding path of elves,...

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, Spotlight Editor August 30, 2022

$9,500. That’s how much members of a Sunny Hills Class of 1968 54th-year reunion committee raised as their way of showing appreciation for their alma mater. And to top it off, they presented principal...

With a trash picker in his right hand and a trash container in the other, sophomore Adrian Ramirez demonstrates on Tuesday how he helps out after school.

Sophomore volunteers to clean Sunny Hills campus

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor December 2, 2021

Earbuds blasting music and a bucket full of trash in hand, sophomore Adrian Ramirez oftentimes gets mistaken for a student in after-school detention. He has taken a household chore to another level...

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