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Andrew Park

Andrew Park, Staff Reporter

With two formative years of journalism experience, junior Andrew Park hops back in the award-winning program The Accolade for another year as a staff reporter. From a naive journalism 1 student to a versatile staff writer, Park endeavors to commit and accomplish more for the newspaper. In his first year on staff, he covered various stories on both print and online including movie columns and student features.

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An artist’s rendering of a scene from the film “Minari,” where a Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in hopes of achieving their American Dream.

‘Minari’ makes ethnic minorities like myself feel represented

March 11, 2021

Raised by South Korean immigrant parents in America, my ethnicity is naturally Korean American; growing up as an ethnic minority, my cultural identity largely defined who I am.  When watching American...

Paul Bettany (left) reprises his role as Vision, who now lives with Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff. In the six-episode series to stream on Disney+ Jan. 15, the two begin suspecting that their idealized lives are not what they seem to be.

Marvel’s Scarlet Witch gets own ‘Vision’ show

January 11, 2021

Avengers will assemble next year — not in another movie but individually on Disney+ TV series with Marvel’s Scarlet Witch leading the way. Scheduled to stream Jan. 15 for the first of its six-episode...

In the 2020 Netflix remake “Rebecca” released Oct. 16, the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer, “Wounds”) proposes to the female protagonist (Lily James, “Rare Beast”), promising her to live together in his grand estate Manderley.

‘Rebecca’ delivers Jane Eyre-esque gothic scares

November 1, 2020

Netflix’s “Rebecca” will appeal to those who enjoyed reading gothic literature in their sophomore English classes. Think Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” or...

Then-sophomore Katie Cho swims toward the finish line in the 2019 Division 3 California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] finals for the women’s 100-yard Butterfly held at Riverside City college in Riverside. Cho set three Sunny Hills records for the varsity swim team.

Game Ball: After setting record swim times for Sunny Hills in her first year in aquatics, senior commits to UC San Diego

October 9, 2020

When senior Katie Cho was 14 years old, the athlete found herself in a yearlong slump.  Even in the absence of any physical injuries, Cho found her skills declining, and so in a session with a physician...

The $6 Travis Scott Meal, named after the Grammy-nominated rapper, consists of a Quarter Pounder with bacon, medium fries with BBQ sauce and a drink of any choice. It'll be available at any McDonald’s restaurant until Oct. 4.

Grammy-nominated rapper introduces his new Astroworld: McDonald’s Travis Scott Meal

September 27, 2020

A new trend has popped up among TikTok users earlier this month involving those grabbing a bite at the Golden Arches. A line of eager customers in their cars pull up at the drive-thru at a McDonald’s...

Senior Dana Mabin holds up the email she received April 7 from the Orange County Community Foundation notifying her of the $25,000 scholarship she received from a county AVID awards ceremony, which was canceled and turned into a virtual slide presentation ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the email, Mabin will be given $6,250 through a scholarship check which will be mailed directly to her educational institution to help cover each year’s college tuition up to four years total.

Sunny Hills AVID Senior Standout gets top scholarship prize of $25,000 from virtual Orange County Department of Education awards ceremony

April 21, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis with several senior-related events canceled or drastically changed, Dana Mabin received some good news from the Orange County Department of Education [OCDE]. This...

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Netflix’s new Top 10 features ease subscribers’ viewing choices

March 18, 2020

Adults have Rotten Tomatoes to go to if they ever need to find out what critics think about a recently released movie or streaming series. But for many high school Netflix viewers, that website is quite...

The Accolade's web editor senior Alex Park (left, front row), editor-in-chief senior Michelle Buckley and managing editor senior Hannah Yi hold up Orange County Journalism Education Association Best of Show plaques that have been awarded to the newspaper for  the past four years as part of an annual writeoff contest. Image used with permission from Arya Patel.

The Accolade tops Best of Show at OCJEA write-offs

March 15, 2020

A four-peat. That’s what The Accolade staff celebrated upon finding out it won the Best of Show award during the Feb. 22 Orange County Journalism Education Association write-off contest awards ceremony...

Midfielder senior Meghan Legayada attempts to fires the ball toward the goal during a 5-0 blowout against La Habra Jan. 29 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra

Sunny Hills girls soccer defeats La Habra in 5-0 shutout

January 31, 2020

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Sunny Hills girls soccer team dominated La Habra, shutting out the Highlanders 5-0 in a Jan. 29 home game. “It was a perfect game,” head coach Jeff Gordon...

Senior Dana Mabin holds up the certificate she received back in November for being this school year's AVID Senior Standout. Mabin will be recognized April 20 at the University of California at Irvine's Barclay Theater. That’s also the same day when she’ll find out whether she will be awarded up to $24,000 for the Orange County AVID scholarship and up to $2,500 for the AVID Orange County Dollars scholarship. Image used with permission from Lori Larsen.

Meet this year’s Sunny Hills AVID Senior Standout: Dana Mabin

January 21, 2020

“Hard-working, driven, determined, ambitious and focused.” Those are the words from an staff email that Lori Larsen, the district’s coordinator of the Advancement Via Individual Determination...

The final installment of the Star Wars saga, which was released Dec. 20, includes some spectacular lightsaber duels like this one in which Rey (left) played by Daisy Ridley fends off the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who tries to persuade Rey into joining the Dark Side of the force. Their fight eventually destroys the remains of the Darth Vader helmet. Image posted with permission from Walt Disney Studios.

Not much of a rise in creative storytelling for final installment of Star Wars saga

December 24, 2019

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away … As much as this symbolic opening comes to fans with nostalgia, most audiences have grown tired of the repetitive space adventure movie. Despite...

Students' belongings lay scattered on the floor near the set of lockers attached to the 30s building in the aftermath of a Nov. 16 early morning vandalism at Sunny Hills. Image posted with permission from Jennifer Kim.

School officials asking for help in identifying three who vandalized 11 student lockers in November

December 23, 2019

School officials are still looking for the three unidentified male suspects caught on security cameras showing them vandalizing items inside of 11 students’ lockers last month. “We are asking other...

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho,

‘Parasite’ offers a host of themes that’s Oscar-worthy

November 8, 2019

Par•a•sit•ism “One in which a parasite obtains benefits from a host, which it usually injures,” according to merriam-webster.com. This is how the South Korean thriller, “Parasite,”...

Freshman Julian Malone performs a 50 kilogram lift during a control test at the Academy of Weightlifting in Santa Ana earlier this year in February. Reposted with permission from Monica Malone.

Weightlifter ‘snatches’ gold medal

October 21, 2019

A young weightlifter steps on to the stage and slaps chalk on his hand as he grasps the barbell. Beep. He lifts the barbell up to his shoulders, breathing nervously yet confidently. Then, he pushes it...

Running back and defensive back junior David Harris avoids a Buena Park player in one of his carries during the Oct. 11 game against Buena Park High School. The former Buena Park Junior High School student scored his first touchdown of the season -- a six-yard scamper into the end zone. Photo by Paul Yasutake

Sunny Hills football dominates Buena Park in 49-8 victory; takes six-game winning streak into Oct. 18 showdown vs. La Habra

October 14, 2019

This story was updated on Oct. 15 with quotes from more players. The Sunny Hills High School football team maintained its winning streak Oct. 11, blowing out its second Freeway League opponent of the...

An artist's rendering of an image from Apple promoting one of its original streaming content. Actresses Reese Witherspoon (left) and Jennifer Aniston star in

Apple TV Plus to take a bite into producing its own streaming content

September 11, 2019

Netflix and Hulu may face some new competition in November. That’s when Apple -- the company that revolutionized the phone service industry with the first iPhone in 2007 --  plans to produce its...

Junior Krystofer Bagunu dribbles past senior Peter Park during practice Aug. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Ballers check out new outdoor basketball ‘sport court’ surface

August 17, 2019

It began as a small idea. Why not cover the black asphalt basketball courts next to the swimming pool and girl’s locker with a surface that provides a more safer and efficient ground for students...

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