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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Charis Lee

Charis Lee, Feature Editor

Now The Accolade’s feature editor, senior Charis Lee has achieved her dream position to cover unique stories on all kinds of people, places and events. Other than being on The Accolade staff, she enjoys her time with art, music and books! Her favorite book has been Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Lee commits herself to various clubs and programs on and off campus, including the International Baccalaureate program, The Accolade and the Conservatory of Fine Arts.

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Senior Charis Lee sings Paper Hearts by Tori Kelly during the April 10 video recording session for the district-wide talent show at the La Habra High Schools Performing Arts Theater. Lees performance will go up against others from throughout the Fullerton Join Union High School District when its broadcast on YouTube Live Friday, April 23.

[Photo] Organizers hope district’s ‘Got Talent’ raises money for ASB

April 22, 2021

Senior Charis Lee sings "Paper Hearts" by Tori Kelly during the April 10 video recording session for the district-wide talent show at the La Habra High School's Performing Arts Theater. Lee's performance...

Freshman Francine Vudoti has racked up her collection of articles as the youth editor for the Fullerton Observer newspaper

[Photo] Freshman takes on youth editor role for the Fullerton Observer

April 8, 2021

Freshman Francine Vudoti has racked up her collection of articles as the youth editor for the Fullerton Observer newspaper

Sophomore Sydney Lee dyes her hair at home Feb. 23 using professional-grade Sally Beauty Supply products during the pandemic.

Students add color to dull quarantine lifestyles

April 1, 2021

Before the March 2020 lockdown, senior Estefani Espinoza would get her naturally brown hair dyed at a local beauty salon for $120. But once the state mandated that all such shops remain closed to slow...

Students, don’t go through the loophole of blaming teachers -- it won’t do anything for your distance learning frustrations

Students, don’t go through the loophole of blaming teachers — it won’t do anything for your distance learning frustrations

December 7, 2020

Dear Mr. Whitten, I wish to inform you that in the more than three years I’ve been a student at Sunny Hills High School, this has been the hardest for me, academically, emotionally and mentally. You...

Blended bursts safe bubble

November 2, 2020

A blend of distance and in-person learning isn’t the best recipe for a successful school year. Although school communities are adopting three phases to return to campus, distance learning is the best...

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges

Distance learning ‘bombs’ teachers with new challenges

August 29, 2020

In the nearly four years that senior Ian Gonzalez has attended Sunny Hills, he had never witnessed any of his peers in the classroom direct profanity at any of his teachers. But all that changed last...

Larry Allen holds in one hand a calculator and ruler to represent the math classes he has been teaching at Sunny Hills, while his other hand holds a football signed by his 2018 Freshman City Championship players. Image posted with permission from Aurora Allen.

After 37 years in education, math teacher Larry Allen retires

May 30, 2020

Buena Park, Fullerton, Sonora and Troy -- all high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District that math teacher Larry Allen has taught at before coming to Sunny Hills High School. The only...

Senior Daniel Shim is one of the 12 valedictions in the Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Daniel Shim. 

20 Questions for Top of the 2020 Class: Daniel Shim plans to pursue engineering at UCLA

May 26, 2020

In lieu of our senior print issue, The Accolade has decided to conduct a Q and A with each of the 12 valedictorians for online posting. Question #1: What are your plans after high school? Answer:...

Sunny Hills officials post video on Facebook featuring staff using various remote learning tools on first day of district-imposed school closure

March 22, 2020

For one minute and 30 seconds, the Sunny Hills community affected by a district-imposed school closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic got a glimpse of what distance learning looks like. From...

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Teen couples double tap into the digital age

February 14, 2020

Just as standards, cultures and mainstream trends have changed through the generations, so has dating.  Medieval acts of “courtship” have translated to modern-day “dating,” but are they the...

Accolade staff writer junior Charis Lee learns the hard way the consequences of ignoring some of the reminders on the back side of the American Red Cross summons card.

I literally had a wake-up call about my blood donation experience

February 11, 2020

It was a typical Wednesday morning for me — barely any sleep, having little to eat and heading straight to zero period. I had completely forgotten what was planned for the day.  I slept about two...

Senior Andrew Park (left) stares down Juan Sanabria during their 220-pound weight class bout Jan. 15 in the Sunny Hills gym. Park pinned Sanabria in the second period to put the Lancers ahead 41-15 with just four matches remaining. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Wrestling team rolls through La Habra en route to a Senior Night win

January 22, 2020

The wrestling team ended its Senior Night Jan. 15 with a 47-25 win against La Habra in the Sunny Hills gym, securing victories in nine out 14 of matches.  “Our [wrestlers] pulled through, and we...

Accolade staff writer Charis Lee still has the two gems that she won for her mom from writing a poem for the Why Mom Deserves a Diamond contest. Students have until Friday, Jan. 17, to submit their entries. Image used with permission from Charis Lee.

Here’s why my mother deserves not one, but two diamonds

January 15, 2020

“Mom! I won you an amethyst, I just won an amethyst!” I hurried to my mom’s car as she picked me up from my junior high school -- me holding a white paper in one hand and me with a bright smile...

Freshman Kylie Yang (left) stares down Highlander wrestler Vanessa Hernandez during the Sunny Hills dual meet between La Habra and Sunny Hills Jan. 15 at the Sunny Hills gym. Yang won the 137-pound JV girls bout with a pin in the second period. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Female athletes make history with girls’ first wrestling team

November 15, 2019

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach) , Josue Chew (assistant coach) and Ryan O’Sullivan (assistant coach)  Top Returning Players: Brianna Tran (11) Top Newcomers: Daniella Berrios (12) and Kylie...

Ava Michelle (left) plays a teen girl who struggles with her height and comparisons to her older, shorter pageant queen sister played by Sabrina Carpenter in Tall Girl. Image posted with permission from Netflix

‘Tall Girl’ falls short on sentimental moments but offers lots of laughs

November 5, 2019

She has blond hair and blue eyes and looks stunning, but one thing sets 17-year-old Jodi Kreyman apart from others – she’s six feet, two inches tall. Hence the title of the 101-minute, Wonderland...

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

New College and Career Center will benefit students

September 12, 2019

As students chase academic success and race for straight A’s, college is a worrisome concern for most high schoolers, especially as senior year looms closer each year.  Fortunately, the College and...

New Algebra I and Algebra Foundations 1 teacher Lauren Johnson moves around the classroom asking students if they are in need of assistance in Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

New math teacher brings world of experience to students

August 26, 2019

Traveling to multiple unfamiliar and foreign countries, Lauren Johnson carries myriads of experiences before arriving at Sunny Hills.  Johnson is the wife of a technician in the U.S. Air Force, who...

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