The Accolade

Daniel Kong

Daniel Kong, Assistant Business Manager

Returning for his second year in The Accolade, junior Daniel Kong will be representing the award-winning newspaper as the assistant business manager this school year. In the previous year, Daniel was very involved with the opinion section and he hopes to do the same this year. He has developed a passion for writing columns because it allows him to voice his opinions and personal experiences.

Because of his background with financial literacy, such as being the founder and president of DECA, he was given the task of handling the business side of the newspaper.

Outside of The Accolade, you can find Daniel participating in several clubs, including DECA, Future Business Leaders of America and Model United Nations. You can also spot him on the track practicing for his track events.

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Junior Daniel Kong finishes the last of his SAT Prep material from Sapient Academy. Rescheduled in March, Kong’s test has been canceled four times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I spent thousands of dollars on SAT practice, and it looks like it’s going all to waste because College Board keeps canceling SoCal test dates

January 19, 2021

The third time wasn’t the charm. On Dec. 2, I was supposed to take my SAT at Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, but unsurprisingly, College Board canceled the administration of the test. That...

Interns and Campaign Advisers of David Ryu's re-election campaign met via Zoom on October 4, 2020, to discuss future campaign plans.

I learned more from my political campaign internship than my tutor

December 12, 2020

I was depressed for a week. It wasn’t because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that I still can’t take an SAT exam. It was because of the email that I read from my personal email inbox: “Emailing...

Volunteering in political campaigns has been an invaluable experience

December 6, 2020

On the morning of June 7, I checked an email that my father had forwarded to me. The subject read, “David Ryu Campaign - Internships.” I remembered hearing that name somewhere, but I wasn’t sure...

Though the Sunny Hills League of Legends Gold team was unable to accept its championship trophy and $2,500 check for the school because of the coronavirus pandemic, the North America Scholastic eSports Federation put together this image to promote the team's success on its website.

Back-to-back eSports League of Legends national title winners aim for another legendary championship season

August 29, 2020

Head coach: Casey McDonald Top new gamers: Ryan Gae (11), Cole Sass (10) Top returning gamers: Dylan Kim (12), Erik Kim (12), Soonchang Kwon (12) Last season: Playing from gamers’ homes because...

A screen shot of the Investopedia web page and its option to set up an investment simulator, which is a first step to learning about investing in the stock market.

Here’s how Investopedia — not Wikipedia — has taught me to become financially literate about stock market, day trading

May 28, 2020

In my sophomore year, I got approval from the Associated Student Body [ASB] to create my own club, Distributive Education Clubs of America [DECA]. Although I was already a member of the Future Business...

Co-captains senior Cecilia Lee (center), senior Megan Luo (bottom right) and senior Samuel Kho (top right) join some of their Science Olympiad teammates in celebration of their fourth-place finish at the Feb. 15 regional competition held at the University of California, Irvine. Image posted with permission from William Kho.

Science Olympiad places 4th at regionals, advances to state for first time in school history

March 17, 2020

This story was updated April 4 with additional student quotes and details about students who placed first in various events. Since 2016, Sunny Hills’ Science Olympiad team had been making progress...

Members of the Sunny Hills League of Legends team celebrate with principal Allen Whitten and senior Serena Lee after their win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the PlayVS League final Jan. 29 in Room 44. Photo reprinted with permission from Sonya Joyce

Sunny Hills League of Legends team makes history in capturing first season of CIF eSports league title

February 9, 2020

After taking the crown and winning $2,500 last year in a national League of Legends tournament, the Sunny Hills League of Legends team proved its dominance again this school year, sweeping Eleanor Roosevelt...

Eighth-grader Kyle Pak works on one of his zero period Algebra 2 Honors assignments in math teacher Nicole Knutson's class. Pak and two other Parks students take biology class at Sunny Hills as well. Photo take by Accolade staff writer Alice Shin.

Challenge squared: Eighth-grade Parks student takes not one, but two academic classes at Sunny Hills

January 21, 2020

Accolade staff writer Alice Shin contributed to this story. It’s the first day of the spring semester in Nicole Knutson’s zero period Algebra 2 Honors class. The 36 students enter the classroom...

Sunny Hills League of Legends team chases down Bakersfield High School’s top laner after a team fight. Screenshot image posted with permission from Soonchang Kwon

Sunny Hills wins first CIF League of Legends game against Bakersfield in dominating fashion

November 1, 2019

In its first CIF game of the season, the Sunny Hills League of Legends team won 2-0 Oct 29 against Bakersfield High School. “We as a team were confident from the beginning,” said eSports club president...

The group of actors for the fall musical,

Fall musical ’Sister Act’ to be staged off campus — just one of many firsts for Sunny Hills’ theater program

October 16, 2019

This fall’s musical, “Sister Act,” will have several firsts for theater teacher Amanda Gieser. First time the performances will be held off campus -- because of Performing Arts Center modernization...

Coach Ashley Geisler (center) supervises cross country athletes as they perform an ab workout on the field next to the track Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

New cross country head coach draws from her own high school athletic experiences

September 18, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Sunny Hills boys and girls cross country teams have had Daniel Scott as their head coach, but because of his decision to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the teams...

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