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Dareen Hagekhalil

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter

After taking the Journalism 1 course during her junior year, senior Dareen Hagekhalil joins The Accolade as a staff reporter. She hopes to improve her writing and social skills by working with the award-winning team. Previously as a cub reporter, Hagekhalil loved expressing her thoughts on important social issues through opinion pieces and plans to continue expanding on these ideas this year.

In her spare time, Hagekhalil can be seen watching sports, napping, talking politics or binging a new TV show.

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Girls tennis player junior Daniela Borruel (center) received her certificate of recognition alongside her two Sunny Hills classmates, who were also in attendance to receive their own certificates for being Adopt-A-Park volunteers, from the Fullerton City Council in City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

GAME BALL: Girls tennis co-captain earns Fullerton City Council award after finishing 58-0 in high school singles matches last fall

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter February 18, 2024

In honor of girls tennis co-captain junior Daniela Borruel’s recent success in keeping her unbeaten streak alive in singles and claiming her second CIF-SS Division 2 title along the way, the Fullerton...

Episode 6: LETS GO CLUBBING – International Exchange Club

Pricilla Escobedo and Dareen Hagekhalil February 7, 2024

Sophomore Isaac Gaxiola (right) takes a look at the top of the Uno card stack during his lunchtime game with his friends Monday, Oct. 30, in Room 138. The group has recently been spending the second half of the 30-minute lunch period playing what an online article calls Americas Favorite Game.

COLUMN: If only I were eligible to apply to be a ‘Chief Uno Player’ – and get paid $20K for it

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter October 30, 2023

Uno has been around for 52 years. It’s a simple card game of numbers and colors with the objective of being the first player to get rid of all of the cards in his or her hand. Uno is easy enough for...

A student (left) reads The Great Gatsby  while another opts to read an online summary of the novel. More students nowadays are choosing to do the latter.

From CliffsNotes to SparkNotes: Should I join the lot and take the easy way out of doing my reading assignments?

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter September 27, 2023

“Did you read it?” the classmate behind me in my English 2 Honors class asked his friend sitting next to him. “Of course not,” the friend replied with a whisper. We were all waiting for the...

Freshman Kate Yoon, one of the top newcomers joining the Lady Lancers this season, gets ready to return a forehand against her opponent from Bolsa Grande High School on the Sunny Hills tennis court Thursday, Sept. 7.

GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Lady Lancers aim to take back league title from rival Troy

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter September 19, 2023

Coach: Chris Ghareebo (head coach) Top Returning Players: Daniela Borruel (11), Amy Roh (11), Hannah Saab (11), Karina Saab (11), Lauren Sung (12) Top Newcomers: Maya Orton (9), Kate Yoon (9) Last...

Newspaper managing editor junior Jaimie Chun holds up on Monday, April 24, her Superior certificate and medal, which she earned from  competing in the Student Media Contest sponsored by the Journalism Education Association. The national writeoff competition was held Friday, April 21, at a journalism convention in San Francisco.

The Accolade makes Top 5 again for Best of Show contest at national convention in San Francisco

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter May 16, 2023

Cracking the Top 5. That’s what The Accolade staff succeeded in doing for a second time under the guidance of adviser Tommy Li at a national convention Best of Show contest. During a Saturday,...

Senior Dylan Tran and two other Art Club members paint a black backdrop over a pencil sketch after school Tuesday, April 18, near the Lyceum entrance for the new mental health mural.

‘YOU MATTER’ GOES MURAL: Art club gets $150 to paint wellness-themed mural near library entrance

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter May 12, 2023

Using $150 from the Parent Teacher Student Association [PTSA] to pay for supplies, the Art Club completed Monday, May 1, a mural on the elevator wall near the library entrance. “I’m really grateful...

Junior Dareen Hagekhalil and her family break their fast at one of many Iftar dinners throughout the month of Ramadan. Iftar is the fast-breaking evening meal of Muslims.

No, Muslims don’t starve to death during Ramadan

Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter May 9, 2023

Whenever Ramadan, a holy month in Islam when Muslims fast, comes around, I usually hear these questions from my peers at school. “So you don’t eat or drink anything for 30 days?” “How are...

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