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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Divya Bharadwaj

Divya Bharadwaj, Feature Editor

As The Accolade’s feature editor, senior Divya Bharadwaj looks forward to covering unique stories around the campus.

Aside from being on The Accolade staff, Bharadwaj is involved with multiple clubs at school including Future Medical Professionals, International Baccalaureate [IB] Council and Model United Nations, in addition to the IB program. Her hobbies include managing her lip balm business Didi Balms, writing for her personal travel blog Divya Wanders, reading and playing with her dog.

All content by Divya Bharadwaj
 Kathryn Aurelio, Class of 2021, sits in front of her laptop to find application information for her college application editing service @collegeessaygals on Instagram. She runs this business with alumni Anika Madan and Amaya Mitchell.

Stressed about college apps?

September 7, 2021

Senior year. A time filled with spirit days like Black and Gold Day, traditions like Grad Nite and most importantly, graduation.  But wrapped up in the midst of these moments – especially during...

Sergey Artemyev stands in front of a European map to indicate where the German state Hessen is located. Artemyev, who taught at La Habra High School before coming here this school year, looks forward to teaching his students about German culture and promoting the language at Sunny Hills.

Former La Habra teacher follows liebe for German

September 1, 2021

For Sergey Artemyev, the process of finding a career was a long and tedious one. Although Artemyev knew he wanted to be a teacher, his love for exploration made it hard for him to dedicate himself to...

Senior forward Jazmin Montalvo (left) moves around her opponent during an April 20 2-1 win over the La Habra Highlanders. Montalvo, the last of four other siblings who have graduated from Sunny Hills, has committed to attend Biola University in La Mirada.

The last of the Montalvos: Senior forward on girls soccer reflects on being a legacy student – the fifth and last athlete in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills

May 27, 2021

Senior Jazmin Montalvo is the fifth – and last – in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills.  While not everyone played soccer, Montalvo said she felt the need to bring the determination of her...

Junior Manishi Jayasuriya celebrates getting her driving permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] in Fullerton. Jayasuria has been waiting for a month to take her DMV permit test because the facility has been closed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

More students heading to DMV for driving permit or license test after it was closed down earlier because of the coronavirus pandemic

May 19, 2021

Red light. The novel coronavirus shuts down the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] throughout California on March 27, 2020.  Yellow light. Last May, 25 selected field offices opened for customers with...

With her iMac and school-issued chromebook on her desk, social science teacher Kelsie Thompson works on instructing her fifth-period Economics students Friday, May 14, over Zoom as well as those who are live in the classroom. Thompson was hired to fill a teaching vacancy at the beginning of the spring semester.

New social science teacher follows her childhood dream to become an educator

May 17, 2021

Kelsie Thompson remembers setting up her easel with an alphabet chart and arranging her stuffed animals in a circle to teach them —all before she started transitional kindergarten.  Along with the...

Though many seniors have chosen to stay home instead of coming to campus four days a week, many traditional events like nominating a homecoming court are returning for them.

[Photo] Seniors need to set example, come to school

April 27, 2021

Though many seniors have chosen to stay home instead of coming to campus four days a week, many traditional events like nominating a homecoming court are returning for them.

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

Freshman takes on youth editor role for the Fullerton Observer

April 8, 2021

When she wrote her first “Letters to the Editor” to the Fullerton Observer about a story on babysitters, she had no idea that her opinion on the topic would start her work as one of their very own...

Art teacher and International Baccalaureate coordinator Brian Wall holds up the 2020 Yale Educator Award after receiving it in the mail last September.

And the winner goes to … : Art teacher and IB coordinator reflects on Yale Educator Award

February 18, 2021

It was a month into the 2020-2021 school year -- one that started with Sunny Hills students learning from home again like March when the COVID-19 pandemic first broke out. Art teacher and International...

A girl stands in the shadow of her role model as she aspires to follow in her footsteps toward a career in politics.

Fresh wave of female politicians inspires school’s JSA members

November 2, 2020

The Junior Statesmen of America [JSA] dropped the "men" from its name — and rightfully so. At Sunny Hills High School, from the look of its cabinet leaders, it could be referred to as Junior Stateswomen...

Guidance counselor Tracey Falletta’s Oct. 8 appearance on the TV game show, “The Wheel of Fortune,” nets her $22,900, which includes a trip to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, no one was allowed to be in the audience during the show’s Aug. 7 taping in Culver City.

Sunny Hills counselor spins her way to nearly $23,000 in cash and prizes on TV’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show

October 25, 2020

Sunny Hills counselor Tracey Falletta will never forget the words “puffy” and “fluffy.” With $22,900 in cash and prizes and a $13,850 lead heading in the Final Spin round of TV’s “Wheel...

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding new ways to make their virtual classes more engaging for students since the second round of distance learning started for the 2020-2021 school year.

[Photo] Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students

September 19, 2020

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding...

Sophomore Divya Bharadwaj shows the various flavors of her lip balm products. Her Didi Balms has come to a halt like several non-essential ones statewide because of the novel coronavirus crisis, but Bharadwaj is hoping to keep her business afloat through online sales. Image posted with permission from Kiran Bharadwaj.

May 26: COVID-19 drops a balm on my small business

May 27, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit...

Art illustrated by contributing artist Ngan Dang. 

‘Fight on’ for USC’s new free tuition policy for families with $80,000 or less in income

May 24, 2020

As students reach their junior and senior years, an inevitable issue they will confront is whether to apply to public or private universities. They choose to apply to the former not because the latter...

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