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Gianne Veluz

Gianne Veluz, Social Media Manager

After spending a year as a reporter covering exciting stories, senior Gianne Veluz became one of two social media managers for her last year on staff. Veluz loves writing features and opinion pieces about women empowerment, and hopes to enhance the Accolade’s social media presence and encourage others to read all of the Accolade’s great work! Outside of the Accolade Veluz is the president of SHHS FFA, Co-President of the Bayanihan club and Co-Captain of the varsity girls golf team.

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During the last official National Honors Society induction ceremony in the 2018-2019 school year, new members were invited to celebrate during a lunchtime gathering, where they were fed pizza and were given an NHS certificate.

[Photo] Club Corner: Despite lack of fan … or balloon fare in welcoming inductees and changes to application process because of coronavirus health and safety issues, National Honor Society still seeing interest to join group

March 20, 2021

During the last official National Honors Society induction ceremony in the 2018-2019 school year, new members were invited to celebrate during a lunchtime gathering, where they were fed pizza and were...

Sophomore COFA director of fundraising Danielle Tryon researches local fundraising opportunities from home amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophomore recalls how she raised $6,000 for Conservatory of Fine Arts program pre-pandemic

February 24, 2021

It was Oct. 14, 2019. Then a freshman, Danielle Tryon had spent a previous day getting ready for her big Powerpoint presentation in front of eight high-ranking board members at Vacco, an El Monte-based...

Senior Gianne Veluz wears a mask as she takes customers’ orders during her shift at a dessert cafe in Buena Park on Sept. 19.

Fear and anxiety from COVID-19 has made me afraid of going to work

December 17, 2020

“I’m going to have to ask you to put a mask on, or else we can’t serve you.” This is what I find myself saying often to customers when they refuse to comply with the mandated face covering requirement...

The four Future Farmers of America team members were in Fresno March 12 to look at some of the fruit trees in person and get some practice before their March 13 competition in Yuba City, which was canceled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That eventually led to the creation of a virtual event over the summer.

Four FFA students take second place in state virtual fruit tree judging contest

September 21, 2020

Coming off a first-place finish for Sunny Hills’ Future Farmers of America [FFA] program last year in a state fruit tree judging contest, a new team of four students fell three points shy of repeating...

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.

How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and...

Because the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has extended school closure to May 1 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bayanihan Club leaders have decided to cancel April's Pilipino Culture Night in the Performing Arts Center. Sunny Hills students will not be able to see club members perform on stage like they did April 20, 2019, in the PAC. Image used with permission from the Bayanihan Club

March 20: How the cancellation of Pilipino Culture Night because of COVID-19 pandemic hurts like the loss of a family member

March 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

Amber and Samuel Chang (Class of 2005) are among the many high school sweethearts from Sunny Hills who eventually married and have a family. The two met as freshmen, and both were swim and water polo athletes as well as journalism students. Image used with permission from Amber Chang.

High school sweethearts share their love story beyond high school

March 17, 2020

The Accolade sought out as many former high school couples as possible through a post to the Sunny Hills Facebook alumni page and received nearly a dozen responses with marriages that have lasted as long...

Midfielder senior Brandon Toledo (center) dribbles through a pair of Laguna Hills defenders during Sunny Hills' 2-1 victory over Laguna Hills Feb. 12 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

78th minute goal pushes boys soccer into the second round of playoffs

February 14, 2020

Update: This story was updated Feb. 14 at 12:50 p.m. to change the next round from quarterfinals to second round. In a tense match between Sunny Hills and Laguna Hills, the Lancer boys soccer team emerged...

Accolade staff writer and Bayanihan Club member junior Gianne Veluz clicks the two 10-foot-long plastic bamboo sticks in one of her many practices to prepare for the Feb. 6 International Food Faire assembly. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

I’ve been tinikling about joining this Filipino dance for IFF since freshman year

February 9, 2020

If you’ve ever been to the International Food Fair [IFF] assembly (like the one we had on Feb. 6), then you’ve most likely watched the program end with the Bayanihan Club performing a famous Filipino...

Wide receiver and defensive back senior WIlson Cal (center) leads the team onto the field before the Lancers' 24-21 win in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship game at San Marcos High School Stadium Nov. 30. Cal intercepted a pass in the Sunny Hills endzone to seal the victory with 30 seconds left in the game. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Sunny Hills offers rooter bus for third week in a row — this time to the Dec. 7 Lancers football game in Bakersfield

December 6, 2019

Students who want to be a part of Lancer sports history will once again have a chance to ride a rooter bus to Bakersfield Christian High School stadium, where for the first time ever, the Sunny Hills football...

Quarterback senior Luke Duxbury pushes down a Notre Dame linebacker to avoid getting tackled in the first half. Duxbury threw two touchdowns in the first half of the 49-24 rout Nov. 15 of Notre Dame of Riverside at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Lancers’ offense pounces on Notre Dame early and often in 49-24 blowout; Sunny Hills will face Trabuco Hills in CIF semifinal Nov. 22

November 16, 2019

The Lancer football team (10-2, 4-1 Freeway League) knocked the Notre Dame Titans (7-5, 2-1 Freeway League) out of the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 playoffs in a dominant 49-24 victory at Buena Park...

Running back senior Jun Ahn breaks a tackle from a Troy defender during one of his first quarter runs. Ahn ended the game as the leading scorer with four touchdowns and 164 total rushing yards in the 48-16 victory Nov. 1 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Football caps off regular season with 48-16 victory over Troy; the team heads into CIF Division 8 playoffs ranked No. 1 and will play Nov. 8 at home against Tustin High School

November 3, 2019

This story was updated Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. with information on the first round of CIF Division 8 playoffs and Nov. 8 at 2:20 p.m. with quotes from head coach Peter Karavedas.  The Sunny Hills football...

Fall festival planning committee members put together this Peanuts-themed poster promoting the Oct. 24 after school event featuring various programs from the Conservatory of Fine Arts. The 3-4:30 p.m. event will be held in the quad.

Conservatory of Fine Arts to hold fall festival featuring Peanuts pumpkin patch theme

October 24, 2019

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] plans to host its annual Fall Festival after school Oct. 24 with a theme based on the Peanuts cartoon episode titled, “It’s...

Sunny Hills wide receiver and defensive back senior Wilson Cal tucks the ball in while trying to avoid a tackle by a Sonora defender during the first quarter of the Oct. 4 homecoming game at Buena Park stadium. Cal later scored the game's first points on a touchdown reception at the corner of the end zone. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Sunny Hills trounces Sonora 45-7 in Freeway League home opener

October 6, 2019

In its first Freeway League game of the season that also turned out to be a homecoming game, the Sunny Hills football team left its opponent in the dust with a 45-7 trouncing of Sonora Oct. 4 at Buena...

Utility player junior Jacob Brooks focuses his aim and prepares to throw the ball during the teams first home game against Esperanza High School Aug. 27. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Boys water polo shoots for win streak

October 2, 2019

Coach: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach, goalie coach) Top Returning Players: Christian Aguirre (12), Min Chin (12), Cole Seibel (12) and Jonathan Sulvaran (12) Outlook:...

Lancers quarterback senior Luke Duxbury looks for targets to throw the football to during an Aug. 22 scrimmage against Yorba Linda at the Buena Park High School stadium. Duxbury is among four Lancers ranked in the Orange County Register’s online Hot 150 high school football athletes.  The Register rated him at 71, the highest among the other three Lancer football players. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Football coach, players don’t anticipate having a ‘turf’ time adjusting to new home field at Buena Park High School

August 30, 2019

This story was updated Sept. 10 to include a statement from quarterback senior Luke Duxbury about last year's Aliso Niguel away home opener. Coaches: head coach Pete Karavedas, assistant head coach/offensive...

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