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Giselle Suastegui

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor

Serving her first year on staff, senior Giselle Suastegui is excited to take on her role as co-feature editor for The Accolade alongside her colleague Alexxa Berumen. After finally being able to take Journalism 1 her junior year, she hopes to navigate the newspaper voyage and aims to grow, not only as a writer but as a person, as she balances rigorous courses and takes on new responsibilities this year.

When not working for The Accolade, you can find her leading other school clubs, watching Netflix or hanging out with friends.

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Staying true to my words

Staying true to my words

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor June 2, 2023

“We want Richman Park!” “We want Richman Park!” “We want Richman Park!” Carrying a sign that towered over my little body, my five-year-old self sat on the shoulders of an unfamiliar...

Social science teacher Patrick Debacker instructs his third period Advanced Placement Human Geography class as the students prepare to take their Wednesday, April 5, test. Debacker will retire at the end of this semester.

A HISTORICAL RUN: Social science teacher to retire upon completing his 32nd year at the Hill

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor May 30, 2023

A geographical information system [GIS] can store, visualize, analyze and interpret the Earth’s geographical data.  But it cannot track the unexpected path of social science teacher Patrick Debacker,...

U.S. legislators have recently taken initiatives to ban the social media platform TikTok across the nation. This controversy has raised concerns ranging from user privacy to the promotion of Chinese communist propaganda.

TIK, TIK, TIK: By banning the app, U.S. government contradicts core American ideals

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor May 3, 2023

In February, a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon was spotted over U.S. waters, where the device wandered for seven days before being shot down by the military off the coast of South Carolina on...

An artist’s rendition of how j-hope and J. Cole came together to unite the music industry through their song, “on the street,” released earlier this month.

Cultural Collab: J-hope of BTS, J. Cole bring the music world together through their mutilingual hip-hop song “on the street”

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor March 29, 2023

“Hope world meets Cole world.”  J-hope of BTS shared with fans an Instagram post showing that he met his longtime idol, American rapper J. Cole, for the first time backstage at Lollapalooza on...

Junior Brian Lemus gets ready to hit a forehand at a practice on March 3 at Sunny Hills.

BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW: Lancers aim for ‘three-peat’ Freeway League title

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor March 13, 2023

Coach: Chris Ghareebo (head coach)  Top Returning Players: Richard Lu (10), Nevin McCann (11), Owen Taylor (12), Calvin Yoo (11) Last Season: The boys tennis team finished the 2021-2022 season with...

Before prom comes around again on April 15, seniors will have a chance to vote for their king and queen. Last year, seniors Patrick Jimenez (left) and Abby Hahm took the honors.

PROM SEASON: scheduled for April 15, the last formal dance of the school year has been reserved at an undisclosed location in Orange County

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor March 9, 2023

With prom more than a month away, the Associated Student Body [ASB] plans to release its first teaser video promoting the annual event at the March 10 spring sports and election assembly, ASB officials...

An artists rendition of the path in a college admission race between a privileged and unprivileged student.

A fair shot: affirmative action helps marginalized groups succeed

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor January 17, 2023

You are on your way home after a long day at school. You think back at how you did not understand the math lesson today, but you know you will be fine. Your private tutor can explain it to you. You...

Learning from experience: student teaching cultivates better teachers

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor October 26, 2022

“Good morning, class.” That was the greeting I had grown accustomed to three years ago whenever I walked into my freshman World History class. Yet this time, in February, a fresh, new tone welcomed...

Passing rate averages for Advanced Placement [AP] exams from the 2021-2022 school year show an 8% increase compared with the previous school year and 1% below 2020’s highest rate over the past five years. The College Board views a 3 or higher as passing for its AP tests.

2022 Sunny Hills Advanced Placement exams yield higher passing rate averages despite fewer students taking them

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor September 27, 2022

After returning to a full, in-person Advanced Placement testing environment for the first time in three years, the number of Sunny Hills students who passed with a 3 or higher improved 8% compared to the...

Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education

Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor September 15, 2022

Yale.  Stanford.  Princeton.  As I sat down in my counselor’s room in February of my junior year reading the list of  schools involved with this program I have never heard about, my jaw...

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