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Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor

Senior Hannah Lee looks forward to her third and final year on The Accolade staff as the web managing editor. After serving as a copy editor and opinion editor in the past, Lee is excited to experiment with multimedia elements to broaden her journalistic skill set. Though she still enjoys designing print issue layouts for readers, Lee hopes to focus on helping maintain the online website this school year.

Outside of The Accolade, Lee is involved with several school clubs, such as UNICEF and Science Olympiad. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her older sister, Vivian.

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Seniors applying to colleges can have access to an admissions file once they start attending a university they applied to and got accepted into. The file contains notes from college admissions officers, and if students did not waive their Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act rights, they can even access teacher recommendations and notes during interviews.

DID YOU KNOW? College admissions file can be accessed to find out how your university rated you

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor January 28, 2024

When Class of 2022 alumna Rachel Lee first opened her Harvard University acceptance letter in December 2021 through an online portal, she was greeted by the word, “Congratulations!” in bold text. After...

Biology teacher Monet Favreau explains how to complete a worksheet about living organisms to her fourth period class on Aug. 29.

‘FAV’ORITE TEACHER: New biology instructor Monet Favreau already making strong impressions among her students

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor October 22, 2023

This is the sixth in a series of profiles on new, full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester of the 2023-2024 school year. Expect more profiles to be posted soon. Like...

In the years following the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunny Hills has implemented several new award programs that emphasize character and integrity. The introduction of such honors can have psychological implications, such as boosted self-esteem.

Digital Detox: New awards uplift students’ self-esteem after years of virtual learning

Jaimie Chun and Hannah Lee October 4, 2023

Before the widespread COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunny Hills administration had honored students with academic awards like Student of the Month, Lancer Knight and Rotary Top 100. However, titles of individual...

Senior Noah Choi advertises his
clothes on his Instagram account @88blades.

Teenage entrepreneur rakes in 5 figures of profit from self-made clothing brand

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor June 1, 2023

Senior Noah Choi was not an amateur in the business industry when he first started his own clothing brand last summer. After starting off by reselling popular shoes like Jordans and Yeezys through sites...

Senior Thaddaeus Kiker presents his research poster in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search competition, winning 10th place in the nationwide contest. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Thaddaeus Kiker awaits the next chapter of his life at Columbia University

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: I feel very honored and grateful to be recognized as part of this talented and hardworking group of students!  Question 2:...

Graduating at the top of her class, senior Irene Kang commits to the University of California, Irvine, with the hopes of becoming a dentist. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Girls golf captain Irene Kang graduates as valedictorian to pursue biological sciences at UCI

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: I feel super proud and grateful! One of my cousins graduated as a valedictorian from Sunny in 2017, and she’s one of my biggest...

After exploring her passion for photography during high school, senior Rebekah Kim looks forward to immersing herself in Pomona College’s pre-law track. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Accolade photo editor Rebekah Kim commits to Pomona College as an aspiring lawyer

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians? Answer: I feel that my sleepless nights, all the clubs I joined and the rigorous classes I took paid off. I’m happy that I believed in...

Excited to pursue her mathematical journey, senior Remy Garcia-Kakebeen poses as she displays illustrated math formulas above her head. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Remy Garcia-Kakebeen seeks to explore STEM-related careers at Princeton University

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: I feel simultaneously honored and somewhat tired. I've spent the past four years working toward this title, and now that I have...

As one of the 18 valedictorians of the Class of 2023, senior Magdalene Kho aspires to immerse herself in the science, technology, engineering and math field and attend medical school. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Magdalene Kho envisions the next 8 years of her life in Brown University’s medical program

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: To be honest, I feel as proud as I would be even if I wasn't valedictorian. The title doesn't hold that much weight for me personally...

UCLA-bound senior Reena Jung poses with an illustrated plant in her plant as she plans to study environmental science for the next four years. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Reena Jung aims to further her education at UCLA after graduating as valedictorian

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: Lowkey, I don’t feel that special about having valedictorian status because 17 other people have the same title. However, I’m...

In recent years, the use of social media platforms, TikTok and Instagram, have encouraged teens to build their own platforms. Sunny Hills alumni and students reflect on their social media ventures and sponsored content.

FROM LANCER TO LEGEND: Alumni and student influencers reflect on their journey to fame

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor March 17, 2023

Sunny Hills cultivates future generations of doctors, lawyers, teachers — and recently, influencers. SH Class of 2020 alumna Stacy Kim, a fashion and travel influencer posting content on Instagram,...

THE FEMALE FLAME: How the color red empowers women

THE FEMALE FLAME: How the color red empowers women

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor March 16, 2023

If ambiguity was a color, it would be red. Simultaneously representative of something as sweet as love yet also as vigorous as strength, red perfectly embodies femininity and women empowerment. Over...

NO: If we can’t beat it, we need to embrace it

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor February 22, 2023

A world of artificial intelligence [AI] is not approaching. It’s already here. Since its initial launch in November 2022, ChatGPT, a chatbot released by the technology research company OpenAI, has...

Dr. Maria Bolshakova just finished her PhD in Health Behavior Research from USC. One of her studies utilized qualitative interviews with drug-users, including some perspectives on fentanyl.

8 Questions answered by drug expert Maria Bolshakova who offers input on recent rise in fentanyl poisoning

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor October 24, 2022

1. What is your name and what are you studying? My name is Maria Bolshakova, and I just received my PhD in Health Behavior Research from the University of Southern California. My research and dissertation...

Two years after being featured in a 2020 Netflix documentary, “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky,” Jisoo (from left), Rosé, Jennie and Lisa – members of the K-pop girl group Blackpink – release a new album, Born Pink, on Sept. 16.

Two years not worth the wait: Blackpink’s recent album ‘Born Pink’ disappoints fans

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor October 12, 2022

“Blackpink in your area.” Despite Blinks, fans of the K-pop girl group Blackpink, having to wait nearly two years to hear this iconic phrase again in the band’s songs, the ensemble’s recently...

In light of the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, law enforcement workers should take more proactive measures to ensure safe learning environments.

Safety comes with cautious, mindful law enforcement

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor September 21, 2022

Despite a pledge to integrally serve and protect its people, the Uvalde Police Department has failed to do exactly that. The officers at the Uvalde, Texas school shooting on May 24 might as well have...

Utility player junior Brandon Koh (left) gets ready to fire the ball toward the goal in an Aug. 25 home game against Chino Hills at the Sunny Hills pool.

BOYS WATER POLO PREVIEW: Lancers plunge into the 2022-2023 season with goal of qualifying for CIF playoffs

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor September 20, 2022

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Jacob Aguilar (12), Matthew Barboza (11), Ben Blodgett (11), Brandon Koh (11), Dylan Loh (11), Matthew...

FROM SONORA TO SUNNY

FROM SONORA TO SUNNY

Jaimie Chun and Hannah Lee September 19, 2022

Assistant principal of Pupil Services Katie Wright works in her new office at the beginning of the school year after coming from Sonora High School, where she had served as an administrator for four years. Some of her favorite sayings like NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED,” “I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN” and “LIVING THE DREAM” are also displayed to her left on the window sill.

‘LIVING THE DREAM’: Fifth-year administrator Katie Wright motivated by sayings and her Snickerdoodle

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor September 19, 2022

From Shakespearean plays to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Katie Wright has been immersed in classic literature since she was in elementary school. Soon enough, her love for reading blossomed...

The Associated Student Body’s poster promotes the theme for the school’s first stag dance May 20 — the first since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020.

After two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, stag returns to the gym May 20

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor May 17, 2022

The Associated Student Body [ASB] plans on hosting a stag dance — the first and last one of the school year — on May 20 from 7-10 p.m. in the gym, marking the school’s first stag event since March...

Teen musician Keedron Byrant of Florida created a 50-second video of him singing I JUST WANNA LIVE in response to the death of George Floyd two years ago. Prominent figures like actor Will Smith helped the YouTube video go viral by mentioning it or talking about it or tagging it in their social media handles.

Teenage musician Keedron Bryant to actor Will Smith: ‘Keep your head up’

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor April 4, 2022

To teen music artist Keedron Bryant, Oscar best actor winner Will Smith was among those who helped catapult his career two years ago. Shortly after the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the hands...

Keedron Bryant’s self-titled EP features six catchy R&B songs, five of them addressing intense, growing feelings of young love.

14-year-old singer Keedron Bryant pioneers a refreshing, relatable approach to love songs with self-titled EP

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor March 31, 2022

Captivating the hearts — and ears — of listeners from all ages, 14-year-old American singer Keedron Bryant impresses listeners with his new and self-titled EP, the third one of his career. The...

Only one dispenser was stolen in the boys restroom in the 40s wing Sept. 13 as
part of TikToks “devious licks” challenge. School officials estimate the cost to replace it at $350.

‘Devious licks’ TikTok trend ‘licks’ school with several vandalism cases

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor September 27, 2021

School officials said some students have been caught and suspended for stealing or damaging soap and paper towel dispensers from three boys restrooms last week. The vandalism is similar to a TikTok...

Students attending the 2017 homecoming dance take in the Aladdin-themed stage in the quad. While the Associated Student Bodys homecoming assembly Oct. 15 will be held indoors at the gym over three separate periods, the upcoming Oct. 16 homecoming dance will have to be an outdoor event because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols that require no more than 1,000 people in a building for an event.

Upcoming homecoming assembly to be split into three, dance scheduled outdoors

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor September 24, 2021

For the first time, the Associated Student Body [ASB] will host three assemblies next month for its homecoming presentations during second period instead of its usual two as a result of the August California...

In front of a backdrop marred by a pandemic and political turmoil, some of Sunny Hills newest class of freshmen have struggled to adapt.

COVID-19 makes first year of high school more difficult

Hannah Lee, Web Managing Editor January 12, 2021

Names have been changed for anonymity. With the arrival of the holiday season comes the cheerful atmosphere of festivities like shopping for gifts, decorating Christmas trees or baking holiday treats. Many...

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