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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Henry Lee

Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief

After serving as the assistant sports editor during the 2021-2022 school year, senior Henry Lee looks forward to starting his fourth year serving as the Web Editor-in-Chief for The Accolade. While Lee focused on writing articles for the sports section the previous year, he hopes to cover a wider range of stories to capture the multiple aspects of the Sunny Hills student body.

When Lee isn't working for The Accolade, you can find him working with school clubs, playing volleyball or attempting to take a nap.

All content by Henry Lee
Social science teacher Chris Vogt gives a lecture to his students on Thursday, Aug. 18, during his fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History class in Room 23.

Former Ayala High School baseball coach joins Sunny Hills as new social science teacher

October 19, 2022

Fifteen years ago, Chris Vogt received his first introduction to teaching several buildings away from where he finds himself now. Helping grade papers and leading history lectures 15 years ago under...

How I manage to ‘BeFake’ on the app BeReal

October 7, 2022

BeReal, the app meant to authentically represent users, fails to do just what the whole purpose of the platform is meant for — capture random, unfiltered and “real” moments of time once a day. Prompting...

Senior Lindsey Kang (left) shares a special moment with her father after being crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the Friday, Sept. 30, football game between Sunny Hills and Fullerton at Buena Park High School stadium.

ASB vice president crowned homecoming queen

October 3, 2022

Senior Lindsey Kang, the Associated Student Body vice president, was named homecoming queen Friday, Sept. 30, during halftime of the Sunny Hills football team’s Freeway League home opener against Fullerton...

The Sunny Hills boys volleyball team wins the Division 5 CIF-SS championship title May 14 after sweeping Carpinteria High School 3-0 at Long Beach City College.

It all started with a yellow index card: Win CIF

May 27, 2022

I remember writing down my personal and team goals on a yellow index card four months ago in January before practice as instructed by my volleyball coach – something we had never done before. I wrote,...

Junior point guard Chad Nguyen dribbles toward a Garden Grove player Feb 22. Even though the Lancers lost their semifinal CIF-Southern Section Division 4 game, the team won its first state CIF playoff game, since 2004, on March 1.

13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upsets 4th-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in first round of CIF state playoffs

March 2, 2022

Despite falling short of reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship round last week, the 13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upset fourth-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in the first round...

In response to the opposing team’s lineup announcement, many students in the Sunny Hills home section in the gym deliberately flip through The Accolade’s most recent issue, “Going Viral,” at the Feb. 18 boys basketball game against Ontario Christian High School. Since students are now allowed back onto the bleachers at home basketball games this school year, they have found more ways to increase audience participation to build school spirit after not being allowed to do so last season because of the pandemic.

Are they really reading newspapers? Return of fans to basketball games leads to revival of student section antics

March 1, 2022

They're reading newspapers! They're reading newspapers! Well, sort of. The Associated Student Body [ASB] and other students sitting in the Sunny Hills home bleachers of the varsity boys basketball...

Utility player sophomore Hannah Reekstin looks to pass the ball to her teammate during a Jan. 24 practice at the Sunny Hills pool.

GIRLS WATER POLO MID-SEASON REPORT: Lady Lancers look to stay perfect in Freeway League play and win another title for a fifth straight year

January 24, 2022

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Riley Godfrey (assistant coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Kristima Aryal (12), Kayla McCuen (12), Natalie McIlveen (12), Hailee...

Forward senior Dylan Lawson gets set for a layup during the boys basketball team’s Jan. 11 rivalry home game against Troy High School. The Lancers’ leading scorer of the game and team captain, Lawson ended the evening with 35 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.

[Photo] After a two-year winless drought against the Warriors, boys basketball soundly defeats Troy 63-47 in a Jan. 11 home rivalry game

January 13, 2022

Forward senior Dylan Lawson gets set for a layup during the boys basketball team’s Jan. 11 rivalry home game against Troy High School. The Lancers’ leading scorer of the game and team captain, Lawson...

Point guard junior Chad Nguyen shoots a free throw during the fourth quarter of the boys basketball team’s first Freeway League game of the season.

BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Junior-packed team paves the way for Lancers to seize opportunity for Freeway League title

January 7, 2022

Coaches: Joe Ok (head coach), Darius Durham (assistant coach), Don Shaw (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Johann Kwon (11), Dylan Lawson (12), Chad Nguyen (11), Justin Shim (10) Top Newcomers:...

Principal Allen Whitten takes the podium to welcome visitors to this year’s Back to School Night on Aug. 31. Starting next semester, Whitten will take on a newly created position in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District as the director of Student Services.

[Photo] After seven years guiding Sunny Hills, principal Allen Whitten gets promotion to new position in the district as director of Student Support Services

December 8, 2021

Principal Allen Whitten takes the podium to welcome visitors to this year’s Back to School Night on Aug. 31. Starting next semester, Whitten will take on a newly created position in the Fullerton Joint...

 Katsubo Tea has opened its second location in Orange County, Southern California --this time at Fullerton’s Amerige Heights Town Center near Sunny Hills.

New boba tea store provides variety of tas‘tea’ drinks

November 19, 2021

On each cup comes a printed face of a traditional samurai. The word samurai comes from the Japanese verb saburau, which means “to serve,” thus Katsubo Tea's slogan: “With every drink we brew,...

Students will have the opportunity to win awards and money by submitting their artwork to the PTSA annual reflections contest based on the theme “I Will Change the World By…”

PTSA to host annual Reflections contest Oct. 22 for eligibility to earn awards and scholarships

October 19, 2021

Students have until Friday, Oct. 22, to digitally submit their entries to the annual Parent Teacher Student Association [PTSA] Reflections art contest, which offers up to $200 for the top prize. Themed...

Junior Luke Hong (left) checks his answers after senior Lucas Zhuang helps him with math homework in Room 45.

Algebra Center offers free math tutoring after school

September 24, 2021

To many students, math is arduous. But to senior Yeonji Baek, the subject comes naturally. Her understanding of concepts in Advanced Placement [AP] Statistics and AP Calculus BC motivated her to help other...

Freshman Daniela Borruel hits a forehand volley at a Sept. 10 pre-season game against El Dorado at the Sunny Hills courts.

GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Ranked No. 4 nationally, freshman newcomer aims to help the Lady Lancers win Freeway League title

September 14, 2021

Coaches: Chris Ghareebo (head coach)  Top Returning Players: Natalija Glavy (12),  Crystal Kim (11), Carolyn Tran (12) Top Newcomers: Daniela Borruel (9) Last season: The Lady Lancers ended...

Running back junior David Mahood gets ready to push away a Canyon High School defensive back in the first quarter to earn some extra yards Aug. 20 at Buena Park High School stadium. Mahood had four touchdown runs and recorded 209 rushing yards, helping the Lancers overpower the Comanches 41-12 in their first preseason game of the 2021-2022 season.

Lancers dominate Canyon in football non-league opener with 41-12 win

August 23, 2021

Accolade sports editor Rachel Yun contributed to this story. “This is our house! This is our house!”  Those words echoed loud and clear from around 1,000 fans Friday, Aug. 20, standing in the...

Second-year quarterback senior Max Spero runs with a football while dodging the defense during a summer camp scrimmage Aug. 5 at the Sunny Hills field. The team prepared for its upcoming season with three hour-long practices that began June 21.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Sunny Hills football seeking to bring home another CIF championship, win Freeway League

August 19, 2021

Coaches: Peter Karavedas (head coach), Ron Newton (assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams), David Wilde (offensive coordinator/RB’s), Bruce Wallace (offensive line), Joseph Karavedas (wide...

Choreographed by Shana Ned, Dance Production filmed its video performance Feb. 23 in the parking lot behind Fullerton’s Amerige Heights Town Center. Titled “Forever Changed,” the video garnered the most votes for a group during the virtual March 12 Quadshow sponsored by the Conservatory of the Fine Arts.

ASB earns $500 from ‘Got Talent’ fundraiser

May 6, 2021

A video performance from Sunny Hills High School’s Dance Production [DP] was named one of the winning entries in the April 23 “Got Talent” district fundraiser, organizers said. DP’s video recording,...

Senior Charis Lee sings Paper Hearts by Tori Kelly during the April 10 video recording session for the district-wide talent show at the La Habra High Schools Performing Arts Theater. Lees performance will go up against others from throughout the Fullerton Join Union High School District when its broadcast on YouTube Live Friday, April 23.

Organizers hope district’s ‘Got Talent’ raises money for ASB

April 22, 2021

Two Sunny Hills video performances will compete tonight against 15 acts from campuses throughout the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] as part of a fund-raising/talent show virtual event...

Boys basketball shooting guard senior Caleb Harnett jumps up for a layup in the gym during a Nov. 14, 2019 practice. Tryouts for the boys basketball team are set to be held Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the outdoor sports courts.

Give boys basketball a ‘shot’ at the Saturday, Feb. 6 tryouts

February 5, 2021

After being rained out Jan. 30, the boys basketball program hopes for a rebound with the weather this Saturday so coaches can evaluate students wishing to try out for the team on the Sunny Hills outdoor...

Masks in hand, twin brothers and cross country runners David (center) and Sergio Perez (right) race toward the finish line Feb. 3 on the Sunny Hills track, where the first sports event of the school year was held after the coronavirus pandemic had shut down all previous athletic competitions since last March. The Lancers boys cross country team -- the only SH squad with enough athletes in attendance to compete -- defeated the runners from Buena Park High School by a three-point margin.

And they’re off: First official Sunny Hills sports event during the coronavirus pandemic ends with Lancers boys cross country team defeating Buena Park

February 4, 2021

After months of delays and changes to statewide high school sports competition, cross country became the first at Sunny Hills to organize a California Interscholastic Federation-sanctioned athletic event...

Then-freshman Hannah Kim lines up her shot as she tries to sink her ball into the hole during an August 2016
practice at the Westridge Golf Club in La Mirada. Boys and girls golf head coach Scott Enrico will hold tryouts to see how many he can a dd to his active roster for both squads today, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at the same location.

Fore! Boys and girls golf tryouts slated for today, Dec. 2, after school at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra

December 2, 2020

Boys and girls golf coach Scott Enrico will finally get a chance to see how many students he can add to his rosters when tryouts for both squads will be held today, Dec. 2, after school. Those interested...

Junior Sebastian Bonca (front) sets the volleyball while practicing his receives during a Nov. 18 practice in the Sunny Hills gym.

Boys volleyball team tryouts set for Nov. 19-20 under new head coach

November 18, 2020

With boys volleyball’s Dec. 18 season opener against Whitney scheduled to be the first Sunny Hills sports match of the 2020-2021 fall season, the team’s new head coach has scheduled tryouts to begin...

Science teacher Andrew Gartner’s renovated classroom, Room 112, features new lab stations in the batwing style. Teachers in the Science Department were able to choose this style or have lab and lecture tables separate.

Biology, chemistry teachers renovate classrooms with new laboratory stations

November 10, 2020

When students return to campus for hybrid learning next week, they will see “batwing” style lab stations in many of their science classes. “Our science department is really, really strong and...

Forward and then-freshman David Rezko (left) kicks the ball during a 2-1 home victory over Buena Park on Jan. 24. The sophomore, along with his new teammates, will vie for a second Freeway League title in as many years when their season begins next February. Meanwhile, on Sept. 3, head coach Mike Schade held tryouts drawing 13 candidates.

13 try out for boys soccer, but recent poor air quality has prevented coach from scheduling more sessions for newcomers

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year.  Before the coronavirus pandemic affected high school sports nationwide,...

Art illustrated by Accolade staff writer Katherine Kim.

Here’s what the Spanish Flu from more than a century ago can teach us about how to respond to COVID-19 pandemic

May 25, 2020

Long lines at grocery stores.  Schools no longer open for classroom instruction. Hospital beds full of dying patients. Doesn’t all of this sound like the aftermath of the novel coronavirus...

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