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Hope Li

Hope Li, Opinion Editor

Following in her father’s footsteps as a professional journalist in the ‘90s, senior Hope Li has been pursuing journalism for three years. From writing about the Los Angeles Times’ Festival of Books to having her distance learning column featured in The 74 Million, Li seeks to amplify student voices in all facets as The Accolade’s opinion editor.

She has attended the Journalism Education Association- and National Scholastic Press Association-hosted spring and fall 2019 national conventions in Anaheim, Calif., and Washington, D.C., respectively; she received an honorable mention in commentary writing at the D.C. convention.

A piano player for over 10 years, Li is involved in Certificate of Merit. She enjoys telling puns to anyone listening.

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A guide to the proper steps to take if you experience sexual misconduct.

[Photo] Social media not the best outlet to report sexual misconduct

February 15, 2021

A guide to the proper steps to take if you experience sexual misconduct.

This April will mark the 20th anniversary of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month originally created by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center [NSVRC]. This year, the Center will offer resources and activities, including images like this one, on their social media platforms.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center celebrates 20th year raising awareness about sexual assault issues

February 19, 2021

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content of this article, we strongly encourage you to contact us at [email protected] If you wish to report any cases of sexual misconduct,...

A student receives a free school breakfast meal during break beside the 70s and 90s building on Feb. 16, the first day of hybrid instruction since December 2020.

[Photo] Photo Gallery: Classrooms reopen after nearly two month-long hiatus

February 16, 2021

A student receives a free school breakfast meal during break beside the 70s and 90s building on Feb. 16, the first day of hybrid instruction since December 2020.

Because of her medical condition, math teacher Kari Morita (top left) is allowed to teach
from home during the shift from distance to hybrid learning. Substitute teacher Young Kim (bottom) comes to open the classroom for Morita's live instruction students like senior Sara Abel (top right), who's in Morita's second period class.

[Photo] Teachers choose to stay at home

December 12, 2020

Because of her medical condition, math teacher Kari Morita (top left) is allowed to teach from home during the shift from distance to hybrid learning. Substitute teacher Young Kim (bottom) comes to open...

Dance Production [DP] member junior David Burns teaches a Sept. 19 9:30-10 a.m. dance class for special needs children ages 8-12. Burns teaches dance classes for fellow DP member senior Elliana Kim’s brainchild The Always Dancing Project.

Senior’s efforts featured on ABC7’s Eyewitness News offers an opportunity for special needs children to ‘Always Dance’

December 20, 2020

It’s called the Always Dancing Project. But for the 150 kids with such disabilities as cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism, they are learning to do much more than that. For two sisters in the...

A student receives a free breakfast outside of the 70s building on Nov. 6.

[Photo] Photo Gallery: Students wrap up first week back on campus

November 7, 2020

A student receives a free breakfast outside of the 70s building on Nov. 6.

Joel (Dylan O’Brien, “The Education of Frederick Fitzell”) confronts Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt, “The One and Only Ivan”) about his decision to leave her and Clyde (Michael Rooker, “The Dark Tower”) to reunite with his girlfriend in Paramount Pictures’ “Love and Monsters” released Oct. 16. Originally, the film was scheduled for a Feb. 12, 2021 release under the name “Monster Problems.”

‘Love and Monsters’ offers just right amount of thrills for Halloween treat

October 25, 2020

A hybrid of “Jurassic World” with its giant dinos and “The Maze Runner” with its pandemic-induced plot, “Love and Monsters” offers viewers a fast-paced adventure and a fresh take on the importance...

The three chromebook models: Acer R11 (left), Lenovo 300e (middle) and Dell 3100 (right) lined up from oldest to newest. Dell Chromebooks have been distributed to freshmen on all campuses after the Lenovo models’ manufacturer discovered a defect that caused technical difficulties.

[Photo] Fullerton Joint Union High School District opts for new Dell Chromebook models for freshmen after Lenovo manufacturer finds defect

October 21, 2020

The three chromebook models: Acer R11 (left), Lenovo 300e (middle) and Dell 3100 (right) lined up from oldest to newest. Dell Chromebooks have been distributed to freshmen on all campuses after the Lenovo...

Before her Sept. 15 AAA driving lesson, senior Hope Li (left) dons a face mask as her instructor, Daniel Pedraza, takes her temperature in front of the AAA student driver car. Li has been taking lessons since July, following coronavirus precautions like wearing gloves in the car and sitting on a plastic seat cover.

The driving force behind my AAA behind-the-wheel lessons: safety

October 14, 2020

Careful not to breathe on the gloved hand pointing the gun at my forehead, I search for a point behind his head — anything but an awkward eye-to-eye stare. I stand still as my pleated cloth mask presses...

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the...

Junior Edward Cho (right), who will attend Sunny Hills virtually this year from his home in São Paulo, Brazil, stands with his father in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Zooming from Brazil: Distance learning takes on new meaning for junior

August 28, 2020

According to Google maps, it’s 6,130 miles from Fullerton to Sao Paulo, Brazil. When the clock strikes 7:01 a.m. here on a weekday — the start of zero period at Sunny Hills — it’s 10:01 a.m....

Junior Hope Li (center) gets her friends in her sixth period Honors Chemistry class to hold up their fingers to signify the number 133 on the 133rd day of school March 13, in Room 112. Li started collecting images of a tally of each day of the school year as a time capsule project at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic announced that day, she has continued with it through the last day of the spring semester.

May 26: Count on me to tell you how many school days have passed since the start of the 2019-2020 school year

May 29, 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...

Get ready to sing along with Disney Plus’ latest movie adaptation of the young adult novel, ‘Stargirl’

March 22, 2020

In a March 13 interview with USA Today, Grace VanderWaal said she wrote her song, “Today and Tomorrow,” on the set of her debut film, “Stargirl,” without any intention of including it in the...

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li joins the Google Meet that her fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher, David Wilde, set up. Like Li, many Sunny Hills students experienced WiFi and online app connection issues on the first day of distance learning. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.

March 18: Son of a glitch; how my first day of distance learning went

March 19, 2020

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

Tom Holland of Marvel's Spider-man voices Ian Lightfoot (left), who chants a visitation spell and uses a Phoenix Gem and a wizard's staff to bring back his father while his older brother Barley watches. This incites the brothers' fantastical quest to find another magical gem to complete their task to resurrect their dead father. Image used with permission from Disney Studios.

Despite cliche elements, Pixar’s first fantasy production, ‘Onward,’ moves with dramatic flair

March 15, 2020

Although Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” has a predictable redemptive plot, the wholesome film impressively crafts a time-conscious story containing multiple layers within 102-minutes. Blue-skinned elf...

Sophomore Brennan Lamarra (left) wrestles against La Habra Highlander Edgar Arellano in the 195-pound weight class match during a dual meet held in the Sunny Hills gym Jan. 15. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake.

Overcomer: Blind student wrestles with adjusting to new contact sport; finds his place on JV team

January 26, 2020

The "Overcomer" story is the first in a series of articles featuring Sunny Hills students who are also athletes despite their physical or emotional disabilities. Whenever junior varsity and frosh/soph...

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

December 9, 2019

This story was updated Dec. 12 with a quote from one of the football players. To the sound of Queen’s Freddie Mercury singing “We Are the Champions,” school officials celebrated the football team’s...

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li (left) holds the Best of Show certificate from the National Scholastic Press Association while adviser Tommy Li holds up six fingers signifying the placement. The Nov. 23 awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., and The Accolade's first issue of the school year earned recognition for placing in the Top 10 nationally.

The Accolade wins sixth place in Best of Show at national journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

November 30, 2019

The Accolade school newspaper was one of two Southern California tabloids recognized Nov. 24 for placing in the Top 10 in the Best of Show contest at a national journalism convention in Washington, D.C. Sunny...

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios's 2018-2019 yearbook Nov. 1, including this Sports section spread.
Image posted with permission from Helios

Columbia Scholastic Press Association names Accolade, Helios Crown award finalists — only Orange County publications to receive such a national honor

November 15, 2019

The Accolade newspaper and Helios yearbook have been named a finalist for a national award sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA]. Through a live Twitter feed video on Halloween,...

Seniors Branden Elliott (left) and Kourtney Barbour dance to the music in the quad Oct. 29 while helping man the Friday Night Live bean bag toss game as part of the week's Red Ribbon Week festivities. Behind the two is the

Red Ribbon Week kicks off with ‘Net of Memories’ in quad

October 29, 2019

This story has been updated Nov. 1 with new information as to who handed out the Red Ribbon Week bags. Red Ribbon Week kicked off with decorations around campus and the distribution of bands for students...

Members of the girls volleyball team band together while singing the school's alma mater following their final home Freeway League game Oct. 14 against Fullerton. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Singing of Sunny Hills alma mater spreads to sports teams

October 18, 2019

Hail to alma mater, loyally we stand. Keep our sons and daughters famed throughout the land. Go forth to lead our country, strong let our motto be. Alma mater Sunny Hills, hail to thee. This...

Accolade staff writer Hope Li sits in a 2018 BMW i3 Oct. 3 at the Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li

OC Auto Show in Anaheim Convention Center is quite electric

October 5, 2019

I don’t like cars. Nice cars are exactly what they sound like … nice. But on Oct. 3, I had the chance to visit the 2019 Orange County Auto Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with no expectations. I...

Among the many original video content that Disney+ will make available Nov. 12 is a 10-episode spin-off starring Bonnie’s toy spork from “Toy Story 4,” which was released over the summer. Image posted with permission from Disney.

Disney aims to keep its magic going with new streaming content come November

September 17, 2019

Disney will release its own streaming service, Disney+, on Nov. 12 that will feature original content from Disney, National Geographic, Marvel and Star Wars.  Companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft,...

Sunny Hills quarterback senior Luke Duxbury leads the Lancers to a 55-20 victory over Irvine High School in an away game Sept. 6.  Duxbury bounced back from a 36-35 loss in his season home opener Aug. 30 against Aliso Niguel. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Lancers rout Irvine Vaqueros 55-20 to nab first win of season

September 8, 2019

The Sunny Hills football team notched its first victory of the season in a non-league away game Sept. 6 against Irvine High School. “Happy to get a win this week,” the Lancers’ head coach Peter...

A worker continues construction on the first day of school inside the closed Performing Arts Center. He was working on a part of the stage during a tour that principal Allen Whitten gave to two Accolade staff members. Photo by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak.

$4.5 million PAC modernization expected to finish next February, officials say

August 16, 2019

While the Performing Arts Center [PAC] remains closed for remodeling until at least February, the programs that use it during the school year have had to adjust to new locations ranging from Buena Park...

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