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Jiwoo Han

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor

Senior Jiwoo Han returns to The Accolade this school year as one of the opinion editors. Han served as one of the sports editors in the 2022-2023 school year and hopes to integrate his knowledge of working with a co-editor into this year’s staff as well. As a fourth-year member of the journalism program, Han received many accolades for his sports writing and spent the majority of his junior year writing sports recaps. Han clinched fifth place in sports writing for the Orange County Journalism Education Association competition, a journalism competition among students in the Orange County region, and he hopes to continue receiving merits for his writing this upcoming year as well.

Besides working for The Accolade, Han leads the Hallelujah Club and does community service work with the CAL GIVE organization, as well as with his church members for a homeless shelter. Han also enjoys cooking, hanging out with his friends and listening to/playing music. With greater talent and composition, Han hopes to bring a positive influence and light to the campus.

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Senior SooRin Hwangbo (top) and sophomore Keira Suh practice their techniques in the Sunny Hills wrestling room Wednesday, November 15, to train for their first Freeway League match at home against the Sonora Raiders on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

GIRLS WRESTLING PREVIEW: Lady Lancers hope to body themselves into CIF

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor November 29, 2023

Coaches: Matthew Acosta (head coach), Fernando Mora (assistant coach), Ethan Nguyen (assistant coach) Top Returning Wrestlers: Kayla Alamos (12), SooRin Hwangbo (12), Sage Moreno (12) Top Newcomer:...

Junior Carlos Pineda walks to the boys restroom in the 40s building last month after activating his restroom pass through the 5-Star app in his fourth period class along with his class’s designated physical hall pass on a lanyard.

Restroom passes to go digital – students only allowed two per day using 5-Star app

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor November 7, 2023

Starting the spring semester in January, administrators expect to have all teachers on board to use the 5-Star app for a new digital pass system, which limits students' restroom use during class time to...

Right side hitter senior Jasmin Sonboli prepares for a kill against a Windward School blocker in the Sunny Hills gym Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Lady Lancers won the CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal match in straight sets and will compete in the semifinal round again at home on Saturday, Oct. 28, against the Capistrano Valley Christian Eagles.

CIF PLAYOFFS RECAP: Girls volleyball advances to semifinal round after defeating Windward in straight sets

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 28, 2023

In her nearly decade-long tenure as the head coach of the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team, Amanda Donaldson had not been able to find a way to get her players to advance beyond the CIF quarterfinal playoff...

International Baccalaureate coordinator and Conservatory of Fine Arts director Brian Wall speaks at the 2007 Open House.

Chatting with Mr. Wall

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor May 30, 2023

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because The Accolade had already written an article in its Feb. 3 issue about art teacher Brian Wall’s decision to retire at the end of this school year, we decided to put together a...

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios for its 2021-2022 yearbook titled “It’s Time. We’re Ready, Are You?” as a Crown finalist Dec. 14, 2022. The organization nominated both the yearbook program and The Accolade as Crown finalists and plans to announce the Gold Crown winners at the New York Convention March 15-17.

The Accolade, Helios recognized as finalists for national journalism award

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor February 22, 2023

Four could become The Accolade’s favorite number if it ends up earning a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA] next month at an awards ceremony in New York.  The journalism...

One of the customer favorites at dPlace is the Pescatore pasta ($16), which consists of noodles covered in seafood tomato sauce, topped with shrimp, mussels, arugula and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top upon request.

Though pricey, new Amerige Heights Town Center eatery may be ‘dPLACE’ to go for special celebrations like Valentine’s Day and graduation

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor January 20, 2023

With plates on its head, a three-tiered device the size of a toddler quietly buzzes and radiates green and violet lights as the food makes a flashy entrance. That's one of the interesting features...

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration published an online article Oct. 2, warning families of rainbow fentanyl. Distributed in bright candy-like forms, students share whether or not this drug will be an area of concern when celebrating this years Halloween.

Trick-or-Threat? Parents, students react to rainbow fentanyl and its influence on Halloween festivities

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 26, 2022

Recognized as the trademark of the Walt Disney Company’s first animated film — “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — the poison apple is more than just a fictional idea, it's a generations-long...

Middle blocker senior Olivia Haptonstall gets ready to spike a ball in the Thursday, Aug. 25, home match against the Canyon Comanches. Heading into the Wednesday, Sept. 14, matchup at La Habra, the Lady Lancers have a 1-0 Freeway League record after defeating Fullerton at home on Monday, Sept. 12.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Lady Lancers hope to shut out all competitors, being a younger team this year

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor September 14, 2022

Coach: Amanda Donaldson (head coach), Katie Pascoe (assistant coach), Madison Rumenap (assistant coach), Elyse Yoon (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Olivia Haptonstall (12), Stacy Kim (12),...

Senior Alexander Flores (left) and junior Frank Lopez strategize for their next game after a win by the opposing team’s forfeit Feb. 28. The newly formed four-member Halo team is currently 3-2 in the High School eSports League.

Sunny Hills eSports adds Halo Infinite team to its list of five other competitive squads; its four members tout a 3-2 in the High School eSports League

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor April 5, 2022

Following the Super Smash team, the school’s eSports program has added its sixth competitive squad this semester based on the first-person shooter game, Halo Infinite. Coached by captain and student-appointed...

Outside hitter sophomore Kayla Taylor spikes the ball to score a point against Fullerton Oct.13 in the Sunny Hills gym. Although the Lady Lancers prevailed in their last Freeway League match of the season, they were unable to qualify for CIF playoffs.

Girls volleyball triumphs over Fullerton in three straight sets to win its final match of the season

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 15, 2021

The Sunny Hills girls volleyball team won its final match of the season against the Fullerton Tribe (3-7) Oct. 13, at home, finishing fourth in the Freeway League with an overall 5-5 record. “We were...

Ella Ongkoputro has been named the new food service lead at Sunny Hills, where she will oversee cafeteria operations during the 2021-2022 school year in which all students are eligible for a free breakfast, lunch and take-home dinner meal.

New cafeteria supervisor has decade-long experience in food service industry

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 11, 2021

Coming from Indonesia to the United States after completing high school was not an easy transition for Ella Ongkoputro. “It was a struggle to learn how to do all things by myself, as my parents did...

Setter junior Jacky Woo gets ready to serve the ball against Buena Park High School’s girls volleyball team in an Oct. 5 home game that the Lady Lancers won in straight sets.

Girls volleyball shuts out Buena Park in three straight sets

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 7, 2021

Despite a slow start to the season, the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team won its third consecutive match, defeating the Buena Park Coyotes Tuesday, Oct. 5, at home. “We are on our way for a big...

Utility player junior Jeremy Herrera prepares to shoot the ball against La Habra High School in a Wednesday home game. Herrera scored in the Lancers’ 20-19 victory over La Habra High School in the first Freeway League game of the season.

Boys water polo edges La Habra 20-19 in season debut

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor September 29, 2021

For the first time in two years, the Sunny Hills boys water polo team defeated the La Habra Highlanders in the team’s first Freeway League home game of the season, 20-19.  “The last three years,...

A worker in the Sunny Hills cafeteria kitchen puts one of the food items for students into a grab-and-go bag Friday, Aug. 13, in preparation for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 16. The bag is among thousands that workers loaded with food for any student to pick up for free for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- the first year of universal meals that California has offered for all public school students.

Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, all Sunny Hills students are eligible to get free breakfast and lunch on campus for free as well as a take-home dinner

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor August 16, 2021

For the first time in California, all public school students including those at Sunny Hills will be eligible for free food from the cafeteria during each day while on campus starting the first day of fall...

As a country, the United States performed better than the average in reading and science and slightly below average in math.

Reading skills among the highest in the world based on 2018 test

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor January 5, 2021

Top three worldwide in reading. Top four worldwide in science. Top eight worldwide in math. Those were among the highlights of results from a test given to a randomly selected group of 15-year-old...

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