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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

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Justin Pak

Justin Pak, News Editor

After spending his first year on The Accolade staff as a copy editor, junior Justin Pak returns as the news editor. Through journalism, he aims to strengthen his writing and time management skills.

In his free time, Pak enjoys sleeping.

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The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District provides the community with information regarding the potential dangers of the West Nile virus and what can spread it. The website also offers contact information for the public to ask questions, and that’s how The Accolade learned of the district’s oversight in taking three months longer than expected to remove “PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE” signs warning about West Nile virus dangers outside the Sunny Hills campus and Raytheon Co.

OC Vector officials confirm mistake in failing to remove West Nile virus warning signs outside Sunny Hills in December

Justin Pak, News Editor April 1, 2024

In response to a Thursday, March 28, Accolade online article about “PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE” signs related to the West Nile Virus being removed around the Sunny Hills campus, Vector control officials...

The six-member Sunny Hills Math Club team (right) joins those from Sierra Canyon School to recognize their first-place tie in the Southern California Mathematics Competition Division B contest with assistant professor of mathematics Nathaniel Emerson at USC’s Taper Hall Saturday, March 23.

Math Club ties for first at Saturday, March 23, Southern California Mathematics Competition at USC

Justin Pak, News Editor March 27, 2024

A six-member team representing the school’s Math Club tied for first place Saturday, March 23, in a competition held every other year at USC. “I’m just so excited and happy for them … it was...

Junior Alex Rivera (left) and sophomore Ronin Nguyen practice for distance running Friday, Feb. 16, after school on the Sunny Hills track.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Lancers focus on improving underclassman runners’ performance

Justin Pak, News Editor March 13, 2024

Coaches: Jacob Holloway (head coach), Ashley Bordy (distance), Chris Collodel (throws), Andrew Guevara (hurdles), Ricky Holloway (throws and jumps), Gideon Pichardo (distance) Top Returning Players:...

Students can scan the QR code using the 5-Star app to obtain a seven-minute restroom pass, limited to two per day. Upon returning to the classroom, they must rescan the code to check back in.

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

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor November 7, 2023

Students can scan the QR code using the 5-Star app to obtain a seven-minute restroom pass, limited to two per day. Upon returning to the classroom, they must rescan the code to check back in.

Dance Production members perform to will.i.ams Bang Bang during the Friday, Sept. 29, homecoming assembly in the gym. Starting this school year, the team  practices during zero period instead of sixth period after dance teacher Leiana Volen assumed the role of Conservatory of Fine Arts co-director.

2023-2024 school year brings more zero period options

Justin Pak, News Editor October 25, 2023

School officials added six more zero period classes this school year compared to the previous one with some of the increase coming from three more academic classes, two sports teams and Dance Production...

The Sunny Hills League of Legends Lancer Gold team celebrate winning the 2023 CIF season Friday, May 12, after their 2-0 victory over La Quinta High School the day before.


Nathan Lee, Justin Pak, and Aiden Park October 2, 2023

eSports While the school’s publications programs can trace their origins back as far as when the campus first opened in the 1959-1960 school year, this video gaming group first started out as a club...

Social science teacher Christine Creel with some of her students from the Class of 2005; Creel, who retired in 2013, died Wednesday, March 26, of breast cancer, and a memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton. (All images used with permission from Robert Bradburn.)

Ex-SH teacher Christine Creel has died after battling breast cancer for 15 years; memorial service set for Saturday, April 29, in Fullerton church

Justin Pak, News Editor April 28, 2023

A memorial service for former Sunny Hills social science teacher Christine Creel, who died of breast cancer last month, will be held Saturday, April 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton. Anyone...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials have put together an informational flyer to promote the new Ethnic Studies class to be offered for the 2023-2024 school year. Counselors who handed out registration packets to non-seniors earlier this semester included this handout for students to consider adding to their course selections.

Promotion pays off for new ethnic studies class for 2023-2024

Justin Pak, News Editor April 24, 2023

For the first time, school officials offered Ethnic Studies as a new social science elective during spring registration in the 2021-2022 school year. However, no one ended up signing up for it. To...

Senior Julian Boyd practices his butterfly stroke for the upcoming season after school in the Sunny Hills pool Monday, March 13.

BOYS AND GIRLS SWIM PREVIEW: Lancers look to improve, qualify for CIF

Justin Pak, News Editor March 14, 2023

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach/girls head coach), Sergio Dorrego (boys head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach), Amanda Morris-Shaw (assistant coach) Top Returners: Julian Boyd (12), Eden...

eSports co-presidents senior Cole Sass (left) and junior Garv Jain promote their Saturday, Feb. 4, Minecraft tournament during a club meeting on Friday, Jan. 20. For the current CIF season, the North America Scholastic eSports Federation replaced PlayVS as the program’s host.

eSports teams play under CIF’s new host NASEF

Justin Pak, News Editor February 23, 2023

After competing under the PlayVS program since 2019, winning four titles, the Lancers switched to their pre-CIF host, the North America Scholastic eSports Federation [NASEF], after the organization bought...

Junior Abanoub Bishay (right) asks for sophomore Luke Corrales’ help in the quad during lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to demonstrate how he interviews students for Bishay’s Quote of the Day series on his Instagram Reels.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Brothers’ Instagram Reels garner up to 9.1 million views

Justin Pak, News Editor February 9, 2023

Five days after Election Day last November, sophomore Jerome Bishay wanted to know what his peers on campus were thinking as he sat in the quad during lunch. Not about politics, but about what might...

Richard Thomas plays Atticus Finch, an attorney who agrees to defend a Black man accused of sexually harassing a white woman in the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird stage adaptation worth scouting for something to do during holiday break

Justin Pak, News Editor November 22, 2022

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has faced controversy in recent years, especially during the Black Lives Matter movement. The novel about an Alabama lawyer — Atticus Finch — defending a Black...

Senior Ricardo Gonzalez belts to “Hypocrisy,” a song that Gonzalez wrote and performed Wednesday, Oct. 26,  with three other band members during the Fall Festival held after school in the quad.

PHOTO ESSAY: Conservatory of Fine Arts draws after-school crowd with carnival-themed Fall Festival

Justin Pak, News Editor November 8, 2022

While New Orleans usually celebrates the Mardis Gras season in the spring, the Conservatory of Fine Arts [COFA] wanted to create a carnival atmosphere for its annual Fall Festival last month. “We...

New World Language teacher Cindy Ruiz passes out papers to her fourth period Spanish 1 class on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Ruiz also coaches the girls frosh-soph soccer team.

Second time’s the charm for new Spanish teacher who applied for a position in the district in 2020

Justin Pak, News Editor September 6, 2022

The second – instead of the third – time became the charm for new Spanish teacher Cindy Ruiz. Before joining the faculty this school year, Ruiz said she applied to teach Spanish for the Fullerton...

After making an impressive appearance on season 19 of the “American Idol” before withdrawing from the competition, 19-year-old Benson Boone returns to the music scene with his debut single. “GHOST TOWN” conveys sorrowful and pensive emotions felt after a breakup.

Debut song by upcoming artist Benson Boone impressive

Justin Pak, News Editor May 18, 2022

Whether it’s watching from the sidelines or having first-hand experience, being involved in a sour and rapidly plummeting relationship is a situation many people can relate to. Upcoming artist Benson...

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