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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Kayla Martinez

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter

Junior Kayla Martinez spent her sophomore year serving as a staff reporter for The Accolade. Martinez joined The Accolade as a sophomore after taking the Journalism 1 class as a freshman. This year, as a staff reporter, she looks forward to communicating more with her fellow staff members and students around campus. 

Outside of The Accolade, Martinez is in several clubs and is very present in her school life. She hopes to see more students on The Accolade website around campus reading articles and taking polls.

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Senior Katie Ortega (left) and her mother react to the announcement naming Ortega as the 2023-2024 homecoming queen. The coronation was held during halftime of the Friday, Sept. 29, football game between Sunny Hills and Sonora at Buena Park High School stadium.

Great Gatsby 1920s-themed homecoming events full of firsts

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter September 30, 2023

The Associated Student Body [ASB] will turn back the clock in the quad with a 1920s Great Gatsby-themed homecoming dance on Saturday, Sept. 30. “We loved the elegant Roaring ‘20s aesthetic and thought...

The boys volleyball team celebrates a point against Cerritos on Thursday, March 9, in the Sunny Hills gym. After losing the first set, the Lancers bounced back and swept the next three to win, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 26-24.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Lancers looking forward to challenge of competing in higher division

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter March 14, 2023

Coaches: Albert Soliguen (head coach), Victoria Guillory (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Ryan Axe (12), Nathan Casasola (12), Logan Filadelfia (12), Ryan Mesnik (11), Owen Taylor (12), Payton...

YES: Apps like ChatGPT hinder student growth

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter February 23, 2023

Artificial intelligence [AI] programs have been aiding generations through educational applications such as Grammarly, Mathway, Symbolab, Google Translator and more, which provide means of instruction...

Principal Craig Weinreich (left) applauds after presenting freshman Boyd Houser with a certificate in the Lyceum at a recent Parent Teacher Student Association meeting. Houser is among the first group of students to receive the new award in which teachers nominate  students for their effort and participation in the classroom.

11 students recognized for inaugural PTSA award

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter February 9, 2023

Cleaning beakers, organizing papers and wiping down tables. That's what junior Samantha Zacarias does twice a week in science teacher Alexander Hua’s classroom as a teacher’s assistant [TA] during...

Sporting his Sunny Hills cap, Spanish teacher Luis Gomez reviews a warm-up exercise with his Period 4 Spanish 2 class last December in Room 56.

FROM ONE ‘HILLS’ TO ANOTHER: New Spanish teacher first taught at San Juan Hills High School in south Orange County before getting hired here

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 21, 2023

New Spanish teacher Luis Gomez found himself going through very distinct routines to support his wife and two sons 10 years ago. In the mornings, he sat at his desk working on assignments related to...

Barely visible between vehicles, the staff and student markings on the west parking lot awaits restoration at an undetermined time.

West parking lot in need of resurfacing, repainting

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 11, 2023

While the parking lot near the Performing Arts Center has undergone resurfacing and repainting last year to designate which spots belong to staff, the other side of campus has yet to see the same upgrade. Many...

Juniors, assigned Kevin the Minion from “Despicable Me,” huddle together to celebrate their victory after surviving the final round of musical chairs in the quad Sept. 8.

Juniors bring home first win with ‘Battle of the Classes’ debut

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter September 21, 2022

After at least 16 rounds of playing musical chairs in the quad, the last student standing during lunch Sept. 8 was an 11th-grader, securing the first victory of the school year for the juniors as part...

New baseball head coach Ryan Bateman walks toward some of his players during batting practice Thursday, May 5, after school on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Bateman has led the Lancers to their first Freeway League title since 1999.

First-year baseball head coach’s ‘Be Great’ mentality has led to team’s Freeway League title — the first since 1999

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter May 9, 2022

First-year coaches often talk to their players about winning league titles and CIF championships. But few have seen that kind of success happen in their inaugural seasons. Sunny Hills baseball head...

ASB student decorates the Christmas tree in the quad as a part of the 2016 holiday decorations. The annual quad decorations will return this year on Dec. 13.

Holiday quad decorations to return Dec. 13

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter December 7, 2021

For the first time since 2019, the Associated Student Body [ASB] will resume its annual tradition of decorating the quad with such items as ornaments and an inflatable snowman Dec. 13 to kick off final...

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