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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Krishna Thaker

Krishna Thaker, Special Sections Editor

As the special sections editor, senior Krishna Thaker is incredibly excited to dive into important issues in both her school community and the world. Varying from simple, informative stories about upcoming school events to heavily-researched opinion stories on controversial issues, Thaker is proud of the work she has done so far as a writer for The Accolade. She cannot wait to contribute to The Accolade’s hardworking staff over the upcoming year.

When Thaker isn't writing stories and interviewing others, she is buried in homework, volunteering, interning for the New England Academy or focusing on club activities. In her free time, Thaker enjoys playing with her puppy, Arya, and reading dystopian fiction books.

All content by Krishna Thaker
Once a journalist, always an activist

Once a journalist, always an activist

May 31, 2022

Growing up, the fact that the United States Constitution protects all citizens from cruel and unusual punishment never did stop my Asian immigrant parents from constructing the most creative ways to discipline...

An oil depot explodes the morning of Feb. 27 — three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin launches a full-scale invasion on Ukraine — near the Kyiv region in the city of Vasylkiv. Military activity and explosions in the city have forced citizens to evacuate or find refuge in bomb shelters.

BLOODY INVASION: Students, teachers disapprove of Putin’s invasion in Ukraine for fear of global nuclear warfare

March 8, 2022

Teacher and student reactions to the recent war in Ukraine have reached a unanimous consensus framing Russian President Vladimir Putin as the aggressor aiming for Russian dominance over its neighboring...

Actress McKaley Miller (left) plays Anna McGuinn, the popular high school girl who has a serious conversation with actor Alex Kersting’s character, Marshall, in the teen romance-dramedy, “Butter,” to be released in theaters nationwide Friday, Feb. 25. This is Kersting’s first lead role in a movie.

Despite serious issues like suicide and bullying, ‘Butter’ succeeds in bringing back spirit of 1980s teen romance-dramedies

February 21, 2022

This story was updated on March 5 with the correct high school setting for the movie. Instead of South Scottsdale High, the film takes place at West Scottsdale High. For those seeking a respite from...

The Sunny Hills girls water polo team celebrates their fifth consecutive Freeway League Championship title after a 7-5 victory against the La Habra Highlanders.

For the fifth straight year, Lady Lancers run away with Freeway League title in water polo after 7-5 victory over La Habra

February 11, 2022

Capping off its 40th consecutive Freeway League win over the past five seasons, the Sunny Hills girls water polo team captured the championship title last week after a 7-5 victory over La Habra at Sunny...

After testing positive for COVID-19 over winter break, Special Sections editor senior Krishna Thaker finds herself locked inside her room, quarantining for over a week, incapacitated by her painful symptoms and boredom.

Catching infectious Omicron variant just makes me feel ‘positively’ terrible

February 8, 2022

“The media is feeding you lies to keep you scared.”  “People your age have such a small chance of getting it, and even if you do, it’ll be mild at worst.” Almost two full years after the...

Fullerton Union High School junior Chloe Serrano shows her flyers with information on how to support her petition to amend the districts dress code policy. Since then, the Fullerton Joint Union High School Districts Student Advisory Council has been working to revamp the attire policy so that its more up to date with student fashion trends.

Q & A with student activist, junior Chloe Serrano from Fullerton Union High School — the student who first took action against the district’s dress code policy

December 10, 2021

As schools have reopened for live instruction and student fashion has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, many students find themselves questioning their campuses’ outdated dress code policy.  With...

Distance learning provides much time for introspection

November 12, 2021

Friday the 13th, 2020. That day of school before all Fullerton Joint Union High School District schools “temporarily” closed down because of increasing COVID-19 concerns is one that I am unlikely to...

Who will be the first agents of shield?

October 15, 2021

The winner of the USC vs. UCLA rivalry football game gets the Victory Bell.  The winner of the University of Las Vegas vs. University of Nevada rivalry football game gets a historic 545 pound cannon,...

School officials and students agree that the decades-old Sunny Hills High School dress code policy is outdated. Meanwhile, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District’s Student Advisory Council is also reviewing this issue for all campuses, including Sunny Hills.


October 6, 2021

The opening descriptions of this story are not meant to show that the writer or The Accolade is endorsing such behavior among students. They are merely a factual report of what has been happening at a...

Let’s go back to traditional worksheets

September 7, 2021

Solve 18x = 2(30/3) + 17 - 5x + 13. This particular algebra problem has at least eight steps. Eight long steps of subtracting, adding, multiplying and condensing to get the final answer.  While...

A prime example of rape culture and its prevalence in society culminated in the medias coverage of the infamous Steubenville rape case, in which the victim was publically shamed for ruining the careers of her rapists who could have otherwise had such promising futures.

Rape culture plagues society; how can we stop it?

May 17, 2021

On the night of Aug. 11, 2012, in Steubenville, Ohio, a high school girl — incapacitated by alcohol — was publicly and repeatedly sexually assaulted by two of her classmates, who documented the acts...

Original Vice President Kamala Harris print cover a cover-up for racism and prejudice at Vogue

January 31, 2021

Option one depicts her sporting a powder blue suit while standing in front of a beautiful gold and tan backdrop. Option two, with green and pink drapes messily hung in the background, shows the vice...

The Electoral College is an outdated and ineffective system, an Accolade writer argues.

Get rid of the Electoral College

December 28, 2020

Without fail, every presidential election season, the phrase “your vote counts,” gets thrown around by campaigners for the executive office, attempting to attract high voter turnouts. However, this...

Since the start of hybrid learning on Nov. 2, agriculture students have had the chance to see the three newly born kids and one lamb whose mothers are shown eating grass almost two months before the first lamb was born on Dec. 10.

Six mother goats and lambs give birth on recently reopened campus farm

December 17, 2020

Holiday gift giving came early at the Sunny Hills agriculture farm when the pregnant goats and sheep gave birth to four babies over the last month, with one sheep expected to deliver soon.  Currently,...

My fellowship with the California Democratic Party teaches me a lot about the problems COVID-19 has caused for elderly volunteers

December 6, 2020

“OK, so what is this Google Chrome, and why do I need it to start making calls? Will it disconnect me from the Zoom if I switch tabs?” she frantically asked while squinting at the screen.  “Don’t...

Cameron Tong (right) celebrates his wedding day with his bride, Shirley, on July 13 in front of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range. Nearly a month later on Aug. 11, Tong starts the 2020-2021 school year at Sunny Hills as a new math instructor, teaching Algebra 2 and Probability and Statistics.

New math teacher mixes ‘cool points’ and music to hype up interest in his classes

November 21, 2020

Every Friday, math teacher Cameron Tong plays a musical game with his students in all of his classes called, “Guess That Song.” As students are joining his Zoom session or are walking into his classroom...

Livestock like this pig remained on the Sunny Hills farm as of April 10 after live classroom instruction ended nearly a month before because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ag students were coming to the farm one at a time to take care of their animals to prep them for the Orange County Fair, which was eventually canceled because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. After that, Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials decided to have all the animals removed.

Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials agree to allow livestock back on Sunny Hills farm

September 25, 2020

First, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] over the summer banned all livestock from any of its farms for agriculture students because the coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure...

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

May 10: How I came to appreciate my mother even more after she and my little sister were quarantined in India because of COVID-19 pandemic

May 19, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit...

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Editorial: 45-minute, free-response Advanced Placement tests definitely worth taking

May 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, schools have adapted to alternative methods of education by switching to online learning, which has been hard for many Sunny Hills students.  Concerns over cheating...

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helioss 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,...

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