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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Kristima Aryal

Kristima Aryal, Web Editor-in-Chief

With three years of journalism under her belt, senior Kristima Aryal is ready to jump into her fourth year serving as the web editor-in-chief for The Accolade.  Previously, Aryal served as the sports editor covering various sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, Aryal looks forward to enhancing multimedia aspects and creating engaging content for the Sunny Hills student body.

If Aryal isn't working on a story, you can find her listening to music, spending time with friends or attempting to keep her plants alive.

All content by Kristima Aryal
Associated Student Body [ASB] community affairs commissioner senior Madeline Liu greets the less than 1,000 crowd in the gym during the Friday, Oct. 15, homecoming assembly. Liu was dressed as Mrs. Potts in keeping with the Oct. 16 homecoming dance theme related to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” This was also the first time Sunny Hills ASB organized a triple assembly schedule to meet state COVID-19 guidelines restricting school indoor events to no more than 1,000 in the audience.

More than 1,000 tickets sold for Saturday, Oct. 16, Homecoming ‘Beauty and the Beast’-themed outdoor dance; shatters previous 2016 record of sales for a social

October 15, 2021

The first Sunny Hills dance since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020 has attracted a record shattering number of students even though the Saturday, Oct. 16, “Beauty and the Beast”-themed event...

Utility player sophomore Dylan Loh (right) looks to pass the ball to a teammate while fighting off a Garden Grove High School defender during a Tuesday, Sept. 14, home game.

[Photo] Boys water polo trounces Garden Grove 18-5

September 16, 2021

Utility player sophomore Dylan Loh (right) looks to pass the ball to a teammate while fighting off a Garden Grove High School defender during a Tuesday, Sept. 14, home game.

Opposite hitter senior Sophia Freiboth winds up for a serve during an Aug. 11 practice. The Lady lancers are 2-4 leading up to their first Freeway League season game against La Habra High School at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 13, in the gym.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Lady Lancers ready to ‘spike’ into Freeway League season

September 13, 2021

Coach: Amanda Donaldson (head coach), Katie Pascoe (assistant coach), Madison Rumenap (assistant coach), Jane St. Paul (assistant coach), Allison Wong (assistant coach), Elyse Yoon (assistant coach) Top...

Cross country runner sophomore Jaden Wiggs jogs down the SH parking lot during an Aug. 10 morning cross country practice.

CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: Second-year cross country coach looks for Freeway League success in the upcoming season

August 31, 2021

Coach: Jacob Holloway (head coach) Top Returning Runners: Noah Flores (12), Zachary Gomez (12), Esther Kim (10), Katelyn Marin (10), Silas Procaccini (10) Top Newcomers: Lauren Angelus (12), Zach...

Guard freshman Taylor Parra drives toward the basket during Wednesdays home game against Sonora. Parra scored six points total.

Girls basketball loses to Sonora 53-36

April 29, 2021

In a hard-fought game against the Raiders, the Sunny Hills girls basketball team lost to Sonora 53-36 Wednesday when the Raiders pulled away late in the second half. “Sonora was just bigger, stronger...

Sunny Hills utility player junior Andrew Lee looks to pass the ball to one of his teammates during a Wednesday, March 3, home game against Fullerton Union High School. The Lancers lost their first game of the season 17-4.

Boys water polo loses its first game of the season against Fullerton on Wednesday, March 3

March 4, 2021

In its first dive into the 2020-2021 season, the Sunny Hills boys water polo team faced a challenging opponent in Fullerton Wednesday, March 3, faltering in the second half when the Lancers’ defense...

Girls basketball shooting guard junior Faith Hong gears up for a shot during a Dec. 9 practice on the SH outdoor sports courts. Tryouts for the girls basketball team are set to be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from  4-5 p.m. on the outdoor sports courts.

Girls basketball tryouts slated for Thursday after school on the sport courts

February 22, 2021

Prospective Lady Lancers will have a chance to vie for a spot on the Sunny Hills’ girls basketball squad Thursday from 4-5 p.m. on the outdoor sport courts.  Head coach Jae Byun said he is looking...

New athletic director Paul Jones (right) stands next to members of the Orange Lutheran freshman football team after a game. Jones held the athletic director position at Orange Lutheran for six years before moving to Sunny Hills.

Former Trinity League athletic director takes over at Sunny Hills

December 27, 2020

Every Thursday during sixth period,  junior softball outfielder Lindsay Bridges shuffles into athletic director Paul Jones’ Zoom meeting.  “Mr. Jones seems like such an experienced and understanding...

Athletes deserve support — live or virtual

Athletes deserve support — live or virtual

November 30, 2020

With each day passing, I yearn for a game, a scrimmage or just some sort of return to normalcy. Though I go to my girls water polo practice every day, churning out long swim-sets, passing continuously...

New assistant principal John Oldenburg holds a sign as part of a video clip for students at La Vista and La Sierra continuation schools to encourage them after the coronavirus pandemic closed down classrooms in March. Oldenburg previously worked at La Vista and La Sierra in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District before he was transferred to Sunny Hills this school year.

With more than 30 years of administrative experience, new assistant principal says ‘aloha’ to Sunny Hills

September 16, 2020

This is the second of a series of feature profiles of new, full-time teachers or administrators at Sunny Hills High School for 2020-2021. Having grown up on the island of white sand beaches and palm...

Although girls water polo utility player sophomore Sophia Smith cannot use a ball to pass to any of her teammates, she still winds up to practice her form Aug. 26 at Sunny Hills’ aquatics center. Unlike other sports, those in the pool are permitted to exercise without wearing a mask because they are in the water.

[Photo] Aquatics, football and wrestling resume practices under strict, COVID-19 guidelines

August 29, 2020

Although girls water polo utility player sophomore Sophia Smith cannot use a ball to pass to any of her teammates, she still winds up to practice her form Aug. 26 at Sunny Hills’ aquatics center. Unlike...

Boys tennis player rising sophomore Jaden Han returns the ball to his opponent in a March 3 match against Whitney. With the new CIF bylaw modifications, athletes will have the opportunity to participate in outside club activities and events during the regular school sports season.

Coaches, players react to revised CIF bylaws for 2020-2021 season

August 4, 2020

While the reorganizing of the sports seasons and their delay no sooner than December took center stage in the California high school prep sports world July 20, CIF State and CIF-SS made two unprecedented...

Defensive back rising junior Dane Soaper kneels while stretching following a June 23 practice on the Sunny Hills baseball field. The SH football team had been preparing to defend its 2019 CIF-SS Division 8 title when the Orange County Department of Education opened schools for sports summer workout sessions but now must wait until January 2021 to play under Friday night lights again.

Sunny Hills sports delayed until end of 2020 given spread of COVID-19 cases

July 23, 2020

On March 12, the Sunny Hills boys volleyball team walked out of the SH gym with a 3-0 victory over Artesia, the Lancers’ first best-of-five set win in its inaugural season. It would also be the last...

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

May 28, 2020

Midfielder senior Dylan Lee (center) searches for a teammate to pass to during a 2-1 home victory over Buena Park on Jan. 24. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake That South American country...

Guard senior Annika Johnson (center) shoots during a 42-35 win at Sonora on January 24. The win was Sunny Hills first against the Raiders since the 2011-2012 season.

Picking up a basketball at age 5, senior reflects on her 12 years of hoops experience — two of them as a starter on the Lady Lancers’ squad

May 20, 2020

Nearly 560 points scored.  Fifth in Sunny Hills High School offensive rebounds in just two seasons. Fourth team All-County by The Orange County [OC] Register. First Team All-Freeway League. As...

McDonald’s new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry can be ordered in two sizes: regular ($3.11) and snack-size ($2.56). The new version of the McFlurry is being offered in conjuction with the Shamrock Shake as part of March’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Kristima Aryal

Go green with McDonald’s latest St. Patrick’s Day creation: Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

March 19, 2020

Although St. Patrick’s Day has passed, and Americans are living under the coronvirus threat, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the latest offering from McDonald’s. To celebrate the 50th birthday...

Athletes in Motion instructor Jason Hitchens (right) points junior Joshua Bustamante towards the next training station on Feb. 27 at the SH field. Photo taken by Accolade photographers Paul Yasutake

Athletes in Motion arrives at Sunny Hills

March 6, 2020

For many athletes, off-season is the prime time to grow stronger and gain more agility. Although many athletic teams follow their own off-season routines, in January, athletic director Jon Caffrey implemented...

Running back and defensive back senior Jun Ahn carries the football in the red zone during the season opener against Aliso Niguel Aug. 30 at Buena Park High School stadium. Ahn has committed to playing Division 1 football at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he will major in kinesiology. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Running back commits to D1 program after lighting it up on the gridiron

January 11, 2020

Coming into high school, he knew nothing about football. However, three varsity seasons and a CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship later, he’s looking forward to his future athletic and academic...

Then-junior Vivian Tran cheers on the
Lancer football team at Trabuco Hills High School Nov. 23. It’s
unclear if fans will be allowed to watch games this season.

Lancer Nation claims No. 14 ranking for Orange County Register’s end of football season’s OC Varsity Student Section

December 19, 2019

Students lined the stands with their eyes focused on the field beneath them.  The students’ roaring chants echoed throughout the stadium and onto the field. Beneath them, the Sunny Hills football...

Sunny Hills goalie junior Josh Beutter rises out of the water to block a shot by a Buena Park attacker during an Oct. 2 home game in which the Lancers won,  10-4. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Sunny Hills boys water polo secures first Freeway League win in 10-4 victory over Buena Park

October 6, 2019

Securing its first win over a Freeway League opponent, the Sunny Hills boys water polo team shut down Buena Park High School in a home game Oct. 2 in a 10-4 victory. “My expectations going into this...

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