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The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Rachel Yun

Rachel Yun, Sports Editor

After her online debut year as a staff reporter, senior Rachel Yun will become the upcoming sports editor for the new school year. Yun looks forward to meeting and working with the Sunny Hills athletes and coaches to develop multimedia coverage for the sports section. Apart from The Accolade, Yun is also part of the varsity girls tennis team and, in her free time, loves to hang out with her friends and dog, Happy. Yun is excited to see how the The Accolade staff will work together post-pandemic this year.

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Gi Hun (Lee Jung Jae, “Along with the Gods”) brings his dalgona, a honeycomb-like candy, to the light, and discovers a new way to cut out the umbrella shape during ppopgi, the second round of the competition that comprises “Squid Game.”

Though a bit too violent at times, South Korean hit ‘Squid Game’ resonates with all cultures with its accurate portrayals of those in heavy debt

October 19, 2021

One crack, and it’s over. Ppopgi is a traditional Korean game played by carving out the imprinted shape on dalgona, a frail honeycomb-like candy, that often leads to fractures if one is not careful...

Senior Elijah Ramirez demonstrates CPR chest compressions on a pillow on Sept. 30  in his dining room as a replacement for a dummy or a stuffed animal. Ramirez had to video record himself practicing hands-on CPR and submit a video for review/approval by assistant principal Hilda Arredondo to fulfill a state-mandated graduation requirement.

State-mandated CPR certification for graduation assigned during summer school health; 93 seniors still need to complete video assignment

October 7, 2021

In an attempt to get students to fulfill their CPR training graduation requirement sooner, school  officials have decided to include it as an assignment through the online summer health course.  “It...

Junior Katie Pyo hits a tee shot during a practice round after school at Break Creek Golf Course in Brea on Thursday, Aug 19.

GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW: Lady Lancers look to finish deeper into CIF playoffs for team and individuals

August 25, 2021

Coaches: Scott Enrico (head coach), David Fenstermaker (assistant coach), Ron Newton (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Lauren Choi (12), Yurang Li (10), Katie Pyo (11)  Top Newcomers:  Olivia...

Senior Nathan Kim passes the ball to his teammates during drills in summer practice Aug. 5 at the Sunny Hills pool.

BOYS WATER POLO PREVIEW: Lancers dive into season with a veteran lineup

August 19, 2021

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Sergio Dorrego (assistant coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach)  Top Returning Players: Nick Barkero (12), Jeremiah Guerrero (11), Nathan Kim (12), Andrew...

Girls basketball head coach Jae Byun shows the 1991 Michigan Fab Five, freshmen who reached an NCAA title game.

[Photo] Girls basketball gets its own ‘Fab Five’

May 21, 2021

Girls basketball head coach Jae Byun shows the 1991 Michigan Fab Five, freshmen who reached an NCAA title game.

Defender senior Acira Mehta (left) maneuvers around a Highlander opponent during an April 20 2-1 victory over La Habra.

Sunny Hills girls soccer team overcomes Highlanders 2-1

April 21, 2021

Undefeated in the Freeway League, girls soccer secured another win against La Habra after defeating the Highlanders 2-1 in an April 20 home game. “We couldn’t get a quick start on the game, but...

While maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, the Lancer football team practices along the baseball field Nov. 10, 2020. These athletes will not have a chance to defend their CIF-SS Division 8 title this year after a Jan. 20 announcement from CIF canceled the fall sports playoffs. Kristel Laceste

Sunny Hills teams unable to participate in playoffs after the cancellation of CIF playoffs in football and fall sports

February 13, 2021

Senior right-side wing Rebecca Hodge walked into her Golden West club volleyball practice but, before getting into her warmups, her coach, Lauryn Win, gathered the team and announced that the California...

Is Wonder Woman sequel worth $14.99 to stream?

Is Wonder Woman sequel worth $14.99 to stream?

December 19, 2020

Fans waiting for the much delayed sequel to “Wonder Woman” but don’t want to catch it in theaters on Christmas Day will now be able to watch it from home on the streaming service, HBO Max — a move...

Seniors Vivian Tran (left) and Emma Suh (right) rock their pajamas, which consist of gray sweatpants and a comfortable top during their Zoom classes.

Students learning from home allows them to hit snooze on dressing up, setting new Zoom fashion trends

December 8, 2020

Waking up at 6 a.m. and rushing to pick out an outfit for the school day was a routine for senior Vivian Tran.  Picking out a skirt, blouse and matching accessories while getting prepared for her classes...

Sophomore Carson Lee hits a forehand in the 64 consolation round at the USTA Boys’ 14 and Boys 12’ National Championships in June of 2018.

After runner-up finish at the Ojai Tennis Tournaments, four-star tennis recruit aims big for his upcoming season

December 3, 2020

Then eighth-grader Carson Lee took his first big step of his high school tennis career in April 2019 when he played in the Boys 14 and under division at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, one of the oldest and...

Sophomore Owen Taylor smashes a serve at the San Juan Courts during practice.

Sophomore tennis all-star feels excited to compete in the upcoming season after losing most of his first to the pandemic

December 3, 2020

He’s played in front of his coach, his family and his friends — but never has a former No. 1 ranked tennis player. Or at least that was the case until sophomore Owen Taylor took the court against...

A rendering of singer songwriter Nicole Zefanya, also known as NIKI, and her first studio album, Moonchild. NIKI creates not only the space-age Moonchild persona in her music videos of some of her initial releases from this 10-song album, but in one particular track, she takes on another persona in Selene.

Indonesian singer-songwriter NIKI shoots for the ‘moon’ and more in debut studio album

September 30, 2020

Breaking new musical boundaries while also staying original are common challenges for singers. In her debut studio album released earlier this month, singer-songwriter Nicole Zenfaya -- commonly known...

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.

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

August 29, 2020

It’s not the same. Too many restrictions. Uncomfortable masks.  Empty stands. That’s what many of the Lancer athletes in football, wrestling and aquatics have observed about their return...

In the new coming of age movie The Half of It, Peter stops Ellie on her bike ride home to propose an agreement on his love letter to Aster. Image posted with permission from Netflix. 

Coming of Age Netflix Film ‘The Half of It’ tackles adolescent themes like sexuality and casual racism in today’s society

May 30, 2020

Finding one’s identity is hard growing up, especially in high school. However, Netflix’s new coming of age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, gives teens the complex representation...

School officials have cleared one section of the ivy outside art teacher Brian Wall’s classroom and have placed a picnic table for students to use during and outside of class time. The $1,500 project, a brainchild of PTSA president Ivonne Wang and principal Allen Whitten, calls for the clearing of the ivy and trees outside Room 137 and up to two picnic tables for students to use. Photo taken by Accolade adviser Tommy Li.

School officials plan to upgrade landscaping outside Room 137 with at least two picnic tables for student use

May 3, 2020

When students are allowed to return to the Sunny Hills campus again, they could see some new changes outside art teacher Brian Wall’s classroom. The bushes and trees in front of Room 137 have been...

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