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Rida Zar

Rida Zar, Staff Reporter

Rida Zar is a junior this school year. Zar previously covered stories ranging from introducing a new club to graduation. This is also her ninth year in Girl Scouts in which she plans on pursuing her gold award. Zar has a love for politics, photography and community work. She hopes to continue being an active member of society through some of her favorite clubs including Junior State of America, in which she is this year’s director of outreach, as well as Judges of Orange County, in which she works as publicity commissioner. Zar loves to spend time with her friends and kitten Theo on the weekends.

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Writer Rida Zar looks admiringly at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Vice President Kamala Harris sets a new path in politics for me and other women of color

January 20, 2021

In 1789,  John Adams became America’s first vice president after receiving the second-most Electoral College votes after George Washington. In the 47 more vice presidents to come, regardless of the...

The events at Capitol Hill on Jan. 7 demonstrated an attack on American democracy, Rida Zar writes.

A Capitol offense: Undemocratic Jan. 6 break in weakens our security, violates American core ideals and exposes hypocrisy within policing

January 9, 2021

In 1801, on the eve of his last day in office, John Adams -- the second president of the United States -- appointed a total of 58 “midnight” judges to the Federal Circuit courts. He hoped to maintain...

Harper Lee’s 20th century novel To Kill a Mockingbird still remains relevant today in the racially charged 21st century.

Despite use of the N-word, the accurate portrayal of racial injustice in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ must stay in high school English classes

December 13, 2020

A fictional narrative of a young tomboy growing up in Maycomb, Ala., with her single father and older brother -- it's a simple concept for a book without magic, twisted realms or the supernatural.  Harper...

Seniors eligible to vote this year were given the option of voting in-person, by mail or by drop box.

Most Sunny Hills seniors eligible to vote opted to mail in their ballots during COVID-19 pandemic

November 5, 2020

With a black pen in hand, senior Andrew Miller sat at his dining room table signing documents, checking boxes and reading over propositions before leaving his ballot in the mailbox early last month. “I...

An artist's interpretation of what the final debate could look like.

Those opposing debate commission’s changes to tonight’s presidential debate are the ones who should be muted

October 22, 2020

A representative of the people deserves to be chosen by the people. And to do this, eligible voters should know as much about their potential future leaders as possible including their policies, mannerisms...

Traditionally held on campus, Back to School Night for students' parents will be held through Zoom meetings with teachers Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 5:45 p.m. for zero period and 6 p.m. for first period. Sunny Hills officials had to resort to an all-virtual program in keeping with COVID-19 health guidelines, and so like the current situation with students, they will be unable to see some of the newly designed aspects of the school such as the front doors in the main office wing.

COVID-19 forces school officials to change the Aug. 25 Back to School Night into Zoom experience for parents

August 24, 2020

For the first time, Sunny Hills will hold a virtual Back-to-School-Night Tuesday, Aug. 25, for students’ parents in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing and health guidelines, school officials said. “We...

All wearing face masks as part of state COVID-19-related guidelines, social science teacher and co-ASB adviser David Fenstermaker (left), dance instructor Leiana Volen and yearbook adviser Lindsay Safe greet seniors as their cars come by the Sunny Hills parking lot as part of the May 8 drive-through event to pick up cap and gowns and Class of 2020 graduation yard signs. Fenstermaker handed out the yard signs. Video screen shot taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

With live-graduation ceremony postponed until August, Class of 2020 will have YouTube virtual one instead May 28

May 24, 2020

In hopes of providing the Class of 2020 with a proper send off, school officials will host a virtual graduation ceremony for seniors and their family on YouTube May 28. “As with everything we do,...

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