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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

Rida Zar

Rida Zar, Opinion Editor

After her first year writing for The Accolade, senior Rida Zar continues her work on staff as the opinion editor. When not writing articles, she involves herself in clubs like the Junior State of America where she upholds her position as senator. With a love for traveling, Zar hopes to see many beautiful sceneries in the years to come. In her free time, Zar enjoys going on walks and playing with her cat Theo.

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Actress Scarlett Johansson, who reprises her role as Black Widow in Marvel’s “Black Widow,” has filed a lawsuit against Disney citing a contract breach.

Actress Scarlett Johansson’s fight for justice in lawsuit against Disney emphasizes the Black Widow in her

August 23, 2021

Since the 1930s, superheroes, largely regarded for their passion, sense of justice and commitment to the people, have served as role models for younger and older generations.  As one of Marvel’s...

Sunny Hills alumna Jackie Logwood stands in front of the Fullerton Auditorium June 19, three days after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees voted unanimously to remove Louis E. Plummer’s name from the building. Logwood had created an online petition seeking the change in name after Plummer was alleged to have been involved with the KKK.

From change.org to change that name: Class of 2019 alumna reflects on one-year anniversary of how she successfully campaigned to remove a suspected KKK member’s name from district’s auditorium

May 17, 2021

Originating in the 19th century, social justice was not on the minds of many of her peers when Jackie Logwood attended Sunny Hills from 2016-2019. While Logwood had to contend against the pressures...

Saman Syed holds a flyer for her small business, Elegant Fashions Boutique, before the start of an exposition at the Knott’s Berry Farm hotel on March 3, 2019.

COVID-19 pandemic ripped a hole in my mom’s small clothes business

May 11, 2021

Waking up at 9 a.m. on a typical Sunday to find a new shipment at our front door, my mom and I struggle to carry the brown filing-cabinet-sized box inside. She carefully cuts off the tape, and we unpack...

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 artists 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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