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Sydnee Tallant

Sydnee Tallant, Staff Reporter

Sydnee Tallant will excitingly contribute to The Accolade staff as a staff reporter for her junior year and is ecstatic to continue her passion for writing stories for Sunny Hills. She is also a part of the teenage organization at the Fullerton Public Library and the California Scholarship Federation [CSF] at Sunny Hills. Outside of school, Tallant likes to dance, code, edit videos and music and sleep. She really enjoyed the positive feedback she received on her Mulan column back in September 2019 and will continue to write stories that spark conversation and interest.

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Rising senior Abigail Hahm jumps to victory as she sprints toward the finish line during a 100-meter hurdle event June 5 at Moorpark High School. Hahm placed first in her heat with a personal best of 16.54 advancing to the California Interscholastic Federation Finals June 12.

Rising senior advances to June 12 CIF final in girls 100-meter hurdles

June 7, 2021

One Lady Lancer track athlete advanced to the June 12 California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] final after placing first in her race during the CIF-Southern Section preliminaries at Moorpark High School...

An artist portrays some of the works eligible for an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. The Academy Awards, however, snubbed Japanese works, “A Whisker Away” (left) and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train,” (right) but gave a nod to “Shaun the Sheep the Movie: Farmageddon.”

The Academy Awards has a blind eye for animated visuals in diverse languages

April 24, 2021

I’ve been an anime fan since the summer of 2011.  “Sailor Moon” first intrigued me with its aesthetically pleasing introduction and entertaining episodes. The main character, Usagi Tsukino, and...

Sunny Hills girls water polo utility player senior Sydney Sereg fights off two Fullerton Union High School defenders while winding up to shoot the ball during a Wednesday, March 3, home game. Sereg scored 10 of the 19 points against the Tribe during the Lady Lancers’ season debut.

Girls water polo dominates Fullerton 19-5 in season debut

March 4, 2021

In its first game of the COVID-19-shortened season, the girls water polo team continued its dominance over Freeway League opponents, defeating Fullerton 19-5 Wednesday, March 3, at the Sunny Hills Aquatic...

Students have found themselves checking their emails more often in order to stay more connected to school.

Does Gen Z use email? Students stuck at home for remote learning have inundated their teachers’ inboxes with questions, but many still prefer to text their friends

February 8, 2021

Electronic mail, aka email. Even though this form of communication was invented in the 1970s, it didn’t gain traction until a decade or two later when the Internet became more accessible to the public. In...

Joining The Accolade helped me discover who I am -- literally

Joining The Accolade helped me discover who I am — literally

November 15, 2020

Japanese= 16%  “Wow that’s a surprise!” my mom asked while staring at my DNA results on my computer screen. “It probably came from your side, but I did not expect that!” I respond.  European-German,...

A skit in the video shows principal Allen Whitten checking to see if students are wearing their required wristband, which signifies that a student has a temperature below 100 degrees and is allowed to be on campus for that day.

ASB creates safety guidelines video for students in preparation of Nov. 2 campus reopening for hybrid learning

October 28, 2020

The Associated Student Body [ASB] has produced and posted online a seven-minute video to reinforce to students Sunny Hills’ safety plan for when the campus reopens Nov. 2 for live classroom instruction. “The...

Class of 2020's Johnathyn Yip and Elena Singh, wear their Sunny Hills cap and gowns at a senior graduation photoshoot at the Brea Dam on June 28. The Class of 2020 not only lost its senior traditions like prom, Grad Nite and paper toss, but last school year's seniors also never had a chance to walk down the aisle to pick up their diplomas during a commencement ceremony usually held at Fullerton Union High School's football stadium. An Aug. 5 makeup graduation at Buena Park High School's football stadium was canceled July 28 because of the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Orange County.

Summer spike in COVID-19 cases in Orange County leads to cancellation of in-person graduation ceremony at Buena Park’s football stadium

August 27, 2020

Elise Ibara (Class of 2020) was looking forward to seeing as many of her former senior classmates again earlier this month. With traditional senior events like prom in April and Grad Nite and the commencement...

Sophomore Sydnee Tallant records the new Pep Squad routine on video May 6 as part of her audition application to join a combined cheer and song team at Sunny Hills.

Combining cheer, song to create new Pep Squad at Sunny Hills is such a great idea that I even auditioned for the team

May 30, 2020

The theater lights shine brightly and the music cues. Backstage, the dancers stretch anxiously before their routine. The audience roars with excitement to greet these performers. I have always...

Students enrolled in summer school starting next Monday, June 1, will need to continue to rely on their electronic devices and internet access at home as Sunny Hills will continue to provide instruction through distance learning. One change is incoming freshmen will not be allowed to enroll in health since students are still not allowed to come to campus for classes or to pick up school-issued chromebooks. Source:

Summer school Monday, June 1, to continue with distance learning; health for incoming freshmen not being offered because of school closure

May 28, 2020

With summer school scheduled to begin Monday, June 1, incoming freshmen will be the only group prohibited from enrolling in health, while distance learning will continue for both sessions, school officials...

Locked and loaded, the survivalist trainees led by Alain (left) get ready for their next training exercise in Netflix's

Netflix’s gory, violent ‘The Decline’ best for those with a strong stomach

May 6, 2020

A few weeks into California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve, Netflix released a Quebec-produced film aptly titled, “The Decline.” One can easily fill...

The color-matching company, Pantone, has selected for its 2020 color of the year, Classic Blue. Two other well-known paint companies have also selected a similar shade of blue for their 2020 color of the year. Photo taken by Accolade feature editor Lira Jeong.

2020 color of the year is a classic

February 13, 2020

Sophomore Toni Lee’s favorite color is red.   “Red is really flattering to me,” Lee said. “I think it suits me the best when it comes to clothes.” Junior Kayla Vazquez agrees, though...

Newcomer Layton Greene doesn't hold back in her seven-song debut EP, Tell Ya Story. In

Newcomer Layton Greene’s debut EP captures listeners’ attention with songs about her rough childhood, broken relationships

December 19, 2019

Teenagers love to listen to music and often bump out to rap songs with no meaning such as “In the Party” by Flo Mili and “Wow” by Post Malone. But newcomer Layton Greene has opted to dive into...

Defensive Specialist Calie Koehn serves the ball in the air while in her serving motion during a 3-0 loss to Walnut High School Aug. 22. (Photo taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak)

Girls volleyball to start Freeway League play Sept. 16

September 16, 2019

Coaches: Amanda Donaldson (head coach), Katie Pascoe (assistant coach), Jane Paul (JV coach) and Allison Wong (frosh-soph coach)  Top returning players: Kayla Cho (12), Callie Koehn (12) and Maddie...

Juniors Isha Patel (front) and Sneha Amin jog up Lancer Way toward school during their cross country practice Aug. 15. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Running start — cross country girls aim to repeat as Freeway League champs under new head coach

September 12, 2019

Head coach: Ashley Geisler is in her first year guiding the girls cross country runners Top new runner: Kayleigh Castro (10)  Top returning runners:  Esther Fee (11), Stephanie Gonzales (11) and...

Senior Chris Sanchez finishes his run during practice near the train tracks near the Agriculture complex Aug. 29. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Boys cross country adjusts to 2 new coaches after retirement of longtime leader Dan Scott

August 27, 2019

Head Coach: Ashley Geisler and Jacob Holloway replace Dan Scott, who retired last school year Top New Runner: Ivan Guzman (12) Top Returning Runners: Noah Barragan (12), Robert Flores (12), Zachary...

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