The Accolade

Joining The Accolade helped me discover who I am — literally

Joining The Accolade helped me discover who I am -- literally
Sydnee Tallant 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,...

It’s called Discord, but the instant messaging app has actually done more uniting during COVID-19 pandemic

 Sunny Hills students, such as seniors David Chu and Joyce Park, nicknamed “chu” and “leannes #1 fan” respectively, utilize the multi-channel features of Discord by chatting in text servers. On the left, various text and voice channels are located for members of the specific Discord server to chat in.
Elijah Jhee October 13, 2020

During a time when face-to-face interaction and social gatherings with peers seem impossible because of COVID-19 health and safety issues, students like senior Quinn Cassady only need to boot up their...

How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.
Gianne Veluz September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and...

Columbia Scholastic Press Association taps 2018-2019 Helios yearbook with top Gold Crown award; The Accolade newspaper wins Silver Crown

A screenshot of the online video awards presentation by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognizes the 2018-2019 Sunny Hills yearbook with its highest honor, a Gold Crown.
Lira Jeong April 23, 2020

The Helios staff that produced the 2018-2019 yearbook has been awarded a Gold Crown — the highest honor — from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, while the 2018-2019 Accolade received a Silver...

The one in which I’m excited for the ‘Friends’ reunion

Art by Accolade staff writer Katherine Kim
Isaac Choi March 18, 2020

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way …” “I’ll be there for you.” Yes, those iconic lines from the opening song of “Friends” will return -- and not just as reruns on cable...

Despite cliche elements, Pixar’s first fantasy production, ‘Onward,’ moves with dramatic flair

Tom Holland of Marvel's Spider-man voices Ian Lightfoot (left), who chants a visitation spell and uses a Phoenix Gem and a wizard's staff to bring back his father while his older brother Barley watches. This incites the brothers' fantastical quest to find another magical gem to complete their task to resurrect their dead father. Image used with permission from Disney Studios.
Hope Li March 15, 2020

Although Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” has a predictable redemptive plot, the wholesome film impressively crafts a time-conscious story containing multiple layers within 102-minutes. Blue-skinned elf...

Columbia Scholastic Press Association names Accolade, Helios Crown award finalists — only Orange County publications to receive such a national honor

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Helios's 2018-2019 yearbook Nov. 1, including this Sports section spread.
Image posted with permission from Helios
Hope Li and Krishna Thaker November 15, 2019

The Accolade newspaper and Helios yearbook have been named a finalist for a national award sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA]. Through a live Twitter feed video on Halloween,...

$4.5 million PAC modernization expected to finish next February, officials say

A worker continues construction on the first day of school inside the closed Performing Arts Center. He was working on a part of the stage during a tour that principal Allen Whitten gave to two Accolade staff members. Photo by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak.
Hope Li August 16, 2019

While the Performing Arts Center [PAC] remains closed for remodeling until at least February, the programs that use it during the school year have had to adjust to new locations ranging from Buena Park...

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