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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

New principal Craig Weinreich, who replaces Allen Whitten, has a conversation on his first day on the job with seniors Lindsay Bridges and Samantha Perez in the quad on April 13. Weinreich said he plans to continue Whitten’s policy of talking with students during break and lunch in order to be accessible with students.

Newly hired principal Craig Weinreich, who was an assistant principal here until 2019, aims to reconnect with students, staff

Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor April 28, 2022

For some veteran faculty members at Sunny Hills, Craig Weinreich is remembered as an up-and-coming English teacher in 1999 and a social science instructor a few years later. While for boosters of the...

Peter Karavedas (center) holds the 2019 CIF-SS Division 8 Championship plaque after the Lancers defeated Santa Barbara High School 24-21 on Nov. 30, 2019.

NEW CHAPTER: Former head football coach Peter Karavedas shares his goals in education and plans for his family

Grace Johnson, Web Managing Editor April 1, 2022

As school officials are finalizing their search for a new head football coach, The Accolade was able to get an in-depth interview with the program's previous leader, social science teacher Peter Karavedas....

News Whitten departure reaction

SH community anticipate new principal who embodies Whitten’s core characteristics

Irene Sheen, Special Sections Editor February 16, 2022

Following the December email announcement bearing news of former principal Allen Whitten’s departure, SH community members experience conflicting emotions, encompassing both disappointment as well as...

A screenshot of the Friday, Feb. 11,, statement from football head coach Peter Karavedas that was posted on the Sunny Hills football Instagram home page at 2:42 p.m. -- nearly an hour after Karavedas told his players he was stepping down during a lunch-time meeting at the campus weight room.

HANGING UP THE WHISTLE: After seven years – one of which included a CIF title – Lancers’ football head coach steps down, surprising players, boosters

Rachel Yun, Sports Editor February 15, 2022

In an unexpected announcement during a lunch-time meeting Friday, Feb.11 – before the three-day holiday weekend – football head coach Peter Karavedas told his players that he will no longer guide the...

Sunny Hills High School interim principal Cathy Gach works in her office on Jan. 21 in Room 4. Gach, who replaces Allen Whitten upon his promotion to the district office last month, was hired January 2014 for the same position after former SH principal Judy Fancher left mid-school year. The retired administrator officially started her first day on Jan. 5 after the Fullerton Joint Union High School District school board approved the hire during an emergency meeting.

Here for the Interim: Cathy Gach sees spring semester principal role as ‘cheerleader’ for school

Nevya Patel , News Editor February 3, 2022

Eight. That’s the number of years Sunny Hills last had a vacancy for the top position on campus – principal. Similar to how former principal Allen Whitten was promoted last month to Student Support...

Construction for the new golf training facility, located in between the tennis courts and the junior varsity baseball field, began on Nov. 29. The site, which costs roughly $50,000, will feature 11 hitting bays. Though school officials could not provide a completion date, golf head coach Scott Enrico said he hopes it’ll be ready to use in the 2022-2023 school year.

Boys, girls golf to receive $50,000 golf training area on campus with no specified completion date

Grace Johnson, Web Managing Editor February 2, 2022

Freshman Angelina Jeong’s parents have driven her to Fullerton Golfers Paradise after school 4-6 times a week to allow her to practice her swing since junior high school. “I end school at 1:30 because...

Engineering teacher Gracie Mariner (left) aids sophomore Brandon Cheng during her fourth period Principles of Engineering class on Friday, Nov. 12

New EPIC teacher seeks to jumpstart students’ knowledge in engineering, prepare them for future careers

Nevya Patel , News Editor January 13, 2022

New Engineering Pathways to Innovations and Change [EPIC] teacher Gracie Mariner recalls the time when she had to free a trapped wire 17 years ago while she was working at Sasco Electric in Fullerton. The...

Junior Saahil Kakaria tutors junior Dennise Cruz in chemistry on Thursday in Room 66 for the new Level Up Tutoring program.

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Seowon Han, Copy Editor December 2, 2021

A new after-school, peer tutoring program that offers help in all subject areas has served more than 30 students since its inception earlier this month, school officials said. “We recognized that...

Some Class of 1968 members return to their alma mater to check out the modernized look of the campus, including the giant “S” and “H” in the center of the quad stage. The group of five alumni plan to host a fundraiser starting on Dec. 1 with the hopes of donating benches for students around the campus.

Paying it forward – Class of 1968 organizes email fundraiser among alma mater with proceeds going back to Sunny Hills for campus needs

Susie Kim, News Editor November 17, 2021

The Class of 1968’s reunion committee decided to organize a fundraiser from Dec. 1-July 9 with all proceeds going to Sunny Hills for school officials to spend on campus needs, said some of its members...

The COVID-19 dashboard provides data on confirmed positive student and staff cases within the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. As of Oct. 7, two students and one staff member from Sunny Hills tested positive compared to La Habra High School, which has the most positive COVID-19 cases among the campuses in the district.

Fullerton Joint Union High School District re-introduces COVID-19 dashboard that reports positive coronavirus cases among students, staff

Susie Kim, News Editor October 11, 2021

In an effort to be more transparent about students and staff testing positive for COVID-19, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] has created a digital dashboard that records the number...

Of the 1,048 students who decided to take AP tests in the 2020-2021 school year, 233 opted to take them in person on the SH campus. The past year’s tests yielded results that were, overall, lower than those of previous years, and students and teachers agreed that online learning was a main factor for the dip in scores.

Overall AP scores drop in 2021 school year with online learning being the biggest factor for the dip

Michelle Sheen, Editor-in-Chief October 7, 2021

After a full year of online learning and hybrid learning for some, the 2021 Advanced Placement [AP] tests that students took yielded scores lower or similar to national and Sunny Hills averages from 2020...

A screenshot of the Sept. 14 trustees meeting in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District board room. The district’s renewal of its nearly $75,000 contract with Zoom was among the items approved as part of the consent calendar during the meeting.

FJUHSD school board approves one-year Zoom contract renewal for nearly $75,000

Grace Min, Sports Editor October 7, 2021

The rise in COVID-19 delta variant cases at the start of the 2021-2022 school year is among the reasons for Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] officials to spend nearly $75,000 to renew...

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