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A win-win for all: Student-inspired ‘Games for Good’ raises $1,000 for COVID-19-related financially strapped families

Seniors Daniel Magpayo (left) and Meagan Kimbrell sit in front of Magpayo's car parked in the driveway of his neighborhood. Behind them are some of the board games they sold to neighbors Oct. 21. Called “Games for Good,” the campaign raised $1,000, which will be or has already been? donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to support families in financial need because of the coronavirus crisis.
Lauren Jung January 20, 2021

Seniors Daniel Magpayo and Meagan Kimbrell wanted their Fullerton neighbors to take $200 for passing Go or head to the chapel to "get married" or reach Candy Castle for the win. And since the coronavirus...

Despite distance learning, student clubs can hold virtual meetings, attract new members after virtual club rush

The Alzheimer’s Awareness Club members promote their group during the 2019-2020 Club Rush at break. Because the new school year has started with distance learning instead of live instruction on campus, the ASB had to resort to a Google Slides presentation of clubs, which was posted on the school’s website Sept. 4.
Nevya Patel September 9, 2020

Though not allowed to hold live, in-person meetings during distance learning, clubs have been given permission by school district officials to virtually gather on platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet...

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.
Hope Li September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the...

ASB to release 20-minute Welcome Back video Monday, Aug. 24, for students, staff to watch at end of Period 4

The Associated Student Body [ASB] co-adviser Mike Paris, top row, far left, leads a Zoom meeting during fifth period on the first Wednesday of the 2020-2021 school year to review the ASB agenda with his 60 students. After sponsoring a virtual school spirit week from Aug. 17-21, the ASB has put together a Welcome Back video to be released Monday, Aug. 24, at the end of fourth period.
Anthony Keem August 22, 2020

This story was updated at 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, with additional quotes from students and information about how the ASB will promote the video. The Associated Student Body [ASB] plans to...

COVID-19 slashes another educational tradition: the first day of school

When the 2020-2021 school year starts Aug. 11 at Sunny Hills, students will not be able to greet each other in person like in past first days of school. Sunny Hills, along with all public and private high schools, will for the first time in state history be closed as distance learning 2.0 begins. California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this summer had mandated that schools in counties with high COVID-19 cases remain closed.
Aaliyah Magana August 9, 2020

This was not how rising senior Jason Thomson imagined his first day of the 2020-2021 school year would go when it starts Aug. 11. “I mean, I imagine coming to school and seeing all my friends like...

Dancin’ to ‘90s music? Glow in the Dark Neon Lights in the gym? Student-suggested May stag dance themes could have been either one had the COVID-19 pandemic not have gotten in the way

In an effort to get more students involved in school events, the ASB created a name the next stag theme contest with the winner getting a free stag dance ticket. The ASB received 73 suggestions but was unable to pick a winner because school was shut down in mid-March with all events -- including the May stag dance -- canceled in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Alexandria Kim May 26, 2020

“Neon Lights.”  “The ‘90s.” “Blacklight.” These are just a few of the 73 student stag theme submissions that the ASB received before school closure in mid-March in response to the...

With SH campus closed to students, the ASB moves class candidate campaigns for first time to social media only

Because the spread of the coronavirus canceled school as of March 13, ASB class officer candidates advertised their campaigns online. Many had themes throughout their posts like the ones pictured above by senior class president-elect junior Emma Suh, who featured a Hawaiian-themed campaign. Image created by Accolade staff writer Hannah Kim.
Nicole Chung April 24, 2020

With school closed because of state-mandated social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Student Body [ASB] had for the first time to rely solely on social...

ASB elections update: Beining wins secretary, Cheng captures treasurer positions

Junior Albert Chung (left) and senior Kenji Williams stand behind junior Carrie Cheng during their filming of Cheng's ASB campaign video. Cheng, who got the most votes for ASB treasurer March 13, was cosplaying as Timmy Turner, the protagonist of
Elijah Jhee March 15, 2020

Running unopposed, juniors Daniel Magpayo and Albert Chung secured their positions as ASB president and vice president, respectively, while juniors Jenna Beining and Carrie Cheng earned the most votes...

Gym to hold Dancing With the Staff in December because of PAC modernization

Science teacher Christopher Ghareebo (left) holds his hand out while dancing to
Nevya Patel November 19, 2019

For the first time in its eight-year history, the Dancing With the Staff [DWTS] fundraiser sponsored by Dance Department will be held in the gym Dec. 6-7 instead of the Performing Arts Center [PAC], which...

ASB cancels Mr. Sunny Hills because of uncertainty over completion date of PAC remodeling

Theater teacher Amanda Gieser (left) and the site construction project manager survey the new stage extension during a recent inspection of the PAC, which has been closed since May for remodeling. Posted with permission from Melissa Stinson.
Jaden Hom November 15, 2019

A previous version of this story had the wrong year for when Mr. Sunny Hills started. It has been corrected on March 5 in this version to show it was in the spring of 1995. While school officials expect...

Singing of Sunny Hills alma mater spreads to sports teams

Members of the girls volleyball team band together while singing the school's alma mater following their final home Freeway League game Oct. 14 against Fullerton. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Hope Li October 18, 2019

Hail to alma mater, loyally we stand. Keep our sons and daughters famed throughout the land. Go forth to lead our country, strong let our motto be. Alma mater Sunny Hills, hail to thee. This...

67 campus groups participate in annual Club Rush

Students sign up for the Junior States of America club. (Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra)
Chloe Lee September 17, 2019

It was three days in the quad at break with students shouting, waving posters and offering free candy such as Jolly Ranchers, Dum Dums and Snickers. The first day -- Aug. 27 -- featured 20 student clubs. Two...

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