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Excited to pursue her mathematical journey, senior Remy Garcia-Kakebeen poses as she displays illustrated math formulas above her head. (Illustrations by DaHee Kim)

18 Questions for the Top of the 2023 Class: Remy Garcia-Kakebeen seeks to explore STEM-related careers at Princeton University

Hannah Lee, Opinion Editor May 28, 2023

Question 1: How do you feel as one of the 18 valedictorians?  Answer: I feel simultaneously honored and somewhat tired. I've spent the past four years working toward this title, and now that I have...

English teacher Jill Lomheim explains a creative writing assignment to her fourth period English 1 class Friday, April 21, in Room 48 while handing out papers to the students sitting in the front row.

WELCOME BACK: Alumna finds way to alma mater as new English teacher

Aiden Park, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 10, 2023

Jill Lomheim was on the path toward law school upon her final year as an undergrad at California State University, Fullerton [CSUF], in 2000. The Class of 1997 graduate would have never made an impact...

With a white cane in his hand, student teacher Isaac Rico gives his English 3 fifth period students instructions for taking a test in Room 57 on Monday, Feb. 27.

Visually impaired student teacher perseveres

Aiden Park, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 4, 2023

Blurs, floaters and light movement. That is what English instructor Scott Enrico’s student teacher, Isaac Rico, is limited to seeing on a daily basis. But such a disability hasn’t stopped Rico...

An artists rendition of the path in a college admission race between a privileged and unprivileged student.

A fair shot: affirmative action helps marginalized groups succeed

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor January 17, 2023

You are on your way home after a long day at school. You think back at how you did not understand the math lesson today, but you know you will be fine. Your private tutor can explain it to you. You...

Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education

Quest’Bridges’ my pathway into higher education

Giselle Suastegui, Feature Editor September 15, 2022

Yale.  Stanford.  Princeton.  As I sat down in my counselor’s room in February of my junior year reading the list of  schools involved with this program I have never heard about, my jaw...

Class of 2021 alumnus Tyler Pak walks to class in Rome on Wednesday. Pak was among those who accepted a spring semester admission offer by USC.

USC among few offering spring admits

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter December 8, 2021

Sunny Hills Class of 2018 alumnus Daniel Briones encountered a surprise after opening his status update on his USC portal back on March 23, 2018.  It was an acceptance letter decorated with falling...

Many public colleges, including California State University, Fullerton, have decided against requiring an SAT or standardized test score on college applications, as College Board testing centers have been closed throughout much of California because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Relief, frustration, confusion among student reactions to cancellation of SAT testing locations, California public universities’ decision to not require scores on college applications

Lauren Jung, Guest Columnist November 19, 2020

With COVID-19 positive cases still being reported in much of Southern California, the College Board has yet to reopen any of its SAT or SAT subject testing locations, forcing students -- especially seniors...

From the comfort of her own home, senior Michelle Buckley uses her smartphone to take a picture of herself as she prepares for her May 21 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics exam by writing her ID number and initials at the top of each scratch paper.

May 11: Chapman University, don’t expect me to receive 4s or higher on all my AP tests

Michelle Buckley, Editor-in-Chief May 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

How I spent my time waiting for college admissions

How I spent my time waiting for college admissions

Andrew Hong, Arts & Entertainment Editor April 14, 2020

Underclassmen and juniors may envy the seniors, assuming that our senior year is the easiest of them all. However, that belief is far from true.  The biggest impediment every senior faces is balancing...

As college acceptance letters are rolling in for Accolade feature editor Lira Jeong, she is struggling to figure out what major to settle on. Art by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Senior year doesn’t get easier after getting college acceptance letters

Lira Jeong, Feature Editor March 21, 2020

“Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you admission …” As I was reading this on March 7, I sighed with relief. I finally received the assurance that I have the option of going to a college...

Wide receiver and defensive back senior Wilson Cal runs an interception back during a 49-8 win against Buena Park Oct. 11 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

All-CIF football player commits to Azusa Pacific after three successful seasons on varsity

Andrew Hong, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 7, 2020

At 6 years old, he raked in five hours each per week playing basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton and soccer in the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club. At age 9, he began playing for...

Art by Accolade staff reporter Katherine Kim

Hey Pomona, Williams! I’m more than my SAT/ACT score

Lauren Kim, Copy Editor September 24, 2019

The SAT and ACT – three- to four-hour tests that hover over students’ heads, heavily stressing them out for much of their high school experience. While in high school, students develop intellectual...

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