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Jaimie Chun (left) and her 7-year-old brother make gimbap, a Korean dish with cooked rice, eggs, spam, spinach and pickled radish. During the coronavirus pandemic, the two shared this meal last summer.

Finding my identity through the pandemic

Jaimie Chun May 17, 2021

A few weeks into the pandemic in May 2020, I woke up to a scent that drifted its way up to my room. It was different from the bland whiff of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich I had on my walks to school....

With two years remaining in his term, Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing the sixth recall attempt of his term. However, because of all Newsom has accomplished he deserves the chance to, at the very least, finish his term.

Gov. Newsom deserves to stay in office

Daniel Kong May 5, 2021

Since 1921, three sitting governors have faced recall elections with only one retaining his seat.  “Though efforts to recall a governor have increased in recent years, it is not common for [a] sitting...

Though many seniors have chosen to stay home instead of coming to campus four days a week, many traditional events like nominating a homecoming court are returning for them.

Seniors need to set example, come to school

Susie Kim April 27, 2021

“Maybe it is just my busy schedule with [Advanced Placement] and [International Baccalaureate] classes that it has not really sunk in that I have been missing all these [senior] activities,” senior...

Advanced Placement Psychology teacher Greg Abbott speaks to his fifth period Cohort B students who attend class in-person on March 12 while the rest of his class Zooms in.

Head to Head: New Normal?

March 15, 2021

In response to The Accolade’s call for guest columnists, two students debate whether the district should require all to return to campus next school year; take our online poll and tell us what you think:...

In-person will help freshmen

Sienna Pak March 15, 2021

When I attended Sunny Hills’ Open House assembly in January 2020, I thought my freshman year would be one to remember. It has been a memorable one, but not in the way that I imagined. I imagined football...

Let’s stick with Zoom sessions

Joanna Carbajal March 15, 2021

My experience during the pandemic was hard ever since it started. I started losing myself. It was becoming harder to focus since the pandemic was new and was stressing many families and my peers, but...

An artist’s rendering of a movie theater before the mandatory coronavirus lockdown. Theaters are finally scheduled to reopen at limited capacity during the coming weeks.

No lights, no camera, no action

Michelle Sheen March 15, 2021

Breathing in the savory aroma of buttery popcorn, the audience makes its way through rows of velvety chairs and plops down into the seats with hands full of snacks and cold beverages. The room fills with...

Four Sunny Hills students share their stories of how they contracted COVID-19 throughout the year since the March quarantine.

Coronavirus Testimonies: Students open up about their COVID-19 experiences

Hope Li March 13, 2021

It was only a month into the lockdown that started last March when senior Marcus Llajaruna went for a run and started experiencing muscle weakness, a coronavirus symptom. It was worse for junior Kelly...

Assistant principal Hilda Arredondo (right) gives a wrist band to a student on the first day of hybrid learning last November as part of the school's health and safety protocols. The same procedure will be followed Tuesday as the campus will be opened for the first time in 2021 after trustees for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District had unanimously agreed to do so during their Feb. 2 emergency meeting.

Student, teacher opinions over Tuesday’s 2021 reopening of Sunny Hills campus for live classroom instruction remain mixed

Kate Yang February 14, 2021

This story was updated on Feb. 16 with statistics about the number of students on campus for hybrid learning vs. staying home to learn remotely as well as a quote from a student who originally did not...

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.

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

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...

Lancer baseball shortstop, senior Symon Tabello, gets ready to hit one out of the park at an Aug. 11 tournament in Saint George, Utah. Since the coronavirus pandemic forced an early end to the spring baseball season and a delay in the high school ‘spring’ season to 2021, Tabello resorted to traveling with his club team, Diamond Elite, and competing in out-of-state tournaments in hopes of catching the attention of college recruiting scouts.

Athletes turn to their club teams to impress college recruiting scouts amid postponement of high school sports

Nevya Patel December 17, 2020

Girls volleyball outside hitter junior Mykena Morley stopped playing for her club team, ProPlay Volleyball Club in Fullerton, nine months ago.  Although Morley enjoyed a summer vacation with no physical...

Linebacker senior Kevin Hu runs around a cone during a June 23 practice. The Lancer football team currently practices Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:00.

Athletes in Cohort C still ‘C’ to it that they stay in shape, contribute to their sports team

Lauren Jung December 8, 2020

After spending his first five class periods listening to his teachers’ lectures on Zoom and completing his work digitally from his room at home, freshman Aiden Ko rushes to campus for his sixth period...

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