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May 23: How I’ll spend my Sweet 16 and summer vacation in quarantine

Art illustrated by contributing artist JungHyun Lee.

Alice Shin

May 24, 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 would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] The United ...

Coaches, players use Zoom sessions, self-guided exercise schedules to keep team members fit during state-mandated stay-at-home order

Girls basketball players participate in a Zoom training session on April 20.

Kate Yang

May 22, 2020

They are shut in, but they are not shut out — from staying fit as Sunny Hills student-athletes. Though the spring sports season has been canceled because of COVID-19-related school closures statewide, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to lift his stay-at-home order, several athletes are ch...

May 20: My junior varsity softball season gets the Mercy Rule on account of COVID-19 pandemic

Sophomore Grace Johnson (center) shares a moment with some of her teammates after one of their last practices on Feb. 12.

Grace Johnson

May 22, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “That’s ball game!...

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

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.

Michelle Buckley

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 would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] When I firs...

May 10: How I came to appreciate my mother even more after she and my little sister were quarantined in India because of COVID-19 pandemic

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Krishna Thaker

May 19, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “Stay safe, make smart...

The Flare, the Red Death, the Plague — how’s about reading some fictional pandemics during stay-at-home period?

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Lauren Choi

May 19, 2020

As Californians are headed toward the 10th week of stay-at-home orders, they may consider reading what past authors have written regarding fictional pandemics. Take for example the dystopian science fiction series turned movie trilogy, The Maze Runner, written by American author James Dashner. ...

The show must go on — virtually for 10-year anniversary of Conservatory of Fine Arts laureate ceremony for Class of 2020

One of the virtual backgrounds used during the May 18 laureate ceremony and held on Zoom honoring the Conservatory of Fine Arts' Class of 2020. Image posted with permission from Brian Wall.

Nevya Patel

May 18, 2020

To celebrate the Conservatory of Fine Arts’ [COFA] 10th year in existence at the Monday, May 18, laureate ceremony honoring the Class of 2020, director Brian Wall had planned for a painted mural on the remodeled Performing Arts Center [PAC] and a plaque or statue erected someplace in the quad. “We...

May 3: Pop! There goes my chance to watch my K-pop boys at the Rose Bowl

Sophomore Esther Oh (top row, left) and her Sunny Hills BTS ARMY friends get together in front of a banner of the band before the start of the May 2019 Love Yourself: Speak Yourself concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Esther Oh

May 17, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] When the word “K-pop...

Those missing ‘Friends’ episodes need only to wait until May 27 when HBO Max debuts

Actor Jin Ha plays Augie (left), who joins Anna Kendrick's character, Darby, in a karaoke room as she looks for true love in HBO Max's new comedy romance series, “Love Life.” Set to debut on May 27, HBO Max is among the last few new streaming services to hit the market this year in hopes of pulling away subscribers from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. Image posted with permission from WarnerMedia.

Alice Shin

May 17, 2020

It’s like the race between the turtle and the hare. While new streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ entered the market last November to compete against mainstays like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, HBO Max is among the final entries to the streaming service race (NBC Universal’s Peacock...

May 14: Reflecting on how my last spring dance concert went virtual

Senior dance co-captain Lauren Kim (far right) and some of her fellow Dance Production [DP] members put on a costume and create a pose Feb. 20 in the dance room. Kim didn’t expect that she would never be able to perform with her senior DP team at the April 9-11 spring dance concert, which was among the campus events canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Image used with permission from Leiana Volen.

Lauren Kim

May 14, 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 would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] Sitting in one of...

Editorial: 45-minute, free-response Advanced Placement tests definitely worth taking

Art illustrated by Accolade graphics editor Erin Lee.

Krishna Thaker

May 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, schools have adapted to alternative methods of education by switching to online learning, which has been hard for many Sunny Hills students.  Concerns over cheating and formatting have led many national academic tests, such as the SAT and ACT, to be canceled ...

Spread of COVID-19 in New York ends senior publications editors’ ‘dream’ trip to the Big Apple to accept newspaper, yearbook awards

A screenshot of the March 6 announcement from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association about its decision to cancel its national journalism convention and March 20 awards ceremony at Columbia University in New York. The Accolade and Helios student publications had been named Crown winners last October -- the only Orange County journalism programs to have earned such a distinction -- for work produced in the 2018-2019 school year.

Nevya Patel

May 5, 2020

Senior Michelle Buckley said it would have been “one of the best moments of my senior year.” Another senior, Kaylee Kim, called it a “reward for all of my passion and hard work for the last three years.” Buckley and Kim aren’t describing their prom or graduation or Grad Nite -- all tr...

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