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Despite canceled spring concert because of the COVID-19 pandemic, dance teacher gives the show’s theme, ‘Beyond,’ new meaning by posting video segments on Instagram, YouTube

Members of Dance Production check out photos taken for the spring dance concert program during a Feb. 20 rehearsal in Room 130, the dance room. Though the April 9-11 event was canceled because of COVID-19-related school closure, dance instructor Leiana Volen has posted seven videos on the Dance Department's Instagram and YouTube channels of various video footage of her students rehearsing their routines to showcase their hard work in preparation for the performance. Image posted with permission from Leiana Volen.

Emmaline De Leon

May 5, 2020

When dance teacher Leiana Volen first came up with the “Beyond” theme for the April 9-11 spring dance concert at the Performing Arts Center [PAC], she never thought she would have to take it that literally. Because concerns over the spread of COVID-19 forced the Fullerton Joint Union High Scho...

Final traditional senior event at Disneyland nixed because of coronavirus concerns; PTSA to issue Grad Nite ticket refunds

Disneyland in Anaheim, known for its iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, has announced the cancellation of this year’s Grad Nite in May. This was the last traditional senior activity that has been axed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to state-issued stay-at-home and social distancing orders. Accolade File Photo

Edmund Lee

May 4, 2020

It was the final nail in the coffin for Sunny Hills’ Class of 2020. The PTSA’s Grad Nite committee held out as long as it could in hopes that seniors would at least have one traditional event they can go to at the end of this month. Week after week since the school was shut down to students M...

Annual Pilipino Culture Night canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic; group leaders weigh possible summer show if government social distancing guidelines ease up

Bayanihan Club members perform one of their classic routines during a March 11, 2017, Pilipino Culture Night. This year’s April 18 event would have featured a similar performance if it didn't get canceled because of school closure stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. From The Accolade photo file

Alice Lee

May 3, 2020

While organizations like the ASB and Dance Production are posting video messages or performances on social media for Sunny Hills students or others to view because of their April canceled events, one campus club was considering something different. Bayanihan Club co-presidents senior Russel Mallari and Kristen D...

Chapman University’s 21st Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest awards ceremony canceled in light of COVID-19 pandemic; finalists still waiting for date of virtual event to announce winners

English teacher Christina Zubko stands on the stage in one of Chapman University's auditoriums with her student in 2018, the last time Zubko had a finalist who eventually became a first-place winner at the Holocaust writing contest. Images taken from a March 2018 Sunny Hills High School Facebook post taken by Allen Whitten.

Dominique Chang

April 27, 2020

A Sunny Hills sophomore who was named a finalist in a Chapman University Holocaust writing contest is still awaiting word from organizers for the date of a virtual awards ceremony to find out whether he placed first or second. “I was disappointed that the awards ceremony was canceled, [but] I am gla...

IB cancels all April and May exams because of coronavirus-related school closures worldwide

Seniors worry about being eligible to receive their International Baccalaureate diploma following the program's decision to cancel all exams this school year. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

Unlike the College Board that has gone on to offer a much abbreviated Advanced Placement exam for its various subjects next month, the International Baccalaureate [IB] program has issued a statement canceling all tests between April 30 and May 22, prompting many seniors to feel anxious about receiving...

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 media to help conduct its class elections process. “We’ve been doing online voting for five...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees approve new grading policy; teachers will follow A-C or no credit for less than 55 percent for students’ spring semester marks because of campus closures

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees met on April 24 via Zoom call and voted to adopt a resolution to temporarily modify the traditional grading system. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak

Tyler Pak

April 24, 2020

While trustees statewide are weighing their options for spring semester grading policy in response to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it took only 25 minutes for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] board members to unanimously adopt a modified letter grade scale Thurs...

As it celebrates 50 years, April 22 Earth Day still has value in the midst of coronavirus pandemic

Art illustrated by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Audrey Seo

April 22, 2020

Since its first celebration in 1970, Earth Day has become a cherished event for environmental activists and tree-huggers alike. But with its 50th anniversary today on April 22, those stuck at home because of COVID-19-related government orders should still honor the occasion by trying out the many online a...

Teens advised to adhere to self-quarantine measures during coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted several regulations from U.S. health or government officials with the most recent one coming from the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Beginning Friday, April 24, those working in grocery and drug stores, gas stations and other retail shops will be required to wear a mask or face covering when interacting with the public. More residents are beginning to also make their own face masks like the ones pictured above to wear when they go out in public. Image taken by Accolade staff writer Hannah Kim.

Anthony Keem

April 22, 2020

College students dance the night away on the lush beaches of Miami during spring break, forcing local government officials to limit crowds to 250 people and set an 11 p.m. curfew back on March 15.  Strobe lights and loud music penetrate the silence of the night as more than 150 people go in and o...

Early March’s spread of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County prompts school officials to cancel Chinese students’ Chinatown field trip

The last time world language teacher Soon-Ya Gordon and her Chinese classes visited Chinatown was on March 17, 2018. Here they are in front of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, where they learned that to make room for Union Station in the 1930s, the current Chinatown was built, and the Chinese people in the El Pueblo area were moved. This year’s March 13 Chinatown field trip was canceled because of the growing coronavirus threat. Image posted with permission from Soon-Ya Gordon.

Michelle Sheen

April 22, 2020

Since 2006 and almost every other year thereafter, Chinese teacher Soon-Ya Gordon has been taking her students to this 140-year-old, nearly one-square-mile location near downtown Los Angeles known as Chinatown. Their field trip would begin at the Fullerton Station on East Santa Fe Avenue, where th...

Staff Editorial: In a split vote, The Accolade’s editorial board encourages Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees to opt for pass/no pass grading system for spring semester

Art illustrated by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Annie Bang

April 21, 2020

Accolade editorial board vote count: Six want the pass/no pass system, five want a standard lettering grade. With the coronavirus pandemic, school districts across the country have entered unprecedented times: school closures, online classes and Zoom or Google meetings have become the new norm as ...

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to make history, Science Olympiad team’s bid to make more history of its own ends

The Southern California Science Olympiad website posted its March 6 announcement about the cancellation of its April 4 state competition because of growing COVID-19 concerns. This would've been the first time that the 15-member team from Sunny Hills was eligible to compete at this level after placing fourth in the regional event at the University of California, Irvine., Feb. 15.

Nevya Patel

April 19, 2020

They had already made history for Sunny Hills High School. The 15 Science Olympiad competitors had hoped they would continue their historic run at the April 4 Southern California Science Olympiad Tournament at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. But the spread of the coronavirus and Ca...

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