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To celebrate the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Crown finalist nomination, The Accolade adviser Tommy Li presents a plastic container of Ferrero Rocher chocolates as a treat for staff members during the fourth period Advanced Journalism class on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Li wanted those on staff to know that regardless of any national award The Accolade will receive on Friday, March 15, he sees them as Gold Crown winners.

The Accolade, Helios earn Crown finalist nominations for second straight year from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief February 9, 2024

While the Columbia Scholastic Press Association [CSPA] marks its 100th spring convention anniversary in New York next month, The Accolade staff hopes the award ceremony held there will lead to its first...

Two steers lie down inside the agriculture farm after school on Thursday, Dec. 21. Though the program has animals that produce manure, the unfamiliar smell that infiltrated campus in November did not originate from the farm.

DID YOU KNOW? Contrary to popular belief, animals from school’s agriculture farm are not the source of the stench around campus before Thanksgiving break

Lauren Kang, Cub Reporter December 22, 2023

As a continuing feature from last year, The Accolade investigates the strange odor that permeated the campus in November. The Accolade sends cub reporter Lauren Kang to investigate. It was a Tuesday...

New engineering teacher Martin Rodriguez introduces the Capstone Project to his students in Room 402 on Tuesday, Aug. 29. This project allows students to gain experience in engineering by designing and creating a prototype of something that should benefit the world.

PITCH PERFECT: New engineering teacher aims to bring stability to EPIC program

Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor October 23, 2023

This is the final in a series of profiles on new, full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester of the 2023-2024 school year. One sports injury in high school ended...

 Social science teacher Troy Nelson explains the Chinese Exclusion Act to his fourth period U.S. History class in Room 56 on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

TRACING FOOTSTEPS: New social science teacher follows in the path of his former mentor

Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor October 22, 2023

This is the ninth in a series of profiles on new, full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester of the 2023-2024 school year. Expect more profiles to be posted soon. When...

Regional Occupational Program [ROP] Medical Careers and ROP Sports Medicine and Therapy teacher Paul Linares points out parts of the human skull to his sixth period class in Room 24.

BUILDING A NEW LEGACY: Ex-bodybuilder now Regional Occupational Program teacher at Sunny Hills strives to aid students in kinesthetic learning

Nicole Park, Copy Editor October 5, 2023

This is the first in a series of profiles on new, full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester of the 2023-2024 school year. Expect more profiles to be posted soon. It...

Principal Craig Weinreich (left) receives a plaque with an engraved inspirational quote from Sunny Hills Class of 1968 reunion committee co-chairman Brad Rawlins as a gift Thursday, March 9, during fourth period by the 30s wing. The quote reads, “Education Is The Passport To The Future Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For Today.” Rawlins and nine other graduates from the Class of 1968 reunion committee met on the SH campus to glue nine inspirational quotes on the new benches and tables school officials had purchased through the groups $10,000 donation last summer.

FINISHING TOUCHES: Class of ‘68 reunion committee returns to campus to see new outdoor furniture funded from nearly $10,000 in donations

Susie Kim, Web Editor-in-Chief March 10, 2023

More than a year and two months. That’s how long the Sunny Hills Class of 1968 spent fundraising and initiating campus improvements for its alma mater. Raising over $9,500 in eight months, the...

Principal Craig Weinreich (left) applauds after presenting freshman Boyd Houser with a certificate in the Lyceum at a recent Parent Teacher Student Association meeting. Houser is among the first group of students to receive the new award in which teachers nominate  students for their effort and participation in the classroom.

11 students recognized for inaugural PTSA award

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter February 9, 2023

Cleaning beakers, organizing papers and wiping down tables. That's what junior Samantha Zacarias does twice a week in science teacher Alexander Hua’s classroom as a teacher’s assistant [TA] during...

Site technician Anthony Jara (left) and International Baccalaureate coordinator and art teacher Brian Wall pose after their nomination as the employees of the year in Room 3 on Jan. 18.

Veteran and second-year staffer named teacher and employee of the year

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter February 3, 2023

One has worked at Sunny Hills High School for 32 years, while the other only two. Despite the gap in their work experience, Sunny Hills staff recognized both as the campus’ employees of the year at...

New auto shop teacher Jesse Munoz (left) demonstrates how to fabricate an engine support brace to sophomore Jacob Carr in his Advanced and Intermediate Auto Shop second period class in Room 131 last semester.

New auto shop teacher wants students to learn beyond just nuts, bolts of being a mechanic

David Kim, Staff Reporter January 30, 2023

This is the last in a series of profiles on full-time instructors hired at Sunny Hills during or before the fall semester last year. A part-time English teacher last semester now works full time this spring,...

Using an iPad, new math teacher Christina Vu (left) assists freshman Terah Nohl in her fourth period Algebra 2 Honors class in Room 105 at the beginning of the fall semester.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: New teacher follows in her mother’s footsteps as an educator; aims to multiply the joy of math with her students

Faith Jung, Entertainment Editor January 10, 2023

Christina Vu sat in the back of her mother’s classroom at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove 20 years ago as she watched her role model teach math to Advanced Placement Calculus and Algebra...

Dance 3 member senior Emmaline DeLeon (left) and math teacher Mariam Tan practice their routine on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 130 to prepare for this week’s Dancing With the Staff fundraiser.

DANCING WITH THE STAFF (UNMASKED EDITION): For the first time since 2019, performers not required to wear face coverings during Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, shows

Euree Kim, Staff Reporter December 2, 2022

For the first time since 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, those performing on stage for Dancing With the Staff [DWTS] this week will not be required to wear masks. “Dancing without masks are the...

New engineering teacher Patrick Salem (center) reacts to the progress his engineering students are making on their balloon cable car project in Room 402 on Monday, Aug. 22.  Salem, hired through the Regional Occupation Program, also takes over as the new coordinator for the school’s Engineering Pathways to Innovations and Change program.

NEW CHALLENGE: Ex-college professor, engineer aims to connect with EPIC students

Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor October 7, 2022

Patrick Salem owes his interest in engineering to his father, who raised his family in the Midwest. “He was an electrical [design] engineer and began teaching me electrical engineering when I was...

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