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How I helped my mom overcome her coronavirus infection and gained a new appreciation for first-responders

Alma Garcia (left) celebrates her daughter senior Gianne Veluz’s election to chapter office at the FFA banquet on May 9, 2019. Veluz helped Garcia recover from the coronavirus in early July.
Gianne Veluz September 17, 2020

It all started with a text message from my mom while I was spending the night at my sister’s apartment in Tarzana: “Gigi, I have bad news. I got a text from work about my [COVID-19] results, and...

78th minute goal pushes boys soccer into the second round of playoffs

Midfielder senior Brandon Toledo (center) dribbles through a pair of Laguna Hills defenders during Sunny Hills' 2-1 victory over Laguna Hills Feb. 12 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Gianne Veluz February 14, 2020

Update: This story was updated Feb. 14 at 12:50 p.m. to change the next round from quarterfinals to second round. In a tense match between Sunny Hills and Laguna Hills, the Lancer boys soccer team emerged...

I’ve been tinikling about joining this Filipino dance for IFF since freshman year

Accolade staff writer and Bayanihan Club member junior Gianne Veluz clicks the two 10-foot-long plastic bamboo sticks in one of her many practices to prepare for the Feb. 6 International Food Faire assembly. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.
Gianne Veluz February 9, 2020

If you’ve ever been to the International Food Fair [IFF] assembly (like the one we had on Feb. 6), then you’ve most likely watched the program end with the Bayanihan Club performing a famous Filipino...

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