The Accolade

For the second time in as many years, the Helios staff earned Crown finalist honors but must wait until March to find out whether or not it will repeat as a Gold Crown winner.

Yearbook named Crown finalist for second straight year

Kate Yang December 9, 2020

For a second consecutive year, a national journalism organization named the Helios yearbook a Crown finalist -- the only program to receive the award in Orange County, and one of three programs in Southern...

Seniors eligible to vote this year were given the option of voting in-person, by mail or by drop box.

Most Sunny Hills seniors eligible to vote opted to mail in their ballots during COVID-19 pandemic

Rida Zar November 5, 2020

With a black pen in hand, senior Andrew Miller sat at his dining room table signing documents, checking boxes and reading over propositions before leaving his ballot in the mailbox early last month. “I...

An artist's interpretation of the writer and his comments on the environment.

King for a day: We need to work to put out these fires

Tyler Pak November 3, 2020

This is the fifth and final part of a series of stories written by five of Accolade‘s top editors as if they were to be “Kings for a day” — all of which originally appeared in the “Photo Finish”...

A girl stands in the shadow of her role model as she aspires to follow in her footsteps toward a career in politics.

Fresh wave of female politicians inspires school’s JSA members

Divya Bharadwaj November 2, 2020

The Junior Statesmen of America [JSA] dropped the "men" from its name — and rightfully so. At Sunny Hills High School, from the look of its cabinet leaders, it could be referred to as Junior Stateswomen...

An artist's interpretation of the writer and his thoughts on immigration.

King for a day: Let’s re-ignite Lady Liberty’s torch

Elijah Jhee November 2, 2020

This is the fourth part of a series of stories written by five of Accolade's top editors as if they were to be "Kings for a day" — all of which originally appeared in the "Photo Finish" special section,...

A fly like this one landed on Vice President Mike Pence's head during the vice presidential debate.

Fly landing on Pence bugs millions of viewers

Lauren Jung November 1, 2020

A fly landing like no other: this event trumps even the Rover landing on Mars. In the middle of the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s hair and remained...

An artist's interpretation of the writer and his thoughts on police brutality.

King for a day: Defund the police

Andrew Ngo November 1, 2020

This is the third part of a series of stories written by five of Accolade's top editors as if they were to be "Kings for a day" — all of which originally appeared in the "Photo Finish" special section,...

An artist's interpretation of the writer and her thoughts on higher education.

King for a day: Colleges must lessen tuition cost

Rebecca Choi October 31, 2020

This is the second part of a series of stories written by five of Accolade's top editors as if they were to be "kings for a day" — all of which originally appeared in the "Photo Finish" special section,...

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