The Accolade

Rising senior Abigail Hahm jumps to victory as she sprints toward the finish line during a 100-meter hurdle event June 5 at Moorpark High School. Hahm placed first in her heat with a personal best of 16.54 advancing to the California Interscholastic Federation Finals June 12.

Rising senior advances to June 12 CIF final in girls 100-meter hurdles

Sydnee Tallant June 7, 2021

One Lady Lancer track athlete advanced to the June 12 California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] final after placing first in her race during the CIF-Southern Section preliminaries at Moorpark High School...

Senior forward Jazmin Montalvo (left) moves around her opponent during an April 20 2-1 win over the La Habra Highlanders. Montalvo, the last of four other siblings who have graduated from Sunny Hills, has committed to attend Biola University in La Mirada.

The last of the Montalvos: Senior forward on girls soccer reflects on being a legacy student – the fifth and last athlete in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills

Divya Bharadwaj May 27, 2021

Senior Jazmin Montalvo is the fifth – and last – in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills.  While not everyone played soccer, Montalvo said she felt the need to bring the determination of her...

Math teacher Darius Durham, who was hired shortly after the spring semester started, sits at his desk in Room 97 to get ready to instruct his first period Pre-calculus class on May 18. Durham is one of four new full-time additions to the Sunny Hills faculty for the 2020-2021 school year.

After couple of career changes, Darius Durham joins Sunny Hills community as new math teacher

Nevya Patel May 24, 2021

For new math instructor Darius Durham, before he decided to join the teaching profession, things just weren’t adding up for him – literally. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley,...

Back then a junior, Class of 2019’s Minji Kim dresses up with her peers to celebrate being the lone upperclassmen on campus the Monday before final exams start since the seniors have finished their school year and are getting ready for graduation. This traditional event, also known as “Junior Takeover,” will not be held Monday, May 24, because of the coronavirus pandemic in which many juniors are still choosing to learn from home.

Traditional event in which juniors come to campus dressed in formal attire on Monday before final exams start canceled for second straight year because of coronavirus pandemic

Dominique Chang May 24, 2021

For a second straight year, the Associated Student Body [ASB] will not be organizing the traditional “Junior Takeover” in which rising seniors come to school on the first day of final exam week dressed...

Sunny Hills boys volleyball middle blocker senior Julian Kim (left) and opposite hitter senior Joseph Pak jump up, blocking the opponent's spike during the fourth set Tuesday, May 18. The Lancers hosted their first California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section playoff at home against Santa Fe High School.

Boys volleyball defeats Santa Fe, advances to second round of CIF playoffs tonight, May 20

Anthony Keem May 20, 2021

Playing in its first California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section [CIF-SS] home playoff match, the Sunny Hills boys volleyball team defeated Santa Fe High School in four sets Tuesday, May 18. The...

Junior Manishi Jayasuriya celebrates getting her driving permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] in Fullerton. Jayasuria has been waiting for a month to take her DMV permit test because the facility has been closed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

More students heading to DMV for driving permit or license test after it was closed down earlier because of the coronavirus pandemic

Divya Bharadwaj May 19, 2021

Red light. The novel coronavirus shuts down the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV] throughout California on March 27, 2020.  Yellow light. Last May, 25 selected field offices opened for customers with...

With her iMac and school-issued chromebook on her desk, social science teacher Kelsie Thompson works on instructing her fifth-period Economics students Friday, May 14, over Zoom as well as those who are live in the classroom. Thompson was hired to fill a teaching vacancy at the beginning of the spring semester.

New social science teacher follows her childhood dream to become an educator

Divya Bharadwaj May 17, 2021

Kelsie Thompson remembers setting up her easel with an alphabet chart and arranging her stuffed animals in a circle to teach them —all before she started transitional kindergarten.  Along with the...

The Accolade's Feb. 19 (left) and March 13 issues received Top 10 recognition in a recent Best of Show contest sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association during a virtual spring journalism convention in April.

2 Accolade issues earn Top 10 recognition in National Scholastic Press Association’s Best of Show contests

Susie Kim May 8, 2021

The Accolade placed third at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention's Best of Show contest for Tabloid newspapers, 16 pages or fewer, with the Feb. 19 “Broken Boundaries” issue and eighth...

Guard freshman Taylor Parra drives toward the basket during Wednesday's home game against Sonora. Parra scored six points total.

Girls basketball loses to Sonora 53-36

Kristima Aryal April 29, 2021

In a hard-fought game against the Raiders, the Sunny Hills girls basketball team lost to Sonora 53-36 Wednesday when the Raiders pulled away late in the second half. “Sonora was just bigger, stronger...

An artist portrays some of the works eligible for an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. The Academy Awards, however, snubbed Japanese works, “A Whisker Away” (left) and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train,” (right) but gave a nod to “Shaun the Sheep the Movie: Farmageddon.”

The Academy Awards has a blind eye for animated visuals in diverse languages

Sydnee Tallant April 24, 2021

I’ve been an anime fan since the summer of 2011.  “Sailor Moon” first intrigued me with its aesthetically pleasing introduction and entertaining episodes. The main character, Usagi Tsukino, and...

Senior Charis Lee sings

Organizers hope district’s ‘Got Talent’ raises money for ASB

Henry Lee April 22, 2021

Two Sunny Hills video performances will compete tonight against 15 acts from campuses throughout the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] as part of a fund-raising/talent show virtual event...

How to deal with cheating during distance learning? Get rid of tests or make them all open notes, Google or friends

How to deal with cheating during distance learning? Get rid of tests or make them all open notes, Google or friends

Daniel Kong April 14, 2021

In an effort two months ago to convince the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] trustees to reopen schools for the first time in 2021, sophomore Natania Spradley wasn’t afraid to address...

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