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The driving force behind my AAA behind-the-wheel lessons: safety

Before her Sept. 15 AAA driving lesson, senior Hope Li (left) dons a face mask as her instructor, Daniel Pedraza, takes her temperature in front of the AAA student driver car. Li has been taking lessons since July, following coronavirus precautions like wearing gloves in the car and sitting on a plastic seat cover.

Hope Li

October 14, 2020

Careful not to breathe on the gloved hand pointing the gun at my forehead, I search for a point behind his head — anything but an awkward eye-to-eye stare. I stand still as my pleated cloth mask presses against my nose and mouth with every anxious inhale. Beep. “You’re good,” says Danie...

Game Ball: After setting record swim times for Sunny Hills in her first year in aquatics, senior commits to UC San Diego

Then-sophomore Katie Cho swims toward the finish line in the 2019 Division 3 California Interscholastic Federation [CIF] finals for the women’s 100-yard Butterfly held at Riverside City college in Riverside. Cho set three Sunny Hills records for the varsity swim team.

Andrew Park

October 9, 2020

When senior Katie Cho was 14 years old, the athlete found herself in a yearlong slump.  Even in the absence of any physical injuries, Cho found her skills declining, and so in a session with a physician who specializes in the respiratory system, she learned that severe asthma had taken a toll on...

Group seeks $130,000 more to get Korean War Memorial erected in Fullerton’s Hillcrest Park

An artist’s rendering of what the Korean War Memorial would look like once enough funds have been raised to have it built at Hillcrest Park next to the duck pond in Fullerton, near Fullerton Union High School.

Esther Oh

October 5, 2020

A committee working to build a Korean War Memorial in a Fullerton park has created a GoFundme page to raise the remaining $130,000 of $720,000 needed to begin construction of the monument to honor the nearly 35,000 U.S. soldiers who fought and died in that 1950-1953 conflict. “I am really hopeful ...

Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials agree to allow livestock back on Sunny Hills farm

Livestock like this pig remained on the Sunny Hills farm as of April 10 after live classroom instruction ended nearly a month before because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ag students were coming to the farm one at a time to take care of their animals to prep them for the Orange County Fair, which was eventually canceled because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns. After that, Fullerton Joint Union High School District officials decided to have all the animals removed.

Krishna Thaker

September 25, 2020

First, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] over the summer banned all livestock from any of its farms for agriculture students because the coronavirus pandemic had forced the closure of all live, classroom instruction. Then at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Sunny Hills agri...

Four FFA students take second place in state virtual fruit tree judging contest

The four Future Farmers of America team members were in Fresno March 12 to look at some of the fruit trees in person and get some practice before their March 13 competition in Yuba City, which was canceled because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That eventually led to the creation of a virtual event over the summer.

Gianne Veluz

September 21, 2020

Coming off a first-place finish for Sunny Hills’ Future Farmers of America [FFA] program last year in a state fruit tree judging contest, a new team of four students fell three points shy of repeating as champions, agriculture department officials said. “With a second-place win this year, it all...

Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students

Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris uses an online game Sept. 11 in her Period 3 class that pairs classmates randomly to reinforce concepts learned in class. Several teachers like Morris are finding new ways to make their virtual classes more engaging for students since the second round of distance learning started for the 2020-2021 school year.

Divya Bharadwaj

September 19, 2020

After a month of distance learning using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris decided it was time to change things up. “I chose this game because it gives you an opportunity to talk about and describe functions, which is important for the lesson we are start...

Despite distance learning, student clubs can hold virtual meetings, attract new members after virtual club rush

The Alzheimer’s Awareness Club members promote their group during the 2019-2020 Club Rush at break. Because the new school year has started with distance learning instead of live instruction on campus, the ASB had to resort to a Google Slides presentation of clubs, which was posted on the school’s website Sept. 4.

Nevya Patel

September 9, 2020

Though not allowed to hold live, in-person meetings during distance learning, clubs have been given permission by school district officials to virtually gather on platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet outside of classroom hours. In addition, club officers and members are expected to follow all school ...

ASB produces Google Slides promoting 66 clubs for prospective members to review in lieu of traditional Club Rush at break

ASB co-activities commissioners senior Kathryn Aurelio (left) and juniors Jasmine Lee and Ellen Kim promote a virtual version of Club Rush in the ASB’s Aug. 24 Back to School video. The three worked on producing a Google Slides presentation promoting the student groups instead of the traditional event during break. The presentation's link was posted on the Sunny Hills website Friday, Sept. 4, and will remain there until Sept. 11.

Hope Li

September 7, 2020

This story was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, to correct junior Jasmine Lee's leadership role in Key Club. A crowd of students flooding the quad during break. Chanting, shouting and the occasional passing out of free candy. This has been what Club Rush was all about during the tra...

Girls soccer tryouts Sept. 3 draw interested players — including nearly a handful of freshmen

Then-freshman Brianna Figueroa (center) tries to dribble the ball away from two Long Beach Poly High School defenders during the Feb. 16, 2019, California Interscholastic Federation semifinal playoff game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. The junior forward will be among the players returning from that title-winning squad for the 2020-2021 season, which will also include open tryouts for new additions to the team.

Accolade Staff

September 6, 2020

This is the first of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year. Accolade staff writer Henry Lee contributed to this report. With girls soccer starting its first practice session last week, head coach Jeff Gordon also held his first tryou...

Meeting out the differences: Google’s much simplified features top Zoom

Hannah Kim

September 5, 2020

Last semester, as our school suddenly transitioned into online learning in mid-March, only two of my seven teachers frequently used Zoom as their main form of video meetings with students. Of the others, three of them recorded their lessons and two utilized Google Meet to teach. This surprised me ...

Zoom’s ranked No. 1 among certain users for a reason

Rebecca Choi

September 5, 2020

Ranked No. 1 in the business category and 4.5 out of five stars from over a million ratings in the App Store, Zoom is the newest, tech-savviest educational platform for our stay-at-home, COVID-19 times. In response to the global pandemic that caused the closure of all Fullerton Joint Union High Sch...

Yearbook class changes from sixth to fifth period to accommodate schedule conflicts

Helios editor-in-chief senior Anika Madan (first row, second video window from left) captures a historic moment -- the first virtual yearbook camp sponsored by Herff Jones on July 25, the camp's first day. Traditionally held at California State University, Long Beach, the July 25-29  Yearbooks by the Beach offers publications students sessions ranging from staff bonding to theme brainstorming. A total of 23 of the 33 Helios yearbook staffers attended the event to prepare for the 2020-2021 annual's production, which now will take place during fifth instead of sixth period.

Alice Shin

September 3, 2020

After three years of the award-winning Helios yearbook class being held during period six, it has switched back to fifth period this school year, joining other electives like the Associated Student Body and The Accolade newspaper staff. “Before, since the yearbook was at the end of the day, it was co...

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