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Jan. 6 Capitol chaos prompts social science class, non-partisan JSA club discussions over Zoom — many blaming Trump for the insurrection

A view of the Capitol rotunda taken in November 2019 during the National Scholastic Press Association's fall journalism convention in Washington, D.C. A mob -- some carrying the American flag and wearing pro-President Donald Trump caps -- broke into the building Jan. 6 while congressional leaders were trying to certify the Electoral College vote counts favoring President-elect Joe Biden.
Alice Shin January 14, 2021

Accolade staff writers Rida Fatima and Krishna Thaker and Opinion editor Hope Li contributed to this story. While some teachers in their Zoom sessions have addressed last week’s historic Capitol building...

Athletes turn to their club teams to impress college recruiting scouts amid postponement of high school sports

Lancer baseball shortstop, senior Symon Tabello, gets ready to hit one out of the park at an Aug. 11 tournament in Saint George, Utah. Since the coronavirus pandemic forced an early end to the spring baseball season and a delay in the high school ‘spring’ season to 2021, Tabello resorted to traveling with his club team, Diamond Elite, and competing in out-of-state tournaments in hopes of catching the attention of college recruiting scouts.
Nevya Patel December 17, 2020

Girls volleyball outside hitter junior Mykena Morley stopped playing for her club team, ProPlay Volleyball Club in Fullerton, nine months ago.  Although Morley enjoyed a summer vacation with no physical...

Athletes in Cohort C still ‘C’ to it that they stay in shape, contribute to their sports team

Linebacker senior Kevin Hu runs around a cone during a June 23 practice. The Lancer football team currently practices Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:00.
Lauren Jung December 8, 2020

After spending his first five class periods listening to his teachers’ lectures on Zoom and completing his work digitally from his room at home, freshman Aiden Ko rushes to campus for his sixth period...

Students, don’t go through the loophole of blaming teachers — it won’t do anything for your distance learning frustrations

Students, don’t go through the loophole of blaming teachers -- it won’t do anything for your distance learning frustrations
Charis Lee December 7, 2020

Dear Mr. Whitten, I wish to inform you that in the more than three years I’ve been a student at Sunny Hills High School, this has been the hardest for me, academically, emotionally and mentally. You...

New math teacher mixes ‘cool points’ and music to hype up interest in his classes

Cameron Tong (right) celebrates his wedding day with his bride, Shirley, on July 13 in front of Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range. Nearly a month later on Aug. 11, Tong starts the 2020-2021 school year at Sunny Hills as a new math instructor, teaching Algebra 2 and Probability and Statistics.
Krishna Thaker November 21, 2020

Every Friday, math teacher Cameron Tong plays a musical game with his students in all of his classes called, “Guess That Song.” As students are joining his Zoom session or are walking into his classroom...

Relief, frustration, confusion among student reactions to cancellation of SAT testing locations, California public universities’ decision to not require scores on college applications

Many public colleges, including California State University, Fullerton, have decided against requiring an SAT or standardized test score on college applications, as College Board testing centers have been closed throughout much of California because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lauren Jung November 19, 2020

With COVID-19 positive cases still being reported in much of Southern California, the College Board has yet to reopen any of its SAT or SAT subject testing locations, forcing students -- especially seniors...

Making quarantine sweet: Two juniors create a tasty new business

Sweet Treats DB owners junior Daniela Rosales (left) and junior Brianna Ruiz (right) make one of their specialty confectionaries, candy coated strawberries which go for $1 each.
Anthony Keem November 13, 2020

Juniors Daniela Rosales and Brianna Ruiz are doing something sweet during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair have created their own online confectionary business, Sweet Treats DB.  Since July, the...

Uncertainty remains about fan attendance

Then-junior Vivian Tran cheers on the
Lancer football team at Trabuco Hills High School Nov. 23. It’s
unclear if fans will be allowed to watch games this season.
Kate Yang November 10, 2020

Running out onto the gridiron amid packed crowds decked out in black and yellow, Sunny Hills football center junior Jacob Neumann still remembers the energy during the 2019-2020 season that ended with...

Distance learning is the new norm; Cohort C would secure my health and that of my family

An artist's rendition of the writer avoiding possible risks by remaining in cohort c.
Alice Lee November 1, 2020

As I scrolled through Instagram stories this summer, all I saw on my feed were polls from students in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District asking whether their viewers chose Cohort A/B or Cohort...

Students, parents and teachers clash on effectiveness of school opening, safety plan

Sunny Hills staff and custodial crew have placed stickers throughout walkways and walls to remind students returning to school when it opens Monday to social distance, sanitize their hands and keep their masks on.
Kate Yang November 1, 2020

This is the third and final of a series of stories dealing with the scheduled Nov. 2 reopening of Sunny Hills High School and what COVID-19-related safety and health measures the Fullerton Joint Union...

Digital dilemma: Students torn between seeing friends in person and remaining at home

Junior Guillermo Soto attends class while eating a burger. Like many other Sunny Hills students, Soto elected to stay at home when the hybrid schedule begins on Nov. 2.
Anthony Keem October 31, 2020

While Sunny Hills High School officials have taken every precaution possible to create a safe and healthy environment for the campus’ reopening Nov. 2, junior Guillermo Soto still isn’t convinced. In...

Junior establishes ethical podcast and school club to promote ‘upcycled’ fashion

With her sewing machine, junior Violet Kim makes a denim bag for her first collection released Sept. 12. Kim is wearing a shirt from her collection as well.
Minjeong Kim October 30, 2020

As her sophomore year came to a close in May, Violet Kim knew she had to direct her passion for fashion through some kind of outlet. Quarantine gave her the perfect opportunity to rebrand her business. With...

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