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The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

The Student News Site of Sunny Hills High School

The Accolade

Sporting his Sunny Hills cap, Spanish teacher Luis Gomez reviews a warm-up exercise with his Period 4 Spanish 2 class last December in Room 56.

FROM ONE ‘HILLS’ TO ANOTHER: New Spanish teacher first taught at San Juan Hills High School in south Orange County before getting hired here

Kayla Martinez, Staff Reporter January 20, 2023

New Spanish teacher Luis Gomez found himself going through very distinct routines to support his wife and two sons 10 years ago. In the mornings, he sat at his desk working on assignments related to...

Using an iPad, new math teacher Christina Vu (left) assists freshman Terah Nohl in her fourth period Algebra 2 Honors class in Room 105 at the beginning of the fall semester.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: New teacher follows in her mother’s footsteps as an educator; aims to multiply the joy of math with her students

Faith Jung, Social Media Manager January 10, 2023

Christina Vu sat in the back of her mother’s classroom at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove 20 years ago as she watched her role model teach math to Advanced Placement Calculus and Algebra...

New math instructor Summer “Jade” Ng teaches her first-period Geometry 2A students how to determine the numerical length of points in Room 85 on Friday, Aug. 19.

NAME CHANGER: Miss Ng sounds too much like ‘missing,’ so new math teacher has a solution

Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter December 16, 2022

On the first day of school, Summer Ng wanted to be direct with her students. Not about math or the challenges of solving word problems. But about her last name. “I know my last name is ‘Ng,’...

English teacher and environmental activist Christina Zubko (second from left) stands for a picture with other members of her organization, “Friends of Ormond Beach,” during the California Coastal Cleanup  in September 2019 at Santa Monica Bay.

TEACHER LEISURE: Instructor and environmental activist advocates for protection of Ormond Beach

Jaimie Chun, Managing Editor October 22, 2022

As a new feature, "Teacher Leisure," explores Sunny Hills teachers' hobbies outside of school. What impacts have they made not only on students, but also outside of their classroom? Christina Zubko...

Social science teacher Chris Vogt gives a lecture to his students on Thursday, Aug. 18, during his fourth period Advanced Placement U.S. History class in Room 23.

Former Ayala High School baseball coach joins Sunny Hills as new social science teacher

Henry Lee, Web Editor-in-Chief October 19, 2022

Fifteen years ago, Chris Vogt received his first introduction to teaching several buildings away from where he finds himself now. Helping grade papers and leading history lectures 15 years ago under...

New World Language teacher Cindy Ruiz passes out papers to her fourth period Spanish 1 class on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Ruiz also coaches the girls frosh-soph soccer team.

Second time’s the charm for new Spanish teacher who applied for a position in the district in 2020

Justin Pak, Copy Editor September 6, 2022

The second – instead of the third – time became the charm for new Spanish teacher Cindy Ruiz. Before joining the faculty this school year, Ruiz said she applied to teach Spanish for the Fullerton...

New, full-time on-campus nurse inspired by mom, a first responder

New, full-time on-campus nurse inspired by mom, a first responder

Minjeong Kim, Feature Editor May 25, 2022

Amy Hernandez wanted to be a nurse since she was in middle school at South Junior High School, especially since her mother was one. “I remember my mother gifting me toy sets, and one of my favorites...

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.

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

Krishna Thaker, Special Sections Editor 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...

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