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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

New teacher Christian Penuelas (right) calls up his fifth period theater students, sophomore Isabella Castaneda (middle) and freshman Anabelle Kim (left) for a demonstration of an improvisation performance. All drama levels are in one class period.

And action: new theater teacher aims to stage live performances next spring

Irene Sheen October 6, 2021

New Sunny Hills theater teacher Christian Penuelas still recalls his first time watching La Habra High School Theater Guild’s re-enactment of “Beauty and the Beast.” The admirable size, grandeur...

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,...

Keeping with the campus’ health and safety protocol of remaining six feet apart, principal Allen Whitten (center) leads a ceremony Thursday during break announcing Sunny Hills’ employees of the year.

Dance teacher, guidance technician earn teacher, classified employee of the year award

Lauren Jung February 19, 2021

Principal Allen Whitten held a ceremony at the quad Thursday during break in honor of the 2020-2021 employees of the year — dance teacher and Dance Production coach Leiana Volen and guidance technician...

Robert Hathaway, a former FJUHSD trustee who opted not to run for re-election for his FJUHSD school board seat in 2018, wore many hats throughout his life — being a veteran, engineer, lawyer and educator before his death on Sept. 18.

Former Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees president dies at 91

Tyler Pak September 30, 2020

Robert Hathaway, who had served for 33 years as a trustee on the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] — seven terms as the president — died of a heart attack on Sept. 18. He was 91.  Hathaway...

Lori Larsen is the only Sunny Hills teacher who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year next week. Larsen was instrumental in setting up on campus the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which started in 2006.

After 31 years in education, AVID and business teacher Lori Larsen retires to pursue dream of fixing up house in South Carolina

Lira Jeong May 19, 2020

For 14 years, Lori Larsen has encouraged her students to pursue their dreams of getting admitted into a four-year college through the Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] program. And after...

New Algebra I and Algebra Foundations 1 teacher Lauren Johnson moves around the classroom asking students if they are in need of assistance in Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.

New math teacher brings world of experience to students

Charis Lee August 26, 2019

Traveling to multiple unfamiliar and foreign countries, Lauren Johnson carries myriads of experiences before arriving at Sunny Hills.  Johnson is the wife of a technician in the U.S. Air Force, who...

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