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Yearbook named Crown finalist for second straight year

For the second time in as many years, the Helios staff earned Crown finalist honors but must wait until March to find out whether or not it will repeat as a Gold Crown winner.
Kate Yang December 9, 2020

For a second consecutive year, a national journalism organization named the Helios yearbook a Crown finalist -- the only program to receive the award in Orange County, and one of three programs in Southern...

The Accolade: We’ve still got issues planned during distance learning; meanwhile, check us out online during this historic COVID-19 period

The Accolade: We've still got issues planned during distance learning; meanwhile, check us out online during this historic COVID-19 period
Tyler Pak August 24, 2020

This past school year, The Accolade has truly lived up to its namesake.  In previous years with our print issues, we’ve traveled down a two-year win streak of taking the Best High School Newspaper...

Many find modified, online AP exam easier to take, though a few plan to take makeup tests in June after experiencing technical issues with submitting their responses

Elijah Jhee May 29, 2020

The online modified Advancement Placement [AP] exams were much easier for many Sunny Hills students who took them throughout most of this month, but some experienced technical difficulties and have opted...

Spread of COVID-19 in New York ends senior publications editors’ ‘dream’ trip to the Big Apple to accept newspaper, yearbook awards

A screenshot of the March 6 announcement from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association about its decision to cancel its national journalism convention and March 20 awards ceremony at Columbia University in New York. The Accolade and Helios student publications had been named Crown winners last October -- the only Orange County journalism programs to have earned such a distinction -- for work produced in the 2018-2019 school year.
Nevya Patel May 5, 2020

Senior Michelle Buckley said it would have been “one of the best moments of my senior year.” Another senior, Kaylee Kim, called it a “reward for all of my passion and hard work for the last three...

Staff Editorial: With the campus closed to students until March 30, thank goodness we have a news website to keep us connected and informed

The 2019-2020 Accolade staff with its sixth-place Best of Show award for its first issue of the year titled,
Alex Park March 15, 2020

A message from The Accolade editorial board: If COVID-19 happened just two years ago, The Accolade would have had to wait until students can return to campus for our staff to publish any articles related...

The Accolade tops Best of Show at OCJEA write-offs

The Accolade's web editor senior Alex Park (left, front row), editor-in-chief senior Michelle Buckley and managing editor senior Hannah Yi hold up Orange County Journalism Education Association Best of Show plaques that have been awarded to the newspaper for  the past four years as part of an annual writeoff contest. Image used with permission from Arya Patel.
Andrew Park March 15, 2020

A four-peat. That’s what The Accolade staff celebrated upon finding out it won the Best of Show award during the Feb. 22 Orange County Journalism Education Association write-off contest awards ceremony...

The Accolade wins sixth place in Best of Show at national journalism convention in Washington, D.C.

Accolade staff writer junior Hope Li (left) holds the Best of Show certificate from the National Scholastic Press Association while adviser Tommy Li holds up six fingers signifying the placement. The Nov. 23 awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C., and The Accolade's first issue of the school year earned recognition for placing in the Top 10 nationally.
Hope Li November 30, 2019

The Accolade school newspaper was one of two Southern California tabloids recognized Nov. 24 for placing in the Top 10 in the Best of Show contest at a national journalism convention in Washington, D.C. Sunny...

Girls basketball aims for deeper run into CIF playoffs

Shooting guard and small forward senior Rachel Kim drives into the lane while in a scrimmage against team assistants and other girls basketball players at the Sunny Hills gym Nov. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Rebecca Choi November 18, 2019

Coaches: Jae Byun, (head coach), Gene Bordy (assistant coach), Janice Lee (assistant coach), Ronnel Quedit (graduate assistant) Top returning players: Jaidyn Decastro (12), Annika Johnson (12), Jessica...

Why we’re back: An introduction to our resurrected website

August 22, 2018

The Accolade website. It was a whole new platform from which the whole world could access our news. A bit daunting at first, yet our staff took up the task. However, having to come this far took more than...

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