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Advanced Placement Psychology teacher Greg Abbott speaks to his fifth period Cohort B students who attend class in-person on March 12 while the rest of his class Zooms in.

Head to Head: New Normal?

March 15, 2021

In response to The Accolade’s call for guest columnists, two students debate whether the district should require all to return to campus next school year; take our online poll and tell us what you think:...

In-person will help freshmen

Sienna Pak March 15, 2021

When I attended Sunny Hills’ Open House assembly in January 2020, I thought my freshman year would be one to remember. It has been a memorable one, but not in the way that I imagined. I imagined football...

Four Sunny Hills students share their stories of how they contracted COVID-19 throughout the year since the March quarantine.

Coronavirus Testimonies: Students open up about their COVID-19 experiences

Hope Li March 13, 2021

It was only a month into the lockdown that started last March when senior Marcus Llajaruna went for a run and started experiencing muscle weakness, a coronavirus symptom. It was worse for junior Kelly...

 Sunny Hills students, such as seniors David Chu and Joyce Park, nicknamed “chu” and “leannes #1 fan” respectively, utilize the multi-channel features of Discord by chatting in text servers. On the left, various text and voice channels are located for members of the specific Discord server to chat in.

It’s called Discord, but the instant messaging app has actually done more uniting during COVID-19 pandemic

Elijah Jhee October 13, 2020

During a time when face-to-face interaction and social gatherings with peers seem impossible because of COVID-19 health and safety issues, students like senior Quinn Cassady only need to boot up their...

Senior Aaliyah Magana puts her binder away in her cubic box in a six-by-six foot bookcase, a part of her at-home learning system for the new school year, after the online school day has ended.

The good, the bad and the ugly of my remote learning 2.0 experience

Aaliyah Magana September 21, 2020

I never expected to start the fall semester of my senior year at Sunny Hills like this -- with distance learning 2.0. As the previous school year ended there were rumors from various close friends that...

Then-junior Daniel Magpayo (center) gives instructions to Krystopher Bagunu (left) and Leoni Nguyen, then juniors, in the gym during the Aug. 6, 2019, Link Crew freshman orientation. For the 2020-2021 school year freshman orientation, Link Crew had to resort to meeting with freshmen through the Zoom meeting platform because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

COVID-19 health guidelines force Link Crew to welcome freshmen via Zoom instead of live orientation on campus

Michelle Sheen September 9, 2020

After three years of holding freshman orientation on campus before the start of the school year, Link Crew had to resort to a virtual one that attracted 450 students to meet COVID-19 health and safety...

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.

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

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...

With her iPhone placed on the far right end of her piano set for video recording, sophomore Lauren Pak starts her practice session Aug. 19 from her Fullerton home, playing a composition titled, “Promise of the World,” from the Japanese anime, “Howl’s Moving Castle.”  Pak will eventually record the final version as a trio with two other student volunteers as part of the Harmony4Homes community service project that she started in the summer to send video music performances to the elderly in local and national nursing homes.

Sophomore forms nationwide community outreach program to deliver soothing music video performances for the elderly during COVID-19 pandemic

Minjeong Kim September 2, 2020

Sophomore Lauren Pak still remembers the day she was inspired by her community service idea of delivering video recordings of teenagers playing soothing music to the elderly at local and national nursing...

Junior Edward Cho (right), who will attend Sunny Hills virtually this year from his home in São Paulo, Brazil, stands with his father in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Zooming from Brazil: Distance learning takes on new meaning for junior

Hope Li August 28, 2020

According to Google maps, it’s 6,130 miles from Fullerton to Sao Paulo, Brazil. When the clock strikes 7:01 a.m. here on a weekday — the start of zero period at Sunny Hills — it’s 10:01 a.m....

All wearing face masks as part of state COVID-19-related guidelines, social science teacher and co-ASB adviser David Fenstermaker (left), dance instructor Leiana Volen and yearbook adviser Lindsay Safe greet seniors as their cars come by the Sunny Hills parking lot as part of the May 8 drive-through event to pick up cap and gowns and Class of 2020 graduation yard signs. Fenstermaker handed out the yard signs. Video screen shot taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin.

With live-graduation ceremony postponed until August, Class of 2020 will have YouTube virtual one instead May 28

Rida Zar May 24, 2020

In hopes of providing the Class of 2020 with a proper send off, school officials will host a virtual graduation ceremony for seniors and their family on YouTube May 28. “As with everything we do,...

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