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

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.
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,...

Despite canceled spring concert because of the COVID-19 pandemic, dance teacher gives the show’s theme, ‘Beyond,’ new meaning by posting video segments on Instagram, YouTube

Members of Dance Production check out photos taken for the spring dance concert program during a Feb. 20 rehearsal in Room 130, the dance room. Though the April 9-11 event was canceled because of COVID-19-related school closure, dance instructor Leiana Volen has posted seven videos on the Dance Department's Instagram and YouTube channels of various video footage of her students rehearsing their routines to showcase their hard work in preparation for the performance. Image posted with permission from Leiana Volen.
Emmaline De Leon May 5, 2020

When dance teacher Leiana Volen first came up with the “Beyond” theme for the April 9-11 spring dance concert at the Performing Arts Center [PAC], she never thought she would have to take it that literally. Because...

YouTube’s ‘Some Good News’ with ‘The Office’s’ John Krasinski uplifts viewers amid coronavirus crisis

An artist’s rendering of actor John Krasinski in his new YouTube series, “Some Good News.” Art by graphics editor Erin Lee.
Michelle Buckley April 12, 2020

“Stay positive.” “There’s a silver lining in all of this.” “It could be worse.”  These are among some of the statements that my parents, older sister and friends have been telling...

Senior year doesn’t get easier after getting college acceptance letters

As college acceptance letters are rolling in for Accolade feature editor Lira Jeong, she is struggling to figure out what major to settle on. Art by Accolade assistant graphics editor Karen Lee
Lira Jeong March 21, 2020

“Congratulations! We are pleased to offer you admission …” As I was reading this on March 7, I sighed with relief. I finally received the assurance that I have the option of going to a college...

Could TikTok become the next top social media app for my generation?

Senior Jacob Won prepares to dance to the pop song
Andrew Hong August 19, 2019

In our generation, all aspects of our lives are tightly knit with social media platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Therefore, one does not solely need high-quality content or...

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