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Jan. 6 Capitol chaos prompts social science class, non-partisan JSA club discussions over Zoom — many blaming Trump for the insurrection
News

Alice Shin | January 15, 2021

Accolade staff writers Rida Fatima and Krishna Thaker and Opinion editor Hope Li contributed to this story.

While some teachers in their Zoom sessions have addressed last week’s historic Capitol building…

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Despite use of the N-word, the accurate portrayal of racial injustice in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ must stay in high school English classes
Opinions

Rida Zar | January 15, 2021

A fictional narrative of a young tomboy growing up in Maycomb, Ala., with her single father and older brother — it’s a simple concept for a book without magic, twisted realms or the supernatural. 

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A Capitol offense: Undemocratic Jan. 6 break in weakens our security, violates American core ideals and exposes hypocrisy within policing
Opinions

Rida Zar | January 11, 2021

In 1801, on the eve of his last day in office, John Adams — the second president of the United States — appointed a total of 58 “midnight” judges to the Federal Circuit courts.

He hoped to maintain…

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Game Ball: Senior softball player travels from coast to coast pitching in for her teams in Virginia, California
Sports

Nevya Patel | January 8, 2021

During her sophomore year, senior Abbie Landrum had an essay assignment related to the novel Fahrenheit 451.

Unfortunately for Landrum, the essay was due as soon as her plane touched down at the Los…

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Senior’s efforts featured on ABC7’s Eyewitness News offers an opportunity for special needs children to “Always Dance”
Features

Hope Li | December 28, 2020

It’s called the Always Dancing Project. But for the 150 kids with such disabilities as cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism, they are learning to do much more than that.

For two sisters in the…

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Her gig is her jig: Ranked No. 1 in California, freshman Irish step dancer aims to tap her way to the top at the next world championship in July
Features

Minjeong Kim | December 14, 2020

The jig is not up for freshman Jane Craig.

In fact, this jig — also known as Irish step dancing — is still happening for Craig even during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I love dancing because it’s…

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

Krishna Thaker | November 30, 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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Relief, frustration, confusion among student reactions to cancellation of SAT testing locations, California public universities’ decision to not require scores on college applications
News

Lauren Jung | November 20, 2020

With COVID-19 positive cases still being reported in much of Southern California, the College Board has yet to reopen any of its SAT or SAT subject testing locations, forcing students — especially seniors…

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YOUTH VISION presents a platform to display the young generation’s views on clothing
Features

Alice Lee | November 9, 2020

As junior Jaden Gong’s second semester of sophomore year at Sunny Hills High School rolled in, his parents struck a deal with him that if he achieves a GPA higher than 4.0, they will financially…

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Most Sunny Hills seniors eligible to vote opted to mail in their ballots during COVID-19 pandemic
News

Rida Zar | November 6, 2020

With a black pen in hand, senior Andrew Miller sat at his dining room table signing documents, checking boxes and reading over propositions before leaving his ballot in the mailbox early last month.

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Fresh wave of female politicians inspires school’s JSA members
Features

Divya Bharadwaj | November 3, 2020

The club is called Junior Statesmen of America [JSA], but from the look of its cabinet leaders, it could be referred to as Junior Stateswomen of America.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the cabinet comprises…

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King for a day: <strike>De</strike>fund the police
Opinions

Andrew Ngo | November 3, 2020

America, meet “defund the police.”

It’s a blanket term relatively new to the English lexicon — but one that experienced an explosion in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing…

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Students upgrading their wardrobes despite distance learning Zoom sessions instead of live classroom instruction
Features

Michelle Sheen | October 28, 2020

Since mid-March when the COVID-19 shutdown started and live classroom instruction shifted to online learning, the only times sophomore Gabriel Villanueva has ever left his Fullerton home are when he went…

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Sunny Hills counselor spins her way to nearly $23,000 in cash and prizes on TV’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’ game show
Features

Divya Bharadwaj | October 27, 2020

Sunny Hills counselor Tracey Falletta will never forget the words “puffy” and “fluffy.”

With $22,900 in cash and prizes and a $13,850 lead heading in the Final Spin round of TV’s “Wheel…

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Nov. 2 reopening of school: Two thermal cameras at $15,000 each among equipment to ensure COVID-19 health and safety for students, staff
News

Kate Yang | October 21, 2020

When teachers and students return to Sunny Hills Nov. 2 for live classroom instruction, they will have to follow a series of COVID-19-related safety and health protocols, including getting their temperatures…

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Unmasking a fashion trend: COVID-19 coverings lead to Lancers’ collection for trendy, stylish wardrobe for going out
Features

Dominique Chang | October 20, 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, senior Meagan Kimbrell purchased her first mask: a $7, gray fabric with white polka dots from the Target at Town Center near Sunny Hills High School.

Not…

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Unlike its name, Instagram’s new feature fails to ‘Reel’ in many users
Arts & Entertainment

Dominique Chang | October 14, 2020

After several accounts of TikTok’s possible shutdown in the summer, avid users like sophomore Jamie Choi deleted the app in August before the new school year began. Because she spent at least two hours…

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

Elijah Jhee | October 14, 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 Cassidy only need to boot up their…

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

Minjeong Kim | October 12, 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…

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Game Ball: After setting record swim times for Sunny Hills in her first year in aquatics, senior commits to UC San Diego
Sports

Andrew Park | October 9, 2020

When senior Katie Cho was 14 years old, the athlete found herself in a yearlong slump. 

Even in the absence of any physical injuries, Cho found her skills declining, and so in a session with a physician…

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Remote learning 2.0: Online games, polls, new tech tools used to provide a more enhanced version of instruction for students
News

Divya Bharadwaj | October 9, 2020

After a month of distance learning using the Zoom virtual meeting platform, Pre-Calculus Honors teacher Amanda Morris decided it was time to change things up.

“I chose this game because it gives you…

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Sunny Hills students, teachers finding College Board’s not budging much on their appeals regarding low scores from modified online exams
News

Kate Yang | October 5, 2020

Senior Allison Lee took four modified, online AP exams this past May — the most she’s ever taken in one school year since she was a sophomore in 2019 when she took only the AP Psychology exam.

Lee’s…

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