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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Sunny Hills High School
SPOILED SWEETS: SH administrators respond to fentanyl overdose cases
Features

Susie Kim | October 28, 2022

Following at least seven fentanyl-related overdoses in the Los Angeles Unified School District [LAUSD] and one death in Fullerton, Sunny Hills administrators hold concerns and implement additional safety…

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DID YOU KNOW? Breezeway mural’s origins a mystery to many
Features

Susie Kim | October 20, 2022

As a continuing feature from last semester, The Accolade investigates some of the mysterious spots on campus. For this issue, we look into the origins of the breezeway mural in between the 10s and 20s…

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Latest Netflix law series from South Korea offers worthy alternative to Disney+’s “She Hulk”
Arts & Entertainment

Faith Jung | October 7, 2022

“Extraordinary Attorney Woo” is a touching drama that helps people recognize and be more aware of autism and mental health in general. It’s also an enjoyable series with a deep, heartwarming plot…

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RESPONSE TO UVALDE SHOOTING: Fullerton Joint Union High School District creates new school safety position, SH seeks to hire a fourth campus supervisor
News

Jaimie Chun | September 29, 2022

Sunny Hills underwent an uncommon lockdown in 2019 — its most recent — when Fullerton Police Dispatch received a call regarding two armed males roaming near the campus with  “long rifles” or “BB…

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The toxicities of becoming a ‘clean girl’: TikTok trend rips women of color of their culture
Arts & Entertainment

Irene Sheen | September 28, 2022

For the past few years, the social media platform TikTok has proved to be a powerhouse of trends ranging from one-pan feta pasta recipes to coquette fashion aesthetics.  

Garnering over 650 million…

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UNPACKING A TIKTOK TREND: ‘SENIOR YEAR BABY’ video inspires students to reconnect with childhood characters like Lightning McQueen, Hello Kitty
Arts & Entertainment

Pricilla Escobedo | September 26, 2022

It started off July 28, 2021 with a TikTok video. 

Captioned “SENIOR YEAR BABY,” the 18-second clip begins with what appears to be a high school girl wearing a black, long-sleeve outfit. While…

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New school resource officer aims to bring an active presence among students, staff
Features

Aiden Park | September 23, 2022

First one here, last to leave.

This is the new School Resource Officer [SRO] Gene Valencia’s motto based on his main duty. 

“I want to be here first before [students] get here because I want…

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<I>Orange County Register</i> recognizes senior David Burn for a top dancer award
Sports

Grace Min | May 24, 2022

Entering a female-dominated field as a boy, senior David Burn faced rude remarks and ignorant stereotypes at a young age.

“I definitely hid [being a dancer] a lot more when I was in elementary school…

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14-year-old singer Keedron Bryant pioneers a refreshing, relatable approach to love songs with self-titled EP
Arts & Entertainment

Hannah Lee | April 5, 2022

Captivating the hearts — and ears — of listeners from all ages, 14-year-old American singer Keedron Bryant impresses listeners with his new and self-titled EP, the third one of his career.

The teenager…

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Are they really reading newspapers? Return of fans to basketball games leads to revival of student section antics
Sports

Henry Lee | March 3, 2022

They’re reading newspapers! They’re reading newspapers!

Well, sort of.

The Associated Student Body [ASB] and other students sitting in the Sunny Hills home bleachers of the varsity boys basketball…

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‘I didn’t want to do cop shows anymore with violence’
Arts & Entertainment

Andrew Park | February 24, 2022

As “Butter” is set for a Friday, Feb. 25, theatrical release (the closest movie house to Sunny Hills to screen the flick is Regal Edwards Brea East with a 7:30 p.m. showtime the night before), The…

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Despite serious issues like suicide and bullying, ‘Butter’ succeeds in bringing back spirit of 1980s teen romance-dramedies
Arts & Entertainment

Krishna Thaker | February 23, 2022

For those seeking a respite from superhero or zombie movies, look no further than “Butter.”

Set for a nationwide release in theaters Friday, Feb. 25, with some night-before screenings in local movie…

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Universities shut down in light of Omicron surges
News

Jaimie Chun | February 4, 2022

Sporting furry red, plaid pajama pants and an overfit hoodie, Sunny Hills Class of 2021 alumna Anika Madan is ready for her first period class at the University of California, Irvine. 

Not exactly…

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‘Betty White: A Celebration’ toasts to White’s brilliant life, bringing tears and laughter to viewers
Arts & Entertainment

Michelle Sheen | January 27, 2022

“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret,” actor Ryan Reynolds…

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Surge in Omicron COVID-19 variant cases prompt district officials to impose new health and safety protocols, canceling this month’s Open House, sports team dinners and banquets
News

Jaimie Chun | January 6, 2022

Thursday night, Jan. 6, would have been the first in-person Open House since two years ago before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the campus in March of 2020.

Students from the Associated Student…

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Out of Stock: Global supply chain shortage causes difficulties for Sunny Hills students, teachers
Features

Michelle Sheen | December 17, 2021

Stepping into the makeup section of CVS, senior Melissa Macedo scanned the shelves — some barren of the products she normally sees — for her usual e.l.f. “Expert Liquid Liner” in jet black.

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Sophomore volunteers to clean Sunny Hills campus
Features

Alexxa Berumen | December 13, 2021

Earbuds blasting music and a bucket full of trash in hand, sophomore Adrian Ramirez oftentimes gets mistaken for a student in after-school detention.

He has taken a household chore to another level…

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Rails, ramps, steps — skateboard heaven
Features

Michelle Sheen | November 12, 2021

Turning, twisting and flipping before skidding to a stop, people take over parking structures or skate parks on their skateboards as a hobby and sport — one that is popular among the youth.

Particularly…

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Autocorrect may spell out disaster for post-pandemic students
Opinions

Anthony Keem | October 20, 2021

It is inevitable that during the past year of online schooling, when most writing assignments were online, students’ spelling abilities have declined because of corrective writing applications. 

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ADDRESSING THE CODE
Features

Krishna Thaker | October 7, 2021

A group of girls and a few boys walked throughout the hallways of Buena Park High School during lunch last month, some holding signs while others revealing their bellies in protest of the campus’ dress…

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FJUHSD mandates vaccines for entire staff, offers secondary option to test weekly for unvaccinated
News

Kate Yang | October 5, 2021

In compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new public health order, the Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] announced, through an email sent to students and parents on Sept. 3, its decision…

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Buckle up for a glimpse into my daring visit to Magic Mountain
Opinions

Irene Sheen | September 20, 2021

Last June, after the end of the distance-learning school year, my mom informed me that my three cousins had purchased Six Flags Magic Mountain tickets reserved for June 19, in hopes that my sister and…

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Stressed about college apps?
Features

Divya Bharadwaj | September 15, 2021

Senior year. A time filled with spirit days like Black and Gold Day, traditions like Grad Nite and most importantly, graduation. 

But wrapped up in the midst of these moments – especially during…

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COVID-19 THE SEQUEL: Delta variant doesn’t faze students, parents and staff from getting hyped up about full reopening of school
News

Kate Yang | September 15, 2021

With the Delta variant bringing COVID-19 case numbers up again, students, parents and staff remain excited about the reopening of Sunny Hills High School for live classroom instruction on Monday, Aug….

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IN RHYTHM: Freshman aspires to move up levels in different style of gymnastics
Sports

Irene Sheen | May 24, 2021

One minute and 30 seconds. She has but one chance to gracefully execute the routine perfected throughout the months of long and grueling practices.

At just 11 years old, freshman rhythmic gymnast Hannah…

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From change.org to change that name: Class of 2019 alumna reflects on one-year anniversary of how she successfully campaigned to remove a suspected KKK member’s name from district’s auditorium
Features

Rida Zar | May 19, 2021

Originating in the 19th century, social justice was not on the minds of many of her peers when  Jackie Logwood attended Sunny Hills from 2016-2019.

While Logwood had to contend against the pressures…

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Yellow Wave: Organizations, elected officials and community members take steps to address AAPI hate
Features

Michelle Sheen | May 17, 2021

It was a full-page ad that appeared on the March 21 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Typed out in a white font that contrasts against the black backdrop, the notice called on readers to report any kind…

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Many Sunny Hills Asian students, alumni not surprised by nationwide and countywide series of hate crimes against their ethnicity though the actions remain hurtful
News

Nevya Patel | May 17, 2021

Accolade copy editor Michelle Sheen and staff reporter Esther Oh contributed to this report.

Sophomore Jeffrey Tran spent his Sunday afternoon on March 28 helping out his friend’s parents tidy up…

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Kickstarter: Junior donates thousands of dollars to charities from shoe re-selling business
Features

Dominique Chang | May 10, 2021

Since last November, junior Colin Lee has made $8,000 off re-selling shoes through his Instagram shoe-selling business, Bobakickss.

Lee could have invested all of it into stocks like Tesla, which is…

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Students add color to dull quarantine lifestyles
Features

Charis Lee | April 27, 2021

Before the March 2020 lockdown, senior Estefani Espinoza would get her naturally brown hair dyed at a local beauty salon for $120.

But once the state mandated that all such shops remain closed to slow…

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Not his first rodeo — English teacher who grew up on a dairy farm gets most student votes to kiss the cow as culmination of Future Farmers of America Awareness Week
Features

Alice Lee | March 18, 2021

English teacher Randy Oudega never thought he would get enough votes from students to be nominated for the honor of a Future Farmers of America [FFA] spring semester tradition: Kiss the Cow.

“Udder…

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Normalized sexual assault in media is poisonous for society
Arts & Entertainment

Rebecca Choi | February 25, 2021

Internationally renowned South Korean import Painter of the Night, 59-time Emmy award-winner “Game of Thrones” and Robin Thicke’s 2013 No. 1 Billboard release “Blurred Lines.”

Although successful…

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National Sexual Violence Resource Center celebrates 20th year raising awareness about sexual assault issues
Features

Hope Li | February 23, 2021

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month features a pink ribbon to remind Americans that the disease is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Also in October, AIDS Awareness Month utilizes…

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Superintendent responds to students’ online sexual assault allegations, petitions for change
News

Nevya Patel | February 22, 2021

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the content of this article, we strongly encourage you to contact us at [email protected] If you wish to report any cases of sexual misconduct,…

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A win-win for all: Student-inspired ‘Games for Good’ raises $1,000 for COVID-19-related financially strapped families
Features

Lauren Jung | January 25, 2021

Seniors Daniel Magpayo and Meagan Kimbrell wanted their Fullerton neighbors to take $200 for passing Go or head to the chapel to “get married” or reach Candy Castle for the win.

And since the coronavirus…

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Vice President Kamala Harris sets a new path in politics for me and other women of color
Opinions

Rida Zar | January 21, 2021

In 1789,  John Adams became America’s first vice president after receiving the second-most Electoral College votes after George Washington. In the 47 more vice presidents to come, regardless of the…

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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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