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Update on clubs

BREAKING NEWS. SHS administrators have just released updated information regarding the new way we will be doing clubs and activities in the era of COVID-19. Though cubs are strongly encouraged to meet virtually, face-to-face meetings have been approved with several extensive measures required. As always, “all clubs must follow the same social-distancing guidelines as classrooms if meeting face-to-face,” said Mr. Ashwin Coratiyll, student administrator. Photo taken before COVID-19.

Deeya Prakash, Deputy Content Editor

October 21, 2020

   When I was a rising freshman, I attended a senior panel at the Sycamore Junior High School. There were seven nominated seniors sitting on the platform risers in the choir room, and my mother yanked the ends of my jacket down in efforts of removing any wrinkles. I was not sure why. It is not lik...

Tips and Tricks to Carving a Pumpkin

TRICK OR TREAT! With Halloween right around the corner, people are starting to break out some of the super-fun traditions of the season. Carving pumpkins is one of the popular ones, it's super fun but not exactly easy. Click the link in the bio to find out some of my tips and tricks!

Anna Ralston, Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

   Halloween is right around the corner, and one of the most popular Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. Carving pumpkins is not easy, but here I will tell you some of my favorite tips and tricks to carving pumpkins. Personally, I tend to carve my pumpkins more towards Halloween, that way they ...

Retail and restaurant industries face the economic brunt of Covid-19

BUSINESS CLOSURES. Throughout the pandemic, few things have been affected quite like restaurants and retail stores. Whether a local bar or a nationwide chain of stores, the past few months have been disastrous for all kinds of businesses.  Closures around the country have been rampant, but anyone can help by supporting their favorite local businesses.Pictured here is one of the many closed JC Penney stores across the country.  
Picture courtesy of Creative Commons.

Jack Brownlee, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

   Since March 2020, hundreds of thousands of businesses, both local and national, have faced closures.  From restaurants to retail stores, the effect of COVID-19 on all businesses has been massive.  According to data from Yelp, 160,000 businesses have closed since March, and roughly half of thos...

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

SENIOR PLANNING DAY. On Wednesday, October 14th, seniors will not be attending in person or virtual classes. While underclassmen take on standardized tests such as the ACT Aspire and the PSAT, 12th graders are given the day off to plan for the future and make preparations for their pursuits after high school. This day should be used for researching colleges, careers, or any other post-secondary endeavors, as well as completing college applications or attending virtual college tours. This planning day is especially timely, with early action/decision deadlines approaching on or around November 1. “All of my college visits were canceled, but luckily we were able to stop by a few last week. I turned in all of my applications on October 6th and plan to do virtual tours on senior planning day to finish the process,” Maya Berry, 12. Photo courtesy of Maya Berry.

Gabby Guliants, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

  On Wednesday, October 14th, seniors will not be attending in person or virtual classes. While underclassmen take on standardized tests such as the ACT Aspire and the PSAT, 12th graders are given the day off to plan for the future and make preparations for their pursuits after high school. Thi...

See You Next Year

STUCK WITH STREAMING SERVICES. Amidst the pandemic, many have indulged their entertainment needs with at-home services, such as Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+. Although we all enjoy the comfort of our own home, it just can’t be compared to the sound, quality, and thrill of seeing a movie on the big screen. “Some movies are just made to be watched in a cinema,” said Emilio Garcia, 12. 
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Allie Fehr, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

   Do you miss the smell of hot, buttery popcorn, slurps of red Icee, and handfuls of candy while waiting for the newest movie blockbuster to start? Well, keep holding on to those fond memories because it may be a while before our cinema experience returns to how we best know it.    The cinematic unive...

Finding Your Cup of Tea

FINDING YOUR CUP OF TEA. As busy students with a million other activities, caffeine is something a lot of us often rely on to make up for lost sleep or to make it through yet another Zoom call at seven in the morning. And as a top coffee chain, Starbucks is a go-to place for all our caffeine needs. A common issue though, is that many people never know what to order once they get in line. With so many options and new drinks coming out each season, the menu can easily look overwhelming. But don’t worry! This easy to read info graphic gives you some ideas for what to order next time you are in line at Starbucks. Whether you prefer light and fruity drinks or more creamy and flavorful ones, there will be something for you!

Ria Parikh, Opinion Editor

October 6, 2020

Homework help at your fingertips

HOMEWORK HOTLINE. Aves Reach, a student-run program focused on providing free, academic assistance to students launched its current focus, the Homework Hotline, at the end of August. The goal of the hotline is to provide on-demand explanations to questions submitted by students in real time. To submit a question, students should visit the website The hotline runs from 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and is open to all students in grades five through ten.

Katie Mott, A&E Editor

October 2, 2020

   You are sitting at the kitchen table completing your math homework. You finally reach the last question on the worksheet but realize you have absolutely no clue how to solve it. Maybe your parents are nearby so you ask them for help, but after looking at the problem, they realize that their memory ...

How to ace online school

VIRTUAL LEARNING. Being organized for virtual learning. Bullet journaling is an easy, handwritten way to plan your daily and weekly schedules. With multiple distractions easily available and more need for time management as ever, it is important to stay organized while being productive, which can be achieved through a planning system. “I use a planner because it helps me keep track of of my due is also easier for my brain to comprehend things that way,” said Aliya Omorova, 12.

Bhaavya Jha, Broadcast Editor

September 23, 2020

Although it has only been two weeks since school began, the stress has certainly begun to set in for SHS students. For those in a virtual setting, learning has been especially difficult with the presence of more distractions, so here are some tips to survive online school.   1. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT A lot of u...

Our Notorious R.B.G.

NOTORIOUS R.B.G. On Friday, September 18, 2020, we lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever be appointed to the United States Supreme Court bench and most recently a pop-culture icon among feminists and liberals alike. Thousands have already come together across the country to honor her memory in vigils and memorials, and yet thousands more are sharing their favorite quotes or memories of the wise woman herself. As we take the time to acknowledge her determination to fight for what she believed in on the Supreme Court and throughout her career, we will also dive into what’s happening next and the political turmoil her open seat has now left behind.

Serene Tarabishi, Copy Editor and Design Editor

September 22, 2020

On Friday, September 18, 2020, America lost one of the most prominent Supreme Court Justices we have ever had. We lost a trailblazer in feminist work for equality, a role model for young women across the country, and a firm moral leader in the Supreme Court during a time of controversy and disquiet....

8 Creative Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEER. As we adapt to our current environment, many traditional volunteer opportunities are unavailable. Whether you’re searching for an activity to occupy your free time or an opportunity to give back in this time of crisis, this list features eight creative volunteer opportunities that you can get involved with right now.

Grace Zhang, Media Director

September 21, 2020

   As we navigate through these uncertain times, many traditional volunteering opportunities have been put on pause; fortunately, there are still an abundance of ways one can contribute back to their communities during this time.  Sew Masks 4 Cincy    Are you a creative and crafty person? ...

Photoshoots fill quarantine time

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

May 21, 2020

   Throughout quarantine, many people on the app TikTok have begun to do at home photoshoots. From bringing a mirror outside to taping flowers to your face, TikTok users have seen it all. Since quarantine, the app TikTok has been used more and more to try and cure adolescents’ boredom through ...

COVID-19 cancelled your summer job—now what?

Senior Paul Whaley, an employee at Jet’s Pizza,  is one of many people who have continued to work during the COVID-19 pandemic at essential businesses. Applying for a job at an essential business is one alternative way for teens who have lost a different job due to the coronavirus to make money. Whaley explained how his job has changed significantly since the pandemic began, since the restaurant has “switched to curbside pickup to minimize contact for everyone...allowed for customers to choose a contactless delivery option, [and] we all have to be wearing masks and gloves.”

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

May 20, 2020

   Getting a summer job is a common way for high school students to make money in their free time. But what do you do when a summer job is no longer possible? Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 31 percent of surveyed SHS students have already been laid off from their summer jobs, and many more are ...

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