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Why I Am So Grateful to be Bilingual

To Gaby Pereda,12, the front door of her household provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of her identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve her Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the Spanish language rolls off her tongue as she steps into an English-speaking community.  In her most recent article, Pereda elaborates on some of the hardships Latinx parents have faced when it comes to deciding whether or not to teach their children Spanish. In addition, she reflects on why she believes she would not be the person she is today without her ability to speak Spanish and English fluently.
A look into the power of language
January 21, 2021

The front door of my family’s house provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of our identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve our Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the...

Anything But Ordinary

OFFICIALLY IN OFFICE. Today, President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office at the 59th Presidential Inauguration. From limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic to the first woman and woman of color to hold the office of the vice president, today’s inauguration will be remembered in more ways than one. To read more about some of the unique aspects of the day, keep reading!
Distinguishing the 59th Presidential Inauguration from years past
January 20, 2021

   Today, President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office at an inauguration ceremony that will go down in history in more ways than one.    Of course, an obvious...

Blue Ash Police’s New Wheels

BLUE ASH POLICE are going modern. They paired up with Sycamore Schools to design a new cop car. Out of about 20 participants, Abi Patel’s design won and will be featured on a news Blue Ash Police Department SUV.
January 15, 2021

It is not often that high school students get an opportunity to design something that has an impact on their community. However, Sycamore High School students received this opportunity when the Blue Ash...

Wrapping it Up

SPOTIFY WRAPPED 2020 IS HERE. Spotify wrapped has come out again with it’s annual reports and everyone is fascinated by it once again. There are not many things cooler than seeing a customized playlist and stats about what music you have listened to over the year, But what makes it so cool? Is it the music itself? Is it because you can show off your top songs and artists? Well the answer is it’s a little of both. We asked SHS students what they thought of their wraps to find out more.
Looking back at our year in music
December 10, 2020

    SPOTIFY WRAPPED 2020 IS HERE. Spotify wrapped has come out again with its annual reports and everyone is fascinated by it once again. There are not many things cooler than seeing a customized playlist...

Your choice, you decide

CHOICE IS YOURS. With decades of linear storytelling ending in only one result, what if we were able to decide how the story went. As video games are seeming to take more and more from the cinematic playbook, the opposite appears to have happened. This now allows viewers to make essential and impactful decisions in the movies/television they watch, allowing them to have a unique experience compared to other viewers.
The future of interactive storytelling
December 8, 2020

   After scrolling for what feels like an hour, you finally found a movie that is worth watching. It’s a cheesy horror flick but looks interesting nonetheless. You watch as the main character hears...

Covid Vaccine Updates

Thinking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Read this story to figure some things out!
December 7, 2020

   Flu, polio, tetanus, mumps, Hepatitis B, chickenpox, measles, pneumococcal, whooping cough, diphtheria...do these sound familiar? These are some of the 16 vaccines that are recommended from birth...

Getting Left on Heard

BEING LEFT ON HEARD. We have all been there. The awkward silence. The hectic glancing around the room to avoid eye contact. The anxiety to be the first one to unmute rushing into your body. Although we can all agree that remote learning is certainly not the most ideal platform for school, it is important that we do all that we can to get the most out of it.
The huge role that participation plays in remote learning
December 4, 2020

We have all been there. The awkward silence. The hectic glancing around your room to avoid eye contact. The anxiety to be the first one to unmute rushing into your body. Although we can all agree that...

Virtual or Face to Face?

VIRTUAL VS. F2F. With this one week being the first week of virtual school for a lot of the student body adjustments are being made. While some students prefer the virtual schooling option over face to face, others are struggling. Some like the freedom of virtual school while others prefer the routine of face to face.
Which schooling system do students prefer?
December 3, 2020

As a face-to-face student at Sycamore High School when I heard about going virtual for one week I had mixed emotions.  I was curious because I wanted to see what it would be like but I was also concerned...

Virtual Learning in College from the Perspectives of SHS Alumni

MISSING OUT. At present, many university students are spending little time on campus as some facilities remain closed or require limited occupancy. Many have opted, or are required, to attend virtual classes from home, and others remain in the confines of their dorm rooms.
December 2, 2020

  This year, virtual learning has been put in place for not only high schools, but universities around the nation. From self-paced, asynchronous modules to flipped class structures, college students...

Bubble Buddies

DESTINATION: ISOLATION. The loneliness of March’s quarantine is almost too painful to remember. However, we have found a safe silver-lining around the cloud that is quarantine. What is it? As you may be wondering, the answer is learning in pods! This keeps you safe, because you are isolating yourself in a group of people, but also provides a solution to the boredom we have faced.
December 1, 2020

   We are all familiar with the feeling of being quarantined. As we are inching closer to our remote learning week, I am beginning to remember the feeling of absolute lockdown. I can smell the whipped...

Administrators’ advice for remote schooling

ADMIN ADVICE. When learning remotely, administrators encourage engaging fully in your classes, asking for help, managing screen time, exercising, and sticking to a routine. “I know together we can get through this together, and when we return to school, we will continue to do what we can to stay in school,” said Mr. Doug Mader.
November 29, 2020

     For a week, school is changing locations from Cornell road to your house. Wednesday Nov. 23, the Sycamore community school district announced that all students will learn remotely from Nov. 30...

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The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
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