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The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

Hello, virtual friend! My name is Natalie Brinkman and I have managed to get to my junior year of high school despite all of the stress and work that it entails. My current position on staff is co-print-editor-in-chief, which basically means I help design, edit, and fix pages for our news magazine, The Leaf. I have been a part of Sycamore High School’s journalism program for all three years of my high school career and have loved every minute of it. Journalism has taught me how to use programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. Outside of journalism, I participate in marching band, specifically color guard, and I am a mentor for a program at Sycamore called Fast Track. All three of these activities have taught me the skills and requirements of leadership and  how to step into roles of responsibility.  My passions lie in a multitude of fields, therefore I am not quite sure what I would like to do for my future career. However, I try to keep in mind that high school has taught me that it is alright to try many different paths before you pick your final destination. I guess you could say I am taking the scenic route, trying to view everything I can before I choose. Some of my other passions include reading, writing, and video making, all activities that I try to squeeze into my little free time. I am a dance and karaoke addict, but only when I am alone and with reckless abandon. My favorite tv show is How I Met Your Mother, despite the infamously hated conclusion. Ted Mosby is my favorite character, I both relate to him spiritually and mentally. So in conclusion and with his wise words, “The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever.”

Natalie Brinkman, Print Editor-In-Chief

May 25, 2017
Changes at SHS (Story)
May 12, 2017
Game On (Story)
Apr 18, 2017
8 things to do before you graduate (Story)
Apr 11, 2017
Walt Disney: Taking a Stand for the American Dream (Story)
Apr 03, 2017
Marching band announces theme (Story)
Mar 28, 2017
Musical groups attend district competition (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
Mary Cassatt (Story)
Mar 13, 2017
“The Sycamore Leaf” App! (Story)
Mar 06, 2017
Cincinnati declares status as Sanctuary City (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Diversity Week Overview (Story)
Feb 23, 2017
Bridge brings far-stretching problems (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Tiny tigers take to Cincinnati (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Mixed Greens try bubble tea (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Mixed Greens Intro (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
We are all human (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
Baby hippo receives name (Story)
Jan 13, 2017
Cookies serve as memento for celebration (Story)
Dec 15, 2016
Ballet company takes leaps towards inclusiveness (Story)
Dec 07, 2016
We are SYCAMORE (Story)
Dec 01, 2016
Painters produce murals to preserve history (Story)
Nov 04, 2016
Guard glamorizes show for championships (Story)
Oct 28, 2016
Marching band heads to Florida (Story)
Oct 27, 2016
Color guard spins into season finale (Story)
Oct 12, 2016
Band plays at homecoming (Story)
Oct 10, 2016
Band performs under the lights (Story)
Sep 30, 2016
Band brings spirit to competition (Story)
Sep 27, 2016
Bands brings spirit to football games (Story)
Sep 19, 2016
Band gains because of rains (Story)
Sep 09, 2016
SHS Marching Band presents Vortex (Story)
May 09, 2016
Winter guard stuns parents, friends (Story/Photo)
Apr 07, 2016
Guard gets ready for big weekend (Story/Photo)
Mar 18, 2016
Newfangled flags fly into new season (Story/Photo)
Feb 29, 2016
Chemistry classes color clothing (Story/Photo)
Feb 12, 2016
Novel touches taboo topic of mental health issues (Story/Photo)
Feb 05, 2016
Novel links photos and words for ultimate fright (Story)
Jan 22, 2016
Book ties in two topics (Story/Photo)
Jan 15, 2016
‘The Martian’ skyrockets to top of book list (Story/Photo)
Nov 18, 2015
‘That’s a Stretch’ extends to its close (Story/Photo)
Nov 25, 2015
The marching band performs to help others (Story/Photo)
Dec 17, 2015
Space storms stir up issues (Story)
Oct 14, 2015
Marching band teaches students important life lessons (Story/Photo)
Oct 07, 2015
Darkness brings struggles for the color guard (Story/Photo)
Sep 30, 2015
Homecoming brings busy times for marching band (Story/Photo)
Sep 09, 2015
Color guard expands band’s performance (Story/Photo)
Dec 07, 2015
Winter break brings bountiful times (Story)
Dec 01, 2015
Marching band teaches important life lessons (Story)
Oct 12, 2015
Color guard to take on Goshen (Story)
May 27, 2015
SHS to get major changes this summer (Story/Photo)
May 22, 2015
New video embodies feminism, flames, fierceness (Story)
May 11, 2015
Big department store prices to become discount (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
The Winterguard stretches into spring (Story)
Apr 23, 2015
Selfies make way into museums (Story)
Apr 23, 2015
Blue Ash Park to get ‘extreme’ addition (Story)
Apr 17, 2015
Jaime Escalante (Story)
Mar 23, 2015
Things to do in Cincinnati during spring break (Story)
Mar 15, 2015
Winter’s close calls for colds (Story)
Mar 14, 2015
Rain encroaches spring’s approach (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Baseball brings beer to Cincinnati (Story)
Jan 30, 2015
Sycamore graduate to launch book in February (Story)
Jan 28, 2015
Cincinnati police officers get new view on crime (Story)
Jan 28, 2015
Cheetah cubs to come to Cincinnati (Story)
Jan 21, 2015
A first for new-fangled Flyerettes (Story)
Dec 18, 2014
Winter Wonderland (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Four years of flags for senior Annie Schoen (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot oh my (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Championships marks the close to Marching band season (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Despite frigid temperatures band brings home first place (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Marching band, color guard’s success outshines stormy weather (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Color Guard makes new friends over funnel cake (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Rain or shine, color guard will spin on (Photo)
Oct 14, 2014
Marching band performs in Dayton regional competition (Story)
Oct 14, 2014
Color Guard members spin, not twirl (Story)
The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio