The Leaf

Allyson Bonhaus

Allyson Bonhaus, Editor in Chief

Hello! My name is Allyson (Ally) Bonhaus and this is my fourth and final year on the staff of The Leaf. This year I am the Editor in Chief, which means I oversee everything that goes on basically and gives me an excuse to learn about managing a paper and a website, drawing people to read your material, and much more. I am fueled by my desire to publish the best paper, but also by the inspiring individuals on staff who make up a better staff than I could dream up. Last year we won the National PaceMaker Prize and have been a SNO Distinguished Site for many years running. I have been taught how to be a part of a functioning team, as well as become versed in using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. My experiences as a part of this stellar staff have taught me many things about myself and the world. Before entering the hollowed door of room 115 I did not concern myself much with current events and now a day is not complete without checking the news. Through this class, I have developed my sense of the world and my passion for being an involved citizen. My convictions in politics and social issues was found and grew in room 115. These passions were further cultivated at Women Writing for a Change. This organization sparked my personal growth as a feminist and helped me grow into the adult that I am today. Graduating the Young Feminist Leadership Academy (YFLA) last year was a huge growing moment for me into my identity as a feminist and leader. Taking part in YFLA with some of my role models was a great experience on my path of intersectional feminism. Furthermore, as you may guess from the title of Women Writing for a change, my interests in writing extend past journalism. I have been pursuing creative writing since I was a child. As for my other interests, I would be remiss without mentioning mock trial. I have been a part of the team since my freshman year, serving as both witness and attorney. At the start of this school year I competed in the Empire Mock Trial competition in Atlanta, Georgia which was an emotionally trying time but also some of the most fun I have had with my fellow mockers. Mock trial has been a third parent (or maybe fourth after journalism) helping me in public speaking and understanding complex cases and case law. Trying to fill the most enormous shoes, I am President of Book Club, which the last Executive Editor founded (aka the person with huge feet). Through this experience I have learned (and am learning) how to entice people to read with food. (It was also the founder of this club who taught me that Chipotle is excellent to pair with sending the paper to the publisher.) Through my high school years, this club has broadened my taste in books and my overall knowledge as we dealt with some heavy reading. I have learned, not unlike a teacher, how to prompt discussions along and stretch horizons with books out of the norm. I would include some of my favorite books but then this profile may never end. Additionally, I am a part of the Ambassadors Club (we volunteer at school events) and National Honor Society. Finally, I have learned, as you might expect in the publishing business, that “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill’s words ring even in room 115. Thank you and congratulations to all who reached the end of this profile.

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Anushri Menon, 12

Anushri Menon, 12

April 29, 2019
John Elder Robison

John Elder Robison

April 8, 2019
Teddy Weng, 12

Teddy Weng, 12

March 28, 2019
Field Biology students had a few special guests before they departed for Spring Break. On Fri., March 15, Raptor came with three different types of owls to show the students. Pictured here is a Barred owl with the guest speaker. All the animals are injured in some way or cannot be successfully reintroduced into the wild. In the class, students will have to identify the different owl hoots per species, so the class today was a great chance to study up on the calls. Mr. Ron Hochstrasser teaches the elective. “With a visit, students get to see the birds they are learning to ID up close,” Hochstrasser said.

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March 22, 2019
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March 22, 2019
STRIKE A POSE. English teacher and Varsity AQT coach Mrs. Laura Newton poses with her plaque declaring her the GMC Coach of the Year for AQT.  Newton looks forward to seeing the team compete on April 6 at Regionals. “It was exciting… I like coaching AQT so I don’t really need the accolades but it was fun,” Newton said in response to her reaction to winning the spot.

What do you know?

March 13, 2019
READY TO CHANGE THE WORLD. Senior Shayna Kling puts in the effort to help her community at every turn, from Ambassadors Club to National Honor Society as well as outside of school, she does whatever she can. “She wants to make the most of every minute of life. She just feels like if she's not doing anything that she’s not living up to her full potential,” said Ms. Rose Mitchell, SHS counselor.

One from 95,000

March 4, 2019
Pictured from left to right: Young Scholars President Nia Jeter, Vice President Megan Oduyoye, and Communications/Public Relations Officer Autumn Forte.

Q&A with Young Scholars

February 27, 2019
Nandita Kulkarni, 12

Nandita Kulkarni, 12

February 19, 2019
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

February 15, 2019
Swati Bhageria, 12

Swati Bhageria, 12

January 11, 2019
WHOSE CHOICE? Multiple other states have tried to pass and enforce heartbeat bills and their lawsuits are pending on their constitutionality. With a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is in danger of becoming void. “In my opinion, there should be less strict regulation on the timeline of abortions considering it’s the mothers’ own body and her own choice,” said Lydia Cooke, 12.

Ohio House Bill 258

December 17, 2018
CONCENTRATE. Sophomore Arvind Prasad focuses on the board as time winds down. He is Board One and was his freshman year too, though team members are allowed to challenge each other to get a higher board number. “The seasons going pretty well. It’s crazy that this is my last year of chess because I’ve played it all four years of high school,” said Nandita Kulkarni, 12.

Chess season hits timer

December 3, 2018
Ginevra Pascale, 10

Ginevra Pascale, 10

November 27, 2018

KEEP A TALLY. Senior Theodore Weng snaps this photo during the watch party for Aftab Pureval. Though Pureval lost the seat to incumbent Republican Steve Chabot, the first district includes parts of Hamilton and Warren County, tilting the district red. “I think its unlikely for a Democratic candidate to win the first district until 2022 when gerrymandering is supposed to be fixed. Aside from that, I do think Aftab did a good job rallying the Democrats in Hamilton County,” Weng said.

Winner!

November 19, 2018
On Sept. 19, juniors and seniors attended an ALICE training assembly in their perspective ace bells. Freshman and sophomores went through the training earlier in the week. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training teaches students what to do in emergency situations such as an active shooting. At one point in the senior assembly, senior Jackson Rudd was invited on stage to take part in a demonstration. 

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October 4, 2018
Miriam Chowdhury, 12

Miriam Chowdhury, 12

September 11, 2018
Emma Brown, 11

Emma Brown, 11

September 6, 2018
OPTIONS. Students had many stations to pick from for field day. When students were finished going through stations, lunch was provided for all. Volunteers helped pack the stations up into a trailer, and unloaded them when returning to SHS at the end of the day.

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May 10, 2018
OBSTACLE COURSE. Students in TPA created this activity for field day. The course accommodated all students. Some of the items making up the course included pool noodles, cones, hoops, and sponges.

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May 10, 2018
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