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The Leaf

Harsimran Makkad
Hello! My name is Harsimran Makkad, and I am a senior at Sycamore High School. This is my fourth year in the journalism program, where I serve as Executive Web Editor-in-Chief, directing, developing, and managing the website, shsleaf.org. I believe in a hands-on approach, and my curiosity and desire to move fast often motivates me to get my hands dirty. Apart from posting articles daily, I am working to make the site more engaging to our viewers.

My exploration of various genres such as News, Feature, and Opinion has engendered a passion for social issues such as equality and women’s rights. This fervor erupted into a research paper I wrote last year, which traced the fight for women’s rights through the 1970s as part of the Feminist Art Movement.

Obviously, I love art of all forms: drawing, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. This is why I take pride in designing pages using software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I especially enjoy formatting pieces in a web-friendly manner. My love for art also extends to the fine arts - I am currently entering my 10th year of tap dancing at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where I have also furthered my vocal and acting skills.

Through my time in journalism, I have learned to appreciate, and maybe even welcome, the uncomfortable. I even enjoy taking risks and trying new things. This applies to all my classes, particularly the sciences. For the past five years, I have explored various science projects in-depth, which I presented at the school, district, and state science fairs. I have employed statistics to validate robustness of experimental data, hypothesis testing to verify soundness of results, and have used calculus, vectors, and matrices to build mathematical models.  I wish to conduct similar research in college.

My love for science extends to the medical field. Over this summer, I interned at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, where through shadowing various ophthalmologists I honed the skill of interacting with others. What was invaluable was the diversity I encountered - people of all different ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I listened to their stories and learned more about them as individuals. This experience was a self-realization: I want to make a difference in people’s lives sometime in the not-so-distant future, just as these doctors did with their patients. As the poet Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Thus, I hope to find a career that allows me to employ my knowledge and skills set to positively impact the world and make it a better place for all.

In addition to journalism, I take part in SHS’s Book Club, Math Club, and Latin Club. I am also an active member in National Honor Society. Volunteering with younger kids comes to me naturally since every day I help my two young siblings with their school work. Furthermore, I am a leader of a team working on the development and creation of an Alumni Wall for the school.

I love to read a variety of books, whether they are novels, news articles, or science-related journals.  Some of my favorite books include When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  My motto is embodied by the words of Vivian Greene: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief

May 24, 2018
Inspiring quotes from fictional characters (Story)
May 10, 2018
Nathalie Bonin, 11 (Story/Media)
May 07, 2018
‘The other side’ (Story)
May 07, 2018
Students display musical talents at Senior Art Show (Story/Media)
May 04, 2018
Senior Art Show decorates lobby (Story/Media)
May 03, 2018
Day of Silence (Story)
May 02, 2018
Seniors pick up caps, gowns (Story/Media)
May 01, 2018
April 2018 Columns: Remembering Columbine, paper books (Media)
Apr 30, 2018
After Prom transforms school (Story)
Apr 29, 2018
Aviator Chorale, Bella Voce compete at state (Story)
Apr 29, 2018
‘A Midnight in Paris’ (Story/Media)
Apr 24, 2018
Young historian advances to national competition (Story)
Apr 19, 2018
Hurricanes (Story)
Apr 18, 2018
Students, PTO set up After Prom decorations for weeks leading up to event (Story)
Apr 16, 2018
Student Council, PTO prepare for Prom, After Prom (Media)
Apr 12, 2018
Prom, After Prom tickets go on sale (Story/Media)
Apr 12, 2018
Dr. Ami Klin (Story)
Apr 10, 2018
Innovative students present at Buckeye Science Fair (Media)
Apr 09, 2018
Young scientists take on competitions (Media)
Apr 02, 2018
Melinda Looney, 12 (Story/Media)
Apr 01, 2018
Mader speaks on school safety (Media)
Mar 31, 2018
Young mathematicians compete at state OHMIO (Story/Media)
Mar 29, 2018
Students teeter-totter with local Argentinian children (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
OJCL competitors bring home awards (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
Ohio government considers action in response to gun violence (Story)
Mar 27, 2018
Young historians honor fallen soldiers (Story)
Mar 25, 2018
When students speak (Story)
Mar 19, 2018
Latin scholars win numerous accolades (Story)
Mar 16, 2018
Students call for change (Story/Media)
Mar 14, 2018
‘Enough is enough’ (Story/Media)
Mar 14, 2018
Student activists walk out for beliefs (Story/Media)
Mar 14, 2018
Happy Pi Day (Story)
Mar 13, 2018
Princess Diana of Wales (Story)
Mar 09, 2018
February 2018 Columns: How journalists, ‘Wonder’ change lives (Media)
Mar 05, 2018
Fine Arts Weekend wows community (Story/Media)
Mar 03, 2018
Students display work in annual district art show (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
TEAMS of young engineers achieve victory (Story)
Feb 26, 2018
Taft ARC program opens new doors for students (Story)
Feb 20, 2018
‘More than just a drug problem’ (Story)
Feb 11, 2018
President Donald Trump’s visit to Blue Ash leaves mark on area (Story/Media)
Feb 06, 2018
Trump, Renacci navigate indefinite relationship, race (Media)
Feb 06, 2018
SAFA Scholarship application period opens (Story)
Feb 05, 2018
Trump speaks about tax overhaul, opioid crisis, midterm elections in meeting with local Sheffer Corp. (Story/Media)
Feb 05, 2018
Trump speaks at Sheffer Corp. (Story)
Feb 02, 2018
Sycamore closes schools due to president’s visit (Story)
Feb 01, 2018
Carolyn Zhang, 11 (Story/Media)
Feb 01, 2018
Bell Hooks (bell hooks) (Story)
Jan 27, 2018
‘Beyond the classroom’ (Story/Media)
Jan 25, 2018
TEAMS senior team explores Blue Ash Rec on field trip (Story/Media)
Jan 23, 2018
Seniors share experiences, give advice to JH students, parents (Story/Media)
Jan 19, 2018
Speaking out against sexual harassment equals catalyst for change? (Story)
Jan 18, 2018
Preparing for adulthood (Story)
Jan 11, 2018
Beyond numbers with #MeTooK12 (Story)
Dec 25, 2017
Poverty in India worsens (Story)
Dec 23, 2017
Losing too much (Story)
Dec 07, 2017
‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ -’Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare (Story/Media)
Dec 06, 2017
He For She panel empowers women, men alike (Story)
Nov 30, 2017
National Diabetes Month raises awareness (Story)
Nov 20, 2017
‘Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.’ – Jean-Jacques Rosseau (Story)
Nov 10, 2017
November Principal’s Breakfast (Story)
Nov 07, 2017
‘Food allergies on the rise’ (Story/Media)
Oct 27, 2017
Art students write their way towards field trip (Story/Media)
Oct 20, 2017
Just how will the end of Obamacare subsidies impact you? (Story)
Oct 20, 2017
Students gear up for college research (Media)
Oct 13, 2017
‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ -Pablo Picasso (Story)
Oct 06, 2017
Long cheers through high school (Story)
Sep 29, 2017
‘I can’t see it, so it must not exist, right?’ (Story)
Sep 25, 2017
Sycamore launches STEAM (Story)
Sep 24, 2017
Aves win Homecoming game (Story)
Sep 24, 2017
Parade showcases HOCO spirit (Story)
Sep 17, 2017
Concern for coast mounts as two storms swirl in the Atlantic (Story)
Sep 15, 2017
Certain Experiences Impact perspectives on future (Story/Media)
Sep 11, 2017
Americans reflect upon 9/11 (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
‘Most catastrophic storm ever seen before’ (Story)
Sep 10, 2017
Irma continues breaking records (Story)
Sep 07, 2017
‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’ – Albert Einstein (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Elevator opens for first day after repairs (Media)
Aug 28, 2017
Catastrophe strikes (Story)
Aug 22, 2017
‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’ – Edgar Degas, French artist (Story/Media)
Aug 18, 2017
Strange animals! (Story)
Aug 15, 2017
Choir sings with rock band (Story)
Aug 10, 2017
Beware of faulty eclipse-wear (Story)
Aug 09, 2017
Welcome back! (Media)
May 25, 2017
Changes at SHS (Story)
May 08, 2017
Sycamore students care for water sheds (Story)
May 02, 2017
Tourism tanks (Story)
Apr 27, 2017
Artists display work, win awards (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
‘Chemistry on the brain’ (Story)
Apr 05, 2017
Check out heroin issue to raise awareness (Media)
Apr 01, 2017
‘Beh(eye)nd the scenes’ (Story/Media)
Mar 29, 2017
Nina Byers (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Scientists continue presentations at District Science Fair (Story)
Mar 11, 2017
Tie-dye to die for (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Mathematicians participate in OCTM (Story)
Feb 27, 2017
Check out SHS diversity for Diversity Week (Media)
Feb 15, 2017
Natasha Trethewey (Story)
Feb 15, 2017
Blood drive saves multiple lives with just one pint (Story)
Feb 15, 2017
Fashion for the Cure walks down runway (Story)
Feb 15, 2017
Baking beyond basics (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
My Furry Valentine (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Adoption 101 (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Checklist for New Adopters (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Match the Pet (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Go, baby, go! (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
Early spring or six more weeks of winter? (Story)
Jan 31, 2017
Science fair erupts with new ideas (Story)
Jan 25, 2017
Chinese Kunqu Opera Troupe to visit (Story)
Jan 17, 2017
Animal activists applaud (Story)
Dec 13, 2016
Young students engage in physics (Story)
Dec 09, 2016
OSU attack impacts beyond campus (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
‘Around the world’ in 15 years (Story)
Nov 22, 2016
Three viruses, one mosquito (Story)
Nov 11, 2016
Marching Band gives back to community (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Varsity football to play against Mason (Story)
Nov 09, 2016
Collegiate recognition for athletes (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
‘Lights, drama… zombies?’ (Story/Media)
Oct 25, 2016
Striking up the band for hunger (Story)
Oct 22, 2016
Senior Halloween Rules (Story)
Oct 10, 2016
Upcoming senior events (Story/Media)
Oct 10, 2016
EpiPens cost more than just money (Story)
Oct 07, 2016
French Club collects donations to help Haiti (Story)
Oct 05, 2016
Mitch Radakovich receives perfect score on ACT (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
Spirit Week begins (Story/Media)
Sep 10, 2016
Pulitzer Prize winner plans to speak with students (Story)
Sep 06, 2016
How to register to vote (Story)
Aug 31, 2016
August Leafs to be distributed during ACE (Media)
Aug 22, 2016
Hochstrasser wins national award (Story)
Aug 18, 2016
Bridge Closure Schedule (Media)
Aug 18, 2016
Extended ACE bell schedule (Media)
May 26, 2016
Raising awareness about mental health (Story/Media)
May 20, 2016
Faking humanity (Story)
May 17, 2016
New room, new place, no sleep (Story)
May 13, 2016
Eight seconds (Story/Media)
May 03, 2016
Gender equality in military, combat (Story)
Apr 29, 2016
Opinions about retiring Latin instructor (Story/Media)
Apr 29, 2016
Q & A with Magister Torlone (Story/Media)
Apr 28, 2016
Earth day brings hope for future (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
Reporters receive Pulitzer Prize (Story/Media)
Apr 18, 2016
Antibiotic threat (Story)
Apr 06, 2016
Sophomore debates approach (Story)
Apr 01, 2016
Blood tests may now detect concussions (Story)
Mar 18, 2016
Zika update (Story)
Mar 11, 2016
‘Feet on’ experience (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Science Fair (Story)
Mar 01, 2016
Diversity (Story)
Feb 10, 2016
Hurts when it hits home (Story)
Feb 01, 2016
Cruzed or Trumped? (Story)
Jan 07, 2016
Effects of El Nino on weather (Story)
Dec 10, 2015
El Nino’s Impact on the United States (Story)
Nov 24, 2015
Attacks serve as ‘game-changer’ for world (Story)
Nov 19, 2015
Understanding El Nino (Story)
Nov 18, 2015
Dumbo to the rescue (Story)
Nov 18, 2015
Paris attacks strike home (Story)
Nov 17, 2015
Teenage Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes (Story)
Nov 06, 2015
Current influenza vaccine found effective (Story)
Oct 29, 2015
Halloween Superstitions (Story)
Oct 27, 2015
Star Wars and moles (Story/Media)
Oct 26, 2015
Artificial intelligence makes it mark (Story)
Oct 21, 2015
‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ (Story)
Oct 08, 2015
U.S. gun crime in 2015 (Story)
Oct 02, 2015
Francis effect (Story)
Oct 01, 2015
Sexual assaults on college campuses (Story)
Sep 22, 2015
Mexican cucumbers sicken people across country (Story/Media)
Sep 16, 2015
Walking to freedom (Story)
May 28, 2015
Too hot for summer (Story/Media)
May 21, 2015
Common core testing nationwide (Story)
May 18, 2015
Raising awareness (Story)
May 07, 2015
Giving congratulations to new inductees (Story/Media)
May 06, 2015
Looking for your own Romeo or Juliet (Story/Media)
Apr 23, 2015
‘Shrek the Musical’ captivates young audience (Story/Media)
Apr 20, 2015
Just great… (Story/Media)
Apr 14, 2015
Maria Montessori (Story)
Apr 09, 2015
Ethics vs. greater good (Story)
Apr 08, 2015
Frank McCourt (Story)
Mar 27, 2015
‘I travel the world and the seven seas’ (Story)
Mar 25, 2015
On my own, all alone (Story)
Mar 20, 2015
Women’s History Month- Ada Lovelace (Story)
Mar 12, 2015
Powerful message released from controversial dress (Story/Media)
Mar 12, 2015
Circuses under bar (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Losing time (Story/Media)
Feb 26, 2015
Another outbreak… this time closer to home (Story)
Feb 12, 2015
‘Washington’s Birthday’ celebrates all presidents (Story)
Feb 10, 2015
Juggling, singing, dancing… Oh my! (Story)
Feb 10, 2015
Cryptic Killer (Story)
Feb 05, 2015
Preparing for new school year (Story)
Feb 03, 2015
Lost honor leads to imperialism (Story/Media)
Jan 29, 2015
Pick and choose reasonably (Story)
Jan 26, 2015
Finding material without getting lost (Story)
Jan 09, 2015
‘Story of my life’ (Story/Media)
Dec 04, 2014
Guest speaker talks to students about Ebola (Story/Media)
Dec 01, 2014
Sales, sprees, there are tons of these (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Mock Trial releases audition information (Story/Media)
Dec 01, 2014
‘Row of lights’ light up sky (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Classroom fun equals more work (Story/Media)
Dec 01, 2014
‘He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides’ (Story)
Dec 01, 2014
Tracing back lines (Story)
Nov 10, 2014
Commemorating those who have served before Thanksgiving (Story)
Oct 27, 2014
Giving cheers for Homecoming Day (Story)
Oct 16, 2014
Class novel ends in upcoming weeks (Story/Media)
Oct 07, 2014
French salons now in style (Story)
Sep 19, 2014
Rules, requirements for NHS available for juniors (Story)
The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
Harsimran Makkad