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The Leaf

Jenna Bao
Embarking upon my final year in Convergence journalism, I want to take this as an opportunity to reflect on a few ways I have/have not changed. Yet, I also realize that whoever you (my reader) may be, an introspective smattering of facts is not likely what you are here for. I suppose I shall attempt to satisfy us both.
As a senior, this is in fact my fourth year shuffling stories out of Room 115. Over the years I have been an Associate Editor, and this year I am glad to serve as Executive Editor of the Leaf. As a freshman, I had no clue about my plans for the future beyond getting into a satisfactory college. For some excessive context, this was following the sixth-life crisis of my eighth grade year wherein my previous plan to become a neurosurgeon was derailed by the realization that the humanities are my jam. The multi-month long confusion I waddled through then scared me away from solid conclusions about the future, but I will say I plan to study international relations with the anticipation of law school on the eventual horizon.
Why law school, you might ask. Well that can be explained by one of my other great passions of adolescence (I have a relative great many passions): mock trial. I absolutely fell in love with the role of attorney, so much so that I have inhabited it four times. It is complicated and time consuming and incredible, not unlike journalism. I have also grabbed moot court (mock’s nerdier cousin) by its fledgling horns. For more information, check out some of the articles on this fine site.
Fun fact: as a freshman I wrote here that if I could meet any historical figure, I would go for Japanese food with Stalin, Buddha, and Jesus. Years later, the only adjustments I would make to that desire are grabbing Indian food instead and throwing Rousseau into the mix.
As for my other interests/engagements, I adore creative writing and literature, have since the days past of elementary school. In fact some of my work has been recognized by/featured in Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Chautauqua Literary Journal, and the Blue Marble Review. I also happen to be the president and founder of Book Club at SHS, which is basically just an excuse for me to have snacks and riveting discussion with other lithophiles.
I previously wrote, “I get to use my premature birth as an excuse for my pitiable cardiovascular fitness and lack of balance.” Still true. In fact, I take a certain amount of pride in the fact that I have managed to get all my necessary phys ed credits without a single traditional gym class.
If you are somehow still reading, I shall share that I am currently also president of both French Club and Tea Club. I have played the violin since the fifth grade, and I am a reader for Polyphony H.S., a youth literary magazine.
Allow me conclude with a direct quote from my sophomore profile. All of the following information still applies. “Other unnecessary but fascinating (I hope) facts about me include: I enjoy Korean dramas...and Asian pop culture in general and have terrifyingly eclectic taste in music. If I were made principal for a day (disregarding the fact that a day would not be nearly enough to actually achieve anything), I would establish a spy system not unlike that of the Qin Dynasty.
If you have actually read this entire profile, I commend and thank you."

Jenna Bao, Executive Editor

May 22, 2018
Food forges friendship (Story)
May 10, 2018
Government Action (Story)
Apr 27, 2018
Pep rally celebrates winter/spring sports (Story)
Apr 26, 2018
Why mindfulness? (Story)
Apr 18, 2018
Students, PTO set up After Prom decorations for weeks leading up to event (Media)
Apr 17, 2018
Kevin Mercurio, 10 (Story/Media)
Apr 17, 2018
Can TV characters afford their houses? (Story)
Apr 16, 2018
Student Council, PTO prepare for Prom, After Prom (Story)
Apr 10, 2018
Popular Childhood Books (Story)
Apr 03, 2018
Bhageria receives national service recognition (Story)
Mar 29, 2018
‘There will always be evil…’ (Media)
Mar 22, 2018
Prom fair shows off style (Story)
Mar 21, 2018
Dr. Virginia Apgar (Story)
Mar 19, 2018
U4U delivers Diversity Week (Story)
Mar 07, 2018
Winter track crosses finish line (Story/Media)
Mar 02, 2018
Winter track takes off to state titles (Story)
Feb 23, 2018
Fashion for the Cure cuts hair for awareness (Story/Media)
Feb 14, 2018
SEE1 rocks concert (Story)
Feb 09, 2018
Athletes sign on Feb. 9 (Story)
Feb 07, 2018
First lady visits Children’s, update on Hamilton County heroin (Story)
Feb 05, 2018
Samantha Fernandez, 11 (Story/Media)
Feb 02, 2018
President Donald Trump to visit Blue Ash (Story)
Feb 02, 2018
Morgan Freeman (Story)
Jan 27, 2018
Mock trial rests case at districts (Story)
Jan 09, 2018
Mock trial (U)sees results (Story)
Dec 05, 2017
Heroes of SHS (Story)
Dec 05, 2017
‘Justice League’ delivers mediocre story, super entertainment (Story)
Nov 30, 2017
Student Council cancels winter dance (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
Athletes sign on futures (Story)
Nov 08, 2017
‘Polling’ our weight (Story)
Nov 03, 2017
Right on time (Media)
Oct 31, 2017
Which public Ohio college is best for you? (Story)
Oct 17, 2017
‘Give back to the community that supported us’ (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
October Principal’s Breakfast (Story)
Oct 09, 2017
‘Mosquitoland’ author discusses book, writing (Story/Media)
Oct 05, 2017
Las Vegas shooting prompts inaction (Story)
Sep 23, 2017
Pep rally pumps up HOCO spirit (Story/Media)
Sep 19, 2017
National Merit Semifinalists 2017 (Story)
Sep 13, 2017
Senior ‘calls’ for old phones in zoo challenge (Story)
Sep 12, 2017
French Club kicks off new year (Media)
Sep 11, 2017
Tea time (Story)
Sep 08, 2017
PTO provides senior treat (Story)
Sep 01, 2017
SHS supports seniors with cookout (Story)
Aug 31, 2017
Taste of Blue Ash serves up fun (Story)
Aug 23, 2017
August update from Principal Doug Mader (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
Mixed Greens try tumbling (Story)
May 25, 2017
Changes at SHS (Story)
May 12, 2017
Troubles melt away at Scrumbles Cafe (Story)
May 08, 2017
Sycamore Justice League overcomes ‘super’ challenges (Story)
May 03, 2017
Immigration (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Cincinnati marches for science (Story)
Apr 24, 2017
Cincinnati marches for science (Story)
Apr 21, 2017
March for Science promotes policy, research (Story)
Apr 12, 2017
Climate Change (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
What’s the best book you’ve read at SHS? (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Historically good time (Story)
Mar 06, 2017
Aung San Suu Kyi (Story)
Mar 02, 2017
Unmasking culture (Media)
Mar 01, 2017
Engineering TEAMS achieve victory (Story)
Feb 21, 2017
Unity in Diversity: Language (Story)
Feb 14, 2017
Mock trial rocks regionals (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Chinese school ‘sings’ in new year (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Mixed Greens Intro (Story)
Feb 07, 2017
Mixed Greens try bubble tea (Story)
Feb 06, 2017
Malcolm X (Story)
Feb 02, 2017
AQT buzzes with success (Story)
Jan 20, 2017
Bach to rock (Story)
Jan 19, 2017
Learning more about the R-word (Story)
Jan 12, 2017
U ‘see’ progress for mock trial (Story)
Dec 15, 2016
Miami Mockhawk tournament sparks season (Story/Media)
Dec 13, 2016
Year In Review (Story)
Dec 08, 2016
Fun, feasting with French Club (Story)
Dec 07, 2016
We are SYCAMORE (Story)
Dec 06, 2016
French succeeds supporting Haiti (Story/Media)
Dec 05, 2016
Starting from scratch (Story)
Nov 18, 2016
Cincinnati ‘Tensing’ after mistrial (Story)
Nov 11, 2016
Book Club comes to ‘Cat’s Cradle’ conclusion (Story/Media)
Nov 04, 2016
Our Voices, Their Visions (Story)
Nov 03, 2016
Exploration excites Camp Enterprise (Story/Media)
Oct 12, 2016
Protect people, not pride: Anthem protest spreads to high schools (Story)
Oct 04, 2016
Debate drives direct discord (Story)
Sep 15, 2016
Ba-‘guette’ to French Club for picnic (Story/Media)
Sep 09, 2016
New year starts first chapter (Story)
Sep 02, 2016
Making music magic (Story)
May 06, 2016
Orchestra arrives at finale (Story)
Apr 21, 2016
April brings fresh AIR (Story/Media)
Apr 14, 2016
Book club turning new page (Story/Media)
Apr 11, 2016
Panama papers punish powerful (Story)
Mar 18, 2016
English 10 classes fly through ‘The Kite Runner’ (Story/Media)
Mar 10, 2016
Nellie Bly (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Safety shot into perspective (Story/Media)
Mar 04, 2016
Diversity and Chinese Education (Story)
Mar 04, 2016
Diversity (Story)
Feb 25, 2016
Orchestra anticipates state competition (Story)
Feb 18, 2016
SEE1 great rock show (Story)
Feb 12, 2016
Frederick Douglass (Story)
Feb 05, 2016
Ella Fitzgerald (Story)
Feb 02, 2016
Oscars so white, also not the point (Story)
Jan 19, 2016
Orchestra shines in senior spotlight (Story)
Jan 14, 2016
Mock trial ‘appeals’: UC competition, second chance (Story/Media)
Dec 11, 2015
Mock try-als out competition (Story)
Nov 18, 2015
Orchestra memorizes Christmas rock (Story/Media)
Nov 14, 2015
Orchestra winter concert approaching (Story)
Nov 04, 2015
A few good sophomores (Story/Media)
Oct 29, 2015
Death by bacon (Story)
Oct 27, 2015
Russia, US, avoiding each other in Syria skies (Story)
Oct 16, 2015
Speaking mind, not speaking wise (Story)
Oct 14, 2015
Orchestra picnics at park (Story/Media)
Oct 10, 2015
Orchestra meets new members (Story)
Oct 08, 2015
Senior Spotlight Concert (Story)
Sep 21, 2015
Religion vs. rights: Kentucky clerk refuses gay marriage licences (Story)
Jun 01, 2015
Classical meets rock (Story)
May 29, 2015
Expert advice for exam excellence (Story)
May 19, 2015
Comparing Nepal earthquakes (Story)
May 01, 2015
Arms drawn at Mohammed drawing contest (Story)
May 01, 2015
Measuring marriage equality (Story)
Apr 29, 2015
Socrates (Story)
Apr 21, 2015
Wendy Kopp (Story)
Apr 13, 2015
Stephen Hawking (Story)
Apr 10, 2015
Aristotle (Story)
Mar 27, 2015
Moot Court not moot point (Story/Media)
Mar 19, 2015
Le concours national: French classes compete (Story)
Mar 14, 2015
Terror organizations unite: Nigerian terrorist group joins ISIS (Story)
Mar 07, 2015
Supreme Court accepts gay marriage case (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Preparing to play at Pancake Day (Story)
Mar 05, 2015
Burning excitement for class read (Story/Media)
Feb 27, 2015
Sycamore rocks out to SEE1 (Story)
Feb 03, 2015
Anime draws in American crowds (Story)
Nov 25, 2014
US extends Chinese student and tourist visas (Story)
Nov 10, 2014
Creative writing club pens NaNoWriMo novels (Story/Media)
Nov 03, 2014
Malala wins Nobel Prize (Story)
Oct 15, 2014
Seniors shine in orchestra concert (Story/Media)
Oct 14, 2014
German alcoholics ‘Pick Up’ trash for beer (Story)
Oct 07, 2014
Self-made internet tycoon currently richest man in China (Story)
The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
Jenna Bao