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The Leaf

Kirsten Thomas
Hi! My name is Kirsten Thomas, and this is my third and final year on the staff. This year I am a Web Editor, which basically means I am one of the two people that keep the website up and running. We update the website daily and strive to post diverse and well-written articles and information. For many years, shsleaf.org has been a SNO distinguished site, and for the first time, last year was a Pacemaker finalist. I help in other aspects of the journalism world when needed, as I am also the Managing Editor for The Leaf. I oversee the feature, opinion, and sports sections of our news magazine. I enjoy both of our platforms and write for both as well. As far as writing goes, until my sophomore year, I never really enjoyed it. It was my freshman year that I discovered what an outlet writing can be, and once I discovered how to communicate what I could not verbally through writing, I was hooked. I started discovering sides of myself I never knew existed, which lead me to win first place in the Montgomery Women’s Club Writing Contest for three (this year will hopefully make four!) years in a row. Although I spend most of my time working on journalism-related work, I enjoy the activities I am involved in at SHS. As far as clubs and extracurriculars go, this is my second year being Vice President of Model UN, I have been a freshman camp counselor (basically showing freshman around the school, helping them adapt and being a mentor to them) for four years, and I volunteer through Ambassadors Club and National Honors Society. During second bell each day I am a peer mentor to students in the building with special needs. I help the students in their gym class, build relationships with them and enjoy occasional outings with them such as bowling and Adaptive PE field day. I have a passion for individuals with special needs, as I think their voices should be heard just as anyone else's. This can sometimes be challenging considering some special needs individuals are nonverbal, but it is always fun using technology and other resources to help them communicate and let the world hear their voice. After watching the movie “Temple Grandin” in psychology class, I was inspired to share the stories of those who would not normally be shared. I created Autism Awareness Month on our website to bring awareness to those in our community and world touched by Autism, including businesses that strive to incorporate employees of all abilities. Each school day in April a profile was uploaded to our website, featuring a person or business. The community had a great response, and we were able to cover many students and businesses in our area. Looking towards my future, I know the special needs community will always be a part of my life, even if that means strictly volunteering. Outside of school I enjoy attending church and have served for a few years on the leadership team. This summer I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala, and I loved sharing my testimony and Christianity with all of the children there. My eyes were opened to how precious life is, and how we should value each and every day. Further, when I am not at school I spend some of my time working. I have two jobs, one at Jet’s Pizza and the other at Subway, but I also manage to make some time to babysit. In college, I plan on majoring in journalism and may be interested in teaching journalism later down the road. I wish I could tell you I am finishing off my senior year and leaving high school with no regrets, but I have to admit, I have one regret- not joining the journalism program sooner. Joining journalism changed my life- I learned not only what I want to pursue in college and beyond, but I discovered who I truly am. Sharing the stories of others is my passion, and I cannot wait to explore this field for years to come. I am so happy that I joined the staff sophomore year, and I could not imagine high school without it. On that note, feel free to look around and enjoy all of the work we have posted here for you- we have put in a lot of hard work, and we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by, and come back again soon!

Kirsten Thomas, Web Editor

May 09, 2019
Sam Kapsul, 12 (Story)
Apr 30, 2019
Wrapping up Autism Awareness Month (Story)
Apr 19, 2019
Traveling in Texas (Story)
Apr 19, 2019
Students give trivia a try (Story)
Apr 13, 2019
Lawmakers save lives of the unborn (Story)
Apr 11, 2019
Kling attends Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet (Story)
Apr 09, 2019
Remembering 20 years ago (Story)
Apr 07, 2019
Making your way through Magnolia Bakery (Story)
Apr 07, 2019
Nothing beats Magnolia (Story)
Apr 06, 2019
Kathie Lee Gifford says goodbye to “Today” (Story)
Apr 05, 2019
“Roots” now live on SoundCloud (Story)
Apr 04, 2019
Why we cover Autism Awareness Month (Story)
Mar 29, 2019
You’ve been left on read—now what? (Story)
Mar 19, 2019
NBC series ‘The Night Shift’ canceled (Story)
Mar 14, 2019
‘The Upside’ (Story)
Mar 05, 2019
The Lynx Project: Behind the Scenes (Story)
Mar 04, 2019
The story behind the poem (Story)
Mar 01, 2019
Lynx Project prepares to perform at SHS (Story)
Feb 28, 2019
SHS celebrates Black History Month during assembly (Story)
Feb 27, 2019
Q&A with Young Scholars (Story)
Feb 21, 2019
Students take on Perfect North (Story)
Feb 15, 2019
Fashion for the Cure live stream (Story)
Feb 11, 2019
Students help Fashion for the Cure (Story)
Feb 01, 2019
No school Feb. 1 (Story)
Jan 31, 2019
No school Jan. 31 (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
No school Jan. 30 (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
Will school be canceled on Jan. 30? (Story)
Jan 16, 2019
Laneyah Pringle, 12 (Story)
Dec 05, 2018
Verany Iek, 12 (Story)
Nov 19, 2018
Athletes sign for future (Story/Media)
Nov 09, 2018
Where and why SHS travels (Story/Media)
Oct 30, 2018
Nia Jeter, 12 (Story)
Oct 25, 2018
Girls Varsity soccer completes season (Story/Media)
Oct 16, 2018
Waterpolo bonds through parade (Story)
Oct 15, 2018
Homecoming spirit week poll results (Story)
Oct 15, 2018
Seniors prepare to serve (Story/Media)
Sep 18, 2018
Order your 2019 yearbook (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
Remembering 9/11 (Story)
Sep 07, 2018
Seniors enjoy cookout at lunch (Story)
Sep 06, 2018
Shooting occurs in downtown Cincinnati (Story)
Sep 05, 2018
Businesses and consumers rethink plastic straws (Story/Media)
Aug 21, 2018
SBOB marches toward Tag Day (Story/Media)
Aug 17, 2018
Students challenge one another during Freshman Camp (Media)
Aug 16, 2018
Welcome back! (Media)
May 23, 2018
Bud Acus field gets new turf, track (Story)
May 21, 2018
Little Theater transforms into Synnovation Lab (Story)
May 21, 2018
Skyline includes diverse range of staff members (Story)
May 21, 2018
Seniors soar through graduation (Story)
May 18, 2018
Seniors receive recognition, scholarships (Story)
May 18, 2018
Seniors attend cookout (Story)
May 17, 2018
David Moskowitz receives OHSAA award (Story)
May 16, 2018
Seniors visit elementary schools (Story)
May 16, 2018
Seniors recognized for sports, 3,000 point club (Story)
May 16, 2018
Kaitlynn Herzog, 12 (Story/Media)
May 15, 2018
Spring athletes sign for universities (Story)
May 10, 2018
Adaptive PE takes on field day (Story)
May 08, 2018
Autism awareness month reflection (Story/Media)
Apr 30, 2018
Work study enthusiast (Story)
Apr 30, 2018
Tsao takes on globe (Story)
Apr 27, 2018
Earthwise pet (Story)
Apr 23, 2018
Adaptive PE plans Field Day (Story)
Apr 23, 2018
Susan K. Lewis Stokes (Story)
Apr 20, 2018
Jeicy Hernandez-Baquero, 11 (Story/Media)
Apr 12, 2018
Claire Bolyard, 11 (Story/Media)
Apr 05, 2018
TIP Intern (Story)
Apr 04, 2018
Molina transitions students into workforce (Story)
Apr 03, 2018
Autism enters the workforce (Story)
Apr 02, 2018
April calls for Autism Awareness (Story)
Mar 29, 2018
Students step back into history (Story/Media)
Mar 29, 2018
Sonia Sotomayor (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
Ohio University opens campus to prospective journalism students (Story/Media)
Mar 22, 2018
Hernandez Baquero prepares for future (Story)
Mar 18, 2018
Apple Watch: Waste or Great? (Story/Media)
Mar 08, 2018
Chemistry classes (tie) dye (Story/Media)
Mar 07, 2018
Hannah Taylor, 11 (Story/Media)
Mar 06, 2018
Pereda strives for success (Story)
Mar 02, 2018
Jonah Tessel, 11 (Story/Media)
Feb 28, 2018
Cummins qualifies for state (Story)
Feb 14, 2018
Blood donation tips, tricks (Story/Media)
Feb 07, 2018
Music sparks Swart’s passion (Story)
Feb 02, 2018
Final count arrives from Live for Liz (Story)
Feb 01, 2018
SHS Freshman Camp (Story)
Jan 18, 2018
Mason, Sycamore join together in second annual Live for Liz (Story)
Jan 12, 2018
Bringing People Together (Story)
Jan 10, 2018
Lady Aves Live for Liz (Story)
Dec 28, 2017
Concern rises for household pets (Story/Media)
Dec 20, 2017
Hlawn overcomes international troubles (Story)
Dec 04, 2017
Choral program approaches winter concert (Story)
Nov 30, 2017
Pelberg leads Robotics Team (Story)
Nov 11, 2017
Stover leads Unified for Uganda (Story)
Oct 19, 2017
SHS Puerto Rico recovery effort (Story)
Oct 13, 2017
Mr. Lonnie Stover (Story)
Oct 10, 2017
Lending a Helping Hand (Story)
Oct 07, 2017
Bella Voce sings in harmony (Story)
Oct 06, 2017
Curtains up on Amanda Jensen (Story)
Sep 27, 2017
United States Womens National Team (USWNT) takes field at Nippert Stadium (Story)
Sep 26, 2017
What did you think of High School Nation? (Story)
Sep 21, 2017
Helping hurricane victims (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
How much do you know about hurricanes? (Story)
Sep 11, 2017
Cents to Socks unites SHS (Story/Media)
Sep 01, 2017
Award-winning freshman aces ACT (Story)
Aug 15, 2017
Choir sings with rock band (Story)
May 25, 2017
Baker bakes way to future (Story)
May 03, 2017
‘Kicking bad cells out’ (Story)
Apr 26, 2017
How much do you know about SHS’ sports? (Story)
Apr 04, 2017
Number of drug-addicted babies spikes (Story)
Mar 16, 2017
So long, farewell (Story)
Mar 10, 2017
Tests take tolls (Story)
Mar 07, 2017
Lise Meitner (Story)
Feb 18, 2017
Weitz bowls 300, sets SHS record (Story)
Feb 17, 2017
Recapping Valentine’s Day (Story)
Feb 14, 2017
Cabaret celebrates choir members (Story)
Feb 10, 2017
Lady Aves Live for Liz (Story)
Jan 26, 2017
SHS basketball players Stuff The Truck (Story)
Jan 12, 2017
Past SHS teacher now works as Greene School interim assistant principal (Story)
Jan 10, 2017
The disease in disguise (Story)
Nov 04, 2016
Band striking up for hunger (Story)
Oct 05, 2016
Announcing National Merit Commended (Story)
The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
Kirsten Thomas