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Accidental entrepreneur

Accidental entrepreneur

Deeya Prakash, Opinion Editor

December 6, 2019

Junior Grace Zhang is easily one of the most over-involved highschoolers at SHS.    Not only is she a part of our very own journalism program, but she golfs, volunteers, takes a number of AP classes, and is participating in the mock trial team for her third year in a row.     However, per...

Study smarter not harder

Study smarter not harder

Charlotte Weiss, Feature Chief

December 5, 2019

As we approach Thanksgiving break, followed by exams and winter break, it is important to update your study habits to ensure the most amount of sleep and success. Use these few easy tips to improve your school experience and let you focus on having fun rather than doing homework.    Write ...

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Serene Tarabishi, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Coffee. The reason about half of you are actually awake and reading this right now, right?        This miraculous drink is the savior of countless high schoolers, keeping us up during all-nighters and keeping us alert when making the 6:30 a.m. drive to school. Whether you are drinking co...

Climate Strike Takes on Black Friday

Climate Strike Takes on Black Friday

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

   Endless lines, constant ringing of cash registers, arms full of bags, and a swarm of shoppers hustling to find the best deals. Sound familiar? Traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday kicks off the holiday season with a consumerist explosion. But in 2019, it may just be rec...

Eating Your Feed—Literally

Eating Your Feed—Literally

Katie Mott, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Buzz, ding, beep, “Hey, look at this video I just found,” “Did you see Joe’s Instagram post?”, “I just need to send one more text…”—all in a 30 minute period we refer to as dinner time.    When the iPhone hit the market in 2007, family dinners began to evolve from a time of ...

A welcomed change

A welcomed change

Claire Berlier, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

New school, new classes, new teachers—for freshmen, everything about the high school experience has been totally new since August. Now a few months and they are adjusting  just fine. In fact, many students are finding that the changes are positive and much more enjoyable.   SHS offers many great things, especially...

Apple releases new inclusive emojis

Apple releases new inclusive emojis

Allison McElroy, Trends Chief

November 20, 2019

 On Oct. 28, Apple released iOS 13.2, introducing 398 new emoji to iPhones. You might be wondering, what’s the big deal? Doesn’t this just add simple icons like an otter and a waffle to the thousands of emoji smartphone users already have at their fingertips?      This update, however, was important be...

Surviving Mid Semester Slump

Surviving Mid Semester Slump

Aaditi Lele, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

It is halfway through the semester and every school day seems to last 10 million hours (How is it still Monday?). Mid-term anxiety is yet to set in but you have finally adjusted to a new school year: What now? Have you found yourself less willing to get out of bed to do school work? Less motivated? We...

Maria Shomo, 9

Maria Shomo, 9

Lindsay Ruskin, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

   Sycamore High School (SHS) offers over 100 activities including sports and clubs. Almost all students attending SHS are involved in at least one extra-curricular activity. Some participate in a number that is difficult to handle.    One, in particular, is Maria Shomo, who runs Cross Country...

Learning Linux

Learning Linux

Anisa Khatana, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2019

On Tues., Oct. 19, Sycamore Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) held its first official meeting in room 212.   Along with officers juniors Krishna Suresh and Rishi Verma, club chair senior Marcial Machado taught attendees about Linux, an operating system—just like Windows, iOS, or Mac OS...

SHS celebrates Diwali

SHS celebrates Diwali

Bhaavya Jha, Broadcast Editor

November 7, 2019

Diwali is one of the grandest festivals for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Newar Buddhists. Diwali or Deepavali literally translates to ‘festival of lights.’ It is a remembrance of the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, which is the defeat of evil by the good.   This year, the main holiday f...

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