• No School - Spring Break - Mar.14 - Mar.18
  • No School - Spring Vacation Day - April 15
  • HS Theatre Spring Show - April 8-9
  • End of 3rd Quarter - Mar. 31
  • HS One Act Plays- April 13 at 7pm
  • No School - Prof. Development Day - April 25
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The Leaf

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

The History of Homecoming Queen

The History of Homecoming Queen

Riley Johnson, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

Celebration, parade, joy and excitement are words long associated with the homecoming celebration. Along with these words has also come a stereotypical and often harmful view of what homecoming court represents....

NATIONAL RED CROSS MONTH. As some people may be aware, the month of March is known as Red Cross month. Especially in this time of uncertainty, every one of us should take the time to appreciate those who are constantly there to help us when we need it most, sometimes even risking their lives to ensure our safety.
   Several types of medical professionals surround us in our daily lives. There are EMTs and first responders, surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, nurses, veterinarians, and psychiatrists, just to name a few. Each and every day, our front-line workers ensure our safety and health and provide us with the help we need. However, as they have demonstrated during the pandemic, they can do a lot more than just that.

National Red Cross Month

Gurnoor Makkad, Staff Writer March 24, 2022

Think about all the times you have fallen and hurt yourself. If it was severe enough, you may have even gone to the emergency room. Along the way, you might have encountered several nurses, doctors, and...

SHORTCHANGED. Pictured above is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of 16 top-ranked private universities involved in a lawsuit accusing them of reducing financial aid awarded to students through a price-fixing cartel. The suit claims that for almost two decades, the colleges have overcharged thousands of students who were eligible for financial aid—an estimated 170,000 students, to be exact. The other 15 alleged schools are Brown, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Northwestern, Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice, Vanderbilt, and Yale.

Operation Varsity Blues 2.0

Katie Mott, Feature Editor and Lead Copy Editor January 13, 2022

We have reached the time of year again when bulky acceptance packages begin arriving in mailboxes, and congratulatory emails start to filter into the inboxes of seniors across the country, anxiously awaiting...

TORNADO. This weekend, four states were hit by one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history. As death tolls and numbers of people unaccounted for rise, meteorologists have speculated about the cause of this disaster at such an unusual time in the year as well as the sheer magnitude of the tornadoes.

Leaving Behind Devastation

Jack Brownlee, Staff Writer December 14, 2021

“I think it’s going to be the longest and deadliest tornado event in U.S. history,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, following a destructive string of tornadoes that ripped through four different...

MORE CORONAVIRUS CHAOS. A new variant of the infamous novel coronavirus, Omicron, has been discovered. While virtually unknown to scientists, its potential for further health risks is concerning to health officials around the world. Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons.

What’s Going on with Omicron?

Tillie Berge, Trends Editor December 8, 2021

   The world pretty much thought that the worst of the infamous COVID-19 pandemic was behind it. According to the Ohio Department of Health, daily case rates in Ohio have declined from 13,391 in January...

THEY ARE HERE! The dreaded 17-year timer is up. If you have not heard, cicadas are coming out this year. Brood X will be emerging from the ground, bringing billions of cicadas this year in large swarms. Many are not ready for these red-eyed, inch-long, flying insects who release a mating call that can reach 100 decibels, which, in comparison, is as loud as a jet taking off. And believe it or not, some even consider cicadas a delicacy. Cicadas are featured in many meals such as ice cream, salads, and even ramen dishes. Cicadas offer a great source of protein, zinc, iron, and are low in fat.

They’re here

Michael Sanchez and Jackson Shock May 21, 2021

   The dreaded 17-year timer is up. If you have not heard, cicadas are coming out this year. Brood X will be emerging from the ground, bringing billions of cicadas this year in large swarms. This phenomenon...

Sophomore Kendra McPherson sporting an orange “I got my COVID-19 vaccine!” sticker after receiving her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. “It is exciting to be on my way to being fully vaccinated! I am the youngest person in my family so lots of our summer plans revolved around when I would be fully vaccinated, so it is a relief to get my shot sooner than expected. As people continue to get vaccinated it will be nice to see a little bit of a return to normalcy,” McPherson said.

Another Step Forward

Katie Mott, Lead Copy Editor and Feature Editor May 13, 2021

On Monday, May 10, the FDA gave the green light for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used for 12 to 15-year-olds, pushing the U.S. one more step forward on the path of the return to normalcy. “This...

HELP INDIA BREATHE. Right now, India is dealing with a coronavirus catastrophe, losing one life every five minutes. This cannot be something that you frown at and then go about your day and ignore. The international community, including each and every one of us, needs to act and make up for lost time. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

A COVID-19 Surge

Tillie Berge, Trends Editor, Copy Editor May 4, 2021

 “Every minute is a life-and-death situation,” said Dr. Harjit Singh Bhatti, a doctor at New Delhi hospital.    This second wave of coronavirus is hitting India hard. In the past few days, India’s...

19.56 MILLION. That is the number of COVID-19 cases reported in India during this pandemic. Read that again. 19.56 million lives, 19.56 million beating hearts, 19.56 million people like you and I, all forever changed by a virus they had not even heard about before last year. If that number has not already made you raise a brow, let me tell you that over 300,000 of those cases in India have been reported in the last 24 hours. In a single day. From the time you read this to tomorrow, hundreds of thousands more people will have become part of this statistic. According to CNN, “India is now the epicenter of the worst ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the situation there could get worse before it begins to get better.” Luckily, even with the 8,000 miles physically separating the US and India, you can make a difference. How? By donating to Breathe India, a fund currently dedicated to sending oxygen concentrators directly to patients in India. Click the link in our bio to read the full story and visit the following link to donate: https://www.breatheindiafund.org/index.php/donate/

Photo Courtesy of Breathe India Fund

Breathe India Fund

Ria Parikh, Deputy Photo Editor May 3, 2021

19.56 million. That is the number of COVID-19 cases reported in India during this pandemic. Read that again. 19.56 million lives, 19.56 million beating hearts, 19.56 million people like you and I, all...

NFL Draft. The Bengals select receiver Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU with the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Bengals reunite Joe Burrow and Chase from their LSU playing days and look to make a big impact.

Ja’Marr Chase reunites with Joe Burrow as Bengals Draft Pick

Drew Berke, Sports Editor April 29, 2021

With the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, the Bengals have selected LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase. At 6’0 and weighing in at 208 pounds, Chase is set to become one of the focal points of the Bengals...

TAKE ACTION. For most of us growing up, homelessness and poverty are things that we have not had to worry much about. However, some are not so lucky. According to the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, “3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year.” However, ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, that number has been on a rise. Click the link in the bio to read more and find ways to help! Photo courtesy of: Creative Commons

Homeless in a Pandemic

Anna Ralston, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

For most of us growing up, homelessness and poverty are things that we have not had to worry much about. However, some are not so lucky. According to the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless,...

GUILTY. On April 20, 2021, the nation watched with bated breath as the jury’s verdict in the case of State v. Derek Chauvin was read out to a silent courtroom. Learn more about the charges brought against him and the aftermath of the trial at the link below.

“We the Jury Find the Defendant Guilty”

Serene Tarabishi, Media Director April 23, 2021

   On April 20, 2021, the nation watched with bated breath as the jury’s verdict in the case of State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin was read out to a silent courtroom.       Crowds...

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