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The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Students manage with raised bar

Students manage with raised bar

Abigail Lefton, Sports Chief

December 4, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Checking blackboard and refreshing the page is something students do multiple times a day. This impulsive action is caused by the constant nagging in the back of most students’ heads named stress. It seems they are in a constant state of anxiety about their grades and individual intelligence. Pressure...

November 2017 Columns: Expanding scope by accepting disabilities, recognizing other holidays

November 2017 Columns: Expanding scope by accepting disabilities, recognizing other holidays

Allyson Bonhaus and Sara Margolis

December 1, 2017


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OPINION: After witnessing Down Syndrome Month and the lack of spreading awareness I saw, I paid more attention to the ways students with disabilities are treated at SHS. From Adaptive P.E. classes to the TIP House that prepares students (until age 21) for living on their own, SHS tailors classes ...

November 2017 Staff Editorial: Giving thanks to SHS’s hidden heroes

November 2017 Staff Editorial: Giving thanks to SHS’s hidden heroes

November 30, 2017


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For each of 173 days in a school year, there are hundreds of people working to keep the school day running smoothly for all students. Some of these people we get to know pretty well over the course of a year: we interact with teachers all day, follow The Real Doug Mader on Twitter, and work with our...

‘Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.’ – Jean-Jacques Rosseau

‘Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.’ – Jean-Jacques Rosseau

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion

New reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revealed startling trends in the causes of American fatalities. The good news: death rates for heart disease and cancer, the two major causes of death in the U.S., along with HIV are all down as of mid-2017 when compared...

Put holiday cheer on hold

Put holiday cheer on hold

Maya Goldenberg, Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


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There are some unspoken rules that people should abide by in an effort to keep this world from being a little less horrible. Some rules- not taking up both armrests on an airplane and not chewing loudly- are overshadowed by the most important of them all: do not start celebrating the holidays (if...

October 2017 Columns: Benefits, consequences of attending board meetings, watching horror movies

October 2017 Columns: Benefits, consequences of attending board meetings, watching horror movies

Allyson Bonhaus and Sara Margolis

November 9, 2017


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OPINION: A few weeks ago, I attended a Sycamore Board of Education meeting, and it shocked me how few residents regularly attend. There were very few residents---probably around ten. At these meetings members talk about school performance, allocating money to different places, and making/amend...

Madewell enters makeup market

Madewell enters makeup market

Maya Goldenberg, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


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French-girl style is known to be breezy, effortless, and crisp, all the while maintaining a bit of 'je ne sais quoi.' The store Madewell perfectly captures this sought after aesthetic in their garments, and it has recently been carried over into their new collection of beauty products. The collection is called the “Beauty Cabinet,” and it fe...

October 2017 Staff Editorial: Taking action in wake of tragedies

October 2017 Staff Editorial: Taking action in wake of tragedies

November 7, 2017


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By now, most high school students do not really remember a time when mass shootings were “uncommon.” Therefore, we are willing to bet that a common reaction to the worst mass shooting in American history that took place in early October was, “This again? How terrible.” The Gun Violence...

Therapy animals lend helping paws

Therapy animals lend helping paws

Anne Marsh, Creative Projects Director

October 27, 2017


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Vivid flashbacks. Crippling anxiety. Seizures. Emotional detachment. Aggression. These are symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which almost 20 percent of our veterans must endure each day. On November 11, America will celebrate Veterans’ Day. But on November 12, will America treat...

‘A challenge for you’ political activism blossoms

‘A challenge for you’ political activism blossoms

Abigail Lefton, Sports Chief

October 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

It is a Tuesday evening, I am scrolling through my phone, and I come across a video of President Donald Trump speaking in Puerto Rico. I hear something that would have infuriated me almost ten months ago, but now I simply cringe. These days, I find myself almost desensitized to the words and action...

Columbus Day reignites controversy

Columbus Day reignites controversy

Anisa Khatana, Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


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On Mon. Oct. 9, our country held a national celebration of the man who pioneered one of the best-lauded accidents in human history. Although a blind “discovery,” many deeds of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’s famed mission were all but unintentional. Many of us once sat before a grade s...

September 2017 Columns: Looking at issue over Confederate statues, new movies, TV shows

September 2017 Columns: Looking at issue over Confederate statues, new movies, TV shows

Allyson Bonhaus and Sara Margolis

October 9, 2017


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OPINION: The issue of removing Confederate statues has sparked many debates and emotions throughout the U.S. Hate speech stirs emotions, and so do these statues. This made me think of the debate over whether hate speech is protected by freedom of speech. Hate speech is a terrible thing, but it ne...

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