• 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
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 student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

BOOKBANNING. We have all heard of the efforts to ban books sweeping the U.S. education system. Books such as “The Kite Runner”, “Maus”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”—pillars of the U.S. education system, all of which depict grim and heartbreaking times in history, such as the Holocaust and the Jim Crow era—are being challenged in schools around the nation. And book banning, something that I thought only occurred in movies like “Footloose”, has only gotten closer and closer to Ohio.

The Right to Read and Learn

Tillie Berge, Copy Editor April 10, 2022

We have all heard of the efforts to ban books sweeping the U.S. education system. Books such as “The Kite Runner”, “Maus”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird”—pillars of the U.S. education system,...

IT’S ABOUT TIME. On March 15, the U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to make daylight savings time permanent starting in 2023. The act they decided upon is cheerfully dubbed The Sunshine Protection Act and means that the time we operate on during the summer months will be what we use all year long. If the House of Representatives ends up voting in favor of the bill, it is likely that we will soon be past tediously switching our clocks and will not have to give up those random extra hours of sleep.

It’s About Time

Ria Parikh, Photography Director April 2, 2022

   On March 15, the U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to make daylight savings time permanent starting in 2023. The act they decided upon is cheerfully dubbed The Sunshine Protection Act and means that...

WOMENS HISTORY MONTH. With its humble beginnings as an obligatory declaration by Jimmy Carter in 1981, Women’s History Month originally began as Women’s History Week. Only in 1995 was it determined that women and their achievements would be recognized for the entire month of March, not just what had been seven days during a 365 day year. 

Wrapping Up Women’s History Month

Anna Wegener, Staff Writer March 30, 2022

With its humble beginnings as an obligatory declaration by Jimmy Carter in 1981, Women’s History Month originally began as Women’s History Week. Only in 1995 was it determined that women and their...

RUSSO-UKRAINIAN WAR. In the days after the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian War, people around the world are quickly responding, protesting the invasion and demanding the end to Russian advances. Protests occurred outside major capitals like London, Berlin, and even St. Petersburg as citizens urge their leaders to respond to the attack and to stop  the war in Ukraine altogether.

So, Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

Serene Tarabishi, Media Director March 2, 2022

After weeks of tense diplomatic confrontation, military preparation, and overall pervasive anxiety over potential conflict, Russia has finally made its move and begun its invasion of Ukraine.    At...

STRUGGLING WITH STRESS. Seniors with the illness often claim to be under extreme stress. It is important to take time to relax in order to keep yourself healthy, both mentally and physically.

Senioritis—the Sinister Sickness

Andrew Price, Staff Writer January 10, 2022

   Senioritis (sēnyəˈrīdəs) is a condition that affects many high school seniors. Those that contract the illness complain of a lack of motivation and an overall lack of desire to gain knowledge....

Graphic via Canva/Serene Tarabishi

You Love ‘Em Right?

Anna Wegener, Staff Writer November 24, 2021

   Are you mentally prepared for another hours-long family Thanksgiving dinner? If not, here are five tips to help you not just survive, but to thrive: Plan out deflection tactics ahead of time    Immediately...

October 19th was National Internet Day. As students in a pandemic, we have learned to adjust to our world being moved online. But is the internet really that important to us?

National Internet Day

Gurnoor Makkad, Staff Writer November 8, 2021

   When was the last time you searched something up online? It probably was not that long ago, especially when most of our world currently revolves around our access to the internet.    As some...

A FRESH START. November marks the start of an entirely new quarter—one filled with opportunities, second chances, and fresh beginnings. For some in the building, these past couple of months have been spent just scratching the surface of their high school experiences. For seniors, they are nearing the end.  Regardless of where you are in your four years at SHS, the start of a new quarter is a perfect time to rethink your study habits and learning style. Keep reading for five tips to be as successful as possible for the remainder of 2021 and prepare to ace your midterms when the time comes.

A Fresh Start

Ria Parikh, Deputy Photo Editor and Opinion Chief November 3, 2021

   November marks the start of an entirely new quarter—one filled with opportunities, second chances, and fresh beginnings. For some in the building, these past couple of months have been spent just...

Make a Difference Day is on Oct. 23. Making a difference, whether it is a change for yourself or a change for a community, is essential for growth as a person. What kind of a difference are you making?

Make a Difference Day

Maanasa Yarlagadda, Staff Writer October 23, 2021

I might be taking journalism as an elective this year, but that does not mean I can craft intricate pieces of writing. As a member of the team, I am expected to be on top of the news and know what is currently...

A GRADUAL CHANGE. A recent Gallup survey revealed that 1 in 6 Gen Z Americans identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, with about half of all LGBTQ+ Americans identifying as bisexual. The number of people within Gen Z identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community compared to previous generations shows a significant deviation from the past, with around 15 percent of Gen Z being LGBTQ+ and other generations not even hitting double digits.

A Gradual Change

Rachel Wang, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

   A recent Gallup survey revealed that 1 in 6 Generation Z Americans identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, with about half of LGBTQ+ Americans identifying as bisexual.     As the generations...

To Gaby Pereda,12, the front door of her household provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of her identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve her Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the Spanish language rolls off her tongue as she steps into an English-speaking community.  In her most recent article, Pereda elaborates on some of the hardships Latinx parents have faced when it comes to deciding whether or not to teach their children Spanish. In addition, she reflects on why she believes she would not be the person she is today without her ability to speak Spanish and English fluently.

Why I Am So Grateful to be Bilingual

Gaby Pereda, Copy Editor January 21, 2021

The front door of my family’s house provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of our identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve our Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the...

WHAT’S NEXT? Only a few days after the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, the United States Congress is growing increasingly more concerned about what their future will look like, with many different untravelled roads ahead. The question of whether to blame President Donald Trump for inciting the attacks and leading the country down the long road of a possible impeachment or removal looms ahead as the country holds its breath for Inauguration day on January 20, 2021. Whether to reprimand or punish the president or let him be. Whether to pursue another impeachment or just give him a slap on the wrist. All questions our Congress will soon face as the motions for different governmental actions begin and the clock ticks closer to the beginning of a new administration in a few short days. Read the full story at the link in our bio.

What Happens Next?

Serene Tarabishi, Copy Editor January 12, 2021

   It has been six days since the storming of the Capitol rocked the nation on January 6, 2021.     And it’s been a rough couple of days, to say the least.     Only a few days after...

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