• Senior Picnic, May 27th
  • Seniors' Last Day, May 25th
  • Last Day of School, June 3rd
  • Final Exams, May 28 - June 3

The Leaf

Graduation time has the power to stir up a wide range of emotions, and this year was certainly no exception for our seniors right here at SHS. During this transitional and emotional time, seniors may be thinking about their next chapter in life, whether it may be the military, developing a trade, taking a gap year, or heading off to college to continue their educational journey. Others may reflect upon the people who helped them arrive at where they are today. In addition, seniors may ruminate over the support from family and friends over the years; the good times and the bad. But nothing makes them think more about their younger years than the annual Senior Walk.

Walk This Way

The class of 2021's Senior Walk
Carly Thiel, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

   Graduation time has the power to stir up a wide range of emotions, and this year was certainly no exception for our seniors right here at SHS. But what, exactly, might be bouncing around in their...

PART OF YOUR WORLD. Recently, the wonderful theatre program at SHS put together the COVID-19 friendly version of The Little Mermaid Jr in a makeshift outdoor theater. Bringing the classic film to our very own backyard, this show tells a story about reaching for your dreams and never giving up. While it may have been a bit more of a struggle for students to perform this year, the show certainly did not lose any value due to coronavirus restrictions—the show was a blast, full of outdoor excitement and props.

Part of your COVID-19 Friendly World

Recapping the 2021 performance of The Little Mermaid Jr.
Maya Bierhoff, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

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

Brood X is already here-get ready
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

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds
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...

RAINBOW FOR EQUALITY. Anyone who has done much research about the LGBTQ+ community has most likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church, described by the Washington Post as “cult-like” and “homophobic.

Pride Pad

Rainbow house promotes peace and equality
Cassidy Tyler, Business Manager May 11, 2021

 Anyone who has done much research about the LGBTQ+ community has most likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Described by the Washington Post as “cult-like” and “homophobic,”...

CURTAINS UP.  Last week, New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced that for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Broadway auditoriums will open at 100% capacity this fall. According to Cuomo, “Broadway is a major part of our state’s identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again.” Link in bio to find out more about the reopening! 
Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons.

Broadway is Back

Ella Schulte, A&E Editor May 7, 2021

For 18 months, auditoriums that were built to hold hundreds of thousands of people have sat empty. For 18 months, stages that were constructed to display passionate performers doing what they love have...

nstead of baggy sweats and oversized jackets, Eilish channels the “classic, old-timey pin-up” look,

From Coats to Corsets

Billie Eilish's stunning new look
Claire Berlier, Feature Editor May 6, 2021

   On the cover of the June 2021 issue of British Vogue is Billie Eilish, but not wearing what people have come to expect. Instead of baggy sweats and oversized jackets, Eilish channels the “classic,...

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

How India’s recent outbreak affects the whole world
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

An initiative saving lives
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

Bengals Add Another Weapon
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

How COVID-19 has affected homelessness
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,...

 FASHION FOR THE CURE. On Thursday, April 22, Fashion For the Cure committee members, models, and designers gathered at the Dragonfly Foundation’s headquarters. They had a photo shoot in order to showcase the work of the student designers and celebrated surpassing this year’s fundraising goal, donating over $26,000 to the Dragonfly Foundation. Despite not being able to have a fashion show due to the pandemic, the FFTC committee found creative ways to raise money for the organization. “It’s definitely far from what I expected for my final year with Fashion For the Cure but I am so grateful I still had the opportunity to work with some of the most kind, inspiring, and creative girls to support the kids at Dragonfly,” said Grace Zhang, 12, co-chair of the FFTC committee.
Photo via Grace Zhang

Fashionably Fundraising

Fashion For the Cure celebrates it's 2021 fundraising efforts
Allison McElroy, Trends Editor April 29, 2021

In a typical year, Fashion for the Cure (FFTC) brings to mind a fancy fashion show, with student models strutting down the runway. Unfortunately, the pandemic took away this exciting event this year. But...

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