• 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,...

BEND… AND SNAP! SHS theater is “bending and snapping” at Harvard in their production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”! Tickets are on sale now at avestheatre.org for April 7-9 at 7 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m.

Bend and Snap!

Claire Berlier, Deputy Content Editor April 4, 2022

   SHS theater is “bending and snapping” at Harvard in their production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”! Tickets are on sale now at avestheatre.org for shows on April 7-9 at 7 p.m. and April...

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...

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...

    This year SHS Fashion for the Cure raised $59,000 dollars for The Dragonfly Foundation. All this money is in support of families whose kids are battling cancer. FFTC is an annual event that brings together our entire Sycamore community in appreciating the artistry and skill of its students, all while supporting a good cause. It is one of a kind and finds its way into peoples lives year after year. A week after the 2020 fashion show COVID-19 took hold and FFTC was unfortunately not able to be held in 2021. However, this setback only further motivated the committee, designers, volunteers, and others this year to work hard to come out with a bang for the 2022 show. So, that is exactly what happened. 

   Featured are some notable designers and their collections from the show on February 18, 2022.

Ready, Set, Sew!

Hannah Peri, Staff Writer March 4, 2022

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...

Maxwell Taylor, 11, a “Future Friday” session teacher, hosted an “Art and Animation” class. “I thought animation was [a hobby] that I could teach, and that people tend to gravitate towards,”  said Taylor, “I thought it would be fun to teach people who would like to learn it”.

Future Fridays

Maya Bierhoff, Staff Writer January 21, 2022

   If you have ever wanted to learn about playing viola, sewing, PC-building, or floorplanning, the SHS Synnovation Lab’s “Future Friday” has you covered. A new show to the “Synn Lab” stage,...

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...

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....

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...

SPOTIFY WRAPPED. Another year, another Spotify Wrapped. However this year, it seems to be filled with controversy as to the accuracy of the rankings. Virtually every person that uses Spotify has some issue with their list, whether it is disbelief over their most listened artist or confusion about missing favorites.

Wrapping Up Another Year

Ermaan Srivastava, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

Another year, another Spotify Wrapped. However this year, it seems to be filled with controversy as to the accuracy of the rankings. Virtually every person that uses Spotify has some issue with their list....

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