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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

Alex Karev

Alex Karev , OpEd Chief

Hello! My name is Alex Karev (yes, like the doctor on Grey's Anatomy) and this is my second year in the journalism program here at Sycamore. I am a sophomore and I highly enjoy this class and find it very valuable for a variety of reasons. Not only has this class developed me as a writer, but I have learned how to advertise effectively and know the importance of building relationships with people as well. I am the co-opinion/editorial chief this year and in doing that, it has taught me how to lead people with a purpose and vigor. I am known to be quite an enthusiastic person and I love to bring the energy any and everywhere that I go! I am a member of the varsity A tennis team, and last year we won the state championship for the third consecutive year in a row!!! Hopefully we can make that four in a row;) I hope to play tennis in college and wish to become a dermatologist in the future! Go aves!!!

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SNAP! The counselors very useful in the development of new students. They are also helpful in determining classes for students the next year. Counselors are a very good tool for students to use. Photo courtesy of: MCT Photo.

Counselors guide students

Alex Karev, Opinion Chief
February 25, 2017
KAPLOW! Pep rallies, which are all organized by the Student Council, usually are well-received by everyone. Everybody can be seen rejoicing in the spirit of SHS, getting energized and excited. The Ave Cave gets rowdy for the night’s game. Photo courtesy of: McDaniel’s Photography.

Student Council funds fun

Alex Karev, Opinion Chief
February 15, 2017
GRIND! Nadal is known to be a tough competitor on the tour. He plays a grueling and excruciating style of tennis which has taken its toll on his body. He is looking for a bounce back year kicking off at the Australian Open.

Heat sizzling at Australian Open

Alex Karev, OpEd Chief
January 23, 2017
KAPLOW! This win improves Djokovic’s record in their ATP rivalry to 25-11 and gives the Serbian his 67th career tour-level title. He is now 20-0 when winning the first set against Murray. Serving for the set, Djokovic won easily and pumped his fist after taking a one-set lead.

28 match win streak coming to end

Alex Karev, OpEd Chief
January 18, 2017
Apple is still testing the waters with the new iPhone “flipped” design. Many products that had similar ideas to this ultimately were unsuccessful so Apple will have their hands full with this innovation. This is not expected to be released for another three or four years. Photo courtesy of: MCT Photo.

Apple designing new phone

Alex Karev, Op-ed Chief
December 16, 2016
SHAZAM! The tennis players will have two fitness tests, the first which was on Nov. 17, then the second one will be sometime right before tryouts in March, however an exact date is not yet determined. Along with this, the players will run three separate miles in October, November, and March. The March mile will be the last thing the boys will do before tryouts begin. Photo courtesy of: Michael Teets.

Tennis players begin fitness testing

Alex Karev, Opinion chief
November 20, 2016
Training for the Fast Track program takes place in room 232, and there are often about 50 to 60 mentors per year. On the second day of training mentors are allowed to choose their mentees, however most mentors do not know the mentees. The majority of mentees are freshmen and juniors. Photo courtesy of: Beth LeBlanc.

Mentees pose challenges for new mentors

Alex Karev, Opinion Chief
September 16, 2016
Senior Alex Taylor and junior Noah Stern play against Mason’s freshman Niraj Komatineni and senior Sean Reid. Taylor and Stern won the match 6-0, 6-2, capturing the Sectionals Tournament title. They will be the first seeds going into the Districts Tournament.

Tennis season heating up

Alex Karev, Co-Opinion Chief
May 17, 2016
Pictured are freshmen Caitlyn Jarrett, Molly Ferguson, and Emily Kremchek. During the summer, typically, boys and girls will wear shorter shorts and looser shirts. This is all to accommodate to the warmer weather.

Pushing limit on dress code

Alex Karev, Opinion Editor
April 25, 2016
Last year’s mens tennis team wins state. They went undefeated throughout the regular season. They also won GMCs and districts.

Tennis team paving way to state

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
March 18, 2016
This is what the website to file class requests looks like. Counselors have to meet with everyone and approve those requests. It can be a long process, but the counselors get it done.

Counselors busy with scheduling

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
February 17, 2016
Ohio State’s James “Scoonie” Penn takes a shot during the team’s practice. Penn and the Buckeyes made the final four that year in 1999. Penn is now a public speaker traveling around the state of Ohio, inspiring countless students to do the right thing.

Ecstatic speaker inspires students

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
January 28, 2016
Novak Djokovic is the world number one in tennis. He says that he was offered $200 thousand to “tank” a match, which he did not do. Acts like these have questioned the integrity of the sport.

Serving up storms

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
January 27, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the 73 Annual Golden Globe Awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Dicaprio won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in “The Revenant.” This is the third Golden Globe that he has won. Photo courtesy of: MCT Photography.

Stars glisten at Golden Globes

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
January 15, 2016
The quarterback of Clemson University: Deshaun Watson celebrates a victory after beating the University of North Carolina in the ACC Championship game. This game punched the ticket for Clemson to head to the College Football Playoff. Clemson is ranked number one in the nation. Photo courtesy of: MCT Photography.

Two teams battle for crown

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
January 8, 2016
The album cover for Adeles 25. (Photo courtesy Amazon)

‘Hello’ sparking obsession

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
December 8, 2015
Pictured is: 5 Benjamin Peri, 31 Andrew Liff, far left Matthew Bolger. The team prepares to do a chant to hype themselves up for the game. Everyone on the team is very close to each other and treats each other like family. It is not about the wins or the losses, but about teamwork and camaraderie. Photo courtesy of: Benjamin Peri

Swinging into rhythm

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
December 7, 2015
A concept drawing of the machine looks like a big box with a big sail attached to it. Inspired by trees, the sails are made of plastic resin. As air flows over the plastic resin sails, they grab CO2 and hold on to it. Photo courtesy of Alex Karev

People beginning to hack nature

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 30, 2015
ESPN is world renowned for its broadcasting of sport news and games everyday. “SportsCenter,” one of ESPN’s most popular sources of information on sports, covers sports from golf to football and everything in between. ESPN may soon change, however, due to a mass layoff of 4.3 percent of the total 8000 workers currently working there. Photo courtesy by: Alex Karev

ESPN running into trouble

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 18, 2015
On Thurs., Oct. 1, a vigil was held for the nine victims that were killed in the Umpqua College shooting. It is a very somber time for the friends and families of the victims as they remember them for the legacies that they have left behind. The vigil brought up the discussion of stricter gun laws around the United States, so unfortunate events like these do not happen again.

Reflection in Roseburg

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 15, 2015
Ebola seems to have returned, and the deadly virus has already claimed another victim. Although very rare, Pauline Cafferkey is experiencing Ebola again after contracting  it originally September of last year. Ebola’s mortality rate is 90 percent in humans. Photo Courtesy by: Alex Karev

Ebola storming back

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 14, 2015
Water was recently discovered on Mars. This could  lead to the colonization of Mars with human life and the depopulation of Earth. Although the water has not been tested yet for its quality, NASA has been saying that it is promising.

Mission to Mars becoming reality

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 12, 2015
Last year’s pep rally, which was all organized by the Student Council was well received by everyone. Everybody can be seen rejoicing the spirit of SHS, getting energized and excited. The Ave Cave was getting rowdy  for the night’s game.

Master minds behind it all

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
October 7, 2015
The iPhone is a very important tool for many people. It is considered a lifeline for most, containing important information such as credit card numbers and passwords. The phone can be used to take pictures, play games, and call and text.

iPhone hack frightens

Alex Karev, Staff Writer
September 28, 2015
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