• 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

Amy Deng

Amy Deng, Managing Editor

Hello! My name is Amy Deng and I am a senior at Sycamore High School. This is my fourth year on staff and I currently hold the position of managing editor for the print magazine, The Leaf. My job is to design the style sheet, mentor new students, and oversee the design process of the print platform. I enjoy writing articles on multiple genres, including feature, news, and sports. In particular, I work with several design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop to create pages and layouts for the Leaf. I joined journalism hoping to experience hands-on news coverage and to improve my writing skills. Over the years, I have grown to enjoy and value my experiences in the classroom. Through collaborating with other staff members, I have developed and improved my communication and leadership skills; and through working as a team, we have been able to produce an award-winning, student-run news magazine. I am excited for the new year and can’t wait to see what it holds! More about myself: I have always been involved with sports ever since I was a child. I participated in synchronized swimming for seven years and am currently a part of the school varsity swim team and during the offseason I am part of a club team, BASH. In addition, I have always been passionate about my cultural roots which is why I am the vice president of the Chinese Club. My role is to lead club presentations and organize bi-weekly activities. I also volunteer at Bethesda North Hospital as an escort where I discharge patients. Additionally, my favorite hobby is listening to music. I enjoy a wide span of genres and a few of my favorite artists include: Two Door Cinema Club, Mac Demarco, Beach House, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, and Stevie Wonder. Quote to live by: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” - Audrey Hepburn.

All content by Amy Deng
Countdown to Graduation

Countdown to Graduation

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
April 25, 2017
How well do you know SHS history?

How well do you know SHS history?

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
April 11, 2017
SPRINT. Anita Pan, 11 swims the butterfly stroke during the 200 Individual Medley. As the swim season is drawing to a close, many swimmers return to their club teams. The club team season will usually begin their championship season as well.

Swimming sectionals lead into districts

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
February 16, 2017
WATCH. The hit show on Netflix, “Stranger Things,” won for best television drama.The show proved to be a success soon after its release on Netflix. Cast member David Harbour spoke out against Trump in his acceptance speech with the crowd roaring in approval.

SAG award speeches turn political

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
February 6, 2017
Actress Emma Stone has been nominated for best actress for her work in ‘La La Land.’ She portrays an aspiring actress named Mia who meets and falls in love with a musician named Sebastian (Ryan Gosling). Critics praised the film’s screenplay and performance.

‘La La Land’ leads Oscar nominations

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
January 25, 2017
Senior Jannan Sivaruban swims freestyle during a home meet. Sivaruban has been a part of the varsity swim team for all four years of his high school career. Senior night will be against Loveland on Jan. 19. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

Swim team heads into championship season

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
January 13, 2017
Only three members of the Brazilian soccer team survived and are in the hospital. In addition, two crew members and one journalist survived. The plane crashed outside of Medellin, Colombia.

Plane crashes in Colombia

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
December 1, 2016
The earthquake also triggered a tsunami and residents were warned to stay away from the shores. The damage is expected to be costly to repair as infrastructure destruction grows. Thousands of residents are stranded due to the natural disaster.

Earthquake rocks New Zealand

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
November 17, 2016
Election day was on Nov. 8, where citizens could vote for certain candidates in different positions. Voter turnout for this election was significant due to it being a presidential election. Polls saw the most people arrive in the early morning to vote.

Global markets unsteady after Trump victory

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
November 11, 2016
Social media is really popular among teenagers. The different platforms are highly competitive due to their responses to the demands of the current generation. It is difficult to keep such applications going for long period of time due to better replacements.

Vine disappears into history books

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
November 3, 2016
Ivanka Trump fashion line includes items such as clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories. Her brand has been criticized for copying designs by other designers. Her products are also not produced in the U.S.

Women boycott Ivanka Trump clothing line

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
October 28, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef exists off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is visible from outer space and is the largest living thing on Earth. The reef is home to thousands of species such as fish, turtles, and sharks.

Great Barrier Reef struggles to survive

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
October 25, 2016
Matthew is predicted to be a very damaging storm with strong winds and heavy rainfall. Haiti is the first area affected and others are expected to follow. Cuba is preparing for the storm due to their close proximity.

Hurricane Matthew pounds into Haiti

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
October 7, 2016
Moderator Lester Holt presented the three main topics of the night. He also asked each candidate specific questions relating each topic. Holt anchors the weekday edition of NBC Nightly News.

First presidential debate sparks tension

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
September 29, 2016
The war on drugs has affected everyone in the Philippines. In several of the impoverished communities, children play by the sewers, surrounded by waste. The drug war has taken a huge toll on families, those involved have no way of making income and fear for their lives.

Drug war in Philippines draws tension

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
September 28, 2016
The elected officers of the new school year consist of one president, two vice presidents, two secretaries, one treasurer, and two public relation officers. Schuetz is the president, senior Amy Deng and McGowan are vice presidents, seniors Adam Zhang and Jesse Li are secretaries, sophomore Sammy Risma is the treasurer, and seniors Kevin Berghoff and Jannan Sivaruban are the public relation officers. The club has activities every other Friday.
Photo by: Ning Zhang

Chinese Club elects new officers

Amy Deng, Executive Managing Editor
September 16, 2016
Clinton is expected to become the Democratic party nominee. Donald Trump is set as the Republican party nominee. The presidential election will be a close one, with both candidates butting heads.

Clinton and Sanders battle for wins

Amy Deng, Managing Editor
May 20, 2016
Mitsubishi has announced that it may approach its financial backers. The scandal has rocked the company, making their stock plummet. The company will struggle with the consequences as a result.

Mitsubishi admits false tests

Amy Deng, Editor In-Chief
April 28, 2016
Recently, Trump rallys have often broken out in riots. Protesters are escorted out at almost every rally. Trump was even attacked at one rally.

Trump wins big on Super Tuesday

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
March 20, 2016
Hermes is one of the most coveted high fashion brand in the world of high fashion. Known for its effortlessly chic designs, Hermes adds little details to minimalist clothing. Mostly known for their famous Birkin bags, the brand has been around for years.

Paris Fashion Week draws to a close

Amy Deng, Editorial Chief
March 9, 2016
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar
for actor in a leading role in “The Revenant.” This is 
his first win after five previous nominations. His 
reputation as an amazing actor has finally been

Academy Awards race controversy

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
March 4, 2016
R&B artist, The Weeknd, took home two awards for best R&B performance and best urban contemporary album. He has had a successful year with the release of his most recent album, “Beauty Behind the Madness.” This year’s Grammy awards was also held on his birthday.

Grammy awards bring big winners

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
February 22, 2016

Common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, and headache. It usually remains in the blood for a few days. Deaths are uncommon, however, pregnant women with the virus could have a birth defect.

Mosquito spread Zika virus reaches US

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
February 2, 2016
Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” was released on March 15, 2015. The album features hip-hop, jazz style genre music. This album is Lamar’s third studio album.

Kendrick Lamar leads grammy nominations

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
December 17, 2015
One of the most popular attractions is the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. The locations are in Japan, Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore. They feature nine haunted houses based off of movies, this year the themes are: Insidious, The Purge, The Walking Dead, Freddy vs. Jason, Body Collectors, Run, Monsters and Mayhem, Asylum in Wonderland 3D, and An American Werewolf in London.

Halloween haunts: a night of scares

Amy Deng, Feature Chief
October 25, 2015
Spotify playlists can be customized by the user.
Some people may choose to listen to playlists
made by Spotify but the ability to share playlists
with other users is a key feature. The premium
subscription is also able to have unlimited 
skips when listening to music.

Spotify increases in popularity

Amy Deng, staff writer
December 7, 2015
Bacon has been categorized as a Group 1 carcinogen, the same category as tobacco. Eating more than two slices of bacon can increase the risk for cancer by 18%. The link, may be found in the iron-based chemical, heme, commonly found in red meats.

Bacon causes possible link to cancer

Amy Deng, Staff Writer
October 30, 2015

Emmy Winners List

Amy Deng, feature chief
October 12, 2015
Spotify can be used on the computer or on a mobile device. It streams music and allows users to create their own playlists. People can also follow certain playlists that fit a certain genre to their liking.

Photo courtesy: Amy Deng

Spotify users continue to grow

Amy Deng, A & E Co-Editor
March 15, 2015
Often known as the “City of Love” or the “City of Light,” Paris, France is home to the famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower. SHS students will be visiting Paris in the middle of their trip. The popular landmark has a historic background and meaning, becoming a famous place for photos and tourists.
Photo by: MCT Campus

AP Europe trip’s departure eminent

Amy Deng, A & E Co-Editor
March 14, 2015
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