• No School-Teacher Records Day - Oct. 29
  • HS Orchestra Concert - Oct. 27, 7 pm
  • End of 1st Quarter - Oct. 28
  • HS Theatre Fall Show - Nov. 13
  • HS Variety Show - Nov. 20, 7pm
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-28
  • SBOB Craft Show - Nov. 20
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

Anisa Khatana: Editor in Chief

Anisa Khatana, Editor in Chief

Hello, and welcome to the only existing web address with my full name included in it. My chronic indecision has thus far killed all attempts to add value to that greeting. Onward.

I am a senior in my third year on staff; this year, I am very excited to be The Leaf’s Editor in Chief. As Editor, I oversee all of The Leaf’s platforms (print, web, broadcast, and social media), manage advertising, create resources and plans for our staff, pick up odd jobs, write, report, and design. I love being a part of The Leaf because it is the intersection of so many of the things I hold dear. It is a remarkable feeling to contribute to a group of students that independently produces and runs an entire publication. As a leader, I adore watching and supporting our staffers’ ambition and wild ideas. Thanks to the dedication of these incredible staffers along with the support of our advisor and other SHS educators, The Leaf has grown into a program that has the power and potential to be and do anything it chooses. On that sentimental note, the parts of myself that are neither indecisive nor editors have a multitude of interests and passions including, but not limited to, language (which is the short way of describing my gusto for writing and reading (books, novels, journalism, poetry, and other lovely combinations of words) and studying the English language and other global languages), the world (i.e. travel), dance and art of all forms, art history, music, produce, philosophy, and social and environmental justice. Now that I have effectively murdered the parenthesis, I would like to ascribe my love of dance to the 12 years of studio and competitive dance I have been so fortunate as to enjoy. Art makes me tick. Social justice in my life is manifested most markedly through political activism, menstrual activism, and constant self-education and advocacy. I serve as co-founder and co-president of Period Awareness, Access, and Dignity (PAAD) Club. Our club exists to expand access to menstrual products, combat period stigma, and address the related political and socioeconomic issues (follow us on Instagram and Twitter @shspaadclub—and follow @shsleaf too while you’re at it). Perhaps by the time you are reading this, I will have developed some practical notion of what I want to do with my life. Thank you very much for visiting this page.

All content by Anisa Khatana
A DIFFERENT SYSTEM. Officer junior Krishna Suresh writes code in Linux to demonstrate how to create and search directories, which are like folders.

[Photo] Learning Linux

November 8, 2019
FEELING GOOD. Legendary performer Nina Simone in 1969. During this period of her life, Simone worked with RCA Records, a stay that produced an expanse of work including covers of and nods to work by artists like the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.

Nina Simone

March 28, 2019
LADY LOVELACE. The only known photograph of Ada Lovelace is this daguerreotype, believed to have been taken by Antoine Claudet in 1843. The daguerreotype was the first photographic process that found commercial success. Daguerreotypes were very expensive unique images printed on metal plates.

Ada Lovelace

March 12, 2019
LICENSED. Driving home from an extracurricular activity one evening. Once the anxiety of the test itself has passed, it often takes months for teens to feel completely comfortable behind the wheel, especially after dark. Luckily for the suburbian teen, the Sycamore area is rife with short, easy drives to build up solo-driving skills.

Driving solo

February 25, 2019
Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman

February 22, 2019
Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

February 21, 2019
Riley Lauterbur, 11

Riley Lauterbur, 11

December 4, 2018
Eli Cohen, 11

Eli Cohen, 11

October 31, 2018
Caroline Skwara, 11

Caroline Skwara, 11

October 3, 2018
Exam study tips

Exam study tips

May 7, 2018
TEAMMATES. At the TEAMS district competition, sophomores Andre Harte and Chee Yin (Daniel) Leong bond over lemon muffins baked by teammate Caroline Skwara. Working together to prepare for the competition and complete challenges the day of was a bonding experience for the team, and they are excited to continue to work together for TEAMS competitions over the next two years.

[Photo]

May 7, 2018
BE WHO YOU ARE. John Elder Robison attends an event for one of his books. Robison’s four novels are titled “Switched On,” “Raising Cubby,” “Be Different,” and “Look Me in the Eye.” Freshman English students may opt to read “Look Me in the Eye” for the memoir unit of their course. Published in 2007, the sometimes humorous, often meditative, and undeniably memorable memoir continues to be a favorite among SHS freshmen.

John Elder Robison

April 16, 2018
Sophia Muhleman, 9

Sophia Muhleman, 9

March 29, 2018
Brandon Sichel, 9

Brandon Sichel, 9

March 12, 2018
PRIDE AND GRACE. Maria Tallchief receives a Dance Magazine award on April 28, 1961. During her lifetime, Tallchief received many accolades for her precise,  graceful, and highly musical dancing. “Above all, I wanted to be appreciated as a prima ballerina who happened to be a Native American, never as someone who was an American Indian ballerina,”  Tallchief once wrote.

Maria Tallchief

March 5, 2018
Presidents Day

Presidents’ Day

February 19, 2018
Farhan Khan, 10

Farhan Khan, 10

February 7, 2018
POWER OF THE PEN. Audre Lorde, left, is pictured with fellow writers Meridel Lesueur and Adrienne Rich at a 1980 writing workshop in Austin, Texas. Lorde began writing poetry when she was 12 or 13 years old. Lorde attended Hunter College and Columbia University, after which she worked as a librarian for several years before publishing “First Cities.” She had two children with a man whom she married and later divorced. Lorde described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet.”

Audre Lorde

February 7, 2018

Science in Action

February 4, 2018
LISTEN UP. SHS students are required to take half a credit of health in order to graduate. The SHS class whose curriculum was described is the semester-long class titled “Health.” The SHS course planner describes it as “a study and application course that equips students to practice wise decision making skills.” Many veterans of Health remember scoffing at and/or ignoring some, much, or all of the teachings of the Sex Education unit.

The wrong conversation

January 31, 2018
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. An “After the Curtain” program partially eclipses the view from the loge section of Procter & Gamble Hall. Wall and his cast raked in a nearly full house in Cincinnati, even offering a VIP experience that could be purchased in addition to tickets for the show.

Wall woos Cincinnati

November 15, 2017
CONNECT. Sophomore Shruthi Chidambaram displays her wire-and-bead bicycle-shaped earrings. The earrings were made by Afrika Pamoja, a fair trade project in Kenya where young women can earn a living by learning to make handicrafts. “They’re really fun and unique, and it feels really good knowing that you’re helping underprivileged people,” Chidambaram said. All photos courtesy of Anisa Khatana.

Jewelry with intention

October 26, 2017
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