• No School - Winter Break - Dec.22 - Jan.2
  • No School-Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-Nov. 28
  • HS/JHS Orchestra Concert - Dec.15 at 7 pm
  • End of 2nd Quarter - Jan. 13
  • HS Choir Concert- Nov. 30 at 7pm
  • HS Band Concert - Dec. 14 at 7pm
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-28
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

Brooke Landrum

Brooke Landrum , Print Editor-in-Chief

Hello! This is my fourth and sadly final year on staff and I am a Co Editor-in-Chief of The Leaf! I am a senior and hopefully will be starting over again as a lowly freshman at a University next year. Aside from spending all my time in the journalism room I am the President of DECA for SHS and I compete in personal financial analysis and public relations. I’m also a member of the Environmental club. I miss Belize more and more and more every day. If you ever can't find me, contact my co editor Elizabeth Rickert because I’m probably with her doing something. Travel is my passion and I can and will talk about for hours and hours every day.Some of my proudest moments are placing in the GMCs for swimming my sophomore year, my Shakira impersonation and going to Internationals for DECA as a junior (not in that order). Thanks for checking out my page!

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These new dolls will be released over the next month and will be sold in all major retail locations. The differences are in ethnicity and body type, including height and weight. There is no set prediction for how well the dolls will sell, but the goal is to start a revolution of self confidence in young children.

Barbie breaks body bias

February 24, 2016
A ‘woman crush’ is any female that another female would love to spend the day with. There are many reasons for First Lady Obama to be my woman crush, aside from the fact that she is in fact beautiful. She is a mix of Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy, exactly what today’s girls need.

Saying thank you

January 21, 2016
A common technique swimmers employ before a race is to roll their shoulders to loosen up their muscles. I am mid roll in this photo and you can see how one shoulder has a large lump protruding from it while the other does not. This lump is my shoulder bone as it hyper-extends due to the act that the muscle was no longer holding it in place.

Moving forward

January 19, 2016
Many refugees face years on displacement before they are given the opportunity to come to America. As bombing in Syria continues, there are steadily becoming few homes to return to if given the opportunity. 36.7% of these displaced individuals are 12 years old or younger.

Refugee rescue

December 17, 2015
Costuming and Halloween should be a source of fun for kids. They should not have to worry about being harassed or age inappropriate attire. Part of the problem is that costume stores almost entirely have sexual costumes.

Councious Costuming

December 17, 2015
This quaint shop is reasonably priced, with locations available all around the city. All venues are Wi-Fi enabled, perfect for any student. The menu is very large and organic, with delicious waffles served on the weekends.

Coffee Emporium

October 28, 2015
This year the competition will be held only 15 minutes away for SHS so the team hopes to have a home field advantage. If they proceed up the chain they will go to state in Columbus then nationals in Missouri this summer. Coach Hochstrasser has high hopes and believes that one or more teams will advance to state this year.

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September 16, 2015
Sparknotes is one of the most popular way for students to gain supplementary material.  Teachers often spend time on Sparknotes so they can accurately identify which students have actually read their assigned books.

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September 16, 2015
Twins

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May 14, 2015
Junior Tyler Miller works on his role play in the hotel and lodging event. Unlike the previous competition, there is  no final round of role plays for students to compete in. This is Millers only chance to ace his role-play and secure himself a spot at state.

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February 13, 2015
Once time is up to work on solving their scenario, competitors must present their answer to a panel of judges. Presenting a role play requires professional skills that many students dont learn during their high school years. Marketing students learn effective communication skills and develop their professional capabilities.

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February 13, 2015
Juniors Raymond Berling and Julia Diersing work on their respective role plays. Once they take a seat they will have either eight or ten minutes to solve their problem, depending on what event they are in. They will then directly go to their presentation where the time is again regulated by the event they are competing in.

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February 5, 2015
When it is about a students turn to begin working in their scenario, the competitors reported to the bubble. The bubble was usually home to a basketball court and sport facilities for UC Clermont. However once an orange tarp was put down to cover the flooring, it became the perfect space to host a DECA district competition.

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February 5, 2015
If competitors place in the top eight in individuals and top four  in teams, they will have the chance to go to the state competition. If they advance from state, the students will go to nationals in Orlando Florida. At both state and nationals competition lasts two to five days so students will stay in a hotel filled with other DECA members.

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February 5, 2015
Senior Johnathan Lucken rests while waiting for the awards ceremony to begin. Awards were presented by a state officer at both the individual and team ceremonies. Lucken, teamed up with his twin brother Adam Lucken, placed first in the sports and entertainment team event.

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February 5, 2015
Juniors Jennifer Reis and Alison Richter receive their DECA diamonds and accept their spot at state. The Sycamore DECA chapter is sending the most students to state than any other chapter in the area. The next closest number came from Indian Hill.

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February 5, 2015
Now that competition has ended, students advancing to state are  working to advance their knowledge in their events. They practice by taking tests and doing practice role-plays. Coach Mark Steedly often invites local business professionals and past students to come and judge students to help prepare them for competition.

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February 5, 2015
. Junior, Eva Thorn waits in the Scarlet Oaks auditorium for the arrival of the competition. The other teams included students from Glen Este, Anderson, Milford, North College Hill and Washington Courthouse. Thorn was discussing strategy with teammate Shiloh Eklund and Maya Outlaw.

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January 12, 2015
Juniors Abigail McGowan and William Truncellito present their role play for a judge. They were participating in a team competition. They won first place in Travel and Tourism.

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January 12, 2015
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