• 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

Deeya Prakash

Deeya Prakash, Editor in Chief

Hi! My name is Deeya Prakash, and I am a senior here at SHS. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been obsessed with books. Reading has taken me to different cities, countries, realms, and universes, all while sitting in one place. I considered books to be magic, and I still do today. However, eventually, I grew tired of being the audience and decided to become the magician. As soon as I began to write, I fell in love, and I knew that this was something that I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Aside from being in the program for the last two years, I had only ever written fictional pieces and had never experimented with informative writing. That’s why I joined this class, and suffice to say, I have no regrets. I loved getting to know all of the amazing staffers at the Leaf and creating pieces for all of the students to enjoy. Having someone come up to you and tell you that they liked your piece in the magazine or on the web was one of the most rewarding feelings that I had ever experienced, and I’m back for more! This year, I will be taking on the role of the Deputy Content Editor; I will be in charge of all of the content of the magazine in all sections but primarily package. This is quite a large undertaking, but with the support of my fellow editors, I know it is going to be a great time. I love my role in this program as it allows me to meet so many new people all while still getting the opportunity to write and explore the journalistic style. I look forward to seeing what this year entails for me and I hope to grow as a writer and leader with the help of my peers and teachers, and hopefully, assist others in their writing endeavors. As a content editor, I know that I will likely be someone that my peers turn to for help, and I am hoping that I can be a good resource for anyone that needs assistance (or even just a chat or conversation!). Outside of school, I write a lot, be it memoirs, short stories, or mid-life-crisis-4am-type-beat poems. In addition, I love to read (Surprise!), draw and hang out with my friends and family. I also play on the Sycamore Girls Varsity Golf team as well as swim competitively. Both of these sports have taught me commitment, determination, hard work, and discipline, which have come in handy in other parts of my life. Some of my other favorite things include sea life (particularly orca whales!), Broadway musicals, traveling, the Jonas Brothers, and of course, Harry Potter. Can’t discount the iconic wizard Albus Dumbledore, who once said that “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” I couldn't agree more.

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BREAKING NEWS. SHS administrators have just released updated information regarding the new way we will be doing clubs and activities in the era of COVID-19. Though cubs are strongly encouraged to meet virtually, face-to-face meetings have been approved with several extensive measures required. As always, “all clubs must follow the same social-distancing guidelines as classrooms if meeting face-to-face,” said Mr. Ashwin Coratiyll, student administrator. Photo taken before COVID-19.

Update on clubs

October 21, 2020
STUMBLING ON A BUSINESS. Junior Grace Zhang had no idea that creating a simple, trendy sweatshirt for herself would spiral into a full on business, as she was greeted with many requests for her butterfly garment. All of her profits have benefited children at The Dragonfly Foundation, and Zhang hopes to continue raising money. This is such an important cause to me and I feel...really privileged that I get to help out, Zhang said.

Accidental entrepreneur

December 6, 2019
CAPTIVITY. Though Orca whales are the main attraction of parks like Sea World, bringing awestruck children and families from all across the country, these animals should not be kept in captivity. The physical and mental affects of confinement are extremely harmful to the orcas, and are causing many to die out fast. “I think that unless the aquarium or park is purely based on rehabilitation, it should not have any captive animals,” said Kasey Lowe, 10.

Whales out of water

September 16, 2019
REPRESENT. Among the new Student Council delegates, two of them are members of our very own journalism program. Junior Lydia Masset (left) and sophomore Maddie Suh (right) are grateful and honored to selected, and hope to develop their leadership skills in order to ensure a greater SHS. In addition, previously covered freshman Katie Mott (not pictured) has also been selected to represent the sophomore class next year. “I am honestly super excited and relieved that I got elected,” Mott said.

The Leaf represents

April 26, 2019
ASTONISHING.

ASTONISHING.

April 9, 2019
FLAMENCO.

FLAMENCO.

April 9, 2019
TAPAS.

TAPAS.

April 9, 2019
Aliza Newton, 9

Aliza Newton, 9

April 1, 2019
WHO’S SHE? A new guessing game known as “Who’s She” is ready to dominate the board game industry, showing girls and women alike that they are capable of anything. The game centers on highly accomplished women and their achievements, personality, and interesting facts about their lives, teaching the players as well as providing entertainment. “I would buy it because it seems like a very informational but still fun game,” said Grace Caldwell, 9.

‘Who’s She?’

March 21, 2019
UNSUNG HERO. Though she is not Fredrick Douglas or Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells was an extremely influential figure in the Civil Rights Era. Fighting for equality for African Americans, she helped to ban lynching or the act of killing without legal trial.

Ida B. Wells

March 11, 2019
Marissa Thorp, 10

Marissa Thorp, 10

February 20, 2019
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

February 20, 2019
SPEAKING OUT. The students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have recently released a book that is sure to change lives. This novel, titled “Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share their Stories” is a collection of poems, essays, letters, artwork, and photographs that depict the feelings and emotional trauma that the members of this community went through this time last year. “After the shooting I spent probably a month just writing poems, writing my thoughts out and I felt that was one of the ways I could slowly begin my healing process,” said one of the student contributors, Caitlynn Tibbetts, according to NBC News.

What Really Happened

February 7, 2019
Grace Larrick, 10

Grace Larrick, 10

February 4, 2019
Gunjan Bahri, 10

Gunjan Bahri, 10

January 14, 2019
CHEATING WORKS. Forget studying for hours on end; the best way to ace a midterm exam is to cheat! There are several different ways of cheating, such as using your cellphone or even having someone else take the exam for you. “It is easy and painless, and frees up time for doing other, more enjoyable activities,” said Grace Caldwell, 9.

How to ace midterms

December 12, 2018
Jemma Pooley, 9

Jemma Pooley, 9

November 28, 2018
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