• 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

Jessica Lu

Jessica Lu, Social Media Director

Hello friend! After all of the writing, editing, filming, and so on in this class, I still have yet to figure out what to say about myself. But I guess I will start with my name and grade. I cannot mess that up, right? My name is Jessica Lu, and I’m a senior at this wonderful school. For the past two years, I have been a staff writer, and this year I am the Social Media Director. As part of my job, I run The Leaf’s Twitter and Instagram. (Insert shameless plug to follow both of our accounts.) In the quick-paced and ever-changing place known as the Internet, I love capitalizing on new trends and experimenting with different approaches to bolster our online presence. Last year, I’ve become fascinating with video-making. While written word offers its own unique way to tell someone’s story, adding visual and audio components make a story more compelling and more real. Hopefully, you will be seeing more videos from me this year! Outside of journalism, I am the co-event lead of the Relay For Life in the Montgomery Area. I have been involved with Relay since I was a freshman, and it’s been the most incredible experience. I hope that by getting our students and neighboring schools involved, we can raise money that can fund more research and patient-care services. I also tutor at Operation Give Back. The kids are so sweet, and they never fail to make me laugh. Just recently, one of the fifth graders told me she would never need to learn how to do mental math because her future self was obviously rich. And I competitively swim year-round. Practice is extremely challenging (especially when you have exercise-induced-asthma), but if you join swim team, you will meet the most amazing and determined people. Swimming is always mistaken for an individual sport when the team spirit is the best out of any other sport I have played before. (Not to mention my entire swim lane has formed an asthma camaraderie.) And despite my teasing of my friend with vegan memes, I am the vice president of her club Colorful Eats. Colorful Eats is a vegan and allergy-friendly cooking club. While my friend likes to joke that all she eats is ice, the club has really opened my eyes to how many delicious vegan options there are that you can easily make. If you want to know some random facts about me: I love making people laugh. Taro bubble tea is my favorite drink. I believe memes are crucial to building friendships. I definitely think it’s possible that aliens are real. I always sing in the shower. And I love trying new food. So let me end with a part of my bio from last year: Are you ready to get funky? Because I am!


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Kyra Fales, 12

Kyra Fales, 12

April 12, 2019
Ellie Ekstedt, 12

Ellie Ekstedt, 12

March 13, 2019
Alejandro Bresolin, 12

Alejandro Bresolin, 12

January 29, 2019
Emma Stemen, 11

Emma Stemen, 11

December 19, 2018
HOLIDAY FUN. Secret Santa is among the top winter traditions at SHS. Classes, clubs, sports teams, friends, and family can all be found with their own version. Senior Teddy Weng is even participating in six different ones this month.

SHS students swap gifts

December 6, 2018
Megan Long, 12

Megan Long, 12

November 14, 2018
Benjamin Lu, 9

Benjamin Lu, 9

November 7, 2018
Annette Lee, 12

Annette Lee, 12

October 17, 2018

The Leaf Tries: Water polo

September 25, 2018
Takezo Kelly, 12

Takezo Kelly, 12

September 17, 2018

SHS Pep Rally

April 29, 2018
DOCTOR. Horrigan does not have autism, but he does work with children who have ASD. As a psychiatrist, he helps treatment programs to address the child’s individual needs. Horrigan’s perspective is influenced by his background in developing and testing pediatric drugs with GlaxoSmithKline.

Dr. Joseph Horrigan

April 25, 2018
POKEMON CRAZE. Many people have been caught up in Pokemon throughout the years. Though people of today may be more familiar with Pokemon Go, the concept of Pokemon actually came to life in 1996. Since then, Tajiri’s game has become widely popular among individuals from all over the world.

Satoshi Tajiri

April 20, 2018
Luis Pereda, 11

Luis Pereda, 11

March 28, 2018

In their eyes

March 23, 2018

College is king

March 14, 2018
TESTING, TESTING. The junior class will be taking the ACT on Tues., Feb. 27 for free. To prepare students for the test, Aviator Bell teachers encouraged their students to complete practice problems. For the students who have not yet filled out the registration, juniors can go to the Counseling Center and ask to see Ms. Vollman.

Juniors tackle ACT

February 26, 2018
Annette Lee, 11

Annette Lee, 11

February 23, 2018
LIGHT THE CANDLES. At a certain hour, committee members will light the special Luminaria candles to honor those who are fighting or have passed away from cancer. During this time, relay participants will either walk in an hour of silence or sit next to a Luminaria that has a loved one’s name on it. Soft music will be played in the background as two speakers will read the names that are on the Luminarias.

Race for Relay

February 15, 2018
IT’S A GIRL. Assistant coach Stephen Langdon and his wife Carly open up presents gifted from the Varsity swimmers. The Langdons received a variety of gifts ranging from onesies to diapers. The party took place at 4:30 p.m. directly after swim practice in the team room.

Swimmers buy baby gifts

February 2, 2018
BUSINESS ONLY. Students participate in their first official DECA competition of the year. Individuals doing role plays only have 12 minutes to prepare for a ten minute presentation. First-time DECA members actually competed in a practice competition called Mini Spring in December.

SHS sweeps competition

January 26, 2018
Heroes of SHS

Heroes of SHS

December 5, 2017
Name that pop song!

Name that pop song!

October 20, 2017
ENOUGH. Chloe Bennet speaks out against criticism over her name change. Bennet believes that changing her name from Wang to Bennet helped her acting career. Despite media’s beliefs, she is proud of her Chinese heritage.

‘Hollywood is racist’

September 21, 2017
PASS IT UP. Takuto Hatase, 9, pass-sets a ball to the outside hitter. This season marks Hatase’s first year of playing volleyball. On the JV team, he plays all-around as the team’s setter.

Bump, set, spike!

May 18, 2017
Devin Johnson brushes his teeth as his girlfriend and caregiver, Tayler Miller, assists on January 11, 2013. Johnson recently learned to grip the toothbrush well enough to perform the task. (Autumn Payne/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

No stain, no gain

May 17, 2017

SHS chess team

May 12, 2017

East side story

March 13, 2017
HEAD IN THE ZONE. Shanks concentrates when beginning his trek up the boulder. Staying focused is a big aspect of the sport. “Every move requires technique and full concentration,” Shanks said.

Riley rocks on

March 3, 2017
GET A GRIP! Sophomore Riley Shanks rock climbs at Red River Gorge in Kentucky. In addition to playing soccer year round, Shanks makes time to enjoy his hobby. “Rock climbing is a great way to stay fit and have a lot of fun; It’s my ultimate escape,” Shanks said.

Q&A with Riley Shanks

February 23, 2017

One Billion

February 1, 2017
Ready, Set, Relay! SHS Meme Squad gathers together for a team photo before the opening ceremony. This year, students differents schools—such as SHS, UA, Moeller, and St. X—are allowed to be on the same team. Relay teams must have at least nine people on them.

Rallying for Relay

January 27, 2017
Aria Oliver, 10,  practices her solo piece on her French Horn. She performed the first two movements of Mozart’s 3rd Horn Concerto. This is Oliver’s fourth time participating in Solo and Ensemble.

OMG about OMEA

January 20, 2017
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