• 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

Kirsten Thomas

Kirsten Thomas, Web Editor

Hi! My name is Kirsten Thomas, and this is my third and final year on the staff. This year I am a Web Editor, which basically means I am one of the two people that keep the website up and running. We update the website daily and strive to post diverse and well-written articles and information. For many years, shsleaf.org has been a SNO distinguished site, and for the first time, last year was a Pacemaker finalist. I help in other aspects of the journalism world when needed, as I am also the Managing Editor for The Leaf. I oversee the feature, opinion, and sports sections of our news magazine. I enjoy both of our platforms and write for both as well. As far as writing goes, until my sophomore year, I never really enjoyed it. It was my freshman year that I discovered what an outlet writing can be, and once I discovered how to communicate what I could not verbally through writing, I was hooked. I started discovering sides of myself I never knew existed, which lead me to win first place in the Montgomery Women’s Club Writing Contest for three (this year will hopefully make four!) years in a row. Although I spend most of my time working on journalism-related work, I enjoy the activities I am involved in at SHS. As far as clubs and extracurriculars go, this is my second year being Vice President of Model UN, I have been a freshman camp counselor (basically showing freshman around the school, helping them adapt and being a mentor to them) for four years, and I volunteer through Ambassadors Club and National Honors Society. During second bell each day I am a peer mentor to students in the building with special needs. I help the students in their gym class, build relationships with them and enjoy occasional outings with them such as bowling and Adaptive PE field day. I have a passion for individuals with special needs, as I think their voices should be heard just as anyone else's. This can sometimes be challenging considering some special needs individuals are nonverbal, but it is always fun using technology and other resources to help them communicate and let the world hear their voice. After watching the movie “Temple Grandin” in psychology class, I was inspired to share the stories of those who would not normally be shared. I created Autism Awareness Month on our website to bring awareness to those in our community and world touched by Autism, including businesses that strive to incorporate employees of all abilities. Each school day in April a profile was uploaded to our website, featuring a person or business. The community had a great response, and we were able to cover many students and businesses in our area. Looking towards my future, I know the special needs community will always be a part of my life, even if that means strictly volunteering. Outside of school I enjoy attending church and have served for a few years on the leadership team. This summer I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala, and I loved sharing my testimony and Christianity with all of the children there. My eyes were opened to how precious life is, and how we should value each and every day. Further, when I am not at school I spend some of my time working. I have two jobs, one at Jet’s Pizza and the other at Subway, but I also manage to make some time to babysit. In college, I plan on majoring in journalism and may be interested in teaching journalism later down the road. I wish I could tell you I am finishing off my senior year and leaving high school with no regrets, but I have to admit, I have one regret- not joining the journalism program sooner. Joining journalism changed my life- I learned not only what I want to pursue in college and beyond, but I discovered who I truly am. Sharing the stories of others is my passion, and I cannot wait to explore this field for years to come. I am so happy that I joined the staff sophomore year, and I could not imagine high school without it. On that note, feel free to look around and enjoy all of the work we have posted here for you- we have put in a lot of hard work, and we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by, and come back again soon!

All content by Kirsten Thomas
Sam Kapsul, 12

Sam Kapsul, 12

May 9, 2019
AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium

April 19, 2019
The Silos

The Silos

April 19, 2019
Traveling in Texas

Traveling in Texas

April 19, 2019
ALWAYS AN UPSIDE. Before meeting Dell (played by Kevin Hart in the film), his caretaker, Phillip struggled to see any purpose remaining in his life after an accident resulting in paralysis and his wife dying of cancer. Dell was the game changer, and gave Phillip a new reason to live.

‘The Upside’

March 14, 2019
Pictured from left to right: Young Scholars President Nia Jeter, Vice President Megan Oduyoye, and Communications/Public Relations Officer Autumn Forte.

Q&A with Young Scholars

February 27, 2019
No school Feb. 1

No school Feb. 1

February 1, 2019
No school Jan. 31

No school Jan. 31

January 31, 2019
No school Jan. 30

No school Jan. 30

January 29, 2019
Laneyah Pringle, 12

Laneyah Pringle, 12

January 16, 2019
Verany Iek, 12

Verany Iek, 12

December 5, 2018
Nov. 14 was Senior Sign Day. Six athletes signed to continue playing their sport at the collegiate level. Two twins signed to Marian University. The signing was really special for me because I got to share this with my twin brother Jacob Wittenbaum, who I signed with and he will be playing tennis at the same school with me and thats what I am most excited for next year, Wittenbaum said.

Athletes sign for future

November 19, 2018
Nia Jeter, 12

Nia Jeter, 12

October 30, 2018
Order your 2019 yearbook

Order your 2019 yearbook

September 18, 2018
Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2018
WELCOME BACK. On August 16, all students were welcomed back to school. The PTO had various decorations set up in the front office to welcome students back and to celebrate the seniors. The Leaf staff hopes you have a great year!

[Photo] Welcome back!

August 16, 2018
SNAPSHOT. Tsao stops to take a photo on his trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, located in Michigan. Tsao was trying to capture the beautiful sunset. When traveling, Tsao enjoys capturing photos of what he sees along the way. Photos courtesy of Herrick Tsao.

Tsao takes on globe

April 30, 2018
PICK A TREAT. TIP students are involved in making dog treats at EarthWise Pet. There is a stand dedicated to these specific treats in the Harper’s Point store. The bag also includes the individual’s name who worked on that bag of treats, which gives it a nice personal touch.

Earthwise pet

April 27, 2018
Claire Bolyard, 11

Claire Bolyard, 11

April 12, 2018
Sam Leach currently works at Hilton Garden Inn in the kitchen. Despite working, Sam still has time to enjoy doing things he loves. “Sam’s perfect day includes a Diet Coke from McDonald’s and a trip to the beach,” said Ms. Carol Leach, Sam Leach’s mother.

TIP Intern

April 5, 2018
  INSPIRATION. Sonia Sotomayor was inspired to become a judge from the TV show Perry Mason. Growing up, Sotomayor was raised on a modest income. She was the eldest of two children.

Sonia Sotomayor

March 29, 2018
Hannah Taylor, 11

Hannah Taylor, 11

March 7, 2018
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