• 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

Lauren Kurtzer

Lauren Kurtzer , Creative Projects Director

Hi! My name is Lauren Kurtzer and I am a senior here at SHS; thus making it my fourth year in convergence journalism. Looking back on everything I learned and done in room 115, I can not believe it went by that quickly. Being on the staff of The Leaf I have picked up many skills on writing, design, and leadership that I can take to the future. I learned many of those skills through leadership positions of feature chief sophomore year; associate editor junior year, where I made sure articles are up to AP Style; creative projects director this year, I am part of a team that works on the major cover stories like the crazy election. I have written and designed for all four of our platforms. For the past three years, I have also written a sports column on every issue; I cover the morale issues of the NFL and my teams the Reds, Bengals and Buckeyes. Outside of room 115, I am the co-captain of the dance team I have been on for four years, the Flyerettes. I am also heavily involved in the Jewish community. I am the Programming Vice President for my temple’s youth group, which is a part of NFTY Ohio Valley, and the Social Action Programmer for Young Judaea Midwest youth movement. On Sundays, I am a madricha or assistant teacher at my Religious School.

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TOO MUCH. LaVar Ball is yelling on the sidelines of a high school basketball games for his sons. He recently gave himself attention by making outlandish comments about himself and his sons. Ball has captivated the sports world, and most of it has been negative attention.

One balls too hard

April 3, 2017
United States Senator from MA is speaking during the Democratic National Convention. She is one of the strong Democratic voices in the Senate. Warren was a professor for about 30 years focusing on consumer law and bankruptcy.

Elizabeth Warren

March 28, 2017
Trendy places to try out

Trendy places to try out

February 21, 2017
The Aves Dance Team pose with their newly earned trophy on Sat., Jan. 6 at Seton High School. They competed in the small Varsity Hip-Hop Division. Kings and Archbishop McNicholas High School placed above them, while Campbell County High School placed below; it was a tight division where the only difference between first and fourth place was eight points.

Aves Dance Team

January 11, 2017

SHS, National Sports

December 13, 2016

Student spotlighting

December 7, 2016
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril tackles Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the Monday night Football primetime games on November 7. There has been a hysteria going around the league about the ratings, especially during the lack of compelling primetime games. The drop in ratings come from factors in and out of the league.

Not failing league

November 14, 2016

Donald Trump

November 4, 2016
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain during a game in Dallas on Sun., Oct. 9 that resulted in a 28-14 Cowboys win. The Bengals played the Washington Redskins in London on Sun., Oct. 30, and the teams tied 27-27. The second week with a tie have brought up the conversation again of fixing the overtime rules.

Tying up tied games

November 3, 2016
Caption: Louisiana State University is doing something during a game on versus a team. Due to extreme weather conditions, they had to cancel a game versus Florida and had to reschedule for Noveber 19 and change the location from at Florida to at LSU. This controversy and decision was highly publicized since neither side could agree on a solution.

Louisiana losing league

November 1, 2016
Backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and teammate safety Eric Reid are kneeling during the national anthem on Mon., Sep. 12. This is Kaepernick’s third game of not standing during the anthem, the previous two being during the preseason. His actions has spread throughout the week, while other teams are standing united.

Standing for respect

September 20, 2016

Becoming an aviator

March 4, 2016
The Flyerettes pose for a picture during the winter sports picture day on Thurs. Nov. 19. While the team is small, they have become an extremely close and tight-nit team.The small numbers also help them improve their technique and dances even more. With fewer people, mistakes are noticed more in practice to be perfected for performances. Photo credit: Coach Elise Williams

Flying for new face

December 17, 2015

2015 Fall Sports Awards

November 12, 2015
The girls’ lacrosse team is doing a scrimmage last season. To prepare for this season they have had scrimmages. The returning state champions lost eight seniors but are ready to show they are still talented. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

Girls Lacrosse

May 7, 2015
Dancing back in time

Dancing back in time

April 27, 2015
W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

April 17, 2015
The JV cheerleading squad is cheering during a JV home boys’ basketball game.  While the team did not do well with a losing season, the girls had a good time cheering. “I think the JV season went well as far as learning,” Bartlett said. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

Cheering as one

February 7, 2015
The Flyerettes are finishing their hip-hop dance to the song ‘Push-it’ during halftime on Dec. 12 versus Fairfield. The team learned this dance at Universal Dance Association camp at Miami University.  Three of the teammates learned this dance there and they taught it to the rest of the team. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography

Flying into New Year

January 7, 2015
Sophomore Lena Harper is looking to pass the ball in a JV basketball game last year. Harper, now a swing player from JVA to Varsity also was a swing player from freshman to JV the previous season. This change from a freshman to JVA team is a conference wide change. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

No dribbling difference

December 15, 2014
Going to the beach and water is one vacation destination for Spring or Summer Break. Between those breaks students tend to fall-off to some degree. For seniors it is called senioritis. Photo courtesy of Lauren Kurtzer.

Ending strong

March 25, 2014
Ryan Higgins, 9 stands after being mummified in toilet paper.  He enjoyed being wrapped but it was hard standing still. Part of the party’s activities was wrapping people in toilet paper.  Photo courtesy of Lauren Kurtzer.

Smiling for Halloween

November 2, 2013
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