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The Leaf

Natalie Brinkman

Natalie Brinkman, Print Editor-in-Chief

Hello virtual friend!
My name is Natalie Brinkman and I have finally made it- senior year.
My current position on staff is Print-Editor-in-Chief, which basically means I help design, edit, and fix pages for our news magazine, The Leaf.
I have been a part of Sycamore High School’s journalism program for all four years of my high school career and have loved every minute of it. Journalism has taught me how to use programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
Outside of journalism, I participate in marching band, specifically color guard, and I am a mentor for a program at Sycamore called Fast Track.
All three of these activities have taught me the skills and requirements of leadership and how to step into roles of responsibility.
Some of my other passions include reading, writing, and video-making, all of which I try to squeeze into my little free time. I am also a dance and karaoke addict, but only when I am alone and with reckless abandon- which I think is the only way to do either of those aforementioned activities.
One of my favorite TV shows is “How I Met Your Mother”, despite my love-hate relationship with the show’s finale. Ted Mosby is my favorite character, I can both relate to him spiritually and mentally.
In conclusion and with his wise words, “The great moments of your life won’t necessarily be the things you do, they’ll also be the things that happen to you. Now, I’m not saying you can’t take action to affect the outcome of your life, you have to take action, and you will. But never forget that on any day, you can step out the front door and your whole life can change forever.”
Every step of my high school career has brought me closer to who I am today and who I want to be.
This year, I aim to cover as many voices and paths of my fellow SHS students as possible, because each of us are simply taking small steps on the journey that is life.

All content by Natalie Brinkman
Bailey Truitt, 12

Bailey Truitt, 12

May 22, 2018
Max Snyder, 12

Max Snyder, 12

April 24, 2018
Hurricanes

Hurricanes

April 19, 2018
Childhood Songs

Childhood Songs

April 16, 2018
AUTHOR. Oral and traditional stories play a pivotal role in preserving culture and heritage. Zora Neale Hurston captured and maintained many African American stories through her work as an author and anthropologist. As a creative in the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was good friends with other key African American artists and authors.

Zora Neale Hurston

February 19, 2018
Olympic Fast Facts

Olympic Fast Facts

February 13, 2018
Valentine's Day Poll

Valentine’s Day Poll

February 9, 2018
Adrian Oliver, 12

Adrian Oliver, 12

February 6, 2018
Heroes of SHS

Heroes of SHS

December 5, 2017
The marching band season is over, with the group performing at Lucas Oil Stadium. The group performed their show Libra in BOA Grand Nationals. Students had to learn how to balance their time with practice and school work.

‘A balancing act’

November 13, 2017
 The marching band performs Libra at OSU’s stadium. Following their performance, the group received personal comments from the marching band director at the school. In addition, a student in OSU’s marching band answered questions and gave information about the program. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

‘If the shoe fits’

October 20, 2017
Mr. Lonnie Stover

Mr. Lonnie Stover

October 13, 2017
GET LOUD. The band attends several football games during the season to perform at pre-game, halftime, and in the stands. During pre-game, the group plays the Fight Song, the Star-Spangled Banner, and the Alma-Mater. The group aims to bring spirit to the fans in the crowd and create a loud dynamic for the game. All photos courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography.

Half-time heroes

September 19, 2017

Game On

May 12, 2017

Mary Cassatt

March 15, 2017

Diversity Week Overview

February 23, 2017

Mixed Greens Intro

February 7, 2017

We are all human

February 2, 2017

Student spotlighting

December 7, 2016
Sophomores are reading A Tale of Two Cities. The book is about the French Revolution and the parallel situation in London. The students formed reading groups to help remove confusion.

Book ties in two topics

January 22, 2016
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