• 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

Ria Parikh

Ria Parikh, Deputy Photo Editor & Opinion Chief

Hi everyone! My name is Ria Parikh and I am so excited to start off my junior year as Deputy Photo Editor and Opinion Chief. I joined journalism during my first year of high school and I could not have made a better decision. Room 115 is truly a magical place with amazing people, all putting their creative minds together to put out our best work in The Leaf. I am so incredibly lucky to have a community of writers and artists who inspire me every single day.

Both writing and photography are a key part of who I am, which is why I am absolutely in love with my new roles this year. Getting to capture moments of time with my pen or my camera is what makes me the most fulfilled and, ultimately, is the reason I joined the journalism program. Aside from journalistic work though, I also enjoy creative writing—specifically poetry. I have been published in about ten magazines while also working on the editorial side of the craft as a board member of a literary journal. I am also honored to have received recognition for my work with about 15 keys and mentions from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the 1st Place Writing Our Roots award. Yet, while I love the thrill of submitting to all the contests and competitions I can get my hands on, the greatest joys of writing for me are personally often found in the little things. Whether that be scribbling down thoughts in my journal at 4 in the morning or ranting to my friends over text, it comforts me to know that not a single day goes by without me writing.

Aside from the journalism program, my after-school life can be quite chaotic and ranges from playing varsity tennis for the SHS team to joining late-night Zoom meetings for clubs, to just getting pizza and hanging out with friends when I have some downtime. My motto for high school is to try to do as many activities and meet as many people as I possibly can while still maintaining somewhat of a sleep schedule.

Any other time I may have is usually spent pursuing one or the other of my too-long list of interests— one is dancing. I have been learning Kathak, an Indian classical dance, ever since I was around five, and am working towards getting my degree in it hopefully this year! Another interest of mine is volunteering and I am humbled to be serving as Vice President of an international non-profit this year. Academic-wise, I really love biology and am looking to pursue a career in medicine in the future. I have gotten experience conducting some research recently and it has made me even more interested in the field.

As I take on my second-to-last year of high school (crazy to even be thinking about it), I am excited about new opportunities and making memories with the people I love. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a bit about me, and I hope you look forward to reading The Leaf!

All content by Ria Parikh
IT’S ABOUT TIME. On March 15, the U.S. Senate unanimously agreed to make daylight savings time permanent starting in 2023. The act they decided upon is cheerfully dubbed The Sunshine Protection Act and means that the time we operate on during the summer months will be what we use all year long. If the House of Representatives ends up voting in favor of the bill, it is likely that we will soon be past tediously switching our clocks and will not have to give up those random extra hours of sleep.

It’s About Time

April 2, 2022
A FRESH START. November marks the start of an entirely new quarter—one filled with opportunities, second chances, and fresh beginnings. For some in the building, these past couple of months have been spent just scratching the surface of their high school experiences. For seniors, they are nearing the end.  Regardless of where you are in your four years at SHS, the start of a new quarter is a perfect time to rethink your study habits and learning style. Keep reading for five tips to be as successful as possible for the remainder of 2021 and prepare to ace your midterms when the time comes.

A Fresh Start

November 3, 2021
PINTEREST. According to Sprout Social, “Pinterest started 2020 with around 320 million monthly active users. And now their user base has increased to 459 million monthly active users. This means Pinterest now has more monthly active users than both Twitter and Snapchat combined.” With its relaxing no-expectations atmosphere, personalized interface, and user-friendly features, Pinterest is a social media platform like no other—and it is on the rise. Click the link in our bio to learn more about what makes the app so appealing.
Photo courtesy of Ria Parikh.

Why I Love Pinterest

April 15, 2021
   TROUBLE IN TEXAS. Mother nature is fierce, unforgiving, and harsh—especially when we least expect it. And, in the past couple of weeks, no state has had to learn that better than Texas. With frigid temperatures, state-wide power outages, and an entire population unfamiliar with aggressive winter weather, the period of February storms was a disaster waiting to happen.

Trouble in Texas

March 3, 2021
BEING LEFT ON HEARD. We have all been there. The awkward silence. The hectic glancing around the room to avoid eye contact. The anxiety to be the first one to unmute rushing into your body. Although we can all agree that remote learning is certainly not the most ideal platform for school, it is important that we do all that we can to get the most out of it.

Getting Left on Heard

December 4, 2020
WEARING A MASK. This new emoji relates to quite a few people. It depicts how while many people appear to be smiling, but inside, they are really hurting. While it may be used as more a joke, the deeper meaning of this emoji makes it a nice addition to Apple products.

Expansion of emojis

March 9, 2020
CRAFTY. These were the go-to craft! Perler beads are small, plastic beads that can be arranged on a small peg board to make designs, ranging from simple to extremely detailed. Afterwards, you would get your design ironed and see how the plastic melts, your beads stick together, and your design is permanent. The focus and determination it took to place these small beads one by one on the board really enticed us as children!

Blast to the Past

December 3, 2019
HALLOWEEN HAUNT. From left to right, Catherine Miller, 9, Noam Rochman, 10, Leslie Nordman, 9, and Corwin McAvoy, 9, are pictured with some spooky monsters at Kings Island for Haunt. They are avid-haunted house lovers and all hang out together to enjoy the Halloween season. She loves the “rush of excitement” said Nordman.

Trick or Treat?

October 18, 2019
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