• 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

Sara Margolis

Sara Margolis, Art & Photo Editor

Hi! My name is Sara Margolis. I am a senior at SHS and this is my third year in journalism. Being in journalism has helped me grow as a writer and as a person. During my first year on staff I was a staff writer, writing articles about everything from the Golden Globes to Fashion for the Cure. My second year on staff,  I was the Arts and Entertainment Columnist. And this year, I am an Art/Photo Editor. My favorite food is Ice Cream (especially Buckeye Blitz from Graeters) and I could eat it everyday if I was allowed. I also am a huge Dance Moms fan, and you can oftentimes find me wishing I could dance as well as they could. My favorite color is orange or army green-it changes daily. Outside of my extracurriculars, I love to spin and spend time with my family and friends. When I was little my dream job was to be Hannah Montana but surprisingly things have changed and now I spend a lot of my time with kids because I would love to be a middle school history teacher. This past summer I was a counselor at the sleepaway camp in Wisconsin I used to attend. It was my eighth summer there and I was there for nine weeks while serving as a counselor to the cutest nine year olds ever and being a lifeguard. Additionally I  volunteer as a tutor at Operation Give Back, which is a non profit organization for students in my school district who need support. I also work at the daycare at the Mayerson JCC, as well as being one of the Leaders Young Family Community Events at my temple. I also babysit. One of the exciting things that I am doing this year is an internship with the Teaching Professions Academy (TPA) at my school. I am involved in school activities as well, such as National Honor Society, PEERS (The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) and Bedtime Bundles, which is a drive I co-founded that collects pajamas, socks, and underwear for inner city children. Journalism has allowed me to gain skills that I will use for the rest of my life.

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MARCH. The Cincinnati March of the Living Delegates will first travel to Warsaw, Poland and then make their way to Krakow, Poland. After their time in Poland, they will visit all of the major cities in Israel including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and many more.

Cincinnati Marches

April 26, 2019
Jeremy Wittenbaum

Jeremy Wittenbaum

April 25, 2019
In addition to all of Grandin’s success, there is also a movie about her. The movie “Temple Grandin” stars Claire Danes and was directed by Mick Jackson. The movie explains all of Grandin’s struggles in life and how she rose above.

Temple Grandin

April 5, 2019
MICHELLE OBAMA. Since her time out of office, Obama has published a memoir that has sold nearly 10 million copies (CNN). Obama has also made a surprise appearance at the Grammys.

Michelle Obama

March 29, 2019
Ave’s choir pulled out all of the stops for the 2019 Cabaret show. According to aveschoir.org, “This event showcases the solo, duet, and small ensemble vocal performers from the talented Choral Program.” Cabaret was sponsored by the Sycamore Vocal Boosters Association. Auditions were necessary to participate from Cabaret. Senior Anna Enriquez participated in Cabaret this year. “I’ve been in Cabaret for all of my four years of high school and I have enjoyed it more and more every year. It’s a very relaxing evening filled with lots and lots of talent. I loved getting closer to people in choir and discovering so many unique aspects of everyone, Enriquez said.

Singing for Sycamore

February 20, 2019
TEACH AND LEARN. The Sycamore Teaching Professions Academy (TPA) is a class SHS offers for students who want to work with children in the future. The class is for students who want to be teachers, go into social work, something with pediatrics, therapy and more. Seniors take two bells worth of TPA and go off into the community and student teach or shadow a professional. “Taking TPA has been my greatest choice of high school! I have learned so much about education, which has not only prepared me to be a better teacher but has also helped me become a better student. TPA has been an incredible foundation to build this dream upon!” said senior Mallory Comerford.

TPA students teach on

February 4, 2019
The Sycamore Aves Varsity Diving team is preparing for their next meet which will be the GMC meet. Senior Taylor Miller has been diving for her whole high school career. “I love diving. It is so much fun. I was a gymnast for 14 years and the transition from gymnastics to diving was easy. Diving is not as much of a high-stress sport as gymnastics was, so it is very chill,” Miller said. Miller ended her competitive gymnastics career this year.

Diving prepares for GMC

January 29, 2019
The Sycamore Aves Varsity swim team is preparing for their next meet which will be the ever-so-famous GMC meet. Senior Elliot Carl has swam his whole high school career and more. According to gmcsports.com, Carl’s time for the 200 Yard Freestyle is 1:52.93. “Swimming has been a part of my life for almost 13 years and I can’t imagine living without it. It has taught me so many skills such as competitiveness, time management and proper nutrition. Without swimming I cannot imagine where I would be, and I can’t imagine going into college without it being a part of my life,” Carl said.

Carl keeps swimming

January 28, 2019
Marlee Treta, 12

Marlee Treta, 12

January 9, 2019
Madeline Shewbridge, 11

Madeline Shewbridge, 11

November 23, 2018
Eddie Wade, 12

Eddie Wade, 12

October 22, 2018
Ariana Silver, 9

Ariana Silver, 9

September 28, 2018
Olivia Hewitt, 11

Olivia Hewitt, 11

May 11, 2018
JUST DANCE. Sophomore Eli Cohen and senior Constance Kavensky shared a wonderful night with Junior Lydia Taylor and Sophomore Casey Johnson. The 2018 Prom was held at the Manor House in Mason.

Prom in Paris

May 4, 2018
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Alexis Wineman never had any intention of being Miss America, but decided to try when she was looking for scholarship money. Wineman put her mind to it, and achieved her goal.

Alexis Wineman

April 19, 2018
Earth Day Fun Facts

Earth Day Fun Facts

April 18, 2018
ACTIVIST. Daryl Hannah has paved the way for herself as an autistic activist, actor and producer. She is currently dating rock musician Neil Young.

Daryl Hannah

April 10, 2018
Ava Vilardo, 11

Ava Vilardo, 11

April 3, 2018
OLYMPIAN. Raisman competes on floor during the Rio Olympics. She won a silver medal for this event. Raisman is inspiring all women involved in the ‘me too’ movement.

Aly Raisman

March 23, 2018
Purim Fast Facts

Purim Fast Facts

February 23, 2018
STAR. Wallis starred in “Annie” with Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Wallis also voiced the character of Harper in “Trolls”.  Her name is pronounced “Qua-ven-zhah-nay”

Quvenzhané Wallis

February 21, 2018
Molly Ferguson, 11

Molly Ferguson, 11

February 8, 2018

Aves Ablaze Robotics

January 31, 2018
GAME ON. TPA students are using all of the skills they have learned so far this school year to help them prepare. The competition includes life lessons such as public speaking and job interviews.

Future educators rise

January 17, 2018
COMPETITION. The Robotics Team has been working on their current robot since September. They need to be prepared for the new course this year when the competition season starts.

Aves Ablaze builds

December 6, 2017
KICKIN’ IT. Freshman Benjamin Margolis steals the ball away from the Milford team. “I have really enjoyed being on the soccer team. It was nice knowing that the pre-season training with the upperclassmen allowed me to have friendly faces in the hallway,” Margolis said.

Boys shoot, score

November 3, 2017
FRESH. Offering fruits and vegetables at the famers’ market every Wednesday is a huge score in drawing in costumers. Enjoy the last session on October 4. Be sure to be checking updates for the Blue Ash Farmers’ Market to make sure you know when fresh produce is easy to find again.

Farming season ends

October 4, 2017
Day Off Ideas

Day Off Ideas

September 27, 2017
MAKE A SPLASH. When visitors go to the zoo, a popular place to visit is the hippo Fiona. Guests always hope to catch her swimming. Fiona is so loved that there is even an ice cream named after her.

Fiona stars in zoo

September 14, 2017

Big Fish

May 12, 2017
The movie Jackie was nominated for three Oscars. It featured Natalie Portman as the iconic First Lady. The movie portrays the life of Jackie Kennedy after her husband’s tragic death.

Jackie Kennedy

March 27, 2017

We are all human

February 2, 2017
Camping for a cause

Camping for a cause

January 10, 2017
TECHNICALLY CORRECT. During Aves Theaters production season of 2015-2016 they produced Almost Maine.  Former SHS seniors Lexy Rile and Jessica Wei and current sophomore Sara Margolis are hard at work. Nittin Pauletti 11 said, “Tech is a great way to be creative and learn new leadership skills.” All photos courtesy of McDaniel’s Photography

Ready, set, cue

January 6, 2017
“Hamilton” is the show-stopping Broadway musical about ten-dollar Founding-Father Alexander Hamilton. Lin Manuel Miranda created the show that has won 11 Tony’s, one short from the record.  The show was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Miranda wanted to create a powerful statement with his musical by casting minorites. In recent news, a “Hamilton” mixtape is coming out, including artists such as Chance The Rapper, Sia, Kelly Clarskon and many more.
Photo courtesy of MCT

November 7, 2016
 Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel star in Gilmore Girls. They 
play famous mother and daughter duo Lorelai and Rory. From October,
5 2000 to May 15, 2007 the show was a huge hit.

I love coffee a latte

October 7, 2016
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