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Sarah Horne

Sarah Horne, Creative Projects Director

Hello, welcome to my profile! My name is Sarah Horne and I am a Creative Projects Director. This year marks my senior year at Sycamore High School and my fourth and final year on staff for The Leaf. Last year I was our program’s Broadcast Editor in Chief, and still enjoy creating videos.

When i‘m not working on journalism stories, you can find me competing- whether it be physical or intellectual. I’m a captain of the Lady Aves Water Polo team, and am a member of the Varsity Mock Trial team. Additionally, in my free time I created a blog that I write for called type tactics.wordpress.com, and am a leader for a Red Cross International Humanitarian Law program.

While I tend to keep busy, I do enjoy relaxing and watching Shakespeare plays with my family, playing with my dog name Sushi ( yes I named him that when I was five because he is white just like the rice on a California roll), and creating artwork.   

I hope you enjoy reading and watching all our publications here at The Leaf!

All content by Sarah Horne
OBJECTION.While the season started off challenging, SHS’s Mock Trial team defied expectations and made it to the state competition. This year’s case was a defamation case based between Pat Justice, the plaintiff, and CAT News, the defendant. Each side used the case evidence to prove their side was correct in the court of law. “It was really amazing to go to state since Sycamore hasn’t done it in so long. It was a completely different experience from anything else I’ve done, and, from working with everyone, I learned the effort that it takes in order to get to state,” said Swati Bhageria, 10.

Top sweet 16

March 14, 2017
Oprah Winfrey is a recognized leader and self made women in society. she has a national book club and has been nominated for an Oscar after her performance in the film, ‘A Color Purple’. Additionally, she engages in politics and showed support for past president Obama during his campaign

Oprah Winfrey

February 20, 2017

Front-page news

December 13, 2016
Dive in. Campbell takes off into the pool for her portion of her team’s relay race. There are four teammates in a relay and they score based off their combined time. At a swim meet there are four relays per meet: the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley, and 400 medley.

Swimmers take your mark

November 11, 2016

Donald Trump

November 4, 2016

9/11 at SHS

October 18, 2016

Psychology of Sleep

March 4, 2016

Academic Quiz Team

March 2, 2016
   Clinton and Trump currently hold the top runner positions in the election for presidency based off of the recent primary and caucus. Clinton is a professional politician, while Trump is a well known businessman. Photo credits of MCT Campus.

Electoral race continues

February 29, 2016
Clothes around America

Clothes around America

February 22, 2016
Both the ACT and SAT have made their essays optional. However, certain colleges require the essay portion of one of the exams. The ACT is out of 36 points whereas the SAT is scored out of 2,400.

Choosing ACT or SAT

February 15, 2016
Q & A with Emma Traylor

Q & A with Emma Traylor

February 3, 2016
Studying Fun Fact: Studying a little everyday can allow information to be learned easier and remain in a student’s memory longer. Instead of spending three hours studying before a big test, try spending 30 to 35 minutes studying each night a week in advance. This will make the information seem more manageable and easier to learn.  
Photo design by Sarah Horne

Secrets to Success

December 10, 2015
Standing up to stress

Standing up to stress

December 9, 2015
Bacon bites back

Bacon bites back

December 5, 2015

Suicide Prevention

November 12, 2015

Variety show auditions

September 21, 2015
Competition: On

Competition: On

May 12, 2015
  Reading is a great way to escape into a new and creative world. It can show you different perspectives, can be entertaining and a great way to relax. The more you read the less it feels like a chore and can help you to comprehend information faster.

What to read next

April 23, 2015
For more information on when you will be taking each test check your student email account.  The PARCC test will be distributed to all freshmen. Also any students in Algebra 1, Scientific Investigations, Government, and American History will take PARCC.

Test taking time

April 23, 2015
 Some questions asked on Trivia Crack correspond with what students are learning in class. In 10th grade Language arts students read the book Of Mice and Men. The knowledge of this novel would help them to answer the question on who the main characters are in that book easily.


February 3, 2015

Paint, dance, sing, act

December 17, 2014
Girls love maxis. They are cute and comfortable. So why not carry them over into the colder seasons? Wear maxi skirts with dark winter tops, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, and jackets to make the outfit winter ready.


November 7, 2014
Long boots and knee high socks can also add warmth to any outfit. These can be worn with jeans, leggings, skirts, or dresses.


November 7, 2014
The same concept goes with a jean jacket. Jean jackets, which are not as warm as sweaters, can help make summer wear ready for fall.


November 7, 2014
Adding a light sweater to a dress or skirt instantly makes it a cute cold weather outfit. Feel free to experiment with different lengths, sizes, patterns, colors, and style. Even accessories can completely change an outfit.


November 7, 2014
Just like people all animals also dream. Their dreams like people relate to things from their life. This is why you will see animals moving during their sleep.


November 7, 2014
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