• 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

Taylor Close

Taylor Close, Leaflet Editor-in-Chief

Hi! My name it Taylor Close, and this is my fourth year here in journalism. This year I am in charge of our online magazine called The Leaflet along with my other half Sydney Evans.

I can’t believe that it is already senior year, it feels like yesterday I was roaming the hallways getting lost.

I have learned so much through this program, from how to write within a time constraint to how to design and use infographics, and I have found a love for graphic design along the way.

In my free time I love to be outside on hikes or just enjoying nature in general, listening to music, or reading/watching anything Harry Potter related.    I was devastated when I didn’t receive a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but I guess Sycamore isn’t that bad either.

Last year I took AP Biology and absolutely loved everything about it, so I am hoping to study biology in college next year.

I am interning at a neuroscience lab on University of Cincinnati’s campus and it is showing me just how much I love field and lab work.

I also love traveling and seeing the rest of the world and what it has to offer.

I enjoy photography and the creativity and self expression that comes along with it. I love spending my weekends in different parks with friends and my camera just goofing around and taking photos.

All content by Taylor Close
Earth Day

Earth Day

April 12, 2018
The Regeneron Science Talent Search is one of the nations most prestigious math and science competition. Every year thousands of students across the country submit projects, and only 40 finalists travel to Washington D.C to present their projects to a panel of judges. This year some of those finalist projects included topics from behavioral and social science as well as cellular and molecular biology.

Indrani Das

March 26, 2018
Allen Crimmel, 10

Allen Crimmel, 10

March 26, 2018
Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse Gases

March 23, 2018
SUCCESS. Chloe Kim was joined by her US teammate Arielle Gold on the podium in the bronze medal place. The silver medal went to Chinese snowboarder Liu Jiayu. The US won 23 total medals, nine of them gold.

Chloe Kim

March 22, 2018
Stephanie Hong, 12

Stephanie Hong, 12

March 13, 2018
Spring Ahead

Spring Ahead

March 10, 2018
PARTICIPATE. DeRay Mckesson is a part of multiple activist associations. He not only works to get attention for the Black Lives Matter and Campaign Zero, but he is also a part of the LGBT community and has spoken at the GLAAD Gala. He urges people to speak up and out and to expresss themselves.

DeRay Mckesson

February 27, 2018
WRITE. Bao works on one of her ongoing stories. She tries to write as much as she can, but finds it hard while being a full time student. She and a friend have tried to fix this by sending at least two stories to each other each month.

Write on

March 16, 2017
CREATE. Sophomores Christine Zou, Valerie Timofeyev, Samruddhi Ubhe, and Anushri Menon make their own masks and enjoy some traditional Mardi Gras King Cake. After everyone finishes their masks, Mrs. Lesley Chapman, the french teacher, holds a contest to find the best and most creative ones. This year sophomores Ellie Armstrong and Menon won the contest, winning a Toblerone bar each.

Unmasking culture

March 2, 2017

Human shirts

February 27, 2017
GOODBYES. Obama gives her final speech as first lady on Jan. 6, 2017 to a group of school counselors as a part of her Reaching Higher Initiative program. Throughout her eight years in the white house, she has worked to empower and encourage young people to improve the world. This speech was no different, with her reminding them that the country is theirs and with hard work and a good education they can do anything.

Michelle Obama

February 8, 2017

Mixed Greens Intro

February 7, 2017

Arts & Entertainment

December 13, 2016

Political Demographics

November 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton

November 4, 2016
Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

March 17, 2016

The Green Initiative

February 25, 2016
Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

February 23, 2016
Madame took the day from teaching her normal class to talk to her students about what was happening. They also had the chance to sign the banner with condolences that they made up themselves or with help from Madame. Some of them said things like Nous sommes avec vous (we are with you), while others recited the phrase that seems to be everywhere, Liberté, égalité, fraterinté.

Nous sommes avec Paris

December 1, 2015
The workers who sign up to be apart of Halloween Haunt have to go through an interview process in order to be able to scare the park’s guests. If they pass that, then they will become one of many monsters that terrorize people who walk by. Although no person under 16 years of age can apply for an interview, for various safety reasons.

Ride or die

October 12, 2015
Pop-star Taylor Swift tweeted Troye promoting his EP on Sunday night. This lead many of Swift’s fans to check out Sivan’s music and music video, apparent through the various comments of her sending them there on his video. Sivan replied with his own tweet of speechlessness later that night. Photo courtesy of Taylor Close.

Youtube star gets Wild

October 12, 2015
Pop-star Taylor Swift tweeted Troye promoting his EP on Sunday night. This lead many of Swift’s fans to check out Sivan’s music and music video, apparent through the various comments of her sending them there on his video. Sivan replied with his own tweet of speechlessness later that night.

Youtube star gets Wild

October 2, 2015
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