• 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

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THE OTHER SIDE. The opioid crisis that plagues the U.S. goes beyond opioid addiction and drug overdoses. It encompasses the plight of pain patients as the supply of opioids for proper medicinal use dwindles. Attention needs to be given to both sides of the crisis.

[Photo] ‘The other side’

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
May 7, 2018
SPRINT. Joyner falls to her knees after winning gold. She is at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and her 200 meter record is still the top time for any women since then. Because of this, she is considered one of the fastest women of all time.

[Photo] Florence Griffith Joyner

Adhiti Chundur, Associate Editor
March 30, 2018
FIRST LADY. Michelle Obama speaks with customers at subway. As a part of her Let’s Move campaign Michelle worked to promote healthier eating choices. To this end, she partnered with many businesses including Subway.

[Photo] Michelle Obama

Sydney Evans, Leaflet Editor-in-Chief
March 27, 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.

[Photo] Aly Raisman

Sara Margolis, Staff Writer
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.

[Photo] Chloe Kim

Taylor Close, Leaflet Editor-in-Chief
March 22, 2018
“PEOPLE’S PRINCESS.” Princess Diana meets with a child during her visit to Angola. She was extremely popular for her humanitarian efforts and remains so even after her death. Diana was particularly known for her positive energy and her ability to uplift those around her.

[Photo] Princess Diana of Wales

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
March 13, 2018
VISIONARY. The sharp and minimal design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial garnered Maya Lin national recognition. It is considered one of the most influential memorials of the post WWII period. Lin was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2009, a film about her art, “Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision,” won 1994 Oscar for best documentary, and she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by President Barack Obama.

[Photo] Maya Lin

Adhiti Chundur, Associate Editor
March 9, 2018
EQUALITY. As the world fights for equality Susan B Anthony paves the way towards fair rights. Anthony grew up in a family that taught her to fight for what she deserved. This thinking lead her to be the woman she was and eventually one of the reasons why women have the right to vote.

[Photo] Susan B. Anthony

Lindsey Brinkman, Entertainment Chief
March 6, 2018
EXPLORE. Sabrina Pasterski’s work in quantum gravity seeks to explain gravity in context of quantum mechanics. Her studies delve into some of the most complex areas of physics. “Physics itself is exciting enough. It’s not like a 9-to-5 thing. When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics,” Pasterski said.

[Photo] Sabrina Pasterski

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief
March 2, 2018
POWER TO THE PEACE. In 2013, Gloria Steinem was awarded the presidential medal of freedom. President Barack Obama bestowed her the metal to honor her work in the women’s liberation movement and for being an advocate for equality. Steinem is not only an activist but a journalist who has written about many social justice issues over the course of her career.

[Photo] Gloria Steinem

Lydia Masset, Staff Writer
March 1, 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.

[Photo] DeRay Mckesson

Taylor Close, Leaflet Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2018
NOT ENOUGH. The Trump administration has taken on a “just say no” campaign. The main solution the president has been advocating for is his border wall. However, it will take more to combat this epidemic.

[Photo] ‘More than just a drug problem’

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
February 20, 2018
SPEAK UP. Angelou spent the majority of her life working alongside other activists, primarily for racial equality. In her life she worked with Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many more. They marched, planned, rallied, and wrote articles and poetry alike to do their part.

[Photo] Maya Angelou

Lydia Masset, Staff Writer
February 20, 2018
PLAN IT. Bayard Rustin was the central organizer of the March on Washington, which he only had two months to put it all together. Around 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, the event was for jobs and freedom.

[Photo] Bayard Rustin

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief
February 15, 2018
FORTY FOUR. Former President Barack Obama made history as the first African American president of the United States. During his time in office, one of the Obamas administration focuses was affordable health care. In his second term he focused on climate change and the environment.

[Photo] Barack Obama

Yvanna Reyes, Video Chief
February 14, 2018
TRAILBLAZER. Truth is regarded as a trailblazer for her early involvement with both abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Although she did not live to see many of the results of her efforts, she did impact the nation immensely. Truth helped contribute to the abolition of slavery, increased racial equality, and the ability of women to vote, while she only lived to see abolition.

[Photo] Sojourner Truth

Sydney Weiss, Social Media Director
February 13, 2018
RAISE YOUR VOICE. Ella Baker never sought recognition for herself, instead promoting on the ideals she sought to make a reality. She wanted to cultivate a new group of leaders, so she focused on creating civil rights movements in colleges. “I found a greater sense of importance by being a part of those who were growing,” said Baker, according to “Time.

[Photo] Ella Baker

Allyson Bonhaus, Feature Chief
February 12, 2018
GROUNDBREAKER. Marshall served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court from October 1967 until October 1991. During his long career, Marshall consistently fought for civil rights and challenged institutional racism. He voted in the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade as well as Furman v. Georgia.

[Photo] Thurgood Marshall

Adhiti Chundur, Associate Editor
February 9, 2018
Morrisons work is known for its focus on the African American experience- specifically for women. Combined with her lyrical and powerful prose, Morrison weaves compelling tales centered around family, identity, and society. Throughout her career, Morrison has collected many accolades.

[Photo] Toni Morrison

Hannah Lee, Opinion Chief
February 8, 2018
HISTORY MAKER. Gibson’s achievements went on to inspire many other black athletes as well as women in the sport. She was later inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. She also went on to write an autobiography, titled “I Always Wanted to Be Someone.”

[Photo] Althea Gibson

Harsitha Kalaiarasan, Staff Writer
February 5, 2018
LEGACY. Morgan Freeman accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. He received the award on Jan. 21, 2018 as an 80 year old. Freeman has worked in theatre, TV, and Hollywood

[Photo] Morgan Freeman

Jenna Bao, Executive Editor
February 2, 2018
RACE, CLASS, GENDER. hooks’ writing tends to be from a postmodern female perspective, through which she addresses race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, and mass media. As a writer, hooks chose the pseudonym “bell hooks” in tribute to her great-grandmother Bell Hooks, who was known for her opinions, and kept it in the lowercase to keep the focus on her work rather than her name. “It is the substance of my books, not who is writing them, that is important,” hooks said.

[Photo] Bell Hooks (bell hooks)

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2018
LISTEN UP. SHS students are required to take half a credit of health in order to graduate. The SHS class whose curriculum was described is the semester-long class titled “Health.” The SHS course planner describes it as “a study and application course that equips students to practice wise decision making skills.” Many veterans of Health remember scoffing at and/or ignoring some, much, or all of the teachings of the Sex Education unit.

[Photo] The wrong conversation

Anisa Khatana, Staff Writer
January 31, 2018

[Photo] Gaming leads to gambling

Jack Wolfe, Staff Writer
January 24, 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.

[Photo] Future educators rise

Sara Margolis, Staff Writer
January 17, 2018
RESOLUTION. “This year, I do not have a resolution- I just have tons of goals for the future. Actually, it does not even have to be this year. It could be tomorrow or after graduation or anything,” said Thea Ferdinand, 12.

[Photo] How to make most of New Year

Emily Chien, Media Director
January 16, 2018
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY. Recently, the country has witnessed a rising wave of sexual harassment allegations as #MeToo gains momentum. The nonprofit organization Sexual Assault in Schools launched #MeTooK12 as an extension of #MeToo to bring light to the sexual harassment and assault that occurs in K-12 schools. “May we teach our children that speaking out without the fear of retribution is our culture’s new North Star,” said American actress Laura Dern at the Golden Globes ceremony. This comes after the Trump administration rescinded the Title IX guidance that directed schools to show transparency with their handling of sexual assault reports.

[Photo] Beyond numbers with #MeTooK12

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
January 11, 2018
LAWSUIT UP. Cincinnati is not the first University Richard Spencer has attempted to sue. For refusing to host the white supremacist, Spencer has also filed lawsuits against Ohio State, Penn State, Auburn, as well as Michigan State. “I do not understand what statement he is making by suing so many universities. It’s ridiculous, Pan said.

[Photo] Richard Spencer sues UC

Yvanna Reyes, Video Chief
January 10, 2018
IN FLAMES. Fires continue to blaze in California, now concentrated in the southern half. One of the fires, the Thomas Fire, burned an area of 130,000 acres, spreading over 31,000 acres in nine hourse on its first day; according to CNN, at this rate, it would have consumed New York’s Central Park in merely14 minutes. It ranks as the 19th most destructive fire in California. “There’s nothing left of our home,” said a woman who came back to her home after the Thomas Fire passed.

[Photo] Losing too much

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
December 23, 2017
AWARENESS. More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, but one out of four of them do not even know they have it. The key to prevent this number from increasing is to raise awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles. The Centers for Disease Control established the month of November as National Diabetes Month to raise awareness for diabetes.

[Photo] National Diabetes Month raises awareness

Harsimran Makkad, Executive Web Editor-in-Chief
November 30, 2017
HAPPINESS. The Scandinavian concept of “hygge,” loosely translated to “cozy,” can help with your winter blues. Hygge means treasuring the daily moments shared with family or with oneself like a warm pair of socks or a cup of hot chocolate. Practicing hygge can make you a more mindful and grateful person this winter.

[Photo] How to survive winter blues

Anne Marsh, Creative Projects Director
November 29, 2017
La Llorona Makeup

[Photo] Horror films

Aidan Noble, Staff Writer
September 20, 2017
IT’S AN HONOR. Former U.S. president, Barack Obama gives Katherine Johnson the presidential medal of freedom in 2015. The presidential medal of freedom is the highest civilian honor that a U.S. citizen can earn. Katherine received it because of her significant contributions to NASA, particularly her calculations for America’s first human spaceflight (with Alan Shepard).

[Photo] Katherine Johnson

Sydney Evans, Print Editor-in-Chief
February 22, 2017
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