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SIYAC takes on tanning

SIYAC takes on tanning
May 11, 2015

As prom quickly approaches, many teenagers look to tanning beds to acquire a certain glow. However, this may be the last year that is possible. Members of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC),...

Helping hands

Helping hands
Construction class steps up to build ramp for soccer player in wheelchair
March 24, 2015

The gift that every construction class student and teacher was responsible for giving senior Jacob Spiller was simply just a ramp. However, this slanted piece of wood--to assist Jacob in getting inside...

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy

Teen forced to undergo chemotherapy
March 3, 2015

On Jan. 8, the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Connecticut can continue to require a teen to receive chemotherapy. “She knows I love her and I am going to keep fighting for her because this...

Students participate in annual Relay for Life event

February 27, 2015

Once a year, students and faculty gather in the Homestead field house to participate in the globally recognized fundraising event Relay For Life. Students check into this event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., bringing...

Sycamore turns over a new “Leaf”

Sycamore turns over a new
February 23, 2015

We're all for making the most of your website here at SNO (obviously). But we must give props where props are due. Sycamore High's "The Leaf" may be a print issue, but it sure is a handsome one. Slick layout,...

Charter Oak senior battles cancer

Charter Oak senior battles cancer
February 13, 2015

December 5, 2014: the date that changed Charter Oak senior Anthony Ortega’s life forever. Anthony was going through what was a normal day in his second period economics class. “I was in second period,...

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment

Heads shorn as part of fundraiser for Director of Enrollment
January 15, 2015

In honor of raising $21,500 for the “I’m 4 Eddie” campaign for Director of Enrollment Edward Maynard, social studies teacher Anthony Del Puppo and four male students shaved their heads after the...

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate

Legend’s death relights chewing tobacco debate
January 2, 2015

Nolan Jirsa is eight years old. He doesn’t know that Tony Gwynn is dead at 54, or anything about the salivary gland cancer that killed the San Diego Padres icon. What Nolan knows is baseball as it...

‘I’m a 17-year-old senior in high school … and I’m fighting for my life’

Senior goalie Joe Keikian (1) and the Watertown High boys soccer team qualified for the 2014 MIAA state tournament.
Watertown High School student-athlete faces cancer diagnosis
November 13, 2014

High school seniors have a lot to be concerned about, with the college application process looming. Seniors that are also student-athletes often end up with twice the concerns and half the time. But...

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease
October 14, 2014

“It’s today.” “It’s today.” “It’s today.” Not today. Not again. My eyes look out the window and see a landscape of the world, then the Black Cape of Coping draws a blind to the...

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent

Through class interview, student shares struggle of losing parent
June 11, 2014

With his average-length brown hair and his consistent smile, the struggles hidden behind the rectangular glasses of junior, Ethan Anderson, were revealed during his interview in Mr. Bonner’s class. Before...

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer
Senior celebrates mother's recovery
May 13, 2014

Logan Hinders walked by another booth selling more Pink Out shirts. The Pink Out pep rally and game were the very next day, but Logan had no intention of participating or even attending. Tomorrow was just...

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living
April 29, 2014

The hospital room glowed white around me, the news of the diagnosis hanging grimly in the air. I had barely turned 7 years old when I started to become incredibly sick. For one week, I threw up and...

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

Coach's battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald
April 3, 2014

The smell of Christmas scented candles filled the air and a small space heater warmed the living room. The sounds of Monday night football and the laughter of 13 teammates were drowned out by the low buzz...

‘Until the day I go to Heaven’

'Until the day I go to Heaven'
Student with autism devotes time, energy to helping others and raising awareness about autism and cancer
November 6, 2013

Senior Tiffany Baker always has a smile and a friendly “hello” when she walks into class. She loves to talk to her friends in the hall, and she easily joins in their laughter when someone tells a joke....

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