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Students walk towards the choir room on the day of their audition. Nerves are high, but so is excitement. Im definitely scared, but Im pretty prepared, so I think I will do alright, said sophomore Jacob Reed, a student auditioning for choir.
Carlmont choir students navigate audition stress
Heidi Poole, Staff Writer • April 6, 2024

Nervousness, excitement, hope. That's what many students felt as they went through the choir audition process. As students choose their...

Senior Kiana Hinkson gets her blood drawn. The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage, making the blood drive even more critical to saving lives and helping the community.
Blood drive circulates student support for community
Audrey Navasca, Staff Writer • April 5, 2024

Students have the opportunity to save lives and help the community by donating blood. The Associated Student Body (ASB) holds a blood drive...

A student studies at home on a whiteboard. Many AP students find studying at home to be helpful, while others prefer to study in class.
Students' AP study countdown begins
Emma Fry, Staff Writer • April 4, 2024

As the spring season commences, Carlmont students across all grade levels are gearing up for the fast-approaching Advanced Placement (AP) exams.  As...

Sophomore Sara Ho purchases a cinnamon Pop-Tart, a recently added snack item, from the student store. The addition of the Pop-Tart is part of a larger effort by the Parent-Teacher-Student-Association (PTSA) to increase revenue and options for students at the store.
Student Store diversifies snack and payment options
Justine Desmidt, Staff Writer • March 30, 2024

In an effort to increase its customer base, the Carlmont Student Store implemented changes by adding new snacks and Apple Pay. The store,...

An autonomous Waymo car drives on U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame, Calif.
Waymo’s freeway expansion encounters safety concerns from drivers
Sophia Fu, Staff Writer • April 6, 2024

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently greenlit Waymo, an autonomous driving technology company, expansion onto freeways...

Students contribute to a cleaner and sustainable school environment by responsibly throwing their trash away. It’s important to have a system of collecting waste because I feel there is a lot of trash and unrecycled waste around Carlmont, said Alex Kim, a sophomore at Carlmont.
Local waste collection expects efficient results
Joshua Wu, Staff Writer • April 4, 2024

The San Mateo City Council has announced plans to increase the monthly cost of waste collection services by $5 starting this year due to mounting...

A woman browses the family planning section, which includes Opill, emergency contraceptives, pregnancy tests, and other common pharmaceutical products. Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS nationwide are beginning to carry Opill, as well as box stores like Target and Walmart.
First over-the-counter contraceptive hits shelves
Audrey Gong, Staff Writer • March 29, 2024

Over 50 years ago, the first oral contraceptive pill was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since then, even more pills and...

The 57th Northern California Cherry Blossom is set to occur in April in San Francisco, attracting over 220,000 attendees to celebrate Japanese traditions and the blossoming of the iconic pink flowers.
Japanese Americans embrace heritage through Cherry Blossom Festival
Shiori Chen, Staff Writer • March 29, 2024

Sky-blue flyers adorn Japantown in San Francisco as stores promote the upcoming 57th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. In a couple...

Student-athletes have to balance their athletic, student, and social lives. This can easily get frustrating for a lot of student-athletes.
D1 student-athlete life: juggling student life with athletics
Justine Desmidt, Staff Writer • April 1, 2024

Wake up at 7:00, go to the morning team run at 7:45, quickly shower, eat, get some last-minute work in, get ready for class at 12:00 to 2:00,...

The Hillsdale Mall, which once was filled with vibrance from shoppers, sits desolate with posters hiding empty retail spaces.
Pivot or perish: The shift in the retail industry
Quincy Leong, Staff Writer • April 1, 2024

Your computer, phone, or other mobile device has become your new mall.  You go on a search engine, find the store or product you are looking...

Peer pressure is not the only influence that can cause someone to consume alcohol; at times, culture can be the motivator. “In social media and in movies, we see all these parties with alcohol, and everyone is having such a great time and all. So I think there is a big appeal to want to engage in that and have a great time like those people we see,” said Adriana Santillano, a child and adolescent therapist.
At the bottom of the glass: investigating adolescent drinking culture
Nicholas Lee, Staff Writer • March 21, 2024

Adolescence is a period in time where kids struggle to come to terms with themselves and the world. Questions of fitting in, colleges, and the...

Despite efforts to pass legislation for student free speech protections and those already in place, student journalists face unique challenges with censorship and publishing ethical work. But for those who have already gone through such experiences, the process was also an opportunity for learning and growth.
Students press for journalistic freedom
Kara Kim, Highlander Editor • March 20, 2024

The First Amendment gives Americans freedom of speech and press. In 1969, the Tinker v. Des Moines Supreme Court case extended those rights to...

As time passes and more health care workers become overwhelmed by their working conditions, workers have begun to protest and go on strikes. A common slogan during the Committee of Interns and Residents protest in Los Angeles was Care for us so we can care for you.
Opinion: Health care unions should be more widespread
Katherine A. Zhang, Highlander Editor • April 2, 2024
America becomes Trumps chessboard. If Trump wins the 2024 presidential election, he will inevitably abandon our democracy and control society like pieces on a chessboard.
Opinion: Trump says farewell to democracy
Rei Baxter, Highlander Editor • March 31, 2024
A Shake Shack customer uses one of the six iPads they provide as an alternative to ordering at the counter. Many fast food restaurants have implemented similar technology, like McDonalds.
Opinion: Technology should not replace all jobs
Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor • March 25, 2024
Fan art of a Sandworm from Dune.
'Dune: Part Two' successfully continues the saga
Maya Price, Staff Writer • March 29, 2024
A student types in their student ID during Thursday lunch as a food service staff member hands them a bowl of chicken noodle soup. The cheeseburger - a common lunch staple - is listed on the daily menu. According to senior Harrison Campbell, Carlmont almost always offers a burger or a chicken-based meal as one of the main lunch options.
Schools struggle to bring cultural diversity to the lunch table
Antonina Mikriukova, Staff Writer • March 28, 2024
Chelsey Greene, the owner of Chelsey Greene Studio, smiles as she makes an earring. She was making micro macramé around a gold wire. After finishing part of the threading, she used a lighter to seal the design.
In Photos: Belmont Art Fair livens up Carlmont Shopping Center
Alexandra Chan, Staff Writer • March 24, 2024
Hatred and misinformation, concerning the Israel-Hamas war, flood Instagram comment sections.
The web of misinformation
Shiori Chen, Staff Writer • February 9, 2024
Teslas dropping vehicles deliveries may be a sign that the company is losing grip in the EV market.
Tesla’s deliveries drop as turmoil arrives to the EV market
Kian Bhatt, Staff Writer • April 8, 2024
OpenAIs newest tool, Voice Engine,  creates an AI-generated version of a person’s voice.
OpenAI unveils voice cloning tool
Kian Bhatt, Staff Writer • April 3, 2024
One day before adopting the AI Act, the EU Product Liability Directive was updated to clarify that the provider of an AI system is considered the manufacturer, making them liable for harm caused by the AI.
EU passes landmark AI law
Bowen Yan, Staff Writer • March 24, 2024
While attempting to remove TikTok from U.S. phones, the government is inadvertently hurting small businesses and free speech – key pillars of society.
Editorial: TikTok ban fails to address cybersecurity concerns
Editorial Staff March 27, 2024
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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.
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