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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Alana Wacker

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer

Alana Wacker is a senior (Class of 2024) at Carlmont High School. She is currently a staff writer and is excited to continue pursuing local stories. Outside of journalism, you can find her soaring on aerial silks, playing the flute in Carlmont's Symphony Orchestra, rock climbing, working at Impact! Kickboxing Fitness, and baking. View her portfolio here.

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Chef Jake Low, one of Merchant Root’s Chef de Parties, plates Anthocyanin, the second course of the dessert section.  The name of which refers to the purple pigment responsible for the wide range of wine’s coloration. This course consisted of a mulled red wine rum baba, which is a type of cake, a pink rosé ice cream, a clear white wine gelée, which is a type of jellied wine, a brûléed sparkling wine sabayon, a type of wine custard, and a dessert wine raisin sauce served on wooden planks representing the barrels wine is aged in. “Unlike the previous dish, which is very highly stylized, the complexity of this dish comes from the content,” Chef Ryan Shelton said, “We are able to get so many things in one dish.”

Feast your eyes

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer November 20, 2023

In the culinary world, where flavor reigns supreme, there exists an often underestimated but equally important factor of the culinary experience. From Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy neighborhood...

Baileys shares their irish cream coffee with attendees who are 21 or over. Theres a lot of variety. Theres a little bit of everything. Theres tea, theres chai, theres coffee. So overall, its a great event, said Sev Bastilyan, an attendee of the festival.

[Photo] San Francisco Coffee Festival brews up excitement

Sienna Reinders, Highlander Editor November 19, 2023

The San Francisco Coffee Festival draws thousands of attendees from all over the Bay Area every year. This year, the festival celebrated its eighth anniversary.

Orchard Days brings fall spirit to Filoli

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer October 31, 2023

Filoli Gardens opens the Gentleman’s Orchard to the public for Orchard Days every weekend in October. This celebration of Autumn features entertainment for the entire family with interactive activities,...

Mavericks Festival makes waves in the community

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer October 17, 2023

The Mavericks Festival is a two-day event that kicked off the Mavericks Awards 2023-2024 season. All proceeds from the festival go towards funding the Mavericks Awards surfing contest prizes, supporting...

Mya Byrne: bringing LGBTQ+ representation to country music

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer September 22, 2023

Mya Byrne’s newest album, “Rhinestone Tomboy,” brings to light the reality of being a transgender lesbian woman in the country music industry and recounts the numerous natural disasters she has experienced....

The colors of the polyamorous flag are blue, representing openness and honesty, red representing love, and black representing solidarity with those in polyamorous relationships who must hide them from the outside world. The polyamorous flag has the symbol for pi in gold representing the value we place on emotional attachment to others.

Love is infinite: de-stigmatizing polyamory

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer May 6, 2022

Love is infinite. This is a common saying in the world of polyamory and encapsulates the belief that love does not run out. It grows and changes but cannot deplete. “I have a lot of love to give,”...

Roundabouts throw students for a loop

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer May 2, 2022

In 2016, the Belmont City Council unanimously approved the Corridor Context Sensitive Plan, now called the Four Corners Traffic Studies. It will implement 3 roundabouts at all the intersections in front...

Spring into seasonal snacks

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer April 13, 2022

It is finally Spring! That means it is the perfect time to begin using local, seasonal ingredients in your cooking. Using seasonal ingredients is a wonderful way to support your local farmers, it also...

Women’s History Month inspires youth

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer March 25, 2022

Every March is Women’s history month; this national celebration highlights the often overshadowed achievements of women throughout history while commemorating their contributions to society. It is a...

Celebrating Lunar New Year with diversity

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer March 2, 2022

With Lunar New Year coming to an end on February 15th, Carlmont students wrapped up their celebrations. From festivals to large family gatherings, the traditions of the 1.5 billion people who celebrate...

Students demand divestment from fossil fuels

Alana Wacker, Staff Writer February 8, 2022

On Jan. 13, members of Youth vs. Apocalypse and concerned Bay Area residents gathered in front of the California Teachers Association's (CTA) headquarters in Burlingame, CA. The protesters demanded support...

Members of the YVA protest stand with signs outside of the CTA building to protest fossil fuel usage.

[Video] Students protest CalSTRS’ investment in fossil fuels

Sienna Reinders, Highlander Editor January 29, 2022

As the effects of climate change increase rapidly, many organizations are calling people to action by organizing beach clean-ups, promoting sustainable products, and teaching people how to compost and...

A shopper walks down one of the numerous rows of booths browsing their unique wares.

West Coast Craft weaves community together

Alana Wacker and Gabrielle Shore November 28, 2021

From pottery embellished with images of goats to cacti ornaments woven out of green thread, West Coast Craft (WCC) displays the distinct works of artists and craftspeople from all over California. Food...

The San Mateo Youth Services Center contains the San Mateo County Probation office, the Superior Juvenile Court, the Juvenile Hall, and other resources for the incarcerated youth.

County representatives reimagine juvenile hall

Alana Wacker and Gabrielle Shore November 7, 2021

Twenty-five years in prison. Over 12 in solitary confinement. All starting at the age of 17. In 1992, Paul Bocanegra, an East San Jose resident, was involved in a drive-by gang shooting in high...

The full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope sits at the South by Southwest film festival.

Webb Telescope peers into the past

Alana Wacker and Gabrielle Shore October 15, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope will launch the scientific community into the future by gazing into the past. After 16 days at sea, 10 billion dollars, and 25 years of development, the Webb telescope...

Kymry Esainko performs under the pohutukawa tree while Flower Piano attendees watch.

Music blooms at Botanical Garden

Alana Wacker and Gabrielle Shore September 25, 2021

If one listened in closely, they would hear 12 different melodies dance through the air of the San Francisco Botanical Garden last week during Flower Piano. Flower Piano is a collaboration...

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