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

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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.

Scot Scoop News

Alena Ruhstaller

Alena Ruhstaller, Managing Editor

Alena Ruhstaller is a senior at Carlmont High School and this is her third year of the journalism program. She loves that journalism gives her the opportunity to interact with her community and address local issues. She plays soccer for club and her school and assistant coaches for a younger soccer team. She loves to play with her dog, Jonah, and go on adventures with her friends in her spare time. To check out her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @aruhstaller1


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Is This Love? Episode 7: Our final goodbye

Is This Love? Episode 7: Our final goodbye

May 28, 2020

Our journey in finding the meaning of love has finally come to an end. Join Sam, Zach, Anna, Alena, and Kim for one last goodbye as they go over past podcasts and review what they have learned throughout...

The crew after our lunch at Nandos in Washington, D.C.

Opinion: Don’t hesitate to explore the unknown

May 28, 2020

Is this love? This is the question that we've been trying to answer since the beginning of February. We've explored the topic through blogs, podcasts, opinion pieces, playlists, and quizzes, so you...

Which Is This Love? team member are you most similar to?

Which ‘Is This Love?’ team member are you most similar to?

May 18, 2020

Are you most like Kimberly, Alena, Anna, Sam, or Zachary? Take this quiz to find out!

As we are mandated to stay inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, many relationships have flipped to long-distance.

Opinion: Relationships in the ‘social distancing’ era have their perks

April 27, 2020

I had a million thoughts rushing through my head when school got canceled due to COVID-19 and even more when the shelter-in-place order was enforced in the Bay Area on March 17. My entire world seemed...

Is This Love? Episode 5: Where is the line?

Is This Love? Episode 5: Where is the line?

April 17, 2020

So far on the Is This Love? podcast, we've talked about the various types of love and how they fit into our everyday lives. However, what happens when love is taken to an extreme? Join Zach, Alena,...

Is This Love? Episode 4: Heartbreak

Is This Love? Episode 4: Heartbreak

April 2, 2020

Breakups: the worst part of any relationship. At some point, everyone experiences some sort of breakup, but different people have different ways of coping with it. In this episode of Is This Love?,...

The Self-Love Playlist

The Self-Love Playlist

March 25, 2020

We all have lots of free time now, so what better way to spend it than learning how to love yourself! Whether you're far long your self-love journey or you're just starting, this playlist will help you...

The Puppy Love Playlist

The Puppy Love Playlist

March 4, 2020

Everyone has had a crush at some point in their life. All of us are familiar with the nervousness and excitement that builds up inside of you when you see your crush. So, we have made a playlist full of...

Although the typical bouquet of roses on Valentines Day shows care and affection, there are many different ways to show love for someone.

Opinion: Love is an everyday occasion

February 24, 2020

The dried roses on my desk and the heart-shaped chocolates in my kitchen serve as a constant reminder of Valentine's Day. I always feel my cheeks reddening and a smile forming on my face when I look at...

Is This Love? Episode 1: Love experiences, self-love, and ... dancing?

Is This Love? Episode 1: Love experiences, self-love, and … dancing?

February 14, 2020

What is love? Is love real? Will I be forever alone? These questions haunt many teenagers, and these four seniors are no different. Join the hosts Kimberly Mitchell, Alena Ruhstaller, Sam Chu, and...

With course selection right around the corner, students should take the time to think over and research the courses theyre interested in.

[Photo] Editorial: Think again before course selection

January 27, 2020

With course selection right around the corner, students should take the time to think over and research the courses they're interested in.

Each birthday celebrates another year of life passed; however, when one turns 18, they are officially an adult.

Opinion: What does it really mean to turn 18?

November 3, 2019

 I’ve always looked forward to my birthdays as a kid. I viewed 13 as the start of being a teenager, and a sweet sixteen was something that always fascinated me in the movies.  However, 18 was different...

BELMONT, CA - JAN. 8: Central Elementary School in Belmont, Calif., remains quiet, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, one day after Belmont police responded to the shooting death of a 17-year-old Redwood City boy in the schools parking lot. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

News Brief: Carlmont student found dead at Central Elementary

January 8, 2019

Mohammad Othman, a Carlmont senior and varsity football player, was found shot dead in a parking lot at Central Elementary School on the evening of Jan. 7, 2019. The Belmont police arrived at Central...

Moynihans classroom creates a lighthearted and open aura.

Moynihan fosters a welcoming classroom environment

September 23, 2018

Starting this 2018-19 school year, a fresh face has entered the teaching staff of the Biotechnology Institute of Carlmont High School (BTI). After teaching seventh-grade history at Ralston Middle School...

Cindy Chen, the Hope Brigade Club president, organizes the last club events of the school year.

Clubs develop new ideas for the new year

May 20, 2018

As the 2017-18 school year comes to an end, Carlmont clubs are beginning to prepare new ideas and goals for next fall. Many clubs hope to maintain the success that they've achieved during this school...

Indian Club meets weekly in D16 with a joyful and open environment.

Indian Club integrates Indian culture at Carlmont

May 6, 2018

According to World Population Review, India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of an estimated 1.35 billion in 2018. However, Indians only make up 2.8 percent of the...

Students drop off their goods and take a seat before they are signaled to eat the days treats.

Baking Club mixes different ideas between students

March 29, 2018

Students scramble into room A14, all drawn in by the aroma of freshly baked goods. Golden-brown cookies, chocolate-rich brownies, and fluffy cupcakes make up an array of treats near the classroom entrance....

Girls Tennis Club members eat lunch and prepare to participate in the activities at the meeting on March 12.

Girls’ Tennis Club encourages tennis involvement

March 14, 2018

Amid many other well-meaning clubs at Carlmont, the Girls' Tennis Club hopes to introduce people to the sport on and off of campus. The club welcomes all students to join, even if they do not have any...

Room C11 bustles with different languages and provides an environment for cultural exchange.

International Club welcomes foreign students with open arms

March 3, 2018

A concert of different languages rings in the students' ears as they file into C11. The room is alive with foreign students conversing with each other from all across the globe The club consists...

Occasionally, Room S20 remains empty on Thursdays due to canceled Hope Brigade meetings.

Too many clubs causes time commitment conflicts

February 10, 2018

Theatre Council meets biweekly on Fridays in T3. No one showed. Debate Club meets weekly on Mondays in D3.  No one showed. This is more common than one may think. Back in September, students...

Chemistry Club allows students to perform labs to practice their skill for the AP Chemistry class.

Chemistry Club offers support to chemistry students

January 24, 2018

Many Carlmont students struggle to decide which science classes to take their junior and senior year. The officers of Chemistry Club offer support to make the AP Chemistry course more manageable and...

 On Oct. 29, 2017, Grandmas Cat performed at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Grandma’s Cat rocks the Bay Area

January 18, 2018

The lights shine down on the center of the stage. The audience waits as the band makes their final adjustments. With the first note played, the show begins. But this isn’t a big-time band, it’s...

The Quiz Club members are split into two teams before beginning the trivia round.

Quiz Club creates a friendly environment to spread knowledge

November 27, 2017

Quiz Club is one of the many clubs offered to students at Carlmont that allows students to gain knowledge through lighthearted competition. The club meets weekly during lunch on Fridays in D27 to engage...

The Girls Who Code Club meets every Thursday in D24 to learn more about the world of computer science.

Girls Who Code Club supports women in computer science

November 6, 2017

The Girls Who Code Club offers opportunities for girls at Carlmont to discover the language of code and explore the possibilities of computer science careers. The Girls Who Code organization, which...

Members take their seats before the beginning of the meeting on at the Oct. 18 meeting.

DECA prepares students for the business world

October 25, 2017

Carlmont is one of the 3500 high schools to host the DECA program at their school. DECA's mission attracts many students to join the program and to improve the skills needed to succeed in the business...

The Music Council meets every Friday in front of the music room, where members brainstorm future plans for the club.

Music Council offers leadership opportunity to music students

October 16, 2017

With the beginning of a new school year, the members of the Instrumental Music Council hope to hold fundraisers to benefit the music program and create a friendly community for all music students at Carlmont. The...

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Alena Ruhstaller