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

Alexander Derhacobian

Alexander Derhacobian, Staff Writer

Alexander Derhacobian is a sophomore at Carlmont High School. His interests include politics, foreign policy research, debate, and the occasional game of chess.  He also enjoys playing squash and classical piano.

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The Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution with the hopes of creating a strenuous legislative process. While this system often leads to stagnation, it is the foundation of American democracy.

Americans should embrace political gridlock

May 7, 2017

Political gridlock has become as synonymous with American culture as Coca-Cola, fast food, and apple pie. While one of the most detested facets of America’s political climate, gridlock is a cornerstone...

Firehouse Square, the proposed site of the affordable housing units, has been abandoned for years. The new development plans have the potential of transforming this dismal two-acre lot into a vibrant living space.

Belmont takes final steps towards affordable housing project

April 5, 2017

The Bay Area’s real estate bubble has led to a tremendous increase in housing costs and has affected countless residents. To help cure this crisis, the Belmont City Council has recently approved the...

School counselor Edgardo Canda and a group of immigrant students speak before the San Mateo City Council in favor of adopting sanctuary city status.

San Mateo rethinks immigration policy

March 14, 2017

Recent efforts by the Trump administration to crack down on illegal immigration have prompted the City of San Mateo to re-evaluate its immigration practices and consider how local communities can counteract...

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrest an undocumented immigrant and transfer him to a detention facility where it could take him several months to receive a bond hearing.

San Mateo County files brief to protect immigrants’ rights

February 22, 2017

Rarely do local governments intervene in the federal courts, but a controversial case being considered by the Supreme Court regarding immigrants’ rights has prompted San Mateo County to take a stance....

As the number of teachers in San Mateo County decreases each year, class sizes have increased due to a lack of adequate staffing.

State lawmakers tackle teacher shortage

January 31, 2017

A widespread teacher shortage in the Bay Area has led to oversized classrooms and inadequate education for bilingual and special education students. However, a state legislator has proposed a radical...

Sophomore Patrick McDonough discusses foreign policy issues at a meeting of Carlmont Model United Nations on Dec. 7, 2016. Every week, the club discusses contentious political crises, and Russia’s growing dominance has been a regular theme of discussion.

America’s global dominance is collapsing

January 25, 2017

It’s possible that the future of America’s global role is in the hands of one man, but he isn’t the president of the United States. This man resides 4,857 miles away from the White House. He...

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