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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

Anika Marino

Anika Marino, Staff Writer

Anika Marino is a senior at Carlmont and this is her third year in journalism. She enjoys learning about and helping in her community, and is passionate about localizing stories and events.

Twitter: @anikamarino04

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Students often have private college counselors to aid in the application process. I have a private counselor because my parents believed it would be helpful to get into a good college, said Tommy Chin, a senior at Carlmont.

Students work through complications in college application process

October 16, 2021

As the deadlines approach, different variables complicate the completion of seniors’ college applications. Before starting the process, students must decide if they want a private college counselor....

Owen Finigan, a senior, takes a shot against Aragon.

Scots fail to counter the Dons

September 23, 2021

Carlmont Scots varsity boys water polo lost 10-6 against the Aragon Dons in a challenging game filled with counterattacks. The Dons started strong in the first quarter, winning the sprint against the...

A Terra Nova wide receiver completes the reception.

Scots lose first home game to the Tigers

September 4, 2021

The Carlmont Scots lost a close game of 21-19 to the Terra Nova Tigers. On Sept. 3, varsity football played their first home game since the reopening of the school. In the first quarter, Carlmont had...

Minorities supporting each other is imperative in the fight for equality.

Opinion: Minorities need to support each other in their movements for equal rights

May 4, 2021

Generation Z is witness to some of the most critical moments in equal rights history, with the #BlackLivesMatter and #StopAAPIHate movements having significant cultural impacts. I am not Black, and I...

STEM Club provides members with a way to learn about general topics within STEM they may be interested in. Im really interested in STEM, I like learning about why the world works the way it works, said Kaitlyn Kwan, a junior.

STEM Club encourages learning and curiosity

April 14, 2021

There are clubs at Carlmont that focus on certain aspects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), like Robotics or the Chemistry Club. However, none of them focused on STEM as a whole until...

The Indian Club works to spread information about Indian culture and provide a community for Indian students. I was a freshman; I was new to the school. Joining seemed like a good opportunity to try and bond with other people, said Avantika Swaminathan, a sophomore.

Indian Club fosters community, teaches cultural heritage

March 17, 2021

Cultural clubs play a pivotal role in Carlmont's student life; the Indian Club is no exception. Every school year, the Indian Club sells samosas at the Club Fair during the first semester and performs...

The Speech & Debate Club has continued meeting and practicing throughout distance learning. We have interclub debates and tournaments where well practice different formats, said Mira Wakefield, a sophomore.

Speech & Debate Club debates their way through distance learning

February 23, 2021

For many of its members, the Speech & Debate Club has been an enjoyable constant throughout the chaos caused by distance learning. According to Brennan Dai, the president of the Speech & Debate...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so are SAT cancellations. I was less stressed about getting a test, and more stressed about figuring out when I should start studying again, since I wasn’t really sure when I’d even be taking it, said Keira Swei, a junior.

SAT uncertainty continues into 2021

January 26, 2021

As 2021 started, hopes were high for a better year. However, for SAT and ACT testing, making those hopes a reality might be challenging. Over most of 2020, different testing locations canceled tests...

Rioting protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol while members of Congress were counting electoral votes.

Breaking News: Rioters storm US Capitol Building

January 6, 2021

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol shortly after he held a rally in front of the White House, according to multiple sources. "We will never give up, we will never concede....

A memorial for Sean Monterrosa that family members put together.

‘Black Lives Matter’ gains traction across US following death of George Floyd

December 1, 2020

During protests between May and August of this year, a common chant was a call and response asking protesters to shout the names of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  Taylor was an emergency medical...

Couchella will be posted on Dec. 4 with Nov. 30 as the final due date for videos.

ASB creates Couchella to promote talent and unity

November 29, 2020

Every year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) holds assemblies and events for the entire school to attend, but due to the continuation of distance learning, this has not been possible. Since the most...

Robotics students must complete their work and training online.

Distance learning forces robotics club to simulate training

November 5, 2020

As COVID-19 forces distance learning to continue, clubs are trying to find ways to adapt to the new circumstances, including Carlmont Robotics.  While many clubs may find it easier to switch to online...

Students gather materials necessary for online classes.

Material pick-ups enable hands-on learning at home

October 19, 2020

As students continue online school through the ongoing pandemic, the school board is making changes to make the transition a little easier. The board arranged for students to pick up materials from their...

Across the Bay Area, fires painted the sky a rainbow of unusual reds, oranges, and yellows.

[Photo] Bay Area blanketed in bizarre orange smoke

September 10, 2020

Across the Bay Area, fires painted the sky a rainbow of unusual reds, oranges, and yellows.

Medical professionals work by a temporary tent for COVID-19 testing.

New York’s advances are not indicative of the United States’ COVID-19 status

April 26, 2020

According to the New York Times, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that the cases of COVID-19 in New York have flattened out. However, he acknowledged that New York was not ready to reopen. “Reopening...

President Trump signs the new bill to help with COVID-19.

As COVID-19 cases continue building, Trump signs economic stimulus package

March 29, 2020

According to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the total global number of COVID-19 cases has passed 600,000. The U.S. makes up around 120,000 of these cases, and Italy has reported...

President Trump meets with representatives of the banking industry to discuss effects of COVID-19.

Trump announces extension of the new travel ban

March 14, 2020

After banning incoming travel from Europe on Wednesday, March 11, President Donald Trump announced Saturday morning that the ban would extend to the U.K. and Ireland, according to CNBC News. The original...

Carolyn Wang, a junior, crosses out sexist quotes.

Gender Equality Week promotes celebration of everyone

March 9, 2020

From March 2nd to 6th, Carlmont's Associated Student Body held a Gender Equality Week in honor of International Women's Day. Students organized a week filled with information and activities surrounding...

A mural of supervisor Harvey Milk smiles down on pedestrians on the corner of 17th and Castro Street in San Francisco.

LGBTQ+ history is not coming out of textbooks, keeping teens in the closet

March 3, 2020

Put yourself in the place of an LGBTQ+ high school student. Apart from two days during your life skills class, you have never been taught about your identity. You may believe you are broken, or that the...

Sophomore Ella Duarte fills out a rose delivery form at lunch.

Rose sales help students show appreciation for their peers

February 10, 2020

As Valentine’s Day approaches, students hurry to C-hall and the quad to buy roses for their friends and significant others. Every year, the Associated Student Body (ASB) hosts the rose sales a week before...

ASB handles a portion of Carlmonts money for clubs, activities, dances, and sports.

ASB Finance commission helps to budget student activities

January 20, 2020

Carlmont’s Associated Student Body (ASB) controls part of the school’s treasury, as they organize dances, fund clubs and sports, and put together activities in the quad for students to participate...

Children fill in rangoli designs with colored rice flour and sand as adults stand around eating samosas, drinking chai, and socializing.

Belmont Library’s Diwali celebration warms hearts

November 12, 2019

Chatter and loud music echoed from inside the Belmont Library, where an annual Diwali celebration took place as participants laughed and bonded over a tradition-filled holiday. Diwali, the Indian new...

Katie Mannion and Colin Welter, both seniors and co-presidents of choir, sing Somewhere from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Carlmont Choir Cabaret Night has everyone swaying along

October 21, 2019

Carlmont Choir Cabaret Night is a fundraising event for the annual choir trip. It allows students to show off their musical talents and creates a welcoming atmosphere for all involved.

Katie Mannion and Colin Welter, both seniors and co-presidents of choir, sing Somewhere from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Carlmont Choir Cabaret Night has everyone swaying along

October 18, 2019

Carlmont Choir Cabaret Night is a fundraising event for the annual choir trip. It allows students to show off their musical talents and creates a welcoming atmosphere for all involved. Photos by: Anika...

Gladwyn DSouza explains to attendees methods of drying fruit and meat for the winter.

‘Belmont Sustainable Living’ share tips for winter harvest

October 1, 2019

Being environmentally conscious has become incredibly important in 2019. To help this goal, the Belmont Library has begun to host “Belmont Sustainable Living” lectures to help residents start coexisting...

Students pose outside the San Carlos Train Station, where they would take the train to San Francisco.

[Photo] Gender-Sexuality Alliance tours the Castro

June 3, 2019

Students pose outside the San Carlos Train Station, where they would take the train to San Francisco.

While coloring outside the lines, people often tell Nisha: Youre Mexican, Youre Native American, and Im confused.

[Photo] Opinion: Asking someone’s race is simple

October 10, 2018

While "coloring outside the lines," people often tell Nisha: "You're Mexican," "You're Native American," and "I'm confused."

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