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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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Anita Beroza

Anita Beroza, Scot Scoop Editor

Anita Beroza is a senior who is in her third year of the journalism program at Carlmont. She enjoys politics, current events, and staying involved with Carlmont through many clubs and activities.

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English punctuation has to be taught extensively in schools. Reforming it would make teaching and learning it easier and more systematic, and well as easier to understand.

Opinion: English punctuation needs an update

October 25, 2021

The English language is full of its quirks and idiosyncrasies. While our odd spelling and pronunciation get lots of attention, our punctuation tends to get sidelined in favor of them. But I am here to...

Law enforcement and justice systems can access data like emails and phone calls from citizens without warrants.

Opinion: You do have something to hide

September 20, 2021

For the past 19 years, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data on every single U.S. citizen. Any phone call, email, text message any citizen has sent can be seized for use by the government...

A student takes money from his wallet to pay for a water at the Carlmont student store window.

Opinion: Student snacks sink to so-so

August 30, 2021

The Carlmont Student Store is well-known for its many goodies and treats that can be purchased by students during lunch or after school on Thursdays, but which snacks measure up? As the completely legitimate,...

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Opinion: Some topics are not worth your time

June 7, 2021

As activism becomes more common online, there’s an unhealthy expectation for those who participate in it to be engaged with all topics all the time. While social media can be an excellent place to spread...

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Latest addition to ‘Star Wars’ hits rock bottom

May 6, 2021

As the much-awaited sequel to "The Clone Wars" animated TV series, "The Bad Batch" carried many a "Star Wars" fan's high hopes, as the show is written and directed by many of the same people who wrote...

Linguistic diversity is threatened by the lack of support for minority languages.

[Photo] Editorial: Linguistic minorities deserve more recognition

January 25, 2021

Linguistic diversity is threatened by the lack of support for minority languages.

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....

The wardrobe of many American consumers is composed of clothes made in blatantly unjust conditions.

[Photo] Editorial: Fast fashion fuels consumerism

November 5, 2020

The wardrobe of many American consumers is composed of clothes made in blatantly unjust conditions.

Downtown Belmont may begin to see more activity as restrictions ease up.

San Mateo County loosens restrictions as COVID-19 conditions improve

September 24, 2020

On Sept. 23, San Mateo County made important progress against COVID-19: the county's risk level decreased from widespread to substantial. “Great news for San Mateo County, we’ve moved into the red,”...

Queer coding villains is often used to create fear by playing off unconscious bias.

[Photo] Editorial: Diversity isn’t what queer people should want

September 20, 2020

Queer coding villains is often used to create fear by playing off unconscious bias.

COVID-19 caused deaths in the U.S. before what was previously thought to be the first coronavirus death. Situations are even worse in some other countries, like France, where COVID-19 deaths occurred as early as late December.

COVID-19 spread undetected for weeks in Bay Area

May 6, 2020

French doctors report they had a novel coronavirus case in December, long before France’s first official case, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is the earliest known case of COVID-19 outside...

Testing for COVID-19 is beginning to expand to asymptomatic citizens.

Asymptomatic citizens are beginning to receive COVID-19 testing

April 30, 2020

In certain cities, citizens who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are now getting tested, according to CNN. This type of testing is crucial to determining how widespread the pandemic is, especially...

In the event of a second wave of COVID-19, healthcare workers will likely face more disaster than now.

Experts warn that COVID-19 will return

April 23, 2020

A second wave of COVID-19 cases will likely occur, probably around fall 2020, according to Forbes. Such patterns are typical of many pandemics, according to the Guardian. When healthcare systems are...

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an international group belonging to the United Nations dedicated to promoting worldwide health.

Trump defunds the World Health Organization

April 16, 2020

President Donald Trump has cut U.S. fundings to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to the New York Times. In response to questions raised over the credibility of the WHO, Trump threatened...

The idea behind social distancing is flattening the curve of the outbreak. This means not reducing the number of people infected but rather the rate at which they become infected. This is critical to ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed.

ScotSkim: To flatten the curve

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 cases almost doubled in just three days in San Mateo County, according to data from John Hopkins CSSE, and the death rate is now 3%, according to With a state-wide shelter...

Panic-buying leaves shelves empty, causing grocery chains such as Safeway to reserve hours for groups most at risk from COVID-19.

Stores reserve hours for at-risk groups

March 18, 2020

As of March 17, some grocery chains will be reserving regular hours for groups most threatened by COVID-19, according to KREM. Among these chains are stores owned by Cerberus Capital, which includes Safeway and Albertsons. Safeway,...

Local doctors offices encourage patients with any cold-like symptoms to wear masks.

Nine cases of COVID-19 in San Mateo County

March 10, 2020

San Mateo County has nine cases of COVID-19. There were only two last week. As of March 9, San Mateo County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five presumptive positives, according to the San...

A voter registration and absentee ballot lies on a table in the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

The 2020 Democratic Primaries: Super Tuesday

March 2, 2020
All you need to know to prepare for the Democratic primaries and 2020 presidential elections
Airmen assist one another in donning their personal protective equipment, while on-board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during transportation isolation system training at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Engineered and implemented after the Ebola virus outbreak in 2014, the TIS is an enclosure the Department of Defense can use to safely transport patients with diseases like novel coronavirus.

Masked from Panic

February 18, 2020

A new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged from Wuhan, China, at the beginning of the new year. According to the CDC, the reported symptoms are varying, but common ones are...

Pete Buttigieg wins Iowa with 13 of its delegates (Source: Associated Press).

Democratic primaries in the shadow of Iowa

February 14, 2020

The first results of the 2020 Democratic Party caucus came in seven days late, according to the Chicago Tribune. This wasn't supposed to happen. The goal, according to USA Today, was for the 2020 Iowa...

In the U.S., 31 cities have 5G service under Verizon Wireless.

Verizon excels in cellular service but not customer service

January 24, 2020

As of January 2020, Verizon Wireless no longer activates older versions of the iPhone, according to their website. These models include the iPhone 5s and earlier, along with any models that use their...

Social media is rapidly gaining popularity as a source of news. While traditional print remains the preferred consumption source, online news is becoming ever more popular.

How politics flood social media

January 14, 2020

You scroll through your timeline. Dog video. Funny meme. Political post. A friend’s birthday party. Political ad. Rinse and repeat. If you agreed with the political post, you might have liked it....

Diego Rey describes the elements of creating a healthy work environment for employees.

Starting up a start-up

November 13, 2019

As Carlmont students begin to focus in on what they want to pursue after high school, some find entrepreneurship particularly appealing. Fittingly, the November science lecture was centered around...

Darius Chao prays with the rest of the members of Christians in Action Club at the beginning of their Oct. 21 meeting.

Christians in Action unites denominations at Carlmont

October 22, 2019

CIA at Carlmont doesn’t have international espionage or hold government secrets. Instead, it holds meetings every Monday to unite students through God. At Carlmont, Club President Karina Tseng...

Sophomore Maya Henry prepares for the PSAT using a PSAT prep book from The Princeton Review at the Belmont Library.

Students reveal the hidden importance of the PSAT

October 2, 2019

The school-mandated PSAT is coming fast, but not all students deal with it the same way. On Oct. 16, sophomores and juniors will be participating in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, widely...

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