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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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Athena Duran

Athena Duran, Staff Writer

Senior staff writer for Scot Scoop and The Highlander. Enjoys participating in the performing arts. Plans to attend Seattle Pacific University this coming fall as a communications major.

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Senior Rachna Gandhi. Photo credits to Prestige Portraits

Cherished memories

Athena Duran, Staff Writer May 20, 2014

As her senior year comes to a close, Rachna Gandhi is able to look back at high school with moments to cherish. She has been a part of Carlmont's DECA club since her junior year. Gandhi said, "DECA...

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Student helps start a company

Athena Duran and Shira Stein May 6, 2014

A typical college application process can include long essays, requesting letters of recommendation, filling out multiple questionnaires, and whole lot of stress. Senior can be a time filled with mixed...

Abbey Holbrooks headshot from Carlmonts musical, Annie Get Your Gun. Photo taken by Robyn Peters.

One student, many activities

Athena Duran, Staff Writer April 22, 2014

From participating in lacrosse and playing the drums, to choir kid and hardcore San Francisco Giants fan, Abbey Holbrook keeps herself busy during the school year. Currently, Holbrook is involved in...

Senior Lauren Livengood with her horse Eustace.

Eleven years an equestrian

Athena Duran, Staff Writer April 1, 2014

"I started liking horses when I was 5 years old because my mom bought me a toy horse," said senior Lauren Livengood. Some young equestrians began to take interest in their early childhood years. For...

Senior Erin Macadaeg in a competition.

Carlmont student is a nationally ranked gymnast

Athena Duran, Staff Writer March 19, 2014

Second semester of senior year can invoke laziness in some soon-to-be graduates. But for senior Erin Macadaeg, there is no room for laziness. Macadaeg said, "I spend six to eight hours at the gym everyday,...

Ashley Kawasakis headshot taken by SmugMug Pro.

Chasing a dream

Athena Duran, Staff Writer March 4, 2014

"I go to Los Angeles every other weekend for acting classes," said sophomore Ashley Kawasaki. Starting this past February, she began taking classes at The Playground, a young actors conservatory center...

Hannah Nourie at CSU East Bay.

Two passions, one student

Athena Duran, Staff Writer February 18, 2014

"I quit figure skating after ten years because I wanted to do cheer," said senior Hannah Nourie. Nourie was on the IHM cheer team in eighth grade, and immediately fell in love with the sport. She continued...

Freshman year: a new beginning

Freshman year: a new beginning

Athena Duran, Staff Writer February 4, 2014

"High school has definitely been more challenging academically. I've had to adjust to a heavier work load," said freshman Sophie Clark. Like most of her fellow classmates, Clark has spent the year learning...

Bobby Solomon in Carlmonts production of The Laramie Project.

Embracing Carlmont culture

Athena Duran, Staff Writer January 22, 2014

Being the new kid can be intimidating and nerve racking. However, for senior Bobby Solomon moving to the Bay Area from San Diego was quite the opposite. Solomon said, "I've moved around a lot, so it...

Members of the Jazz band.

Band and orchestra: winter concert preparation

Athena Duran, Staff Writer November 27, 2013

As the holidays draw near, band and orchestra students begin to prepare for the Winter Concert. Senior Julio Medina said that the band has “been practicing in the main theatre for the last week.”...

Cristina Oeschger as Carrie White in Carrie the Musical at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.

Former student plays Carrie on a professional stage

Athena Duran , Staff Writer November 4, 2013

Many have dreamed of performing on a professional stage in a big city. For former Carlmont student Cristina Oeschger, this dream became reality. "Carrie the Musical" took stage at the Victoria Theatre...

Choir students waiting to begin rehearsal.

Preparing for passport

Athena Duran, Staff Writer October 20, 2013

From starships to Disney movies and broadway musicals, the Pops Concert has it all. As the school year begins to settle in, choir students prepared to showcase what they've accomplished. With a wide...

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Visual arts expresses what can’t be put into words

Athena Duran, Staff Writer September 30, 2013

Visual arts have, and continue to serve as an outlet for people's emotions and thoughts. The various mediums utilized by artists, have allowed for inspiration and creativity to burst within the walls of...

Dario Johnson, Jannah Perry and Andrew Sohrabi during seventh period orchestra.

Music makes an impact

Athena Duran, Staff Writer September 17, 2013

Evident in the large class sizes, Carlmont's music program has proven to be a great contribution to the lives of many students. As they begin to prepare for the Winter Concert, Junior Dario Johnson,...

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