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Chels Chang

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer

Chels is a senior at Carlmont High School. As a Managing Editor for Highlander, staff writer for Scot Scoop, and a podcast producer for ScotCenter, she's very passionate about journalism and hopes to go into communications. In her free time, she likes to watch Pokémon and listen to music. To check out her portfolio, click here.

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Queer linguistics: The journey to reclaim power and fight for linguistic equality

Queer linguistics: The journey to reclaim power and fight for linguistic equality

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer June 5, 2022

As our primary form of communication, language is the cornerstone of how we interact with the world. However, for marginalized communities like the LGBTQ+ community, language has a long politically charged...

The modern gender binary invalidates the spectrum that it actually is, dictating that there are only two distinct genders that must follow specific norms.

Colonization of gender: From tradition to modern day

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer December 16, 2021

A man mocked for his femininity. A non-binary person unsure of their gender’s validity. An indigenous person no longer able to comfortably and publicly identify with a gender once revered by their people. These...

Gender Chicken Tender Ep. 3: The plot chickens…addressing myths

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer December 12, 2021

As more and more genderqueer communities come into the national spotlight, many remain overshadowed by the misconceptions about them. Often, the portrayals of genderqueer communities are limited to...

Gender Chicken Tender

Gender Chicken Tender

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer November 8, 2021

Gender Chicken Tender Ep. 2: Hendered by the gender binary

Chels Chang, Podcast Producer October 31, 2021

Despite recent movements to draw more national attention in support of genderqueer communities and the gender spectrum, the toxicity of the gender binary system can be felt throughout everyday life. For...

Gender Chicken Tender Ep. 1: Coming out from the shell! What is gender?

Chels Chang and Kasey Liu September 5, 2021

Together, host Chels Chang and guest speaker Kasey Liu kick off the first episode of Gender Chicken Tender, a podcast dedicated to exploring the gender spectrum, identities, and everything in between. In...

Protesters gather to rally against a law that unfairly targets the homeless population. Photo edited by Chelsea Chang.

Opinion: Anti-homeless architecture is the pinnacle of stupidity

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer May 31, 2021

Anti-homeless architecture is one of the top three most stupid things in the world, falling short only to Elon Musk and people who dislike “Pokémon.” A form of hostile and exclusionary design,...

Arospace Ep. 5: Landing at the season finale

Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, Jack Hansen, and Maddy Ting May 10, 2021

In Arospace's fifth and final episode, hosts Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, and Jack Hansen discuss the American dialogue on sex and romance, from how it shows up in everyday life to mainstream media. They...

Across the U.S., many important events take place, such as the Derek Chauvin trial and the Johnson & Johnson investigation.

ScotSkim: Derek Chauvin verdict, Leaders Summit, Johnson & Johnson

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer April 27, 2021

On April 20, former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges against him: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder. Chauvin could receive...

California focuses on the cash bail and vaccine eligibility while Georgia implements a new voting restriction law.

ScotSkim: Georgia voter restrictions, California cash bail, vaccine eligibility

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

Georgia recently passed a new voting restriction law that many claim disproportionately affects minority voters. Some changes include new ID requirements for requesting mail-in ballots and the prohibition...

Arospace Ep. 3: All aboard the relationship

Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, and Jack Hansen March 21, 2021

In the third episode of Arospace, hosts Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, and Jack Hansen discuss validation and relationships in the aromantic and asexual communities. Later in the episode, guest Anique Vachon...

Rosé poses for her most recent group comeback release, “THE ALBUM,” before her solo debut.

Rosé’s solo debut ‘On the Ground’ breaks records

Chelsea Chang and Kasey Liu March 16, 2021

Famous BLACKPINK singer Roseanne Park, commonly known by her stage name Rosé, made her solo debut on March 12. Since the release of BLACKPINK member Jennie’s hit single “SOLO” in 2018, fans, known...

In Texas, the mask mandate ends and the Biden administrations first migrant facility for teenagers reopens.

ScotSkim: First migrant facility, Texas’ mask mandate, National Guard request

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer March 10, 2021

The first migrant facility for teenagers under the Biden administration recently reopened, receiving criticism from many. Among the most prominent critics was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who said it...

Arospace Ep. 2: Combatting phobias and gatekeepers

Chelsea Chang, Elise Hsu, and Jack Hansen March 7, 2021

In the second episode of Arospace, hosts Jack Hansen and Elise Hsu discuss discrimination that members of the aromantic and asexual communities face within the LGBTQ+ community and in general society....

Arospace Ep. 1: Blast off! Navigating the myth storm

Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, and Maddy Ting February 21, 2021

In the first episode of Arospace, Maddy, Chelsea, and Kasey will be busting some myths about aromanticism and asexuality, as well as answering a few commonly asked questions. Later, they'll be joined...

President Joe Biden and Rep. Marjorie Greene discuss former President Donald Trump. “The [Republican] party is [Trumps]. It doesn’t belong to anybody else,” Greene said.

ScotSkim: Foreign policy speech, Trump’s intelligence briefings, Rep. Greene removal

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer February 11, 2021

President Joe Biden declared the end of “all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales” on Feb. 4, acting on a campaign promise. In addition to...

Protestors gather during a rally, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

ScotSkim: Impeachment, Biden’s COVID-19 plan, Harris’ Vogue cover

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer January 20, 2021

The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for the second time on Jan. 13. The House cited “incitement of insurrection” and voted 232 to 197 in favor of impeachment. In addition...

Bacteria surrounds a trail of footprints leading to a pair of shoes.


Bacteria surrounds a trail of footprints leading to a pair of shoes.

A syringe with unknown contents is photographed above an empty row of seats.

Will there be a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public soon?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer November 17, 2020

Belief: There is a new COVID-19 vaccine, specifically Pfizer’s, that will be available shortly to everyone. Reality: The Pfizer vaccine is still undergoing a clinical trial. However, after the required...

The Santa Rosa Glass Fire burned over 1,517 buildings and was active for 23 days. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


As we delve deeper into a state of climate disaster, the best way to see the ramifications is simple - just look around. Our Earth is struggling, and it’s evident in everything from the...

Despite warnings from health officials, some are exploring the effects of antibiotics, disinfectants, and supplements on COVID-19.

Can antibiotics, disinfectants, and supplements cure COVID-19?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer October 24, 2020

Belief: Antibiotics, disinfectants, and supplements can treat COVID-19. Reality: There is no evidence to suggest that any of the substances listed above can effectively treat or prevent COVID-19. The...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some have turned to essential oils and other products to combat COVID-19.

Can certain substances prevent COVID-19?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer October 11, 2020

Belief: Certain substances such as hydroxychloroquine and essential oils have been authorized to prevent or treat COVID-19. Reality: Currently, there are no medicines or vaccines for COVID-19 that have...

Orange Sky

Bay Area residents awoke to a thick layer of wildfire smoke blanketing their cities on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 9.  The ominous orange haze resembled an apocalyptic landscape, or perhaps the...

Q: Can you get COVID-19 from food or water?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer October 3, 2020

A: According to Mayo Clinic, there is currently no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transmissible by eating or handling food. However, it is possible to contract COVID-19 by touching an infected surface...

Amidst a pandemic, some are worried that the Black Lives Matter protests may be linked to the upsurge of COVID-19 cases.

Are Black Lives Matter protests responsible for COVID-19 rise?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer September 20, 2020

Belief: The Black Lives Matter protests are responsible for the rise in COVID-19 in the U.S. Reality: There is no evidence to suggest that the Black Lives Matter protests caused a notable increase in...

Q: Which masks protect against COVID-19 and wildfire smoke?

Chelsea Chang September 13, 2020

A: N95 masks without an exhalation valve protect against COVID-19 and wildfire smoke. However, experts recommend reserving N95 masks for healthcare professionals. Additionally, according to the Centers...

Bacteria lingers near and on an envelope.

Can you get COVID-19 from mail?

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer September 3, 2020

Belief: I can contract COVID-19 via mail and other imported goods. Reality: While it is possible, it is very unlikely. Currently, scientists believe COVID-19 is mainly spread through respiratory...

A map of COVID-19 cases in California by county details the extent of the virus. The map was last updated on April 12.

California surpasses New York on daily COVID-19 cases

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer May 7, 2020

On Tuesday, California reported over 2,600 COVID-19 cases, surpassing its daily record of 2,417 cases from April 29. With over 1,500 cases, a majority of them came from Los Angeles County. On the other...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives a speech.

California governor announces the state’s plan for reopening

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer May 1, 2020

On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plan to slowly reopen California and possibly schools, according to the New York Times. The reopening of California is a four-phase plan. Currently,...

A group of silhouetted, featureless people gather, their identities unknown.

Diversity in mass media remains an issue

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer April 28, 2020

You grew up watching a certain type of actor dominate the screen: white, heterosexual, and cisgender. You rarely saw yourself as the protagonist; instead, you wished you looked and felt like the main characters...

Microbiologist Kerry Pollard extracts a sample of COVID-19 in a lab.

FDA authorizes first at-home COVID-19 test

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer April 24, 2020

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19 under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The testing kit, named Pixel, is developed...

A girl is on her phone, surrounded by social media. I dont like the concept of social media because I get so distracted by it. At the same time, I feel like I cant delete it, said Caroline LeVans, a junior at Castro Valley High School.

Social media plays a double-edged role in society

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer April 8, 2020

In the modern age of digitalization, social media use has become increasingly more common and ingrained in society. About 45% of the human population has a social media account, adding up to 3.5 billion...

As tensions rise, some have taken to social media to voice their opinions in the form of memes. I think that any way youth can engage in national discussions is extremely valuable. Right now, humor is the way it is happening, Mira Wakefield said.

The effects of turning problems into memes

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer March 11, 2020

Your timeline blows up with breaking news. A few hours later, you're still struggling to keep up with new posts. But this time, they are memes. Already trending, they have taken the internet by storm,...

Attendees gather on the dance floor as a DJ remixes a song in the background.

[Photo] Sweetheart Dance builds family and community

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer February 13, 2020

Attendees gather on the dance floor as a DJ remixes a song in the background.

Lion dancers parade through the streets before the ceremony begins.

Chinatown welcomes Chinese New Year with Flower Market Fair

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer January 22, 2020

Chinatown came to life as dragons danced their way through packed streets during the Chinese New Year Flower Marker Fair. The Flower Market Fair is an annual two-day event that takes place on the weekend...

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

Anita Beroza and Chelsea Chang 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....

Club members stretch together as relaxing music plays in the background. Yoga is a wonderful antidote to stress, said Ame Secrist, a teacher.

Yoga and Wellness Club aids mental and physical health

Chelsea Chang, Staff Writer November 11, 2019

As the school year continues, students find their stress levels increasing, and an easy and relaxing way students can relieve this stress is through yoga. Yoga is the physical, mental, and spiritual...

Club member Ethan Tobias, a junior, sorts conversation topic cards.  I enjoy being able to talk to my friends while strengthening my French, Tobias said.

French Honor Society celebrates French culture and language

Chelsea Chang October 18, 2019

The French Honor Society is a national organization dedicated to enriching the lives of students through French culture and language. At Carlmont, it does just that. Students gather in S24 at lunch...

Sophomores Jessica Conley, Keria Swei, and Arcelia Duran discuss how they can help counter climate change. Climate change is a huge problem that we need to address. Everybody needs to get involved, Duran said.

New Climate Change Club advocates for environmental awareness

Chelsea Chang September 29, 2019

The newly founded Climate Change Club recently welcomed its first members and urged them to make their voices heard during its first club meeting. On Tuesday, students of different grades gathered in...

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