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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Connor Lin

Connor Lin, Staff Writer

Connor Lin is a senior at Carlmont High School. He enjoys writing, graphic design, and photography. He is currently Managing Editor for The Highlander.

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Emma T Capps, a cancer survivor, speaks about how her fear of being shot by a gun is greater than her fear of cancer.

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Emma T Capps, a cancer survivor, speaks about how her fear of being shot by a gun is greater than her fear of cancer.

People of all ages, ethnicities, and political ideologies gathered together in front of Redwood City Courthouse to demand greater gun control legislation.

[Photo] March for Our Lives

February 18, 2020

People of all ages, ethnicities, and political ideologies gathered together in front of Redwood City Courthouse to demand greater gun control legislation.

Vandenberg sits on the staircase in front of Redwood City Courthouse  and listens to student speeches.

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February 18, 2020

Vandenberg sits on the staircase in front of Redwood City Courthouse and listens to student speeches.

Carlmont students Jill Albertson and Kendall Butler participate in the rally by chanting and holding up signs calling for more gun control.

[Photo] Students march for their lives

March 24, 2018

Carlmont students Jill Albertson and Kendall Butler participate in the rally by chanting and holding up signs calling for more gun control.

Sophie Penn, a rally organizer, gives the opening speech about the need for increased gun control.

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March 24, 2018

Sophie Penn, a rally organizer, gives the opening speech about the need for increased gun control.

Third-grade student Hayden Vandenberg stands on the staircase overlooking thousands of protesters to chant.

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March 24, 2018

Third-grade student Hayden Vandenberg stands on the staircase overlooking thousands of protesters to chant.

Stefan Sujansky, one of the rally organizers, introduces himself and explains the purpose of the event.

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March 24, 2018

Stefan Sujansky, one of the rally organizers, introduces himself and explains the purpose of the event.

Before students read their speeches, younger children initiated various call and response chants.

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March 24, 2018

Before students read their speeches, younger children initiated various call and response chants.

Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur speaks with two student activists about gun control.

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March 24, 2018

Redwood City Councilwoman Shelly Masur speaks with two student activists about gun control.

In addition to multiple student speeches and student-led chants, various organizations, such as the Sister District Project, set up booths around Redwood City Courthouse Square.

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March 24, 2018

In addition to multiple student speeches and student-led chants, various organizations, such as the Sister District Project, set up booths around Redwood City Courthouse Square.

Hundreds of students made their way down to the quad for 17 minutes on March 14 at 10 a.m. to stand in solidarity with Parkland, Fla. Rosie Asmar, a senior, helps to lead the rally by singing songs and holding a moment of silence to honor the 17 students who were killed.

Students express support through nationwide walkout

March 15, 2018

Enough. Never again. These slogans, along with many posters, social media posts, and heartfelt messages, were spread throughout the Carlmont community in the weeks preceding a nationwide school walkout,...

Eight parking spaces in the senior parking lot are now reserved for staff members.

Changes made to senior parking lot inconvenience students

February 18, 2018

Eight spots. That’s how many parking spaces in the senior parking lot were converted to staff parking spots. According to Principal Ralph Crame, the reason for this change was to reserve parking...

In addition to supporting womens rights, marchers also hold signs for sexuality and identity equality.

The Women’s March is not just for women

January 21, 2018

The sun beat down on San Francisco City Hall as people gathered to have their voices heard in the 2018 San Francisco Women’s March. But the fight for women’s rights was not the only topic. On...

The identity of the victim has not been released. However, the Belmont Police Department believes this act was not random.

Community responds to shooting of Belmont resident

January 17, 2018

A 19-year-old man was shot on Chula Vista Drive in Belmont. The shooting took place around 4:50 p.m. on the evening of Jan. 17 in front of the victim’s house. Police officers arrived at the scene...

Beginning this school year, the Monday of final exams week will begin with a minimum day schedule in the morning, followed by a lunch period and then the sixth-period final.

Carlmont reacts to changes in final exam schedule

December 3, 2017

As the Carlmont community wraps up its first semester of the 2017-2018 school year, students and staff members will have to adapt to a change in the final exam schedule. For both semesters this school...

Despite the rainfall, approximately 30 students and staff members sat in the quad to mourn the loss of the victims of recent attacks.

Candlelight vigil brings Carlmont community together

November 10, 2017

Rain sprinkled down in the quad on the evening of Nov. 8 as students and staff members mourned the loss of the victims of recent attacks across the nation. Since the beginning of October, there have...

Kristin Ma, a senior and member of Carlmonts Biotechnology Institute, presents her project at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research conference.

Student receives ‘out of this world’ experience through Biotechnology Institute connections

November 5, 2017

Although school may be tedious for some, other students are able to find opportunities beyond their classroom environments through school-wide organizations. Kristin Ma, a senior and member of Carlmont’s...

Words have an indispensable role in our society, especially when it comes to protesting. However, we need to put more focus on constructive action instead of further divisiveness.

[Photo] Support a cause with more than just a tweet

September 30, 2017

Words have an indispensable role in our society, especially when it comes to protesting. However, we need to put more focus on constructive action instead of further divisiveness.

Flowers lay at the Whipple Avenue railroad crossing in Redwood City in memory of Sequoia High School freshman Holly Spalletta.

Community mourns the loss of freshman student

October 3, 2017

A Sequoia High School freshman passed away in an apparent suicide on Sept. 26. The incident occurred at the Whipple Avenue railroad crossing in Redwood City, where a southbound Caltrain hit 14-year-old...

On the second level of S-wing, students can relax and eat lunch in the outdoor lounge area.

Carlmont reacts to campus expansion with new S-wing

September 14, 2017

Before the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, the construction of Carlmont’s new S-wing was completed, and 10 new classes were opened for teaching. Although completed behind schedule, this...

Heather Tyler, a mental health caseworker, watches the solar eclipse with her students on the football field.

Solar eclipse gives Carlmont a unique view

August 23, 2017

On Aug. 21, Carlmont students and staff members made their way down to the football field to witness a rare occurrence: a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front...

San Francisco protesters rain down on white supremacy

August 15, 2017

Rain sprinkled down on San Francisco City Hall as 500 protesters lit candles to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia. As the wind blew signs across the park, citizens stepped forward to share...

Students discuss the new history class, called race, ethnicity, and immigration, with Karen Ramroth, who will be teaching the class.

New ethnic studies course welcomes diversity

February 8, 2017

Beginning fall of 2017, students have the opportunity to enroll in a new course at Carlmont. This class, named race, ethnicity, and immigration, focuses on bringing students of diverse backgrounds together...

Carlmont history teacher Karen Ramroth accepts the Dorothy Boyajian Honored Teacher Award after giving a speech.

History teacher awarded for social justice work

January 20, 2017

On Jan. 16, Carlmont history teacher Karen Ramroth was given the Dorothy Boyajian Honored Teacher Award. This award recognizes teachers in the community who reflect the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King...

Depending on the vision of the new superintendent, changes to administration in the Sequoia Union High School District may affect the daily life of Carlmont students.

Superintendent announces retirement after 39-year-long career

December 6, 2016

After a career of 39 years in public education, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Jim Lianides will be retiring at the end of this school year in June 2017. Lianides decided to retire...

When traveling alone in Uber cars, passengers face the risk of being sexually assaulted.

Sexual assault in Uber cars raises hesitation

November 16, 2016

Driving with strangers has always had its risks. Inside Uber cars, passengers face the possibility of encountering dangerous situations with their drivers, including sexual assault. In a report sent...

Student Union reopens with improved facilities

October 28, 2016

As students travel across campus to get to class, many of them encounter construction detours restricting their paths. One of these construction sites was the remodeling of the Student Union. On Oct....

English teacher Kristen Fewins welcomes senior Hana Wong into the new tutoring center during zero period.

Zero period tutoring center provides new opportunities for students

October 18, 2016

With the new late start schedule, many Carlmont students have the opportunity to get extra sleep, eat a bigger breakfast, and take their time in the morning. The new schedule also enables students to...

Foreign language teacher Roberta Scott speaks into a microphone when she teaches in order to project her voice over the sound produced by the construction outside of her classroom.

Construction creates substandard learning environments

October 6, 2016

As students diligently work inside classrooms located in T-hall and U-hall, construction of the new S-wing rages on outside. This construction provides various distractions and obstacles for many students...

Carlmonts defensive line opens a lane for running back, Devon Sagon to move down field.

[Photo] Varsity football surges to a strong win over El Camino

October 1, 2016

Carlmont's defensive line opens a lane for running back, Devon Sagon to move down field.

Sophomore Kayla Gustafson and senior Alyssa Fine pose for a photograph to celebrate Kind Week.

Kind Week spreads love and acceptance

September 19, 2016

As students pass by one another throughout the school day, some keep their heads down, avoiding conversation at all costs. Other students offer friendly smiles and small talk. Although kindness can...

Students who take Personal Finance at Carlmont learn how to manage their money and prepare themselves for life after high school.

Personal finance class prepares students for life after high school

September 6, 2016

Beyond high school, students have to adapt to an independent lifestyle and can no longer rely on guidance from their parents and teachers. By enrolling in the personal finance class at Carlmont, students...

Like many other students, sophomore Gianna Lippi begins her school day an hour later than in previous school years.

Carlmont reacts to new late start schedule

August 22, 2016

With first period beginning at 8:57 a.m. on regular days and at 9:43 a.m. on Wednesdays, many Carlmont students start their days approximately an hour later than in previous school years. This new schedule...

In iOS 9, Apple’s operating system, users can opt to have a six digit passcode instead of four digits. This provides more security because instead of the original 10,000 combinations, there are 1,000,000.

Data security becomes a widespread issue

February 21, 2016

One issue regarding a single iPhone has the potential to compromise the security and safety of millions of people. The United States government allegedly insisted that Apple, a popular technology company,...

Apple Music user Emma Armstrong streams unlimited music from iTunes from the convenience of her iPhone.

Listening in the cloud

January 21, 2016

A notification from Twitter pops up on your screen. Your favorite artist just released a new album. In the tweet, a link is included to download the music. You unlock your phone, eager to listen....

The cost of the Powerball lottery ticket begins at $2.

Powerball lottery frenzy continues, despite improbable odds

January 14, 2016

With $1.5 billion up for grabs, people with high hopes frantically crowd stores and gas stations buying lottery tickets in hopes of winning the top prize. Lottery tickets for the Powerball cost $2...

Sophomore Katie Gray reviews information for her chemistry final.

Finals are looming over Carlmont

December 10, 2015

Students are feeling the overwhelming pressure to study hard and prepare for the stressful time to come: finals week. The week for final exams begins on Dec. 14, and many students are stressed over...

Students sign a banner in remembrance of the lives that were lost in the attacks in Paris.

Students react to attacks in Paris

November 18, 2015

Terrorist attacks filled the streets of Paris on Nov. 13, leaving people around the world in despair. Claiming to be responsible for the attacks, the terrorist group known as ISIS killed over 100 people in...

Sophomore Jules Hart continues to use Snapchat regardless of the new policy.

Updated Snapchat regulations place users at risk

November 9, 2015

Snapchat is now allowed to view and modify the content shared by a user with the new update of their privacy policy and terms of service. On Oct. 28, Snapchat lured users to update to the latest...

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