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Scot Scoop News

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

Scot Scoop News

Daniella Smit

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor

Daniella Smit is a junior at Carlmont High School and an editor for the Highlander. Outside the classroom, she is interested in graphic design and is on the varsity softball team at Carlmont.

Twitter: @daniellaaasmit

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Senior Ben Sunahara poses with his family for a photo after the game. To celebrate his senior night, Sunahara’s family made posters to show their support. Several other families of seniors made posters to celebrate this occasion.

Scots reminisce the season

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor May 11, 2024

The Carlmont Scots faced a tough loss on their senior night against the Sequoia Ravens on Friday, May 10. The Scots were not able to bounce back and secure the win, resulting in a final score of 3-0.  Senior...

Freshman Ethan Sum spikes the ball down. His goal of terminating the play by hitting the ball to the opponent’s side of the floor was successful. Sum’s skills were noticeable and significantly impacted the team’s win.

Scots dig out a win against Panthers

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor April 21, 2024

Carlmont’s boys JV volleyball team continued their winning streak by defeating the Burlingame Panthers in two quick sets.   Carlmont has been working hard in practice, which has been paying off....

Freshman goalie Xavier Piro clears the ball, avoiding the opponent’s block. Piro is one out of two of the team’s goalies. He showcased his skills on the field with nine goalie saves this game.

Scots surge past Spartans

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor March 21, 2024

The Carlmont varsity boys lacrosse team beat Mountain View Spartans 17-10 in their sixth consecutive win this season.  Despite their win, Mountain View was the first on the board. Carlmont was able...

Junior Keoki Firenze pushes down his stick in an attempt to take control of the ball. Due to this being a scrimmage, Firenze took turns with his teammates participating in the faceoffs. Carlmont continued to rotate their players throughout the scrimmage to give all players a chance to practice their skills.

Scots outperform Dons in opening scrimmage

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor February 28, 2024

The Scots kicked off their season with a strong performance in their scrimmage against Aragon on Feb. 27. During the scrimmage, where no official score was maintained, it was noticeable that Carlmont...

Junior Franklin Kuo maneuvers through the defense with his eyes on the basket. He successfully gets past them and attempts a layup. Kuo makes the basket, helping the Scots catch up to the Panthers lead.

Scots secure win against Panthers after slow first half

Daniella Smit and Isabella Rice January 28, 2024

Carlmont’s boys varsity basketball team came out on top against Burlingame Panthers with a score of 50-37 on Jan. 26.  Despite a slow start, the Scots got their momentum rolling halfway through the...

Freshman Nicole Franklin runs side by side with a player from the opposing team, trying to get the ball. Franklin is excited for the season as this is her first year playing soccer for Carlmont. “I think we did pretty good today, especially since this team has freshmen and not everybody has played together before,” Franklin said.

Scots and Lancers lock up in a tie

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor December 1, 2023

The Carlmont JV girls soccer team commenced their season settling in a tie 0-0 against the Saint Francis Lancers.  As the preseason opener, this game set the tone for their upcoming games, signaling...

A Recology loader moves trash across the warehouse to make room for incoming loads of garbage.

Exploring sustainability: a look at zero waste practices

Audrey Finigan and Daniella Smit November 27, 2023

Eco-friendly. Zero waste. Too often, people take these concepts for granted, adopting an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality regarding recycling. They fail to think about the impact their actions...

Freshman quarterback Brody Zirelli passes the ball to his teammate in hopes of gaining more yards. His teammate, sophomore Aidan Koester, effectively blocks the opposing player, giving Zirelli a clear passing lane. This collaborative effort illustrates the duo’s skill and seamless coordination on the field.

Scots extinguish Firebirds in last league game

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor October 29, 2023

Bouncing back from their previous week’s loss, Carlmont’s JV football team secured the victory against Fremont in a slow-to-start game.  The score remained 0-0 up until the third quarter, when...

Emily Song talks about coach Julie Meade after her passing during the Carlmont homecoming assembly. She is alongside Marina Mendez and their fellow cheerleaders.

[Photo] Breaking News: Longtime Carlmont coach Julie Meade dies unexpectedly

Rei Baxter, Highlander Editor October 5, 2023

Emily Song talks about coach Julie Meade after her passing during the Carlmont homecoming assembly. She is alongside Marina Mendez and their fellow cheerleaders.

Junior Makayla Miller highlighted the cheer teams top-tier energy as the group performed different moves and stunts. She struck a pose that wowed the audience with their skills and started the assembly strongly.

[Photo] Carlmont’s annual homecoming assembly brings out school spirit

Audrey Navasca, Staff Writer October 19, 2023

Carlmont’s football team showcases their camaraderie and school spirit. Their performance consisted of handshakes done in pairs, and they ended with a throw deep to the other side of the gymnasium. The...

Junior Annika Snow spikes the ball to score one of her many points. Snow perfectly placed the ball between the two blockers, continuing to demonstrate her skills. Throughout the game, she proved to be a valuable asset to the team.

Carlmont sweeps Aragon in straight set victory

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor October 12, 2023

Carlmont’s JV volleyball team avenged the previous year's defeat, beating the Aragon Dons in two sets on Oct. 12.  The Scots quickly got ahead during the first set. With a few errors on Carlmont’s...

Junior Zoe Banner-Haimes distributes the ball to her teammates on offense. Banner-Haimes is currently the only JV goalie for the Scots, so she plays the entire game. She is an important part of the team, as responsible for not only protecting the goal, but communicating with her teammates as well.

Win slips away from Scots in competitive game

Daniella Smit and Alyssa Bish September 23, 2023

Carlmont’s JV girls water polo team came short of securing a victory after facing off against the Aragon Dons on Thursday evening.  The Dons scored their first point a few seconds into the game,...

Im confused why Mr. Guzman hasnt been here, said sophomore Nina Kapamadzin.

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"I'm confused why Mr. Guzman hasn't been here," said sophomore Nina Kapamadzin.

A deeper look

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit March 13, 2023

Each of our brains functions differently. They have different mechanics on what they do or don’t do when it comes down to lying.  “Most people are fairly good liars. But what we see is that people...

Childhood lying

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit March 13, 2023

She walked into the classroom, went up to her teacher, and said her sister got attacked by an animal. Although this rarity has the potential to be accurate, it wasn’t.  This is an example of stories...

She crosses her fingers behind her back, excusing her from the “truth.”

Why lie?

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit March 13, 2023

Lying is everywhere. Everyone does it, and that's the truth.  When it comes down to it, people all have the same intent when they lie: to benefit themselves. They hope their lies will produce the desired...

Lying in teenagers

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit March 13, 2023

Like everyone else, teenagers lie. However, according to a study called “From Junior to Senior Pinocchio,” teenagers are likelier to lie. Any lie will be told to keep them out of trouble. The stereotype...

Sophomores write in their votes to settle the tie between vice president candidates Nathan Chan and Katie Peacock.

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Sophomores write in their votes to settle the tie between vice president candidates Nathan Chan and Katie Peacock.

The track and field team ends their practice with stretching and a little bit of conditioning.

Scots jump into spring sports

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor February 13, 2023

The start of a new spring sports season generates various emotions among Carlmont athletes. Over the past two weeks, tryouts for multiple sports, such as swimming, baseball, and lacrosse, have taken...

Carlmonts yearly Heritage Fair showcases many different cultures and talents.

Upcoming Heritage Fair sparks excitement within the student body

Daniella Smit, Highlander Editor January 25, 2023

Excitement is evident as Carlmont students prepare to showcase their different cultures at the upcoming Heritage Fair. Once each year, students get the opportunity to display their unique and individual...

Smiles spark as senior Gavin Grivas picks up senior Luke Peasley for a little bit of fun.

[Photo] Wrestling team reflects on upcoming season

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit November 15, 2022

The team observes each other as they take turns wrestling in the middle.

Junior Kiva Rutenberg picks up junior Sebastian Llora and holds him over his shoulder.

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Junior Kiva Rutenberg picks up junior Sebastian Llora and holds him over his shoulder.

Coach García demonstrates with Kiva Rutenberg as senior Gavin Grivas watches

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Coach García demonstrates with Kiva Rutenberg as senior Gavin Grivas watches

In preparation for the upcoming season, players wrestle each other.

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In preparation for the upcoming season, players wrestle each other.

Sophomore Mia Hariri-Turner tips the ball over the net to give the Scots the point.

Scots declaw Panthers to become league champions

Ava Farrell and Daniella Smit October 23, 2022

The JV girls volleyball team wrapped up their final home game of the season on Oct. 20 by securing a 2-0 victory against the Burlingame Panthers.  The Scots easily won in two sets, 25-9 and 25-16....

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