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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.

Scot Scoop News

Danielle Hamer

Danielle Hamer, Scot Scoop In Depth Editor

Danielle is a staff writer for Scot Scoop and the Highlander. She is 17 and a senior. Danielle is a lover of writing, reading, and dancing, and is involved with youth group BBYO and a philanthropic board called Jewish Teen Foundation.


All content by Danielle Hamer
The class of 2015 bids farewell.

10 pieces of advice from Carlmont journalism seniors

May 28, 2015

After four years, 720 days, two principals, and more than 30 football games and 10 dances worth of good times and memories at Carlmont , the students of the graduating class of 2015 are ready to embark...

Schools out -- scream, jump, and shout!

10 signs that the end of the school year is near

May 27, 2015

Some students prepare for the end of the school year by studying hard for final exams, while others have already given up and prematurely thrown their binders away. Either way, almost everyone is struggling...

Dont let the burden of school work get to you during the summer.

10 ways to have an enjoyable high school summer experience

May 11, 2015

Treat yo’ self by tasting all 31 Baskin Robbins ice cream flavors. You may not have won a math award this year, but you can win the title of Most Accomplished Ice Cream Taster in America. Live...

What school will you pick?

Ten ways to pick the perfect college

April 3, 2015

For seniors, college decision time is just around the corner. Juniors are planning college visits during spring break. All around the world, high schoolers have college on the mind. Some may wonder...

Falling asleep on top of your homework: it happens to all of us.

10 signs that sleep deprivation has taken over your life

March 11, 2015

Sleep deprivation plagues high school students, as well as many others all over the world. With everything that needs to get done each day, who has the time for nine hours of sleep each night? Sleep...

Tripping on your way down the quad steps is inevitable for every Carlmont student.

10 things to do before leaving Carlmont

March 9, 2015

As the second semester approaches the halfway mark and seniors prepare to graduate in just a few months, people are pulling out high school bucket lists and rushing to check every item off before June. Because...

These exercises will keep you in shape.

10 ways to stay fit throughout the school day

February 11, 2015

It’s February, and students have a lot on their minds. There’s Valentines Day -- ah! love! romance! chocolate! There’s Presidents’ Day break -- thank you Presidents, for giving us a four-day weekend....

You can spot  stereotypical freshmen by their over-sized backpacks.

Freshman year — 10 reasons why it’s not all bad

January 28, 2015

We’ve all been in that situation. The bell is going to ring in less than ten seconds. You are going to be late to math class yet again -- and you just can’t afford another tardy slip. Books...

Senior Alex Pennes demonstrates that third-wheeling can be fun.

No date, no problem

January 14, 2015

It’s Winter Formal time, and love is in the air. No, you weren't hallucinating, another girl just came into your fifth period with a bouquet of roses. And the rumors are true -- that shy guy finally...

From teacher to mayor: helping is the key

From teacher to mayor: helping is the key

December 14, 2014

History teacher David Braunstein was sworn in as Belmont’s mayor last week at a City Council meeting. After years on the City Council serving as the Vice Mayor, Braunstein has big plans for his upcoming...

The drought has hit Half Moon Bay farms hard

Dried-up information: education of California’s drought is weak

November 17, 2014

“Rain, rain go away” is a thing of the past in California as the drought has worsened many areas of the state. However, awareness and understanding of the drought may not be increasing along with it. As...

The parade was a celebration for all

Students miss school with a case of Giants fever

November 3, 2014

On Friday, Oct. 31, students shuffled into class to see only a small percentage of their classmates in their seats. No one was surprised. Just a few miles north, a large number of Carlmont students cheered...

Pumpkin patches just like this one are lined up as people drive into Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay: pumpkin world in our backyard

October 20, 2014

As October progresses and Halloween begins to creep up on us, with a quick scroll through Instagram, the average teenager will be faced with a trail of pictures of friends posing on hay bales, making their...

Seniors Adelyn Yau and Amanda Breslauer enjoy frozen custard outside the food trucks at Save the Music.

Carlmont drops the beat at Save the Music

October 7, 2014

On a sunny October Sunday morning, the 12th annual Save the Music festival teemed with excited children and adults eating delicious food from stands and food trucks, performing various musical acts, and...

Boys varsity water polo in a 2013-2014 season game.

Boy’s varsity water polo falls to Sequoia in close game

September 26, 2014

In their second game of the season, the boy's varsity water polo team was defeated by Carlmont's rival school, Sequoia, with a score of 10-9. The game was close; Sequoia scored the first point and there...

Secrist and dancer Rebecca Imison get crazy.

Transitioning into dance

September 12, 2014

Adjusting to any class in the new school year can be hard, especially for those in dance classes, where emphasis on collaborating for choreography and practicing dance routines is key. Many students...

Junior Lauren Pittock and Improv Team alum Tim Gachot proudly wear their team shirts.

High-powered Improv Team holds successful tryouts

June 2, 2014

While most teachers would most likely not welcome funny accents and off-the-grid imaginations in the classroom while students are learning equations and writing essays, there is a place on campus where...

CSF President Melanie Anderson announces the events that members can participate in during a meeting.

School activities and clubs work to end on a high note

May 8, 2014

Students, teachers, and everyone on campus can almost taste summer approaching. However, before students finish that last final and turn  books in for beach towels, campus activities and clubs rush to...

Students that descent from many different Latin countries join together to carry on their peoples customs.

Latinos Unidos Club carries on traditions

April 29, 2014

Traditions are a big part of Latin Culture. On campus, 23 percent of students can identify with the customary food, dances, stories, and more that come with being Latino. Though they make up less than...

From right to left: Calvin Tzeng, Kaitlyn Sanders, Melissa Talgo, Devon Reed and Ryan Freeman have fun while playing a friendly game.

Ping pong club: Serving up fun

April 2, 2014

It is no secret that Carlmont’s Associated Student Body-run activities have a lot to offer. Between student versus teacher competitions, unique sports, and fun music, it is impossible to be bored at...

The swing club dressed as flappers at this years Heritage Assembly. Photo credit to Chrissy Manthey-Klups.

Swinging to success

March 20, 2014

School clubs are a way for students to find new interests and express their creativity. For swing club members, in addition to meeting new people, getting a great workout, and learning a generations-old...

MUN: The epitome of teen political involvement

MUN: The epitome of teen political involvement

March 5, 2014

To many high school students, the world of politics can seem intimidating and difficult to understand, but for the members of the Model United Nations club, opportunities to immerse themselves in the world...

CSF members created dozens of Valentines cards for seniors in the community.

CSF reaches out farther than ever

February 19, 2014

Every two weeks during lunchtime, classroom E-14 teems with ambitious students uniting to discuss and sign up for community service in a meeting of the California Scholarship Foundation club. People bustle...

Samurkashian loves to be connected to Armenia through his club meetings.

Armenian club educates and plans for future

February 9, 2014

Between fundraisers, discussions, presentations, and more, Armenian club, a group dedicated to connecting itself with Armenia’s culture and educating non- Armenians about the rich culture of the country,...

Candles and traditional bread, Challah, are staples on Shabbat, a holiday that the Jewish club will educate about.

Jewish club makes mighty comeback

January 24, 2014

It’s no secret that Carlmont students are diverse- in terms of religion, culture, background, and nationality. From Persian Club to Christian Club, there are many clubs on campus that reflect this. Now,...

Dead week comes alive

Dead week comes alive

December 9, 2013

The week before finals is a time for chapter reviews, studying, and cup after cup of coffee. The term “dead week” labels the days before final exams in which teachers are encouraged to stop teaching...

The Scots are loud and proud and make use of bullhorns at football games

Scots get hyped for the last football game of the year

November 14, 2013

Student spirit levels are rapidly rising as the student body prepares for the last football game of the year against Carlmont’s rival school, Sequoia High School. While Carlmont’s Friday night football...

The PSAT/NMSQT booklet

The PSAT for one and all

October 23, 2013

Carlmont administration’s recent shift from giving all students the option of taking the Preliminary SAT to holding a mandatory testing morning devoted to the practice test is met with mixed reactions...

Changes in hot lunch, yet no change in student opinions

Changes in hot lunch, yet no change in student opinions

October 4, 2013

Changes made to the food sold at Carlmont’s lunchtime vendor brings the same varied student opinions considering taste, appearance, health, and value, just as the hot lunch has in recent years. Labeled...

Wyman lifts two students emphasizing the importance of have big dreams on your shoulders

Carlmont Alumni and NFL Player inspires and engages

September 20, 2013

At Carlmont’s first school-wide assembly of the year, former NFL player Devin Wyman gave a spirited presentation addressing various teen issues in fun, creative ways that engaged and captivated students. Students...

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