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

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Emma Romanowsky

Emma Romanowsky, Highlander Editor-in-Chief

Emma Romanowsky is a senior at Carlmont High School. This is her third year of being on the journalism staff and she is the Editor-in-Chief of Highlander newsmagazine. She loves using journalism to spark conversation about controversial subjects. To check out her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @ERomanowsky

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The Sequoia Union High School District’s homepage announces the switch to distance learning. However, the grading during this time period is still uncertain.

Opinion: Grades must go

April 7, 2020

Superintendent Mary Streshly said it best; COVID-19 is not a hurricane. In the school board meeting held on Zoom on April 6, the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic was described as a different kind of natural...

Even though it is too cold for swimsuits, the winter brings its own form of body insecurity.

Opinion: Sweaters can’t hide body insecurities

December 6, 2019

As the temperature continues to drop, so does body image. The holidays are notoriously associated with massive feasts, over-the-top sales, and the excess of consumption. Christmas time is synonymous...

For many, asking for a letter of recommendation is a daunting task -- but it doesnt need to be.

[Photo] Opinion: Recommendations for getting letters of rec

November 9, 2019

For many, asking for a letter of recommendation is a daunting task -- but it doesn't need to be.

Seniors across the country dread being asked the inevitable question: Where are you applying to college?

Opinion: Stop asking seniors where they are applying to college

September 26, 2019

Every year, an epidemic sweeps America -- and no high school senior is safe. There is no doubt that at some point during a student’s senior year of high school she will be asked one question.  Consider...

The modern New York skyline exists without the twin towers.

Opinion: 9/11 is over

September 11, 2019

Today marks an important day in America’s history. Chances are, I do not need to spell it out for you. Eighteen years ago, the planes struck the twin towers, killing 3,000 people and injuring more. I’m...

Carlmont’s new flex schedule has many strict and confusing guidelines. Here are the top ten guidelines.

The Ten Flex Commandments

September 1, 2019

Carlmont this year is piloting a new schedule this semester with one new feature: a flex period.  Flextime is a time to meet with your teachers, work on homework, make up tests, etc. These 30 minutes...

Educated Guesses Episode Four: Presidencies are weird. Im just going to start with that

Educated Guesses Episode Four: “Presidencies are weird. I’m just going to start with that”

May 7, 2019

Join Emma and Molly this week as they drive around the Bay Area in Emma's Car. Listen to them talk about plane crashes, "Game of Thrones," Ashton Kutcher, and try not to crash into the cars in front...

Educated Guesses Episode Three: “Vaccines don’t cause autism, but they do cause dissension”

May 3, 2019

Listen as we explore the controversy of vaccinations. From the science behind them to the growing anti-vaccine movement, this episode will cover everything you need to know about the concept of vaccines,...

Educated Guesses Episode Two: Everybody blames it on plastic straws

Educated Guesses Episode Two: “Everybody blames it on plastic straws”

April 13, 2019

This week, tune in to hear Emma and Molly discuss everything from Climate Change, the Affordable Care Act, to secretly British Celebrities. Educated Guesses is a news-based commentary podcast...

Educated Guesses Episode One : Pilot

Educated Guesses Episode One : Pilot

April 12, 2019

  Welcome to the first ever episode of Educated Guesses! In this episode, Molly and Emma discuss Brexit, the Kardashians, Robert Mueller, and more. If you have anything you would like us...

Nancy Pelosi is advocating to combat Trumps state of emergency.

ScotSkim: declarations

February 21, 2019

Pelosi combats Trump’s state of emergency Following the Senate resolutions which denied President Trump the funds to build a wall and implement his border security policies, Trump has declared a state...

Former Texas Rep. Beto ORourke held a rally in El Paso to combat the presidents pro-wall rally

ScotSkim: backlash

February 16, 2019

Trump and O’Rourke butt heads in El Paso Former Rep. and potential Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke organized a rally in El Paso to counteract the pro-wall rally the president was having...

The Senate passed a bill to temporarily open the government.

Scotskim: the end

January 26, 2019

Government shutdown ends temporarily After 35 days, the Senate has passed a bill to temporarily open the government. The bill, a short term spending bill, which will reopen parts of the government until...

Transgender veterans protest the transgender military ban

ScotSkim: announcements

January 25, 2019

New concerns surrounding Trump emerge As the United States enters day 34 in a partial government shutdown, new allegations towards the president have emerged. A Buzzfeed story published earlier this week...

Former Trump campaign chairs lies to the FBI are brought forward by special counsel Robert Mueller.

ScotSkim: lies

December 8, 2018

Paul Manafort’s lies are brought forward Special counsel Robert Mueller of the Russia probe says that Paul Manafort lied to the FBI even after agreeing to cooperate with officials. According to Mueller,...

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confesses all of his crimes without any formal plea deal.

ScotSkim: fraud

December 6, 2018

North Carolina ballot reveals potential election fraud A common battle cry of the Republican party, voter fraud seems to have involved itself with a candidate from the GOP, bringing forth the largest...

Jeff Sessions steps down from his position as U.S. Attorney General.

ScotSkim: aftermath

November 10, 2018

President Trump fires Jeff Sessions Hours after the midterm elections polls closed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his immediate resignation from office. However, Sessions’ departure was not...

Over 114 million Americans voted in the 2018 midterm election.

ScotSkim Special Edition: the midterms

November 7, 2018

America spoke. The 2018 midterm elections displayed high voter turnout, potentially the highest midterm turnout in 20 years.  This race was especially relevant due to the partisan nature of modern...

Hundreds of refugees are expected to reach the Mexican-American border in the coming days.

ScotSkim: southern border

October 19, 2018

Trump threatens to close the border As hundreds of refugees approach the United States, President Trump threatens to close the U.S. border with Mexico to prevent their entry. The caravan consists primarily...

Women express the importance of voting in the 2018 midterms.

ScotSkim: voting

October 16, 2018

North Dakota law limits voters The Supreme Court passed a law which prohibits citizen without an address from voting. This law, effective immediately, came in response to the election of North Dakota...

Survivors of sexual assault and women alikes cries were silenced when Kavanaugh was confirmed.

Opinion: Women don’t matter

October 9, 2018

Women make up the majority of college students. They make up more than half of the world’s population. They are doctors, lawyers, politicians, athletes, leaders, followers, teachers, and students. And...

Judge Kavanaughs demeanor at the hearing on Sept. 27 evoked concern among some senators.

ScotSkim: tension

October 3, 2018

White House expands Kavanaugh’s FBI investigation The Senate postponed Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote into the Supreme Court to allow time for an FBI investigation. Several members of the...

A man walks through floods in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

ScotSkim: the storm after the storm

September 18, 2018

Hurricane Florence aftermath hits the East Coast hard Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast this week with a lower intensity than expected. The storm, originally a Category 4, was downgraded to a Category...

Senator McCain is laid to rest in Washington D.C. after his memorial service on Sept. 1.

ScotSkim: remembering icons

September 4, 2018

John McCain’s funerals bring together Democrats and Republicans The memorial services honoring the late Senator John McCain brought together more than 2,000 people, Republicans and Democrats alike....

John Roberts** expresses his opinions at the community forum.

San Carlos voices opinions towards potential gun shop opening

May 16, 2018

The gun control debate has reached the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce.   The potential opening of Turner’s Outdoorsman, a sporting goods store chain known for selling guns, triggered a community...

Jane Doe*, one of the few donors at the Redwood City blood drive, hold out her arm as a nurse collects her blood.

Local blood bank seeks more donors

May 1, 2018

Blood donor turnout is too low. In partnership with the Blood Centers of the Pacific, the Redwood City Public Library hosted a blood drive open to any community member over age 15.  But only ten...

San Carlos tap water is not coming from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

San Carlos temporarily ‘taps’ into new water source

April 6, 2018

San Carlos has received its water from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for 105 years. As a result, locals are accustomed to the fresh, crisp taste of their tap water. hey guys currently having...

Sneakerss new location is centrally located on downtown San Carloss main street.

Sneakers American Pub and Grill reopens on Laurel Street

March 21, 2018

Just in time for March Madness, the popular San Carlos sports bar ‘Sneakers American Grill’ is reopening in a new location. Sneakers, which is famous for having TVs at every table, has been a San...

Players from Blitz, a San Carlos United team, participate in a scrimmage at practice.

Club soccer ‘kicks off’ spring season

March 9, 2018

“The grind” really does not stop for student-athletes. As the high school soccer season draws to a close, athletes are pushed back onto the field to play for their club teams. Since November, many...

Posters on the utility box advertise the project.

San Carlos promotes public art project

February 15, 2018

Calling all artists: The City of San Carlos is enlisting an artist to repaint a utility box as part of the Utility Box Mural Project. The Utility Box Mural Project is an ongoing effort in San Carlos...

Many graduates have liberal political viewpoints.

Educational experience determines political beliefs

February 13, 2018

The United States of America is rarely united. For much of America’s history, its political climate has been divided. And, according to Pew Research Center, the political gap in the...

Volunteers from Tierra Linda Middle School continue to work on valentines after residents leave the event for dinner.

Young and old gather for Week of the Family

January 31, 2018

At 19 years old, the Week of the Family shows how traditions become better with age. The younger generation of San Carlos spent quality time with the older generations during the Adopt-A-Grandparent Day...

Route 61 stops at Carlmont.

[Photo] SamTrans schedule changes could impact students

January 17, 2018

Route 61 stops at Carlmont.

Over 114 million Americans voted in the 2018 midterm election.

San Carlos votes on school board representatives

November 22, 2017

  Neil Layton along with current board members Kathleen Farley and Carol Elliot win the three vacant San Carlos School District school board positions in the election on Nov. 7. Neil Layton...

Carlmont sophomores Jordan Lin, Kyle Wilkinson, and Varun Suklikar simulate earthquake protocol.

San Carlos School District participates in California ShakeOut

November 1, 2017

Hundreds of San Carlos students dropped, covered, and waited as they participated in California’s Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 19 in The Great California ShakeOut. The Great California...

Starbucks hosts the Redwood City Police Department as they meet with community members for the national Coffee with a Cop day.

Redwood City residents and police officers bond over coffee

October 15, 2017

Residents of Redwood City and members of the Redwood City Police Force joined together at the Starbucks on Broadway to celebrate Coffee with a Cop day.  Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative that...

Carlmont students read Every Day by David Levithan as the 2017 all-school summer reading book.

‘Every Day’ is offensively painful

September 17, 2017

A book is usually disliked for one of two reasons: bad plot, or poor writing. Often, one may appreciate a book because while either the quality of language or plot may not be strong, the other compensates....

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