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

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

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Evan Leong

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor

Evan Leong is a senior at Carlmont High School, and this is his third year in journalism. He is excited to continue his journalism journey as an editor for Scot Scoop while exploring new ideas and writing topics. Outside of school, he enjoys playing violin, chess, basketball, and hanging out with friends. View his portfolio here.

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Carlmonts 2023 signed athletes pose together for a final photo.

In Photos: Carlmont signing day

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor June 13, 2023

Nora Acosta, one of the leaders of the walkout and a Black Student Union (BSU) officer, leads a chant as the students exit the campus, her voice amplified through a megaphone. Guiding the students as they pour out of the campus, her chant ignites a collective spirit, empowering each protester to lend their voice and complete the chorus.

M-A students walkout for justice

Amid growing concerns over a recent police incident, students from Menlo-Atherton High School organized two walkouts to condemn police violence targeting people of color. According to the police...

Students from MA high school gather together on campus to participate in a walkout to protest the prior incident with the police and MA minor.


Students from MA high school gather together on campus to participate in a walkout to protest the prior incident with the police and MA minor.

Ryan Chun, a math teacher at Carlmont, teaches students the method to obtain derivatives. These methods often use memorization, more so than critical thinking.

Opinion: Schools should implement more critical thinking

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor April 14, 2023

To study for a test, students often memorize dozens of facts and formulas. However, memorization should be replaced with an often-neglected but more useful skill: critical thinking. Teachers test students...

In the last 250 years, guns have evolved to be far more potent than when the Second Amendment was ratified.

Opinion: The Second Amendment is outdated

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor March 19, 2023

Two hundred fifty years ago, the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment, stating “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms,...

Some scientists work at companies that try to make their products as addictive as possible.

Opinion: Some scientists do more harm to society than good

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor February 16, 2023

Take a look around you. Often, you might see someone hooked to something that they are addicted to, whether that be social media, drugs, or even food. A big reason for that addiction is not even their...

NASAs Artemis missions are designed to get NASA onto the moon, an accomplishment they achieved 50 years ago.

Opinion: NASA has become complacent

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor January 25, 2023

Fifty years ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed a man on the moon. In 2023, they are trying to replicate their earlier success by doing the same thing.  While NASA...

According to Dr. Kemi Oguntala, the ability to thrive in an online environment depends entirely on the individual.

Online learning: a thing of the future or the past?

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor December 7, 2022

Zoom. Canvas. Google Classroom. These apps are synonymous with the days  where everyone had to learn through a computer. While some want to leave these memories in the past, others have found ways to...

The job of a criminalist is not as glorified as modern media has portrayed it, but  is just as important for solving crimes.

The science behind the law

Evan Leong and Erik Cheng December 1, 2022

Modern dramas such as the NCIS franchise, One Chicago, and Hawaii Five-O glorify the police department and tell thrilling stories about catching criminals. However, behind the high-octane chase scenes...

Unveiling the jigsaw puzzle

Evan Leong and Erik Cheng December 1, 2022

Forensic scientists, or criminalists, are scientists that apply their expertise and knowledge to law enforcement. According to the United States Justice Department, the role of a forensic scientist...

Cold cases: how forensic science was used to catch notorious criminals in the past

Evan Leong and Erik Cheng December 1, 2022

There have been cases where a criminal can evade the authorities for many years. As they adapt, they become increasingly notorious in the public's view for their tactics that stun forensic scientists.  “Criminals...

‘It’s simple science’

Evan Leong and Erik Cheng December 1, 2022

Forensic science covers the use of a variety of scientific methods or disciplines to assist law enforcement in solving crimes.  However, this only scratches the industry's surface, as the amount of...

Elon Musk discusses his ambition on Twitter, and these ambitions have led to many being concerned about the direction free speech will take.

Elon Musk’s ambition to change Twitter sparks discussions over free speech

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor November 7, 2022

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk purchased Twitter and became the new owner of the platform.  On Oct. 27, Musk paid $44 billion for Twitter and $54.20 for each share. Because of this, Twitter is now...

Many Russians are against the idea of fighting for Putin, and are trying to seek refuge in other countries. More and more citizens of Russia are realizing that they must die simply because one person does not want to end the war,” Zelenskyy said.

Putin’s conscription policies prompt Russians to seek refuge

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor October 21, 2022

President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would mobilize 300,000 Russian citizens to reinforce the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.  Fearing conscription, many Russian men fled the country...

Many Californian citizens who consume advertisements about Proposition 27 are left confused and misinformed.

Betting companies and tribes ‘gamble’ over Proposition 27 advertisements

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor October 2, 2022

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, Proposition 27 (Prop 27) will allow Californian tribes and sports betting companies to offer online sports wagering in California. However,...

Joe Biden announced a plan to relieve current student debt, but many believe the plan doesnt fully address expensive college tuitions.

Biden’s student loan relief plan sparks discussions on college expenses

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor September 7, 2022

President Joe Biden announced a plan to eliminate up to $20,000 in student loan debt for middle-income families.  According to, individuals making less than $125,000 and couples making...

Russell Westbrook, who was acquired by the Lakers, led fans to call the Lakers a superteam. Unfortunately, Westbrook underperformed and the Lakers missed the playoffs.

Opinion: The era of NBA superteams is over

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor May 18, 2022

According to Basketball-Reference, the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers had the highest odds of winning the 2022 National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. In the end, the Los Angeles...

Artificial intelligence has the potential to solve many complex problems and overall make life easier. Because of this, artificial intelligences potential should be welcomed with open arms.

Opinion: Artificial intelligence should be embraced

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor April 20, 2022

John McCarthy, who coined the term artificial intelligence (AI) in 1955, defined AI as “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.” As these intelligent machines develop, people should...

Humans have many facts stored their in memory, but some of those memories are prone to being forgotten.

The Forgetting Curve

Evan Leong and Lucas Rudan April 19, 2022

Many people experience a familiar phenomenon during their time in school: they start to forget what they learned the moment they learn it. The process of forgetting facts is swift, unforgiving, and difficult...

In todays society, people prioritize work and fun over sleep; they become exhausted and less productive as a result.

Opinion: Society deprives themselves of the power of sleep

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor March 24, 2022

According to the University of Chicago Medical Center, studies have shown that adults today are getting an average of only 6.1 hours of sleep each night. By contrast, adults in 1900 reached nine hours...

Steve Jobs presents the iPhone 4: a massive advance in terms of iPhone design. Not much has changed since Jobs passed away.

Opinion: Apple is not innovating enough

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor February 17, 2022

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once declared his company's slogan as “Think Different.” However, that motto seems to have washed away in the last decade.  Fast Company, an online publication that...

Many countries have already implemented some sort of financial incentive to reduce carbon emissions, but the United States as a whole is not one of them.

Opinion: The United States should implement the carbon tax

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor January 27, 2022

For the foreseeable future, climate change will be the end of humankind and life on Earth. People can already see the many devastating effects of climate change. Melting glaciers, drought, and rising...

Students can not only donate food, but also gift cards this year. All the proceeds go to Carlmont families.

ASB’s food drive encourages donations from students

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor November 25, 2021

ASB's food drive competition is a great way to get involved in Carlmont's charity opportunities. The competition is from Nov. 15 through Nov. 19, with each second-period class competing against each...

Ethnic studies students focus and take notes on a video about the importance of ethnic studies. “[It’s] not a lot of homework. We do a lot of homework in class,” Yam said.

Carlmont eases freshmen into Ethnic Studies workload

Evan Leong, Scot Scoop Editor October 23, 2021

Carlmont has implemented an ethnic studies course this year for freshmen, and with a new class comes an entirely new set of homework and classwork assignments. According to Instructional Vice-Principal...

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