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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

Grace Stiefel

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer

Grace Stiefel (Class of 2026) is a staff writer covering sports for Scot Scoop. She loves playing softball, acting, taking pictures, and playing video games in her free time. Some of her other interests include watching sports and (rarely) drawing. During weekends, she can be found playing tournaments with her team in various parts of California.

 

 

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A harmony of clanging drums and ear-shattering chants consumed the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv during the final weekend of March. The sea of screaming protesters raising blue and white banners gathered for two reasons — one was to call for the removal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The other was to demand immediate action towards the retrieval of hostages held captive in Gaza. On Oct. 7, 2023, Hamas captured about 250 people. One hundred thirty of those captives are believed to still be in Gaza. Thirty-three of those remaining captives are presumed deceased. Many protesters carried pictures of these hostages, calling for more action towards releasing the prisoners. Returning Gaza’s hostages to their families should be Israel’s primary focus as opposed to military or technological objectives.

Cartoon: Bring them home

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer April 3, 2024

Though physical activity is beneficial for many health-related reasons, many forget the importance of exercise when it comes to sleep. Completing just 30 minutes of physical activity throughout the day improves the quality and duration of sleep in adults. This is because exercise reduces sleep onset, which is the amount of time it takes for a person to fall asleep. It also helps combat sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. People can improve their sleep habits and quality of life by engaging in daily physical activity.

Cartoon: Work hard, sleep hard

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer March 29, 2024

R&B vocalist Beyoncé is charging headfirst into a new style of music — country. Her latest single “Texas Hold ‘Em” quickly topped the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, making her the first Black woman to do so. However, her recent genre switch isn’t out of nowhere. In 2016, she performed a country-inspired song at the CMA Awards and received racist backlash. Despite this, she worked to prove herself and dive into a new genre. Beyoncé’s new album is expected to debut on March 29, 2024.

Cartoon: Stomping the competition

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer March 21, 2024

The cost of cereal in the U.S. has increased by about 28% since January 2020, yet Kellogg’s CEO Gary Pilnick suggests that financially struggling families consider cereal at the dinner table. After several similar remarks, Pilnick and the company were met with substantial backlash from the public. Many deemed the statements insensitive and tone-deaf for not considering inflation and the lack of nutrition in cereal. Corn Flakes, one of Kellogg’s most popular cereals, contains 24g of carbohydrates, 47mg of potassium, 1.4mg of calcium, and 100 calories in one cup (28g.) Though cereal makes a decent breakfast, it is not nearly nutritious enough to substitute real dinner foods.

Cartoon: Let them eat flakes

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer March 2, 2024

 

Often, when an adolescent experiences parental separation, they feel as though their world has broken apart. They may feel its their responsibility to piece their family back together or that the divorce was caused by them.

Spotlighting the shadows of parental separation

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer February 29, 2024

Something is missing. Class begins, and the teacher asks a boy where his homework is. His mind cycles through a million words, yet it’s completely blank. He feels the eyes of his classmates burning...

The migratory monarch butterfly, possibly the most recognized butterfly species, was at an all-time low in terms of population during winter and will likely see an increasingly constant decline in the summer. Rising global temperatures are a prevalent cause. So is urban development and deforestation. These factors result in the destruction of natural habitats as well as milkweed plants, a resource necessary for survival and reproduction in monarch butterflies. Though migratory monarch butterflies face the threat of endangerment and possibly extinction, many organizations are taking action to preserve natural habitats.

Cartoon: Flight to extinction

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

Following several statements delivered by former president Donald Trump in 2019 regarding her sexual assault claims, author E. Jean Carroll received plenty of backlash from the media. In a recent trial about Trump’s civil defamation, the journalist said she was sent threatening messages and feared for her life. The messages began to appear after Trump claimed to not even know Carroll, and that she was using his name to grow in popularity. Trials will resume this week to determine charges.

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Following several statements delivered by former president Donald Trump in 2019 regarding her sexual assault claims, author E. Jean Carroll received plenty of backlash from the media. In a recent trial...

Sophomore Izzy Romero tightly clutches the ball while defenders try to grab it out of her hands. Romero had just received a pass while on offense and was trying to keep the ball in her possession. As a team, I think we could have played better, Romero said.

Scots pounce on Panthers in blowout

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer December 8, 2023

Carlmont’s JV girls basketball team dominated Burlingame, completing the match with more than double their opponent’s score.  The game had a quiet start, ending the first period with Carlmont leading...

The Scots stand in a huddle before the game begins. We’re a very closely bonded team, said outside hitter Amber Lee.

Scots victorious over Knights in blowout

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer October 20, 2023

The Carlmont girls freshmen volleyball team defeated Hillsdale in two straight sets to maintain the No. 1 ranking on Tuesday, Oct. 17.  With the fall season coming to a close, pressure is rising for...

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