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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 magical pink and green sky that would illuminate the late-night hours—this was the scene countless eager Americans anticipated on Mother’s Day weekend. However, many were disappointed when they realized they could not experience the once-in-a-lifetime sight. One of the main reasons that many could not see the Aurora Borealis was due to their location. Most cities see skies covered in light pollution, which blocks the lights from being seen. Powerful lights that escape outside are the source of light pollution, causing the sky to brighten by around 10 percent each year. To prevent the blockage of the northern lights, people should turn off lights when not in use and find other ways to limit light usage.

Cartoon: Lights out nights out

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer May 17, 2024

Despite Disney’s initial and long-lasting success in the past decade, the studio struggles to stay afloat after creating a massive splash in the ocean of animation and entertainment. In the last 20 years, Disney released high-grossing films such as Frozen, which made nearly $1.3 billion. However, the company’s performance at the box office seems to worsen with each upcoming film. For example, Disney’s Wish made around $240 million with a production budget of around $200 million. Not only have their recent original films failed, but remakes and sequels in the last few years have suffered greatly. Disney’s 2020 live-action remake of Mulan grossed around $69 million, sparked a significant amount of controversy surrounding the film, and was ultimately a failure. If Disney wants to maintain the same success as it did in the past, the studio must find a way to create successful original films instead of solely relying on the studio’s past achievements.

Cartoon: The Disney decline

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer May 11, 2024

Glass child syndrome is a term used to describe children whose siblings require more attention due to medical needs, physical or mental disabilities, or other situations that require extra care. Glass children often feel neglected by their parents and may feel invisible or see-through due to the lack of attention they receive compared to their sibling. Though it’s challenging to prevent neglect in glass children completely, it’s possible to reduce the severity. Parents setting aside just 15 minutes for each child benefits their relationship and can limit these feelings of invisibility. Taking this small step allows a child to grow up without feeling like their family life revolves around their sibling.

Cartoon: Feeling see-through

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer April 25, 2024

Pregnancy and childbirth are often considered symbolic of new life and new beginnings. However, many undergoing pregnancy face concerns about losing their own life. Most maternal deaths are caused by excessive bleeding and infections after childbirth or can be a result of complications during delivery. Those who experienced severe or mild complications such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes during a past pregnancy are also at high risk. Complications during pregnancy can cause deaths up to 50 years later. Informing oneself about the risks during pregnancy and the possible aftermath is critical to staying safe and preventing death.

Cartoon: Death by life

Grace Stiefel, Staff Writer April 18, 2024

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.


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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