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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

Hanna Kryhina

Hanna Kryhina, Staff Writer

Hanna Kryhina is a senior in Carlmont journalism. She is on the Scot Scoop social media team and is a staff writer for the Highlander. Hanna is also a columnist for All That's Lit to Print, a student-run literary arts magazine. As Thespian Society co-president, she leads Carlmont's award-winning advanced drama class. To see Hanna's portfolio, click here

Twitter: @hkryhina 

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A student leans on their wrist as they start to fall asleep in class.

Poll: How tired are you?

September 20, 2021

Quiz: Which back-to-school student are you?

Quiz: Which back-to-school student are you?

August 31, 2021

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Masks with an exhalation valve or vent release viral droplets if the wearer is infected, putting others at risk.

Do masks with valves help reduce the spread of COVID-19?

December 1, 2020

Belief: Masks with valves are effective in helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. Reality: Because masks with valves release unfiltered air, which may contain viral droplets, they are not effective...

On Sept. 10, the sepia tint caused by the active California wild fires reflects off of the water beside Oracle headquarters.

Water

November 12, 2020

Water.  It covers nearly three-fourths of the entire planet and is vital to all life on Earth.  Although it may seem too vast and uncontrollable to be impacted, it is not in actuality an indestructible...

The Santa Rosa Glass Fire burned over 1,517 buildings and was active for 23 days. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Earth

November 11, 2020

As we delve deeper into a state of climate disaster, the best way to see the ramifications is simple - just look around. Our Earth is struggling, and it’s evident in everything from the...

According to the CDC, cloth masks are most protective when they are two or more layers, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of the face.

Do cloth masks protect against COVID-19?

November 4, 2020

Belief: Cloth masks are ineffective at protecting from COVID-19.  Reality: Some factors make cloth masks less effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19, but they are still helpful. A study...

Q: Will we be able to celebrate Halloween?

October 19, 2020

A: Yes! While Halloween will look different this year, the San Mateo County Department of Public Health has outlined safety guidelines and ideas for how to celebrate. Trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged...

Q: What should I do with my face covering after returning home?

October 19, 2020

A: When you return home, you should remove your face covering carefully. Untie the strings or stretch the ear loops and remove the mask, handling only the ear loops or ties. Wash your hands before...

According to the CDC, being outdoors lowers your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Still, it is necessary to take other precautions, such as wearing a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

Can COVID-19 spread outdoors?

October 13, 2020

Belief: I cannot get exposed to COVID-19 outdoors. Reality: Being outdoors can reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19, but it is essential to avoid crowded spaces and take other precautions. Wearing...

Members of an agreed-upon social bubble do not need to social distance or wear masks if they are meeting outdoors.

Does meeting in small groups reduce the spread of COVID-19?

October 10, 2020

Belief: I will not become infected with COVID-19 if I meet with people in small groups. Reality: While meeting with small groups of people can help reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is crucial to limit...

The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings. In situations where one cannot wear a mask, it suggests keeping a social distance of at least 6 feet from others.

Does wearing a mask lower your oxygen levels?

September 26, 2020

Belief: Wearing a mask lowers your oxygen levels. Reality: Wearing a surgical mask or cloth face-covering does not lower your oxygen levels.  Dr. Megan Hall, a pediatrician in South Carolina, and...

The Olympic pool at SMAC is available for those who make an appointment ahead of time. According to the SMAC website, members using the pool may experience higher chlorine levels in alignment with U.S. swimming recommendations.

SMAC is back: San Mateo Athletic Center opens outdoor fitness space

September 11, 2020

In an effort to adjust to the new normal, San Mateo Athletic Center (SMAC) had the solution of creating an outdoor fitness center to allow members to continue their workouts while staying safe, after being...

Melina Dimick holds up a Carlmont Class of 2020 yard sign and cheers as her family drives through the quad.

Carlmont’s Class of 2020 graduates virtually

June 10, 2020

Students submitted their final projects and exams online, and the 2019-2020 school year came to a close.  Twelfth-graders put on their caps and gowns and joined their family to tune in to their virtual...

Mia Yoch and Madsen LePelley are featured with artistic renderings of their parents.

At an intersection of cultures

May 8, 2020

It’s common knowledge that some Americans doubt the benefits of the country’s growing diversity. Although Pew Research Center discovered that most people see a positive impact, that doesn’t shield...

I find that FaceTiming a friend while catching up and painting is a great creative outlet while stuck at home.

Try Something New: How art has benefited my life

May 7, 2020

A head made of clay. Dozens of landscapes and portraits. A collage made from construction paper cutouts. These were just a few of the art projects my classmates and I created while enrolled...

Recently I made a meatless lasagna without a recipe. To my surprise, it was successful.

[Photo] Try Something New: Cooking is good for the soul

April 23, 2020

Recently I made a meatless lasagna without a recipe. To my surprise, it was successful.

How COVID-19 affects upcoming 2020 Presidential Elections

How COVID-19 affects upcoming 2020 Presidential Elections

April 19, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of people worldwide. The pandemic's effects have extended to many aspects of life and changing the way everything is done. As federal, state, and local governments enact...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigans stay-at-home order through April 30. The extension prompted a protest by frustrated residents of Michigan.

Michigan’s stay-at-home order provokes protest

April 18, 2020

Frustrated, residents of Michigan protested against the extension of the state's stay-at-home order. The Michigan Conservative Coalition (MCC) and Michigan Freedom Fund organized a protest that attracted...

My friend and I say goodbye at the end of a FaceTime call.

Try Something New: De-stressing is a journey

April 11, 2020

COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for many, and I’m no exception.  Even before the virus spread and disrupted our regular lives, the beginning of the spring semester brought high...

Libraries, amongst other public areas, are closed due to COVID-19, leaving its workers with compromised or nonexistent hours for an indefinite period.

[Photo] Low-wage earners suffer the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic

April 10, 2020

Libraries, amongst other public areas, are closed due to COVID-19, leaving its workers with compromised or nonexistent hours for an indefinite period.

Libraries, amongst other public areas, are closed due to COVID-19, leaving their staff on compromised or nonexistent hours for an indefinite period.

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April 10, 2020

Libraries, amongst other public areas, are closed due to COVID-19, leaving their staff on compromised or nonexistent hours for an indefinite period.

Libraries, like many other businesses, are closed in an effort to stop the virus spreading. This leaves their workers without a job for an indefinite period.

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April 10, 2020

Libraries, like many other businesses, are closed in an effort to stop the virus spreading. This leaves their workers without a job for an indefinite period.

Roll call of the states during the third day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

Democratic convention postponed until August

April 3, 2020

Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have influenced the scheduling of the Democratic National Convention. The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the formal governing body for the U.S. Democratic...

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase worldwide, Whole Foods Market restricts the quantity of certain products that customers can purchase.

US surpasses other nations in COVID-19 cases

March 27, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpass the number of cases in other nations.  Just over 83,500 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., which include over 1,000 deaths, according...

The ice resurfacer machine prepares the rink of Nazareth Ice Oasis for their next skating session.

Try Something New: Ice skating is not as scary as it seems

March 26, 2020

Someone might ask you: What are your hobbies?  It seems like such an innocent question. But take a minute, really think about it, do you have any hobbies? Taking a look at my life, I would say that...

Having a schedule, planner, and the necessary class materials will ensure that students are successful with distance learning.

Keep calm and check Canvas

March 18, 2020

Students are facing a time of uncertainty. With the loss of in-person classes, students worry about not seeing their teachers and not being able to succeed in online learning.  But, according to the...

Gavin Newsom speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, California.

California governor advises against large gatherings

March 12, 2020

The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has recommended that event coordinators cancel large gatherings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Under a new policy, the California Department of Public Health...

ASB seniors met to brainstorm ideas for their senior class t-shirt designs. “I feel passionate about exploring the design, because I love art and fashion and it’s a good way to combine that.” said Isabella Mattioli, a senior in ASB.

T-shirt designs kick up a storm of senior activities

February 28, 2020

As the second semester progresses, some students have another year, two, or three to enjoy the high school experience. Seniors have 14 weeks.  It’s a tradition that Carlmont’s Associated Student...

Members of ASB pour lemonade, orange juice, and fruit punch for students participating in waste-free week. Originally, we only bought a little bit of juice and after seeing how much participation we had on Wednesday, I went out and bought more juice, said Melina Dimick, a senior in ASB.

ASB’s waste-free week

January 29, 2020

Members of ASB pour lemonade, orange juice, and fruit punch for students participating in waste-free week. Originally, we only bought a little bit of juice and after seeing how much participation we had on Wednesday, I went out and bought more juice, said Melina Dimick, a senior in ASB.

ASB’s waste-free week reduces excess disposables

January 24, 2020

Free hot chocolate. Free juice. Free popcorn.  That’s right. Free. If you bring a reusable container. During waste-free week, the Spirit commission of Carlmont’s Associated Student Body (ASB)...

The mocha tesora is a signature Philz drink with medium-blend coffee and chocolate and caramel flavors. It can be optionally garnished with a sprig of mint.

Philz Coffee serves up sustainability but lacks holiday spirit

December 13, 2019

Light jazz music plays, and an ever-changing rhythm beats in the background.  But the sounds aren’t from a band concert; the music comes from a speaker in the corner, the beat from the fast-typing...

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December 13, 2019

Guest judge Sylvia Weinstock, center, poses with Alexander Nichols and Dr. Brendon Stiles at the Lung Cancer Research Foundation’s 13th annual awareness luncheon.

‘¡Nailed It! México’ takes the cake for comedic baking fails

November 15, 2019

Pastry chefs anticipate the start of the bake-off, listening closely for the countdown.  But they’re not professionals. They’re just regular people who love to bake -- and they aren’t exactly...

A specials menu and seasonal flowers decorate the checkout counter at  Cup of Blooms.

Cup of Blooms offers more than its competitors

October 4, 2019

Boba shops like Teaspoon, Gong Cha, and BAMBU pack the streets of downtown San Mateo. But tucked away, outside of the main area, Cup of Blooms adorns the quiet street. Eleven months after its opening,...

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