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.

Scot Scoop News

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

Scot Scoop News

Isabella Zarzar

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer

Isabella Zarzar is a sophomore at Carlmont High School and a staff writer for the Scot Scoop. This is her first year in journalism, and she is looking forward to writing for news. In her free time, Isabella enjoys reading, creating art, playing soccer, and spending time with her friends and family.

Twitter: @izarzarnews

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SMCLAEG volunteers train in order to always remain prepared in the case of an emergency or disaster within the community.

SMCLAEG stays prepared for disaster

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer May 30, 2023

Every year, millions of farm animals die due to natural disasters. Floods, extreme temperatures, wildfires, and other events present grave risks to animals, especially those in confinement. However,...

As innovators make new advancements in technology, many are finding ways to apply AI to the sectors of healthcare and medicine.

Unlocking potential: How AI is revolutionizing healthcare

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer May 2, 2023

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving. However, it may now have the potential to change more than ever before. With artificial intelligence (AI) development on the rise, many innovators are exploring...

Many American schools continue to use ineffective tactics to teach students to read, causing them to develop bad reading habits such as relying excessively on context provided by pictures to understand a book.

Opinion: Schools are failing young readers

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer March 20, 2023

Two-thirds of fourth graders in the United States struggle to read, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Nationwide, the average reading score on NAEP fell three points...

PFAS contamination is widespread. Over 200 million Americans could have drinking water polluted by PFAS, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ pollute humans and animals worldwide

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances are everywhere.  They could be in your shampoo bottle, dental floss, sandwich wrapper, and thousands of other everyday products. And they are probably...

Every student may have their own learning preferences and needs. Thus, choosing what type of school to attend can be an important decision for students and families. The issue of school choice encompasses these ideas; school choice is meant to break the gap between students of different socioeconomic backgrounds, though some argue it does the opposite.

Controversy surrounds school choice in America

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

One thousand one hundred thirty hours. That is how much time the average California student spends at school every year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Out of 6,000 hours spent...

At Agbe Health center in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, a mother holds her 1-year-old son who is suffering from malnutrition.

Child malnutrition crisis in Tigray continues

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

Thousands of children are suffering from severe malnutrition and harsh living conditions in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, where an ongoing political conflict has aggravated the crisis. In November...

Whale Safe has deployed several buoys equipped with high-tech artificial intelligence (AI) technology to detect whale populations. The Benioff Ocean Initiative has worked with leading whale scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), The Marine Mammal Center, and many other institutions to develop the project.

AI saves whales from deadly ship strikes

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer January 25, 2023

A beloved San Francisco Bay whale washed ashore dead last August. That whale was Fran, the most popular and photographed humpback in the San Francisco Bay, with 277 recorded sightings since 2005. Fran...

As California and some surrounding areas expect another year of drought, dry conditions and water overuse have led to various impacts. Lake Mead’s critically low storage, for example, has cut Hoover Dam’s hydroelectricity production capacity nearly in half as of June, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.

California braces for a fourth year of drought despite rain

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer December 12, 2022

California expects to head into its fourth year of drought after experiencing near-historic lows in reservoir storage across the state. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently announced...

The University of California, Berkeley does not use affirmative action in college decisions. If affirmative action is struck down, it will model admissions policies for universities nationwide.

Supreme Court determines the fate of affirmative action

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer November 13, 2022

Affirmative action has recently fallen under reevaluation as the United States Supreme Court began to hear a case that will determine the future of the inclusion of race as a factor in college admissions. The...

James McDowell, a substitute at Carlmont, sits at a teacher’s desk in E1. Amid the national teacher and substitute shortage, schools are working to hire more substitutes to fill in for absent teachers.

Schools work to overcome national teacher and substitute shortage

Isabella Zarzar, Staff Writer October 20, 2022

The teacher and substitute shortage has become a national challenge for schools as districts scramble to fill vacant positions while the number of teaching candidates declines. Across the country, school...

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