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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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Isabelle Nunes

Isabelle Nunes, Highlander Editor-in-Chief

Isabelle Nunes is a senior at Carlmont High School and the Editor-in-Chief of the Highlander. Outside of school, she interns with the San Mateo Daily journal and is an editorial manager for Redefy. With her passion of design, leadership, addressing social issues through local perspectives, she is excited to pursue a career in marketing and journalism in the near future! To view her full portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @iznunes

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Bay Area Bites Ep. 3: Spoon & Fork

December 17, 2021

Welcome to the third and final episode of Bay Area Bites! Along with my good friend Meg, I have explored restaurants across the Bay to test out their food. In this episode, we review a local Thai restaurant...

Bay Area Bites Ep. 2: Mangos a Go Go

November 22, 2021

Welcome to the second episode of Bay Area Bites! Today, my partner-in-crime and I take a look into Mangos a Go Go, which is located only a few minutes away from Carlmont. The family-owned business highlights...

Bay Area Bites Ep. 1: Drakes family restaurant

October 31, 2021

Welcome to Bay Area Bites: a video series where I explore local restaurants, gain an insight into their business, and review their food myself. In this first episode, we'll explore family owned restaurant...

Eating disorders can impact people from all age ranges to all genders, with body dysmorphia being one of the many common side effects.

Opinion: Stop the stereotypes about eating disorders

October 20, 2021

"Just eat." "You don't look like you have an eating disorder." "You're not sick enough." At least 9% of the global population suffers from an eating disorder and millions of people endure these...

LGBTQ+ expression thrives in Ecstatic Dance 4 Queers

October 12, 2021

Ecstatic Dance 4 Queers is a bi-monthly community dance event accepting people from all walks of life. Their goal is clear: to engage LGBTQ+ youth in artistic and spiritual expression, from dance to creating...

Scouts point to their hike above while connecting with nature during a camping trip.

Trailblazers: redefining Boy Scouts

September 29, 2021

For over 100 years, thousands of young women watched as their brothers, cousins, and classmates joined Boy Scouts. They heard about troop outings jam-packed with adventurous hikes and team bonding. For...

The Zoetic Tapestry Project: an outlet for local artists

The Zoetic Tapestry Project: an outlet for local artists

September 19, 2021

The Zoetic Tapestry Project, a community art event in San Mateo, has recently opened back up after a long period of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its most recent exhibit, local artists take...

Students line up by a COVID-19 health sign to enter the office.

Breaking news: Carlmont student tests positive for COVID-19

August 17, 2021

Just as in-person learning renewed for the year and school seemed to return to normalcy, the administration informed the Carlmont community of the first COVID-19 case known on campus. Despite following...

Eating disorders can impact people from all age ranges to all genders, with body dysmorphia being one of the many common side effects.


Eating disorders can impact people from all age ranges to all genders, with body dysmorphia being one of the many common side effects.

Plastic is not the only problem regarding ocean destruction. Overfishing is the looming monster that lies beneath it all.

Opinion: Plastic is only part of the problem

April 28, 2021

Picking up plastic on the beach won't help prevent the destruction of our oceans as much as you think it will. Now don't get me wrong, it won't hurt either, but the issue extends beyond merely...

The fight for gender equality is never-ending, so protecting and empowering women regardless of their backgrounds is core to the movement.

Opinion: Intersectionality is key to modern feminism

April 6, 2021

The battle for women's justice is the battle for economic justice, LGBTQ+ justice, and racial justice, all intertwined. While being a feminist may mean something different to everyone, it always has...

Students may use class notes or a multitude of other resources to cheat during distance learning.

The cheating epidemic

March 30, 2021

Failure. Since the start of their education, every student has avoided hearing that word at all costs. Across the world, teenagers have been trained, conditioned, and scared into believing that a single...

Protests are used as a powerful tool to fight for social justice.

Opinion: We must keep fighting for justice in post-election America

January 15, 2021

In an era of massively re-energized politics, the year 2020 transformed America with a surge in civic engagement and youth activism. Now, as we enter a new year with a different administration, this transformation...

Dancer Lora Simakova performs at the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships.

Beyond the glamour

December 22, 2020

Hundreds of dresses sparkle with hand-placed Swarovski crystals as dancers step into the performance area. As competitors warm-up, practice routines, and touch up their makeup, they prepare for their shining...

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


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...

 Implicit bias has a profound impact on the ways humans judge each other, often causing negative affiliations with certain groups of people and positive affiliations with others.

Beneath the surface

November 11, 2020

On their way to school, a student steps into their building’s elevator to find a woman clutching her purse as she sees them. After arriving on the ground floor, the woman rushes to the exit. The student...

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.


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...

Manufacturing companies are shifting focus to produce supplies and aid front line workers for COVID-19.

Companies strive to help victims of COVID-19

May 4, 2020

As people struggle to adjust with the confinements of quarantine, hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed and undersupplied, while small businesses scrambled to keep afloat. Ultimately, COVID-19 has created...

Water is distributed in the rural areas of southern Ethiopia during a period of severe drought.

The worldwide water crisis persists despite COVID-19

April 13, 2020

As the world shuts down due to COVID-19, the long-term water crisis continues to disrupt billions of human lives as nations fall victim to droughts. According to recent data from the World Resources...

A person holds up a sign protesting the Electoral College system and the outcome of the 2000 election.

Opinion: Count every vote

April 10, 2020

America.  A place where everyone has a say on key issues and can vote for change. A place where everyone's voice is heard. Or so it seems.  Since its approval in 1787, the Electoral College...

Donald Glover performs as Childish Gambino at a concert in Austin, Texas in 2012.

Donald Glover’s ‘3.15.20’ is a dynamic work-of-art

March 27, 2020

Seventeen times. According to my Spotify history, that’s how many times I’ve listened to the entirety of Donald Glover’s latest album “3.15.20” since its release on March 22. Keep in mind...

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed to 2021 until further notice.

Tokyo Olympics delayed due to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads world-wide, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will officially no longer be held in 2020. After resistance by multiple nations and athletes alike, Tokyo and the International Olympics...

Stock Market Crash: the change of Americas economy

Stock Market Crash: the change of America’s economy

March 14, 2020

The stock market is an integral part of America's economy. Yet, there are moments in time when just one day can make a world of a difference. The stock market crash on March 9, 2020, has become an important...

A voter registration and absentee ballot lies on a table in the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

The 2020 Democratic Primaries: Super Tuesday

March 2, 2020
All you need to know to prepare for the Democratic primaries and 2020 presidential elections
Art is put on display in the garden just outside the entrance to the Zoetic Tapestry Project art show.

Zoetic Tapestry Project weaves art into the community

February 26, 2020

To extend art beyond the limits of material beauty, the Zoetic Tapestry Project (ZTP) partnered with the San Mateo Arboretum Society to produce an art show that features local talent. The ZTP displays...

John Preston (center) hikes with a group of local firefighters a week in to his journey.

Saving lives 22 miles at a time

January 30, 2020

It's 6 a.m. John Preston wakes up, slips hiking shoes onto his blistering feet, and carries his aching body to the starting point of the day.  Then, with the sun just barely peeking up into the sky,...

A foster care student struggles in rising above personal and educational barriers to find academic success.

Overcoming obstacles in foster care

January 13, 2020

Every morning at 7 a.m., Ariana Diller* begins her two-hour journey to school. However, it’s not the anticipation of a test or build-up of homework that occupies her mind on the way there.  It’s...

The art installation stands in the darkness as the red lights shine upon it.

Finding beauty in the ashes

November 20, 2019

Spurred on by the recent fires that devastated many California communities, local residents banded together to install an art piece in the Redwood City Art Kiosk. Titled “Bonds Unburnt,” the piece...

A booth at the festival serves attendees samples of their vegan food.

World Vegetable Festival attracts environmentally-inclined foodies

October 30, 2019

Rooted in guidance and education for healthy living, the 20th Annual World Vegetable Festival offered a variety of plant-based foods along with a fun and tasty atmosphere. The festival inspired attendees...

A pair of water lanterns light up the lake at the San Jose Water Lantern Festival.

San Jose Water Lantern Festival ignites a sense of community

October 9, 2019

    In a powerful celebration of life, residents designed and released hundreds of lanterns during the San Jose Water Lantern Festival. Crowds of enthusiastic festival-goers gathered...

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