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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

Jessica Adair

Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

Jessica Adair is a senior at Carlmont and enjoys watching reality TV. She is a staff writer for the Highlander and a columnist for Scot Scoop. Her articles for the Highlander are usually features about things like the drought and favoritism, and her columns are personal experiences like teenage ignorance and road rage.


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AP testing is a nightmare, but it can be made easier with a little preparation and a little fun.


AP testing is a nightmare, but it can be made easier with a little preparation and a little fun.

Freedom to eat whatever you want comes with great responsibility.

Welcome to adulthood, proceed with caution

April 24, 2015

This past week I had my first overnight visit at a college and it was a shock to my system. Everyone always talks about what they think college is going to be like: staying up late, going to parties, having...

Journalism is about raising a conversation, and if its controversial, so be it.

What journalism is really about

April 3, 2015

Since I've joined journalism I've always been asked the same question, "Why do journalists always try to be so controversial?" My answer, plain and simple, is, "We don't. It just happens." "If journalism...

Hearing other people rejoice over their acceptances is terrifying when youve just gotten rejected.

Keep your colleges to yourself

March 25, 2015

I have never been a big fan of awkward situations. I don't try to make small talk with people I don't know, I never send food back at restaurants, and I always text people instead of calling. If there...

No matter how hard it is, it is always better to be kind to one another.

Why can’t we all just get along?

March 7, 2015

I remember the very first lesson I learned in kindergarten. It's a very simple concept to grasp, but it's also probably the most essential: be kind to one another. Yet, even though we are all almost...

The word no is a hard pill to swallow.

Rejection is a part of life

February 21, 2015

Today I got my first college rejection letter. Everything was going great; I had heard back from six schools and hadn't gotten rejected anywhere. But then I opened the email and read the five words...

You are never alone in the struggle against the airport.

Why airports are evil

February 16, 2015

I have a beef with the airport. It's been going on for about five years now, and, in fact, if someone were to ask me what my least favorite place in the world is, my answer without hesitation would...

Never feel guilty about the things that make you happy.

Don’t judge my guilty pleasures

February 6, 2015

"What's my guilty pleasure? The thing is, I never feel guilty about pleasures," said Tom Hiddleston. Everyone is secretly obsessed with something they are too ashamed to admit. For some people it might...

Where will you be on June 5?

Don’t let senioritis ruin you

January 10, 2015

You know that you're a second-semester senior when you've already given up on the third day back to school. Yes, my name is Jessica Adair and I have senioritis. According to the National Association...

Whether in social media, print, or protest, your voice matters.

Don’t take away our voice

December 5, 2014

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press," reads the First Amendment. Five St....

58 percent of teens have sent a text during class.

Put the phone down and join reality

November 13, 2014

News flash: if you don't look at your phone for five minutes, the world isn't going to erupt into flames and the sky isn't going to fall. Everyday I am bombarded with people who are constantly glued to...

42 percent of 18-year-olds do not know how to iron a shirt.

Teenagers: It’s time to act your age

November 2, 2014

Say goodbye to the days when your teachers held your hand and gave you a homework pass when you had a rough night, because it's time to grow up. For many of us, this will be our last year in high school,...

Do students procrastinate because of too much homework?

Procrastination is not your friend

October 20, 2014

Procrastination is the silent-but-deadly monster that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. At first you're just watching some harmless TV, convincing yourself that it's only 3:00 p.m., and you...

College pamphlets, SAT scores, and AP classes can all be very stressful for a senior.

Senior year: take some time for yourself

October 2, 2014

Senior year is the best year of high school. It's when you get to relax, hang out with your friends, make fun of the freshmen, and fantasize about moving far, far away. Right? Wrong. Senior year is...

Belmont Oaks 2003 Kindergarten Graduation.

Don’t grow up too fast

September 25, 2014

For as long as I can remember, my parents have always said, "Don't grow up too fast." They both cried on my first day of kindergarten, begged me not to wear make up, and wouldn't let me watch any kind...

Reducing stress through small acts of kindness

Reducing stress through small acts of kindness

September 1, 2014

The life of a high school student is a stressful one. With countless amounts of homework and tests, extracurricular activities, and college applications, there is hardly ever time to take a break. According...

Absent students: why are they even in class?

Absent students: why are they even in class?

May 18, 2014

The definition of an absent student is often inaccurate. Many define an absent student as a student who doesn't show up for class, but personally, I believe an absent student is a student who is there...

Our nations heroes: would they be proud?

Our nation’s heroes: would they be proud?

May 4, 2014

Over spring break, my family and I went to Washington D.C. We, of course, visited every monument in the general vicinity and as I stood on the steps where Martin Luther King recited his "I Have a Dream"...

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

Gay is not a substitute for stupid

April 9, 2014

The word 'gay' has many definitions; it can mean lighthearted, brightly colored, or homosexual. However, nowadays, 'gay' has taken on a different meaning. People, mainly teenagers, now use it to describe...

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

Do we live in a bubble of ignorance?

March 29, 2014

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that a significant number of teenagers are completely uninformed about the world around them. It seems to me that not only are they uneducated, they also have...

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Copying is not the greatest form of flattery

March 16, 2014

Out of all the annoying people in the world, such as drivers who drive slow in the fast lane, students who take Advance Placement classes but aren't actually smart, and people who chew with their mouth...

Road rage: its not worth it

Road rage: it’s not worth it

March 1, 2014

Yesterday, I honked at somebody for the first time, and it came back to bite me shortly after. I was hurrying to work and was stuck behind this car who was literally just rolling down the hill and swerving...

Down with college entrance exams

Down with college entrance exams

February 14, 2014

Colleges take many factors into consideration when admitting students. Unfortunately, admission is very dependent on two ridiculous tests: the SAT and the ACT. I took my first Preliminary SAT (PSAT)...

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The importance of naps in high school

February 1, 2014

When I was in kindergarten, I resented naps. Because I was an energetic child, any amount of time where I had to be still was complete torture. Whenever my teacher said it was time for a nap, I would...

Weekend homework: an academic form of torture

Weekend homework: an academic form of torture

January 17, 2014

Teachers subject their students to forms of torture everyday; some of the most prominent and agonizing forms include group projects, outlines, and presentations. Even though I believe these assignments...

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Felix Guzman: coming to America

December 11, 2013

For  the majority of his life,  Carlmont chemistry teacher Felix Guzman resided in a country 2,820 miles away from his current home. After many years of living in his home country Guatemala, Guzman...

David Talcott with wife, Susie, in Juneau, Ala.

David Talcott and wife expecting a baby in February

November 19, 2013

While most teachers at Carlmont are solely focused on handling hundreds of students per day, physics teacher David Talcott has an additional factor to consider. In February 2014, Taclott and his wife,...

Linda Garvey, right, at her high school graduation in Southern California

Linda Garvey’s family ties shine through in her teaching

November 4, 2013

For most people, a passion is discovered at a relatively young age and turns into what they dedicate their lives to. This could not be more opposite for US History and AP European History teacher, Linda...

Roberta Scott, right of the second to last row, with her senior class in Argentina

Roberta Scott believes in the value of language

October 21, 2013

While most high school seniors are focused on college applications and prom, Roberta Scott, world language teacher, left the Bay Area to continue high school in a foreign country. Although the idea...

Cane conducting a performance

An English teacher with a voice

October 7, 2013

An educator by day and a songstress by night, Sarah Cane is more than just a regular English teacher. When she was just 19 years old, Cane sang with the San Francisco Bay Area Chamber Choir in the Europa...

Cajun Jambalaya

CreoLa is deliciously spicy

May 13, 2013

If a customer were to envision the perfect dish of spiciness and tanginess, it would be on the menu at CreoLa. CreoLa New Orleans Bistro, located at 344 El Camino Real, combines classic deep southern...

The debut: 2013 Spring ‘Inspiration’ dance show

May 2, 2013

Behind every great production, there are hours upon hours of preparation. This is no exception for the Carlmont Dance Program, as they have been hard at work on their spring show since January. The show’s...

Fusilli Alla Calabrese

Delizie is delicious

April 29, 2013

Although surrounded by many Italian and Mediterranean style restaurants, Delizie is the most authentic and delicious Italian restaurant that San Carlos Avenue has to offer. Located at 1107 San Carlos...

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Ceviche Bar and Grill an average experience

April 15, 2013

Ceviche Bar and Grill was a delicious, but an overall average and forgettable experience. Located on El Camino Real, San Carlos, Ceviche has variety that most restaurants don't. Their menu has Mexican...

The Office will not disappoint

The Office will not disappoint

March 22, 2013

My first thought when I entered the Office, was this looks like a stereotypical bar and pub. But after my memorable experience, I knew my initial thoughts were wrong. The Office, located on El Camino,...

San Remos a standard pizza experience

San Remo’s a standard pizza experience

March 11, 2013

San Remo's Ristorante, located on San Carlos Avenue, is a very small pizza restaurant designed to look like an outdoor restaurant in Italy. Despite having other options on their menu, their pizza is...

Spring cleaning

February 27, 2013

Imagine a perfect recipe with all the right ingredients, cooked to perfection. What if you had to change that exact recipe every year? Sometimes the change can be beneficial, other times it can ruin the...

Cuisinett is the true French experience

Cuisinett is the true French experience

February 25, 2013

The first thought to cross my mind when I first entered Cuisinett was: this looks like a real, authentic French restaurant. Cuisinett, located on San Carlos Avenue near Laurel Street, is modeled and...

Applewood Pizza has a little something for everyone

Applewood Pizza has a little something for everyone

February 10, 2013

Applewood Pizza, located across from the Caltrain Station on El Camino Real, is a wonderful sit-down place that caters to all types of people. Although it is called Applewood Pizza, it is very versatile....

Godfathers will make you an offer you cant refuse

Godfather’s will make you an offer you can’t refuse

January 26, 2013

Godfather's Burger Lounge, located on the corner of El Camino and Harbor Boulevard, is a perfect  place to enjoy a juicy hamburger with friends and family. But this is no ordinary burger joint, it is...

Freshmen invade varsity sports

Freshmen invade varsity sports

December 5, 2012

For most sports at Carlmont, it is difficult to make a varsity team even as a senior. But when a freshman is selected to play on varsity, a whole new situation presents itself. For freshmen, being on...

Girls soccer confident about season

December 2, 2012

Despite their 0-1 loss to the Saint Francis High School Lancers, the Carlmont Scots junior varsity girls soccer team is confident that they will not disappoint this year. Even though this was a preseason...

Heartbreak at Homestead

Heartbreak at Homestead

November 12, 2012

This weekend, Carlmont's varsity volleyball team played a very intense first round game of the Central Coast Section playoffs, but unfortunately lost to the number four seed, the Homestead High School...

Varsity volleyball ready for the tough road ahead

Varsity volleyball ready for the tough road ahead

October 27, 2012

With just one week of the regular season left, Carlmont varsity volleyball bites down and gets ready for their most difficult matches of the season- Burlingame, Menlto-Atherton, and the the Central Coast...

Senior Kallan Bedard had 25 kills

Hard work pays off

September 26, 2012

This week, the Carlmont's varisty volleyball team headed to San Mateo High School to play the Bearcats and captured their first away game victory of their 2012 season, bumping their record to 3-0 in league. In...

Terry Stogner Gymnasium was quiet on Sep. 11, 2012

Battle of Belmont postponed

September 12, 2012

The Terry Stogner Gymnasium was quiet this week as there were no games scheduled for the Carlmont varsity volleyball team due to the postponing of the notorious Battle of Belmont. Although this could be...

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