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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 Conley

Jessica Conley, Staff Writer

Jessica Conley is a senior at Carlmont High School and enjoys creating cartoons and writing for Scot Scoop. She loves playing water polo and skiing. In addition to sports, she is actively involved in the community, participating in Belmont's Youth Advisory Committee and as Senior Patrol Leader of BSA Troop 301. To check out her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @jessicaconley_

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When students sign up for activities they have no genuine interest in, solely because they look good, it is only unproductive for colleges or themselves.

Opinion: Don’t do extracurriculars solely for college applications

September 17, 2021

“It’ll look good on your college applications.”  Ask any high school student; they can attest to the constant barraging. While the phrase itself isn’t necessarily harmful, the...

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...

Biden-Harris supporters gather around the Capitol in support for the president and vice president.

The Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

January 26, 2021

Throughout history, the U.S. has witnessed 58 inaugurations in times of celebration and ruckus. In April 1789, two months after starting his first term, George Washington took the oath of office on...

A right-wing protestor holds a flag that combines a Gadsden flag from the American Revolution with a Confederate flag from the Civil War. Though the two symbols, historically, contradict each other, they are now frequently seen together. He talks to another man holding an American Flag with President Trump’s face plastered over it.

Opinion: Political extremes hijack national symbols

January 8, 2021

Once representative of freedom and unity, the American flag has become a symbol of the political right in recent years. This association with the right has left many feeling unsure if the flag always flies...

Rioting protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol while members of Congress were counting electoral votes.

Breaking News: Rioters storm US Capitol Building

January 6, 2021

Supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol shortly after he held a rally in front of the White House, according to multiple sources. "We will never give up, we will never concede....

While Donald Trump is still arguing about the integrity of this election, it seems like the clear winner in Joe Biden.

US reacts to Biden being named presidential-elect

November 19, 2020

On Nov. 7, crowds erupted upon hearing the news that Joe Biden had captured the presidency. Dancing filled the streets. People on both sides shed tears. Historic gains were made. Many notable news sources...

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...

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...

US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden start exchanging during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020.

A voter’s guide to the 2020 election

November 3, 2020

Many of the sentiments expressed in the Republican National Convention stand in stark contrast to past political conventions and elections. With a highly divided, bipartisan, political atmosphere, this...

Hyper-partisanship is on the rise, further separating the citizens of the U.S., most of which are Democratic or Republican.

[Photo] Editorial: The presidential debate heightened extreme partisanship

October 15, 2020

Hyper-partisanship is on the rise, further separating the citizens of the U.S., most of which are Democratic or Republican.

Election season continues with the vice presidential debate.

A showdown in Salt Lake City: a full review of the vice presidential debate

October 11, 2020

Following the Cleveland presidential debate, the vice presidential candidates got a chance to take the stand on Wednesday night. Democratic nominee Joe Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, and President...

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Michael Pence are expected to participate in a highly anticipated debate Oct. 7, 2020

An overview of the Vice Presidential nominees

October 6, 2020

While the presidential nominees have spent the past months building their reputations, their running mates have been right alongside them. With Trump being the oldest president and Biden being three...

Dangers of smoke

October 6, 2020

With the wildfires raging in California, an increased amount of smoke and other pollutants have infiltrated the air. This has caused the air to become more toxic, resulting in a host of respiratory problems...


October 6, 2020

Numerous unfortunate events have occured in 2020 thus far, one of them being the burning down of over 3.6 million acres in the U.S. People from all over the West Coast have had to evacuate their homes,...

President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Chaos in Cleveland: Biden and Trump quarrel in the presidential debate

October 1, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday in their first of three presidential debates ahead of the 2020 election. Moderated by Fox News'...

President Donald Trump has been subject to controversy throughout his political career.

A recap of the Trump administration

September 25, 2020

Warning: Story includes vulgarity.  President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Trump was the first president to have no prior political experience, as most had held elected offices...

The State Senate and Assembly convene at the California State Capitol in Sacramento to work on legislation. 

State offices are up for election

September 10, 2020

California's citizens are tasked with making big choices regarding their government come November. Not only will the state be voting in the presidential election, but voters will also elect all of California’s...

Hollywood doesnt correctly show reality, which can alter perspectives and be misleading.

The truth behind the lights and cameras

April 21, 2020

Oftentimes, what is depicted in Hollywood doesn't accurately reflect reality. However, people sometimes base their career aspirations on what they see in the movies, as they tend to believe that the...

Although Lake Tahoe has been a popular tourist attraction, people are now flocking to the vacation communities to escape the dense urban population, causing anxiety among permanent residents.

Vacation communities are anxious amidst pandemic

April 18, 2020

A short ferry ride away from Rhode Island lies an island home to 1,051 residents, with an average age of 50 years old. Its isolation has lead to limited resources for residents in times of crisis. On April...

Suddenly, everyones a baker!


April 17, 2020

Suddenly, everyone's a baker!


April 17, 2020

What did your ski week look like?

Cartoon: Skiing Scots

February 26, 2020

Apple should consider setting their sights on spice.

[Photo] Cartoon: Apple and Spice

January 13, 2020

Apple should consider setting their sights on spice.

Little Donny may be quite the troublemaker, but hes never been sent home.

Cartoon: Impeachment

December 19, 2019

Jackson Young, a senior, works on his physics homework during lunch.


October 22, 2019

Jackson Young, a senior, works on his physics homework during lunch.

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