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.

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Joshua Wu

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer

Joshua Wu (Class of 2026) is a sophomore at Carlmont High School. He is covering local news and hopes to improve his skills in covering media and writing. Outside of school, you can find him volunteering for several organizations, playing sports, listening to music, or hanging out with friends.

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Colleges are actively trying to improve and uplift some economic burden on students. Scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid are extremely important and helpful in keeping higher education accessible for all. Without these forms of aid, it is certain that nearly all universities will see a huge loss in attendance by lower-middle-class students, said Alex Kim, a sophomore at Carlmont.

New study reflects the value of a college degree

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer May 22, 2024

A new study conducted by the College Futures Foundation highlights the economic impact and returns for higher education and the need to ensure the continuous improvement of economic aid for students.  The...

Linda Molnar, a co-founder of Project Elevate, teaches a class at Kennedy Middle School about different aspects of finance, such as inflation. Through different engaging activities, students are able to retain information that will be useful in life. “We try to maximize retention with engaging activities and checking for understanding and we also want them to have a positive attitude towards personal finance,” said Ritika Rawat, a co-founder of Project Elevate.

Project Elevate empowers financial literacy among youth

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer May 1, 2024

Project Elevate, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading financial literacy among the youth, has been educating various schools across the Bay Area over the past year.  The co-founders, Ritika...

Students contribute to a cleaner and sustainable school environment by responsibly throwing their trash away. It’s important to have a system of collecting waste because I feel there is a lot of trash and unrecycled waste around Carlmont, said Alex Kim, a sophomore at Carlmont.

Local waste collection expects efficient results

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

The San Mateo City Council has announced plans to increase the monthly cost of waste collection services by $5 starting this year due to mounting operational expenses. The decision comes as a result...

As the course selection process begins, high school students often ask their parents for advice on which classes to take. Parents have been more inclined to offer input or even outright choose classes for their children, said Jonathan Park, a sophomore at Carlmont.

New educational bill encourages parent involvement

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

Schools are now required to notify parents of the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), career technical education (CTE), and dual enrollment courses per bill AB 1796. Over the...

During ethnic studies classes, students often debate and discuss modern yet important subjects. The topics learned in ethnic studies are generally interesting as these historical topics have occurred extremely recently, said Alex Kim, a Carlmont sophomore.

Ethnic studies takes a stride with UCLA’s new funding

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Two former student activists granted the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) $10 million to help fund the UCLA Institution of American Cultures as the ethnic studies course gains greater acceptance. According...

Students can download the BrightLife Kids and Soluna app on their phones and learn more information through their website. These apps will make access to mental health support so much easier and more accessible, said Sara Ho, a sophomore at Carlmont High School.

Mental health apps hope to aid struggling students

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer February 2, 2024

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently launched two new mobile apps offering students free mental health services. Teenagers and young adults can now access free one-on-one...

Students often sit in disbelief after receiving the news regarding a failed test. This comes shortly after they put in an endless number of hours studying.

Studying for success: techniques for effective learning

Joshua Wu and Ishaan Abhyankar January 29, 2024

Imagine someone studying endlessly for hours on the weekend, confining themselves in their room. Yet, the next day, they take that test they had just spent the last few days studying for and fail miserably. You...

The intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas and Chula Vista Drive creates a lot of traffic in the morning, as many people are trying to get into the senior lot. “I also go through Chula Vista when Im trying to get to school because its the most convenient route. I can see why other people will also go through there and why it would be such a big cause for traffic,” said Sara Ho, a sophomore at Carlmont.

Local morning traffic alters student lifestyles

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer December 5, 2023

A routine 10 to 15-minute daily commute suddenly takes 25 to 30 minutes. That is the reality of many residents in San Mateo County and across the country. Many families experience traffic while driving...

Health Plan of San Mateo, located in South San Francisco, is a public health plan that aims at providing benefits for underserviced residents. It is working closely with the County Health in the CHIP development.

Community Health Improvement Plan addresses health determinants in San Mateo County

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer November 7, 2023

San Mateo County Health (SMCH) created the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which addresses the general health and conditions of the community by identifying the community's top priorities. Starting...

This house, listed in Redwood Shores, has risen from $1.4 million in 2013 to $2.7 million in 2023. House prices continue to increase as a result of economic struggles in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County resident survey highlights major needs for the community

Joshua Wu, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

San Mateo County (SMC) conducted a survey in the past two months asking residents about their biggest needs; over 2,600 residents from a diverse set of backgrounds and demographics responded with seven...

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