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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

Karen Gao

Karen Gao, Staff Writer

Karen Gao is a junior journalism student who enjoys writing, drawing, badminton, and swimming. She is lucid dreamer and prefers to read mystery and adventure novels.


Twitter: @reng1rl

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When foreign shows are translated into English, foreign food can be replaced with Western cuisine to appeal to American viewers.

Keep the clash of cultures in foreign media

August 23, 2016

Once foreign media is broadcasted to an English-speaking audience, the video could be translated to and voiced in English -- a different experience than the same video with English subtitles accompanying...

When people are forced into a sensitive or private matter, there must be respect for their reasons of avoiding the topic.

‘None of your business’ is a legitimate reason

May 20, 2016

Asking a seemingly harmless question can be met with the response, "It's none of your business." Many find it rude or offensive to be met with such an answer to a prying inquiry. However, there is...

Though top-selling games usually focus on the advanced graphics, video games are meaningful in other ways.

Games need more than good graphics

May 9, 2016

Nowadays, the fancy graphics and high-budget indicate what will be the highest rated games. That is all there is to video games it seems. However, the point of a video game, as any other entertainment...

A bond between siblings is unique in the complexity and depth it contains.

Sibling bonds last long and stay strong

April 25, 2016

The person who was your first friend and the person who you have the strongest bond with is your sibling. People come and go in life, but family ties are something much stronger than fleeting friendships...

Despite there being other endangered species that need help, pandas seem to hog most of the attention.

Popularity beats out productivity in the animal world

April 1, 2016

Panda bears are defined by their distinct black and white fur, which puts them at the center of attention in the endangered species world. Due to their popularity, they receive the most funding that could...

People often insert themselves into fiction, which allows them to strongly identity with fictional characters.

Fiction impacts people’s reality

March 18, 2016

You stand in front of your enemy, adrenaline powering your every move, ready for the final confrontation, or so you think. You let your eyes drift from the screen back to reality where your homework lies...

Many people use exercise games, such as Wii Sports, as a means of physical activity.

Virtual exercise does not equal real exercise

March 7, 2016

The tennis player's grip firm and resolute, serves the ball to begin the match. However, there is no real court, opponent, or even player. It is simply an average person playing on the Wii, serving a virtual...

With constantly evolving technological advances, digital reading is becoming more appealing to many people.

[Photo] Paper is the better reading medium

February 22, 2016

With constantly evolving technological advances, digital reading is becoming more appealing to many people.

With the ever-growing presence of technology, the term friend has used to describe more superficial relationships.

Today’s value of friendship is shallow

February 4, 2016

Love is giving someone the ability to hurt you, but trusting them not to. Important relationships all require trust to be properly categorized as real and deep bonds.  The term friend has become used...

Like Bleeding Heart flowers, sexual and romantic orientations and attractions branch out in different ways.

Sexuality does not define everything

January 25, 2016

When people think of someone who is attracted to something other than the opposite gender, they assume that they aren't heterosexual. But that term does not truly define all scopes of attraction that a...

During the winter season, many stores set up Christmas decorations and deals to appeal to customers.

The commercial side of Christmas takes over

December 11, 2015

It's the wintertime again, and people are rushing for last minute holiday shopping. However, the rapidly commercializing world seems to be taking over the majority of the Christmas holiday. "A lot of...

Gaming Facts

Gaming Facts

November 17, 2015

Halloween Facts

Halloween Facts

October 21, 2015

Dogs vs. Cats

Dogs vs. Cats

October 14, 2015

The rainbow flag is a symbol for the LGBT+ community and its allies, such as Carlmonts Queer-Straight Alliance.

No more GSA for Carlmont

August 28, 2015

This year, Carlmont's Gay-Straight Alliance is changing its name to Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA), but what does this change represent? The club's main goal is to provide a supporting and nurturing...

Despite bringing back the characters from the original Teen Titans series, many fans were turned off by the crude comedy.

‘Teen Titans Go’ disappoints original fans

May 14, 2015

A new take on the popular 2003 Teen Titans series seems to have an increasingly negative reception as time goes on. "Teen Titans Go" is based off of the critically-acclaimed "Teen Titans" series, but...

The final movie in Narutos Shippuden series concludes the storyline while finally addressing the love story of the main character.

‘The Last: Naruto the Movie’ ends with satisfaction and outrage

May 1, 2015

"The Last: Naruto the Movie" was a breathtaking way to end the popular "Naruto" series with the characters and story concluding in a final conflict. The "Naruto" franchise is about Naruto Uzumaki, a...

‘Steven Universe’ shines a positive light on LGBTQ couples

April 9, 2015

"Steven Universe" took a risk in its season finale by introducing a queer couple. The animated series is about a team of intergalactic warriors called the Crystal Gems (Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl),...

Tokyo Ghoul is wrapping up its second season with intense battles and a gripping emotional storyline that leave audience members on the edge of their seats.

‘Tokyo Ghoul’ has fans shivering with anticipation

March 25, 2015

The second season of "Tokyo Ghoul" is building tension in it's second-to-last episode, with emotional scenes and dramatic revelations. This series takes place in a world where human-like creatures,...

The suspense and drama foreseen by fans is depicted in the official poster for this weeks episode, Not What He Seems.

‘Gravity Falls’ causes jaws to drop

March 10, 2015

After much foreshadowing in the previous season of "Gravity Falls," the mystery of Stan's involvement in the supernatural events is finally brought to light. This series revolves around twins Dipper...

The spin-off of H2O: Just Add Water is about the ripples that mermaids and a newly transformed merman cause, affecting both humans and merpeople.

‘Mako Mermaids’ dives into a new season

February 25, 2015

Halfway through its second season, "Mako Mermaids" is still revealing plot twists and in-depth character development with a new cast. The series is about three young mermaids who accidentally givie...

Despite the series emphasis on silly shenanigans, there is also a dark setting that is only obvious in some episodes.

‘Adventure Time’ has a story underneath the silliness

February 13, 2015

Though the series' main focus is seems to be whimsical shenanigans, there is actually a dark and complex story behind "Adventure Time." This show takes place in a world with strange creatures that...

Counselor Kristin Vernon meets with a student to talk about college options.

Transitioning between high school and college life

February 5, 2015

Most students do not realize that rigorous academics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to difficult experiences when they go to college. Students are often relieved and are not prepared...

Though the previews had potential, this side series for Star Wars was not good enough for the standards of many fans.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ cannot live up to its legacy

January 28, 2015

"Star Wars Rebels" has proven to be an unworthy successor to the preceding animated series and movie trilogies, in regard to the way it is planned, written, and produced. The story revolves around young...

The main characters of Akame ga Kill are the members of Night Raid, assassins with a goal to end the sins staining their kingdom.

‘Akame ga Kill’ tears out audience’s heart

January 24, 2015

The epic and devastating finale of “Akame ga Kill” brought viewers to tears, as they felt the pain and sorrow the characters went through. In this series, young Tatsumi travels to the kingdom’s...

The final season of The Legend of Korra is nearing the end on its final season.

‘The Legend of Korra’ has old faces, new faces, and closure

December 3, 2014

"The Legend of Korra" is wrapping up its last season with faces both old and new, as well as reaffirming the characters' progression in their development and the series' storyline. This series is a...

This animated miniseries tells the story of two brothers who take a mystical and wondrous journey.

‘Over the Garden Wall’ is true storytelling

November 12, 2014

This short animated series proves that cartoons are not just for kids, and can have a dark, gripping story that leaves a deep emotional impact. "Over the Garden Wall" revolves around two brothers, Wirt...

John Constantine is the protagonist and anti-hero of DCs newest television series. Photo courtesy of

‘Constantine’ is the demon of DC comics

November 3, 2014

Most are unaware of the darker and grimmer parts of the DC Comics world, completely different from the cheery lives of Superman and the Justice League. "Constantine" revolves around John Constantine,...

Rather than portraying Carol Peletier as hopeless and depressed, the season five premiere showcased a fiercer side of her character.

‘Walking Dead’ showcases machine-gun-wielding old lady

October 15, 2014

When one thinks of the zombie apocalypse, the image of an old woman with explosives being set off and a machine gun blazing is not what usually comes to mind. "The Walking Dead" takes place in a post-apocalyptic...

‘Gotham’ takes a different spin on Catwoman

October 2, 2014

How would a meeting between an adolescent Catwoman, Selina Kyle, and an eight-year-old Batman, Bruce Wayne, affect the world of the Dark Knight? Bruno Heller, the creator of "Gotham," chose to revisit...

An disinterested crowd looks at a boring speaker. Photo credits go to Karen Gao


An disinterested crowd looks at a boring speaker. Photo credits go to Karen Gao

A majority of the students were solely focusing their attention on Backovich and his speech.


A majority of the students were solely focusing their attention on Backovich and his speech.

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