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.

Scot Scoop News

Kate Ridgway

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer

Kate is a sophomore and this is her first year in journalism. When she is not writing, she likes to play piano, sing, dance, participate in musicals, and more. She loves talking with her parents about things going on in the community and around the world.

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Gina Latimerlo gives feedback to her student vocalist during a lesson.

Gina Latimerlo, private voice and acting instructor

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Gina Latimerlo always loved singing and teaching. She wanted to be a singer since she was four but was too shy to tell anyone. She didn’t hide that she wanted to have her own business, though.  “My...

After two years of planning and work, in August of 2013, Kim and Jen Harvath opened their own dance studio, Melodic Remedy.

Kim Harvath, dance studio founder and director

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Kim Harvath started dancing in 1994 and hasn’t stopped since. “I danced all the way through high school and started teaching when I was 15. I continued teaching when I opened the studio,” Harvath...

Christine Ong-Dijcks works on her new piece.

Christine Ong-Dijcks, independent artist

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

Christine Ong-Dijcks, a Belmont resident, is an independent artist who began her own company five years ago. She paints a variety of subjects, ranging from people and places to more whimsical designs.  “I...

Three Bay Area women share their journeys to success.

Bay Area women make their mark in the arts

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer May 11, 2023

In the heart of Silicon Valley, where science and technology dominate, it’s easy to believe that it’s impossible to make a living in the arts. However, some creative and dedicated Bay Area female artists...

Many students feel pressured to attend school sick because of a fear of falling behind in class.

Opinion: It should be okay to stay home sick from school

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer April 25, 2023

The return to school after missing a few days due to illness can feel like an ice bucket being poured on your head. You are slammed back into reality with classwork, homework, and other activities to catch...

Although some people with dyslexia see words and letters backwards, it is not the most common form of dyslexia. There are many different types of dyslexia such as phonological and surface dyslexia.

Dyslexia test opens doors for the next generation

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer April 4, 2023

Attempting to make reading and spelling challenges for students with dyslexia easier, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)’s Dyslexia Center recently released a new screening test.  Dyslexia,...

TikTok has grown in popularity in recent years and has become lots of teens go-to app.

Spying threat from TikTok prompts California bills

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer March 12, 2023

TikTok is facing more controversy with the recent introduction of new California state bills to ban the popular app on government-issued devices.   “Legislators are concerned about TikTok because...

Due to the Adderall shortage that started in October 2022, many people have been unable to get their prescriptions refilled. This included children, high schoolers, teachers, and other people who all had a harder time going to school, work, and just doing their normal activities without their medication.

It’s not so easy to add Adderall

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer January 31, 2023

You wake up in the morning and get ready for school just like everyone else. But, unlike some, you have ADHD and take a pill every morning to regulate your behavior.  You grab your bottle and sit...

Alyssa Houk, executive director at Jasper Ridge Farm, loves all the animals and directly sees the impact the animals have on the clients. “There might be a special needs child that doesnt want to get on the horse, but then they get on and theyre so excited and so proud of themselves. Or you hear about a teenager with mental health issues who barely ever speaks, and then theyre smiling and chatting with us about something with the animal,” Houk said.

Jasper Ridge Farm harnesses the healing power of animals

Kate Ridgway, Staff Writer January 23, 2023

As the sun shines brightly overhead, she puts her boots in the stirrups, grabbing the reins with her right hand, almost like holding an ice cream cone. The wind hits her face as her hair flies behind her....

Marley, a labradoodle, is considered a grooming dog because of his long, curly doodle fur. Grooming a doodle takes a lot of patience, from endlessly waiting for an open appointment to waiting for several hours-long grooming sessions finish. If you don’t plan two months in advance and schedule an appointment with a dog groomer, get ready to roll up your sleeves and groom that dog yourself, said Marley’s owner, Mirela Cukovic.

Overbookings put pet services on ‘paws’

Milena Hanson and Kate Ridgway December 24, 2022

Stumbling home from a long day, pet owners can always look forward to reuniting their furry friends, who wait eagerly by the door. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 70% of American households...

Supported by the work of thousands of volunteers annually, Samaritan House provides assistance and resources for people in need in the community.

Samaritan House offers comfort during cold months

Milena Hanson and Kate Ridgway November 7, 2022

As the sky turns a cloudy grey and the temperature rapidly drops, one thing’s for certain: the winter season is coming. But while some set their tables for a Thanksgiving feast and hang up winter lights,...

When Senate Bill 893 goes into effect, students at College of San Mateo (CSM) will have fewer expenses.

Senate Bill 893 makes community college free for San Mateo County residents

Milena Hanson and Kate Ridgway October 14, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 893, making community college free for most San Mateo County residents. The bill was passed on Sept. 30, 2022, and is set to take effect in spring 2023 with...

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