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

Kaylene Lin

Kaylene Lin, Podcast Managing Editor

Kaylene Lin is currently a senior at Carlmont High School who uses she/her pronouns. After beginning as a Staff Writer in 2019, Kaylene grew to love journalism and stepped into the role of Editor the following year. Her favorite part about journalism is connecting with the sources she interviews, as she shares their stories with the world, learns more about the community around her, and reflects on their life experiences to shape her own worldview. This year, Kaylene is incredibly honored to lead the podcasting team as Podcast Managing Editor while managing All That's Lit to Print, a student-run literary magazine, as co-Editor-in-Chief.

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The class of 2021 received their high school diploma at Carlmonts in person graduation ceremony on June 4th. Being able to see everyone one last time was my favorite part of the ceremony. Weve all worked so hard to get to this point and it was amazing to celebrate this huge milestone with everyone else, said graduate Alexia Hunter.

Graduates celebrate achievements during in person ceremony

June 7, 2021

Approximately 1,700 graduates, teachers, families, and friends joined together for Carlmont’s in-person graduation ceremony on June 4th. After an entire year of online learning, the administration,...

Across the globe, music is used as a form of communication, bringing together cultures and societies.

Music: a uniting force

April 1, 2021

Behind every era of history are thousands of styles and genres of music that have shaped the world into what it is today. Likewise to our earth’s millions of cultures, every style of music is unique...

[Video] Indian Music

April 1, 2021

Manasi Prasad is a singer, Carnatic musician, and the director of India's first interactive music museum. Join her as she speaks about how music has shaped her life and culture around her.

[Video] American Music

April 1, 2021

Jazz, the blues, rock - in a way, all American music is rooted in Black history. Join Vernon Bush, the music director at Glide Memorial Church, as he explores how American music and culture is shaped by...

Flourish: Stories of unconditional love

February 25, 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]About one in 54 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Join host Kaylene Lin...

The podcast, Our Footprint, hosted by Kaylene Lin, comes to a close after seven episodes.

Our Footprint: The full podcast

December 15, 2020

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_video link="" align="center"][vc_column_text]Music used: “Sunset” produced by...

Our Footprint Ep. 7: Erasing our tracks

December 11, 2020

After six episodes of exploring the climate crisis and the many avenues for change, the largest takeaway is that anyone can get involved. So in the series's finale of Our Footprint, host Kaylene Lin talks...

Our Footprint Ep. 6: The new age of tech

November 18, 2020

After centuries of unsustainable industrialization, a tech company whose mission is to fight climate change seems almost too good to be true. But, Ecosia, an innovative, new search engine that plants trees...

A student holds a sign to protest centuries of Native American oppression.

[Photo] Editorial: Native people deserve more than an apology

November 10, 2020

A student holds a sign to protest centuries of Native American oppression.

Oddballs x Our Footprint Ep. 5: A vote for the planet

October 31, 2020

Aneesha Rompally, Purva Bommireddy, and Iris Duquesne are all youth climate activists that have devoted themselves to make our planet a more sustainable home. This crossover episode between Oddballs and...

Our Footprint Ep. 4: International Bird Rescue

October 21, 2020

"A bird that has been oiled, coming into care at the right time, can be fully washed and rehabilitated and released and live a very happy life." Often when talking about climate change, the main...

Our Footprint Ep. 3: Shopping green

October 7, 2020

Fast fashion is the world’s second-largest polluter. Every year, hundreds of thousands of clothes are thrown in landfills to be decomposed into waste. But, just as fast as fashion trends come and go,...

As a result of smoke from an abundance of fires in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington blowing into the Bay Area, the sky appeared a bright orange on Sept. 9.

One spark; decades of damage

October 5, 2020

For the past few decades, California and other states along the West Coast have experienced annual fires. Traditionally, these are natural, seasonal events caused by warmer seasons and an increase in dry...

Our Footprint Ep. 2: Turning a new leaf

September 23, 2020

In the last episode, we looked at how climate change is affecting the communities we live in. Whether it be through sinking land, statewide forest fires, or a pandemic, climate change is continuously affecting...



September 23, 2020

Our Footprint Ep. 1: Change in our communities

September 9, 2020

It's easy to brush off the urgency of global issues when they only seem like foreign threats. Sure, the ice caps in Antarctica are melting, but most of us will never experience that in our daily lives....

As protests for equality continue around the world, it is equally important to stay safe from the coronavirus and violence during the rallies.

Five ways to stay safe from COVID-19 while protesting

June 14, 2020

With Black Lives Matter protests continuing across the Bay Area, it's important to stay as safe and healthy as possible. Here are a few tips on how to handle the pandemic while standing up for these important...

Scientists from Beyond Meat work to create a plant-based burger that tastes and performs like real meat.

Meatless meat companies: Reinventing the food industry one meal at a time

May 24, 2020

If the entire world were to become vegetarian by 2050, food-related greenhouse gas emissions would drop by around 60%.  Imagine that. A world with only plant-based foods. A world that can eat it’s...

Dance manages to maintain a large online presence in response to COVID-19.

Dancers continue their passion despite COVID-19

April 26, 2020

Empty streets, closed businesses, quiet neighborhoods. Sometimes, it feels like the entire world is just...paused. But, despite a global pandemic, the world hasn't stopped moving. Dance teachers across...

Five months after the cancellation of Anne with an E, fans like Emeri are still showing their appreciation for the show through fan art and Instagram posts.

Opinion: ‘Anne with an E’ didn’t deserve to be canceled

April 4, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, Netflix released the third and final season of "Anne with an E." Although I was several months late, when I finally sat down to watch it, I was nothing short of blown away. After...

More Asian people are starting to appear in mainstream American media.

Opinion: We’re not going away

March 20, 2020

I always felt a little different growing up. My forehead was always a little too big, my skin a little too tan, and my eyes a little too small. Walking to the bus stop, talking to my friends, going...

Many are familiar with the infamous Girl Scout cookies that are sold each year.

Behind the badges

March 9, 2020

When compared to the price of a car or a college student’s financial debt, $5 is relatively small. But, to an 8-year-old girl with two bags of Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Samoas, $5 can go a long way. After...

Alyse Murray, a junior and co-captain of the JV softball team, winds up to hit the ball.

JV Softball surprises Mountain View with staggering loss

March 7, 2020

Right off the bat, the JV softball team came out swinging and ended with a score of 16-1 against the Mountain View Spartans. Fresh from a win in a Half Moon Bay tournament on Feb. 29 and last year's undefeated...

Lead Rory McGann, a junior, performs the famous number from Singin in the Rain.

Power outage shocks audience with blackouts during ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

February 14, 2020

Rick Reynolds, this year's conductor for "Singin' in the Rain," raised his baton as the lights dimmed in Carlmont's Performing Arts Center (PAC). The audience immediately quieted as they eagerly awaited...

School shootings have the power to tear apart families and communities.

The terror of the times

February 12, 2020
Since 2012's Sandy Hook, the United States hasn't gone more than 231 days without a school shooting. That’s the 2000s: a time when gun violence frequents the news so much so that it’s become a constant reality...
After four years of teaching history and coaching the varsity football team, Jake Messina is planning to move to Roseville, California.

Teacher continues inspiring students until last day at Carlmont

February 12, 2020

Jake Messina — head football coach and beloved history teacher — will be leaving at the end of the school year. He is moving to the Roseville area near Sacramento, California, and will continue to...

Two wrestlers practice in the Student Union the evening before the Shark Shootout.

Wrestling team brings their all to Oceana tournament

January 19, 2020

His hair lays limp against his forehead. Sweat drips down his face. He feels it run down his neck, past his chin. Quickly, he wipes it off. This isn’t a time to be distracted. This is the 8th annual...

A dog dressed as Superman walks the catwalk for YAPS halloween costume contest.

Dogs serve tricks and treats at costume contest

October 29, 2019

Ears up, tails wagging, and costumes on.  That's one small step for dog, one giant leap for dog-kind.  Or at least it was to the crowd that had gathered at Ghirardelli Square to witness YAP's first...

Small businesses in Half Moon Bay began opening up again on Oct. 12.

PG&E restores power but not reliability in Half Moon Bay

October 14, 2019

The power outages conducted by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company have caused many customers in the Half Moon Bay area to rethink their relationship with PG&E. Due to predicted winds, PG&E...

An attendee enjoys fresh produce early Sunday morning at the San Carlos farmers market.

Decline in San Carlos market shines light on active community

September 24, 2019

Despite the San Carlos farmers' market being open year-round, rain or shine, fewer people are showing up, according to vendors. The San Carlos farmers’ market features locally grown food, downtown...

Attendees jam out with Stan Erhart at the Frank D. Harrington Park in the farmers market.


September 24, 2019

Attendees jam out with Stan Erhart at the Frank D. Harrington Park in the farmers' market.

People enjoy the good weather and sample the local produce


September 24, 2019

People enjoy the good weather and sample the local produce

‘The Hate U Give’ falls shorts of a powerful opportunity

September 7, 2019

"The Hate U Give," written by Angie Thomas, is a 444-page story that could have been written in one sentence: "police brutality is bad." Although the novel illustrates a powerful message, the story...

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Kaylene Lin