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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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Keegan Balster

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer

Keegan Balster is a junior at Carlmont High School, and this is his second year in the journalism program. He is a percussionist/drummer in the Carlmont Symphony Orchestra and plays for the Carlmont badminton team.

Twitter: @bokchoiboi28

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Asian foods and entertainment have well expanded into American culture, but how did Asian culture become so influential in America?

How Asian culture found its place in America

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer February 15, 2022

The United States has always been known as the cultural melting pot of the globe: the assimilation of various cultures into one nation. Nowhere in the nation is this notion stronger than in California.  Out...

Carlmont makes available a number or resources for researching colleges and choosing job paths in the College and Career Center.

Juniors begin to stress as college admissions come out for seniors

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer February 1, 2022

For many students, college is terrifying. With seniors beginning to hear back from colleges, some juniors may find themselves worrying about college applications in the fall, especially with recent...

The Carlmont Jazz Ensemble follows the Symphony Orchestra in an exclusive concert for music students from Tierra Linda Middle School in the performing arts center.

Carlmont musicians inspire the next generation

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer November 5, 2021

A young middle school student gazes intently, unaware they have yet to stray their eyes from the stage nor move for nearly an hour. They had unwillingly come to the performance as required for music class...

PSAT test-takers diligently answer questions under the pressing timed conditions, aiming to learn from the experience and qualify for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

PSAT offers the opportunity to learn and excel

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer October 14, 2021

Carlmont High School has required juniors to attend the nationally administered Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) for many years. However, this year’s test on Oct. 13 is different. Juniors...

All students at Carlmont must bring their own electronic device to school to complete classwork on.

Technology takes its place in Carlmont classrooms

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer September 24, 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic turned the spotlight towards the role of technology in students’ learning environments, with distance learning and the return to school relying entirely upon the student...

Ethan Htun (right) and Lorenzo Wolczko (left) play jazz music together during lunch with instrumental masks and covers.

New guidelines provide safe space for music students

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer September 1, 2021

With the return of in-person classes at Carlmont, the instrumental music department has received new protocols that will ensure ensembles are a safe space for students to create music again.  The issue...

Liz Cheney was removed from her position as Chair of the House Republican Conference after a voting on May 12 among the Republican Representative members.

Liz Cheney removed from House Republican Conference Chair

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder May 22, 2021

Since the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol, former Republican house chair and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney has been staunchly anti-Trump. Immediately following the riot and the former President’s impeachment...

Social media has a large presence in student society as a place where many can express themselves in any way they want. Should schools have the power to exhibit rules on the platforms?

Supreme Court tackles school and social media case

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder May 13, 2021

As one of the traditional pillars of a democratic society, freedom of speech has faced constant attempts to define and redefine its parameters.  This is especially true regarding the free speech rights...

Many states, such as Arizona and Texas, are looking to pass new laws that will stop voters from mailing in their ballots after the 2020 election.

Americans look to change voting restrictions through new bills and laws

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder March 9, 2021

Following the Voting Rights Act (VPA) ratification in 1965, American democracy has made great strides in increasing general voter turnout and diversity. In 2013, the Supreme Court annulled Sections...

This scene is an example of Asian American culture in film.

Asian American films work for greater Asian representation

Keegan Balster, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In modern times, many people obtain their cultural knowledge through media in the form of the internet, movies, television shows, and stereotypes. Asian and Asian American culture is a victim of this...

On Feb. 4, Representative Marjorie Greene was stripped of her House committee positions. All of the Democrats and 11 Republicans voted for her removal

Congresswoman Marjorie Greene is removed from House committee position

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder February 18, 2021

Many believe that one of the potential dangers to a democracy is a possible lack of knowledge in the voting population on key issues. Specifically, the danger lies in how a lack of knowledge can cause...

A graph to visualize the results of the Congress vote.

Republican Congress members unsuccessfully vote against presidential election results

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder January 26, 2021

After the unprecedented Capitol riot two weeks ago, President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election was confirmed by Congress.   Before the confirmation, the Senate and House of Representatives...

Belmont Public Art

Belmont City Council approves Public Art Master Plan

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder December 9, 2020

Many renowned cities have unique advantages such as location, ancient architecture that attract tourists, increased revenue, beautification, and a sense of originality. Belmont, being similar to many...

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The Twin Pines Tree Succession Plan in action.

First phase of Twin Pines Park Master Plan approved

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder October 28, 2020

The Twin Pines Park Tree Succession plan, which is the newest portion of Belmont’s Twin Pines Park Master Plan, was officially passed by the Belmont City Council on Sept. 2. The plan focuses on improving...

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