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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

Leanna Gower

Leanna Gower, Scot Scoop Managing Editor

Leanna Gower is a senior at Carlmont High School and uses she/they pronouns. She loves writing because it gives her a chance to inform others, tell unheard stories, and spark conversation around more challenging topics. Additionally, they believes everyone has the right to information and knowledge and advocates for human rights and equality. In her free time, she likes to upcycle clothes and spend time with her cats. You can view her portfolio here.

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California and San Francisco public health departments confirmed the case was caused by the Omicron variant after conducting genetic sequencing at the University of California, San Francisco.

Breaking News: Omicron variant lands in California

December 1, 2021

The United State’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed by U.S. health officials in San Francisco earlier this morning, Dec. 1. The individual had just returned from traveling in South...

After lunch, birds can be found scavenging through the trash left by students.

[Photo] Student trash endangers local wildlife

November 9, 2021

After lunch, birds can be found scavenging through the trash left by students.

Social media has allowed widespread thought and discussion on current issues, but it’s essential to make your own opinion instead of adopting someone else’s.

[Photo] Editorial: We need to form our own opinions

September 7, 2021

Social media has allowed widespread thought and discussion on current issues, but it’s essential to make your own opinion instead of adopting someone else’s.

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September 7, 2021

For many, a simple mistake can haunt them for the rest of their life.

[Photo] Editorial: Growth needs to be normalized

September 13, 2020

For many, a simple mistake can haunt them for the rest of their life.

Smoke clouds the Bay Area skies on Tuesday afternoon, the smell infiltrating homes and leaving many residents worried.

Raging wildfires cover the Bay Area in smoke

August 20, 2020

In efforts to combat the wildfires raging across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on Tuesday afternoon. Within hours, strong winds infiltrated the Bay Area, covering it in...

Forever 21 sales associate, Noelle De Leon, rings up a customer.

The end of fast fashion

May 24, 2020

Forever 21 was once the fashion empire feared by other retailers and grew faster than anyone could have anticipated; however, faced with the competition of fast fashion and internal collapse, the empire...

COVID-19 testing continues as The Florida National Guard works with nurses to test people, using a mobile testing team.

Researchers race to find a vaccine for COVID-19

April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to rage across the U.S., scientists all over the world race to find a vaccine.  Researchers are currently testing vaccines made from genetic engineering along with the traditional...

The New York National Guard distributes people through vehicles, at the feeding Westchester, who have distributed more than 2.5 million pounds of food to surrounding communities since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.

COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen in the US

April 21, 2020

The threat of COVID-19 continues to rise, even as the curve is beginning to flatten in some areas, the number of cases, lower than before, is still a lot. According to the New York Times, New York reported...

Dr. Anthony Fauci delivers remarks at a White House COVID-19 briefing on April 8.

Trump pushes to reopen economy despite risk to public

April 14, 2020

The U.S. is now facing over 554,000 cases nationwide, and on April 11, the U.S. set the global record of 20,000 deaths.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, believes that...

The Oregon National Guard prepares the shipment of 140 ventilators to aid New Yorks shortage of ventilators.

National shortages in medical supplies create competition between states

April 7, 2020

Hospitals around the nation are continuing to struggle with the shortage of protective gear and medical supplies such as thermometers, disinfectants, medical gas, food, linens, and toilet paper.  Many...

President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the White House, in the Rose Garden.

Trump extends federal guidelines for social distancing

March 31, 2020

On Sunday, President Donald Trump announced that federal guidelines for social distancing will remain for another 30 days, and may last until June if necessary.  The guidelines advise people to avoid...

Many students plan out their work by checking Canvas and writing a schedule in their planners.

The advantages and hardships of distance learning

March 29, 2020

On March 16, the first day of distance learning, Carlmont students opened their eyes to rooms full of sunlight, likely feeling refreshed from a good night's rest and the option to sleep-in. After transitioning...

Nancy Pelosi speaking in Washington, D.C. at the annual Legislative Conference.

Coronavirus economic stimulus bill stalled in the Senate

March 24, 2020

The Senate failed to advance the massive economic stimulus bill, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, for a second time, intended to deliver aid to U.S. businesses and the...

Vice President Mike Pence holds a press conference with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx Monday, March 2, 2020, in the White House Press Briefing Room.

Six Bay Area counties issued ‘shelter in place’ orders

March 16, 2020

6.7 million people have been ordered to  “shelter in place” within six Bay Area counties; San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda. Each order begins at 12:01 a.m....

Victoria and Maria Valle Remond wear purple in support of the #undíasinnosotras strikes in Mexico.

A day without women

March 11, 2020

Fátima Cecilia Aldrighetti had been standing outside her school in Mexico City, waiting to be picked up by her mother, who was running late. When her mother finally arrived, she was nowhere to be seen....

Swing Club practices for the Heritage Fair. We work hard around the clock, so when we preform we can inspire others to  be proud of who they are, said Hailey Hamady, a member of Swing Club.

Clubs promote unity through performance at the assembly

March 4, 2020

The world is filled with all types of people of all backgrounds and experiences, and those at Carlmont High School believe it is important for rising generations to acknowledge and appreciate different...

Swing Club performs to Never Had A Friend Like Me, highlighting the inclusive nature of Heritage Fair towards cultures at Carlmont.

Heritage Fair recognizes cultures at Carlmont

March 4, 2020

The roar of the crowd echoes in her ears as the spotlight beams, highlighting her still figure. All eyes are on her, and yet, she doesn't falter as she explodes into movement, the tapping of her shoes...

The AVID team at Carlmont consists of counselors, teachers, and AVID students all working towards a common goal.

AVID helps students pave a path to current and future success

January 28, 2020

Most students know the stress that comes with being a highschooler all too well. Whether it stems from the workload from classes, the pressure to do well, or the ever-looming idea of life after high school,...

Cole Gunning, a sophomore, studies for his upcoming finals, practicing study methods such as reviewing notes and re-reading material.

Teachers offer study strategies for upcoming review week

December 5, 2019

As finals week rounds the corner, students find themselves struggling to study for their upcoming exams. Many are overloaded with assignments leading up to review week, resulting in an overwhelming amount...

Jay Jorge parades around the quad, showing off his costume, full of Halloween spirit.

Spooktacular costume contest showcases student creativity

November 3, 2019

Ketchup, mustard, the whole Mystery Gang, and the cast of Napoleon Dynamite: all things one would find at Carlmont's annual costume contest, exciting both the students who were participating and those...

Cooper Perez, a sophomore, reveals the theme of this years In It to Win It night.

In It to Win It meeting sparks class rivalry

October 13, 2019

As Homecoming rolls around, so do the Homecoming activities, such as In It to Win It: a night of competitions and games between classes that fosters unity, and ignites the age-old class rivalries.  This...

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Leanna Gower