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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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Maya Benjamin

Maya Benjamin, Staff Writer

Maya Benjamin is a senior at Carlmont High School. Maya has been apart of journalism for three years and is very grateful for the privilege of being able to write for such amazing publications. Maya enjoys listening to music and singing in her free time.

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Robert Mueller resigned as special counsel on May 29 citing the end of his investigation as his reason for resigning.

ScotSkim: shock

June 1, 2019

Robert Mueller resigns During a special news conference on May 29, Robert Mueller announced that he will be resigning as special counsel. After submitting a 448-page report with his team on their findings...

A shark attacked a man off the coast of Maui on May 25.

ScotSkim: danger

May 28, 2019

Woman found after missing for two weeks After spending 16 days lost in a forest in Hawaii, Amanda Eller has been found alive. The yoga instructor and avid hiker disappeared after going to Kahakapao...

Former president Barack Obama speaks with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, one of the main supporters of the Equality Act.

ScotSkim: new beginnings

May 27, 2019

House passes an unprecedented LGBTQ bill House Democrats are following through on their promise to ensure civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community. The bill dubbed the "Equality Act" passed...

ScotSkim: debate

ScotSkim: debate

May 19, 2019

New abortion law directly challenges Roe v. Wade On May 15, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most extreme abortion ban in the country. The law completely outlaws abortion at every stage of...

Nipsey Hussle was shot to death on March 31 outside of his clothing store.

ScotSkim: demise

April 9, 2019

Nipsey Hussle shot to death Respected community leader and rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot to death on March 31, 2019. Hussle was shot outside of his store, Marathon Clothing, in Crenshaw. A suspect,...

Jussie Smollett was accused of staging his own hate crime in order to receive a bigger salary on Empire.

ScotSkim: changes

March 28, 2019

Father of Sandy Hook victim dies in apparent suicide Another person with a connection to a mass shooting has committed suicide. Jeremy Richman killed himself in his office on Monday, March 25. His...

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on March 10 killing all 157 people on board.

ScotSkim: fate

March 10, 2019

Plane crash leaves 157 people dead An Ethiopian jetliner headed toward Nairobi, Kenya crashed shortly after takeoff on March 10. There were 157 people on board of 35 different nationalities, including...

Women protest at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City.

ScotSkim: charges

March 9, 2019

Sacramento police refuse to press charges in the death of Stephon Clark On March 1, 2019, the Sacramento County District Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert, announced that no charges would be filed against...

Ilhan Omar speaks at a Hillary for MN event in 2016.

ScotSkim: rumble

February 11, 2019

Government fights another shutdown The clock is ticking for Congress as they enter negotiations to avoid another government shutdown. Democrats Nita Lowey of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont met...

Donald Trump delivers his 2019 State of the Union address.

ScotSkim: union

February 8, 2019

Trump's State of the Union calls for bipartisanship After a two week delay, President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to a divided Congress on Feb. 5, 2019. In his address, Trump...

President Donald Trump stands proudly after delivering the State of the Union address in 2018.

ScotSkim: clash

January 21, 2019

Nancy Pelosi and President Trump continue to clash The drama between Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and President Donald Trump continues to spiral, but this time over the president's annual State...

President Trump and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, have met several times throughout the shutdown to discuss a plan for immigration and ending the shutdown.

ScotSkim: waiting

January 16, 2019

Government shutdown continues The United States government is in the midst of the longest government shutdown ever with a record 25 days and counting. The previous record for the longest shutdown was...

Former President George H.W. Bush passed away on Nov. 30, 2018.

ScotSkim: mourning

December 2, 2018

George H.W. Bush dies George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94 on Nov. 30, 2018, just sixth months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. Bush died surrounded by his family at his home in...

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Arizona.

ScotSkim: controversy

November 5, 2018

President Donald Trump posts questionable advertisement On Nov. 1, five days prior to the 2018 midterm election, President Donald Trump tweeted a new advertisement video depicting Central Americans as...

A vigil service was held for the victims of the mass shooting in Pittsburgh.

ScotSkim: hate

October 30, 2018

Yet another shooting envokes fear among the masses Eleven people are dead including Holocaust survivors and seven are injured along with the perpetrator following a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh....

Hurricane Michael has a current death toll of 29 people, including 19 in Florida.

ScotSkim: weather

October 9, 2018

Hurricane Michael destroys Mexico Beach Hurricane Michael has killed at least 18 people and three are still unaccounted for in Mexico Beach, Fla. At least 230,000 people are lacking electrical power,...

Brett Kavanaugh poses for a picture. Kavanaugh was recently accused of sexual misconduct and harassment.

ScotSkim: me too

September 27, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's judiciary confirmation hearings come to a halt Brett Kavanaugh's judiciary confirmation hearings have generated controversy as Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct. The alleged...

Serena Williams gets into position at the 2013 U.S. Open. Williams was recently in the news for getting into a verbal argument with the umpire, Carlos Ramos, at the 2018 U.S. Open.

ScotSkim: the fallout

September 14, 2018

Serena Williams drama outshines Naomi Osaka's win The U.S. Open Women's Final turned ugly when Serena Williams got into a verbal argument with the umpire Carlos Ramos. Ramos gave Williams a code violation...

Mollie Tibbetts

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ScotSkim: Mollie Tibbits

August 28, 2018

On July 18, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts went missing after going for a jog in Brooklyn, Iowa. Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, had been staying in Brooklyn with her boyfriend for the summer....

The College of San Mateo, a two year university.

Students should consider community college

June 3, 2018

Harvard, Brown, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth. The seven Ivy League colleges in the United States. This past year, students across the country devoted...

Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel before a game in 2016.

NFL players have every right to protest during the anthem

May 29, 2018

“I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world,” Jackie Robinson said.  In 1972, Robinson published his autobiography “I Never Had...

A group of people protesting following the Las Vegas massacre, that killed 50 and injured hundreds.

Who is really at fault for mass shootings

February 23, 2018

Valentine’s day. A day filled with hearts, joy, and lots of candy. At least that is how the day should have gone for the residents of Parkland, Florida, a small town near Palm Beach County. Instead,...

Kalief Browder poses in a photoshoot for the New York Times.

Kalief Browder’s story shows holes within the justice system

February 11, 2018

Located on a 400-acre island in the East River of New York, Rikers Island is considered one of the most notorious prisons in America. According to an article by the New York Times, 85 percent of inmates...

A copy of The House on Mango Street, the only book Ive read at Carlmont by a Latino author.

Books students read don’t reflect Carlmont’s diverse population

January 23, 2018

J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare. All three are accomplished writers. All three are white. Sandra Cisneros, also an accomplished writer. Cisneros is Mexican-American. During...

Students take a math contest to receive extra credit.

Math contests help students boost grades

December 17, 2017

It’s 11:44. Aaron Lu races out of the classroom and heads to Carlmont Math Teacher Dan Nguyen's classroom. It’s time for the math contest. Every other Tuesday, math contests are held to...

The Conservatives of Carlmont club discusses the recent kneeling of NFL players. The club meets on E-6 every other Monday and Wednesday.

Conservatives at Carlmont look to share opinions

October 10, 2017

In the liberal climate of Belmont, not everyone is always comfortable sharing their conservative views, but the students in the Conservatives of Carlmont club are different. Founded by Ryan Versen and...

S.O.S coordinator Shelley Bustamante works on a presentation for S.O.S. These presentations are shared with freshman every Tuesday during their World Studies class.

S.O.S creates support for students

October 9, 2017

Tuesday is the exception to the norm for freshmen. Unlike all the other students at Carlmont, freshmen have a special event every Tuesday that takes place during their history class: presentations from...

Renting an apartment in the Bay Area is costly. As such, some Bay Area residents, such as teacher Paula Washington, create a monthly budgets to make sure they budgets their income appropriately while living in the expensive Bay Area.

For some, living in the Bay Area is unaffordable

May 15, 2017

In the expensive Bay Area, every penny is spent carefully by San Francisco school teacher, Paula Washington*. And she's not the only one. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,...

A Warriors fan looks at the Warriors Rising! Home of the 2015 NBA Champions!  Facebook page. The page was made for encouraging Warriors fans during the playoffs.

[Photo] Dub Nation bleeds gold and blue as playoff season begins

April 18, 2017

A Warriors fan looks at the "Warriors Rising! Home of the 2015 NBA Champions!" Facebook page. The page was made for encouraging Warriors fans during the playoffs.

Protesters rally outside of the closed Ice Chalet, an ice skating rink in Bridgepointe Shopping Center.

The Bridgepointe ice rink is set to reopen

March 21, 2017

It’s coming back! After a long four-year battle, the ice rink in the Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo will reopen. The decision to reopen the ice rink comes from SPI Holdings, a real...

Sophomore Kylie McPherson looks at the flyer for the Black History Month Essay Contest.

[Photo] Belmont celebrates Black History Month with an essay contest

February 20, 2017

Sophomore Kylie McPherson looks at the flyer for the Black History Month Essay Contest.

Leslie McPherson looks at school options for children in the area of Redwood Shores.

Private schools vs. Public schools: Bay Area edition

February 20, 2017

  Almost a half million public school students enrolled in the ninth grade in California in the fall of 2015. Leah Auyoung was one of them. After attending private schools her whole life,...

An artist stands next to his booth selling art to help send the Kainos Dance Team to the Special Olympics.

[Photo] Community unites to send dance team to the Olympics

February 6, 2017

An artist stands next to his booth selling art to help send the Kainos Dance Team to the Special Olympics.

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