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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

Nihal Karim

Nihal Karim, Staff Writer

Nihal is a senior at Carlmont High School who enjoys writing articles and designing spreads for the magazine. To check out her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @nihalkarim2020


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Adding vegetables such as leafy greens to your dinner is an easy way to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet.

Self-Care Blog: Nutrition

May 6, 2020

Proper nutrition is an essential step to improving your self-care routine. With the rush of completing your daily to-do list, it’s often easier to grab a quick snack and eat while continuing your...

Getting enough sleep can reduce stress, as well as improve problem-solving skills, memory, and attention.

Self-Care Blog: Sleep

April 20, 2020

Sleep is important. As obvious as it may seem, though, how many of us get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night? Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential for your overall well-being,...

Going on a hike or run is a great way to get some physical activity while also spending time outside.

Self-Care Blog: Physical exercise

April 13, 2020

Staying physically active is an essential part of self-care.  Physical activity does not just improve your strength and physical health, but can also lead to improved mental conditions. Setting...

Taking a hot bath can reduce stress and anxiety, help with headaches, and help with sore muscles.

Self-Care Blog: Personal care and hygiene

April 8, 2020

With so much going on in our daily lives, it often becomes easy to forget to take care of yourself. Especially in this stressful time, taking care of yourself is even more important. But what is...

Scots Talk Episode 7: The fight against leukemia

Scots Talk Episode 7: The fight against leukemia

December 10, 2019

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Emily Kim, a junior, to talk about her role in a campaign with other high school students to raise funds towards curing leukemia lymphoma.

Scots Talk Episode 6: Bring Change 2 Mind

Scots Talk Episode 6: Bring Change 2 Mind

November 13, 2019

High school is a time when many teenagers begin dealing with stress, anxiety, and mental health issues. That being said, learning how to deal with these issues early on can be helpful when it comes to...

Scots Talk Episode 5: Gliding Through

Scots Talk Episode 5: Gliding Through

October 31, 2019

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? For Andrew Shao, a junior, the obvious choice is flying. In this episode, Nihal Karim and Shao talk about gliding, an alternative type of recreational...

Scots Talk Episode 4: Welcome Home

Scots Talk Episode 4: Welcome Home

October 19, 2019

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Jackson Cook, a senior, to talk about the Homecoming Assembly, Spirit Week, the Homecoming football game, and the dance itself.

Scots Talk Episode 3: Coded Equally

Scots Talk Episode 3: Coded Equally

October 1, 2019

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Shiina Sugioka, a senior, to talk about the issues women face in STEM fields and the ways in which the Girls Who Code club tries to solve them.

Scots Talk Episode 2: Advanced Pressure (AP)

Scots Talk Episode 2: Advanced Pressure (AP)

September 16, 2019

With the 21 AP courses offered at Carlmont, many students may feel pressured to take as many of them as possible. In this episode, Nihal Karim and sits down with Jessica Yu, a senior, to discuss withstanding...

Scots Talk Episode 1: Whats that smell?

Scots Talk Episode 1: What’s that smell?

September 5, 2019

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Ava Brückner-Kockel, a senior, to talk about vaping in the Carlmont bathrooms and how it affects students across campus; Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg also...

The seed library will allow library members to check out seeds and return them at the end of the growing season.

Belmont Library moves toward sustainability

May 24, 2019

Earth is dying. That is the conclusion that many people may draw just by viewing their Instagram stories, which urge them to protect the environment through donations, or that one like equals one more...

Following the end of the documentary, attendees discuss their thoughts.

Documentary Club welcomes library patrons

April 10, 2019

The Belmont library offers their patrons a wide selection of events. One of these events is the Documentary Club, which meets every second Tuesday of the month to watch and talk about documentaries. “We...

Traditional items were laid out on tables.

The Turkic community bonds over Nowruz celebration

March 19, 2019

Laughter, dance, and music envelop the room on a warm March afternoon. More people start to show up, all with the purpose of celebrating Nowruz — the beginning of spring. Nowruz, meaning “New...

Many people contribute to the celebration by bringing their own foods.

Maslenitsa celebration unites Russian community

March 11, 2019

As winter comes to an end, March begins with blooming flowers, warmer weather, and rainy afternoons. For people from Eastern Europe, however, the beginning of March means another thing: the beginning...

Parents are provided with information about the booster club.

Parents attend Spring Sport Parent Night

February 13, 2019

As the spring sports season begins, it attracts not only students, but also parents. On a late Tuesday afternoon, the Stogner Gym welcomed parents of Carlmont athletes for an informational Spring Sports...

Indigenous women lead the Womens March San Francisco 2019.

The Women’s March calls for action

January 24, 2019

San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza was getting increasingly more crowded, as thousands of people gathered together to advocate for social and political change during the Women’s March San Francisco...

AVID students study for finals during the study night after school.

AVID students prepare for finals

December 13, 2018

The clock is ticking, and the first day of finals is getting closer and closer. On Monday, Dec. 17, the first day of finals will officially begin. Finals will end on Thursday, Dec. 20. As finals...

Club president Jackie Maerina leads brainstorm about possible fundraisers.

Interact Club provides members with volunteer opportunities

November 7, 2018

For Interact Club, volunteering in the community and meeting new people go hand in hand. The club leaders encourage service work, while also emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community. “We...

The Blood Drive applications can be turned in next to the ASB room.

ASB prepares for annual blood drive

October 5, 2018

With the annual blood drive approaching, ASB is recruiting students to donate blood. Every year, students older than 16 can register to donate blood in Carlmont's blood drive. Working with the Stanford...

Students buy Juniorfest tickets during lunch.

Juniorfest tickets go on sale

September 27, 2018

As the school year progresses, the junior class, along with ASB, strives to create more connections among students. The current junior class leaders have been planning and preparing for the “Juniorfest,”...

Alexa Jamison participates in a training led by Scott Backovich, a youth motivational speaker.

Motivational speaker brings positivity to ASB

September 7, 2018

After speaking for nearly three hours, Youth Motivational Speaker Scott Backovich leaves the Carlmont High School gymnasium only to enter the ASB room.  Backovich isn’t the first, and certainly isn’t...

The explorers practice folding the fire shelter after watching a firefighter demonstrate how.

The San Mateo County Fire Explorer Program builds firefighting skills

May 21, 2018

The San Mateo County Fire (SMCF) Explorer Program is a youth program designed for career exploration in the fire department. The program is taught by professional firefighters, and aims to teach skills...

Teens stay at the library on April 27 after the Safe Sex Workshop to discuss what they learned.

Safe sex workshop informs LGBT teens

May 13, 2018

Approximately 20 million new cases of STDs are found in the United States every year. Around half of these are found in young people between the ages of 15 and 24. On Wednesday, April 27, the Belmont...

Students attending the Teen Job and Volunteer Fair are learning more details about possible summer internships and jobs.

Teen Job and Volunteer Fair allows students to find job opportunities

April 29, 2018

Adults have jobs and make money so they can live and provide for future children, who don't really work and get jobs. Teens, in between kid and adult, are encouraged to find jobs and opportunities for...

The Belmont Librarys Taube Room is often used for a variety of different events. It is used for Family Crafts every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Crafts builds a sense of community for kids

April 5, 2018

Glue, glitter, colorful feathers, and more. These are the things that decorate the Belmont Library’s Taube Room every Tuesday afternoon and evening. Every week, the Belmont Library hosts Family Crafts,...

The prom committee members discuss the possible themes for this years Queer Prom.

The San Mateo County Pride Center prepares for Queer Prom

March 27, 2018

As prom season arrives at schools, so does the excitement for promposals and dates. However, this also means that some students might feel left out or uncomfortable with being themselves in their school...

A colorful table was laid out at the San Mateo Library celebration of Nowruz.

Nowruz celebration brings people together

March 21, 2018

To some, the official beginning of spring means little. To Persians, the beginning of spring is a time for celebration. For the people of Iran, many of their surrounding neighbors, and Persian Americans,...

Newcommers who test into the ELL class get help with their classes and English language acquisition.

International students make connections through ELL

March 12, 2018

For Rebecca Shentu, Manon Llorach, and Sarah Tocatlian, moving to a new country was just the beginning of a new journey. The transition from middle school to high school can be tough, but it is even...

Elizabeth Kravtchenko shows her research project regarding the CA State Science Fair.

STEM Fair and Art Expo allows students to share their interests with others

March 8, 2018

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers continue to grow, more and more students begin to show interest in these fields. Every year, the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)...

One of the rescued cats naps in its cage during the adoption fair at Pet Club.

Adoption fair helps local cats find homes

January 19, 2018

With so many homeless cats and kittens around the world, including an estimated 70 million homeless cats in the United States alone, adoption fairs make it possible for them to find new, loving homes. The...

Club members hold discussions at their latest meeting, which was about a Secret Santa exchange within the club.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club offers students a spectrum of opportunities

December 7, 2017

The Gender and Sexuality (GSA) Club aims to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ teens and their allies. The GSA Club is a place where students can go to learn more about issues in the LGBTQ+ community,...

The BTI Club holds a monthly potluck for members to bond.

BTI Club provides extra support for BTI students

November 21, 2017

The BTI Club provides BTI students with extra opportunities outside of class. The BTI Club is exclusive to members of the BTI program. Students who are passionate about science have a place where they...

Club members wait for a student to begin their presentation about music.


Club members wait for a student to begin their presentation about music.

One of the club members stays in the classroom after lunch to finish their current computer science exercise.

Computer Science Club practices programming skills

November 2, 2017

The Computer Science Club provides students with a learning environment and preparation for programming competitions. New members can learn programming while older members can practice their computer...

Women In Technology (WIT) Club members have a discussion about STEM-related internship opportunities.

Women In Technology Club educates students about STEM careers

October 18, 2017

The Women in Technology (WIT) Club is working to close the gender gap in STEM-related fields. The club provides information about possible internship and career opportunities that can get female students...

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