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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

Rachel McCrea

Rachel McCrea, Staff Writer

Rachel McCrea is a senior at Carlmont High School in her third year as a part of the journalism program. She is passionate about sports, news, and photography, and hopes to go into photojournalism. To check out her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @rachmccrea

 

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Over the past four years, each senior has developed a unique, personal experience with the books they have read.

Carlmont class of 2021: The stories that shaped us (The Lord of the Reads #5)

May 26, 2021

Welcome back, reader.  Our tale is nearing an end, but it's not quite done yet. We've woven stories of magic rings, faraway planets, spaceships, heroes, villains, and even the people behind these creations.  However,...

Young adult science fiction and fantasy has divided readers for years. Despite valid criticisms, the subgenre has more than meets the eye.

In Defense of YA: The Lord of the Reads #4

May 5, 2021

Greetings, adventurer!  Welcome back to The Lord of the Reads, a blog about science fiction and fantasy (SFF) books. Today, we'll be discussing young adult SFF, and how it's perceived by the larger...

Science fiction is often seen as a male-dominated sphere, but women have been an integral part of the genre throughout its history.

The women who shaped science fiction: The Lord of the Reads #3

April 19, 2021

Hello and welcome to the third installment of The Lord of the Reads, a student blog about science fiction and fantasy literature.  The last two articles in this series were spent on the fantasy genre;...

The fantasy universe known as the cosmere takes place across several worlds and dozens of books, where theres something for every reader to love.

Brandon Sanderson’s ‘cosmere’ novels have something for everyone: Lord of the Reads #2

March 14, 2021

When author Robert Jordan passed away in 2007, he left his legendary Wheel of Time saga unfinished. The series couldn't be left without a conclusion, but choosing another writer to execute Jordan's vision...

Books such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are some of the most influential in the fantasy genre. But are they still relevant to todays readers?

Talking about Tolkien: Lord of the Reads #1

February 11, 2021

Greetings, traveler.  Gather round, one and all: disembark your spacecraft, bring your weary steed to our stables, hang up your dirty cloak on a peg. Draw your chair close to the fire, and prepare yourselves...

A Carlmont student speeds down one of the technical trails located behind the school. For many, mountain biking is a way to spend time with friends and meet new people.

Carlmont mountain biking scene fosters community

December 4, 2020

From the outside, mountain biking seems to be an individual sport; just you, the bike, and the trail. However, for Carlmont students, the sport is deeply social. Groups of riders hit the trails together,...

Though COVID-19 has affected all aspects of Carlmont sports training, the varsity softball team has persevered in their fall training season.

Varsity softball swings through the offseason

November 20, 2020

Though health and safety regulations continue to dictate the operation of Carlmont athletics, varsity softball has been able to keep up their fall training.  Softball is a spring sport at Carlmont,...

Though leagues like the NFL, MLB, and NHL are once again able to compete, COVID-19 is still leaving its mark on professional sports.

Pro sports are back, but nothing is the same

November 1, 2020

In April, the cover of Sports Illustrated did not feature Serena Williams, Lebron James, or Stephen Curry. It didn't even feature a sports team. Instead, the cover photo was nothing but row after row...

Anika Marino, a junior, practices shooting during a varsity team practice. Since players are not allowed to share equipment, coaches and athletes are finding other ways to improve players skills.

Carlmont water polo dives back into training despite challenges

October 7, 2020

Carlmont water polo jumped back into practices in mid-September, to the excitement of coaches and athletes. However, like most activities in 2020, training looks a little different this year. "Honestly,...

On Monday afternoon, the Cipriani neighborhood was crowded with emergency personnel.

Breaking News: Vegetation fire forces community evacuations

September 22, 2020

As record-setting wildfires burn across the state, a brush fire broke out in the San Juan Canyon in Belmont, causing evacuations in the nearby community.  The first report of the fire was called in...

A Carlmont staff member holds up a sign that says, Class of 2020, Scot Strong to show graduates as they pass through the quad.

[Photo] Carlmont’s Class of 2020 graduates virtually

June 10, 2020

A Carlmont staff member holds up a sign that says, "Class of 2020, Scot Strong" to show graduates as they pass through the quad.

Protesters flooded San Mateo streets on Wednesday to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Locals flood San Mateo streets to demand justice

June 6, 2020

"I can't breathe." Pressed up against the railings of the San Mateo Police Department, the crowd is a seething mass of people, their voices raised as one. The death of George Floyd on May 25 by a police...

Above Peets Coffee & Tea on Laurel Street flies a simple, yet meaningful, banner. The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted an outpouring of recognition for healthcare workers, many of whom risk their health to care for the sick.

Gallery: Signs of hope amid uncertainty

May 14, 2020

Three weeks ago, Carlmont Shopping Center was a somber place to be. Few cars crowded the usually busy lot, and shoppers conducted their business quickly and anxiously: stocking up on groceries, sending...

Apodcalypse Ep. 3: Quarantine cat-tastrophe

Apodcalypse Ep. 3: Quarantine cat-tastrophe

May 13, 2020

As we try to stay in touch with our friends, family, and loved ones, we do our best to look on the bright side: at least we have our cats for company. Join hosts Maddy Ting, Rachel McCrea, and Emma O'Connor...

Every newspaper, from local publications to the New York Times, have been running front-page stories on the novel coronavirus for weeks. April 22’s San Francisco Examiner displays a story on traffic closures to help social distancing measures.

Gallery: The Belmont/San Carlos community adapts to life amid the pandemic

April 24, 2020

A group of teenage boys walks their dogs through the Carlmont Shopping Center, masks covering their noses and mouths. It’s a Wednesday, and at this time they would usually be in their fifth period...

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