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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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Samantha Crowther

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor

Samantha Crowther is a junior at Carlmont in her second year of journalism. She enjoys interacting with her community and is excited to start editing for the magazine this year. In her free time, she likes reading, writing, and spending time outside, and is a member of the Carlmont cross country and track teams. To view her portfolio, click here.

Twitter: @SamCrowther25

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A student places her phone in the phone pocket in her classroom. Each pocket is labeled with numbers and students names in each period, so the teacher can ensure all students phones are accounted for and simultaneously take attendance.

Opinion: Schools need stricter cellphone policies

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor May 29, 2024

The debate over the benefit of cellphones and their pervasiveness in everyday life is not a new conversation. While they obviously have had many positive impacts, a place where cell phone usage needs more...

A student sits at a table, examining a map of the world. Geography classes are not required in many American schools, resulting in a concerning lack of geographic knowledge in students.

Opinion: American high schools should require geography

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor May 9, 2024

The most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress determined that just 27% of eighth graders were performing at or above the proficient level in geography knowledge.  This lack of knowledge...

This is a side-by-side comparison of clothes for a young girl versus for a young boy. They are the same size and style, yet the girls shirt and shorts are significantly shorter than the option for boys.

Opinion: Girls clothing perpetuates harmful narratives from a young age

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor April 21, 2024

The inseam of a typical toddler girl’s pair of shorts is an average of 4-6 inches shorter than for boys, according to Girls Will Be, a girl's clothing brand aiming to reduce gender stereotypes in clothing.  According...

A Shake Shack customer uses one of the six iPads they provide as an alternative to ordering at the counter. Many fast food restaurants have implemented similar technology, like McDonalds.

Opinion: Technology should not replace all jobs

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor March 25, 2024

In recent years, the prevalence of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in our daily lives has dramatically increased.  With the advent of new artificial intelligence platforms, such as ChatGPT,...

Michigan State University (MSU) students gather at a memorial to honor the three students killed in a shooting there on Feb. 13, 2023. Tragic events like this will continue to happen until gun control legislation is enacted to prevent them.

Opinion: Mental health resources should not be the only solution

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor March 1, 2024

“Mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead” are not words you ever want to hear your 6-year-old child say.  Yet, on Dec. 14, 2012, the sole survivor from one of the classrooms in Sandy Hook...

President Biden of the United States and President Xi Jinping of the Peoples Republic of China meet at the 2022 G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. Among other issues, leaders there discussed plans for their approach to tackle climate change. They agreed to continue pursuing efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the same goal from the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Opinion: Politicians need a green middle ground to fix climate change

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor February 1, 2024

The issue of climate change has become a battleground for Democrats and Republicans. From deciding on how to fight climate change to whether or not it is a pertinent issue, the disagreement reveals the...

Emily van Sebille sits at her desk getting ready for a lesson. When she is not teaching, she is working on her dissertation about teacher burnout.

Staff Profile: Emily van Sebille channels her passion for AP Seminar

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor December 6, 2023

Carlmont teacher Emily van Sebille has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was four. “When my sister was born, I was like, ‘Great, a pupil!’ and I handed her a worksheet,” van Sebille...

Nicole Gavel and her team competed and won third place in the NCAA national championships in 2005. Gavel emphasized the importance of teamwork and pushing together to overcome certain barriers, especially for women. Its important not to put limits on yourself and what you can achieve, Gavel said.

Barriers in female athletics

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor November 16, 2023

There are aspects of female athletics that are often not talked about. In high school athletics, 80% of all coaches are male, and this sometimes means they don’t adequately discuss or understand female...

Rosa Pissani Medina stands behind her desk, preparing for her next lessons. She tries to be available during lunch and after school for her students if they need to make up tests or come talk to her. Pissani also features decorations for different cultural holidays.  Día de los Muertos was really fun to learn about with my students, and I love decorating my classroom for it, Pissani Medina said.

Staff Profile: Rosa Pissani Medina incorporates culture into the classroom

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor November 10, 2023

Many people experiment with different careers or future goals before settling on a profession, but Carlmont High School Spanish teacher Rosa Pissani Medina always knew she wanted to teach. Pissani Medina...

Donors wait patiently for their turns to draw blood.

Carlmont community unites for the blood drive

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor October 17, 2023

One person donating blood can save up to three lives. Many Carlmont students are coming together to help achieve this at the bi-annual blood drive, which occurs in the fall and the spring.  The drive...

Sophomore Valeria Lehman prepares to write a DBQ. The first DBQ I wrote was pretty good because I managed to finish it, which I wasn’t expecting, Lehman said.

College Board announces changes to AP tests

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor September 27, 2023

College Board revealed two major changes for AP history tests in 2024. The tests now have a digital option and implemented a new rubric for the Document Based Question (DBQ).  In an announcement, the...

Students at Sunshine Gardens Elementary learn more about how to ride their bikes.

South San Francisco connects a community through bikes

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor May 20, 2023

The ‘Every Kid Deserves A Bike’ (EKDAB) program is celebrating a year of providing bikes to kids by expanding into additional schools and doubling the number of bikes it provides. The City of South...

Community members walk around the market and look at the booths selling a variety of produce like berries and fresh vegetables.

San Carlos Farmers’ Market celebrates opening day

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor April 24, 2023

The San Carlos Farmers Market reopened for Earth Day on Sunday, April 23.  In collaboration with the City of San Carlos, The Urban Village Farmers’ Market Association (UVFM ) spent several months...

Tahoe resident Regan Clute trains for a giant slalom race at her home mountain, Palisades Tahoe.

Teen skier races to qualify for the Olympics

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor March 31, 2023

There is a higher chance of picking a four-leaf clover, getting into Harvard, or living to 110 years old than making it to the Olympics.  According to Bill Mallon, co-founder of the International Society...

An artistic rendering of the housing project shows the  living units offered, with four separate structures and outside communal space as well.

San Mateo County efforts tackle homelessness

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor March 30, 2023

A new housing project will provide 240 free beds and other resources to homeless people in San Mateo County. The San Mateo Navigation Center, located east of Highway 101 along Maple Street in Redwood...

Snow covers the side of the road on Grizzly Peak in Berkeley, California.

Rare snowstorm in the Bay Area demonstrates the effects of climate change

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor March 6, 2023

The recent Bay Area snowstorm highlighted the worsening local effects of climate change.  On Friday, Feb. 24, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Warning and forecasted small amounts...

Carolyn Hoskins shares the modern day basketball exhibit with an interested youth exploring the pop-up museum.

Local museum celebrates African-American accomplishments

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor February 7, 2023

The non-profit Domini Hoskins Black History Museum & Learning Center opened its pop-up museum in Redwood City for Black History Month. The museum opened Friday, Feb. 3, and from 12-5 p.m. daily,...

The team observes each other as they take turns wrestling in the middle.

Eating disorders impact wrestling

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor December 12, 2022

Among high school students, student-athletes are three times more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than their peers. On top of this athletes may be less likely to seek treatment for an eating disorder...

A little girl tries on a princess costume at the Una Vida costume drive. More than 300 costumes were given away.

Local nonprofit brings hope one costume at a time

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor November 1, 2022

One Life Counseling Services, a nonprofit organization in San Carlos that states on its website that they provide counseling by skilled therapists for anyone regardless of socioeconomic status, helped...

Wildfires prevention becomes more necessary as the number of wildfires continues to increase.

Federal funding sparks wildfire prevention initiatives

Samantha Crowther, Highlander Editor October 15, 2022

Belmont City Council recently announced wildfire management plans for National Fire Prevention Week; Belmont plans on using part of the roughly $500,000 grant given to San Mateo County in July of 2022...

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