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

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

Scot Scoop News

Stella Pavao

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer

Stella Pavao is a current senior at Carlmont High School and a staff writer for Scot Scoop News. She is also the senior class president and a member of Carlmont's Junior State of America. When off campus, Stella can be found listening to Kacey Musgraves or watching Formula One racing. To view her portfolio, click here.

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The Carlmont community is finding ways to celebrate holidays in new and positive ways. Whether celebrating diversity, donating to charity, or reconnecting with loved ones, the holidays are ushering in a feel-good era.

Good news report: the holiday spirit grows on campus

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer December 9, 2023

As the first semester wraps up, the light at the end of the final exam tunnel is getting brighter and brighter. Whether the holidays are a time to celebrate culture, visit loved ones, or give and receive...

With new releases in video games like Fortnite and movies such as The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes, many Carlmont students are returning to childhood favorites. Its funny to think Im back doing the things I was doing when I was 10 years old, said sophomore Lucas Zago.

Good news report: nostalgic favorites return

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer November 12, 2023

In a time of an increasingly competitive educational landscape, teens often find themselves wanting to resort back to a simpler, less stressful time. Whether evoked by a movie, song, or in another way,...

In the Scots first season of girls flag football, they have won all nine regular season games and earned the No. 1 ranking in the Central Coast Section (CCS), according to

A season with the Scots: girls flag football creates a level playing field

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer October 31, 2023

No helmets, no shoulder pads, and an undefeated season. This fall, the Carlmont Scots have set a winning precedent in the inaugural season of girls flag football. The team's introduction came after...

Whether through sports, community service, or the performing arts, Carlmont students have found many different ways to share their strengths to better the community.

Good news report: Scots find many ways to get involved

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer October 20, 2023

It is no secret that Carlmont students are involved in more than just the classroom. As the first academic quarter wraps up, here are just a few examples of Scots' contributions to the Carlmont community....

September 23 marked the official start of fall. But the return of annual trends have had many Carlmont students already in the autumnal mood.

The three F’s of fall: football, food, and fashion

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer October 2, 2023

The transition between summer and fall brings many changes. School returns to session, tree foliage changes to its signature autumn oranges and browns, and the weather moves from sunny and bright to brisk...

Senior running back Braeden Kumer gains yards for the Scots in the second half of the game.

Knights joust Scots in home opener

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer September 3, 2023

Carlmont's varsity football team lost to the Menlo Knights in the Scots' first home game of the season on Friday. Students shuffled back to Bruce Usher Stadium for the start of Carlmont home games, the...

Scots spike the Eagles to win first championship

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer May 25, 2023

Carlmont won its first NorCal championship in a hard-fought game against Berean Christian. The Scots ended their historic season with a 3-2 victory over the Eagles.  The Scots established an early...

At the 2023 boys volleyball California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) NorCal Division III championship, hitter Eric Fadeyev finished with 15 kills against the Berean Christian Eagles. The Scots beat the Eagles 3-2.

A season with the Scots: the new NorCal champions

Stella Pavao and Gracia Shao-Xue May 25, 2023

The Carlmont varsity boys' volleyball team added four new trophies to the case this season. The Scots garnered significant wins in league, regional, and state tournaments, the most important of which came...

The Road to NorCal

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer May 24, 2023

Coming off the 2022 season, the Scots were looking for redemption. After facing unforeseen challenges, the Scots were eliminated in the semi-finals of last year's Central Coast Section (CCS) championship...

Katie Peacock crosses the finish line of the 1600-meter PAL final with a time of 5:10.

Athlete Profile: Katie Peacock makes a comeback

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer May 7, 2023

When she joined the track and field team this year, Katie Peacock was prepared to have another stellar season. The sophomore and newly appointed girls varsity track team captain started on a high note,...

Vikram Kacholiya serves the ball towards Dylan Hansen and Luke Amdurksy on the Panthers side.

Scots serve up a win against Panthers

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer April 7, 2023

Continuing their winning streak against the Panthers, Carlmont's varsity boys' tennis team beat the Burlingame Panthers 6-1. After beating the Panthers earlier in the season, the Scots anticipated for...

Sophomore Samantha Levitt loses a draw to the Wildcats’ top scorer, Madi Escobar.

Wildcats triumph over Scots in a dominant victory

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

Carlmont's girls varsity lacrosse team continued their season-long losing streak this Wednesday at the hands of the Woodside Wildcats, suffering a defeat of 11-5. The game against Woodside on March...

Carlmonts athletic director Patrick Smith works to get students involved with all aspects of Carlmont athletics, whether on the field or on the sidelines.

Staff Profile: Patrick Smith keeps Carlmont athletics moving

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer February 20, 2023

There are 25 sports teams at Carlmont across three different seasons. Hundreds of Carlmont students represent the Scots as athletes. Behind the operation is one man running the show: Carlmont's athletic...

Sophomore forward Kaylee Kim battles Woodside defender Abigail Clarke for the ball.

Wildcats clutch a tight victory over Scots

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer January 28, 2023

Carlmont's girls varsity soccer team fought to the very end in a 5-4 loss to the Woodside Wildcats. This was the Scots' second matchup of the season against the Woodside. The Scots had previously secured...

Tala Newell is just one of many teens who enjoys performing. I am definitely an introvert in real life but performing has always given me a safe outlet from that. Also, the the rush of adrenaline is very addicting, Newell said.

Local teens work towards a musical future

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer December 4, 2022

Taylor Swift was just 16 years old when she first claimed a spot on Billboard's Hot 100.  Billie Eilish was 15 when her hit song 'Ocean Eyes' made the list, and Stevie Wonder was only 13 years old...

In the time of social media and smartphones, relationships have been shifted to be based on texts and calls.

Modern love: how dating has evolved

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

All you need is love. For decades this sentiment has been spread globally, but relationships have become more complicated in the age of technology and social media. Gone are the days of candlelight...

The future Topgolf site will take over the land that was the Burlingame Golf Center.

Burlingame approves new Topgolf facility

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer October 27, 2022

The city of Burlingame has approved plans to build a Topgolf facility on government-leased lands. Topgolf is a modern take on golf. The setup is the same as a large driving range, but golfers focus...

Students and adults alike have been fighting for gun control since the rise of the March For Our Lives movement in 2018.

Student organization fights against gun violence

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer October 11, 2022

Gun violence has become a constant in American society. Plaguing schools and communities around the nation, it seems to be everywhere. However, the Sequoia Union High School District branch of March For...

For many, the train station on El Camino serves as a divider between East and West Belmont.

New housing proposal faces pushback from East Belmont residents

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer September 24, 2022

The city of Belmont is beginning plans to create close to 2,000 units to house thousands of new residents, mainly in East Belmont. Every eight years, California requires that cities introduce new housing...

The Kardashians pose for an ad campaign with Sears in 2013.

All about the Kardashian-Jenner family

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer April 27, 2022

The Kardashians first rose to popularity in the 1990s when Robert Kardashian Sr. represented O.J. Simpson in the infamous The People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson case. Then, after...

Since its inaugural season in 1950, Formula One has raced on 69 tracks across 34 countries.

A beginner’s guide to Formula One racing

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

The 2022 Formula One racing season is now underway. The sport has gained popularity in the past few seasons with aid from Netflix's "Formula 1: Drive to Survive". Whether inspired by Netflix's docuseries...

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Quiz: Which fast food chain are you?

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer March 24, 2022

Injured players on the Carlmont JV girls soccer team watch their teammates practice from the sidelines.

Sidelined: the psychological toll of a sports injury

Stella Pavao and Lucille Sanders March 12, 2022

Two games in, and his season was over. He was carted off the field, and the game continued without him. Notre Dame's redshirt junior quarterback Malik Zaire knew he would never play the same way again. When...

Netflix has been releasing original content  since 2012. Now the content produced ranges between various genres and formats.

Five Netflix originals to watch today

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer March 9, 2022

Although initially a platform for streaming outside content, Netflix has quickly become a powerhouse for producing original materials. Here are five recommendations on five Netflix originals you should...

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Quiz: What vegetable are you?

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer March 3, 2022

Lunar New Year can be celebrated with lion dances, lighting firecrackers, and spending time with family.

What your lunar zodiac says about you

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer February 9, 2022

Many people in cultures across the world celebrate Lunar New Year. For many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is marked with family-centered celebrations. Each year, the holiday has a different zodiac from...

Ticket marketplaces such as Ticketmaster make buying tickets to concerts easier.

[Photo] Which upcoming Bay Area concert do you most want to see?

January 26, 2022

Ticket marketplaces such as Ticketmaster make buying tickets to concerts easier.

Trader Joe’s’ creative products have made the store a favorite of Instagram bloggers and average consumers alike.

What your favorite Trader Joe’s product says about you

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer January 18, 2022

Since the Trader Joe's brand began production in 1972, it has become a cult-favorite grocer. The brand's signature tropical branding combined with its unique products has made it a staple for pantries...

Carlmonts quad serves as the center of campus for the Scots.

Quiz: How well do you know Carlmont?

Stella Pavao, Staff Writer January 12, 2022

Scots double team a Vikings guard to prevent a Lynbrook basket.

Scots beat the Vikings in home opener

Stella Pavao and Lucille Sanders December 1, 2021

As the winter sports seasons ramp up, Carlmont JV boys basketball is no exception. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Carlmont secured their second win against the Lynbrook Vikings in their first regular-season...

Players huddle up to debrief after the game.


Players huddle up to debrief after the game.

Players run a quick drill during a 30-second timeout.


Players run a quick drill during a 30-second timeout.

Players help each other stretch before the start of the game.


Players help each other stretch before the start of the game.

At practice, athletes pair up with one another to wrestle as Coach Ricardo Garcia circles the mat and gives critiques on form.

Co-ed wrestling team gears up for upcoming season

Lucille Sanders and Stella Pavao November 10, 2021

As the leaves are changing, so are the sports seasons at Carlmont. One of the many Carlmont sports teams preparing for the start of their season is co-ed wrestling.  With their first match coming up...

At an after-school practice, players run a drill to prepare their defense for the next game.

JV football prepares to play the night away at homecoming

Lucille Sanders and Stella Pavao October 19, 2021

While others are planning their Halloween costumes, the Carlmont JV football team is preparing to suit up for their first homecoming game on Oct. 29. Last year, the JV football team battled with COVID-19...

Carlmonts pool is left empty after the JV boys water polo game was canceled due to a COVID-19 case.

JV boys water polo’s hopes of victory drowned by COVID-19

Stella Pavao and Lucille Sanders September 29, 2021

Less than 48 hours before their game against Mills High School, JV boys water polo became the latest Carlmont sports team to fall victim to COVID-19 safety protocols. On Monday night, the team was...

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