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

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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

Zachary Kinder

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer

Zachary Kinder is a junior at Carlmont High School, and this is his second year in writing for ScotScoop.  His passion is writing-it was his drive for improvement that led him to journalism class in sophomore year, and the love for journalism that blossomed there brought him to continue his journalistic journey.  When not reading or writing, Zachary runs for the Carlmont Track and Cross Country teams and enjoys Star Wars, anime, and the works of Tolkien.


Twitter: @ZakKinder

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SUHSDs statistics show a massive increase in COVID-19 cases from the start of winter break to now.

Carlmont faces substitute teacher shortages

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer January 30, 2022

After the appearance of the Omicron variant and the recent spike of COVID-19, Carlmont and the Sequoia Union High School District have been facing unprecedented student and teacher absences throughout...

Mental images of pills can make them seem too large to swallow.

When thought becomes reality: The psychology behind swallowing pills

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer December 26, 2021

Few have not heard Yoda's famous quote, "Do or do not; there is no try." What many do not realize is that this simple phrase describes the human psyche to a frightening degree. When Luke tries to lift...

Floating wind turbines might be a new green energy alternative.

California approves floating wind turbine plan

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer December 20, 2021

With the current climate crisis and the goals set at COP 26, green energy is more important than ever. But in California, access to green energy is complex issue. Continual droughts undermine hydroelectric...

Textbook costs add to already high college expenses

How to buy knowledge

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer December 12, 2021

High schools must follow statewide or national standards. Because of this requirement, most teachers use the same textbooks.  Consequently, schools can bulk purchase textbooks. The schools then lend...

Trees in Sequoia National Park are unscathed despite nearby fires.

Fires menace Sequoia National Park

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer September 24, 2021

The sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park are some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet. They contain hundreds of years of history, and the Sequoia National Park fire now threatens their future.  After...

‘Star Wars: Visions’ – A new hope for fans

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

After turning its focus towards television, Disney made a decision that shocked many: allowing seven anime studios to produce a non-canon “Star Wars” anime. And most surprising of all is that Disney...

Liz Cheney was removed from her position as Chair of the House Republican Conference after a voting on May 12 among the Republican Representative members.

Liz Cheney removed from House Republican Conference Chair

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder May 22, 2021

Since the Jan. 6 riot in the Capitol, former Republican house chair and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney has been staunchly anti-Trump. Immediately following the riot and the former President’s impeachment...

Social media has a large presence in student society as a place where many can express themselves in any way they want. Should schools have the power to exhibit rules on the platforms?

Supreme Court tackles school and social media case

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder May 13, 2021

As one of the traditional pillars of a democratic society, freedom of speech has faced constant attempts to define and redefine its parameters.  This is especially true regarding the free speech rights...

Many states, such as Arizona and Texas, are looking to pass new laws that will stop voters from mailing in their ballots after the 2020 election.

Americans look to change voting restrictions through new bills and laws

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder March 9, 2021

Following the Voting Rights Act (VPA) ratification in 1965, American democracy has made great strides in increasing general voter turnout and diversity. In 2013, the Supreme Court annulled Sections...

On Feb. 4, Representative Marjorie Greene was stripped of her House committee positions. All of the Democrats and 11 Republicans voted for her removal

Congresswoman Marjorie Greene is removed from House committee position

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder February 18, 2021

Many believe that one of the potential dangers to a democracy is a possible lack of knowledge in the voting population on key issues. Specifically, the danger lies in how a lack of knowledge can cause...

The distrust of many Americans continuously deepens the political divide noticed by many in the country.

Distrust between Americans deepens the political divide

Zachary Kinder, Staff Writer February 7, 2021

Riots in the street.   A divided government that can’t pass any legislation.   The previous president refusing to give up office. These are the stories many are telling. America divided...

A graph to visualize the results of the Congress vote.

Republican Congress members unsuccessfully vote against presidential election results

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder January 26, 2021

After the unprecedented Capitol riot two weeks ago, President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election was confirmed by Congress.   Before the confirmation, the Senate and House of Representatives...

Belmont Public Art

Belmont City Council approves Public Art Master Plan

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder December 9, 2020

Many renowned cities have unique advantages such as location, ancient architecture that attract tourists, increased revenue, beautification, and a sense of originality. Belmont, being similar to many...

The Twin Pines Tree Succession Plan in action.

First phase of Twin Pines Park Master Plan approved

Keegan Balster and Zachary Kinder October 28, 2020

The Twin Pines Park Tree Succession plan, which is the newest portion of Belmont’s Twin Pines Park Master Plan, was officially passed by the Belmont City Council on Sept. 2. The plan focuses on improving...

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