Best of SNO

Stories from Carlmont High School
Our Footprint Ep. 2: Turning a new leaf
Audio

Kaylene Lin | September 24, 2020

In the last episode, we looked at how climate change is affecting the communities we live in. Whether it be through sinking land, statewide forest fires, or a pandemic, climate change is continuously…

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Breaking News: Vegetation fire forces community evacuations
News

Rachel McCrea | September 23, 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…

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Dining outdoors leaves individuals responsible for own safety
Video

Sabrina Lo | September 22, 2020

With the desire to do things that are now restricted due to the pandemic, many are longing to experience normalcy. Restaurants have altered their establishments to fit social distancing rules and guidelines,…

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Accidental arson sparks new wildfires in California
News

Erwan Pal | September 21, 2020

California’s shocking year of wildfires is the worst in state history; 3,154,107 acres of land have been scorched across the state this year, with more expected to burn.

Currently, over 7,000 fires…

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Distance learning forces elementary students to adapt quickly
News

Amber Chia | September 18, 2020

A young girl eagerly waits for her first day of kindergarten to arrive. She vividly imagines television-like scenarios of how her first day of school would play out. Her school supplies were purchased…

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Competitive nature makes fantasy football fun for all
Sports

Joshua Baxter | September 17, 2020

With the first pick of the 2020 fantasy football draft, Happy Golladays selects Christian McCaffrey! 

The time has come. With the conclusion of week one of the 2020 NFL season at the end of Monday…

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Staff votes ‘no confidence’ in superintendent
News

Allison Raisner | September 16, 2020

Teachers and administrators from the Sequoia Union High School District issued a Vote of No Confidence against the superintendent as they question her trustworthiness and actions as a leader of the students,…

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Oddballs Ep. 1: Peculiar people
Audio

Ruya Yaman | September 15, 2020

The Oxford Dictionary defines the term “oddball” as a person who behaves in a strange or unusual way. This introductory episode of Oddballs, featuring guest speaker Dr. Gregg Henriques, is all about…

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Aeon Lem’s passion for bird watching takes flight
Video

Kiana George | September 14, 2020

Aeon Lem, a junior at Carlmont High School, has a unique hobby—birdwatching. Her passion for birds has enabled her to get a scholarship and artistic opportunities, and has taken her on many birding adventures…

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Our Footprint Ep. 1: Change in our communities
Audio

Kaylene Lin | September 10, 2020

It’s easy to brush off the urgency of global issues when they only seem like foreign threats. Sure, the ice caps in Antarctica are melting, but most of us will never experience that in our daily lives….

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Opinion: Call white supremacists what they are
Opinions

Auva Soheili | September 10, 2020

What would you call someone who murdered two people after crossing state lines with an illegally obtained AR-15 to support a white supremacist gang countering a Black Lives Matter protest?
White supremacists…

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Dr. Aashish Manglik: Blowing his way through competitors with new COVID-19 technology
Video

Josh Barde | September 8, 2020

Dr. Aashish Manglik has been researching and developing a new nasal spray that prevents COVID-19 particles from binding with your lungs. If his product is deemed successful, Aeronab could become a cheaper…

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Students don’t give a pass to online exams
Features

Elise Hsu | June 1, 2020

Natalie Nielsen was almost done with her Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus test. She had already finished the first question; all she had to do now was submit her answer to the second question. With over…

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Carlmont reels from the effects of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Ruya Yaman | June 1, 2020

As discussion rages on about the future of Carlmont, students and staff weigh-in to offer their opinions and experiences with online learning.

This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on…

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Reap What You Sew
Audio

Ava Richards | May 29, 2020

“Reap What You Sew” tells the story of a 17-year-old girl named Auva Soheili with a drive to fix social injustice around the world… through clothing! In 2019, Auva started her own clothing line,…

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Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing on You’ humanizes North Korea
Arts & Entertainment

Anna Feng | May 28, 2020

Out of all the k-dramas I’ve seen so far in 2020, Netflix’s 2019 release “Crash Landing on You” is by far the most unique.

The series follows a wealthy heiress named Yoon Se-Ri, who lands in North…

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Meatless meat companies: Reinventing the food industry one meal at a time
Features

Kaylene Lin | May 27, 2020

If the entire world were to become vegetarian by 2050, food-related greenhouse gas emissions would drop by around 60%.

Imagine that. A world with only plant-based foods. A world that can eat it’s…

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Students soar in Civil Air Patrol
Features

Preston Kwok | May 27, 2020

“Semper Vigilans, Always Vigilant.”

This is the motto that defines Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Air Force civilian auxiliary. Although it is similar to the well-known Scouts program, many are unaware…

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The end of fast fashion
Features

Leanna Gower | May 26, 2020

Forever 21 was once the fashion empire feared by other retailers and grew faster than anyone could have anticipated; however, faced with the competition of fast fashion and internal collapse, the empire…

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Governments vs. climate change
Features

Katerina Gaines | May 26, 2020

Governments worldwide are facing a problem that no other generation of political leaders has had to face: climate change.

Unprecedented warming temperatures, flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires are…

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Is This Love? Episode 6: Self-love in self-isolation
Coronavirus

Kimberly Mitchell | May 21, 2020

Two months into quarantine, people all around the world continue to adjust to their new life under a pandemic.

In this episode of Is This Love? Zach, Kim, Alena, and Anna discuss how social distancing…

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Policy change results in lack of diversity
Features

Niamh Marren | May 19, 2020

When most people hear the word diversity, many think about different racial ethnicities. One thing that is often talked about but never changed is how certain privileges or disadvantages are based…

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A Rare Disease
Features

Zoey Beresford | May 18, 2020

Shortly after Cyl Beresford gave birth to her son, the baby was swept away into countless tests with the only report of heart murmurs that may or may not go away.

Bryan Beresford was born with five…

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Opinion: We need to stop complaining about quarantine
Coronavirus

Ethan Torban | May 18, 2020

As humans, one of our natural instincts is greed. When we lived in the caves, we had to be greedy to survive, as the ability to successfully hunt and gather determined whether one would live or die.

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The hidden side of cheating
Features

Cooper Perez | May 18, 2020

High school is a period in which teenagers can express their free-spirited attitudes towards life and ready themselves for the “real world.”

Students party and spend time together before they depart…

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Stealing art does not just mean reposting
Arts & Entertainment

Miki Nguyen | May 12, 2020

When people think of an art thief, most think of either physical art thieves who steal paintings or people who repost someone else’s art without credit. Both are harmful, but other types of art theft go…

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Animal shelters adjust to the shelter-in-place order
Coronavirus

Brandon Moon | May 11, 2020

During the shelter-in-place order in this period of COVID-19, many animal shelters necessitate a change to retain the quality of life for the animals that are housed in these private shelters. Despite…

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Opinion: Hardship paves way for leadership
Opinions

Cori Nicholson | May 11, 2020

Throughout history, leadership is always needed. From monarchies to elected officials to unassuming individuals thrust into positions of leadership, society needs leaders who have the charisma to take…

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Companies strive to help victims of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Isabelle Nunes | May 6, 2020

As people struggle to adjust with the confinements of quarantine, hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed and undersupplied, while small businesses scrambled to keep afloat. Ultimately, COVID-19 has created…

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Distance teaching: Educators adapt to a new work and home dynamic
Coronavirus

Andrew Ghazouli | May 5, 2020

As teachers change their lesson plans to best accommodate their students during distance learning, many of them also have to adjust to other challenges and responsibilities that come with their new routine.

This…

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Theatricult Episode 7: Passions to professions
Audio

Ruya Yaman | May 1, 2020

With the end of the school year nearing, many students have began to think more intricately about what they might want to pursue, a majority of them being pressured to pick something practical. However,…

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Individual action can reduce greenhouse gas emissions 
Features

Katerina Gaines | April 30, 2020

There’s an excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; many scientists refer to it as the slow destruction of the natural world.

This is climate change. 
The Causes
Carbon dioxide has been pumped…

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Utilizing old habits: the applications of procrastination
Features

Andrew Ghazouli | April 28, 2020

All you want to do is take a break, but a binder full of work demands attention.

With homework at the back of your mind, the temptation to scroll through Instagram and talk to friends overpowers the…

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Dancers continue their passion despite COVID-19
Coronavirus

Erin Kee | April 28, 2020

Empty streets, closed businesses, quiet neighborhoods. Sometimes, it feels like the entire world is just…paused. But, despite a global pandemic, the world hasn’t stopped moving.

Dance teachers across…

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A burnout story: what it takes to break an athlete
Sports

Nadia Fedotova | April 27, 2020

She didn’t get to have a normal teenage life.

Beyond the gym, where she trained six days a week for 24 hours, she didn’t have any close friends. How could she when gymnastics came…

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The truth behind the lights and cameras
Arts & Entertainment

Jessica Conley | April 27, 2020

Oftentimes, what is depicted in Hollywood doesn’t accurately reflect reality.

However, people sometimes base their career aspirations on what they see in the movies, as they tend to believe that the…

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Danger creeps right beneath our feet
Features

Nikhil Vyas | April 24, 2020

It’s Oct. 17, 1989.

The Giants and A’s are about to play game three of the World Series. Televisions and radio stations across the country are tuning in to the game.

Jaime Garcia, a Carlmont…

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A tip of the paycheck
Features

Aleyda Contreras | April 23, 2020

Tiredness whispers through you after six and a half hours of school, the weight of your eyelids a complement to the intense yearning for rest. However, there is one more thing you have to do: you trade…

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FOMO: Not just a trend
Features

Sophia Deynega | April 22, 2020

“You’re missing out.”

The grey bubble pops up on your phone as you sit in bed, “The Office” humming throughout your room. Your friends are at the movies, seeing a film you don’t even care…

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Intertwining cultures
Features

Lora Simakova | April 22, 2020

Once seen through a cultural lens, the Bay Area becomes more astounding than ever. The many cultures present in the region intertwine to create a mixture of amazing people, places, and traditions.

Although…

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Technology vs. Humanity
Sports

Arthur Goncalves | April 21, 2020

Both teams are a touchdown away from winning the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship.
With two minutes left, Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a spiral to teammate Tommylee Lewis, just…

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Processing Minority S2E2: The battle against isolation
Coronavirus

Clarisse Bell | April 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, teenagers in the Bay Area have been battling boredom in the past few weeks of quarantine. As a result, they have found ways to stay engaged while locked at home. Today,…

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Vacation communities are anxious amidst pandemic
Coronavirus

Calista Shohet | April 20, 2020

A short ferry ride away from Rhode Island lies an island home to 1,051 residents, with an average age of 50 years old. Its isolation has lead to limited resources for residents in times of crisis. On April…

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Theatricult Episode 6: Closures and cancellations
Coronavirus

Ruya Yaman | April 17, 2020

Theatrical shows have always been top-rated attractions, with millions attending performances each year. However, in the light of a pandemic, stages across the world have been going dark. This episode,…

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Mother and daughter duo support first responders
Coronavirus

Kiana George | April 17, 2020

The mother and daughter duo, Sheryl and Shaina Greenspan, have been doing community service projects together much of their lives, so when COVID-19 struck the Bay Area, the two women were eager to get…

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Breaking News: Board of Trustees votes to adopt credit/no credit grading system
Coronavirus

Lora Simakova | April 17, 2020

After about four hours of discussion, the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) Board of Trustees decided their students’ fates for the remainder of the 2020 school year. 

Initiated at 6 p.m….

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Refugees: A test of humanity
Features

Kai Yoshida | April 15, 2020

Diving to the floor, tucking into a tight ball, and squeezing her eyes shut, the trembling stopped. Peering out the window, she saw the thick black clouds rise towards the heavens. The restaurant with…

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Editorial: Ethical journalism is part of the cure for COVID-19
Coronavirus

Editorial Staff | April 14, 2020

In times of crisis, it is more important than ever that people are well-informed in order to take the appropriate precautions and stay calm. However, the media can either be a help or a hindrance.

The…

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Opinion: Count every vote
Opinions

Isabelle Nunes | April 14, 2020

America. 

A place where everyone has a say on key issues and can vote for change. A place where everyone’s voice is heard.

Or so it seems. 

Since its approval in 1787, the Electoral College…

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Businesses shut down and lay off workers due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Erwan Pal | April 9, 2020

The streets are empty as business owners are forced to shut down stores and lay off workers due to COVID-19. 

Multiple stores across America are forced to shut down. Big names such as Best Buy, Kohl’s,…

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