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Yearbook’s dedication is often disregarded
Video

Ava Richards | January 22, 2020

Despite being an integral part of welcoming summer vacation, many remain unaware of the work that goes into creating the yearbook. The lengthy process starts and ends with Carlmont’s dedicated yearbook…

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Emphasis on name-brand colleges causes pressure for students
News

Amber Chia | January 22, 2020

The long-awaited letter that would ultimately determine his future arrived in his mailbox. His hands shook as he slowly tore the envelope open, hoping his stats were competitive enough for him to receive…

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Bras uplift the spirits of some but not all
Features

Kasey Liu | January 17, 2020

Breasts.

Breasts are typically covered by bras, which are then covered by shirts. However, many have different opinions on which of these layers should go into their daily outfits.

The typical modern…

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World War III memes suggest insensitivity
Features

Allison Raisner | January 16, 2020

You open up your phone and start to scroll through your feed on social media.

You like his post. Like that meme. Comment on her post. Follow that TikToker.

You then stumble across a meme about the…

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Iranians deal with the effects of Trump’s actions
News

Khalid Kishawi | January 16, 2020

When Farhad Farnia hears his country’s name in news headlines, it never has to do with its 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 4000 years of rich history, or its diverse cuisine.

Farhad Farnia is…

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How politics flood social media
Features

Anita Beroza | January 15, 2020

You scroll through your timeline.

Dog video. Funny meme. Political post. A friend’s birthday party. Political ad.

Rinse and repeat.

If you agreed with the political post, you might…

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Overcoming obstacles in foster care
Features

Isabelle Nunes | January 14, 2020

Every morning at 7 a.m., Ariana Diller* begins her two-hour journey to school. However, it’s not the anticipation of a test or build-up of homework that occupies her mind on the way there. 

It’s…

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Service academies: Risk vs. Reward
Features

Cori Nicholson | January 10, 2020

It’s Shuaib Khan’s senior year.

Khan is sitting in his counselor’s office, flipping through a U.S. News and World Report college edition magazine. Colleges such as Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, and USC…

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Training life vs. Teenage life
Features

Allison Raisner | January 10, 2020

Junior year can be stressful. College looms in the near future, SAT and ACT tests seem to happen every other weekend, and extracurriculars repeat day after day.

Being an athlete can be stressful. Coaches…

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Uncertainty persists as PG&E blackouts continue
News

Cori Nicholson | January 6, 2020

The recent power outages administered by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) have caused inconvenience for Bay Area residents.

In the past two months, PG&E has shut down the power four…

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Salvation Army elves save Christmas once again
Features

Kiana George | December 30, 2019

Santa isn’t the only one delivering presents and spreading joy across the world. Because on Christmas morning, hundreds of Salvation Army volunteers rallied together to prepare and disperse meals to…

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Voter’s Choice Act aims to improve democracy and voter participation
News

Elle Horst | December 27, 2019

To increase voter turnout, California has implemented the Voter’s Choice Act.  

 The U.S. is one of the only nations in the world where everybody has the right to vote freely. However, only a little…

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Nobody is above the law
News

Auva Soheili | December 27, 2019

“This is what democracy looks like!” chanted a crowd of over 500 protestors.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, the evening before the House of Representatives would vote on the impeachment President Donald Trump;…

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Hobby or sport?
Features

Miles Ozorio | December 18, 2019

The world of sports is being revolutionized.

For the American sports fan, there is now the decision between watching a videogame tournament and a World Series game. For the child growing up, it is no…

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Naya Salah beats cancer with optimism
Features

Francesca D'Urzo | December 17, 2019

When she woke up, she saw a different person in the mirror.

Her entire body was yellow. Her face was sunken in, and the whites of her eyes were covered in a yellow glaze.

She looked as though the…

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Scots Talk Episode 7: The fight against leukemia
Audio

Nihal Karim | December 11, 2019

In this episode, Nihal Karim sits down with Emily Kim, a junior, to talk about her role in a campaign with other high school students to raise funds towards curing leukemia lymphoma.

This story…

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Opinion: Conan Gray is an artist to watch
Arts & Entertainment

Anna Feng | December 10, 2019

From a small town in Texas to playing in stages nationwide, Conan Gray has come a long way.

In the past two years, Gray has skyrocketed to stardom. Gray started his music career innocuously, first posting…

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Layton Greene’s ‘Tell Ya Story’ strikes at the heart
Arts & Entertainment

Maddy Ting | December 10, 2019

Layton Greene’s debut album is a rollercoaster of emotions, but you won’t hear me complaining. Arguably, it’s the very real aspect of “Tell Ya Story” that brings each individual track together,…

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Queer Time S2E5: Intracommunity Issues
Audio

Maddy Ting | December 6, 2019

No community is perfect, and the LGBTQ community is no exception. On today’s episode of Queer Time Podcast, Maddy, Zach, and Miki sit down to discuss their opinions on issues within the LGBTQ community….

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‘Knives Out’ is utterly ingenious
Arts & Entertainment

Zachary Khouri | December 6, 2019

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of laying back in my chair and snacking on popcorn while I watched Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” in theaters.

I have much to say about this film, but first let me…

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Black Friday fails to live up to expectations
News

Elle Horst | December 4, 2019

Despite its amazing deals, Black Friday  impacts the environment and can be a poor experience for customers and workers alike.

Black Friday is widely considered the biggest shopping event of the year….

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Editorial: Equality can’t wait
Opinions

Editorial Staff | December 4, 2019

Whether it comes to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the Equality Act, or movements such as Black Lives Matter, minority Americans will not be silenced.

It’s been 96 years since the ERA was first…

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Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony commemorates history and celebrates the future
News

Khalid Kishawi | December 3, 2019

While most of the Bay Area was fast asleep, looking forward to the turkey feast they would indulge in, a quarter-mile-long line stretched past Pier 33 to buy tickets for a ferry ride out to the middle…

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Thanksgiving in the Tenderloin
News

Aylin Salahifar | December 3, 2019

Through their annual Thanksgiving Day Outreach, San Francisco City Impact (SFCI) delivers thousands of hot Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged members of the Tenderloin community.

A one-square-mile…

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Teachers shed light on their indispensable jobs
Features

Sean Liuli | November 26, 2019

Teachers are, in a sense, the unsung heroes of the child-rearing process. High school teachers, in particular, play a very unique and essential role in our society, working to educate and prepare students…

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Finding beauty in the ashes
Arts & Entertainment

Isabelle Nunes | November 21, 2019

Spurred on by the recent fires that devastated many California communities, local residents banded together to install an art piece in the Redwood City Art Kiosk. Titled “Bonds Unburnt,” the piece…

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Starbucks’ holiday cup release fails to make everyone merry
News

Elise Hsu | November 21, 2019

Starbucks locations across the United States and Canada have started using festively decorated cups in honor of the holiday spirit.

According to Starbucks Stories and News, these designs were released…

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The bench acts as a catalyst to uplift Carlmont sports games
Sports

Lexi Romanowsky | November 15, 2019

Whether it be a benchwarmer, backup, or sub, starting a game sitting on the sideline might be one of the most crucial positions on a Carlmont sports team.

In sports, it is a common misconception that…

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The high cost of Bay Area living forces some teachers to find second jobs
News

Andrew Ghazouli | November 14, 2019

Teachers in the Bay Area have the unfortunate burden of dealing with high costs of living coupled with not enough pay. This forces some teachers to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. 

“I’ve seen…

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When a Tower Falls
News

Zachary Khouri | November 7, 2019

The Kincade Fire

If you took an image of any of the 15 fires that have afflicted California in the last week, it would look like a snapshot from hell.

Here in the Belmont-San Carlos area, the…

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King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ fails to live up to expectations
Arts & Entertainment

Zachary Khouri | November 7, 2019

I must admit, I was excited about this album. And by excited, I mean very excited.

I have been following King Princess’s career since her debut single, “1950,” was released back in February 2018….

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Opinion: What does it really mean to turn 18?
Opinions

Alena Ruhstaller | November 6, 2019

 I’ve always looked forward to my birthdays as a kid. I viewed 13 as the start of being a teenager, and a sweet sixteen was something that always fascinated me in the movies. 

However, 18 was different…

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‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ says ‘hasta la vista, baby’ to quality
Arts & Entertainment

Ethan Torban | November 6, 2019

WARNING: This review has minor spoilers for the 2019 film “Terminator: Dark Fate.”

“Terminator: Dark Fate” proved itself to be nothing more than a CGI-focused cash grab, dedicated to the possibility…

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Cultural minorities haunt during Halloween
Features

Zachary Khouri | November 5, 2019

Children are skipping down the street, dressed up as skeletons, witches, and ghosts. Bright smiles are disguised by their face paint; jack-o-lantern-shaped baskets are dangling in their hands.

On your…

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Anniversary of the Loma Prieta jolts earthquake concerns
News

Cori Nicholson | November 4, 2019

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake rattled the Bay Area, causing $6 billion in damage, 3,757 injuries, and 63 deaths. 

The anniversary of this earthquake marks the most destructive earthquake in California’s…

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Tessa Violet’s ‘Bad Ideas’ showcases surprising depth
Arts & Entertainment

Zachary Khouri | November 4, 2019

The chorus to Tessa Violet’s “Crush” has been ringing in my ears since I first heard it last year. The song, with its catchy melody, upbeat tempo, and relatable lyrics, instantly garnered the attention…

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Activists commemorate historic blockade of militarized weapons
News

Khalid Kishawi | October 31, 2019

Few actions inspire more pride for Bay Area Palestinian activists than the blockade of an Israeli shipping line at California’s Port of Oakland on Oct. 24, 2014.

A diverse gathering of activists in…

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Queer Time S2E4: Breaking News – Supreme Court
Audio

Maddy Ting | October 30, 2019

On today’s episode, Maddy, Zach, and Miki cover the latest breaking news fresh off the press. If you’re confused about the Supreme Court, the presidential candidates’ plans for LGBTQ+ rights, or…

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Opinion: Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ is perfect
Arts & Entertainment

Miles Ozorio | October 30, 2019

Let’s get this straight: Kanye doesn’t care what you think. He probably doesn’t care what anybody thinks. In fact, this attitude is most likely the reason you love him, or the reason you hate him.

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Blackouts strike the Bay Area
News

Auva Soheili | October 29, 2019

With winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour and five fires sparking up in Northern California, PG&E shut off the power in many areas, leaving 1.3 million residents without electricity.

PG&E,…

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Silicon Valley Pride Drag Brunch delivers a lesson on unity with a scary twist
News

Aylin Salahifar | October 28, 2019

The San Jose drag brunches hosted by Silicon Valley Pride (SVP) provide a safe space to learn about the LGBTQ community while being entertained by talented drag queens.

Held at SoFA Market, the brunch…

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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch melds art and community
Video

Ava Richards | October 23, 2019

The annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch allows the participating artists to showcase and sell their work to the Palo Alto community; it likewise gives the Bay Area a space to appreciate each other’s glass…

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Hidden support at Carlmont
Features

Rachel Matatyaou | October 22, 2019

Most students know her as the woman at the front desk helping with the bus schedule or locker difficulties. But to 18 Carlmont students, she is so much more. 

Terri Plack assists students in need and…

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Athletic trainer gives the inside scoop on injury prevention
Sports

Claire Tseng | October 22, 2019

Sports injuries are common among athletes and can have long-term effects, but many of these injuries are preventable.

Jasyn Chidester is Carlmont High School’s athletic trainer; it is his first year…

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World championship pumpkin weigh-off was worth the ‘weight’
Features

Kiana George | October 21, 2019

The 46th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off brought together 27 of the top pumpkin growers in the West Coast to compete in the battle of the biggest gourds.

On Oct. 14, hundreds of…

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PG&E restores power but not reliability in Half Moon Bay
News

Kaylene Lin | October 15, 2019

The power outages conducted by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company have caused many customers in the Half Moon Bay area to rethink their relationship with PG&E.

Due to predicted winds, PG&E…

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Save the Music 2019
Features

Scot Scoop Staff | October 14, 2019

Not a single student at Carlmont knows a world without music class at school; it was simply a part of their elementary school careers. Fourth and fifth grade meant music class. However, Eighteen years…

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Queer Time S2E3: Who am I?
Audio

Maddy Ting | October 11, 2019

In today’s episode, “Who am I?” guest star Emma Evans joins Maddy on a discussion about questioning one’s sexuality. Zach finishes off the episode by talking about recent studies on conversion therapy…

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Kim Petras’ ‘Turn off the Light’ is a chilling accompaniment to the Halloween season
Arts & Entertainment

Zachary Khouri | October 8, 2019

The second I slid on my headphones and hit “play” on the first track off of Kim Petras’ “Turn off the Light,” I knew I was going to love this album.

First, I must admit that I’m not exactly the biggest…

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Student’s app connects local teens and adults
Features

Molly Donaldson | October 7, 2019

“I can’t, I have work.”

This simple yet infamous statement is seemingly uttered by teenagers daily. Most who mention it are forced to decline offers of fun or activity so they can work their shift taking…

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