The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Carlmont High School
National heritage months celebrate cultures amidst increasing hate
Features

Grace Wu | May 5, 2021

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month has occurred in May since 1992. In 2006, the same month also became Jewish American Heritage Month. In addition to other commemorative heritage…

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Opinion: Plastic is only part of the problem
Opinions

Isabelle Nunes | April 29, 2021

Picking up plastic on the beach won’t help prevent the destruction of our oceans as much as you think it will.

Now don’t get me wrong, it won’t hurt either, but the issue extends beyond merely plastic…

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Living with mother Earth Ep. 7: What you can do
Video

Payton Zolck | April 29, 2021

Throughout, this series Payton Zolck has spoken with various people about climate change and different environmental issues. Join her in the last episode of Living with mother Earth, where she speaks with…

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Self-Care Share Ep. 5: The magic of meditation
Audio

Carolina Cuadros | April 26, 2021

In the fifth episode of Self-Care Share, host Carolina Cuadros describes her firsthand experience with meditation and the benefits of this practice. The episode features Fredrick Luskin, a meditation…

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Earth Day’s impact and message
Features

Catherine Eikelbarner | April 23, 2021

Even though the first Earth Day occurred in 1970, the holiday continues to encourage environmental protection decades later.

Up until 1970, humans were immensely ignorant of the growing problems and…

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Asian Americans rise against racism in a national day action
Showcase

Kiana George | April 22, 2021

As hate crimes agains Asian-Americans have surged in the past few months, thousands of protestors across the U.S. have rallied for change. In San Francisco, organizers brought together local city leaders,…

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Japan set to release Fukushima nuclear waste into ocean
News

Maya Kornyeyeva | April 21, 2021

An announcement made by the Japanese government has sparked controversy around the globe. 

This declaration, made on Tuesday, April 13, featured Japan’s plan to gradually release 1.25 tons of treated…

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Arospace Ep. 4: Arriving at the representation station
Audio

Maddy Ting | April 20, 2021

In the fourth episode of Arospace, hosts Maddy Ting and Elise Hsu go over historic and modern-day asexual and aromantic representation, particularly the media’s noticeable lack of support in the past….

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Women’s History Month sparks discussions
Features

Catherine Eikelbarner | April 19, 2021

Oppression is something that women have been facing for centuries, and because of things like Women’s History Month, more awareness can spread about these issues and the historical discrimination women…

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Local governments broadly adopt hazard pay mandates
News

Hudson Fox | April 16, 2021

Despite the increase in COVID-19 vaccine distribution and local residents anticipating a return to a greater sense of normalcy, Bay Area governments are considering and implementing hazard pay mandates…

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Opinion: There is a proper way to ask for someone’s ethnicity
Opinions

Amber Chia | April 16, 2021

When I was in the fourth grade, I vividly remember a classmate asking me, “Where are you from?” Before I could respond with San Francisco, they proceeded to play the guessing game of various races and…

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Asian Americans face increasing discrimination
News

Lucy Lopshire | April 16, 2021

Although discrimination against Asian Americans has been prevalent in the U.S. for years, prejudiced opinions regarding COVID-19 have caused hate crimes and verbal attacks to intensify in Asian communities.

In…

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Big Ideas, Small Businesses Ep. 2: Damsels in Distress
Video

Chelsea Plunkett | April 15, 2021

Welcome to episode two of Big Ideas, Small Businesses, the show that highlights teens and young adults navigating the world of small businesses. In this episode, Talia McWilliams and Elizabeth Higgins…

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Carlmont students speak out about Asian hate
Video

Phoebe Gulsen | April 14, 2021

This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on April 13, 2021.

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Teachers struggle to balance curriculum and current events in classrooms
News

Aidan Lynd | April 13, 2021

It’s been three months since a group of fervent Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol Building. The mob violently attacked, shattering not only windows but the ideals and beliefs of many…

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Student soars to new heights amidst pandemic
Video

Preston Kwok | April 12, 2021

Thaddeus Duffy is currently a senior and has spent the past summer training to get his private pilot license with the Upwind Scholarship program.

This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News…

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Twin Dragon helps students kick their way to self-confidence
Video

Sabrina Lo | April 12, 2021

Twin Dragon Kung Fu Academy is a studio in San Carlos that teaches the art of self-defense. Not only do their tight community and teaching style prepare their students for possible danger in real life,…

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Three COVID-19 vaccines build immunity
News

Grace Wu | April 8, 2021

A year into the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines from three companies: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna,…

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Opinion: Intersectionality is key to modern feminism
Opinions

Isabelle Nunes | April 7, 2021

The battle for women’s justice is the battle for economic justice, LGBTQ+ justice, and racial justice, all intertwined.

While being a feminist may mean something different to everyone, it always has…

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Local police officers discuss national police issues
Video

Preston Kwok | April 6, 2021

Over the past year, several controversial incidents occurred involving police officers which received national attention. Officer Ed Barry with the Belmont Police Department and Mountain View Chief of…

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Should teenagers be allowed to vote?
Features

Claire Stanton | April 5, 2021

In the 2016 presidential election, less than half of Americans between the ages 18 and 29 voted.

Across every Californian election cycle, teenagers experience half of their responsibility and right…

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Music: a uniting force
Features

Erin Kee | April 2, 2021

Behind every era of history are thousands of styles and genres of music that have shaped the world into what it is today. Likewise to our earth’s millions of cultures, every style of music is unique…

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The weight of the world
News

Amber Chia | March 31, 2021

On May 25, 2020, a police officer pinned George Floyd down with his knee on his neck for over 8 minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd was later pronounced dead from suffocation. On March…

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The cheating epidemic
Features

Anna Wilkinson | March 31, 2021

Failure.

Since the start of their education, every student has avoided hearing that word at all costs. Across the world, teenagers have been trained, conditioned, and scared into believing that a single…

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Diverse Creativity Ep. 2: Innovation and entrepreneurship
Video

Josh Barde | March 31, 2021

In this week’s episode of Diverse Creativity, Barry Selick and Steve Del Cardayre dive into what innovation means and how creativity is the basis of their everyday job. With the perspective of the shark…

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Why volunteering is so beneficial
Features

Andrew Shu | March 26, 2021

Why would someone be offering to do work for free?

Millions of people do just that.

Although some people believe volunteering is unnecessary or pointless because it does not seem to provide an apparent…

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Arospace Ep. 3: All aboard the relationship
Audio

Chelsea Chang | March 25, 2021

In the third episode of Arospace, hosts Chelsea Chang, Kasey Liu, and Jack Hansen discuss validation and relationships in the aromantic and asexual communities. Later in the episode, guest Anique Vachon…

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Outer space explorations spark new opportunities
Features

Maya Kornyeyeva | March 23, 2021

Space, at its core, is a constantly changing and expanding vacuum. It is filled with an enormous array of celestial bodies and, as of 1957, human-made ships and satellites. 

The National Aeronautics…

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Inside the mind of a Youth Climate Ambassador
Video

Hayes Gaboury | March 22, 2021

Carl Bussiek is a member of YCA, or Youth Climate Ambassadors, an organization committed to helping spread awareness and actively combat climate change. Carl has been involved in multiple projects surrounding…

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Courage in Congress: The Jackie Speier story
Features

Aarya Mukherjee | March 18, 2021

The attributes of a fighter are quite different than that of a person who simply survives adversity.

A fighter is a person that when faced with adversity, doesn’t give in.

A fighter is a person…

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San Mateo County manages an effective vaccine distribution system
Video

Payton Zolck | March 17, 2021

As vaccine distribution becomes a priority across the country, San Mateo County works to maintain an effective plan to distribute vaccines to its citizens.

This story was originally published on Scot…

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Star pastry chef pops-up on the Peninsula
Video

Kiana George | March 16, 2021

Due to the pandemic, many companies have had to down-size. Vincent Attali, an accomplished French American pastry chef at New York City, was the former executive pastry chef at Linkelnd, where over 95%…

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X marks the spot for xenophobia in New York
Features

Marrisa Chow | March 15, 2021

“Hey, get your filthy Kung Flu self out of my way!”

With a jolt, she realizes the man has pushed her to the ground, where she hit her head against a metal newsstand box. He kicks her twice again,…

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Public Wi-Fi bridges the digital divide
News

Grace Wu | March 11, 2021

The modern world revolves around technology, but not everyone has the same access to it. 

This digital divide grew more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, as students require direct access to Wi-Fi…

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Arospace Ep. 2: Combatting phobias and gatekeepers
Audio

Chelsea Chang | March 10, 2021

In the second episode of Arospace, hosts Jack Hansen and Elise Hsu discuss discrimination that members of the aromantic and asexual communities face within the LGBTQ+ community and in general society….

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The reality of running a business
Features

Sophia Awoyinka | March 8, 2021

Only half of small businesses survive their first five years.

The struggles and risks associated with the task of running a business are often overlooked by those seeking independence, power, money,…

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Post-Graduate Options:  Considering the Paths Less Taken 
Features

Noah Braunstein | March 3, 2021

In 2018, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 44% of high school seniors enrolled in four-year institutions, and 26% immediately enrolled in two-year institutions. 

The number…

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The Divided States of America
Features

Izaan Masud | March 3, 2021

Heather Heyer was a Virginia native who grew up in a predominantly white, working-class community. She was a descendant of coal miners. Like many Americans, she was worried about newly-elected President…

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Effects of a guilty conscience
Features

Jordan Dooley | March 2, 2021

Imagine someone is walking down the street, and suddenly, a $100 bill falls out of their wallet. What should the stranger behind them do? Should they slyly stash it in their pocket or quickly return it…

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Flourish: Stories of unconditional love
Audio

Kaylene Lin | March 1, 2021

About one in 54 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Join host Kaylene Lin as she sheds a light on the autism…

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Pressures of elite sports: The impact on body image
Sports

Nyah Simpson | March 1, 2021

Around 49% of D1 athletes develop body image issues.

But, that is only the reported amount.

Many athletes with eating disorders fly under the radar, and the disorder is often left untreated. Furthermore,…

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Asian American films work for greater Asian representation
Arts & Entertainment

Keegan Balster | February 26, 2021

In modern times, many people obtain their cultural knowledge through media in the form of the internet, movies, television shows, and stereotypes.

Asian and Asian American culture is a victim of this…

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Arospace Ep. 1: Blast off! Navigating the myth storm
Audio

Chelsea Chang | February 22, 2021

In the first episode of Arospace, Maddy, Chelsea, and Kasey will be busting some myths about aromanticism and asexuality, as well as answering a few commonly asked questions. Later, they’ll be joined…

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Climate legislation signals a renewed focus on the San Francisco Bay
Features

Hudson Fox | February 22, 2021

The San Francisco Bay, one of the nation’s most valuable but neglected ecosystems, faces an existential threat posed by climate change.

Throughout the Bay Area, rising sea levels have begun to inundate…

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Assessing the College Board
Features

Robin Linares | February 19, 2021

When students hear the phrase “College Board,” thoughts of PSATs, SATs, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and college applications immediately cross their minds.

While the College Board provides…

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How interactive whiteboards took over
Features

Kai Yoshida | February 18, 2021

From blackboards in the 1800s to whiteboards in the 1960s, technological advancements enabled the creation of interactive whiteboards in the 1990s.

Xerox PARC invented the first interactive whiteboard…

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A social phenomenon: how social media affects teens
Features

Grace Wu | February 17, 2021

Click. Swipe. Double-tap. Comment. Swipe. 

Change app. Repeat. 

A process so familiar to teens worldwide may influence how people develop during the critical point of life. 

Times are changing…

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Bernie Sanders: the man, the mitts, the legend
Features

Sophie Gurdus | February 16, 2021

Although Inauguration Day was a scaled-down affair this year, it was nothing short of eventful. Outfits from Lady Gaga’s “Hunger Games” inspired outfit to Michelle Obama’s plum-colored Sergio Hudson belt…

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Selfishness on the rise
Opinions

Maya Campbell | February 16, 2021

Power and success always go hand in hand. To achieve success, we often hear about working hard and being kind. However, the most influential people do not get there by ordinary means. 

Jeff Bezos,…

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Lemos Farm’s goat yoga relaxes community
Video

Ruya Yaman | February 15, 2021

Baa-maste! Goat yoga has been a staple at locally-beloved Lemos Farm for the past three and a half years. During the lockdown, it’s gained even more popularity as a bonding event for families, friends,…

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