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Stories from Carlmont High School
Aquaponics: An urge to rethink
Features

Katherine Tsvirkunova | April 8, 2020

A YouTube video.

That’s all it took for Ken Armstrong to start up his chain of aquaponics farms.

Inspired by the transformation of food production described in an interview with Will Allen, a MacArthur…

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All sports are team sports
Sports

Emma Scott | April 7, 2020

All alone. 

Standing alone on the floor, on the diving board, on the track.

No one else is there except the eyes of the audience. 

This notion of being all alone is the common perception of…

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Theatricult Episode 5: Relations and reliability
Audio

Ruya Yaman | April 7, 2020

Despite the name, not everything about technical theater is quite so technical — one of the lesser known, yet equally essential, steps to a successful production is to create connections with the…

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Foreign students face foreign problems
Features

Nicole Coleman | April 3, 2020

Some come for a better education, some because of their parents, while others come seeking financial security.

The California Department of Education recorded that there were over 2 million students…

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Teens protest to drive change
Features

Mira Bhatt | April 1, 2020

Fourteen-year-old Yara Moawad wakes up early on a Monday morning. She brushes her teeth and gets ready for school, only to find out that it had been canceled again — for the fourth week in a row.

She…

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Travis Sweeney: Helping the community through cutting hair
Video

Josh Barde | April 1, 2020

For 14 years, Travis Sweeney has been an entrepreneur creating a more personal barbershop experience and helping kids with special needs find their own unique style. Through battling obstacles, Sweeney…

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Woman spends her quarantine helping the homeless
Coronavirus

Adila Azizali | March 31, 2020

The streets are empty. Since the COVID-19 epidemic hit the world, everyone is quarantining in their homes. However, the population of the homeless are forgotten. Having no place to stay or a proper support…

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Bakeries adjust to bring joy during COVID-19
Coronavirus

Amber Chia | March 31, 2020

The sweet smell of vanilla, apricot, and almond wafts through the crisp morning air in San Francisco, California. A woman beams as she walks out of Dianda’s Bakery with her daily order of an apricot…

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Making ‘special’ the new norm
Features

Claire Tseng | March 30, 2020

She has a learning disability, so she’s special. At least that’s what everyone else thinks.

These days, more and more students are receiving help from support programs that use different grading…

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Processing Minority S2E1: Extracurricular cancelation due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Clarisse Bell | March 27, 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone differently, many communities have seen cancelations in school, work, and travel all in the promotion of safety. For many teenagers and adolescents,…

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Rise Against Hunger fulfills community craving for service
Video

Andrew Ghazouli | March 26, 2020

In the midst of the 815 million people who struggle with hunger and malnutrition today, an organization called Rise Against Hunger has managed to pack and ship over 500 million meals to places like Vietnam,…

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Just one bite could kill
Features

Kiana George | March 26, 2020

Her group of friends had planned one last late-night dinner before they embarked on their college adventures.

The trees that lined the street twinkled with lights as they walked toward the restaurant.

“Are…

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The college that students attend may not matter in the long run
Features

Wyatt Binnard | March 25, 2020

Many students and parents think that attending a prestigious college is a golden ticket to success. While students from elite schools may have an easier time finding their first job, research shows their…

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Opinion: Consumerism kills
Opinions

Cori Nicholson | March 25, 2020

Money. Profit. 

It drives all of us. It’s hard to ignore — after all, society is set up like this. The majority of the world works until they can’t anymore. Go to work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat….

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‘Kid Krow’ offers a poignant look into Gen Z adolescence
Arts & Entertainment

Anna Feng | March 25, 2020

What do you get when you cross Lorde’s melancholy with The 1975’s sound and Taylor Swift’s songwriting skills? Why, Conan Gray, of course.

Gray’s newest album, “Kid Krow,” captures both the intense…

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Opinion: We’re not going away
Opinions

Kaylene Lin | March 24, 2020

I always felt a little different growing up. My forehead was always a little too big, my skin a little too tan, and my eyes a little too small.

Walking to the bus stop, talking to my friends, going…

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Video

Kiana George | March 20, 2020

As prom nears, The Princess Project aims to support communities with limited access to prom season. This organization promotes growth in self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses…

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Keep calm and check Canvas
Coronavirus

Hanna Kryhina | March 19, 2020

Students are facing a time of uncertainty. With the loss of in-person classes, students worry about not seeing their teachers and not being able to succeed in online learning.

But, according to the…

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ScotSkim: Six Bay Area counties issued ‘shelter in place’ orders
Coronavirus

Leanna Gower | March 18, 2020

6.7 million people have been ordered to  “shelter in place” within six Bay Area counties; San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda. Each order begins at 12:01 a.m….

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The effects of turning problems into memes
Features

Chelsea Chang | March 17, 2020

Your timeline blows up with breaking news. A few hours later, you’re still struggling to keep up with new posts. But this time, they are memes. Already trending, they have taken the internet by storm,…

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ScotSkim: COVID-19 results in a cataclysm of basketball cancellations
Coronavirus

Joshua Baxter | March 16, 2020

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., on March 11, the National Basketball Association (NBA) issued an announcement in which they are “suspending gameplay following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until…

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In Memory of Mo Ep4: The police, again
Audio

Lara Craciun | March 13, 2020

In this episode we are going back to a path that seemed like a dead end. That’s right, you guessed it: the police.

This story was originally published on Scot Scoop News on March 12, 2020.

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Teachers express why they love their job
Video

Preston Kwok | March 13, 2020

On a daily basis, many students encounter teachers who greet them with a bright smile and teach their lesson with enthusiasm. However, the extent of love teachers have for their job is not commonly known.

This…

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Local stores run out of supplies due to COVID-19
Showcase

Phoebe Gulsen | March 13, 2020

In the past couple of weeks, the outbreak of COVID-19 has been causing many civilians to worry. This has lead to a shortage of sanitizing products in local stores and has been spreading panic among the…

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A day without women
Features

Leanna Gower | March 12, 2020

Fátima Cecilia Aldrighetti had been standing outside her school in Mexico City, waiting to be picked up by her mother, who was running late. When her mother finally arrived, she was nowhere to be seen….

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Theatricult Episode 4: The many faces of the mountain
Audio

Ruya Yaman | March 12, 2020

“The many faces of the mountain” is a textbook term that describes how technical theater can take a simple performance and transform it into an elaborate, intriguing story that is sure to be memorable…

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Nathaniel Woods: How a modern execution impacts the future of the American prison system
News

Khalid Kishawi | March 11, 2020

The case of Nathaniel Woods
Nathaniel Woods is a 42-year-old African-American man from Alabama. In 2004, police officers broke down his door and tackled him in his kitchen on domestic assault charges….

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Emily Kim works against hospice stigma
Features

Francesca D'Urzo | March 11, 2020

When one thinks of hospice care, the first description that comes to mind is often somber; in reality, hospice care surpasses the negative connotation society has for the service.

Hospices are not just…

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Behind the badges
Features

Kaylene Lin | March 11, 2020

When compared to the price of a car or a college student’s financial debt, $5 is relatively small. But, to an 8-year-old girl with two bags of Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Samoas, $5 can go a long way.

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Local change leads to global impact
Features

Lora Simakova | March 10, 2020

With the strike of the gavel, the president of the youth government board gets everyone back on track. After a short discussion, the meeting resumes, continuing with sub-committee reports and details…

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Bea Rienhoff fights her genetics
Features

Katie Wheeler | March 10, 2020

Crying emerges from the newborn.

The baby’s curled fingers and toes indicate to the doctors that she isn’t as healthy as they had hoped, and panic consumes the room.

It would take years of tireless…

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Coronavirus endangers medical professionals
Coronavirus

Aylin Salahifar | March 10, 2020

After battling to save his patients from the coronavirus, Dr. Peng Yinhua was fighting for his own life at the center of the disease’s outbreak in Wuhan, China.

After making the selfless decision to…

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Processing Minority Episode 4: Discovering cultural identity through music
Audio

Clarisse Bell | March 9, 2020

Music can help influence all different kinds of cultures. Being an American and living here can be a huge opportunity. However, being away from your country of origin can be difficult. To combat this,…

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Heritage Fair recognizes cultures at Carlmont
Features

Maddy Ting | March 5, 2020

The roar of the crowd echoes in her ears as the spotlight beams, highlighting her still figure. All eyes are on her, and yet, she doesn’t falter as she explodes into movement, the tapping of her shoes…

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Theatricult Episode 3: Risks and Responsibilities
Audio

Ruya Yaman | March 5, 2020

Technical theater is a very demanding job, as others’ lives often depend on it. This episode covers topics such as rigging, battens, and the orchestra pit, illustrating the many dangers that theaters…

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The 2020 Democratic Primaries: Super Tuesday
News

Brianna Cheng | March 4, 2020

What do Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia all have in common?

They’ll…

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Succulents for Seniors Club reaches out to the elderly
Features

Sophia Deynega | March 4, 2020

As time flies by and new generations evolve, the members of Succulents for Seniors Club remember to recognize the elderly in our communities in a unique and sentimental way.

During their weekly meetings,…

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Drag queen’s campaign for local office inspires Carlmont youth
Features

Khalid Kishawi | March 4, 2020

On Jan. 23, 2020, RuPaul Charles announced the 13 new drag queens who would compete for the title of “America’s first drag president” on his Emmy Award-winning reality show “Rupaul’s Drag Race.”…

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In Memory of Mo Ep3: School Staff
Audio

Lara Craciun | March 3, 2020



In this episode, we turn to Mo’s trusted adults at Carlmont High School, which he attended. I interview Jake Messina, Mo’s football coach.

This story was originally published on Scot…

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Carlmont’s Heritage Fair celebrates diversity
Video

Andrew Ghazouli | March 3, 2020

This year’s heritage fair featured a variety of performances that highlighted the vast cultures present in Carlmont’s student body. The immersive experience enabled students to experience different parts…

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A story of two sisters and their scrunchies
SNO's 18 Under 18

Kiana George | March 2, 2020

Two sisters from Carlmont High School, Carolyn, a junior, and Emma, a sophomore, are scrunchie making machines. With help from the Tanzania small service project organization Lalafofofo, the girls were…

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What is putting the high in high school?
Features

Claire Tseng | February 28, 2020

What makes a teen ‘break bad?’
She swings the door open as a foul smell resonates from the living room. Her dad is slumped on the brown, stained couch, half-empty bottle in one hand, lit…

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Gen Z: anxiety on the brain
Features

Keya Arora | February 28, 2020

Alec Sun was sprinting, running faster than he had ever run before. He could see the end, with the big gate and the line. Adrenaline was coursing through his veins as his friend ran equally fast beside…

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Opinion: The American dream has moved on
Opinions

Cori Nicholson | February 27, 2020

The American dream: where equal opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. 

However, the American dream isn’t actually “American.”

America…

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From the past and into the future
Features

Maya Kornyeyeva | February 26, 2020

When asked whether they think it is important to learn about their town’s history, student responses consisted of similar phrases.

“It’s semi-important,” said Maya Henry, a sophomore.

“I’m…

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Editorial: Teens need educational tools to fuel political duties
Opinions

Editorial Staff | February 26, 2020

Alexander Hamilton was the first secretary of the United States Treasury. Franklin Roosevelt implemented the First New Deal of 1933. The Marshall Plan was created by Americans to rebuild Europe after World…

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In Memory of Mo Ep2: The police
Audio

Lara Craciun | February 25, 2020



This is episode two on our mission to remember Mo. In this episode, I reach out to the Belmont Police Department to see what information we can get regarding this case.

This story…

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Pom poms won’t cushion the fall
Sports

Phoebe Gulsen | February 25, 2020

The athletes lined up, ready to bring their flyers toward the sky. They began to count off.

“One, three, five, seven.”

The flyers jumped into their bases’ hands and were pushed straight up…

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The chaos in the calm
Features

Elle Horst | February 24, 2020

Vaping. The invention originally created to help adults quit smoking has become an epidemic that youth and adults alike are familiar with. Some may even say that, due to its popularity among teenagers,…

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Theatricult Episode 2: The parts of production
Audio

Ruya Yaman | February 24, 2020

The production of any large show is a time of responsibility and pressure for anyone on the cast, orchestra, or crew. This episode elaborates on the various aspects of technical theater and how each…

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