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

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

Scot Scoop News

Rebecca Von Tersch

Rebecca Von Tersch, Staff Writer

Rebecca Von Tersch is a senior at Carlmont High School and this is her third year in the journalism program. She is president of Carlmont's Korean Culture Club and a member of Belmont's Youth Advisory Committee. In addition to writing for Scot Scoop and editing for Highlander, she does outside design work and is on the Belmont News editorial board. You can view her portfolio here.

All content by Rebecca Von Tersch
A student waits patiently at the end of the lunch line. Students stand in lines near the student union to pick up lunch, sometimes for most of their lunch breaks.

Carlmont kitchen staff chops lunch line times

September 25, 2022

"I'm going to pick up lunch today."  Many things come to mind when one hears this phrase; long lines and a variety of menu options, for example. This year, the Carlmont kitchen is implementing a few...

TXT uses a dark color palette in their concept photos to illustrate the main themes of their EP. Heartbreak, shown in the broken heart of the album art, is the primary subject of the five songs.

Tomorrow x Together goes bad in “Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child”

May 25, 2022

K-pop group Tomorrow x Together (TXT) has returned with another stellar album. This extended play album (EP), titled “Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child,” features five songs and is a continuation of TXT’s...

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo explores themes of love, family, identity, and race in an emotional but wonderful coming-of-age story.

“Last Night at the Telegraph Club” will keep you reading all night

May 5, 2022

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the book “Last Night at the Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo and contains mentions of homophobia and alcohol. Reader discretion is advised. Identity. Relationships....

Michelle Zauners Crying in H Mart explores various themes in the context of food, music, and other aspects of life.

“Crying in H Mart” will make you cry

April 14, 2022

Food is often a source of comfort; familiar foods that we grew up with are especially comforting during tough times. “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner, better known as the lead member of Japanese...

The 64th annual Grammy Awards had many greatly anticipated performances and awards. Performers including BTS and Olivia Rodrigo took to the stage and blew away the audience.

Grammy Awards bring grandeur and great music

April 4, 2022

Awards. Costumes. Dancing. But most importantly… music.  More commonly known as the Grammys, the Grammy Awards are often a hot topic during awards season. This is not only because of various controversies...

A yellow bag holds the Lays classic chip variety.

Lay’s chips truly are tasty taters

March 18, 2022

Lay’s potato chips come in a wide variety of flavors and lead to a range of enjoyment between each snacker. No two varieties are the same, a quality that enhances each chip’s appeal. I tried seven...

Tess Sharpes The Girls Ive Been provides witty commentary on teenage life, crime, and family in an exciting thriller of a story.

‘The Girls I’ve Been’ reveals the struggles of teenage life

March 7, 2022

I am rarely ever a fan of books with morally gray protagonists. I find them difficult to relate to, and relatability — to some degree — is something I look for in books. Characters who regularly commit...

The story of Our Beloved Summer revolves around Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-soo, as well as secondary leads Kim Ji-ung and NJ.

‘Our Beloved Summer’ will warm your heart

January 27, 2022

*Note: This review contains spoilers for the Netflix Korean drama “Our Beloved Summer.” Lazy afternoons can often lead to entertaining experiences. This was the case for me at the end of winter...

As the Asian American movement gains prominence, many expect American education standards to address this and adjust accordingly. Students and teachers alike believe that high school history courses should be more encompassing of Asian American education, especially in light of the recent spike in anti-Asian sentiment.

Asian American history lacks adequate recognition in American education

January 8, 2022

Although one-seventh of California’s population is Asian American, their history is not covered in high school curriculum. Despite the efforts to include ethnic studies requirements in high school...

K-dramas can be found on a variety of websites or streaming apps, one of these apps being Netflix. Netflix has a sizable library of K-dramas, and many genre options to choose from.

Nine exciting K-drama recommendations

December 3, 2021

As Korean culture becomes more popular internationally, K-dramas have been rising in viewership. Although not all of them have made their way to Netflix, there are quite a few notable ones that deserve...

Grocery stores stock up on food for Thanksgiving as the holiday comes closer.

What your favorite Thanksgiving food says about you

November 11, 2021

As Thanksgiving approaches, many people are preparing for the fall holiday and organizing family gatherings. There are many Thanksgiving foods, and your favorites out of a few popular choices can tell...

This years homecoming theme is related to Halloween, so there are spooky decorations all around the school.

Homecoming events: an explanation

October 21, 2021

This year’s homecoming is a special one. The theme is "Haunted Halloween!" and the dance's theme is "Monster Mash." There are quite a few events throughout homecoming week, ranging from the Powderpuff...

There are many different colors. Which one is your favorite?

What your favorite color says about you

September 15, 2021

Your favorite color can say a lot about you. From red to pink, different favorite colors can mean different things for your personality. Have you ever wondered what your favorite color means?  Red You...

Returning to in-person learning has affected classes like the physical education and music programs. Theres only a couple of students, so the ensemble doesnt have the power that it normally would have when you have 60 people playing music in a room together, Switzer said.

Carlmont’s PE and music programs adapt to in-person learning

April 25, 2021

With students returning to campus, classes have had to adapt new strategies for learning.  Not all classes have students sitting at a desk and taking notes for the entire period. Carlmont’s music...

Students participated in the National French Contest remotely in 2020. This year, however, Carlmont decided not to participate.

Carlmont takes a break from the National French Contest

March 27, 2021

Carlmont will not be participating in the National French Contest (NFC) this year due to distance learning challenges.  Last year, students taking French participated in the contest virtually. It was...

Students can view their schedules on Infinite Campus. “I just had to tell [my counselor] what classes I wanted,” Koester said.

The registration process for the next school year begins

March 5, 2021

As the second semester rolls in, students must select their classes for the 2021-22 school year.  Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are scheduled to have appointments with their counselors beginning...

Rather than teachers logging attendance this semester, Canvas sends a report that helps attendance clerks code a student as absent or present in Infinite Campus. You put that pressure on the district, and our attendance clerks, then youre supporting the teachers and the students, Patner said.

Carlmont changes its asynchronous attendance policy

February 6, 2021

A new semester usually brings new routines, and this semester is introducing a new attendance procedure. Rather than sticking with the same Wednesday routine as the first semester of this school year,...

Distance learning leaves many teachers and students scrambling to prepare for the tests, which are set to take place in May.

Teachers and students adapt for 2021 AP tests

January 15, 2021

With the pandemic in full swing, many students are worried about the upcoming 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) tests and whether they are truly prepared for testing due to the hurdles of online learning. Many...

The value of extracurriculars beyond college applications is often overlooked. Students are left wondering why these extracurriculars matter.

The importance of extracurriculars

January 4, 2021

Do sports, learn a language, lead a club! This is advice that high school students hear many times in their lives. They are encouraged to add to their college applications with extracurricular activities....

Aiming for contactless donations, San Carlos YAC had set up boxes for donation drop off. We want to limit contact, Devalcheruvu said.

San Carlos Youth Advisory Committee holds donation drive

November 30, 2020

One of San Carlos’s volunteer groups, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), hosted a Homeless Care COVID-19 Donation drive as a project for the community.  The San Carlos YAC held their Homeless Care...

Carlmont mentors and elementary school students in the Music Mentors program alike are having their lessons over Zoom. The new zoom classroom will be different from the previous years one-on-one sessions, but will still be a part of distance learning.

Music Mentors get sharp new start over Zoom

November 9, 2020

The Music Mentors program between Carlmont High School and the Belmont-Redwood Shores elementary schools plans to create a new program that encourages ease of learning as a response to the pandemic. Instead...

Bel Mateo Bowl is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, but there are plans to reopen. While the reopening date is unknown, Bel Mateo has made health and safety measures to fit COVID-19 guidelines. I think that Bel Mateo made a lot of effort to make sure we were protected while bowling from Covid-19. Hilary Esposto, a member of the bowling league, said.

[Photo] Bel Mateo Bowl saved by community GoFundMe efforts

October 19, 2020

Bel Mateo Bowl is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, but there are plans to reopen. While the reopening date is unknown, Bel Mateo has made health and safety measures to fit COVID-19 guidelines. "I think...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.
Rebecca Von Tersch