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Alice Chen

Alice Chen, Editor-in-Chief

Alice Chen is a senior and an editor-in-chief of the Nexus. She likes books, video games, and Studio Ghibli movies. She does not like math and sans serif fonts.

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GOLD hosts first on-campus concert since school closure

GOLD hosts first on-campus concert since school closure

June 14, 2021

Westview GOLD performed the GOLD Show, their first in-person show since their Winter Show in December 2019, May 20-21. The GOLD Show has been a yearly tradition for band, orchestra, and color guard...

Flying Solo: Students overcome pressure, choose nontraditional paths after high school

Flying Solo: Students overcome pressure, choose nontraditional paths after high school

June 14, 2021

Jacqueline Wagner (’21) did not expect to move to Germany right after graduating high school. When she was younger, she said, her plan was to study hard so that she would get the grades needed to get...

Heflinger concludes NJROTC career, steps out of older sister’s shadow

June 14, 2021

Jason Heflinger (12) is no stranger to being in a shadow.  As the second child, he has long been second in everything: Toys were passed down from his older sister, a new computer wasn’t available...

Jason Heflinger (12), left, leads the Armed Exhibition team as they practice the order toss sequence, a drill routine that involves throwing and catching rifles, May 6. Photo by Alice Chen.

NJROTC exhibition teams resume in-person practice after year-long break

May 10, 2021

NJROTC Armed and Unarmed Exhibition teams returned to in-person practice on April 26, more than a year after their last competition.  Although there are no more field meets to prepare for in the...

Spring Talent Show marks return of all-school campus events

Spring Talent Show marks return of all-school campus events

May 10, 2021

The Spring Talent Show, ASB’s first on-campus event open to all students in more than a year, was held on April 30.  The event abided by strict COVID-19 safety guidelines, allowing a maximum...

Video Game Review: Before Your Eyes

Video Game Review: Before Your Eyes

May 10, 2021

 5/5 Like many other forms of media in the oversaturated digital age, video games are often forgotten about right after they are played. Because of this, one of the primary goals of...

Dance Troupe members practice in the gym to prepare for a Spring Show.

[Photo] Dance Troupe places first in West Coast Elite Dance Competition

May 10, 2021

Dance Troupe members practice in the gym to prepare for a Spring Show.

Cheerleaders chant encouragements and wave to the crowd, as the Wolverines begin their match against Vista High School, April 2. Photo by Alice Chen.

First home football game in 16 months brings performances, spirit

April 8, 2021

As the sun set and the flood lights beamed on Westview’s football field, Jade Bucci (12) readied herself for Dance Troupe’s first halftime performance in more than a year. Westview was neck-in-neck...

Students return to campus for first time in more than a year

Students return to campus for first time in more than a year

March 19, 2021

Westview students began returning to campus for classes, in accordance with PUSD’s temporary one-day-a-week cohort system, on Monday. Students wandered about, some with maps in their hands. Link...

Opinion: Easy games offer approachable alternative to stereotypically violent video gaming

Opinion: Easy games offer approachable alternative to stereotypically violent video gaming

February 11, 2021

Humans have always loved games. Whether it was for the thrill of competition or the synergy with teammates or the validation from an audience, humans have played all sorts of games seemingly since...

Social media food trends bring variety to meals at home

Social media food trends bring variety to meals at home

February 11, 2021

Throughout the history of mankind, food has often been treated as more than just sustenance. From expensive delicacies to culturally significant dishes, people often form emotional connections with the...

The Nexus staff's 21 book recommendations for 2021

The Nexus staff’s 21 book recommendations for 2021

January 21, 2021

Art by Grace Tseng Whether to escape, better understand or cope with our chaotic reality, books are especially necessary in 2021. For our first issue of the year, The...

Park begins initiative to spread awareness about North Korean crisis

December 17, 2020

Although an ocean away, North Korea is often at the center of American politics, news, and media. However, according to Sydney Park (12), the humanitarian crisis within North Korea itself is often overlooked...

ABE hosts recycling drive

ABE hosts recycling drive

November 19, 2020

In its history, Westview’s Advocates for a Better Environment (ABE) club has provided numerous opportunities for students to participate in environmentalism. Although its activities halted when the...

Opinion: Importance of local elections often overlooked

Opinion: Importance of local elections often overlooked

October 29, 2020

It’s an election year, and we all have our eyes on who the next United States President will be and what he will accomplish. But if there’s one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic, Supreme Court changes...

Video game trends reflect quarantine phases

Video game trends reflect quarantine phases

October 22, 2020

The desire to escape to another world has always existed, but ever since the pandemic took over the world earlier this year, that desire has only been amplified. Thankfully, there is something that allows...

Amanda Tsai (12) sets up her camera to take photos of the stars at Hilltop Park, Sept. 27.

Tsai discovers passion in astrophotography

October 1, 2020

Some of Amanda Tsai's favorite photos ... The night sky during the Perseid meteor showerThe moon in its waxing gibbous phaseThe star Vega in its constellation LyraThe full moon against a cloudy...

Review: Mulan (2020)

Review: Mulan (2020)

September 17, 2020

 3.5/5 From a Chinese folktale centuries ago to a Disney animated film in 1998, the age-old legend of Mulan is one that is familiar, inspiring and relevant. Now that the live-action...

Student activists advocate for Black Lives Matter movement

June 9, 2020

As the Black Lives Matter movement ripples across America, people all over the world have been continuing a centuries-old struggle. As activists begin fighting for governmental reforms, each citizen has...

Lee spreads positivity through video game streaming on Twitch

Lee spreads positivity through video game streaming on Twitch

May 29, 2020

Cameron Lee (11) prepares to start his Twitch broadcast of the day, testing his camera and microphone. Lee often plays music in the background of his stream and interacts with his viewers in a live chatroom. Cameron...

FTC robotics teams print face shields, deliver to hospitals

FTC robotics teams print face shields, deliver to hospitals

May 29, 2020

As the San Diego FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) initiative to alleviate hospitals’ personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage continues, several Westview students with backgrounds in robotics have stepped...

Video Game Review: Minecraft Dungeons

Video Game Review: Minecraft Dungeons

May 29, 2020

 5/5 As we seek ways to pass time at home while the pandemic wreaks havoc, video games have become a much-needed source of joy for many of us. Among the most popular games during quarantine,...

Students build scale model of Westview campus in Minecraft

May 15, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, classes over Zoom calls have become the norm. While many students enjoy learning from the comfort of their homes, Maxim Orywal (11) had begun to miss the familiarity of...

Video Game Review: Valorant

Video Game Review: Valorant

May 1, 2020

 4/5 Riot Games has never been a company that disappoints its player-base. From gameplay to design, Riot projects are ambitious and popular all over the world. So when Riot announced...

Care For You charity donates food, writes cards for local hospital staff

May 1, 2020

Cassandra Nguyen (10), like many others, has been stuck at home during a pandemic with very little within her control. And in a time that can be chaotic and overwhelming, Nguyen said she hoped to help...

Vanderby sews face masks  for those in need

Vanderby sews face masks for those in need

April 10, 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest concerns both locally and nationally is the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks. Math teacher...

Jacobs pursues interest in music, writes, performs

Jacobs pursues interest in music, writes, performs

February 16, 2018

Bryce Jacobs (12) sees music. When a song appears on the radio, he visualizes where it was recorded, when it was recorded, what record label it was on—and sometimes, even the “color” of it. When...

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