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Amy Wang

Amy Wang, Web Editor

Amy (10) is web editor for and in her second year as a part of The Nexus. When she has the time to, she writes flash fiction, reads, and spends time with friends. She hopes to major in computer programming, or creative fiction.

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Despite loss to Mt. Carmel, seniors celebrate season

Despite loss to Mt. Carmel, seniors celebrate season

June 14, 2021

Before the May 23 track meet against Mt. Carmel, coach Eric Dorris gave a small speech about the seniors who would be leaving the team. “This team has been a very resilient one,” he said. “They...

Robotics wins Chairman's Award at regionals

Robotics wins Chairman’s Award at regionals

June 14, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oETkVVzSUo When the 80 or so team members of Westview’s FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) team Option 16 heard the news of their regional Chairman’s Award win on May...

Vermani wins third-in-category, scholarship at International Science and Engineering Fair

June 14, 2021

Over the course of his journey from regional science fairs to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), Aakarsh Vermani (11) has had to grapple with the inexperience that comes with being...

Students commit to college for sports

June 14, 2021

Baseball & Softball Gerrit Erickson - California State University, Chico Gerrit Erickson (12) will extend his baseball career at California State University, Chico this fall where he will be a...

Justin Tong (11) lands a jump in the boys 110-meter hurdles. He finished first at the meet overall. Photo by Amy Wang.

Track team falls to Del Norte

May 10, 2021

For shot put and discus thrower Kaiwei Shi (10), the force he puts into every throw is all the product of training and practice. In the May 1 track meet against Del Norte, giving his all in every try...

Awareness for Change club organizes Anti-AAPI hate protest, encourages community solidarity

Awareness for Change club organizes Anti-AAPI hate protest, encourages community solidarity

May 10, 2021

Nearly two dozen students had gathered to stand up against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate at the Oak Tree Plaza intersection on April 17. The sidewalk was peppered with brightly colored...

Hou attends protest, advocates for AAPI voice

Hou attends protest, advocates for AAPI voice

April 8, 2021

On most Sunday afternoons, Joanna Hou (12) spends her time at home, relaxing or doing work for school and extracurriculars. On March 21, however, she was at an intersection across from Torrey Pines...

Seven Wolverines garner awards at science fair

Seven Wolverines garner awards at science fair

April 8, 2021

In the past year, Aakarsh Vermani (11) has learned a lot of material that he’s never had a chance to touch on in class. As a part of his project for the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering...

Ice skaters adjust to new practice routines, reevaluate long-term goals

Ice skaters adjust to new practice routines, reevaluate long-term goals

March 11, 2021

Before school on most weekdays, Angela Yu (11) spends around an hour or two on ice, alongside her sister Emily (9). Angela is a synchronized skater, while Emily is a figure skater and the siblings...

Opinion: Ode to the joys of KhanAcademy

Opinion: Ode to the joys of KhanAcademy

February 11, 2021

It is with great honor that I must announce that I, like 2.7 million other high school students, have subscribed to the cult of KhanAcademy. Initially, I began using the platform’s official SAT prep...

Students weigh options after SAT Subject Test elimination

February 11, 2021

For many high-schoolers, SAT prep is simply a fact of life, yet another course to endure between junior and senior year. This all changed, however, on Jan. 19, when news broke that College Board would...

Filasky utilizes home tools, makes Ceramics more accessible for students

Filasky utilizes home tools, makes Ceramics more accessible for students

January 21, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSHZxdR4kkM&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=HayleyFilasky For students of art teacher Hayley Filasky, class usually consists of a short check-in on Zoom, and then...

Student-athletes participate in Let Them Play rally, call for sports reopening

Student-athletes participate in Let Them Play rally, call for sports reopening

January 21, 2021

On Jan. 15, student-athletes and parents rallied together to show state officials just how passionate they were about returning to their sports. Hoisting black and gold signs and cheering as passing...

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...

Vanderby teaches to students on Zoom and in the classroom in front of her whiteboard simultaneously, Dec. 11. Her current configuration means that students in the video classroom see the same things her in-person students do in real time. Photo taken by Amy Wang.

Students return to campus following Westview soft reopening

December 17, 2020

As Poway Unified School District continues to roll out its reopening plan, some teachers have begun hosting classes on campus again. In some cases, such as that of math teacher Stephanie Vanderby and...

Kelly ('20) applies experience as alum to tutoring current students

Kelly (’20) applies experience as alum to tutoring current students

November 19, 2020

Mt. Carmel alumna Tessa Tricario ('20) has long had a passion for tutoring. Since her freshman year of high school, she’s been involved in various levels of teaching fellow students, both as a way to...

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

October 25, 2020

This year, as unprecedented events unfolded one after the other, the two presidential candidates have taken to Twitter to express their views and, in turn, their political opinions and plans for the future. 2020 January...

Soe points out different notes on the treble cleff over zoom. Due to difficulties with online teaching, she has found tools like whiteboards helpful in communicating clearly with her students.

Soe volunteers as piano tutor, finds fulfillment in teaching

October 22, 2020

On any Monday, Thursday, or Friday after school, you can find Tiffany Soe (11) warming up her piano students by playing small games. “Sometimes I play with my kids,” Soe said. “I feel like...

Isabelle and Sofia Rodrigues put together packages to ship out. Their business takes up a specific room in their house, and the girls work together to ship out their merchandise.

Rodrigues sisters start hoodie business, raise funds for ACLU

October 22, 2020

The idea first came to Isabelle (9) and Sophia Rodrigues (12) in June. At the time, the murder of George Floyd led to global protests against police brutality, and the Rodrigues sisters were trying...

Opinion: Practice self-care to combat compassion fatigue

October 1, 2020

2020 has been a year of overload. In the U.S., the feeding frenzy that comes with every presidential election has already begun, a pandemic has locked us all indoors, and in California we are in the midst...

Ingram, Day adjust curricula, strategies for student connection in virtual learning

Ingram, Day adjust curricula, strategies for student connection in virtual learning

September 17, 2020

One of the biggest differences between this year and last year for biology teacher My-Nga Ingram is the feeling of anxiety that comes with turning on her camera before every class. “I am always anxious...

Robotics develops new programs in response to virtual environment

Robotics develops new programs in response to virtual environment

September 17, 2020

As a 4.5 class and also a highly competitive school club, Westview’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, Option 16, has long held the goal of encouraging interest in STEM fields. For just such...

Key Club, Speech and Debate work around virtual environment

Key Club, Speech and Debate work around virtual environment

September 2, 2020

Westview clubs have long been an important part of the student experience, but like many other facets of school life, they have had to contend with an online start to the year. From keeping members updated...

Instagram Activism: more than just for show

July 20, 2020

For any user of the ubiquitous social media app Instagram, it’s easy to see that a change has washed over it in the past few months. Whereas before, my feed was filled with carefully curated pictures...

Carelessness, not COVID-19, the real cause of catastrophe

Carelessness, not COVID-19, the real cause of catastrophe

May 29, 2020

Six months ago, when someone said ‘apocalypse’, the scene that came to mind was one out of an old end-of-the-world film. The sky a pale grey, mushroom clouds and nuclear winters in the backdrop...

As students stay home, online summer camps scramble to meet need

May 29, 2020

The current pandemic has had a significant impact on education at every level. Classes have been moved online, standardized test scores have been waived as a requirement, and now, more than ever, educational...

China, US bungle COVID-19 response

May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most wide-spread transmissions of any singular virus in history. After the first case outside of China was discovered on Jan. 13 in Thailand, the virus has only spread,...

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