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Caitlynn Hauw

Caitlynn Hauw, Final Focus Editor

Caitlynn Hauw (11) is in her second year as a part of The Nexus. In her free time she pursues social activism and writing.

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Wolfe waves goodbye after 20 years

Wolfe waves goodbye after 20 years

June 3, 2022

Custodial Supervisor Art Wolfe stands at the side gate by the gym each morning, waves hello to each student, and smiles, radiating warmth. Although Michaela Liff (11) doesn’t know Wolfe well, his...

I conquered junior year

I conquered junior year

June 3, 2022

As I try to fall asleep, my thoughts keep swirling; I rhythmically rub my feet together to relieve some anxiety. Sometimes, I shut my eyes tightly and will myself to conjure an image in my head, one...

Nathan Nisperos (12), Kyle Macaluso (12), and Cory Nguyen (9) stand by as NJROTC supervisor Captain Thomas Adams slices the cake with a sharp saber. Following NJROTC tradition, Nguyen and Macaluso were the first to receive their slice of cake as the youngest and oldest cadets, respectively.

NJROTC holds military ball, uplifts unit morale

May 6, 2022

A red carpet was rolled out through the doorway into the ballroom of the Pacific Views Event Center at Camp Pendleton. On one corner of the room was the snackbar with an illuminated sign and clear...

Local restaurant brings joy

Local restaurant brings joy

May 6, 2022

In elementary school, I would bring PB & J sandwiches with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Gushers, and Strawberry Kiwi Caprisuns for lunch. My friend brought the food her mom packed her; fermented eggs,...

Prom plans: Sullivan, Bryan organize night at the gallery

May 6, 2022

In eighth grade, Lucy Sullivan (11) and Lily Bryan (11) sat on top of the pole vault pads on the Westview track after they submitted their applications to be freshman class presidents.  “[We indulged]...

Matthew Deverell (12) marches in the Poway Parade, Sept. 11th. Deverell has been in NJROTC since freshman year.

[Photo] Deverell receives $220,000 ROTC scholarship

May 6, 2022

Matthew Deverell (12) marches in the Poway Parade, Sept. 11th. Deverell has been in NJROTC since freshman year.

Mia Remer (11) leaps into the air with her rifle in the Winter Guards performance, “A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening,” at Westivew, April 2. Westview hosted its first Winter Guard tournament in over 15 years, where the team received second place in the Scholastic A division.

Winter Guard hosts home tournament

April 8, 2022

Color Guard coach Sarah Abdulal had been checking the forecast two weeks prior to the tournament, reassuring herself repeatedly that “we’re fine.” However, at the first Winter Guard tournament...

Two Sides of the Same War

April 8, 2022

In 2017, living in Moscow was bleak for Max Kharebava (12). He said the people around him didn’t smile, and each man had the same traditional, buzzed haircuts and the same, traditional jobs in manual...

Josh Yang (10) lifts a bin of recyclable papers into a recycling dumpster. He and other ASB members volunteer to do this every Friday in order to grow the new ASB-led recycling program.

[Photo] Recycling Program Back at Westview

April 8, 2022

Josh Yang (10) lifts a bin of recyclable papers into a recycling dumpster. He and other ASB members volunteer to do this every Friday in order to grow the new ASB-led recycling program.

Finding a Place to Call Home

Finding a Place to Call Home

March 18, 2022

In the summer of sixth grade, London Hall (10) and her younger niece, Skye Powell, shared a space in the trunk of Hall’s mother’s white Ford Explorer. There, they scribbled pictures in marker of...

Johnny Levine (12) plays the bass and sings back-up for the band Hangmans cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, March 12. Levine and his bandmates formed the band last May to pursue their passions for music after meeting at the School of Rock.

[Photo] Levine co-founds rock band Hangman

March 18, 2022

Johnny Levine (12) plays the bass and sings back-up for the band Hangman's cover of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, March 12. Levine and his bandmates formed the band last May to pursue their passions for music...

Thank you for being a friend, Betty

Thank you for being a friend, Betty

January 28, 2022

To strangers, Betty White seemed like the kind of person who would bake chocolate chip cookies, knit a soft sweater, and produce a stray Werther’s Original caramel from her purse for you. However,...

Stevens in the Newsroom

Stevens in the Newsroom

December 17, 2021

Each morning in seventh grade, Matt Stevens lumbered downstairs, grabbed a cup of coffee from his Mr. Coffee coffee pot, and helped himself to a plate of Eggo waffles. Stevens flipped to the sports...

Holiday music is always good

Holiday music is always good

November 19, 2021

After thoughtful consideration of the many criticisms and qualms filling my ‘tis the season to be quiet’ box, I’ve ultimately decided you’re all wrong. I believe I’m not only completely justified...

Jennifer Linnell (12) decorates a chocolate, fall-themed cake with vanilla frosting. As a part of her confectionary commissions, before completing any one of her cakes, she bakes each tier from scratch.

Linnell develops passion for baking, creates cake business

October 29, 2021

At 8 years old, Jennifer Linnell (12) began with the basics; chocolate chip cookies. As she tied the strings of her dad’s oversized, black apron tight, she assembled her ingredients: flour, sugar,...

GOLD marching band compete in the Poway Tournament under the 2021 SCSBOA Field Championships 5A Division, Oct. 23. In the climax of their third movement, the band plays the tune of Simple Gifts after turning to face the audience. Photo Courtesy of Christine Kramer.

GOLD hones skill at Poway tournament

October 29, 2021

GOLD President Katie Jacques (12) practiced her salute once before the competition—but she had messed up—so she stood in front of her mirror and practiced another 30 times. The moment was surreal...

Students express moods through clothing

Students express moods through clothing

October 8, 2021

One of Kailyn Donnelly’s (9) favorite clothing stores smells like the beach. St Peter's Thrift Shop is a scene of chaotic beauty—many of the entrances are barricaded by boxes stacked high with...

Enemocon, Stevens break football norms

Enemocon, Stevens break football norms

October 8, 2021

One evening in 2019, coach Ron Stevens realized his team was going to be down a few players for a big flag football game. His daughter, Ava Stevens (9), who was twelve at the time, stepped onto the...

Art by Michelle Jin

Forget about perfection, Hoco is your oyster

October 8, 2021

The last time I went to Homecoming I had braces, a 4.0 GPA, and what I now believe to be a naïve hopefulness for the world. Freshman year was a time of optimism; the world was my oyster and Homecoming...

NJROTC march at Poway Rotary

NJROTC march at Poway Rotary

September 17, 2021

Commanding Officer Caeden Giorgetta (12) stood in front of the judges and audience to deliver a battalion sound off as a united unit with his Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NJROTC)....

Dang extends brand into basketball team

Dang extends brand into basketball team

September 17, 2021

Caleb Dang (12) laced up his coveted Nike Undefeated x Kobe 4 Protro sneakers in the San Antonio Spurs’ team colors as he stepped onto the court. It was 20 minutes until game time and Rick &...

Artists dont owe you a new album

Artists don’t owe you a new album

August 27, 2021

As an avid reader of the U.S. Constitution, I know all citizens are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So unless Congress has made a sudden amendment to the Constitution since...

Zhao, Henry bond together over part-time service jobs at Rubios

Zhao, Henry bond together over part-time service jobs at Rubio’s

August 27, 2021

Every time Ricky Zhao (12) entered into Rubio’s and saw his co-worker Logan Henry (12), he never failed to dap up his “homie” with a fist bump and a head nod. Sometimes, they even daringly went...

Whitney takes last ride at Westview

Whitney takes last ride at Westview

June 14, 2021

Science teacher Robert Whitney's favorite colors are unpopularly yellow and orange simply because they remind him of a sunrise. Each morning Whitney wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and then at 6:30 a.m. buckles...

Lutgen o-fish-ally retires after 31 years of teaching

Lutgen o-fish-ally retires after 31 years of teaching

June 14, 2021

“There is nothing in this room that I can’t trace back to the Industrial Revolution,” social science teacher Dan Lutgen said confidently in March to his second-period World History class; I was...

Reyes synthesizes world through producing music

Reyes synthesizes world through producing music

May 10, 2021

Nate Reyes (10) works on a new EDM track called "Phazer." It took him two weeks to create this 3 minute and 38 second beat. Photo courtesy of Nate Reyes. While in English...

Opinion: Chauvin trial results in exception, not standard of police accountability

Opinion: Chauvin trial results in exception, not standard of police accountability

May 10, 2021

I initially praised the conviction of Derek Chauvin, who was declared guilty of all three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter by the 12 jury...

Opinion: McConnell embodies erosion of American politics

Opinion: McConnell embodies erosion of American politics

April 8, 2021

For the past year, I’ve been riding the roller coaster that is American politics, and the neck-breaking twists and turns of the Mitch McConnell ride always leaves me disoriented.  McConnell truly...

Reflecting on their journeys: families help students embrace their cultures

Reflecting on their journeys: families help students embrace their cultures

November 19, 2020

When Armita Fazel (11) was in sixth grade, a boy asked her a seemingly innocent question, “Are you Iranian?” As she responded yes, the boy proclaimed that all Iranians were terrorists, then asked...

Opinion: RBGs death leaves void

Opinion: RBG’s death leaves void

October 29, 2020

On Sept. 18 the formidable dissents, the witty and fiery Ginsburns, and the hopeful semblance of justice within America faded as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed from this world.  Despite being...

Sports Simplified: Volleyball

Sports Simplified: Volleyball

October 22, 2020

      

A day in the life of a senior assassin

A day in the life of a senior assassin

October 1, 2020

 While Audrey Tu (12) grasped her water gun close to her side, her partner Sophie Wallis (12) positioned her phone’s camera just beyond the wall. I, as their bait—the unfortunate student...

College recruiting changes amidst COVID-19 pandemic

September 17, 2020

CJ Latimer (12) runs uphill sprints, which are one of the many exercises he completes while he trains with his private coach, July 12. He later sent the recordings filmed at this time to various...

PUSD, Okolo sisters put forward anti-racism policies

PUSD, Okolo sisters put forward anti-racism policies

September 2, 2020

Each day, Ekene (11) and Nene Okolo (‘19) work to educate their followers on Black history that is rarely taught within the school curriculum through their Instagram account @BlackinPUSD. The account...

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