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Carter Kangas

Carter Kangas, Staff Writer

Carter Kangas (12) is in his second year as a part of the Nexus. He is part of Westview’s water polo and swim teams. During their respective seasons, he cheers on the San Diego Padres and Seattle Seahawks. In his free time, he enjoys taking pictures, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.

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Senior Athletes: College Commits

Senior Athletes: College Commits

June 3, 2022

Dianna Lee Dianna Lee (12) has been golfing ever since she could walk. From a young age, she was inseparable from the sport and very soon, she will be at the prestigious campus of Northwestern University,...

Driven to Make Memories

Driven to Make Memories

June 3, 2022

Marc Artaud (12) stifled a laugh before carefully peering above the Target Starbucks bar to scan for potential threats. He awkwardly avoided the eyes of staring Target employees before slumping back...

Area Administrator Teri Heard rewards students cashing in their Wolverine Bucks, April 25. Heard is in charge of the Wolverine Bucks program on campus.

Wolverine Bucks facilitate positive campus culture

May 6, 2022

Students have earned Wolverine Bucks for doing everything from picking up trash to taking a mini fridge from a teacher. Some students, like Marc Artaud (12), have wholesome stories to tell about how...

Wetherell volunteers with RAC, supports young bikers

May 6, 2022

At the top of a hill in the desert near Borrego Springs, just off the side of the barely paved road, stood a gorilla.  The gorilla is the title attraction of the so-called “Gorilla Hill”, waving...

Teachers and their kids learn to navigate high school together

Teachers and their kids learn to navigate high school together

March 18, 2022

Everyday, Lauren Jennings (12) goes to the same place with her friends. A classroom where she is free to kick back and relax, a place where she always has someone to talk to. Likewise, on rainy...

MedX, Thakker show appreciation for first responders with annual card drive

February 18, 2022

Wanting to explore more about the field of medicine, Krishna Thakker (11) started MedX in Nov. 2020. Through the club, she started an annual card drive dedicated to medical professionals.  “We started...

Chua builds leadership as hockey captain

Chua builds leadership as hockey captain

January 28, 2022

Michael Chua (12) has been on skates since he was just 4 years old. He began his long hockey career when he started playing ice hockey.  In his freshman year, he swapped his skates for roller blades,...

PUSD explores options to increase COVID-19 testing

January 28, 2022

Returning from winter break, PUSD was overwhelmed by COVID-19, with 2,117 new student cases and 326 new staff cases, as of the district meeting on Jan. 13. The spike in cases has left the district with...

Van Horne finds hop-iness within brewing industry, beer-lieves in craft

Van Horne finds hop-iness within brewing industry, beer-lieves in craft

December 17, 2021

  The first edition of The Nexus was published on August 26, 2002.  It was a first among firsts. Students walked onto campus for the first time, they ate lunch at the cafeteria for the...

Four Harens, four paths, four stories

Four Harens, four paths, four stories

December 17, 2021

The Haren family was a part of Westview for a very long time. A family of four, the eldest was a member of the very first graduating class and entered as a sophomore in the school’s opening year...

Jennings coaches youth girls water polo team, passes on techniques

November 19, 2021

Coaching is no simple feat. Learning the sport, connecting with the athletes, keeping your temper, encouraging team bonding, and finding a positive team mentality can be a difficult challenge that...

Leonard awaits final Julie Leonard Night

Leonard awaits final Julie Leonard Night

October 29, 2021

The final football game of the regular season is tonight, with Westview facing off against its district rival Mt. Carmel. For many of the younger players on the team, it’s just another game...

Ong continues working at KFC despite painful knee condition

Ong continues working at KFC despite painful knee condition

October 8, 2021

Timothy Ong (12) charged towards his first period class. He was late. He couldn’t afford to be late. He sprinted. He stumbled into class and found a chair. He collapsed into a chair and heard a pop....

Donnelly takes over as football head coach

Donnelly takes over as football head coach

June 14, 2021

Biology teacher Mitch Donnelly will replace Jason French as the head coach of the Wolverine football program in the coming year, making him the third head coach in three years. With Westview’s...

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...

After two-game hiccup, boys volleyball sweeps Mt. Carmel in match

After two-game hiccup, boys volleyball sweeps Mt. Carmel in match

May 10, 2021

Following a 3-2 loss to Del Norte on May 3, the boys volleyball team came back the next day May 4, with a 3-0 victory over Mt. Carmel. Late in the season and holding third in the Palomar League,...

Academic Honesty Policy fails to deter cheating

Academic Honesty Policy fails to deter cheating

April 8, 2021

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the International Center for Academic Honesty, 95% of students surveyed admitted to some form of academic cheating. Cheating is a widespread issue that has only...

Outside hitter Caden Sajnog (11) attacks, scoring a point in the tight first game.

Boys volleyball secures victory, celebrates long-awaited senior night

April 8, 2021

In their first game since the end of the 2019 season, the boys volleyball team claimed a 3-1 victory over Carlsbad High School, March 28.  Like many sports, the 2020 season for boys volleyball...

Colleges employ variety of methods to combat cheating

Colleges employ variety of methods to combat cheating

April 8, 2021

Distance learning presented a new problem to schools and teachers: How can you catch students cheating if all work is being done electronically? Access to the internet opens a world of possibilities...

Cheating in School: Rules, Reasons, and Repercussions

Cheating in School: Rules, Reasons, and Repercussions

April 8, 2021

High school students cheat during online schoolNiki* (12) opened her vocabulary test in February for her English class and immediately switched tabs to a Google document, which was filled with answers...

The Nexus staffs 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...

Spanish teachers Ford, Swaney aid PUSD in foreign language curriculum changes

Spanish teachers Ford, Swaney aid PUSD in foreign language curriculum changes

November 19, 2020

PUSD has brought changes to update the Spanish curriculum throughout the district, and now looks towards shifting the curriculum of other foreign language classes. With the aid of Westview teachers Andrea...

Know Your Vote: an introduction to school board, city council, mayoral candidates

Know Your Vote: an introduction to school board, city council, mayoral candidates

October 29, 2020

With Nov. 3 approaching and many Americans voting early, The Nexus has compiled information on the candidates running for local offices including school board, city council, and mayor. Additionally, we...

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