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Grace Tseng

Grace Tseng, Graphics Editor

Grace Tseng (10) is in her second year as a part of The Nexus. She is also a member of Mock Trial and DECA, and enjoys reading, painting, and playing with her dog, Sandy. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism, social work, or law.

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Summer free time is me time

June 3, 2022

As Phineas and Ferb so accurately quantify, in the 104 days of summer vacation, the annual problem for our generation is finding a proper way to spend them. However, this sentiment isn’t just limited...

William Balais (9) dead lifts during lunch in the weight room, April 27. He aspires to break the schools deadlift record.

Balais finds community, confidence through practicing weightlifting

May 6, 2022

On school days, William Balais (9) wakes up at 6 a.m. to make himself a quick breakfast of avocados and eggs on toast before riding his electrical bicycle to his local YMCA. There he’ll spend his...

The Girltelligence Executive Team hosts a panel with female PUSD officials in honor of Women’s History, March 23. They discussed the pressures placed on women in the workplace and how to deal with discrimination. Panelists (from left to right): Gowri Ramaprasad (10); Sarah Dean (12); Nitya Baratam (11); Sydney Hubbard (12); Shawntanet Jara, Director of Equality and Improvement at PUSD; Tina Ziegler, Principal; Carol Osborne, Associate Superintendent; Darshana Patel, San Diego County School Boards Association President; Christine Paik, Chief Communications Officer for PUSD.

Girltelligence, ASB celebrate women

April 8, 2022

Growing up, Sydney Hubbard (12) always felt that there weren’t enough places where she could find support as a woman. It was only two years ago that Hubbard really found a community with the app,...

Nayak, Gupta win science contests

April 8, 2022

When Ayush Nayak (11) was in elementary school, he often rushed home after school to sit in front of his parents’ old computer and watch video after video about computer hardware. As the computer’s...

Nayak serves as San Diego County School Board student representative

March 18, 2022

As a defense witness for Mock Trial, Aadya Nayak (11) has always had a passion for learning about the legislative system. Now, as the student representative for District 5 of the San Diego County Board...

Freshman Year 2.0

February 18, 2022

After performance during tryout week, Chien, Snyder make teams

After performance during tryout week, Chien, Snyder make teams

February 18, 2022

As Frederick Chien (10) was warming up for baseball tryouts, he tossed a ball back and forth with his teammate Matthew Ramirez (10). With each toss, he stepped farther away from his teammate, feeling more...

Mistranslating Mandarin

Mistranslating Mandarin

February 18, 2022

Chances are, if you’ve seen me around campus, you have overheard me speaking in Mandarin Chinese to some of my friends. However, if you’ve spoken to me in Chinese directly, you may have noticed...

Richard Tseng (11) prepares a school lunch to give to a student. The help of student workers allowed more concession stands to reopen. Photo by Byron Tran.

Tseng, Cheruvallath serve meals as cafeteria workers

January 28, 2022

As Richard Tseng’s (11) second period AP Computer Science Principles class was coming to an end, he quickly answered the last few questions on his test paper before dashing to the cafeteria. Unlike...

Park paints future in art publishing

December 17, 2021

Cheeyeon (Chelsea) Park’s earliest memory of wanting to become an artist was  when her grandmother invited an art teacher to her home in Seoul. Crouching around a Korean-style low lacquered wooden fold-out...

Freshman Year 2.0

November 19, 2021

Freshman Year 2.0

Freshman Year 2.0

October 29, 2021

Barksdale advances to finals, prepares to defend CIF title

October 29, 2021

When she was just 3 years old, Kaila Barksdale (12) could often be found running around a tennis court with a racquet in her hand while her father, coach Keith Barksdale, taught tennis. At the time, Barksdale...

Homecoming to feature arcade games, live music

Homecoming to feature arcade games, live music

October 8, 2021

Micayla Lillie (10) dipped her paintbrush into a paint canister and covered the wooden float in a coat of white. Lillie made large strokes that stretched across the board and laughed as classmates...

Freshman Year 2.0

Freshman Year 2.0

October 8, 2021

Darren Zhou (12) looks through a microscope. For his internship, he analyzed thousands of cells at UCSDs biophotonics lab, focusing on calcium cells and their biological response to being cut.

Zhou participates in UCSD biophotonics program, gains insight in biological field

August 27, 2021

As Darren Zhou (12) peered through the microscope, his eyes fixated on a single neuron cell. He scrutinized thousands of images, documenting each cell’s response as they were being cut. Interning at...

Freshman Year 2.0

Freshman Year 2.0

August 27, 2021

Dance Troupe performs in-person senior show

Dance Troupe performs in-person senior show

June 14, 2021

In the last couple seconds of the senior group dance, the Dance Troupe members hugged one another, then quickly turned away to strike their ending poses. As Dance Troupe captain, Jade Bucci (12), struck...

Principal Ziegler reflects on past four years as principal

June 14, 2021

During her first week as principal of Westview in the fall of 2017, Principal Tina Ziegler said that she felt overwhelmed yet excited. Just a few weeks prior to the beginning of a new school year, she...

Dance Troupe members practice in the gym in preparation for a Spring Show. Photo by Alice Chen.

Dance Troupe places first in West Coast Elite Dance Competition

May 10, 2021

Dance Troupe Officer Alexis Weldner (12) sat at her desk, her eyes fixated on her computer monitor. Displayed on the screen was a Zoom award ceremony for the West Coast Elite (WCE) Dance Competition...

High school students cheat more in online school

High school students cheat more in online school

April 8, 2021

Niki* (12) opened her vocabulary test in February for her English class and immediately switched tabs to a Google document, which was filled with answers for the test. The top of the page began to...

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...

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...

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...

Political Awareness Club members share thoughts on Vice Presidential debate

Political Awareness Club members share thoughts on Vice Presidential debate

October 8, 2020

Following the Vice Presidential debate Oct. 7, The Nexus interviewed Sarina Oshiro (12), Sophia Chiu (12), and Daniel Shaw (12), members of Westview’s Political Awareness Club. Oshiro and Chiu currently...

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...

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...

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