The Nexus

Lucy Sullivan

Lucy Sullivan, Opinions Editor

Lucy Sullivan (11) is in her second year as a part of The Nexus. In her free time, she runs cross country, spends too much time on her phone, and plays with her pet bird Lola.

 

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Five-year-old Griffith places stickers on a toy created by the Introduction to Engineering Design class at Westview, May 19. The engineer-ing students planned their designs, created prototypes, and used a laser cutter to build the toys for the preschoolers to test and decorate. Photo by Cara Tran

Engineering class creates, donates toys

June 3, 2022

Jessie Castelloe (11) and Kemma Snyder (12) stood in the courtyard outside Westview’s preschool classroom, watching the preschoolers, who giggled, chatted, and placed stickers on the toys that the ...

Lauren Pollock (11) dances at Nationals, March 25. Pollock performs a leg hold during her performance.

Dance Troupe Competes at Nationals

April 8, 2022

For the first time since 2019, Dance Troupe (WVDT) earned the opportunity to go to USA Dance Nationals. The team performed six group dances and three solos at the Walt Disney World resort in Anaheim...

Please let me, a junior, compete in the triathlon

March 18, 2022

The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, the grass is green—there's a sense of excitement in the air. This can only mean one thing: the freshman triathlon is upon us.  This glorious display...

Cassandra Nguyen (12) and Kyle Dillon (11) work on developing their improv technical skills before the Feb. 11 competition with Del Norte. They are practicing setting their objectives for the Improv exercise.

Improv competes with Del Norte

February 18, 2022

Since the pandemic started, there have been few opportunities for the Improv team to compete. But on Feb. 11, the team hosted and won their first inter-school competition show since schools returned...

Chris Shaw (right) works with Rudy Del Rosario to improve the timpani cart for the percussion pit during marching band season, 2018. Band Dads work behind the scenes to design and create sets, as well as fixing and transporting them to and from band competitions.

Band Dads volunteer behind the scenes

January 28, 2022

The first time Chris Shaw helped raise the big “W” at a football game back in 2016, he instantly became hooked on the Band Dad experience. Now as his second child, Sarah Shaw (11), goes through...

Sandstrom returns as XC coach

Sandstrom returns as XC coach

December 17, 2021

Cross country coach Amanda (Trujillo) Sandstrom stood behind the start line of the CIF course at Morley Field on Nov. 20, and gathered her team into a huddle for some final words of encouragement....

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Bryan creates jewelry business

November 19, 2021

Lily Bryan (11) sat behind a table at her farmers market booth on a recent Sunday morning, surrounded by her handmade jewelry and crochet tops. What started off as a hobby—one that allowed her to...

Cartoon by Grace Tseng.

I should not have to worry about college applications as a junior

November 19, 2021

Nothing does a better job of setting the mood at the Thanksgiving dinner table like a premature question about my future plans. Well-intentioned inquiries from older family members are meant with...

Lilah Nash (11) assembles a sandwich during her second-to-last shift, Oct. 5. After working at a sandwich shop for eight months, Nash quit to prioritize school work. Photo by Katie Lew.

Students grapple with understaffing at work

October 8, 2021

Casey Johnson (12) is always working. Since the summer after her sophomore year, she has gone from the classic fair-food vendor, Chicken Charlie’s, to Rubio's Coastal Grill, and now she works at a...

Opinion: Covid policy needs serious adjustments

Opinion: Covid policy needs serious adjustments

September 17, 2021

For one blissful month, it seemed as though we would collectively be able to leave COVID-19 in the rearview as we embarked on the 2021-2022 school year. But as the month of July slipped away, so did...

DelaCruz leads her class through a lesson plan. She works to help students in the same way she was helped by her English teachers.

[Photo] Lim tapes for ASB, explores passion for videography

September 17, 2021

DelaCruz leads her class through a lesson plan. She works to help students in the same way she was helped by her English teachers.

Cheer anticipates upcoming season following COVID-19 year

Cheer anticipates upcoming season following COVID-19 year

August 27, 2021

Cheerleading has always been a source of spirit on campus, harnessing the energy of chanting crowds and stadium lights and echoing that spirit back to the community through choreographed routines,...

Theatre hosts final show of year

Theatre hosts final show of year

June 14, 2021

As lead actresses Natalie Dahl (12) and Morgan Montesi (11) stepped onto the outdoor stage, the setting sun and the sound of birds seemed to fade into the distance. All eyes were on them.  On May...

Opinion: Periodic virtual classes would reduce stress, prevent burn-out

Opinion: Periodic virtual classes would reduce stress, prevent burn-out

June 14, 2021

While few of us would claim to be virtual school enthusiasts after this nightmarish year of sitting at our computers for hours on end, it is important to acknowledge that the remote model has some...

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...

Album Review: if i could make it go quiet

Album Review: if i could make it go quiet

May 10, 2021

 2.5/5 Marie Ulven, widely known as “girl in red,” released her official debut album “if i could make it go quiet,” April 30. Having obtained a cult following from her stand-alone...

Despite loss to Rancho Bernardo, swimmers maintain excitement for season

Despite loss to Rancho Bernardo, swimmers maintain excitement for season

April 8, 2021

The air was thick with chlorine and flecks of water as swimmers with black sharpie event numbers on their wrists broke the surface of the pool and began their event. At last,  some sense of normalcy...

Opinion: The Problem with True Crime

Opinion: The Problem with True Crime

March 11, 2021

Driving home from dinner, I mindlessly listened to a true crime podcast—like I so often do. It was the standard podcast format: as the hosts revealed details about an investigation into the disappearance...

Opinion: Trump must be held accountable for his actions in order to mend our democracy

Opinion: Trump must be held accountable for his actions in order to mend our democracy

February 11, 2021

With President Biden having taken office, many say that going through with Senate impeachment hearings for former president Trump is pointless, but taking into account his recent behavior, a Senate...

Graphics created by Maddie McGuire

McGuire starts mental health series on Instagram to spread awareness

January 21, 2021

Despite mental health being something that many Westview students struggle with, Maddie McGuire (12) said she never felt that there was an accessible place for students at Westview to learn about such...

Opinion: Once again, debatable Grammy nominations reveal corrupt system

Opinion: Once again, debatable Grammy nominations reveal corrupt system

December 17, 2020

I’ve always heard that the Grammy Awards are wildly incompatible with popular choice, but I never gave it much thought until I saw it with my own eyes. As I sat at my computer eagerly checking to...

Sports Simplified: Gymnastics

Sports Simplified: Gymnastics

December 17, 2020



Album Review: Evermore

Album Review: “Evermore”

December 17, 2020

 4.5/5 Taylor Swift shocked the world in 2020, dropping two surprise albums. Fans were still processing the July release of Folklore when the news broke of a sister album, Evermore,...

Social science teacher Dennis Sosnowski teaches Civics both on campus and on Zoom Oct. 29. The PUSD board of education announced Nov. 12 that schools may begin and continue bringing more classes on campus utilizing the concurrent model. Photo courtesy of Naomi Yoo.

PUSD approves plan to reopen to all students Jan. 19, bring staff back to campus Nov. 30

November 19, 2020

The secondary school reopening plan, which implemented the piloting of a concurrent model at middle and high schools across the district, was approved by the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) board...

Opinion: Proposition 18 gives a voice to young people

Opinion: Proposition 18 gives a voice to young people

October 29, 2020

Voter turnout amongst younger generations in the United States has historically been low, which is reason for great concern. The outcome of matters currently being voted upon will greatly affect those...

Opinion: Trump attempts to sway election results through voter suppression and confusion

Opinion: Trump attempts to sway election results through voter suppression and confusion

October 22, 2020

Amidst the uncertainty and fear brought on by the pandemic, it would be reasonable to think that the current administration would do everything in their power to make voting easy and safe for all eligible...

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...

Opinion: The “not like other girls” trope fuels division among women

September 17, 2020

“That's just super … basic,” were the words that I heard all too often growing up when I told someone that my favorite artist was Taylor Swift or that I loved the color pink. As early as I can remember,...

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