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The Nexus

The official student news site of Westview High School

The Nexus

The official student news site of Westview High School

The Nexus

Aspen Cotton

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor

Aspen Cotton (10) is in their second year as a part of The Nexus. They enjoy painting and always have a book in their backpack. Their favorite food is fettuccini alfredo, or anything with cheese in it.

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Signing off: student-athlete commits

Signing off: student-athlete commits

Sébastien Wenger - University of Alabama Sébastien Wenger (12) began swimming when he was only 2 and started competitively by 4 years old. After trying football, rugby, and lacrosse in elementary...

Art by Ella Jiang

Teenager attempts taxes, develops existential dread for upcoming adulthood

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 5, 2024

In the beginning, I felt optimistic. My taxes should be easy: I had one job over the summer and did not own any property, have any spouses, or run a business.  Taxes are a right of passage into...

Photo courtesy of Jen Valencia

Dance Troupe leaps into finals at Nationals

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 5, 2024

    Rosemary Cabanban (10) stood on stage at the United Spirit Association’s (USA) Dance Nationals in the Anaheim convention center, March 22-23, balancing on one foot and staring into...

SWENext hosts international hackathon competition.

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor March 15, 2024

The SWENext club hosted its first-ever hackathon, Feb. 23. The three-day event challenged coders to make an app, game, or program that addressed one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development...

Art by Aspen Cotton

Large franchises displace middle-budget films, fail to tell distinctive stories

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor February 16, 2024

It seems that production conglomerates like Disney and Warner Bros. have been pumping out large-budget films as of late. The number of Marvel movies coming out has skyrocketed to 33, Star Wars and...

Jang juggles English horn, oboe while performing with youth All-State band

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor February 16, 2024

David Jang (10) sat in the echoing hall of  Sacramento’s Safe Credit Union Convention center along with 125 other high school musicians, each with their various instruments. It was Feb. 3, and they...

Art by Leanne Fan

Girl Scouts teaches lifelong skills

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor January 26, 2024

Picture young Aspen, about 7 years old, standing outside of the local Vons, sulking. Wearing a bright blue vest, I had been standing for two hours behind a table piled high with unsold boxes of Girl...

Consumed by caffeine

Consumed by caffeine

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor January 26, 2024

Youth sports uniforms still contain many elements of over-sexualization

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor December 22, 2023

In the early 20th century, as more and more women started to play sports,  the sexism of the time followed right beside them. Infiltrating the public’s opinion, the sports’ rules and expectations,...

Tran interns at district broadcast, Studio 701

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor December 22, 2023

Elena Tran (12) and her team at the Studio 701 internship arrived at Abraxas High School at nine and immediately split up to film their respective assignments. Tran filmed in the school’s unique...

SSAC wins Golden Bell, promotes district connectivity

SSAC wins Golden Bell, promotes district connectivity

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor November 17, 2023

The Poway Unified Student Superintendent Advisory Committee (SSAC) was awarded a Golden Bell award for the committee’s current and past work promoting student health and wellness through the many programs...

Ballesteros rows at high level, finds rhythm on the water

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 26, 2023

Adriana Ballesteros (11) began rowing her freshman year, after not having much exposure to the sport previously. Her devotion to rowing was cemented one night, out on the waters of Mission Bay. Her practice...

Art by Ella Jiang

Bob Ross was an inspirational painter

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 26, 2023

It has recently come to my attention that not everyone knows the name Bob Ross. Apparently, my English teacher and a small group of friends had never heard this amazing man’s name and knew nothing...

Students visit universities

Students visit universities

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 6, 2023

Art by Ella Jiang

Hedge fund destroys the press

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 6, 2023

On July 10, San Diego’s The Union-Tribune was sold to a newspaper publisher run by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital. If Alden’s history offers any indication, this business deal will have extremely...

Art by Ella Zhang

Politicians Shouldn’t Pander

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor September 15, 2023

Politicians like to scare people. It’s a tried and true method of immediately getting the public’s attention and urging them to action. However, sometimes the things that politicians mention aren’t...

Art by Leanne Fan

Hobbies are for joy, not jobs

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor August 25, 2023

I have many hobbies; however, most of them are in the back of my closet, gathering dust. From my quarantine obsession with painting rocks, to my short-lived interest in making earrings, my hobbies,...

Art by Phoebe Vo

I’m turning into my father

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor June 2, 2023

My father is a quirky man in many respects. And because of these quirks, he fits perfectly into the universal stereotype of what most teenagers would consider a “dad.” My father, of course,...

Dance seniors perform final show

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor June 2, 2023

Lauryn Rowe (12) has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She originally started doing ballet and tap, but after joining a dance studio, she broadened her horizons: trying out jazz, lyrical, hiphop,...

Blue Jain 11 spends quality time with Ruby, the bearded dragon, in Kelly Muenchs classroom. Jain took Ruby home over spring break.

Clasroom pets bring joy, offer educational opportunities

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor May 5, 2023

  Many teachers have animals in their classrooms, ranging from fish to bearded dragons, snakes to turtles. But what role do they play?  These animals are not just for show, as science teachers,...

Option 16 wins Engineering Inspiration Award

Option 16 wins Engineering Inspiration Award

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 7, 2023

Option 16, Westview’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) robotics team has almost 4,000 hours of community service and outreach compiled over the past few months. With this extensive time spent in the...

Texting is Weird

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 6, 2023

Texting is perhaps the least understood of all English dialects. We all participate in its convoluted structures, yet when asked why adhere to the styles we do, we say something vague about not liking...

My freshman self was cringy

My freshman self was cringy

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor February 10, 2023

Sitting on my couch, with the ashes of my Integrated I and II notebooks dusting my hearth, I went over every single thing I did or said last year. While thinking, I came to an undeniable conclusion: freshman...

Luu TAs for Vietnamese school, connects with culture

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor January 25, 2023

Tiffany Lu (10) has been going to Lac Hong Vietnamese School ever since she was in kindergarten, first as a student, and now, as a student helper, or a TA. Classes are held every Saturday at Wangenheim...

Modern art is not so bad

Modern art is not so bad

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor December 16, 2022

I, like many who have taken Honors Humanities and were subjected to the horrors of Dada and Cubism, developed an extreme distaste for “modern” art. I originally planned to write a 500-word article...

Zalevsky dances through pain, pursues sport

Zalevsky dances through pain, pursues sport

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor December 16, 2022

Stepping onto the stage at the 24 SEVEN Dance Competition, Elizabeth Zalevsky (10) took a big breath, trying to calm her nerves. It was her first-ever solo performance, and naturally, she was eager, but...

Sarcasm Sucks: a Satire

Sarcasm Sucks: a Satire

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor November 18, 2022

I love my friends, at least, most of the time. As all of us know, friends can be the bright spot of light in our otherwise dreary school days. After what feels like four hours of learning about the...

Rookie Mock Trial Witnesses Compete

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor November 18, 2022

Bina Mbuloko (9) has always been outspoken. Earlier this year, looking for an outlet for her love of talking, she was considering joining Speech and Debate when she came across Mock Trial.  Both activities...

Ballot initiatives are inherently flawed

Ballot initiatives are inherently flawed

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor November 1, 2022

    In the weeks leading up to Election Day, advertisements for propositions are common. These propositions are citizen-made laws that are put on a ballot for the public to vote on once enough support...

ASB plans Party with Pixar-themed dance

ASB plans Party with Pixar-themed dance

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 14, 2022

This year’s Homecoming dance, themed Party with Pixar, will be hosted at Westview from 7-10 p.m., tomorrow. The event, pep rally, floats, decorations, and spirit days are all based on Pixar movies. To...

Why are high-schoolers too tall to trick-or-treat?

Why are high-schoolers too tall to trick-or-treat?

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor October 14, 2022

This year I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that I am too tall to trick-or-treat. If I don my Ron Weasly costume and parade door to door with my gaggle of friends, I will be met with strange...

Benching Backpacks

Benching Backpacks

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor September 16, 2022

An ongoing competition has been sweeping Westview students into a frenzy, almost as long as this school has been around. No, it’s not senior assassin. We have all seen students plop down into their...

Tips for freshmen that NEVER fail

Tips for freshmen that NEVER fail

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor August 26, 2022

Ah. Freshman year. A time, according to the media, filled with wedgies, 7-foot-tall seniors ridiculing your every move, and homework. Lots and lots of homework. Many upperclassmen look back on freshman...

Slipping from Sleep

Slipping from Sleep

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor August 26, 2022

  Kailyn Donnelly (10) had just barely gotten through another school day, exhausted beyond belief. She had felt tired and nauseous the entire day, which had been happening more frequently in...

I got COVID, now what do I do?

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor June 3, 2022

Everyone has read articles about Covid, about the mass death, the horror that that's caused, and anti-vax facebook moms that refuse to believe any of it is real. Well, this isn't that story, I promise. In...

Paper vs. Online books; which is better?

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor June 3, 2022

There are so many ways to consume media. Magazines, newsletter, podcasts, and my favorite, books. Yet there’s something just so satisfying about picking up a book. You can hold it in your hands, breathing...

School food is underrated

School food is underrated

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 8, 2022

A food critic’s job may seem easy, yet I find that, as the pickiest eater on campus, I am the person best suited for this position of extreme importance. Without me, the average student would not know...

An April Fools day failure

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor April 8, 2022

As I slowly opened my eyes, being reluctantly pulled from my few hours of true peace, I blinked and rubbed away the sleep. Sitting up, I  paused. What’s that on my hands? It… looks like… cream cheese?...

Fitness tests: outdated

Fitness tests: outdated

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor March 18, 2022

I remember the first fitness test I ever took. I was in 6th grade, and panicking. It was about three months into my first year of middle school, and coming up in a week, was fitness testing. They expected...

Swim team takes victory over Valhalla

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor March 18, 2022

In the second meet of the season, the Wolverine swim team topped Valhalla, 95-76. The boys and girls swim teams combined to create this score, March 8.  In the meet’s first race, the boys 4 by 50...

Westview Wilderness

Westview Wilderness

Aspen Cotton, Opinions Editor February 18, 2022

Poop-slinging predators and war crimes: a study Westview’s native population is a diverse array of species, perfectly adapted to surviving in this beautiful but brutal environment. In this environmental...

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