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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

Haven Teudt

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer

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Letter to Freshman Self: Haven

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Dear Haven, For you, a freshman who’s been stuck inside for months due to COVID, four years seems like a lifetime. But I promise, it’s going to go by in the blink of an eye. You’ll cry (a lot)...

Art by Ella Jiang and Evelyn Shoemaker

Looking Back, Moving Forward

A block of clay stood before a 10-year-old Audrey Nguyen (12), but to her, with a touch of imagination and a dash of colorful paint, it held the potential to become a vase or a sculpture. She was at...

Baking has become my favorite hobby

Baking has become my favorite hobby

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

The streak of flour on the counter. The loud whirring of the mixer. The rush of heat from the open oven. Amidst the chaos of my kitchen, I find comfort.  Throughout senior year, as I’ve grown in...

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...

Despite repeal, Arizona abortion law could be dangerous for the future

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer May 3, 2024

On April 9, a comprehensive abortion ban originally from 1864 was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court. All abortions in the state of Arizona are now illegal, except in cases where the mother’s life is...

Exciting changes in weather are here

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

I basked in the warm sunlight, the afternoon rays illuminating the sky and casting a glare across the cars in the school parking lot. Heat waves emanated from the asphalt, and puffy clouds dotted the brilliant...

A Loneliness Epidemic

A Loneliness Epidemic

Haven Teudt and Rosemary Cabanban March 15, 2024

Navyaa Sharma (12) is a straight-A student. She has worked a job and completed an internship in her high school career, all while taking 15 AP classes. In her senior year, she dedicated hours of energy...

NYT games bring us together

NYT games bring us together

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

My teacher is lecturing at the front of the classroom, her slides projected onto the screen. The rest of the class is quiet. The occasional clack of a keyboard is the only sound that punctuates the silence....

Review: Piranesi

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Recently, I picked out a book from Barnes & Noble with an interesting cover and sat down to read it once I got home. I was instantly hooked, and I ended up devouring the 245-page book in under three...

My hair is a canvas for creativity

My hair is a canvas for creativity

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

The acrid odor of toner singed my nostrils while I leaned over the bottle, having taken a deep breath in before I realized my mistake. Coughing, I held the bottle out to my friends, urging them to share...

Juliana Cruz (11), Nila Pillai (10), and Kara Yoon (10) hold Eva Pecorella (9) in an extension during cheer practice in preparation for Nationals, Jan 26-27.

Cheer prepares for Nationals in Las Vegas

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

A late start, injuries, position changes, and more have plagued the competitive cheer team, causing many setbacks to their season. Still, despite it all, the group has worked tirelessly towards perfecting...

Rivalry: boys, girls soccer hosts MC

Mackenzie O'Mara and Haven Teudt December 22, 2023

Girls @ 5:30 p.m today  Tonight, girls soccer plays Mt. Carmel, Westview’s cross-town rival for the first time in 2 years. In the 2021-22 season, they encountered the Sun Devils twice with 5-0 and...

Never too old for Christmas: young and old deserve to experience festive holiday joy

Never too old for Christmas: young and old deserve to experience festive holiday joy

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer December 22, 2023

I remember the winter holidays from my childhood fondly: a time filled with carefree laughter, shiny wrapping paper, festive parties with friends and family. But that’s what the holidays were like when...

Students question edgenuity’s effectiveness

Evelyn Shoemaker and Haven Teudt December 22, 2023

With Westview’s competitive academic environment, many students feel the need to take online courses to fulfill graduation requirements for different reasons. Although it is typically used to retake...

Rowan Hannaman (11) runs through the first turn during his race, reaching the half mile marker in the Morley Field course, Nov. 11. He ended his race with a time of 16:01, beating his PR by over 20 seconds.

Boys cross country wins first at Morley Field CIFs

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer November 17, 2023

The boys cross country team surpassed their expectations and won the CIF Division I Championship, Nov. 11. Adrian Welton (12) led the team to victory at Morley Field with a PR of 15:21, finishing in second...

Visual, performing arts to gain millions in state-issued funding

Visual, performing arts to gain millions in state-issued funding

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 26, 2023

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) arts programs will be receiving millions of dollars in funding from the state over the course of the next several years until 2026. The state of California recently...

Vivian Roberts (10) leaps into the air to strike the volleyball that was set by Ava Zamora (11), scoring a point for Westview, Oct. 20. The team was celebrating their senior night together at their latest home game against San Marcos, and after an intense match, the team lost 3-1.

Girls volleyball smashes competition

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 26, 2023

The girls volleyball team has reached new heights this season, giving their best performance in recent years. Out of the entire season, the team has only suffered four losses, leaving a trail of victory...

Academic success does not determine your personal value

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 26, 2023

If I don’t take another AP class, I’m a failure. If I don’t get a job soon, I’m a failure. If I don’t get an A on this test, I’m a failure. That fear of failure, driven by a mixture of academic...

The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We, by Mitski

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 6, 2023

Released on Sept. 15, Mitski’s seventh studio album, The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We, explores the concepts of love, loneliness, and much more over the course of 11 songs. Wrapping each message...

Donica Flies

Donica Flies

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 6, 2023

With the varsity cheer team in front of her and her fellow captains by her side, Jaden Donica (12) called out the next stretch in the routine. Though she stands at the head of the group now, just two years...

Privacy for LGBTQ+ students threatened in multiple districts

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 6, 2023

As Californians, we each have the unalienable right to privacy. This right, enumerated in the very first article of the state constitution, is listed alongside life, liberty, and safety. Its importance...

Ava Muylle (11) practices an offensive drill along with fellow teammates, Sept. 7. Muylle, in her first year on the team, is the only girl in all of Wolverine football, switching between playing on the offensive and defensive lines.

Muylle plays on JV football team as sole girl

Haven Teudt and Dylan O'Donohue September 15, 2023

The harsh afternoon sun and pervasive heat attacked Ava Muylle’s (11) senses, but neither of them could break her attention from the game in front of her. Breathing heavily, she crouched into position,...

Hall joins track as junior, moves on to CIF finals

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer June 2, 2023

As spring sports began, track and field set in motion and London Hall (11) was a newbie, even as a junior. Though she was surrounded by students who had joined the sport as freshmen, Hall had no experience. However,...

Wolverines shine at CIFs

Track and field athletes PR throughout CIF competition, Welton advances to state finals The 2023 San Diego Sections CIF finals were a long day for Westview’s track and field team, but after nine hours,...

Senior Sendoffs: King Baron

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer June 2, 2023

After a year of rehearsals, growth and learning, the Westview GOLD program culminated with its final show, May 24-25. For Baron Egaran (12), however, the show was much more than his last band performance....

The quest for the perfect nap

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

I’m on an epic journey, an undertaking that only the most experienced can hope to succeed in, a search for the ever-elusive formula for something precious: the perfect nap.  Recently, one of...

Black and Gold

EVAN ERICKSON Boys Volleyball There is nothing that gives Evan Erickson (12) more joy in a volleyball game than yelling for his teammates. Since joining the program as a freshman, he’s found his...

Nepomuceno transfers gymnastics skills to dive

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Kaya Nepomuceno (11) poised on the edge of the diving board, preparing to execute a tuck dive during warm-ups. Though she was new to diving, with 11 years of gymnastics experience behind her, she leaped,...

Winterguard time travels

Winterguard time travels

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

As the last note of music faded, the Winterguard performers smiled and waved enthusiastically at their audience in the bleachers—the audience that had just learned to time travel under their guidance.  With...

Mordhorst prepares for swim season as captain

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

Swim captain Grace Mordhorst (12) adjusted their swim cap and tried to fight off the early morning chill. It was around 6 a.m., and for the past several days they had braved the freezing mornings to train...

I find meaning in mundane stories

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer February 10, 2023

Just a few days ago, my friends sat down to eat lunch together, and one of them immediately dove into great detail about something mundane—why she decided to use a different pencil in class. To some,...

Freshmen selected to play in Wind Ensemble

Freshmen selected to play in Wind Ensemble

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer January 26, 2023

David Jang (9) took a deep breath, preparing to play the steady tone that would balance the chord; after repetition and rehearsal, the chord went from dissonant to harmonious. Under the direction of Mitchell...

Stay home when youre sick!

Stay home when you’re sick!

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer December 16, 2022

It started with a cough. It was a quiet, mostly stifled noise from a student across the room, but it seemed glaringly loud in the silence of the test. Then there was another cough, this time from the...

I need more “time off” on Thanksgiving

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

Thanksgiving is America’s quintessential family holiday. Many of us have fond memories of delicious food, warm fall colors, and of course, quality time with relatives. Family gatherings filled with good...

Student endorsement: Joseph Rocha for CA State Senate

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer November 1, 2022

During election season, for candidates from all ends of the political spectrum, voters are inundated with propaganda and advertisements—everything from paper mail, TV ads, text messages, and email blasts....

Student endorsement: Gavin Newsom for Governor

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer November 1, 2022

The election of California’s governor is one of the most important races this year. Incumbent Gavin Newsom and his challenger, Brian Dahle, have different perspectives on key issues that may affect the...

Vo implements piano expertise in GOLD

Vo implements piano expertise in GOLD

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

Anh Vo (11) poised his fingers over the piano keys, eyes trained on the drum major. The roar of the audience in the stands faded to the background, and he waited with bated breath for the signal to...

Broadening the Mind

Broadening the Mind

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

In the middle of eighth grade, Gavin Jin (12) moved to the United States from China. Despite having grown up learning English as a mandatory class, simply recognizing words in English was insufficient...

Black and Gold

KAEDEN BERNER Boys Cross Country Kaeden Berner (11) is third-ranked on the boys cross country team, setting a new three-mile PR of 16:39:2 at the CCA Ravens Fleet Feet Invitational, Sept. 3. He...

The marvel of music

The marvel of music

Haven Teudt, Staff Writer September 16, 2022

Throughout the first week of school, I was asked what my favorite song was no less than a half dozen times. It’s a good question, honestly—it helps people find common ground, giving them something...

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