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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

Rosemary Cabanban

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer

All content by Rosemary Cabanban
Westview GOLDs saxophones, sousaphones, and percussion march through Disneyland, May 4. This was the first time in over four years that Westview was able to participate in the Disneyland Star Wars Day parade.

GOLD performs Star Wars arrangement at Disneyland

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Zoe Marshall (11) concentrated on the sound of their French horn as Westview GOLD marched down Main Street at Disneyland. In neat columns and rows, the band paraded through the park while playing “Star...

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...

Photo Illustration by Abby Siu, Phoebe Vo, and Rosemary Cabanban

Spring Music Festival

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer May 3, 2024

Jenna Knott (11) walked alongside her friend Jordyn Nygren (11) facing the crowd of high schoolers in the amphitheater during lunch, April 26. They searched the crowd for the smiling faces of their...

Derek Ho (9) competes in the 100-yard breaststroke race at home against Poway, March 15. As one of the fastest on the team, Ho placed first with a time of 59:35.

Ho swims 100-yard breaststroke, ranks 14th in history in age group

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Derek Ho (9) swam the 14th fastest 100-yard breaststroke in the history of all 13-14-year-olds in the Winter Age Group Championship meet in Oceanside, Dec. 14. After qualifying to compete in the championships...

Emily Tonnu (20) directs a film for her thesis project at SDSU titled Dissonance, March 9. Tonnus film was aided by DMP class students and equipment.

DMP class acts as extras in Tonnu’s thesis film

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Emily Tonnu, a Westview alumni 2020 graduate and senior film major at San Diego State University carefully watched the monitor in the Westview stadium from her director’s chair, March 17. One Westview...

Huisa captures emotions through videography

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

  Marko Huisa (12) first watched the 2002 Spider-Man movie when he was only 6 years old. Mesmerized by the movie’s ability to bring other-worldly scenes to life, Huisa committed himself to videography,...

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...

Abby Daines (12) cuts fabric for a menstrual health kit during a volunteering event, Feb. 5. The Days for Girls organization creates each kit then donates them to women in need in developing countries.

Daines, Days for Girls donate menstrual products to DRC

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Abby Daines (12) worked with the Days for Girls organization to pack 1,000 menstrual health kits for women in need in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Feb. 5. In the gym-like cultural hall of her...

Alexander McAllister (10) [third from the left] practices with his rowing team at Mission Bay, Feb. 8. McAllister has learned to work in unison with others on the water.

McAllister ranks third in ergometer rowing

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer February 16, 2024

Alexander McAllister (10) likes to tell people that breaking his back on a Wiffle ball inadvertently led him to rank third internationally of 13-18-year-olds in RowErg 100 meter speed of 2024 on the ergometer,...

Liam Doran (10) fixes a wiring issue inside his teams robot and reattaches the cover panel with screws, Jan. 15. For this years FTC challenge, the robot is required to pick up hexagon-shaped tiles to create an artistic design on the game mat.

Doran leads Gear Up to third in league

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

Liam Doran (10) led his robotics team, Gear Up, to 10 wins at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) league meet at Sage Creek High School, ranking them third in their league, Jan. 14. The league meet was the...

Eva Porter (11) waves while dancing in Londons New Years Day Parade. She performed with the United Spirit Association.

Porter dances at New Year’s Parade in London

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

On New Year’s Eve, Eva Porter (11) focused more on the New Year’s Day ahead than the midnight clock strike. She would dance for the largest audience of her life of almost a million spectators in the...

Community member Sarah Eishen takes six dogs on their daily walk, Dec. 5. She has cared for dogs for 10 years.

Eishen serves as dog-walking icon on block

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer December 22, 2023

Sophia Hellenkamp (11) has known the neighborhood-renowned “dog lady” for as long as she can remember. Sarah Eishen, the local dog nanny, used to take care of Hellenkamp’s black lab, Shana, whenever...

Daines adjusts the alternator and checks the carburetor in her 1966 Chevrolet C20 Custom Camper. Daines and her dad worked on repairing the truck for several years in Utah until they could tow it home. Now, Daines drives her truck every day to school.

Daines builds car passion

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer December 22, 2023

Abby Daines (12) was only 6 years old when she began working on cars. That year, her dad bought an old Chevrolet square-body truck in need of restoration. At first, he asked Daines to help him with simple...

Donna Mahmoudi (12) and Aleyna Pala (12) construct inspirational posters out of magazines, newspapers, and paints in their Spanish 9-10 class, Nov. 7. The posters will be used to decorate the classroom, each students art contributing.

Fun engages Spanish 9-10 students

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer November 17, 2023

Celine Ciotta (12) has family in Venezuela who she often calls and greets in Spanish, but she was never very confident in her Spanish grammar prior to taking classes in the language. Ciotta said that by...

Malea Wiener (11) points out sea life in a touch tank of the Preuss Tide Pool Plaza at the Birch Aquarium, Nov. 4. Wiener volunteers at the aquarium, talking to visitors about local marine species and answering questions.

Underwater Wonder

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer November 17, 2023

Malea Wiener (11) spent much of her childhood in the desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In third grade, when she moved to California, she enjoyed frequent trips to the beach with her family. Wiener played...

Westview students serve soup to the unhoused community of San Diego at the First Presbyterian Church, Oct 8. Young Life members have worked with Ladle Fellowship for two years.

Young Life serves at soup kitchen

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer October 27, 2023

Westview Young Life joined with the Ladle Fellowship, a food distribution organization, to serve meals and clothes to San Diego’s unhoused community at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego,...

Red dye No. 3 ban ensures safety of Californian consumers, sets precedent

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer October 26, 2023

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a landmark law banning red dye No. 3, a colorant that gives foods bright red and pink colors, and three other potentially harmful food additives on Oct 7. Assembly Bill 418,...

Dance requires athleticism, should be recognized as legitimate sport

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer October 10, 2023

In elementary school, when people asked me what sports I play and I told them that I danced, they looked a bit puzzled. Apparently, my response was inadequate. As  I have been told many times since...

Rabanal performs Armed Exhibition for NJROTC

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer October 10, 2023

When Adam Rabanal (11) was in eighth grade, he was in search of a hobby to begin in high school: a new activity for a new start. However, he lacked ideas as to what it could be. Unbeknownst to him,...

Park wins first in the Charleston International Piano Competition

Park wins first in the Charleston International Piano Competition

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer September 15, 2023

Daniel Park (10) was merely four years old when his mom taught him to play the electric keyboard in their small Chicago apartment for the first time. Nearly 12 years later, Park won first place in the...

Purple Crocs have defined my childhood

Purple Crocs have defined my childhood

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer September 15, 2023

These days, I see Crocs everywhere. They line the walls in stores, cover my socials, and I spot multiple Westview students in Crocs daily. This isn’t just a local trend and definitely isn’t just me....

Playing at the Next Level

Kate Sealy While Kate Sealy’s (12) senior year may be drawing to a close, her soccer career won’t be. In Fall 2021, Sealy committed to play Division I soccer at the University of San Diego, with...

Students set up donation boxes, collect funds for Promises2Kids

Students set up donation boxes, collect funds for Promises2Kids

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer June 2, 2023

In an effort to collect money for foster children, Thea Roy (11), Lauren Kadlubowski (12), Sarah Shaw (12), and Nicole Gordon Tsantsaridi (12) brought eight white boxes to various sites on campus, May...

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...

My sophomore year won’t be perfect

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Summer break is near and with only about five weeks left of school, I’m busy anticipating trips to the beach and excursions with friends. However, not all my thoughts include sun tans; the end of my...

Double duty: Brown joins Girl Scouts, then joins Boy Scouts

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer May 5, 2023

Sea Sirens from Greek mythology are infamous for being part woman and part animal, often luring sailors to their demise. On the contrary, the all-girl patrol of the Scouts BSA named the Sirens is far more...

Robotics animation team wins second place internationally

Rosemary Cabanban, Staff Writer March 17, 2023

It was one o’clock in the morning, and the screen from Shawnee Halander’s (11) iPad illuminated the pitch-dark room around her in a white fluorescent hue. Drawing digital drones, rabbits, and slippers...

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