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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

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer

All content by Sophia Chen

Letter to Freshman Self: Sophia

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Dear freshman Sophia, I am here, days away from graduating high school, because of you. Contrary to what you may expect, I carry a lot of love for you. It’s easy to pass off younger versions of yourself...

Emily Yu (12) performs a spiral at a public early morning session at the San Diego Ice Arena, May 15. Yu goes to the ice rink to practice her competition routine and technical skills for an hour and a half before school, for five days a week.

Yu continues life-long love for figure skating

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

At age 4, Emily Yu (12) ice skated for the first time with her parents at the San Diego Ice Arena, with one on either side holding her small hands and guiding her forward. Her parents eventually stepped...

District Eliminates multiple Poway Virtual Courses

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer May 31, 2024

Poway Virtual Courses (PVC) will face a reduction in available spaces for students in the 2024-2025 school year. As school districts in California encounter budget shortfalls, the Poway Unified School...

SSAC informs eighth-graders on value of school-life balance

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer May 3, 2024

The PUSD Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) hosted its second-ever Pursuing Passion, Not Perfection conference on April 24. Designed for 8th-graders and their families, the event was...

The Clueless robotics team crowned World Champions

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer May 3, 2024

The Clueless robotics team won the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship trophy in Houston, April 17-20.  With seven Westview students on their team of 14, The Clueless worked tirelessly to...

Art by Phoebe Vo

I love my family’s cooking and hope to preserve their recipes

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

In my Asian family, food has always been our language of love. My mother always has a plate of sliced fruit ready for my siblings and me to enjoy after school, my father peels my shrimp tails off for me...

Ryan Bui (11) and Shayna Mehta (11) reset their Air Trajectory launchers weight system during one of their practices, March 30. As a weight drops down, a ping-pong ball is launched out of the PVC pipe, which hits a target two to eight meters away.

Bui, Mehta build Science Olympiad machines

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Whether the goal is to launch a ping-pong ball into a bucket, propel a vehicle that carries an egg, or build a tower that holds the most weight, Ryan Bui (11) and Shayna Mehta (11) are no strangers to...

Wolverines Abroad

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

When Torrie Parker (12) tells her friends about her time living in Germany, they genuinely don’t believe her. After all, even Parker is astonished by her new life: biking down cobblestone streets lined...

Jayden Chu (10) inspects the robot at FRC Regionals, March 23. During the match, the teams competed to shoot the most foam rings at a target.

[Photo] Robotics wins Impact Award, ranks 14th at quarterfinals

Juilana Hong, Staff Writer April 5, 2024

Jayden Chu (10) inspects the robot at FRC Regionals, March 23. During the match, the teams competed to shoot the most foam rings at a target.

Hometown Taste

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

Craving some traditional hearty Chinese food, I decided it was time for me to try a restaurant I’ve had on my food bucket list. Hometown Taste, located in Rancho Bernardo, was opened in January by the...

Becoming an early bird: the journey of a night owl

Becoming an early bird: the journey of a night owl

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

For years, I’ve been cursed by a longstanding habit I’ve continuously failed to break out of. It’s a habit that fills my body with self-pity when I have to roll out of my warm covers in the mornings,...

Vanessa Lee (12) reviews AP French material with her grandma, March 4. After not being able to take a French class the year prior, Lee has tried to improve her French skills.

[Photo] AP French class adjusts after hiatus

Mackenzie O'Mara, Staff Writer March 15, 2024

Vanessa Lee (12) reviews AP French material with her grandma, March 4. After not being able to take a French class the year prior, Lee has tried to improve her French skills.

Ethan Madrideo (12) celebrates in front of the crowd after winning Mr. Bayanihan, Feb. 2. In the cultural competitions, Madrideo showcased his talents to the audience.

Madrideo crowned first Mr. Bayanihan in four years

Sophia Chen and Ella Jiang February 16, 2024

The theater was warm as a night of laughter and cheers neared an end, Feb. 2. Spotlights illuminated 10 boys lined up on stage as they awaited the grand reveal of the show in silent anticipation. Before...

Principal Ernie Remillard and science teacher Mitch Donnellys first period biology class gather around a planter as they look for Donnelleys missing turtles, Feb. 8. Throughout the school day, Remillard often visits classes around campus to engage with student life.

Day in the life of the principal

Sophia Chen and Nirja Trivedi February 16, 2024

For the first time in a long time, the two of us (Nirja and Sophia) stepped onto campus, Feb. 8, with fresh excitement. We were going to be spending the day shadowing Principal Ernie Remillard. It all...

Signing out: my goodbye to ASB was bittersweet

Signing out: my goodbye to ASB was bittersweet

Sophia Chen, Staff Writer January 26, 2024

It became official when I signed my name. Two weeks ago, the ASB seniors experienced a tearful last day of the program, filled with a bittersweetness that I anticipate becoming quite accustomed...

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