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Brynne Paiva

Brynne Paiva, Editor-in-Chief

Brynne Paiva is a senior and an editor-in-chief of The Nexus. In her free time, she reads avidly, spends time with friends, and attends local concerts. She is passionate about social justice and journalism.
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Flying Solo: Students overcome pressure, choose nontraditional paths after high school

Flying Solo: Students overcome pressure, choose nontraditional paths after high school

June 14, 2021

Jacqueline Wagner (’21) did not expect to move to Germany right after graduating high school. When she was younger, she said, her plan was to study hard so that she would get the grades needed to get...

Westview announces plans for in-person graduation

May 10, 2021

To the delight of many seniors and their families, Westview administration recently announced plans to hold an in-person graduation June 18. Senior Class President Brooke Gorman (12) knew at the beginning...

Students return to campus for first time in more than a year

Students return to campus for first time in more than a year

March 19, 2021

Westview students began returning to campus for classes, in accordance with PUSD’s temporary one-day-a-week cohort system, on Monday. Students wandered about, some with maps in their hands. Link...

Why we read the books we do: A look into the required reading texts in our English courses

Why we read the books we do: A look into the required reading texts in our English courses

March 11, 2021

Each year, freshmen English students sit in class learning, for the first time, the dreams of Lennie and George and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Simultaneously, sophomores experience the delirium of...

Art by Amy Wang

Opinion: Why Americans should stop demonizing socialism

February 11, 2021

A couple of nights ago I heard Fox News anchor Sean Hannity call Joe Biden the worst insult he could think of. He said it with such malice, such fury: “Biden is a SOCIALIST.” Based on his tone...

The Nexus staff's 21 book recommendations for 2021

The Nexus staff’s 21 book recommendations for 2021

January 21, 2021

Art by Grace Tseng Whether to escape, better understand or cope with our chaotic reality, books are especially necessary in 2021. For our first issue of the year, The...

Opinion: Education on media literacy necessary to combat extremism, violence

Opinion: Education on media literacy necessary to combat extremism, violence

January 21, 2021

We learn, early in elementary school, to tell the difference between fact and opinion. We are taught that the assertion, “Apples are fruit” is a fact and “Apples are the tastiest fruit” is...

Student board member Bylsma pushes for excused absences for mental health days

Student board member Bylsma pushes for excused absences for mental health days

December 17, 2020

Some days, Sarah Sumner (12), who was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety last year, just can’t get out of bed, much less go to school or focus in class.  “I wake up feeling bad...

Opinion: Biden's plan for free public university tuition could help combat wealth inequality

Opinion: Biden’s plan for free public university tuition could help combat wealth inequality

December 17, 2020

As a senior, wrapping up my final writing supplements to end a long college application journey, I am repeatedly faced with the question of “Why?” Universities across the country want to know:...

Mi ('20) graduates early, creates own path in entrepreneurship, politics

Mi (’20) graduates early, creates own path in entrepreneurship, politics

November 19, 2020

At the beginning of her junior year in August of 2019, Jocelyn Mi (’20) knew that she wanted to forge her own path in life, that the competitive nature she experienced in high school, inextricably linked...

Know Your Vote: an introduction to school board, city council, mayoral candidates

Know Your Vote: an introduction to school board, city council, mayoral candidates

October 29, 2020

With Nov. 3 approaching and many Americans voting early, The Nexus has compiled information on the candidates running for local offices including school board, city council, and mayor. Additionally, we...

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

October 25, 2020

This year, as unprecedented events unfolded one after the other, the two presidential candidates have taken to Twitter to express their views and, in turn, their political opinions and plans for the future. 2020 January...

Paving the Way: The Importance of Black Teachers

Paving the Way: The Importance of Black Teachers

October 1, 2020

Degef, Kassahun find motivation in Black teachers, connect with Black staff members on campus, call for more diverse hiring practices James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Zora Neal Hurston,...

Westview baseball community fund-raises to support coach in cancer battle

Westview baseball community fund-raises to support coach in cancer battle

July 20, 2020

Since coach Corey Borromeo first stepped onto the Westview baseball field as a sophomore in 2010, he has been an integral part of the baseball community. Borromeo took a permanent coaching job at Westview...

As the Sun Sets: Painting Our Own Ending

As the Sun Sets: Painting Our Own Ending

June 9, 2020

With end-of-year plans gone awry due to COVID-19, Class of 2020 finds closure by painting own endings The slight curve of the hallways. The feeling of racing back to third period from an off-campus...

Morgan Montesi (10) films herself on her phone playing Mia

Westview Theatre Company produces “Midsummer/Jersey” from home

May 29, 2020

On March 12, the second to last day students were at school, the Westview Theatre Company was busy blocking and learning lines for their upcoming show “Midsummer/Jersey,” a modern adaptation of...

Yearbook staff to release digital yearbook tomorrow

May 29, 2020

All students who purchased a yearbook for this school year will be able to access a digital copy of the yearbook tomorrow. The yearbook will be released on the Herff-Jones app, available on the App Store...

Aditi Anand (10) talking with her mother during a day of the traditional Hindu Festivals of Auspicious Nine Nights or

Anand treasures additional time bonding with mother during isolation

May 15, 2020

When Aditi Anand (10) was in middle school, she received the phone call at school that she dreaded most—her mother had been hospitalized after suffering a seizure.  All day at school, Anand said...

Administration moves forward with tentative plan for drive-through graduation

May 15, 2020

Seniors anxious to know how and when their graduation ceremony will take place can expect drive-through ceremonies on June 9-11, with a more traditional ceremony to be expected on the tentative date of...

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