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Students Bring Cheer to Community at Annual Homecoming Parade

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  • Walking in the parade, the softball team toss candy to spectators. Garnering a first-place win, the team impressed audiences with their Toy Story themed float.

  • Waving, Homecoming Court nominees Briana Vasquez-Martinez ’24 and Kaylee Jones ’24 ride in the parade in a convertible. Court nominees trailed other student organization floats in the parade.

  • Cheering, Becca Hendricks ’24 participates with SunDancers in the parade. SunDancers created a Despicable Me themed float, and many dressed as characters from the movie.

  • Beaming from their float, students at Spicewood Elementary School participate in the parade. This year, feeder elementary and middle schools were welcomed to join as part of the parade festivities.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 11, student organizations and families filled the streets at the Homecoming Parade to show off the ornate floats they designed.   

By 6:00 p.m., last-minute touch-ups were brushed on as students flocked to their floats to commence the parade. This year’s theme- Movie Mania- allowed students to exercise their creative free will and collaborate within their organizations before displaying their final movie-themed floats in front of the judges: Principal Erin Campbell, Dr. Joshua Plocher, Ms. Natalie Fischbach, Mr. Drake Clapp, and Mrs. Natalie Wieland. 

Along with the Westwood floats, elementary and middle schools partook in the parade tradition, such as Canyon Vista and Grisham Cheer who rode in a Taylor Swift-themed float. As the cars rolled through the neighborhood, each float tossed candy to spectators. Behind the sports teams and clubs trailed Homecoming Court nominees in convertibles, beset in their best wear: Satvik Agarwal ‘24 and Maya Granoff ‘24, Charlotte Stidvent ‘24 and Benjamin Yu ‘24, Annetta Davoli ‘24 and Brandee Benson ‘24, Simryn Jacob ‘24 and Emily Collins ‘24, Kaylee Jones ‘24 and Briana Vasquez-Martinez ‘24, and Amelia Spielman ‘24 and Alex Lee ‘24. 

“Watching all of the court nominees in their sashes and convertibles was enjoyable,” Class of 2025 StuCo Vice President Shrishti Mahajan ’25 said. “It made me get excited to see who would win.” 

Winners of the best float theme and execution were declared at the pep rally, following the parade. Warrior Cheer garnered third place with their Barbie themed float, Swim & Dive won second place with a Pirates of the Caribbean themed float, and Softball claimed a first-place win for the third year in a row with their Toy Story inspired float. 

“It was such a rewarding experience being able to see the different organizations, [feeder schools], and clubs come together and express their creative side [with their floats],” Mahajan, who played a key role in parade planning by organizing the Homecoming Court, said. 

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Valerie Zhang, Reporter
Class of 2024
Because of writing, the spontaneity of ideas that pop into my head in the middle of the night has transformed me into a night owl. Throughout the late hours, I cultivate my obsession with period dramas, sports animes, and pictures of swim practice sunsets. Other hobbies include learning languages, lifeguarding, and sleeping!
Shivani Kondubhatla, A&E Editor
Class of 2025  Feeding my ardent love for both the arts and journalism, I am beyond enthused to take on the role of the Arts & Entertainment editor to represent the fine arts and pop culture not only at Westwood but also in our buzzing community. Outside of the newsroom, I am most likely cherishing time with friends, watching sit-coms (probably Modern Family!), or sustaining my unhealthy coffee addiction. 
Scott Seamon, Managing Editor
Class of 2025 When I'm not assisting a nationally awarded team of student journalists, you can find me representing Westwood students as a member of Round Rock ISD VOICE, the school district's student advisory committee!

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