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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

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At the Germania Amphitheatre, blue lights illuminate the stage where 21 Savage performed. Through his energetic rap style and electrifying stage presence, 21 Savage brought a lively and fun performance to Austin.

21 Savage Brings His ‘American Dream’ to Austin

Mallory Milner, Reporter May 23, 2024

As the stage lights suddenly went dark, an ominous bass tone echoed throughout the amphitheater. The audience, who had previously been dancing to various rap hits, stood anxiously on their toes, eager...

Violinist Darren Liu 24 stands in front of a row of violins on display at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention. Westwoods Symphony Orchestra was invited to TMEA for an honors recital because they were recognized as the best orchestra in Texas.

“There’s no way it ends here”: Violinist Darren Liu ‘24 Shares Special Bond With Music

Serena Liu, Reporter May 20, 2024

Somewhere in Austin, TX, a nine-year-old boy started learning an instrument that would take him all the way through his childhood. Before, he played the piano, but there was just something not quite...

Framed in dramatic lighting director, writer, and star Kristos Puliadi poses for the poster of his debut feature film Thespian.

Student Showbiz: Kristos Puliadi Presents Debut Feature Film

Mayla Montgomery, Reporter May 17, 2024

The glitz and glamor of the movie industry are the stuff of dreams for countless people. To be one of the esteemed creators of the films and series that so many hold dear remains just out of reach for...

Waving his baton, Head Band Director Thomas Turpin leads the concert band for their spring concert. The concert would mark his last show before his departure from Westwood. This concert was really special since we got to send off someone who had such a positive impact on us, Adaline Boyd 26 said.

Last Time, Best Time: Band Performs Final Spring Concert Under Head Band Director Thomas Turpin

Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff May 13, 2024

The final notes of music fill the room, quickly replaced with the sounds of claps and cheers as the band concludes their final piece. Knowing that tonight would be the final spring concert under Head Band...

Seated for supper, the cast of Cafe Murder poses for a picture. Half of the show was based on improvised answers to audience questions, meaning the show changed every night.

Theater Seniors Flip Script For Senior Directed Play Series

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor May 6, 2024

Three entirely student-led senior-directed shows marked the final productions of the 2024 theater season on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 in the Big Black Box. The three plays - Café Murder, Greek...

Taylor Swifts eleventh studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, was released in the middle of April. The album encompassed heartbreak and burnout, and was met with much excitement from fans.

Torturously Good: Taylor Swift’s Eleventh Album Surpasses Expectations

Katie Ring, Reporter May 3, 2024

Taylor Swift has mastered the art of music. Dabbling in genres ranging from country to pop to synth, she’s broken records and topped the charts for years. When she announced the release of her eleventh...

At the concerts close, Malcolm Todd performs his fan-favorite track Roommates in harmony with guitarist Luke Tyler Shelton.

Malcolm Todd Delivers Unforgettable ‘Sweet Boy’ Experience to Austin

Sarah Jung, Reporter April 27, 2024

In the vibrant heart of downtown Austin, the electrifying sounds of Malcolm Todd echoed through the walls of Emo’s. On Saturday, April 20 Todd marked his fourth show in his first-ever tour, titled...

Laufey performs Lovesick during the Goddess Tour at the Bass Concert Hall. One of the songs of her latest album Bewitched, Laufeys vocals astounded the audience as she performed.

Laufey Embodies ‘Goddess’ On Stage

Jia Chun, Reporter April 25, 2024

Dreamy music echoed around the theater, matching the glittery lights dotting the stage and the warm light of the spotlight. The audience leaned forward, eager to catch Laufey’s performance, as the opening...

On the red carpet outside the Long Center, 44 members of the Mean Girls production cast and crew pose before the Heller Award ceremony. In addition to a red carpet event and photo session, the ceremony included 18 award categories and multiple musical performances to honor high school musical theater in the Austin area.

Applause and Accolades: Westwood Theater Brings Home First-Ever Heller Award

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor April 23, 2024

At the red carpet ceremony at the Long Center on Thursday, April 17, Westwood Musical Theater was honored for seven nominations and received one award from the Heller Awards for Young Artists.  The...

On the PAC stage, Kalia Wang 26 performs a verse from her duet with Ryan Gu 26. The duo performed Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell, and the Playlist performance marked their third year in a row performing duets at end-of-year concerts.

Westwood Choirs Bring ‘Girl Talk’ to Stage for Playlist Concert

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor April 23, 2024

All Westwood Choirs took to the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Saturday, April 21 to perform their end-of-year pop showcase Playlist. Each individual class choir, in addition...

Taking on the aesthetic of the 80s, Conan Grays third album Found Heaven gives listeners a fresh take on Grays writing style.

Listeners Find Heaven with ‘Found Heaven’

Sabareesh Dinakaran, Reporter April 22, 2024

Rising singer-songwriter sensation Conan Gray released his third album, titled Found Heaven, on April 5 through Republic Records. This album completely diverges from Gray’s previous works, taking on...

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