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Choir Students Compete in All-State Auditions

Choir Students Compete in All-State Auditions

Nisha Desai, Reporter

January 21, 2018


Filed under Arts

After preparing since June, nine choir students traveled to Waco, Texas, to compete in the TMEA area audition. Twenty students in Area A of Texas competed for the top eight chairs in their respective voice parts to earn a spot in one of the Texas All-State Choirs. During the audition, students sang assigned ...

Band Finds Success at All-State Auditions

Band Finds Success at All-State Auditions

Sloka Chandrasekaran, Reporter

January 19, 2018


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Fourteen band students traveled to Duncanville, Texas, to audition for the All-State Band on Jan. 12. After preparing for six months, the students came head to head against other musicians from across the region to compete for a select number of spots in the band. “The audition itself isn’t rigorous,” ...

‘The Post’ Reinvigorates Political Themes

‘The Post’ Reinvigorates Political Themes

Becca Halaney, Reporter

January 18, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

                Steven Spielberg’s take on the publication of the Pentagon Papers in his most recent film, The Post, is inspiring in its subtlety and breathtakingly delivered by its stellar cast of actors, including Meryl Stre...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Misses Mark for Star-Studded Film

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Misses Mark for Star-Studded Film

Lizzie Deal and Mae Bruce

December 27, 2017


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Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans of the franchise have been speculating about what the newest trilogy in the classic series will bring. After buying Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney rebooted the late ‘70s hit by announcing a new trilogy (Episodes VII through IX), the first movie of ...

Directing Students Test Talents in Showcase

Directing Students Test Talents in Showcase

Becca Halaney, Reporter

December 19, 2017


Filed under Arts

World Drama students performed scenes from international playwrights’ scripts in their midterm showcase on Dec. 13 in the Little Black Box. The showcase was directed by four of the eight total Directing II students in the class, with the other three serving as assistant directors. Each student directo...

Band Takes on Holiday Theme at Winter Concert

Band Takes on Holiday Theme at Winter Concert

Sloka Chandrasekaran, Reporter

December 19, 2017


Filed under Arts

The Westwood Band played at their annual Winter Concert on Dec. 13 at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center (PAC). The bands played different pieces selected by head band director, Mr. Jack Green, and assistant directors, Mr. Thomas Turpin and Mrs. Brittany Dacy. The evening started off with t...

Grace VanderWaal Impresses, Inspires with ‘Just the Beginning’

Grace VanderWaal Impresses, Inspires with ‘Just the Beginning’

Becca Halaney, Reporter

December 18, 2017


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The words that popped immediately into my mind when I hit the play button on the first track of Grace VanderWaal’s most recent album, Just the Beginning, were nostalgia, noncommittal, and whimsy. Although folk-inspired pop music tends to not be a part my listening repertoire, I found myself pleasant...

Students Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Inspired Play

Students Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Inspired Play

Nicole Souydalay, Heritage Events Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Theater students Molly Stansbury ‘18 and Zoe Rowe ‘18 directed a play that took place on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 based on an episode of the Twilight Zone titled Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?. The performance followed police officers at a diner investigating which of the occupants cou...

Choir Sings Holiday Hymns in Winter Concert

Choir Sings Holiday Hymns in Winter Concert

Nuha Momin, Reporter

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts, Showcase

The choir held its annual Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Hope Presbyterian Church. All of the choir groups performed their own separate pieces and concluded the concert with a performance all together. “When we were first learning these songs I was lost, especially on o...

Orchestra Performs in Winter Concert

Orchestra Performs in Winter Concert

Sloka Chandrasekaran, Reporter

December 13, 2017


Filed under Arts

The Orchestra Winter Concert took place in the Westwood Cafeteria on Thursday, Dec. 7. The four orchestras each played three pieces selected by head director, Mr. Joshua Thompson and associate director, Mr. Justin Anderson. The evening started off with the Concert 5 Orchestra. The first piece they p...

SunDancers Welcome Newest Members

SunDancers Welcome Newest Members

Alyssa Kamouie, Reporter

December 8, 2017


Filed under Arts

Students took to the gym to participate in SunDancer auditions for spots on next year’s team. The audition results were announced on Monday, Dec. 4. Hopefuls put in years of practice and effort prior to audition in order to do their best. “Before the audition I had already taken a ton of dances class...

Orchestra Students Showcase Talents in All Region Concert

Orchestra Students Showcase Talents in All Region Concert

Sloka Chandrasekaran, Reporter

December 5, 2017


Filed under Arts

The region orchestra concert took place at the Round Rock Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Saturday, Dec. 2. Band and orchestra students from all over the region who placed well in auditions had the opportunity to perform in front of friends and family during the concert. The participating student...