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The Symphonic band plays together at the Christmas concert. For the past month, the band has rehearsed Christmas music to perform for family and friends. “I think [the concert] went great,” Kylie Bojorquez ‘24 said. “The bands did a great job.”

Band Lifts Spirits at Annual Christmas Concert

Mina Stephens, Yearbooker December 10, 2023

Lifting holiday spirits, Westwood Band performed at their annual Christmas concert at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Monday, Dec. 4. The Concert band began the performance...

On Nov. 17, the long anticipated prequel to The Hunger Games was released. The movie follows the story of Coriolanus Snow through his time as a mentor and a peacekeeper, but it was too much to fit into one movie, making the character development and plot feel rushed.

‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Was Too Predictable

Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor December 10, 2023

Sitting anxiously next to his peers, Coriolanus Snow watches the 10th Annual Hunger Games unfold before him on a television screen. The camera pans to Lucy Gray Baird, his assigned tribute, as she waits...

Waiting for rehearsal to begin, color guard captains Ari Coulekar ‘24 and Keira Humphries ‘24 stand ready with their rifles to learn new choreography for their winter guard show. The captains have made sure the members of the Color Guard are ready to have a productive rehearsal and know what equipment to have. The guard is very, very enthusiastic about everything right now, Coulekar said. I remember at the show reveal, everybody was super excited about the show and suggesting things already even though it hadn’t even started yet.

Color Guard Captains Ari Coulekar and Keira Humphries Reflect on Time as Leaders

Kiran Dinakaran, Reporter December 10, 2023

The captains took place under the blinding fluorescent lights of the Alamodome, ready to perform their show for the massive audience cheering them on and the judges up in the stands. The drum majors started...

With precision, Lerchen Zhong 26 delves into Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy alongside the All-Region Symphony Orchestra. The award-winning orchestra received a standing ovation after their performance.

All-Region Clinic and Concert Display Student Collaboration in Music

Serena Liu, Reporter December 7, 2023

As the conductor lifts his hands, students calmly get ready to unleash the result of hours of practice and rehearsal, their music skills sharp and clear in mind. The audience sits silently, all ears...

The new SunDancers get together to pose for a picture following the ribbon ceremony. Taking the photos, the current SunDancers cheered them on.

SunDancers Welcome New Members at Ribbon Pinning Ceremony

Mina Stephens, Yearbooker December 6, 2023

Coming together in the Warrior Studio, SunDancers welcomed their fellow Newbies at the annual ribbon-pinning ceremony on Monday, Dec. 4.  The week prior, SunDancer contenders had to go through...

Let Flo Go is composed of Ky Court and her older sister Bo. An indie rock band with personal, playful lyrics and heavenly sister harmonies, Let Flo Gos message is one of support and love. “Music is such an intimate thing. Right? Being able to share that with somebody is so powerful,” Court said. “We wrote this song [called] It’s All Right. And the lyrics are like ‘Im better off alone, I have my own hand to hold. Something that I always think while Im up on stage is I have Bo’s hand to hold. I dont ever need to be the only person supporting myself because I have my sister beside me.”

A Hand To Hold: Ky Court Finds Power in Creating Music With Sister

Mayla Montgomery, Reporter December 3, 2023

Ky Court’s life has always been saturated with music. From growing up in Santa Barbara’s youth rock scene to playing gigs all around Austin, Court —one half of the sister duo Let Flo Go — has been...

Priscilla, directed by Sofia Coppola, was released on Oct. 27. It follows the story of Priscilla Presley and reveals the reality of her relationship with the beloved Elvis Presley.

‘Priscilla’ Sheds Light on Toxic Relationships and the Feminine Experience

Mallory Milner, Reporter November 30, 2023

After seeing the A24 film Priscilla directed by Sofia Coppola marketed on TikTok, I instantly knew that this was a movie I was sure to love. I have always loved Coppola’s films — emotionally heavy...

Waiting for the show to begin, Alexander Broyles 25 stances at standby. Last summer, Broyles marched a season with Genesis, a world-class drum-corp. “It was nerve-racking standing in the field before a show, but really youre so focused on making the run as good as possible that you dont really notice the thousands of people watching you,” Broyles said.

Junior Alexander Broyles Marches with Drum Corps International

Jacob Chow, Yearbooker November 22, 2023

The loud cheers of the crowd echo throughout the Lucas Oils Stadium during the Drum Corps International (DCI) Championship semi-finals as Alexander Broyles '25 eagerly waits for the drum major countoff....

As students look on, Viola Swamp, portrayed by Nyx Schexnayder 24, imposes her authority on the class. Miss Swamp served as the storys antagonist, opposing the cheerful Miss Nelson in her strict governance over the class.

Storybook Spectacle Shines in Children’s Show ‘Miss Nelson is Missing’

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor November 19, 2023

As elementary school teachers corralled restless eight- and nine-year-olds into the foldout seats of the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 14, second-year Acting: Production...

Released on Oct. 27, 1989 (Taylors Version), specifically the vault tracks, explores everything about relationships -- from falling in love to saying goodbye.

1989 Revamped: Taylor Swift Explores Relationships With New Vault Tracks

Katie Ring, Reporter November 13, 2023

Is it over now? For Taylor Swift fans, the answer is a happy no. While Swift is well known for her many albums, she has started releasing re-recorded versions of her albums, aptly named "Taylor's Version."...

Onstage at the Green Day concert, Mauricio Solanocordero ‘24 and Green Day guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong strike up the opening chords to Knowledge in front of a cheering crowd. In Solanocorderos eyes, his performance takes him another leap forward to pursuing his dream as a successful musician. “I want to have an impact on people, make someone pick up a guitar, you know, not be just another guy,” Solanocordero said.

King for a Day: Self-Taught Senior Performs with Green Day

Bella Yi, Reporter November 12, 2023

Standing on the Green Day concert stage, Mauricio Solanocordero ‘24 sifts through the crowd, looking for his dad. “I couldn't see him,” Solanocordero said. “It [was] like looking at the...

Sitting in front of a metal structure, Daniel Fears poses outside. Fears believes that sharing his art is synonymous with sharing his soul. They have something to give back to me, whether it be music, or appreciation, or good stories, Fears said.

Learning By Sound: Artist Daniel Fears Educates Through Music

Katie Ring , Reporter November 11, 2023

The way you grow up shapes the person you turn into and the values you possess. Daniel Fears grew up learning, and to this day, he still feels an overwhelming motif of education in his lifestyle as a local...

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