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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


Warrior Pride gathers in a circle to encapsulate the enchanting ambience of Spell on You.

One Last Time: Warrior Pride Concludes Year at Merge

Shivani Kondubhatla, A&E Editor May 10, 2023

In a flurry of elaborate costumes and bittersweet emotions, the 2022-2023 Warrior Pride team danced for the final time at Merge on Friday, May 5 at the Stony Point Auditorium. Merge is an annual performance...

Cars speed across the stage as the top-level choir performs Life Is A Highway. The choirs worked hard on choosing unique songs this year. Life Is a Highway was a fan favorite of all the families in the audience.

Bye Bye Bye: Choir Concludes Year with Y2K-Themed Performance

Aanika Hirode and Eshaan Chopra May 5, 2023

On Saturday, April 29, Westwood Choirs performed their final showcase of the year. This beloved tradition revolves around a different theme each year, with performers each contributing their own track...

Trumpet player Brandon Yuan 23 rehearses with the Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is the top performing group in the Westwood Band program, who recently earned an invitation to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in December 2023.

Bond 2018 Project Bolsters Music Department Facilities, Conditioning Longstanding Program Excellence

Catharine Li, Horizon Editor-in-Chief April 24, 2023

Walking down the newly renovated music wing is both an auditory and visual experience. Tucked away in these specially-designed rehearsal and practice rooms, pockets of community thrive.  In RRISD,...

The Westwood Dance Department held two performances on March 31 and April 1. The product of months of rehearsal, Escapade exemplified the talent and efforts of the dancers. Graphic courtesy of Westwood Dance Department.

Dance Showcases Momentum at Annual Escapade Performance

Chloe Oakley, Campus News Editor April 11, 2023

Music escalating to a crescendo pairs with graceful movements, depicting a scene of self-expression and elegance. On Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, the Dance Department showcased their dances...

Beneath the wheel of the ship, shipmates Kaya Chen 25 and Cleo Steinhauser 24 discuss daily chores and proceedings. While the shows principal characters followed the narrative, the ensemble cast of pirates and crewmates performed maintenance and silent pantomimes around the ship.

UIL One-Act Play Treasure Island Cast Performs a Swashbuckling Adventure Through Georgian England

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor March 23, 2023

The cast of the UIL One-Act Play, Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island, performed six shows from Friday, March 3 to Wednesday, March 8. Four performances took place during the school day on Friday; one was...

Matching style. the trumpet section emphasizes key dynamics in their part. Each section of the jazz orchestra added a layer of distinct sound.

Westwood Jazz Orchestra Debuts With Vibrant Performance 

Catharine Li, Horizon Editor-in-Chief March 8, 2023

Faces aglow under blue light, students huddled backstage, moving to the beats of celebrated jazz standards while waiting to perform. Bringing back Westwood’s first jazz orchestra since 2001, the...

The band attended their annual Symphonic Camp on Saturday, Feb. 28. The camp ended with a concert that evening conducted by various clinicians.

Band Students Perfect and Perform Pieces At Symphonic Camp

Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor March 2, 2023

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the band rehearsed throughout the day at Symphonic Camp to prepare for a concert that evening. Various clinicians were brought in to teach and conduct each band. The day ended with...

Conducting the Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Joshua Thompson cues the second violin section. Finding balance across sections was key to rehearsals held in preparation for this performance.

Full Orchestra UIL Preview Concert Spotlights Student Collaboration in Music

Catharine Li, Horizon Editor-in-Chief March 2, 2023

Fingers in flurry created a cacophony of sound and ritual. Tuning procedures melded with last-minute uniform adjustments, where students listened carefully across instrument sections and caught well-wishes...

Reaching out, Shannon Gu 23 performs the teams lyrical routine in their third costume change of the day. Gu went into the competition feeling confident about her team and all the extra preparation they  put in during the week before.

Warrior Pride Impresses with Three Performances at the Central Austin Challenge Dance Competition

Amelia Spielman, Heritage Editor-In-Chief February 14, 2023

In a flurry of sequined dresses and bold colored fabrics, over 1000 dancers, volunteers, and audience members attended the Central Austin Challenge dance competition on Saturday, Feb. 11. This annual...

Seen from across the paint tables in the teach theatre shop, the TreeDome rests on the cage to dry.

The Show Must Go On: Behind-The-Scenes of Spongebob the Musical

Alessandra Ashford, Opinions Editor February 9, 2023

The night before Spongebob the Musical opens at Round Rock ISD’s Performing Arts Center is chaos, which is typical for many productions before curtain call. The actors and orchestra are missing their...

Senior Katie Forshay teaches beginning flute students in Grisham Band during the school day. As she prepares to major in music education, the experience teaches both her and the students valuable lessons.

Flute Player Katie Forshay Teaches Flourishing Members of Grisham Middle School Band

Daphne Longenbach, Heritage Editor-in-Chief February 6, 2023

Setting her foot in the door of music education, Katie Forshay ‘23 teaches young musicians in Grisham Middle School Band during the school day. After starting her career at Grisham, Forshay grew...

SpongeBob (Kayla Contello 24), Patrick (Olivia Thornton 23), and Sandy (Avery Parks 24) prepare to use Sandys jetpack to return to Bikini Bottom after climbing Mt. Humongous to disrupt the volcano.

SpongeBob Musical Delights Audiences

Scott Seamon and Lily Dooley January 30, 2023

Presented by Westwood Musical Theatre, The SpongeBob Musical transformed the McNeil Performing Arts Center into the deep sea town of Bikini Bottom for one afternoon and three nights. The cast of the...

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