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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


In the front of the line, Magda Riha 22 performs with the group of sailors. All throughout the musical, the sailors are crazy about her character.

Going, Going, and Gone: Westwood Theater Stuns With Four Showings of Classic Musical ‘Anything Goes’

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor January 18, 2022

The jazzy and dynamic melodies of the orchestra transported me to the deck of the S.S American while watching Westwood Theater’s Friday, Jan. 14 performance of Anything Goes. Hilarious and energetic,...

Warming up in the Cedar Ridge High School cafeteria for Region auditions, French horn player Carrie Li ‘22 plays a few measures of her etudes.

6A Region Results Mark Another Successful Year for Westwood Warrior Band

By Hannah Jourdan, Reporter January 5, 2022

To foster musical growth across the state, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 26 members anonymously auditioned for 6A Region Band at Cedar Ridge High School from Dec. 10 to 11. 82 students...

Glancing upwards, orchestra director Mr. Joshua Thompson cues the first violin section of the Concert Orchestra. Performing Furiant by Elliot Del Borgo, lush melodic lines embellished lively rhythmic passages within the low strings.

Orchestra Amplifies Holiday Ambience at Winter Concert Performance

By Riya Patil, Reporter December 15, 2021

On Tuesday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 PM, the Westwood Philharmonic, Concert, and Camerata orchestras concluded the fall semester with their Winter concert performance, held at Hope Presbyterian Church.  The...

The newest members of the SunDancers pose for a picture following the ribbon pinning ceremony. Students were welcomed by their teammates, beginning the getting-to-know-you process.

SunDancers Celebrate Newest Members

By Hadley Norris, Reporter December 15, 2021

The audition process began on Tuesday, Nov. 30 for SunDancer hopefuls and ended on Thursday, Dec. 2. The combinations were taught in three days with the mock audition acting as a trial run for dancers...

Seniors say goodbye at their last Winter Concert with an emotional linking of arms. As they sang their final piece, they spun out of their formation at the end, officially ending choirs winter season.

Audience is Left With Chills After Choir’s Annual Winter Concert

By Eshaan Chopra, Marketing Director December 15, 2021

Each and every snowflake is unique, but in a flurry, they create a beautiful winter wonderland, just as the choir community did in their annual Winter Concert. On Friday, Dec. 10, Westwood Choir hosted...

Playing in thumb position, Noah Kim 23 extends his bow to project sound outwards. The cellos and low strings were prominently featured in Romeo and Juliet, with a descending theme across the concert hall that moved the story along.

Students Shine at Region 26 Orchestra Concert, an Evening Illuminating Musical Achievement

By Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor November 23, 2021

High school musicians from schools across North and East Austin were alike in an anticipatory grace, sitting poised as they diligently revised difficult excerpts from their selections just minutes...

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, results were released for the TMEA All-State Orchestra clinic and convention. Just over 200 students were selected this year, with 12 Westwood students earning this prestigious honor. Graphic by Riya Patil.

Westwood Students Victorious in TMEA All-State Orchestra Auditions

By Riya Patil, Reporter November 19, 2021

On October 29th and 30th, orchestra students auditioned for a spot in the prestigious Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Orchestra ensembles. Students started preparing the audition material...

These 139 choir students sang their way into the next round of the TMEA competitions. The Region Mixed Chor was directed by Mr. Nicholas Likos. They brought a powerful voice to the table and received an equally strong standing ovation from their audience.

Choir Sets a Confident Tone for Future Auditions with TMEA Region Concert

By Eshaan Chopra, Marketing Director November 17, 2021

High school choir is an intense environment that makes the Region 26 Choir Concert such a fantastic experience for students, as instead of being against each other, the best perform together. On Saturday,...

Varsity choir, or Chamber Choir, brought the house down with their closing performance. The choir performed The Last Words of David by Randall Thompson, Sing Me to Heaven by Daniel Gawthrop, and When the Earth Stands Still by Don MacDonald.

Westwood Choirs Come Together For a Night of Music at Fall Concert

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter October 25, 2021

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Westwood Choirs gathered at Hope Presbyterian Church to perform at their annual Fall Concert. In preparation for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region Concert...

Neel Kotichintala 25, Pierce Williams ‘22, and Caroline Zhuang ‘23 play the marimba in the front. The percussion were in the front while everyone moved around behind them.“[Playing percussion] is really interesting because you kind of get a perspective that the winds don’t,” Williams said. “As percussionists, you’re much more concerned with the rhythm of the show, and you’re always trying to keep tempo. The winds kind of rely on you to keep the tempo while they do whatever else they do.

Band Earns Division One Ranking at UIL Region 26 Marching Competition

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter October 23, 2021

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the Westwood Warrior Marching Band performed at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region Marching Contest at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.  “Our Human Again show...

Orchestra students auditioned for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region orchestras on Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16. Graphic by Riya Patil.

Orchestra Students Triumph at TMEA All-Region Auditions

By Riya Patil, Reporter October 19, 2021

On Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16, orchestra students showcased their preparation over the last five months, culminating in auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-Region...

Trinity Castro ‘25, Natalie Opiela ‘25, and Mia Ippolito ‘25 hold up their finished and nearly finished mums. “The mum-making party was a really good experience,” Ippolito said. “It was really nice getting to make a mum for someone else on the team.”

Color Guard Attends a Mum-Making Party in Preparation For Homecoming

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter October 19, 2021

On Monday, Oct. 11, strands of ribbons of all sizes and colors filled senior color guard co-captain Laura Pitner’s living room as the team made mums for each other in preparation for homecoming festivities....

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