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Mr. Jason Ziebell Wins Teacher of the Year

Mr. Jason Ziebell Wins Teacher of the Year

By Carson Haverda

February 11, 2019

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Westwood’s 2019 “Teacher of the Year” was awarded to teacher Jason Ziebell on Friday, Feb. 8. This is one of the highest honors a teacher can receive. All the teachers vote on who they think deserv...

Mira Desai ’22 Combats Cerebral Palsy

Mira Desai ’22 Combats Cerebral Palsy

By Melissa Brown

February 7, 2019

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  From across the atrium, the sound of wheels rolling across linoleum tiles can be heard over the teenagers’ chatter. Pushing her bright blue walker and trying to get through the clusters of ...

Anish Maddipoti ’20 Competes in ‘Jeopardy! Teen Tournament’

Anish Maddipoti ’20 Competes in ‘Jeopardy! Teen Tournament’

November 14, 2018

Buzzer in hand, his eyes darted across the screen, searching for his next move, planning his strategy. No matter what happened in the end, he wanted to come out of there standing tall with pride, confi...

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

By Ian Drerup, Reporter

October 10, 2018

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Senior Master Sergeant Walter Hodges began his first year teaching AFJROTC this August after retiring from being a drill sergeant in the US Air Force. “I wanted to impact the lives of young people and help them,...

New Cher-Gl Counselor Joins Westwood Faculty

New Cher-Gl Counselor Joins Westwood Faculty

By Anna Chuo, Morale Officer

September 28, 2018

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Ms. Susan Foster joined the staff as the counselor for Cher-Gl this year. She moved from Charlotte, North Carolina late last summer to be closer to her mother, spending last year as a behavior interve...

Ms. Jackie Hartle Appointed as Assistant Principal

Ms. Jackie Hartle Appointed as Assistant Principal

September 21, 2018

One of the newest members of the Westwood faculty, Ms. Jackie Hartle, started her first year as Assistant Principal at Westwood. She was previously a teacher for 15 years, but became an assistant princip...

Warrior Band Welcomes New Associate Director

Warrior Band Welcomes New Associate Director

By Bhavana Dokka, Reporter

September 19, 2018

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Mr. Brandon Winters accepted the Associate Band Director position at Westwood High School, transferring from his previous position as director at Hays High School. Mr. Winters was previously a marching tech a...

New Teacher Mr. Andrew Byram Joins Math Department

New Teacher Mr. Andrew Byram Joins Math Department

September 19, 2018

Mr. Andrew Byram joined Westwood this year as a math teacher. Previously, Mr. Byram taught at Lockhart High School. For Mr. Byram, the effort students put into their studies was a pleasant surprise. “...

Ms. Alexander Accepts Full-Time Assistant Choir Director Position

Ms. Alexander Accepts Full-Time Assistant Choir Director Position

By Anouka Saha, Reporter

September 12, 2018

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Ms. Jennifer Alexander became a full-time assistant director for the Westwood choir program this year, a promotion from her previous part-time position. In total, Ms. Alexander has been at Westwood for two ye...

Ms. Katie Gunderson Joins Dance Department

Ms. Katie Gunderson Joins Dance Department

By Risha Sur, Reporter

September 7, 2018

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Ms. Katie Gunderson is the newest addition to the dance staff. She has vast knowledge in many dance forms and currently teaches Ballet, Jazz, Dance 2, Advanced Dance 1, as well as assisting with Warri...

Westwood Hires New Math Teacher Ms. Maci Kaiser

Westwood Hires New Math Teacher Ms. Maci Kaiser

September 1, 2018

Ms. Maci Kaiser has just began her first year of teaching after six years in college. She recently graduated from A&M and started here as a math teacher. “I wanted to do physical therapy ...

English Teacher Mr. Casey Gembicki Transfers to Westwood

English Teacher Mr. Casey Gembicki Transfers to Westwood

September 1, 2018

English teacher Mr. Casey Gembicki joined the staff this year, teaching Pre-AP English II and AP English IV. Before coming to Westwood, he taught nine years at three different high schools and eight year...