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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

Catharine Li

Catharine Li, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Class of 2023

Hello! I’m so happy you’re here. Outside of the newsroom, I enjoy painting, curating playlists, and attempting to work out the daily NYT crossword. The tenacity of student-led publications when telling stories in an unwavering wealth and depth of coverage speaks to the crucial roles we fill on our respective campuses to facilitate welcome expression and strengthen community. As an ardent advocate for the power of scholastic journalism, I serve as the Communications Officer for New Voices Texas, seeking to bolster student press rights under resolute protection from censorship. Thank you for visiting the Horizon!

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Hands raised high, head coach Travis Dalrymple and assistant coach Daniel Veve lead the varsity tennis team in a pre-match chant before taking on Houston Memorial in the 6A Team Tennis State Semi-Finals. In a high-stakes duel between the top two seeds in the state, Westwood would emerge victorious 10-3.

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November 17, 2020
Turning to face each other in joy, Zeyad Elchouemi '22 and Sachchit Sivaram '21 break out in excitement over an impressive display of teamwork that would widen the lead over their opponents. Working together as partners since 2018, Elchouemi and Sivaram have learned to find a rhythm in their collective styles of play.

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November 17, 2020
Lunging across the net, Rishika Vemulapalli '22 extends forward to put away the volley shot. Partnering with Alex Mepham '24, the duo fought hard against their opponents, but ultimately lost 5-7, 1-6.

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November 17, 2020
Completing a follow through on a sweeping cross-court backhand shot, Marko Mesarovic '23 eyes the ball in anticipation before moving his way up the court to take control of the point. Mesarovic and his partner Aadhi Raja '23 would work together to land a 6-3, 6-3 win for line two boys' doubles.

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November 17, 2020
Slinging a backhand return, Kinaa Graham '23 sends the ball soaring over the net to end the point. Graham and her partner Simryn Jacob '24 played line one doubles, winning 6-4, 6-3.

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November 9, 2020
Driving through on a powerful forehand shot, Daniel Antov '21 leaps up to gain leverage. He would go on to take the first set of his singles match 6-1 before the Warriors secured a final 10-1 team victory.

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November 9, 2020
Extending her racket forward, Dana Kardonik '24 prepares to strike the ball for a backhand volley. Kardonik and her partner Jessica Lu '21 would go on to win their match 6-2, 6-1.

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November 9, 2020
Dropping his racket back, Aashish Dhanani '22 prepares to send a backhand return over the net. He would go on to win his match 6-2, 6-1.

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November 9, 2020
Crouching to meet the ball for a backhand drop shot, Aadhi Raja '23 looks to control the point by shifting the rhythm of the game. With his partner Marko Mesarovic '23, they'd go on to win their doubles match 6-0, 6-0.

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October 22, 2020
Driving forward with his racket, Aashish Dhanani '22 makes a forehand return to his opponent. Though his partnership with Gina Mepham '23 in mixed doubles was only created at the beginning of the fall season, they've come to make a good team, prevailing in their match 6-0, 6-0.

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October 22, 2020
Following through on a cross-court forehand return, Jessica Lu '21 works to move her opponents around with expansive full court coverage. Partnering with freshman Dana Kardonik, their individual consistencies would gel in their favor, winning 6-0, 6-0.

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October 22, 2020
Pushed out wide, Alex Mepham '24 tracks the ball after a backhand return. Playing both doubles and singles, she would win this match 8-5.

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September 17, 2020
Making a swift follow-through on a forehand return, Dana Kardonik '24 stays on her feet, ready to return the next ball. Kardonik partnered with Kinaa Graham '23 for the first time to land a 6-4, 6-4 win for the Warriors.

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September 17, 2020
With a backhand volley approach, Gina Mepham '23 looks to end the point by effectively controlling net play. Mepham was focused on committing to the shot and putting the ball away.

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September 17, 2020
Reaching maximum extension, Aashish Dhanani '22 jumps to execute a powerful topspin serve. Dhanani partnered with Gina Mepham '23 for the first time in mixed doubles.

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September 17, 2020
IB East Austin Trip

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March 5, 2020
IB East Austin Trip

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March 5, 2020
IB East Austin Trip

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March 5, 2020
Driving past the defense, Emma Goolsbey '21 makes a fast break towards the net. Goolsbey made use of this possession and scored a layup for the Lady Warriors.

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February 3, 2020
In the air for a layup, Emma Goolsbey '21 secures another successful point for the Lady Warriors. Goolsbey plays as a point guard and guard for the team.

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February 3, 2020
Getting ready to take on her defender, Makenzie Ward '23 anticipates the next move. The Lady Warriors' steadfast defense prevented the Mavericks from scoring in this possession.

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February 3, 2020
Playing man-to-man defense, Emma Goolsbey '21 and Gabbi Wallace '22 attempt to pressure a threatening offense put up by the Mavericks. Goolsbey, who later gained possession of the ball, fouled, and was given the opportunity to shoot free throws.

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February 3, 2020
Navigating around the Tigers' defense, Olivia Yang '23 attempts to pass to her teammates. As point guard, Yang plays a critical role in games.

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January 16, 2020
Playing defense, Ali Heinricy '23 serves as a shooting guard and power forward to the team. Heinricy helped to secure a 6-3 lead for the Warriors in the first quarter.

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January 16, 2020
Going in for the layup, Victoria Brown '23 secures another point for the Lady Warriors. Brown plays as power forward and center for the team.

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January 16, 2020
Laoise Matsumoto '21 peforms a short solo during the orchestra's rendition of Russian Christmas Music composed by Alfred Reed and arranged by Michael Story.

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November 7, 2019
Director Joshua Thompson conducts the symphony orchestra during their performance of Across the Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars: Episode III) by John Williams

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November 7, 2019
Symphony orchestra first violinists demonstrate stellar technique in the lively Carnival Overture op. 92 by Antonin Dvorak. Principal player Elliot Kim '21 performed a short solo.

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November 7, 2019
FINALS not semis

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October 5, 2019
FINALS

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October 5, 2019
FINALS

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October 5, 2019
FINALS

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October 5, 2019
FINALS

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October 5, 2019
FINALS

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October 5, 2019
SEMIS

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October 5, 2019
SEMIS

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October 5, 2019
SEMIS

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October 5, 2019
SEMIS

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October 5, 2019
Executing a powerful forehand to his opponent, Rohith Gajjala '22 jumps up to return the ball. He would go on to win his match 4-1.

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September 26, 2019
With an excellent approach shot, Azra Pleuthner '21 is able to secure the point.

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October 9, 2019
Azra Pleuthner '21 and Claire Janson '22 celebrate a great point. Though they lost their match, working on communication was a top priority.

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October 9, 2019
Daniel Antov '21 follows through on a powerful backhand to his opponent. Antov was able to secure a solid 8-4 victory despite weather issues disturbing the game.

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September 19, 2019
Driving up towards the net, Zeyad Elchouemi '22 executes a clean backhand volley to his opponent. Elchouemi would go on to win his match 8-1.

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September 19, 2019
Librarian Ms. Lauren Kluck shows off some team spirit with a Texas A & M jersey on the last day of Howdy Week,

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September 1, 2019
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