****2017-2018 Warrior Brags****

Westwood's Academic Decathlon wins 1st!


Westwood's Academic Decathlon team competed in a MPS competition and won 1st place!!!! Gordon He placed 1st overall in the Honors Division. Kayla Dickerson placed 1st overall in the scholastic Division. Liam Wilson placed 3rd overall in the Honors Division. Nathan Shults placed second overall in the Varsity Division. Way to "Move Up"!

December Warriors of the Month


Congratulations to our December Warriors of the Month: Brianna Erwin, Ezra Castro, Kody Biederman, David Maldonado, Brenda Alvarez, Joanna Rabadan, Cora Tanner, Gwen Cano, Joseph Ritchie and Jason Scott. Way to "Move Up"!

Luz Nonthe-MESA SUNRISE ROTARY Student of the Month!

Congratulations to Luz Nonthe -Cerrablanco for being selected the MESA SUNRISE ROTARY November's student of the month. There is no doubt that Luz is a student that leads by example. Luz is a person with true “depth of character” and a most positive role model. Luz is an excellent example of the quality of student that represents the true principles of a Westwood Warrior. Luz will also be one of the finalists for the Rotary $500 scholarship presented in May. Congratulations Luz Nonthe -Cerrablanco!

Westwood Football Players named to 2017 All East Valley Region Team!


Congratulations to the following football players who have been named to the 2017 All East Valley Region Team:

Manny Collier 1st team/Wide Receiver

Josh Mecham 1st team/Defensive Line

Blaise Palmer 1st team/Long Snapper

Mitchale Bonitatibus 2nd team/Defensive Back

Tyler Ayre 2nd team/Defensive Line

Blake Willis 2nd team/Offensive Line

Carter Layton Honorable Mention Quarterback

Blaise Palmer Honorable Mention Offensive Line

Braxton Adams Honorable Mention Linebacker

Jarred Burchard Honorable Mention Running Back

Mauro Roman Honorable Mention Offensive Line

Rayvon Williamson Honorable Mention Defensive Line

Way to go Warriors! "Move Up"

Westwood's Interact Club helps over 10,000 children!

wws Westwood's Interact Club completed the Purple Pinky Project, raising $853 for polio vaccines for children in developing countries. Matching funds increased that amount to $3,412, which will now vaccinate over 10,000 children thanks to the efforts of Interact Club and the generosity of the Westwood school community.

November Warriors of the Month


Congratulations to our November Warriors of the Month: Adrianna Munoz, Tarique Gowdy, Breana Johnson, Lenika Rivas, Ayanna Desquitado, Mackenzie Rosen, Jerico Hardy, Nick Guerrero, Julianna Roberts, and Shizhoni Montiel. Way to "Move Up"!

Westwood Swim & Dive Team


Congratulations to Westwood's Swim and Dive Team who made it to state! We are ecstatic to report that we have 5 individual swimmers who will be competing. Natalie Crisci, Emily Maxwel, Henry Goode, Melqui Lozano, and Jordan Tuter.

Along with these individual swimmers, we have 2 relays for both girls and boys (with swimmers Gordon He, Cooper Davis, Jordan Tuter and Henry Good, Brian Daw, Sandra Franco, Natalie Crisci, Emily Maxwell, Kaeden Frailey.

We are also excited to have Eden Bodine diving in State as well!

We are so proud of these amazing swimmers and the hard work they have shown this season. Today the Warrior Pride Flag flies for you.

Earth Club Makes News


Click ABC 15 to learn about Westwood's Earth Club!

WW Air Force JROTC Drill Team



Congratulations to the Westwood High School Air Force JROTC Drill Team who competed this weekend in the Huachuca Challenge Drill Meet at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona against Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine JROTC programs. Westwood took home 9 trophies in all. Placing 1st in Armed Regulation and Exhibition and 2nd place in Armed Inspection all three teams commanded by Jason Scott. Placing 1st in Unarmed Regulation commanded by Aaron Kafka and a 1st place in Unarmed Exhibition commanded by Renee May. Also a 2nd place in Challenge Color Guard commanded by Samuel Price and a 2nd place in Unarmed Dual commanded by Angel Enriquez. Rounded out the trophies a 3rd place in Armed Solo event by Jose Benitez. Westwood took home the Grand Champions Trophy for the entire meet! Congratulations Westwood JROTC Warriors!

Wrestling Team had Outstanding Performances


Westwood's wrestling team competed in two preseason tournaments, placing fourth at Megatron and had outstanding performances at the Freak Show Nationals in Las Vegas.  Kyle Yazzie placed 7th of a 63 man bracket.


Westwood competes in State Badminton Tournament



Taskina and Sierra competed in the State Badminton Tournament. They made it to the quarter finals by beating Mountain Pointe high school and Chandler high school. These ladies gave it everything they had, and it showed in their incredible performance. Congratulations to Taskina and Sierra! You two are great examples of what it means to be warrior athletes!



AVID Sophomores Recognized

fgdfgThe following AVID Sophomores who were recently recognized in a competition by the Children's Benefit Alliance for their outstanding posters and poetry advocating for peace and non-violence: Congrats to Pablo Berrara, Autumn McCombs, Kasey Espinoza, Teresa Garcia, Jacqueline Arcos Hernandez, Amairani Zaldivar, David Rivas, Iliana Rodriguez, Gabbi Tennon, Nancy Cruz, Veronica Tallabas, Aj Levario and Stephanie Rivera. Keep Moving Up! 11/14/2017

Holden Axtel-Mesa Sunrise Rotary Student of the Month!

Congratulations to Holden Axtel for being selected the MESA SUNRISE ROTARY October student of the month. There is no doubt that Holden is again a student that leads by example. Holden is a person with true “depth of character” and a most positive role model. Holden is another example of the quality of student that represents the true principles of a Westwood Warrior. Holden will also be one of the finalists for the Rotary $500 scholarship presented in May. Congratulations Holden Axtel Today the Warrior Pride flag flies for you! 11-9-2017

2017 National Hispanic Scholars

Congratulations to both Melquisedec Lozano and Macy Wilbur on being selected as 2017 National Hispanic Scholars. To be eligible to apply for this recognition, they had to score in the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino test takers on the PSAT exam for our region and then complete a successful application. Way to go Warriors on earning this distinction! 11-8-2017

Native American Club places 1st




The students in the Native American Club received 1st place at the NARD (Native American Recognition Day) Parade for the category - Schools. Way to Move Up! 11/9/2017

WNN Wins at Rocky Mountain Emmys 2017


 On October 14th at the Rocky Mountain Emmys, Westwood High School Video Production won an award for the "Undercover Boss" episode of WNN. The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented students with the 2017 High School Student Production Award For Excellence Newscast for their "WNN 11-18 Undercover Boss." Westwood was the winner and only recipient of this award in our region which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and part of California. Students recognized were Jacob Willeford, Johne Llamanzares, Nikolai Reyes, Jacob Martinez Sanchez, Nicholas Sisco, Luis Barbosa, Aileyn Ibarra, Alicia Gibson, Joshua Chausse, Richie Cornejo, and Rogelio Gonzales. WNN would like to thank the Academy for this prestigious award as well as all of the students who contributed to the show, the Mesa Public School District, the CTE Department, and all of the Westwood administrators, staff, and students for their daily support.


Westwood Marching Band



Congratulations to the Westwood High School Marching Band on their 1st place finish this weekend at Millennium High School. The band took first place with a score of 68.35 and also took the awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Percussion. Congratulations Marching Band. Keep up the good work. - Westwood held a band fest the weekend before.  The percussion section earned a rating of superior which is the highest possible rating. They also earned the special captions awards for: Best snare line, best bass line, best tenor line, and best front ensemble. Way to move up!  10/10/2017

September Students of the Month:



September students of the month: Sam Lewis, Michelle Munroy, Jaelyne Gonzalez, Antwan McGregor, Xavier Sandiford, Jorge Garibay Toro, Susana Gonzalez Flores, Adrianna Holt, Kendale Deschine and Holden Axtell. These students get to eat lunch with Mr. Lynch! Way to go, keep "Moving Up"!



We are pleased to announce that we have 10 students this year who have been designated as a National Merit Commended Scholar. They scored in the top 3% of over 1.6million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October. Way to go Michael Backlund, Jill Barcena, Jarek Fagan, Rebecca Nicole, Frankie O'Neill, Joseph Ritchie, Karis Sellers, Abigail Stockwell, Taylor Waldron, and Michael Wang on being named a 2018 National Merit Commended Scholar! Way to Move Up!!! 10/2/2017

Mr Saxon is #1


The Aerospace Engineering and Robotics Club nominated Mr. Saxon for our Warrior Pride Flag for all of his hard work. Mr. Saxon is always at school super early and stays super late to help any student. He is a US Veteran and his classes can not thank him enough for all of his support.  

Renee May-EVIT Student of the Month


Renee May earned student of the month at EVIT. She was chosen for participating, helping others, good grades and positive attitude! Way to Move Up Renee! 10/3/2017

Warrior Champs


Several members of our staff and students were honored last night at the Governing Board Meeting. As part of a Westwood Spotlight Recognition there are 3 special presentations:

Outstanding Student - Emma Arbogast Educator Who Makes a Difference - Joe Fairchild Customer Service Champion - Sharon Hathaway


Westwood Swim/Dive Team


Today our Warrior Pride flag flies for our Westwood Swim and Dive team. Not only did they win their meet last week, but they did so with great honor and exceptional sportsmanship to the other team. Our Swim and Dive team showed every aspect of Warrior Pride - and we would like to acknowledge their outstanding sportsmanship. Way to keep move up Swim and Dive! 9/26/2017

Class of 2018

WESTWOOD has achieved  the State of AZ high school record for the most pledge cards and voter registrations in a single day. Also, we came close to beating the national record. This is definitely a Warrior Pride moment for the Class of 2018.  The Inspire coordinator extended his personal congratulations to Westwood. Way to move up Seniors!






Mrs. Clifford demonstrates her compassion for students, families, staff and teachers of the Westwood Campus. We are thankful for her dedication to our community here at Westwwod. Today the Warrior Pride flag flies for you Mrs. Clifford! 9/21/2017




Today our Warrior pride flag flies for : Mackenzie Rosen!
Mackenzie sacrifices her free time in the morning and at lunch to help, interact and encourage our students with severe intellectual disabilities. She has shown: Responsibility, Interconnectedness, Dignity and Excellence. Way to Move Up Mackenzie Rosen!


2017 Arizona IB Students of the Year!


Frankie O'Neill and Hanna Morgan

Frankie O'Neill and Hanna Morgan they were named the 2017 Arizona IB Students of the Year! Each year, the Arizona IB Schools Association selects 2 IB Diploma candidates from across the state for this distinction based on a written essay, their academic achievement, club involvement and teacher evaluation. We are thrilled that both students this year were from Westwood! In addition to receiving a plaque, they will each be given a $500 scholarship. Way to go IB Warriors - the best in the state!

Tessa Splangler

Today our warrior pride flag flies for Tessa Splangler - She is a Scholastic Winner of $500! This award is given to one of the top four scorers in academics, as determined by official high school records, extra curriculars, and achievements. Way to Move up Tessa! Today our flag flies for you!

Leticia Flores

Today the Warrior Pride flag flies for Leticia Flores. Leticia was awarded the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women, winning $1000! This award is given to the girl who best embodies the characteristics of a distinguished young woman, as chosen by her peers. Way to Move Up Leticia! 


Jessica Yan

Recently at the Distinguished Young Women of Arizona conference, Jessica Yan was chosen to represent our state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Arizona! She will now guide presentations as a part of Distinguished Young Woman's "Be Your Best Self" program, which encourages young people nationwide to make a commitment to being their best selves. And, in addition to winning $5,000 in awards Jessica, will now fly out to Mobile, AL in June to participate in the national competition. We wish you the best Jessica and congratulations again on your accomplishments... today the Warrior Pride Flag Flies for you! 9/11/2017



Raquel Martinez has won the Champion UCFC in Glendale! Raquel is showing her skills as a female boxer and is headed towards the Junior Olympics! Way to go Raquel, keep on working hard and move up!




Today our flag flies for  Jacob Kukta!

Jacob demonstrates Warrior PRIDE  everyday by assisting the SID  students who can’t get around campus independently.

We appreciate his Participation, Responsibility and Interconnectedness!





Frankie O'Neill

Frankie made it into the finals for the senior individual documentary category for my "Show Boat: Navigating the River of Racism". She is the first Westwood student to ever be in the national finals and the first ever Arizona student to get into the documentary finals, group or individual. Frankie got seventh out of more than 100 entries and was awarded Outstanding Arizona Senior Entry across all the categories. 




Melissa Loza

Melissa Loza won the Miss Señorita Quinceañera 2017 pageant. She became the first International Baccalaureate student to ever be crowned in that pageant organization. Melissa has also placed top 10 in Miss Teen America...and Miss Teen Arizona 2016... 8/15/2017th

Westwood's Smith places 4th in national championships- MyNewsMesa.com


A very long, very productive season came to a conclusion for James Smith II with a new state record and a spot on the awards podium at the USATF Hershey Junior Olympic Track and Field National Championships.

Smith II, who will be a senior at Westwood High School, finished fourth in the 17- to 18-year-old division in the 400-meter hurdles on July 29 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. He ran a time of 52.61 seconds, which is the fifth-fastest time among athletes returning to high school this fall, according to stats accumulated by the track and field website athletic.net.

“This will give me a confidence boost for next year,” said Smith II. “I’m glad I finished on a high note.”

There have been a lot of high notes for Smith on the track. During his junior year at Westwood, Smith II placed in three events at the Division I state championships, the 110-meter high hurdles (7th), the 300 hurdles (3rd) and the 1,600-meter relay (4th). Among those returning for the 2018 high school track season, Smith II has the top mark in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 14.33 and he is second in the 300 hurdles at 37.76.

“This year I could have done better in the 300 hurdles, but colleges look more at 400 hurdles and I did really good in the 400 hurdles,” Smith II said. “We started training for those right after the high school season ended.”

Smith II trains year-round with his father and coach, James Smith, who is the head track coach at Westwood and also coaches the Arizona Flames club team that the younger Smith competes for during the club season. They have found a successful formula as they work towards two championships in late April/early May in high school and then again in July on the USATF circuit.

“I have a program that I do that works,” coach Smith said. “We ramp up, then take time off, then ramp back up. We had to keep him at such a high level for a longer period of time, but we’re smart about it. You have to give the body some rest, can’t go all out.

“I don’t kill him in the off season, we’ll take a month off and then start training again. I don’t have to push him. He really likes it. It’s shocking me with how mature he is.”

Smith II came into this season with a 400 hurdles personal best of 54.90. He was aiming for 53.12, which is the state record in that event for youth athletes. He eclipsed that mark in the preliminaries, running 52.99, and then lowered his time even more in the finals.

“I was happy with the time,” Smith II said. “My goal was to get the state record, I did that in prelims. In the finals I wanted to drop my time some more, so I was happy.”

“We were pleased that James was still running PRs (personal records) in late July,” said coach Smith. “His time has dropped every year. That’s a technique thing and a strength thing.”

Strength is one area that Smith II says he will focus on during the offseason. At just 17, he’s still got a lot of growing to do, which should result in more speed and lower times.

“I feel good about going to the next level because I have a lot of things to improve,” Smith II said. “I know I am still growing, so I’m going to work on form and body placement and strength and conditioning. The main thing is to get stronger, but I feel good going into next year. I know what I can do.”

As his senior school year gets set to start, Smith II has put himself in a strong position to land a college scholarship, be it academically based or athletically. He just begun the recruiting process and has already had talks with Brown University, Oklahoma State and University of Miami.

“I want to graduate with a GPA over 3.5 and I want to get better as a person to get ready for college, get involved with the school more,” said Smith II, who has been enrolled in honors classes during his years at Westwood.

“I know I’m going to go to the college that best fits me. I’m going to try to go to a place that I can succeed and that puts out a lot of successful hurdlers.”

– Steve Burks is a freelance reporter for MyNewsMesa.com.

VIDEO LINKS: To watch Smith II’s in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the USATF Hershey Junior Olympic Nationals Championships, go to:

For his preliminary race, go to:

Superstition District Teacher of the Year!

And the Award goes to Mrs. Yanik!  Way to go!!  



James Smith - Breaking records!



James Smith won the Youth National championship in Lisle, IL. He broke a 30 year old USATF AZ State record in the 400 hurdles running 52.61. James will be a senior this year.




ghdfThe results of the 12th Annual National Youth Arts Awards are in! Westwood earned 2 awards and 5 additional nominations! (Note: If possible, please double-check to assure we have the correct spelling for the names below.)

Supporting Actress in a Play: Sarah Stinocher as Nikki Crandall in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Set Design: Jeana Whitaker for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Supporting Actor in a Play: Colton Ridgewell as Ken De La Maize in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Supporting Actor in a Play: Mark Stevenson as Eddie McCuen in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Supporting Actress in a Play: Emma Hansen as Helsa Wenzel in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Supporting Actress in a Play: Becca Hansman as Elsa Von Grossenknueten in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Supporting Actress in a Play: Michelle Kelly as Lyric Mullen in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
To see the full list of winners for this ceremony, click on http://www.nationalyouththeatre.com/news/news_nya_awards2017_eastvalley.asp.

Warriors go to Paris!



Madame Spear and French Club Warriors travel through Paris, seeing monuments and places most of us only see in textbooks. 

The people of France welcomed our warriors as they went to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, Loire Valley, Normandy, Paris, Giverny, and the Palace at Versailles. 

Along with our students and Madame Spear, the french teachers from Dobson and Red Mountain and some of their students toured the city by bus and lots of walking! 

Go Warriors! 



Young Manufacturer's Camp receives a special visitor-Keith Deutsch


This week at Westwood, Young Manufacturer's Camp  teaches middle schoolers about manufacturing. The camp had a special guest visit. Keith Deutsch, an Army vet, who lost his leg in combat, and who is featured in the film Metal and Flesh visited with the students to talk about his "robotic" leg. 06/07/2017

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