****2017-2018 Warrior Brags****
Westwood's Model United Nations Club competes at Annual MCC MUN Conference
Westwood AcDec Team competes at Regionals!
The Westwood AcDec Team competed at the Regional Competition at Higley High School over the weekend. Below is the list of accomplishments:
- Westwood placed 2nd overall in the competition.
- Gordon He won a gold medal in Science in the honors division. Silver medals in Music, Math, Economics, Essay, and Social Science. He also won a bronze medal in Language and Literature.
- Liam Wilson won a Bronze medal in Science in the honors division.
- Frankie O'Neill won a Gold medal in Interview in the honors division.
- Kayla Dickerson won a Gold medal in Social Science and a Bronze medal in Art in the scholastic division.
- Bryce Wilson won a Gold medal in Science and a bronze medal in Social Science in the scholastic division.
- Nathan Shults won a Gold Medal in Math in the varsity division.
- Paula Rivero Quintero won Silver medals in Language and Literature and Science and a Bronze medal in Economics in the varsity division. 2/2018
Westwood Air Force Junior ROTC wins big!
Westwood JROTC Drill Team competed this past weekend in the Colorado River Veterans Invitational Drill Meet in Bullhead City, AZ against 9 other high school JROTC programs. Westwood JROTC Drill Team took home 10 trophies in all - placing in every event. Way to go Westwood JROTC Warriors! 2/15/2018
The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards”…the highest rating attainable…during their evaluation. CMSgt Brian K. Shaffer, Lt Col Joseph D. Abel, created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors provided outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program. The Westwood High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The Westwood High School Air Force ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community. 2/2018
Warrior Wrestling goes to State!
Your Warrior Wrestlers: Kyle Yazzie, Mathew Eagar, and Charlie Boyle Battled last Friday at the state wrestling tournament with the team placing above Dobson, Skyline, and Red Mountain. Mathew Eagar placed 3rd. Charlie Boyle came back in a semi-finals match defeating the #1 undefeated Sunnyside wrestler and eventually placed 2nd in the state tournament. Great season, well done men. Hoka Hey! 2/12/2018
Lady Warriors Basketball Team goes to Playoff!
Congratulations to our Lady Warriors Varsity Basketball Team! They have had such a great season and made it to playoffs! We are so proud of these girls and thankful for such a wonderful season! 2/2018
Westwood DECA Wins Big!
Westwood DECA won big at the District Conference! Jordan Southworth won 1st in automotive services, Javier Bonilla won 2nd in food marketing, Raya Navarro won 3rd in apparel and accessories marketing, Karina Leon won a roleplay medal in business services marketing, Mason McIver won a roleplay medal and 2nd in food marketing, Jack Ruiz won a testing medal and 2nd in hotel and lodging management, Alejandro Gomez won a testing medal, roleplay medal, and 2nd in automotive services, Summer Gautier won a testing medal, roleplay medal, and 1st overall in the entrepreneurship series, and Kalena Oorlog won a testing medal, roleplay medal, and 1st overall in Marketing Communications. That's 17 medals for our team of 15 members!
Westwood Wrestlers go to State!
After a very long and tough season of wrestling, and a very tough sectional tournament, we have three Warrior wrestlers who prevailed and will represent Westwood at the State Wrestling Tournament - Kyle Yazzie, Charlie Boyle, and Matthew Eager. Kyle Yazzie ended the season with 20 wins, Matthew Eager has 47 wins, and Charlie Boyle has ended the season with 54 wins! Incredible stuff from some very hard-working and determined Warriors! Great job and good luck as you compete for the state title this week! Today the Warrior PRIDE flag flies for you! - 2/5/2018
Way to Move Up - Jodie Jeppeson
Today our Warrior Pride Flag flies for our own Jodie Jeppesen. She just completed her Master's program in Special Education at NAU! Way to Move Up!
4 Warriors selected for Mesa Sister Cities Foreign Exchange Program
Charles Boyle, Tara Ruhland, Raya Navarro and Nick Guerro were selected to fill 4 of only 8 spots available in the Mesa Sister Cities Foreign Exchange Program. This summer they will travel to places such as Guaymas and Peru to experience the language and culture, and then in the fall, they will host a student from the country they visited. Congratulations Charles, Tara, Raya and Nick on being chosen for this experience, way to Move Up!
Hanna Morgan selected for Mesa Sunrise Rotary Student of the Month
Congratulations to Hanna Morgan being selected the MESA SUNRISE ROTARY January student of the month. There is no doubt that Hanna is again a student that leads by example. Hanna is a person with true “winning character” and a most positive role model. Hanna is an excellent example of the quality of student that represents the true principles of a Westwood Warrior. Hanna will also be one of the finalists for the Rotary $500 scholarship presented in May. Congratulations Hanna Morgan.
Westwood's Code Club Finishes on Top!
Westwood Code Club's Alex Vuong, Liam Wilson, Joshua Budd, and Summer Gautier competed in the Takoma Park Cyber Security Capture The Flag event and finished in the top 18% of 537 teams from around the world!
Westwood Theatre Company
Congratulations to the Westwood Theatre Company for earning an overall ranking of Excellent for 2017. Westwood ranked 14th in the state, and 1st among Mesa Schools, beating Mesa High, Mountain View and Red Mountain for Excellence in Theatre.
Earth Club "Moves Up" with help from Welding
Westwood Earth Club during the Mesa Prototyping Festival , caught the eye of ABC news- Click here for that story. Mr. Lopez and his welding classes helped Earth Club with a prototyping project by taking Earth Club's sketches and model and transforming those ideas into a beautiful stage. We celebrate their generosity and hard work in building our Mesa Speaks Stage for the Mesa Prototyping Festival. Thank you, Westwood Welders!
5 Varsity Cheerleaders places 6th in AIA Spiritline Qualifier
Five varsity cheerleaders competed in the All-Girl Stunt division and placed 6th in the AIA Spiritline Qualifier. They now have the opportunity to compete in the state championship against 9 other teams including Red Mountain and Mountain View to decide who will be the 2018 state champions. Emily Pimentel, Hannah Pimentel, Macy Tingey, Melanie Mattison and Savanna Bonitatibus will compete at state finals. Way to go Warriors!
Warrior Wrestling team battled through three tough Tournaments. Unlike any other sport, your Wrestlers were practicing, cutting weight, and competing while you were enjoying family, friends, and food. At the Moon Valley Tournament of 36 teams Eddie Baca took 8th, Mathew Eagar took 3rd and Charlie Boyle won the Tournament being named, "Outstanding Wrestler." Later in the break, we went to the Peoria Tournament of Champions which can be more difficult than the state tournament with Charlie Boyle taking 4th and Mathew Eagar winning the tournament. Please Take Pride in these True Warriors. 1-2018
Raphaella Trevil - Mesa Sunrise Rotary Student of the Month
Congratulations to Raphaella Trevil for being selected the MESA SUNRISE ROTARY student of the month. There is no doubt that Raphaella is again a student that leads by example. Raphaella is a person with true “winning character” and a most positive role model. Raphaella is an excellent example of the quality of student that represents the true principles of a Westwood Warrior. Raphaella will also be one of the finalists for the Rotary $500 scholarship presented in May. Way to Move Up!
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!
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
The 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
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
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!
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!
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!
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 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 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... 8/15/2017
Westwood's Smith places 4th in national championships- MyNewsMesa.com
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.
The 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.)
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!
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