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

Warriors awarded National Security Language Innitative for Youth Scholarship

Ameya Thatte, Amin duncan-Pope, and Payton Morlock have been awarded the national Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship. This program is sponsored by the US Department of State which awards scholarships to a select number of students nationwide so they may study abroad for an all-expense-paid immersion language program lasting six weeks. Ameya will be traveling to India, Payton to China, and Amin to South Korea. Only 270 US students were chosen for study in these countries and three came from Westwood!

Way to go Mr. Buck!

Mr. Brian Buck, a teacher at Westwood High School, has been nominated by National History Day in Arizona for the 2018 James F. Harris Teacher Award. We are excited to announce the winners of the prize at the NHD National Contest Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Warriors make History at NHD State Competition

We are pleased to announce that Westwood junior, Makenna Wilkerson recently took first place in Arizona for the National History Day competition (NHD) held at ASU for her ten-minute documentary on the Cold War. Makenna will go on to compete in Washington DC this June. Third place awards were given to Aviva Bergman for her performance, Sahra Hussen and Annika Reimers for their group documentary; Xena Wang for her individual documentary; and Tony Hernandez, Cory Westad, Ethan Neeley and Mat Anderson for their group website. In addition, a special shout out goes to ALL of Mr. Buck’s 5th hour History class for qualifying for the NHD state competition-a first ever!

Warriors "Move Up" to All-Academic Girls Soccer First Team!

Way to "Move Up" Michelle Monroy, Macy Wilbur and Hanna Morgan - they made the 2018 Sports360AZ All-Academic Girls Soccer First Team! 

Westwood MUN attends 10th annual Dubai International Academy MUN Conference

The Westwood Model United Nations Club recently returned from the 10th annual Dubai International Academy (an IB world school) MUN conference with distinction. Our club competed against 800 students from over 30 schools (all private) from 9 countries. 

The Westwood MUN team was the first ever school from the US to attend this conference and took second place! Individual winners included Payton Morlock who won Best Position Paper and Jessica Yan who won Best Delegate in their respective committees. Congratulations to all of the Westwood MUN club members for being internationally minded and representing Westwood High School on the world stage so well. 

Westwood Academic Decathlon takes 4th of 40 teams in the State!

Westwood Academic Decathlon competed at the State Competition at ASU West and placed 4th out of 40 teams in the state! In the Honors division, Gordon He won a gold medal in math, a silver medal in art, and bronze medals in language and literature and science. In the Honors division, Liam Wilson won a silver medal in essay. In the scholastic division, Kayla Dickerson won a bronze medal in social science. In the Varsity Division, Nathan Shultz won a gold medal in math. In the Varsity division, Paula Rivero Quinteros won a gold medal in science and a bronze medal in art.

Senior James Smith earns Scholar Athletes of the year!

Westwood senior James Smith has been recognized as "Scholar Athletes of the Year" by the Phoenix Chapter of the National Alliance of African American Athletes. 

Westwood Robotics become Regional Champions of AZ West

Westwood Robotics finished qualifying matches 2nd of 42 teams. They joined the first seed as the first pick with alliance captain Plasma Robotics 2403 and alliance member Blue Tide 2840. They proceeded to sweep playoffs until winning in finals, taking regional champions of the AZ West Regional. 

During the awards ceremony, Warrior Summer Gautier received Dean's List Finalist. This award focuses on sophomores and juniors that have contributed significantly to their team and advancing the goals of first. Summer was one of the two students who was named finalist at this regional. She will proceed to compete with the other finalists from other tournaments at worlds. 

Skye Brown earns a spot at TGen Leadership Academy!

Way to "Move Up" Skye Brown! Skye is 1 of 20 Arizona students to make it through the interview process and earn a spot at this summer's TGen Leadership Academy, which is an "intensive education and leadership program focused on elevating students' understanding of the biosciences and precision medicine." She also earned $1000 scholarship. Congrats Skye!

Westwood Chess Club goes to State!

Way to go Westwood Warrior Chess Club! Westwood's Chess club participated in and completed the Arizona State Chess Champions. 

Hanna Morgan earns AIA Scholarship

Westwood's senior, Hanna Morgan was one of six students to earn an AIA scholarship! Way to "Move Up"! 

Warriors Win Job Olympics Competition

Congratulations to Angel Hernandez for taking 1st place in custodial, Mikayla Begay for taking 3rd in First Aid/Health and Courtnei Peak for taking 2nd place in Host/Hostess. Way to "Move Up" Warriors in the Job Olympics Competition! 

Warriors compete at the AZ Envirothon

Westwood Warriors Grace Elias, Eddie Diaz, Abigail Stockwell, Elias Felix, and Alyson Hulet represented Westwood at the Arizona Envirothon, an environmental science competition. These students competed failr and showed great sportsmanship to the 13 other teams while sharing their knowledge about the environment with other students and professionals.

Artistically Talented Warriors claim 29 awards!

Way to go Warrior Artists! Westwood's artistically talented warriors claimed 29 awards - ranking them 2nd place in the district. Special shout outs go to Cheyenne Morin for Artist of the year, Lee Ann Jugovich for best of show 2-d and Paloma Hernandez for best of show 3-d.  5/10/2018

Westwood Warrior selected to join MIT!

Westwood student Summer Gautier has been selected to join the 2018 Online Science , Technology and Engineering Community. Way to "Move Up" Summer!             5/2018

Westwood Hero - Andrew Vasquez

Andrew Vasquez heroically sprang into action on Thursday morning when there was an incident with one of our intellectually disabled students, Andrew saw a need and provided life saving assistance without being asked. Andrew is our hero! Thank you 4/20/2018

Warrior Baseball

Last night Jimmy Villa pitched a complete game shutout, striking out a career-high 10 batters as Westwood defeated arch-rival Mesa (bun buns) 7-0 at Hohokam Stadium. Macs Carrillo led the defense as he was involved in 6 putouts while Westwood played the game error-free. Warriors are back in action at Hohokam next Thursday when they host Skyline at 6:30. Way to go Westwood Warrior Baseball! Today our pride flag flies for you! 4/13/2018

Earth Club earns Environmental Partner Award

Earth Club was awarded the Environmental Partner Award from the Sierra Club this year. This award is a result of their work on Environmental Day at the Capital as well as their other activist work for the environment. Way to go Earth Club! 4/12/2018

Colton Cagle selected as Interact Ambassador

Colton Cagle (pictured right) was selected as one of the five Interact ambassadors to go to Kenya for the state of Arizona. While in Kenya, Colton will be working with the organization 'Crutches 4 Africa' where he will be distributing mobility devices to people who suffer from polio. He will also be distributing water pasteurization (WAPI) kits and adjustable clothing to children. Way to go Colton on helping to make the world a better place! 4/10/2018

Poetry Slam Team wins Louder than a Bomb AZ

Our very own Westwood Word! Poetry Slam Team won the first annual Louder than a Bomb AZ several weeks ago. Abigail Stockwell, Ishanah Steele, Monica Carpenter, Lupe Castro, and Dory Otanez Murrieta performed individual and group poems to dominate other high schools in the slam. Go, Poets!

#neveragain Committee Inspires Westwood

Congratuations to the #neveragain committee for organizing a peaceful, productive, and respectful assembly to show solidarity with victims of school violence, especially the students of Stoneman Douglas High School. You planned events, made speeches, performed poems and songs, and marched for your lives during the March for Our Lives. Truly, you are inspiring to all of us!

Westwood Track breaks personal bests!

Today our warrior pride flag flies for -Westwood Track team and Senior James Smith -

James has broken the meet record at every invite has ran so far this year. With some competition and a little luck he should break the state record fairly easily at Sun Angel or Arcadia. Great Southwest is putting him in their elite category already for their meet later this year. It is crazy the the top 6 All time AZ marks in the 300 hurdles are between Brophy and Westwood.

Rahni Turner freshman pr'd and had an excellent meet in the 300hurdles and 100hurdles. She was the only freshman hurdler in the field and did very well in the elite session.

The Westwood team did well with many personal best and some won medals in the open sessions at Chandler Rotary.


You can check out more at https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/03/25/westwoods-james-smith-breaks-chandler-rotary-300-hurdles-record/457006002/



Westwood Students help plan and organize March for Our Lives

Today our Warrior Pride Flag flies for Westwood students who were on the planning and organizing team for the March for our lives - Brenda Alvarez, Prisila Romero, Francisco Lucas Torres, Dayana Perez, Ivette Sosa, Evelynne Rodaas Castillo, Montserrat Luna Garcia and Stephanie Pascual. They arrived early to set up and pass out water on Saturday. Way to keep us all Moving Up! Our Pride flag flies for you.

Westwood JROTC takes 1st

Congratulations to the Westwood High School Air Force JROTC Drill Team who competed this weekend in the West Mitchell Invitational Drill Meet in Phoenix against 21 other high school Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine JROTC programs. Westwood took home four trophies in all. A 1st place in the Armed Regulation category commanded by Jason Scott and a 1st Place in the Unarmed Regulation category commanded by Renee May. Both Jason Scott and Renee May took home 1st place trophies in the Commander categories for their respective events.

Warrior Motivates Classmates

Charlie Saifi started a motivational remind 101 to help motivate classmates to have a wonderful day. You can sign up to this remind 101 by texting @motiivate (with two "i"s) to receive daily inspirational text messages.

Westwood DECA Competes in State

The Westwood DECA chapter competed at the state competition this past weekend. 3 members advanced as finalists and placed high enough to qualify for the International Career Development Conference in April. Mason McIver won 5th place overall in Restaurant and Food service management and Summer Gautier placed 4th overall in Entrepreneurship. Kalena Oorlog won a medal for being in the top 10% of those who took the marketing exam, both section medals, and 2nd overall in Marketing Communications. Great job to all who competed at this state conference!

Westwood Hackers Team Finishes in the Top

Westwood Hackers team: Alex Vuong, Liam Wilson, Joshua Budd, Summer Gautier, Moroni Parry, Chance May, and Evelyn Ramirez, competed in the fourth annual EasyCTF competition and finished in the top 19% of over 2,145 high school and collegiate teams from across the nation! They gathered over 1,200 points by completing reverse engineering, web, cryptography, forensics and programming challenges.

Channel 3 honors Cheri Guy

Congratulations to Cheri Guy who was surprised by Channel 3 at Friday's spring sports assembly. Ms. Guy was nominated by administration for her work and dedication to Westwood High School. Ms.Guy is the advisor for NHS, Student Council and Silent Friends. In addition, she teaches IB and ELD classes. Thank you Ms. Guy for going above and beyond for our students here at Westwood. The airing of the surprise was this morning on Channel 3. We will post the link on our website when it becomes available. Thank you Ms. Guy for all you do!

Ishanah Steele - Rotary Student of the Month

Ishanah was this month's Rotary Student of the Month for her service to our community. She was honored for her service hours as well as being so involved in our school. She is on Student Council, a member of AP Scholars, Poetry Club, the Feminist Club as well as many other activities on our campus! Thank you Ishanah for being such a great example of what a Warrior is!

Westwood Theatre Students Qualify for Nationals

Congratulations to the Westwood Theatre students for an outstanding showing at the Regional Acting Festival. These students earned a rating of Superior and qualified for the Nationals this summer:

Mark Stevenson for Monologues
Justin Stinnett and Mark Stevenson for Duet Acting
Becca Hansman for Monologues
Monica Carpenter for Monologues
Emma Hansen for Solo Musical
Mads Layton and Emma Hansen for Duet Musical
Katelynn Gaunt for Monologues
Alexis Kropp for Monologues

Students nominate Mr. Bennett for Jostens' Recognition


Westwood's Junior Class was asked by Jostens to recognize a deserving teacher for a special gift. Mr. Bennett was chosen by one of his students for being a great teacher because he relates everything to the real world. 

Westwood's 3 - 2018 Mesa Citizens of Year!

mesa citizen winners

Congratulations to Jessica Yan, Hanna Morgan and Katrina Clontz where were selected as the 2018 Mesa Citizens of the year. There were only 4 student citizens selected in all of Mesa, and Westwood is proud of our 3 winners who also earned $1,000 scholarship for their community service and excellence in academics. Way to go Warriors!  2/2018

Westwood's Model United Nations Club competes at Annual MCC MUN Conference

mun girls with awards


  Model United Nations Club competed at the annual MCC MUN conference (addressing the world's most pressing problems through diplomacy) and brought home serveral awards:
 Distinguished Delegate Awards went to Mia Andrea, Aviva Bergman and Willow Hepler,
The Best Policy Statement award went to Jessica Yan and Mia Andrea.
  The Best Diplomat Award went to Jessica Yan and runner-up; Avia Bergman.
The highest honor went to Best Delegate: Jessica Yan. 
Congratulations Model UN Club!  
  next competition is in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2/2018

Westwood AcDec Team competes at Regionals!


acdec awards

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!

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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!

wrestling logo

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!

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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