Community Cuts Ribbon on Westwood High School

Students, parents and the community gathered in the Westwood High School gym for the school’s dedication last Friday.

BLYTHEWOOD – Redhawk feathers were everywhere at Westwood High School last Friday. And so was the media. The JROTC was on hand at every door, spit and polished, to welcome guests. It was the dedication of Blythewood’s Westwood High School and no one could have been prouder than it’s principal, Ralph Schmidt.

Schmidt extolled the school’s virtues throughout the morning – first to the media, then to the full house audience and to anyone else in earshot.

Prior to the dedication ceremony in the school’s gymnasium, guests were given tours of the school and enjoyed refreshments in the lobby.

The event opened with a prelude performed by the school’s orchestra. Then there were various introductions, presentations, pledges, recognitions and remarks.

The Westwood chorus performed “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and there were more dedications, pledges and plaque presentations.

The Soaring High Dance Company, under the direction of Dr. Anne Richardson, performed a colorful dance titled “Defying Gravity.”

Class photos, school symbols and other items were assembled by the classes and teachers for a time capsule to be sealed at a later date.

After the Westwood Band gave the premier performance of the Westwood Alma Mater, Principal Schmidt, the school board, student leaders and other dignitaries cut the red and black ribbons, thus officially dedicating the school.

The Band then closed the ceremony by playing the school’s fight song. And Westwood High School was dedicated.