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Aditya Parulekar ’18 Selected to U.S. Physics Team

Aditya Parulekar ’18 Selected to U.S. Physics Team

Emily Lu
May 22, 2017
Filed under School News

Only the most talented minds are selected to represent the nation at the International Physics Olympiad. From the thousands of high school students from across the nation that take the initial test, the F=ma, only a couple hundred advance to the next round of competition. A mere top 20 scores from that ...

Engineering Seniors Present Capstone Project

Engineering Seniors Present Capstone Project

Nicole Souydalay, Page Editor
May 22, 2017
Filed under School News

Engineering Design and Development students gave presentations to parents and peers from Monday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 17. The presentations were to showcase a capstone project the students worked on over the year. The project had the students go through the design process of engineering, up to c...

DECA Members Dominate at ICDC

DECA Members Dominate at ICDC

Jenny Xu
May 8, 2017
Filed under School News, Showcase

Every year, thousands of high school students, advisers, and business professionals attend Distributive Education Clubs of America’s (DECA) international conference, where students have the opportunity to compete against the world’s best in business-related events. Those who qualified for the...

RoundRockISD Proposes New Bond

RoundRockISD Proposes New Bond

Lizzie Deal, Reporter
May 5, 2017
Filed under News, School News

May 6 is Election Day for Round Rock ISD’s newest proposed bond, which outlines a number of improvement projects for schools within the district. The bond is outlined to fund some much needed projects for the  district, including alleviating overpopulation at the schools by constructing a sixth high sc...

Library Hosts Book Buzz

Library Hosts Book Buzz

Elizabeth Deal, A&E Editor
May 1, 2017
Filed under News, School News, Showcase

Book lovers convened in the Library Great Room on Thursday April 28 for Book Buzz. The event was hosted by publishing company Penguin Random House to get students excited about both newly published and upcoming young adult novels and comics. Not only did students leave the event with knowledge of new...

Students Attend Latin State Competition

Students Attend Latin State Competition

Lizzie Deal, Reporter
April 29, 2017
Filed under News, School News

After advancing from the Area Latin Competition, students traveled to San Antonio to participate in the state convention. While there, Latin students were able to take academic tests over Latin subjects, participate in Fine Arts contests, and sightsee.   “When we weren’t taking tests we had a f...

IB Students Host Annual Amazing Race

IB Students Host Annual Amazing Race

Kate Lee, Reporter
April 25, 2017
Filed under School News, Showcase

Following an annual tradition, Westwood International Baccalaureate (IB) students put on an Amazing Race event on Saturday, April 15. From 4-8 p.m., the IB community gathered at Westwood to complete challenges and compete against each other in a day of fun. Initially started about 15 years ago as a day for...

Krithika Shamanna ’18 Introduces LaunchPad Initiative

Krithika Shamanna ’18 Introduces LaunchPad Initiative

Mae Bruce, Reporter
April 21, 2017
Filed under School News, Spotlight, Student Spotlight

Feminine hygiene is usually a topic that is discussed in whispers, and leaves many girls feeling like they have no place to go in times of need. However, LaunchPad is a student led initiative that Krithika Shamanna ‘18 started to help girls during their menstruation cycle. Their main goal is to empo...

Principles of Engineering Students Present Marble-Sorting Robots

Principles of Engineering Students Present Marble-Sorting Robots

Catherine Wiesehuegel, Sports Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under School News

The Principles of Engineering students recently presented their marble-sorting robots to their classmates on Tuesday, April 11. The project proved to be very difficult for the students, many of whom were unable to accomplish the task. “I hate to see students fail at this project, but they wil...

AJROTC Participates in Interflight Competition

AJROTC Participates in Interflight Competition

Donatella Vos, Reporter
April 19, 2017
Filed under News, School News

Every year, Westwood’s AJROTC unit holds their interflight competition, where each “flight” (separated by cadets’ grade level and class periods) competes against one another in drill and uniform inspection. The cadets were inspected by two ROTC cadets from the University of Texas who volunte...

Westwood High School Recognized for Yearbook Excellence

Westwood High School Recognized for Yearbook Excellence

Jenny Xu, Assistant Sports Editor
April 18, 2017
Filed under School News, Showcase

The Westwood High School yearbook staff has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks with the Best recognition for outstanding contribution to scholastic journalism. Less than 1 percent of yearbook staffs are awarded with the distinction. The 2016 Heritage staff was led by Jenna Zhang '17 and Asha Rao '17,...