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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

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Sandy Trang 23 waves her flag for Color Guard. The new studio makes it easier for the dancers to perform with correct spacing.

Dance Department Looks Forward to New Warrior Studios

By Hadley Norris, Reporter September 21, 2021

The final adjustments to the newly constructed dance studios were completed on Monday, Sept. 20. Flooring was installed and now the studios are ready for competition use. In the dance department there...

With cadets saluting in the background, Inesh Nambiar 23, Nolan James Sedillo ‘22, and Vikranth Srinivasan Ragavan ‘22 hoist the flag for JROTCs 9/11 memorial ceremony. The memorial was hosted to commemorate the lives lost in the infamous terrorist attacks all over the US 20 years ago.

JROTC Memorial Honors Victims on 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

By Kumud Arora, Reporter September 19, 2021

In observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and in remembrance of those who lost their lives, Westwood High school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC)...

Texas Senate Bill 8 was passed on Wednesday, Sept. 1. This past week, the Horizon surveyed Westwood students about their opinions regarding the bill.

“Frick yeah, man”: Westwood students respond to Senate Bill 8

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor September 15, 2021

This story contains sensitive comments which may be upsetting to some readers. Prior to this year, the legal definition of what constitutes a living human being with protected rights was a much contested...

Thirty-seven National Merit Semifinalists were honored at a breakfast ceremony on September 15.

National Merit Semifinalists Announced

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor September 15, 2021

National Merit Semifinalists were recognized for their academic excellence in a ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The seniors received scores on last year’s PSAT that represented the top 0.5 percent of...

On Aug. 31, President Joe Biden withdrew US troops from Afghanistan. The country is currently under Taliban control, leading to many civilians fleeing the country.
Photo courtesy of The Borgen Project.

President Joe Biden Withdraws Troops From Afghanistan

By Mallory Milner, Reporter September 13, 2021

On Tuesday, Aug. 31,  President Joe Biden withdrew all American troops stationed in Afghanistan, ending a war of almost 2 decades. Although the US had spent years in Afghanistan in the name of eradicating...

Picture of hurricane ida devastation

Hurricane Ida Leaves Louisianans Powerless

By Selena Molinari, Yearbooker September 13, 2021

Louisiana is no stranger to imminent weather threats, the most recent being Hurricane Ida- a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall around noon on Sunday, Aug. 29. This natural disaster hit Louisiana...

Ms. Melissa Rangel has signed on as a new biology and chemistry teacher. She is excited to teach at a larger school with a different student body. Photo Courtesy of Melissa Rangel

New Biology and Chemistry Teacher Melissa Rangel Joins Westwood Faculty

By Amelia Spielman, Yearbooker September 12, 2021

Originally aiming to become a school counselor, Ms. Melissa Rangel fell in love with teaching science and has stuck with it ever since. As one of this year’s new Biology and Advanced Chemistry teachers,...

Mr. Bradley Walker is the new assistant principal for last names A-Co. He aims to motivate and inspire all of the students he works with. Photo Courtesy of Bradley Walker

Mr. Bradley Walker Signs On as New Assistant Principal

By Eshaan Chopra and Kumud Arora September 11, 2021

Essential oil is not the only soothing element about Mr. Bradley Walker. As the new Assistant Principal for students’ last names A-Co, Mr. Walker always radiates a sense of warmth and calm throughout...

For Sophomores Article

Sophomores Return to School After Year of Virtual Learning

By Chloe Boyd, Reporter September 11, 2021

After a year of online classrooms, virtual conversations, and minimal social interactions, many sophomores are experiencing Westwood for the first time as school returns in-person. For the inexperienced...

Athletes with prosthetics compete in the 100M dash at the 2020 Paralympics.
Photo courtesy of the Japan Times

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics Continues Long-Standing Tradition

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor September 9, 2021

Every two years, either the Summer or Winter Olympics are held in one of the many cities of the world. But many don’t know that nearly a month after those games wrap up, another set of Olympic games...

The chemical benzene has been detected in several sunscreen products. Due to the hazardous nature of benzene, many have expressed concerned about the safety of such products.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Popular Sunscreen Brands

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker September 7, 2021

Recalls of popular sunscreen brands have consumers questioning whether their attempts at cancer prevention have done the opposite. Formulas made by Neutrogena, Aveeno, Banana Boat, Sun Bum, Babyganics,...

Students wait for the buses underneath the new canopy.

Students Respond to New Bus Canopy

By Oliver Barnfield, Video Editor September 3, 2021

A new bus canopy was constructed this year to shade and streamline the bus line. While the canopy does provide a protocol for students to follow while loading the buses, the new addition to the bus loading...

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