The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon


Smiling for his first photo in the yearbook, Mr. Kristan gets ready for his first year at Westwood. Mr Kristan served to be an influential and talented educator for more than 51 years.

Mr. Michael Kristan Retires After 52 Years in Westwood Community

Sydney Fuller, Reporter May 26, 2024

While teaching at Westwood, Mr. Michael Kristan has brought many smiles and laughter to his English students. Working hard over the years to be what many agree to be a prominent and influential member...

In April, Tesla made the “Autopilot” feature free for drivers, allowing for semi-autonomous driving. Controversy arose about the feature after a lawsuit was recently settled regarding a man who was killed by Autopilot.

Tesla Lawsuit Regarding Autopilot Feature Sparks Controversy

Jacob Chow, Heritage Staff May 25, 2024

The quiet hums of Teslas begin to engulf the Westwood parking lot in the early hours of the day. Tesla has become a staple car, with many students choosing to drive it for their contribution to fighting...

Focused, Jatin Aggarwal ‘26, Abraham Lira ‘24, and Akaash Reddy ‘25 perform last minute checks on Tomahawk’s robot and its programs before the start of a match. The team participated in ten qualification matches before entering the elimination rounds, winning 7 and losing 3.

Robotics FTC Team Westwood Tomahawk Makes RRISD History

Avi Rajesh, Reporter May 25, 2024

Stepping into the George R Brown Convention center in downtown Houston, thunderous applause and cheering deafened the competitors of the 2024 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology...

Smiling, seniors Miyuu Tani, Disha Nistala, and Ayushi Merchant pose for a picture. 
The three girls were able to celebrate graduation and their years of friendship through Senior Sunset.

Seniors Say Goodbye at Senior Sunset

Valerie Zhang, Reporter May 15, 2024

As orange and pink crept into the sky on May 13,  the seniors gathered in the Warrior Bowl to celebrate Senior Sunset. Picnic blankets covered the grass as friends took polaroid pictures and lined up...

Posing with the chapters banner, DECA members beam together at their shared success. In order to prepare for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC), many students worked tirelessly to perfect their projects, hone presentation skills, and study hard for event-based exams.

DECA Members Experience Difference at International Conference

Aarya Kale, Reporter May 15, 2024

Culminating a year of extensive research and preparation, numerous practice presentations, and an abundance of exposure to the real-world business environment, students traveled to Anaheim, California...

During PTSAs organized event, faculty members pick up breakfast items during Teacher Appreciation Week. PTSA provided a wide range of cuisines for the teachers to start their day.

Students Give Back to Faculty Members for Teacher Appreciation Week

Sarah Jung, Reporter May 11, 2024

To commemorate the 2023-2024 academic year coming to a conclusion, Student Council (StuCo) hosted Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6 to May 10 in order to celebrate and appreciate the faculty members...

Class of 2024 College Commitments

Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor May 9, 2024

With graduation just around the corner, the Class of 2024 is in the process of committing to some colleges and declining others. About 145 institutions of higher education are represented by this year’s...

Faith Dietz 24 pulls a lane rope across the El Salido Pool in preparation for the pools patrons. The lifeguards do many such tasks as a part of their daily duties.

“The Best Job You Can Have as a High-Schooler”: Students Lifeguard at El Salido Pool

Mallory Milner, Reporter May 7, 2024

Just a five-minute drive from Westwood, the El Salido pool, a lively cornerstone of the neighborhood, offers multiple students a part-time job serving as lifeguards. Many students applied due to its significance...

Author Varian Johnson discusses his journey to becoming an author. Johnson originally was a civil engineer before committing to writing.

Literary Lessons: Author Varian Johnson Speaks to Students

Mayla Montgomery, Reporter May 2, 2024

Sometimes all it takes to inspire someone is a few words. Armed with only a slideshow presentation, a microphone, and his unique personal experiences, award-winning author Varian Johnson regaled an...

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