Westwood Horizon

Students Rally School Spirit at Homecoming Despite Rain

Students Rally School Spirit at Homecoming Despite Rain

By Sathvik Allala, Social Media Editor

17 hours ago


Filed under Campus, Showcase

Due to the safety concerns attributed to rain on Thursday, Oct. 18, the annual Homecoming Parade was canceled. As the event had tremendous school and community value, Principal Mario Acosta spent days trying to find alternative solutions to avoid rough weather, but all plans sadly failed in an e...

Debaters Attend Bellaire, St. Mark’s, and Ronald Reagan Tournaments

Debaters Attend Bellaire, St. Mark’s, and Ronald Reagan Tournaments

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

October 16, 2018


Filed under Campus

Bellaire Forensic Tournament Varsity Public Forum (PF) Debate Octo-Finalists: Raymond Sun - Pranav Kulkarni Double Octo-Finalists: Nathan Iyer - Chinmay Pingale Triple Octo-Finalists: Krishna Shamanna - Frank Lai   Heart of Texas/St. Mark's Tournament Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Anurima Mu...

Pacesetters Organize Disco-Themed Homecoming Dance

Pacesetters Organize Disco-Themed Homecoming Dance

By Dia Jain, Reporter

October 15, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The Homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The dance is being organized by Pacesetters, a girls' community service and charity organization. The officers of Pacesetters have been planning Homecoming since the beginning of summer. They decided on the theme of disco i...

Parents and Students Attend College Admissions Night

Parents and Students Attend College Admissions Night

By Nuha Momin, Index Manager

October 11, 2018


Filed under Campus

Parents and students gathered in the cafeteria on Wednesday, Oct. 10 to better their understanding of the college admissions process. To help out, Lead Counselor Holly Browning invited various college representatives from Texas State, Baylor, and Rhodes College. Ms. Browning informed everyone ab...

Analysis: Texas’ School Finance Problem in One Pesky Chart

Analysis: Texas’ School Finance Problem in One Pesky Chart

By Ross Ramsey

October 10, 2018


Filed under Community & World

There is a chart on page 205 of the newest edition of a wonky and essential Texas government publication called “Fiscal Size-Up: 2018-19 Biennium.” You might not be running to look it up — only a particular order of nerds do that — but these numbers from the Legislative Budget Board are going...

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

New Sergeant Joins AFJROTC Faculty

By Ian Drerup, Reporter

October 10, 2018


Filed under Spotlight

Senior Master Sergeant Walter Hodges began his first year teaching AFJROTC this August after retiring from being a drill sergeant in the US Air Force. “I wanted to impact the lives of young people and help them,” Sergeant Hodges said. In AFJROTC, Sergeant Hodges teaches leadership educati...

Bill Cosby Imprisoned for Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby Imprisoned for Sexual Assault

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Community & World, Uncategorized

“America’s dad” turned convicted sex-offender, Bill Cosby, is now in prison. After more than a dozen women came forward with statements that he had sexually assaulted them throughout his successful career, he was put on trial. After five months of jury deliberation, he was found guilty. However, e...

Students Volunteer at Race for the Cure

Students Volunteer at Race for the Cure

By Nuha Momin, Index Manager

October 3, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, an annual 5K marathon, took place on Sunday, Sept. 30, in order to raise awareness for those with breast cancer. By participating and donating to the organization, community members can help fund breast cancer research.  The SunDancers, Warrior Pride, and c...

Speech and Debate Participates in Westlake/Chaparral Tournament

Speech and Debate Participates in Westlake/Chaparral Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under Campus

Chaparral Star Academy Tournament Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Aman Tewari 5th Place: Yunhan Xu Semi-Finalists: Sneha Bhale Arjun Raman Nikhil Reddy Hrushikesh Saranu Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking Semi-Finalists: Clementine Larrouilh Pranav Srinivasan Max Wolf Foreign...

First “Voting Pep Rally” in the State Takes Place at Westwood

First “Voting Pep Rally” in the State Takes Place at Westwood

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

October 2, 2018


Filed under Campus

On Monday, Oct. 1, seniors were summoned to the Field House to listen to a presentation regarding the importance of voting. This event, which was the first of its kind in Texas, included speakers such as City of Austin Council Member Jimmy Flannigan. Seniors were taught not only why they should vote a...

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Approved for General Senate Vote

Judge Brett Kavanaugh Approved for General Senate Vote

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Community & World

With an 11-10 decision, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has been voted through to the Senate. After three days of a televised trial, and repeated examination of Kavanaugh's young adult life, when he is alleged of sexually assaulting multiple women, the Senate committee reviewing his case has pushed the...

Students and Faculty Build School Spirit at Second Pep Rally

Students and Faculty Build School Spirit at Second Pep Rally

By Anouka Saha, Reporter

September 29, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Video

Students of all grade levels gathered in the gym on Sept. 28 for a pep rally. The pep rally was very spirited and exciting, with lots of dancing and representatives talking about the various groups they were in. One thing that made this pep rally stand out from all the rest were teachers from vari...