Westwood Horizon

Debaters Achieve Success at the McNeil Tournament

Debaters Achieve Success at the McNeil Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

12 hours ago


Filed under Campus

NNovice Extemporaneous Speaking 3rd Place: Bowen James 5th Place: Seyoung Ree 8th Place: Anoop Rachakonda Semi-Finalists: Brandon Shin Sharanya Karanam Akhil Bhale Samia Bruster Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Place: Rishob Dasgupta 4th Place: Clementine Larrouilh 5th Place: Andres Sanc...

Westwood Students Compete at DECA Districts

Westwood Students Compete at DECA Districts

By Dia Jain, Reporter

18 hours ago


Filed under Campus, Uncategorized

On Saturday, Jan. 19, students gathered in Bastrop to compete at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) district competition. Students competed in the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center where they presented their project to a judge. Some DECA members prepared their presentation ahea...

Texas House Proposes Massive Increase for Public School Funding

Texas House Proposes Massive Increase for Public School Funding

By Edgar Walters

January 18, 2019


Filed under Community & World

As Texas’ Republican leadership calls for property tax cuts and a school finance overhaul, the Texas House on Monday pitched a bold proposal: Pump roughly $7 billion more state funds into public schools — but only if lawmakers can satisfactorily overhaul the school finance system to slow the gro...

The ‘Horizon’ Named Pacemaker Finalist

The ‘Horizon’ Named Pacemaker Finalist

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Campus, Showcase

The Horizon has been recently named a Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the second time consecutively in the last six years of being a digital publication. In the district, the Horizon was the only online newspaper to have been named as a finalist. “This is our secon...

Speech and Debate Competes at Churchill and University of Houston Tournaments

Speech and Debate Competes at Churchill and University of Houston Tournaments

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

January 14, 2019


Filed under Campus

University of Houston Varsity Policy (CX) Debate Semi-Finalists: Vikas Burugu - Daniel Shi Octo-Finalists: Vineeth Bandi - Aaron Greisdorf Shea Li Dombrowski - Hannah Liu 2nd Place Speaker Award: Vikas Burugu Churchill Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Anurima Mummaneni 8th Place...

TEDxYouth@Austin 2019 Registration Opens

TEDxYouth@Austin 2019 Registration Opens

By Grace Liu, Yearbook Editor in Chief

January 13, 2019


Filed under Community & World, Showcase

Technology. Entertainment. Design. These are the ideals and foundations for TED, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing informative talks to the world. On Saturday, Feb. 11, TEDxYouth@Austin brings TED talks to the youth of Austin. TEDxYouth@Austin Out[Spoken] 2019 will feature speakers and ...

Government Shutdown Continues as Debates Come to a Standstill

Government Shutdown Continues as Debates Come to a Standstill

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

January 11, 2019


Filed under Community & World

In a rare live broadcast from the Oval Office on Jan. 9, President Trump appealed for support of the wall he has been fighting for since the start of his campaign. Highlighting his long-held concerns of border security and illegal immigration, he makes a case for funding his wall and ending the current...

DECA Students Kick Off Their Competition Season

DECA Students Kick Off Their Competition Season

By Dia Jain and Keya Sampat

January 11, 2019


Filed under Campus

Westwood DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) members worked yearlong to prepare for their competitions that began Wednesday Jan. 9 when students took their first DECA multiple choice tests. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher and DECA sponsor, Jeffery Siler, left his door open for a...

Debate Students Triumph at Tournaments Over Winter Break

Debate Students Triumph at Tournaments Over Winter Break

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

January 9, 2019


Filed under Campus

Lake Travis Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Place: Arjun Raman 3rd Place: Daniel Chen 4th Place: Sandali Srivastava 6th Place: Sneha Bhale Semi-Finalists: Ben Farrugia Joshua King Vishal Narra Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Emily Gao 2nd Place: Jeff Freeman 5th Place: Vani Sh...

Texas House Names Dennis Bonnen New Speaker on Celebratory Opening Day

Texas House Names Dennis Bonnen New Speaker on Celebratory Opening Day

By Cassandra Pollack, Edgar Walters, and Alex Samuels

January 8, 2019


Filed under Community & World

A gray fog descended on Austin Tuesday morning, but the scene inside the Texas Capitol was one of colorful festivities to mark the first day of the 86th biennial legislative session. And perhaps the heartiest celebration took place in the Texas House, where lawmakers whooped and hollered after the unanim...

Architecture Students Final at National Competition

Architecture Students Final at National Competition

By Clementine Larrouilh, Campus News Editor

December 25, 2018


Filed under Campus

The Senior Warrior Architects recently placed as finalists in the 2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition. Out of the 15 finalists, the Westwood team made up of seniors Dylan Veino, Anish D'Souza, and Amy Ma was the only team from Texas to make finals.  The challenge for the competition was to desi...

IB Students Kick Off Holiday Break with IB Ball

IB Students Kick Off Holiday Break with IB Ball

By Sathvik Allala, Social Media Editor

December 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

To end the semester on a good note, the International Baccalaureate Student Organization (IBSO) hosted the annual IB Ball in the atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Inspired by the 2013 Met Gala, IBSO brought the theme 'Chaos to Couture' before the attendees’ eyes through several coordinated amenities, su...