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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


Lauren Jackson 23, Katie Liu 23, Zaina Jafri 23, Faith Gonzalez 23, and Promise Salinas 23 wore outfits reminiscent of the 1980s for Decades Day. These bright colors and baggy pants were extremely popular during that time. [My sweater] was actually a hand-me-down from the 80s, Gonzalez said. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to wear it.

That’s the Spirit: Students Showcase Creativity during Homecoming Spirit Week

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter October 25, 2021

From bomber jackets to billowing capes, the Westwood hallways were filled with distinctive colors and bold choices during homecoming week. From Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, students participated in various dress-up...

Middle schooler and future warrior Aliya Yu shows her outstanding jump to the rest of her friends after introducing herself. Just being in the environment is really cool, Aliya said. She is more than excited to try out for the cheer team next year.

Jumping to the Future: Middle Schoolers Participate in Cheerleader Clinic

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker October 24, 2021

Future warriors met in the Westwood gymnasium on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 9 am to meet their cheer role models. Current Westwood cheerleaders helped give the rising high schoolers confidence and allowed...

With their diverse and slightly chaotic Parisian landscape, National French Honor Societys Homecoming decorations captures the pandemonium of the movie Ratatouille perfectly. The organization came in second place for the school wide Homecoming hallway decorations contest.

Fairies, Rats, and Dinosaurs: Homecoming Hallway Decoration Winners Announced

By Shreya Selvaraju, Reporter October 24, 2021

After school on Friday, Oct. 15, clubs and organizations gathered to decorate their respective hallways with an iconic group or duo. Drama Club won first place with Titania and Oberon from Shakespeare’s...

Crowds of people gather at the edge of Zilker park to watch Greta Van Fleet close out the night. This was the rock bands second performance at the festival.

It’s More than Just Music: Students React to ACL’s Return Mid-Pandemic

By Caelyn Swendner, Yearbooker October 24, 2021

Trailer food, hot sun, crowds of people screaming song lyrics: the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival has returned, packing Zilker Park full of Austinites, tourists, and Westwood students alike. The...

2021 HOCO Highlights

Last week, Westwood students enjoyed the annual Homecoming festivities for the first time since 2019.

Though school has moved back to in-person learning, many aspects of virtual technology have been implemented in classrooms. Students have had to adapt to both forms of learning, but many continue to have a preference for their specific learning style. Photo courtesy of Chris Montgomery.

Students Compare Virtual and In-Person Learning After First Marking Period

By Amelie Puga, Reporter October 19, 2021

After a year and a half of virtual learning, Westwood students and teachers have finally returned to in-person school. Some students have entered their freshman year of high school while others have returned...

Sophomores and Juniors across the school took the PSAT test on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Photo courtesy of Ben Mullins

Sophomores and Juniors Take Schoolwide PSAT

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter October 15, 2021

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, sophomores and juniors took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The test consists of three main sections; a reading section, a writing section, and a math section. Sophomores...

Presenting to the attendees, Westwood Drone Club officers inform new members about the clubs purpose and timeline for the upcoming year.

Westwood Drone Club Holds Inaugural Meeting

By Scott Seamon October 10, 2021

Westwood’s Drone Club held their first general meeting on Thursday, Oct. 7 in room E1305. During the meeting, club officers introduced themselves to attendees and gave a presentation about the club’s...

Construction continues to advance slowly at the side of the school. Currently, the builders are working on expanding the new math department and improving accessibility to the added classrooms.

Students Weigh In on Effects of Schoolwide Construction

By Avery Hixson and Selena Molinari October 5, 2021

Since the start of quarantine, many construction upgrades have been in progress to improve buildings and structures throughout campus.  Currently, most of the construction is being implemented in the...

Seniors 17 years and 10 months or older line up to register to vote for the first time. Their vote will be essential to the upcoming vote on proposed changes in county, city, and state governments. Everyone should vote so that everyones opinion matters, Bryan Groves 22 said.

Senior Class Voting Registration Flex Session Emphasizes Importance of Voicing Opinions

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor October 1, 2021

County, city, and state representatives visited the school on Friday, Oct. 1 during Flex to inform seniors about the importance of voting and allow them to register if they were old enough to do so....

Mr. Jouyas 8th block gathered to take a final class picture. The class sent him off with final goodbyes soon after.

Debaters Reflect After Debate Director’s Resignation

By Hibah Ahmed, Yearbooker September 28, 2021

Former Director of Debate Mr. Sohail Jouya’s last day was this Tuesday, Sept. 21. He resigned this week and left the program with best wishes for Westwood Debate’s future. “My hope is for the...

Trinity Castro 25 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...

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