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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

Community & World

Tesla Inc.s headquarters are currently located in Palo Alto, California.

Tesla Announces HQ Move to Austin

By Amelie Puga, Reporter October 23, 2021

At a shareholder meeting on Thursday, Oct.7, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla’s decision to relocate its headquarters from Palo Alto, California, to Austin, Texas. This announcement comes after previous...

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commited $120 million to speed up production of the pills. The increased production will lead to greater availability of the treatment in other countries.

Merck Introduces COVID-19 Treatment Pill

By Shreya Selvaraju, Reporter October 22, 2021

On Friday,  October 1st, pharmaceutical company Merck announced molnupiravir, an antiviral pill that reduces the risk of hospitalization and death in patients with Covid-19. The pills were developed from...

Round Rock ISD has been struggling to continue its mask mandate in spite of the restrictions posed by government officials.

RRISD Fights To Keep Mask Mandate

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter September 28, 2021

As of Friday, Sept. 10, Attorney General Ken Paxton sued six Texas school districts including Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) for enforcing mask mandates on their campuses despite Governor...

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...

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,...

At the RRISD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, students, staff, and parents argued for and against a stricter mask mandate. Ultimately, Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez recommended that masks be required for all students, staff, and visitors with the exception of those with documented health and developmental concerns.

RRISD Tightens Mask Mandate

By Aanika Hirode, Reporter August 29, 2021

After a 5 to 2 decision at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, the Round Rock Independent School District  (RRISD) has announced that all students, faculty, and visitors will be required...

The Library of Congress recieved a bomb threat on Thursday, Aug. 19 from a 49-year-old man inside his truck. Photo courtesy of NCinDC.

Library of Congress Faces Bomb Threat

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor August 25, 2021

The Library of Congress received a bomb threat on Thursday, Aug. 19. The threat was reportedly sent from a truck located nearby the U.S. Capitol. As a result, the Capitol, as well as nearby buildings,...

Juneteenth was first recognized as a state holiday by Texas in 1980. Now, in 2021, it is a federal holiday thanks to the efforts of numerous activists and organizations.
Photo courtesy of wynpnt

President Biden Makes Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

By Nashitha Azeez, Dreamcatcher Assistant Editor June 30, 2021

On Thursday, June 17, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which established Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Falling on June 19, the holiday celebrates the end of slavery...

A young girl holds up a sign supporting Uighurs in China. Criticism of the Chinese governments oppression of Uighurs has been increasing internationally. Photo courtesy of langkawi.

Uighurs Oppressed in China

By Emily Malone, Photographer May 20, 2021

Uighurs are a group of Muslim Turkic people that consider themselves close to the culture and ethnicity found in Central Asia. They have their own language and a distinct culture. Early in the 20th century...

The CDC announced on Thursday, May 13 that there had been a change to COVID-19 mask guidelines.

CDC Announces that Vaccinated Can Now Go Outside Maskless

By Yunoo Kim, Community & World News Editor May 19, 2021

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday, May 13 that they have changed their guidelines regarding Covid-19. After over a year since the use of masks was first recommended,...

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