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

Community & World

The LGBTQ community in Florida has been affected by recent anti-LGBTQ bills that have caused some Pride events to get cancelled due to safety concerns.

Florida’s New Laws Affect the LGBTQ Community

Charly Obermiller May 31, 2023

Over the past few months, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed multiple bills that are seen as anti-LGBTQ, causing active Pride meets to be canceled and shut down. Bills include HB 1069, which prevents...

Rows of desks signify the rigid structure of the American education system, which is supposedly outdated by 200 years. The main drawbacks of the current system are its inability to effectively teach relevant information.

Students Share Their Thoughts on the American Education System

Chloe Boyd, Dreamcatcher Editor-in-Chief May 27, 2023

In the 1950s, the United States Air Force was suffering major losses of up to 17 airmen in one day. The military claimed it was the pilots’ fault, but pilots instead blamed the aircraft. When it was...

Stationed in Orlando, Florida, Disney World has been at the focal point of the lawsuit between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Disney.

Disney v. DeSantis: The Gray Between Government and Business

Zoejane Ostebo, Opinions Editor and Extras Editor May 18, 2023

In March of 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill called the Parental Rights in Education into law that forbade the instruction/discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten...

Students respond to a Westwood survey about the sexualization of teenage girls in media.

Surveying Effects of Oversexualization of Girls in Society

Alessandra Ashford, Opinions Editor May 1, 2023

Westwood Student Press emailed a survey to the Westwood student body about the sexualization of teenage girls through a Google Form. The survey got 65 responses.  “​​Girls can’t do anything...

Students gather around after their performance. Dancers from the Love of China School of Dance performed at the 2023 showcase on Saturday, April 8. [The recital] is just to show off  the dances all the classes have been doing and learning the whole year, so its really fun to watch other classes, Hannah Au 26 said.

Love of China School of Dance Hosts 2023 Showcase

Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor April 10, 2023

On Saturday, April 8, students from the Love of China School of Dance performed their 2023 showcase at Brentwood Christian School. The various classes each performed traditional Chinese dances at a recital...

TikTok is one of the most popular social media apps in the United States, with over 150 million users. However, due to data security concerns, lawmakers are discussing the decision to ban it.

Students Share Split Opinions on Potential TikTok Ban

Prima Changwatchai, Community & World News Editor April 3, 2023

A viral app short-form video hosting service, TikTok is often associated with 15-second videos, dance challenges, and an addictive algorithm, but a potential nationwide ban from the Biden administration...

People gather around as dancers prepare to perform modern Bollywood dances. Community members gathered to celebrate Holi on Saturday, March 25. The experience was so nice just being able to dance with people that I already considered my friends, Max Bradford 25 said.

Holi Celebrations Strengthen Community With a Festival of Colors

Tara Kurkal, Reporter March 30, 2023

Students and families from around the RRISD community gathered to celebrate Holi on Saturday, March 25 at Elizabeth Milburn Park.  The Hindu festival of colors is a religious holiday that celebrates...

Austin Police Officer Frank Creasey high-fives a child attending the Hanging with Heroes event. Officer Creasey is a District Representative Community Policing Area ADAM 6.

Anderson Mill Limited District Hosts First Responders at “Hanging With Heroes” Event

Scott Seamon and Valeria Tijerina March 29, 2023

On Saturday, March 25, the Anderson Mill Limited District hosted “Hanging with Heroes” at Harper Park, an event attended by local public safety agencies such as the Austin Police Department (including...

The release of Chat GPT could have a great effect on education nationwide and change how students access information.

ChatGPT Enters the Classroom as a New Form of Generative AI

Lena Boas, Extras Editor March 27, 2023

It may have seemed unthinkable years ago that a free, widely accessible software would have the power to pass prestigious tests like the SAT with a score of 1416 as well as pass a multitude of other well...

Following a state-wide camping ban signed in 2021, the Austin homeless population continues to grow.

Austin’s Homeless Resurgence After Camping Ban: A Look Into Long Term Solutions

Chloe Oakley, Campus News Editor March 19, 2023

Tents dot the urban landscape of North Austin, constant reminders under every overpass of the housing situation. Homelessness has been a broad and highly debated local issue for years, especially in recent...

Texas Legislature Starts Session For 2023

Texas Legislature Starts Session For 2023

Prima Changwatchai, Community & World News Editor February 10, 2023

Texas legislators met in Austin on Jan. 10 to begin their 88th biennial legislative session, which will end on May 29. During the meeting, they will pass laws, address issues facing Texas, and discuss...

Captains with the Travis County Sheriffs Office Corrections Bureau load packages of toys, books, food, and games into a car. The Travis County Sheriffs Brown Santa program is a non-profit run by law enforcement officers, other government employees, and community members.

Brown Santa Program Distributes Christmas Gifts to Families in Need

Scott Seamon, Managing Editor December 29, 2022

Throughout early December, volunteers with the Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa program packaged and distributed food and gifts to families in need within the Austin area. Approximately 2,000...

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