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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

Nuoshi Culanu, an ACC representative at the RRISD college fair, talks to families about options for college. Culanu hands students pamphlets about course options.

RRISD Hosts Annual College Fair

Lily Dooley, Reporter September 15, 2022

On Tuesday, Sept. 6th, RRISD held their annual college fair, from 6-8 p.m. at Round Rock High School. The fair was open to students across the district and to the public. Students across the community...

California lawmakers are to ban the sale of all new model gasoline-fueled cars by 2035, a major step to reduce carbon emissions and fight against climate change.

California’s Ban on Gas-Fueled Cars: A Roadmap for Future Actions Against Climate Change

Chloe Oakley, Reporter September 10, 2022

On Thursday Aug. 31, lawmakers in California approved a ban on selling new gasoline-fueled vehicles; a step in the direction of a more climate-friendly state. This ban will allow residents to own and...

RRISD Wears Maroon on Tuesday to Support Uvalde

RRISD Wears Maroon on Tuesday to Support Uvalde

Scott Seamon, Reporter September 5, 2022

On Tuesday, Sept. 6th, RRISD is encouraging the community to wear maroon to “show our support for the [Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District] students, staff, families and entire community,”...

Medics Respond to Injury at Grisham Middle School

Medics Respond to Injury at Grisham Middle School

Scott Seamon, Reporter August 26, 2022

At 8:20 a.m. on Thursday morning, Austin-Travis County EMS Medics transported a student from the Grisham Middle School fields to Dell Children’s Medical Center. "We received a call for an injury on...

Newly appointed RRISD Police Chief Dennis Weiner brings nearly 30 years in law enforcement to Round Rock schools. Photo courtesy of RRISD

Incoming RRISD Police Chief Discusses Past And Goals For This Year

Alessandra Ashford, Reporter August 11, 2022

On July 14, RRISD announced the appointment of their new police chief, Dennis Weiner. Weiner brings a lifetime of diverse law enforcement experience into his new role. From wearing the badge on the New...

How The American Governments Decades-Long Indifference Towards Refugees Has Created a Hostile Environment

How The American Government’s Decades-Long Indifference Towards Refugees Has Created a Hostile Environment

Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor July 20, 2022

It catches me off-guard because my dad doesn’t make many offhand comments, much less to me. As the Texas sun, unrelenting in its ambition to cover all those unfortunate enough to be in its 94.458 million...

In all of the questions that loom regarding the state of school safety, there are a variety of perspectives that illuminate a necessity to reject familiarity in paving a path to change.

On the Precipice of Change

Catharine Li, Horizon Editor-in-Chief June 20, 2022

Humanity pulsates in a rhythm akin to the sounds of discomfort, resilience, and loss. For a nation in reckoning, processing the familiarity that lingers in recovery following gun violence tragedy is personal.   Again...

Travel patterns have started to change as a result of low COVID-19 rates. Graphic by Prima Changwatchai

Travel Enters a New Era as Some Pandemic Concerns Fade

Prima Changwatchai, Reporter June 14, 2022

As COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. remain low, COVID-19 restrictions loosen, and travel demand rises, the number of flight bookings and plans for trips have started to significantly increase. On June 12,...

Omicron sublineages BA.4 and BA.5, new variants with the ability to overcome antibodies, threaten the possibility of another stage 5 wave of COVID-19.
Graphic by Yunoo Kim

Omicron Variants BA.4 and BA.5 Threaten Another COVID-19 Surge

Mallory Milner, Reporter May 13, 2022

Throughout the spring of 2022, deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have drastically declined. While back in January, about 150,000 people were hospitalized on a seven day average due to the virus,...

Texass May 7 Election will determine what changes will be made to statewide tax collecting procedures. For residents of Austin, an additional proposition regarding no-knock warrants and enforcement of marijuana use will also be on the ballot. 
Graphic by Yunoo Kim

Texas Voters Prepare For May 7 Election

Yunoo Kim, Community & World News Editor April 29, 2022

On Saturday, May 7, voters across Texas will be able to vote in the state’s uniform election. Early voting for the election began on Monday, April 25, and will end on Tuesday, May 3.  On the ballot...

The image portrays the uncertain faces of the Rohingya people who are displaced from their homeland. At the peak of the crisis, about 740,000 fled to Bangladesh.

The US Formally Recognizes the Rohingya Genocide

Milena Jandreski, Reporter April 27, 2022

The Rohingya people can be classified as an ethnic minority of 1.3 million Muslim people currently residing primarily in the Arakan state of Myanmar (formerly called Burma). Their origins can be traced...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would eliminate Disneys long held special tax status in the state. This comes after the companys public opposition of the Dont Say Gay bill, which DeSantis also signed into law. 
Graphic by Yunoo Kim

Florida Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill Targeting Disney

Yunoo Kim, Community & World News Editor April 27, 2022

On Friday, April 22, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill targeting the Walt Disney Company, which would revoke benefits such as its special tax status. The biggest consequence of the bill would...

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