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

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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. 
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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...

TX Gov. Abbott recently issued a directive instructing the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents of transgender children receiving gender-affirming medical care. 
Graphic by Hadley Norris

Westwood Students Voice Opinions on Gov. Abbott’s Transgender Youth Order

Mallory Milner, Reporter April 6, 2022

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote a letter followed by an opinion by Attorney General Ken Paxton to the Department of Family and Protective Services, urging them to investigate parents...

Erika Barnes, founder of the Black Makers Market, poses while at the event with her husband. “It felt really critical that we have a space for Black families and businesses to meet the community,” Barnes said. “and then have folks learn about our creative gifts, our businesses, our brands, I feel like we need to bring that all in one space.”

Black Makers Market Highlights Black-Owned Businesses In Downtown Austin

Alessandra Ashford , Reporter March 28, 2022

On Tuesday, March 26, a sunny spring Texas afternoon, The Black Makers Market was in full swing in downtown East Austin. Created by Ericka Barnes, the Black Makers Market, in partnership with The George...

A protestor shows her support for Ukraine at an anti-war protest held in Washington DC, early March.

Ukrainian Refugee Flees to France Due to Bombing

Prima Changwatchai, Reporter March 23, 2022

Editor's Note: This article is a continuation of 14-Year-Old Ukrainian Prepares to Evacuate Due to Potential Russian Invasion, which was published on Feb. 24. On Thursday, Feb. 24, Russian soldiers...

Visitors will no longer incur fees for overdue materials at the Austin Public Library from Feb. 28 onwards. Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee

Austin Public Library Gets Rid of Late Fees

Shreya Selvaraju, Campus News Editor March 21, 2022

The Austin City Council unanimously voted on Thursday, Feb. 17 to get rid of overdue fines for library materials at the Austin Public Library (APL). The decision follows over 400 libraries in the US that...

Before her confirmation, Judge Jackson will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Biden Nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

Shreya Selvaraju, Campus News Editor March 9, 2022

On Feb 25. 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the United States Supreme Court’s 116th Associate Judge. If elected, Jackson would fill the space left after Justice Stephen...

The Florida Senate plans to meet later this month to discuss  HB-1557, also known as the Dont Say Gay bill.
Photo courtesy of Hansjörg Keller.

Florida House of Representatives Passes ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

Sarah Wollney, Reporter March 7, 2022

Florida’s House of Representatives passed the Parental Rights in Education bill (HB-1557), also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, on Thursday in a 69-47 vote. The bill is to be considered in the...

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