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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

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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.
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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 government's 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,...

India is battling to control its recent COVID-19 outbreak that is devastating the nation. Westwood's population of Indian students have reacted to India's current state of crisis.

Westwood Students React to COVID-19 Surge in India

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor May 3, 2021

After over a year since COVID-19 spread across the world and triggered a global pandemic, India is facing a national crisis with a devastating wave of new infections. Though the country had previously...

The shooting on Sunday, April 18, took place at the intersection of Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. Photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore.

Shooting in Northwest Austin Leaves Three Dead

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor April 26, 2021

On Sunday, April 18, two women and one man were pronounced dead at a shooting scene located at the intersection of Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. The incident was reported at 11:42 A.M. Former...

Voyager Station, a stay-in ambitious space hotel project is estimated to be built as soon as 2027.

World’s First Space Hotel to be Fully Operational in 2027

By Amira Boutros, Dreamcatcher Assistant Editor April 24, 2021

It has been announced that the world’s first space hotel recently is on track to be fully operational in 2027. The futuristic idea comes to life as a rotating wheel orbiting the Earth and is described...

Florida Snorkelers expects to find marine life while out on water but not $1.5 million worth of Cocaine.

Florida Snorkeler Discovers $1.5 million of Cocaine

By Amira Boutros, Dreamcatcher Assistant Editor April 22, 2021

On Wednesday, March 5, a snorkeler diving off the coast of the Florida Keys discovered a bit more than just coral when they came across 25 bricks of cocaine inside a floating bale off the Florida Keys....

On Feb.18, 2021, NASA's Perseverance accomplished a massive featーit captured the first audio recording on Mars.

A Small Step for Perseverance, a Giant Leap for Mankind: Mars Rover Gathers First Audio Recording

By Lipika Chatur, Reporter March 31, 2021

On July 30th, 2020, National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Mars Perseverance Rover, with its main task being to find signs of ancient microbial life and collect samples of rock to further...

Jason Reynold's book 'Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You' published March 10, 2020.

Parents Strike Out With Trustees Over Banning ‘Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You’

By Amelie Puga, Reporter February 11, 2021

A book about racism has been the source of controversy at some RRISD schools. The book, ‘Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You’, is on the middle school reading list but after receiving a complaint...

Military forces that ran Myanmar seized power in a coup on Monday, Feb 1. Photo courtesy of Long Pyles.

Myanmar Military Coup Threatens End of Newly Democratic Nation

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor February 11, 2021

After Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy party won the 2015 election in Myanmar, it seemed as though the country was finally able to shift from a military dictatorship to a democracy....

RRISD has set up a website to provide daily Covid-19 information.

RRISD and Westwood Open COVID-19 Testing Stations for Students, Staff

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor February 10, 2021

Since Feb. 2, Round Rock ISD has begun to give free drive-through COVID-19 testing to all staff and students. Testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all appointments...

The City Council will be voting on Feb. 4 on whether the Austin Police Department forensics labs will begin operating independently of the force. Under the APD, the lab suffers from a backlog of evidence, which holds up cases that oftentimes involve violent crimes.

In Wake of Poor Evidence Handling, City Splits Forensics Lab From APD

By Sarah Wollney, Reporter February 5, 2021

The City Council voted on Feb. 4 that the Austin Police Department forensics labs will begin operating independently of the force. Now that the measure has been passed, the lab’s $11.9 million dollar...

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