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A Westwood graduate and parent, Council Member Mackenzie Kelly completes most of her work from her office on Anderson Mill Road. She is currently hosting an art contest in order to showcase the talent of Austin area students.

Austin Council Member Mackenzie Kelly Holds “I Love District 6” Art Contest

Scott Seamon, Managing Editor February 27, 2024

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Austin Council Member Mackenzie Kelly, a Westwood graduate and parent, is hosting the "I Love District Six" art contest for 1st-12th grade students in the Austin area. Students...

Thousands of AT&T users lost network connection on Thursday, Feb. 22. The outage ended later that afternoon. The greatest difficulty was trying to figure out what was going on, Mikayla Smith 25 said. When I realized the problem was out of my hands, I found it difficult to notify my non-tech savvy parents.

AT&T Users Lose Connection

Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor February 23, 2024

On Thursday, Feb. 22, AT&T users around the U.S. experienced a lack of cellular network, preventing them from receiving text messages and phone calls. Later that afternoon, the network was restored. AT&T...

Smiling, eighth grader Lia Ham sells Girl Scout cookies to a neighborhood family. Since 2016, Girl Scout cookie prices have risen by $3.

Girl Scout Cookies: Inflation’s Newest Target

Jia Chun, Reporter February 21, 2024

When January rolls around, the Girl Scout cookie craze begins. Packaged in bright colors, cookie flavors range from the popular Caramel deLites, cookies topped with caramel and coconut, to Lemonades,...

A private aircraft sits on the Georgetown airfield, ready to be flown. These types of planes do not often face construction issues. Photo courtesy of Holden Alvarez

Failure to Fly

Lilah Schlanger, Reporter February 16, 2024

The recent deterioration of planes has caused unrest in many passengers and involved companies. On Friday, Jan. 5, the door plug fell off a Boeing 737 Max 9, resulting in a forced emergency landing, although...

The Westwood library features a variety of sections divided by literary genre. Some books, such as the ones found in the romance section, have been targeted by bills like House Bill 900 due to their often mature themes regarding sexuality and love.

Book Rating Laws Face Ongoing Debate

Gabriel Oliveira, Reporter February 16, 2024

Today, explicit books in school libraries are a hot-button issue for both students and parents. These allegedly inappropriate books have been the subject of many board meetings, resolutions, curriculum...

Smiling, Nathan Paddock 25 holds up a high-scoring homework assignment. The issue of grade inflation has persisted since the nationwide lockdown in 2020, increasing competition and leading to grades that may not reflect students academic abilities.

Grade Inflation Heightens Since Lockdown

Shivani Kondubhatla, A&E Editor February 14, 2024

When the world shut down during the pandemic, the education system took a weighty hit. Due to rolling school closures, harmful staff shortages, and the concern of absenteeism, schools had no choice but...

At an informational meeting, IB counselor Ms. Ann Castro tells assembled students about the process of signing up for ACC classes. These mandatory meetings were offered to students during lunch.

Austin Community College Offers Free Tuition and Summer Classes

Trinity Osmer, Reporter February 10, 2024

Austin Community College (ACC) recently proposed a new opportunity for students to explore their future college careers by granting free tuition to high school graduates. The college has created this plan,...

Students can consult their assistant principals about attendance at the Spirit Office. RRISD implemented changes to the attendance policy after the Texas Education Code was amended. The State of Texas states that a student must be in attendance 90% of the school year for every class, Assistant Principal Bryan Branch said.

Students Adapt to Amended Attendance Approach

Valeria Tijerina, Reporter February 8, 2024

In 2015, the Texas Legislature amended the part of the Texas Education Code that deemed the failure to attend school a criminal offense. Now, districts implement their own ways of preventing absences,...

Global health organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), have investigated unknown pathogen Disease X. The potential pandemic could reportedly exceed COVID-19 in terms of fatalities.

‘Disease X’ Presents Pandemic Risk

Sabareesh Dinakaran, Reporter February 4, 2024

To stay prepared for the emergence of a new strain of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has focused research on a concept known as Disease X, a hypothetical upcoming disease that scientists...

The road is full of puddles on Wednesday morning during a heavy shower. Rainfall during the night and early morning contributed to slippery conditions when students drove to school.

Downpour Leads to Driving Dangers

Prima Changwatchai, Community & World News Editor January 26, 2024

As a result of heavy rainfall beginning on Monday, Jan. 22 and persisting until Thursday, Jan. 25, Austin drivers had to be extra cautious to avoid slippery asphalt and crowded conditions on the road. “I...

As a result of the freezing temperatures on Monday, Jan. 15, several roads, houses, and trees in Austin were coated in ice. School was delayed for two hours the next day to prevent car crashes on the slippery road.

Freezing Temperatures Cause School Delay

Madison Kennedy, Reporter January 19, 2024

On Monday, Jan. 15, Austin temperatures dropped to a low of 15 F, with a high of 27 F in the afternoon. Snow fell lightly in some areas of Austin, such as the northwest region, causing the roads there...

Many students use books from the Westwood library in order to study in a cost-effective way. This spring, College Board is not only transitioning to a digital test, but they are also digitizing all of their practice materials and tests.

SAT to Go Fully Digital

Gabriel Oliveira, Reporter January 17, 2024

This spring, College Board will fully digitize the SAT. This means that, unless a student has an accommodation that requires them to take a paper test, all students - both internationally and within the...

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