Westwood Horizon

Student Council Touches Base In The Lecture Hall

Student Council Touches Base In The Lecture Hall

By Atina Hartmann, Reporter

January 28, 2020

Student Council (StuCo) touched base last Tuesday in the lecture hall, to review fundraisers and projects. Attendees of the meeting included club leaders from the Smash, Poetry, and Prose Club, and a special appearance from the leaders of Self Defense Club.   “Every Westwood student is a StuCo member ...

PROS Holds Introductory Meeting for Potential Members

PROS Holds Introductory Meeting for Potential Members

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

January 28, 2020

Students gathered in the library’s Great Room on Tuesday, Jan. 23  to get more information on how to become part of the Peers Reaching Out and Sharing (PROS) organization at our school. PROS is a branch of the state’s Peer Assistance and Leadership (P.A.L.) program. The PROS organization held seve...

Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Die in Helicopter Crash

Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gianna Die in Helicopter Crash

By Sourav Dhar, Sports Editor

January 28, 2020

In a sudden, tragic occurrence, basketball legend Kobe Bryant passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26. First reported by TMZ News and later confirmed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, Bryant, along with one of his four daughters, Gianna, and seven others, were involved in a fiery helicopter crash ove...

Students Break Records at DECA District

Students Break Records at DECA District

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

January 23, 2020

It was still dark when over 300 Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) students arrived at school at 5 a.m. to attend the District Career Development Conference, the first competition on the path to Internationals. Students boarded the school buses, eagerly waiting to compete in their events. ...

Students Collaborate to Send Aid to Australian Animals

Students Collaborate to Send Aid to Australian Animals

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

January 21, 2020

Sewing practicum students and outreach club members joined forces on Friday, Jan. 17 in the library to sew pouches to donate to animals suffering from the Australian bushfires.  “We’re helping create pouches for unfortunate animals who are put into unfortunate situations by the Australian bush ...

Parents and Students Attend IB Information Night

Parents and Students Attend IB Information Night

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

January 10, 2020

On Thursday, Jan 9, prospective and current International Baccalaureate (IB) students as well as parents attended the IB parent information night in the cafetorium. That evening, multiple speakers from different classrooms explained the elaborate IB teaching curriculum and what to expect through the ...

The Smash Club Competes for Virtual Virtue

The Smash Club Competes for Virtual Virtue

By Atina Hartmann, Reporter

January 10, 2020

Members from all grade levels are “button mashing” up a storm after school. Every Thursday, Mr. Bradley’s room shrouds away their history textbooks and becomes a virtual battlefield for one of the most competitive video games ever released: Smash Bros.  It’s a multiplayer, crossover vid...

What You Need to Know About Influenza

What You Need to Know About Influenza

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

January 7, 2020

For what can appear as a mild ailment, seasonal influenza outbreaks pack a big punch. Each year the flu sweeps through the U.S. in the winter and spring months, leaving hundreds of thousands dead. It also results in billions of dollars in medical expenses and upwards of 70 billion dollars annually in lost productivity. To understand what makes t...

Kiana Graham ‘20 Named Girls Tennis Athlete of the Decade by the Austin American-Statesman

Kiana Graham ‘20 Named Girls Tennis Athlete of the Decade by the Austin American-Statesman

By Catharine Li, Reporter

January 1, 2020

As the year came to a close, the Austin American-Statesman recognized the top high school athletes in Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports, celebrating their efforts and achievements in a decade to remember. Among the ten students recognized, Kiana Graham ‘20 was named girls tennis athle...

Students Celebrate at IB Ball

Students Celebrate at IB Ball

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

December 22, 2019

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program held their annual IB ball on Dec. 12. A tradition for juniors and seniors in the program, this winter ball included fun student-taught dances and delicious food, all in the name of a good cause.  Prior to the ball, students were taught three types of dances during fl...

Students Attend Winter Club Showcase

Students Attend Winter Club Showcase

By Catharine Li, Reporter

December 19, 2019

From ukulele and Bollywood, to K-Pop and breakdance, students made their way into the small gym on Friday, Dec. 13 for the first ever Winter Club Showcase. Ending an eventful week, the talents of Westwood’s many performance clubs served as the perfect de-stresser before Finals week.  Openi...

Students Play with Puppies on the Patio to Destress

Students Play with Puppies on the Patio to Destress

By Nivrithi Kuttuva, Reporter

December 18, 2019

On Friday Dec. 13th, during both lunches, therapy dogs were brought to the library patio for students to pet and relieve their stress. A long line of students gathered around the patio as eager students wanted to spend time with the dogs. StuCo arranged this event right before finals week, in order...