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Chemistry Students Explode with Excitement During Lab

Chemistry Students Explode with Excitement During Lab

By Serena Manwani, Reporter

December 14, 2019

Ms. Janice Frank’s Pre-AP Chemistry class eagerly watched as Ms. Frank performed a variety of experiments to teach them about chemical reactions. The experiments included creating an explosion with a gummy bear, and lighting methane bubbles on fire. “I think the lab went well,” Ms. Frank sai...

AP Chemistry Students Participate in Design Lab

AP Chemistry Students Participate in Design Lab

By Yunoo Kim, Reporter

December 14, 2019

Throughout the first week of December, AP Chemistry students participated in semester design labs, in which they developed their own project procedure and created a summative presentation. The project was organized by chemistry teachers Ms. Natalie Wieland and Mr. Seth Gonzalez in order to provide the st...

Westwood Holds Tour Day for Prospective Students

Westwood Holds Tour Day for Prospective Students

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

December 13, 2019

Prospective students and families got the opportunity to tour Westwood on Friday, Dec. 6. The tour began with an introduction to the school, presented by lead counselor Ms. Holly Browning. Ms. Browning talked about the programs the school offers and how to register and families had the opportunity...

HOSA Students Advance to State and Regional Conferences

HOSA Students Advance to State and Regional Conferences

By Catharine Li, Reporter

December 12, 2019

Competing for a chance to advance to state or area conventions, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) took part in online testing from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Thursday, Dec. 5. Showcasing their knowledge across a broad range of subjects in just 60 minutes, results were released 3 days later, cre...

Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment

Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

December 11, 2019

The impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump (R) have been front page news over the last couple months.The catalyst of the inquiry was the leak of notes about a call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky by an anonymous whistleblower. The allegations raised against...

Hanna Hoogendam ‘21 Places in Rowing Regatta

Hanna Hoogendam ‘21 Places in Rowing Regatta

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

December 10, 2019

For over a year, Hanna Hoogendam ‘21 has been competing at rowing regattas across the country. This included her competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) on Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, in spite of having less experience than her competition. However, Hoogendam managed to overcome this gap in ...

Students Participate in Dodgeball Tournament

Students Participate in Dodgeball Tournament

By Yunoo Kim, Reporter

December 10, 2019

The big gym was streaked with colorful balls at the annual dodgeball tournament on Friday, Dec. 15. The tournament was a fundraiser for the softball team, and charged $10 per participant. Students, teachers, parents, and students from other schools were all welcome to attend, and the fundraiser h...

Aaron Slack ’20 Earns First Chair Trombone at All-State Competition

Aaron Slack ’20 Earns First Chair Trombone at All-State Competition

By Serena Manwani, Reporter

December 6, 2019

After weeks of practice and hard work, Aaron Slack ‘20 became first chair trombone in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State Jazz Band competition. Slack was constantly under pressure to succeed, but was able to stick with Westwood Band and jazz band, a subcategory of band,  throu...

Ambassadors Celebrate Semester at Camping Themed Annual Winter Social

Ambassadors Celebrate Semester at Camping Themed Annual Winter Social

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Heritage Copy Editor, Horizon Weekly Editor

December 5, 2019

The cafeteria glowed with camping and holiday themed decorations, and happy smiles as the Academy Ambassadors enjoyed the annual Winter Social on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with plenty of food, fun games, and festive decorations. “I really enjoy these socials because it’s just a really great way for all the ambassadors ...

Devastating Bushfires Ravage Australia

Devastating Bushfires Ravage Australia

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

December 3, 2019

For the past two weeks, bushfires have been raging across the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland spawning a path of destruction and fear. Almost 130 bushfires are burning in the area, with thousands of firefighters desperately trying to fight the substantial threat. Three people have alrea...

Fairmont Hotel Tree Lighting Benefits Dell Children’s

Fairmont Hotel Tree Lighting Benefits Dell Children’s

By Serena Manwani, Reporter

December 2, 2019

Music, sweet smells, and children’s laughter filled the air at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Austin on Sunday, Dec. 1. The event consisted of a complimentary dessert bar called Santa’s Bakeshop, a photo opportunity with Santa, the tree lighting itself,...