Westwood Horizon

Juniors Receive ‘Raise Your Voice’ Award

Juniors Receive ‘Raise Your Voice’ Award

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

February 11, 2020

Shawkin Kabir ‘21, Sudiksha Pradhan ‘21, and Sruti Mohankumar ‘21 were one group of the winners of the Raise Your Voice Award from the Women’s Fund in Austin. The award selection was a grant program to aid in fighting barriers to female education. The three Westwood students are also debaters for ...

Incoming Freshmen Attend 8th Grade Information Night

Incoming Freshmen Attend 8th Grade Information Night

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

February 11, 2020

Incoming freshmen and their parents attended the annual 8th-grade information night on Friday, Feb. 5 in the cafetorium to learn about specific classes and endorsements that are provided here at Westwood. At the start of the evening, parents and students were encouraged to join upperclassmen in...

Students Gather for the First Pep Rally of the Semester

Students Gather for the First Pep Rally of the Semester

By Savannah Estabrook and Lucia Santaolalla

February 4, 2020

Students attended the first pep rally of the semester on Friday, Jan. 31. With excitement in the air, a mixture of performances from teachers, dancers, cheerleaders, and student musicians hyped up the audience for a morning of great entertainment.  With brass instruments rotating and drums bea...

NSHS Holds Induction Ceremony for New Members

NSHS Holds Induction Ceremony for New Members

By Keana Saberi, Reporter

February 4, 2020

Students gathered in the cafeteria to take part in the National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS) induction ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 30. A table stood covered with certificates and a bright red banner embossed with gold words “Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica” and “Todos a una” signifying the focus of c...

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV 31-20

Kansas City Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV 31-20

By Sourav Dhar, Sports Editor

February 4, 2020

A new NFL champion was crowned on Sunday, Feb. 2, with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This was a landmark achievement for the Chiefs, with this being their first Super Bowl win since 1969.  Head coach Andy Reid--regarded as one of t...

Girls’ Lacrosse Team Responds to Fire on School House Lane

Girls’ Lacrosse Team Responds to Fire on School House Lane

By Nima Ashtari, Community & World News Editor

January 30, 2020

 On Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, what started as a small house fire escalated into a blaze engulfing the entire residence of 10900 School House Lane near Anderson Mill. The fire was reportedly started by a heating lamp within a greenhouse inside the home. Players and coaches on the girls’ lacrosse team w...

‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits Installed in Westwood Classrooms

‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits Installed in Westwood Classrooms

By Jake Schlanger, Reporter

January 29, 2020

Over the break, Stop the Bleed kits were installed in every classroom. The installation of these kits was the result of an effort by the Westwood Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) to add trauma kits in classrooms and offices. “The genesis of this project goes back about two years to the Parkl...

Coronavirus Outbreak Escalates Across The World

Coronavirus Outbreak Escalates Across The World

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

January 29, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has terrified people all across the world, forcing everyone to be vigilant and prepared for everything around them. Currently, the total death count has reached 80, with 78 deaths and thousands of cases reported in Wuhan, China, the origin place of this viral, airborne disease. Ten countries have reported to have people wh...

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. ...