Westwood Horizon

Government Shutdown Continues as Debates Come to a Standstill

Government Shutdown Continues as Debates Come to a Standstill

By Sara Momin, Assistant News Editor

January 11, 2019


Filed under Community & World

In a rare live broadcast from the Oval Office on Jan. 9, President Trump appealed for support of the wall he has been fighting for since the start of his campaign. Highlighting his long-held concerns of border security and illegal immigration, he makes a case for funding his wall and ending the current...

DECA Students Kick Off Their Competition Season

DECA Students Kick Off Their Competition Season

By Dia Jain and Keya Sampat

January 11, 2019


Filed under Campus

Westwood DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) members worked yearlong to prepare for their competitions that began Wednesday Jan. 9 when students took their first DECA multiple choice tests. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher and DECA sponsor, Jeffery Siler, left his door open for a...

Debate Students Triumph at Tournaments Over Winter Break

Debate Students Triumph at Tournaments Over Winter Break

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

January 9, 2019


Filed under Campus

Lake Travis Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Place: Arjun Raman 3rd Place: Daniel Chen 4th Place: Sandali Srivastava 6th Place: Sneha Bhale Semi-Finalists: Ben Farrugia Joshua King Vishal Narra Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Emily Gao 2nd Place: Jeff Freeman 5th Place: Vani Sh...

Texas House Names Dennis Bonnen New Speaker on Celebratory Opening Day

Texas House Names Dennis Bonnen New Speaker on Celebratory Opening Day

By Cassandra Pollack, Edgar Walters, and Alex Samuels

January 8, 2019


Filed under Community & World

A gray fog descended on Austin Tuesday morning, but the scene inside the Texas Capitol was one of colorful festivities to mark the first day of the 86th biennial legislative session. And perhaps the heartiest celebration took place in the Texas House, where lawmakers whooped and hollered after the unanim...

Architecture Students Final at National Competition

Architecture Students Final at National Competition

By Clementine Larrouilh, Campus News Editor

December 25, 2018


Filed under Campus

The Senior Warrior Architects recently placed as finalists in the 2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition. Out of the 15 finalists, the Westwood team made up of seniors Dylan Veino, Anish D'Souza, and Amy Ma was the only team from Texas to make finals.  The challenge for the competition was to desi...

IB Students Kick Off Holiday Break with IB Ball

IB Students Kick Off Holiday Break with IB Ball

By Sathvik Allala, Social Media Editor

December 23, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

To end the semester on a good note, the International Baccalaureate Student Organization (IBSO) hosted the annual IB Ball in the atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Inspired by the 2013 Met Gala, IBSO brought the theme 'Chaos to Couture' before the attendees’ eyes through several coordinated amenities, su...

Students and Teachers Face Off at Dodgeball Fundraiser

Students and Teachers Face Off at Dodgeball Fundraiser

By Kamille Galloway, Opinions Editor

December 22, 2018


Filed under Campus

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the annual softball fundraiser dodgeball tournament took place in the Big Gym and featured a number of different teams, which included both students and teachers. This year was the second year of the dodgeball fundraiser, which began as a way for the softball team to earn money. ...

National Spanish Honor Society Hosts Scavenger Hunt

National Spanish Honor Society Hosts Scavenger Hunt

By Katie Chung, Video Editor

December 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, Video

The National Spanish Honor Society organized a scavenger hunt for its members after school on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Clues were in envelopes taped all around the school and directed students to different rooms with the next hint. ...

Academy Ambassadors Celebrate at Winter Social

Academy Ambassadors Celebrate at Winter Social

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Campus

The Academy Ambassadors held their winter social on Dec. 11 with fun and festive games as well as music and great food. The party began at 4:30 p.m. and ended at 6:00 p.m. in the atrium. “The party was really great because all of the ambassadors came together as a community,” Anika Srivasta...

Debaters Triumph at University of Texas Tournament

Debaters Triumph at University of Texas Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

December 12, 2018


Filed under Campus

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking 7th Place: Linette Page Semi-Finalists: Rishob Dasgupta Anurima Mummaneni Max Wolf Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking 1st Place: Anurima Mummaneni 8th Place: Emily Gao Semi-Finalists: Max Wolf Varsity Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate Double Octo-Finalists: Saavan...

“Yellow Jacket” Protests Erupt Across France

“Yellow Jacket” Protests Erupt Across France

By Serenity McIntosh, Reporter

December 11, 2018


Filed under Community & World

On November 24, violent protests erupted in France. This has many wondering what this could mean for president Emmanuel Macron, governing amongst an uprising in populist politics in the EU before the French elections next year. Pictures of protests, violence, and buildings on fire have begun surfacing, p...

Texas Saw the Nation’s Sixth-Highest Voter Turnout Increase but Still Lagged Behind Most Other States

Texas Saw the Nation’s Sixth-Highest Voter Turnout Increase but Still Lagged Behind Most Other States

By Elbert Wang

December 10, 2018


Filed under Community & World

Four years after Texas ranked near the bottom in voter turnout in the country, the state saw a double-digit percentage point increase in that figure for the 2018 midterms. But that wasn’t good enough to get Texas out of the bottom half of states, as it still lagged behind the national average and...