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Mike Pence, Kamala Harris Clash During Only VP Debate

Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris faced off in the first and only Vice Presidential debate on Oct. 7.
October 12, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence (R) and California Senator Kamala Harris (D) faced off in the first and only Vice Presidential debate of the 2020 election on Wednesday, Oct. 7. The candidates were seated twelve...

Officer Charged of George Floyd’s Death Released From Custody in $1 Million Bond

A George Floyd mural is created in Houston to commemorate the loss of his life.
October 11, 2020

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was released from custody on Wednesday, Oct. 7, after being charged for George Floyd’s death. He was the last of the four officers to be released. Mr....

Joe Biden Faces Trump in Heated Debate

A digital image of an elephant (R) and a donkey (D) is shown representing the two parties quarreling.
October 7, 2020

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden participated in the first of three presidential debates on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace moderated the 90-minute...

National Honor Society Application Deadline Approaches

National Honor Society Application Deadline Approaches
October 7, 2020

The application deadline for National Honor Society (NHS) is approaching on Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. All juniors and seniors who meet the NHS requirements are eligible to apply. Unlike previous...

Student Council Organizes World Cleanup Day

Sneha Nangunoori in '23 cleans waste in her community.
October 6, 2020

World Cleanup day, an initiative sponsored by Westwood Student Council (StuCo), took place virtually from Tuesday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Sept. 18. Students were encouraged to spend time clearing litter...

Westwood Reports New COVID-19 Cases

Westwood Reports New COVID-19 Cases
October 5, 2020

The Westwood administration informed students and staff of four more individuals present on the Westwood campus that have tested positive for COVID-19.  “Due to privacy laws, which prevent us from...

Westwood Robotics Holds First Meeting of Year

Westwood Robotics Holds First Meeting of Year
October 3, 2020

Westwood Robotics held its first meeting of the year for the Junior Varsity program, whose members partake in a competition called FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). To accommodate for the virtual situation,...

Dr. Jun Xiao Hopes a STEM Background Will Fuel Election Day Win

Jun Xiao is running for RRISD Trustee Place 1 this election year. With his background in technology and science, Dr. Xiao hopes to bring a renewed perspective to the RRISD Board
October 1, 2020

Distinctive blue yard signs and posters placed in areas zoned to Westwood all display the same message: Dr. Jun Xiao for RRISD Trustee Place 1, with the words “Diversity” and “Science” highlighted,...

Amy Coney Barrett Tapped For SCOTUS Seat

Amy Coney Barrett poses for her law school graduation picture. Photo courtesy of Rachel Malehorn.
September 30, 2020

After the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court seat. This is the first time a nomination after July...

TikTok Narrowly Avoids US Ban with Oracle, Walmart Deal

TikTok is video-sharing social networking service owned by China's ByteDance, with approximately 500 million users worldwide.
September 28, 2020

Due to security concerns, President Donald Trump has been trying to ban the Chinese-owned app TikTok since August. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, and with a new deal created by Mr. Trump, a combined 20...

Westwood Welcomes Students Back to Campus

RRISD opened campus doors for students for the first time since late March. Enforcing many health protocols such as designated entry and exit, socially distant desks, acrylic partitions, and the cleaning of facilities frequently, the school is doing their best to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
September 26, 2020

Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) campuses opened their doors for the beginning of in-person learning on Tuesday, Sept. 15, welcoming students back for the first time since late March. The...

Keana Saberi ’22 Holds Evening Vigil for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Keana Saberi ‘21 lights a candle in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death during her virtual event.
September 26, 2020

Keana Saberi ‘22 hosted a virtual event on Wednesday to commemorate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She served as an associate justice for the Supreme Court from 1993 to 2020. She was the second woman...

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