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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,...

NHS Hosts Powderpuff Game to Raise Money for the Thirst Project

NHS Hosts Powderpuff Game to Raise Money for the Thirst Project

By Sarah Wang, Heritage Photo Editor

November 27, 2019

National Honor Society (NHS) hosted its second annual Powder Puff game on Friday, Nov. 22 at the Warrior Bowl, in efforts to raise money for the Thirst Project, an organization devoted to providing sufficient water to the underprivileged. The event harbored many eventful performances by not only the te...

General Physics Students Launch Into Projectile Motion Unit with Paper Rockets

General Physics Students Launch Into Projectile Motion Unit with Paper Rockets

By Catharine Li, Reporter

November 24, 2019

Launching into one of the final portions of their Projectile Motion Unit, Mr. Nash’s General Physics classes took part in an exciting investigation to better understand the forces involved in the motion of a projectile through paper rockets.  Divided into small groups, students were challe...

Students and Parents attend Anxiety Presentation

Students and Parents attend Anxiety Presentation

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

November 24, 2019

Parents and students attended a presentation focusing on student anxiety on Thursday, Nov. 14 in the library. Throughout the event, a visiting therapist discussed the importance of recognizing a child’s struggles regarding anxiety and emotional relationships with their parents. Everyone in the room c...

Students Compete in the Annual Smash Tournament

Students Compete in the Annual Smash Tournament

By Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

November 24, 2019

Students gathered in the Library Great Room on Friday, Nov. 15 after school to participate in a Super Smash Bros. video game tournament. The annual event was hosted by the Smash Club, whose members also participated in the competition. “This is one of Smash Club's biggest events of the year,” Sma...

Students Gather to Observe Largest Bond Sale in RRISD’s History

Students Gather to Observe Largest Bond Sale in RRISD’s History

By Vikram Joshi, Sports Editor

November 22, 2019

During the largest bond sale in RRISD history, several representatives of Wells Fargo, one of the underwriters of the sale, came to Westwood to teach students while giving them an inside look into the sale on Tuesday, Nov. 19. While they gave students background information on bonds, they gave stud...

Student and Parents Come Together at IB Grateful Gathering

Student and Parents Come Together at IB Grateful Gathering

By Yunoo Kim, Reporter

November 21, 2019

As Thanksgiving spirit started to permeate the school hallways, International Baccalaureate (IB) students bonded at the third annual IB Grateful Gathering on Friday, Nov. 15. The potluck event, organized by the Westwood High School IB Parent Association (WHS IBPA), was well attended by students and ...

Debate Competes at Hockaday School Tournament

Debate Competes at Hockaday School Tournament

By Shawkin Kabir, Reporter

November 17, 2019

Debaters participated in the national Hockaday School tournament in Dallas, Texas from Friday, Nov. 8 to Saturday, Nov. 9. Being a national tournament, debaters vied for bids for the chance to compete in the national Tournament of Champions (TOC). This also meant that Hockaday was a very unique opp...

Biology Students Escape the Operating Room

Biology Students Escape the Operating Room

By Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker

November 15, 2019

Freshman Pre-AP Biology jumped into their human body systems unit review by participating in a teacher-created escape room. Students were placed in small groups of six and attempted to find a series of numbers to save a potential life.  “We just figured this would be a really fun way for th...

Ambulances Summoned To Westwood

Ambulances Summoned To Westwood

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

November 14, 2019

On Nov. 11, a student was escorted in an ambulance prior to dismissal. After school, a female was then seen lying on the curb, appearing to be hit by a car. Onlookers tried to help the female as medical officials once again arrived at the scene. The student was then escorted on a stretcher, stopp...

Principal Follows Up On Weekend Investigations

Principal Follows Up On Weekend Investigations

By Hayden Swanson, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

Over the weekend of Nov. 9, posts were discovered on social media which indicated that a student planned to bring a gun to school on the following Monday. The posts spread quickly and prompted an investigation that ended with the student in question being placed into custody. "The whole issue was resolved by 3:00 ...

RJ Martinez ’21 Breaks Records in Shootout Against Cedar Ridge

RJ Martinez ’21 Breaks Records in Shootout Against Cedar Ridge

By Vikram Joshi, Sports Editor

November 14, 2019

In an explosive battle against Cedar Ridge, RJ Martinez ‘21 smashed the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) record for most pass attempts in a game with a whopping 76. The statistic puts him in distinguished company as the previous record holder who had 75 pass attempts in a single game ...