Westwood Horizon

Students Win 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Students Win 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

By Amy Vo, Campus Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus

Six Westwood students were recently recognized by the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Pooja Enagala '19, Jenny Zhang '19, and Haley Betron '20, as winners, received Certificates of Achievement, while Aarushi Machavarapu '19, Nandita Panda '22, and Anirudh Gupta '22, as runner-ups, received...

Warrior Walk Bridges Westwood Organizations

Warrior Walk Bridges Westwood Organizations

By Sathvik Allala, Social Media Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase

To bring change in the community, Westwood Student Council directed a group effort dubbed Warrior Walk. As part of this event, Westwood organizations donated and volunteered for big charities of the greater Austin Area on Saturday, Nov. 13. Specifically, throughout the event, club representatives ...

Academy Ambassadors Organize Resume Workshop

Academy Ambassadors Organize Resume Workshop

By Keya Sampat, Reporter

November 15, 2018


Filed under Campus

Westwood hosted an event for professionals to come and help students with their resumes on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the library. This gave students the opportunity to refine their resumes and get help with what they should add in order to make the resumes more professional and unique for colleges, in...

Texas Education Board Set to Approve Curriculum Some Say is Historically Inaccurate

Texas Education Board Set to Approve Curriculum Some Say is Historically Inaccurate

By Kathryn Lundstrom

November 15, 2018


Filed under Community & World

Approaching the podium, Dallas middle school teacher Ron Francis faced the circle of 15 large, wooden desks at the Texas State Board of Education’s September meeting. The board was discussing changes to the social studies curriculum standards, the result of a 10-month-long process to cut back on what...

Anish Maddipoti ’20 Competes in ‘Jeopardy! Teen Tournament’

Anish Maddipoti ’20 Competes in ‘Jeopardy! Teen Tournament’

By Rustin Mehrabani-Farsi, Extras Editor

November 14, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

Buzzer in hand, his eyes darted across the screen, searching for his next move, planning his strategy. No matter what happened in the end, he wanted to come out of there standing tall with pride, confident that he had given it his all. For years, Anish Maddipoti ‘20 had a dream to appear on the ga...

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

By Nuha Momin, Index Manager

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus, Video

The annual induction for National Honor Society (NHS) was held in the cafetorium on Saturday, Nov. 10 to welcome the society's newest members. As students walked into the school, NHS officers sat at a table with a sign-in for the parents and students, who were each handed a flyer with the indu...

School Issues No Homework Policy for Thanksgiving Break

School Issues No Homework Policy for Thanksgiving Break

By Srilekha Cherukuvada and Ishika Samant

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus

In an email sent out on Monday, Principal Mario Acosta announced that teachers will not be allowed to give out any homework for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks so that students can study and relax during the break. “Thanksgiving and Winter break are the two that I have set,” Mr. Acosta said. “S...

Debaters Attend Hockaday and Cedar Ridge Tournaments

Debaters Attend Hockaday and Cedar Ridge Tournaments

By Bernice Chen, Reporter

November 13, 2018


Filed under Campus

Hockaday School Varsity Public Forum (PF) Debate Semi-Finalists: Pranav Kulkarni - Raymond Sun Octo-Finalists: Chinmay Pingale - Nathan Iyer Cedar Ridge High School Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Place: Laila Yusuf 3rd Place: AJ Darwin 4th Place: Daniel Chen 5th Place: Sandali Srivast...

Students Attend Annual Blacklight Pep Rally

Students Attend Annual Blacklight Pep Rally

By Srilekha Cherukuvada, Reporter

November 10, 2018


Filed under Campus, Showcase, Video

The last pep rally of 2018 took place on Nov. 8 with a blacklight theme. Students from all grades gathered in the big gym to have some fun and cheer on the latest achievements of student organizations. The unique blacklight theme motivated students to attend and enjoy some time off from everyday c...

Debate Achieves Success at James Bowie, St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s Tournaments

Debate Achieves Success at James Bowie, St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s Tournaments

By Amy Vo, Campus Editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Campus

James Bowie High School Tournament Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 4th Place: Katherine Yan 5th Place: Risha Sur 6th Place: Pranav Medikonduru 8th Place: Andres Sanchez Semi-Finalists: Yunhan Xu, Nathan Fang. Rishi Rajiv, Ria Makkar, Katie Falcon, Eric Gao, Anoop Rachakonda, Joshua King, Bryce Keeler, ...

Midterm Elections Grip Texas and the Nation

Midterm Elections Grip Texas and the Nation

By Connor Cowman, Community & World Editor

November 6, 2018


Filed under Community & World, Showcase

Nov. 6, 2018 is one of the biggest political days for the United States in recent history. This year’s midterm elections “could shape the nation for years” since this will be the election that determines how the United States is currently feeling towards Donald Trump’s presidency and the Republ...

Staff Recognized in Chicago Journalism Convention Write-Offs

Staff Recognized in Chicago Journalism Convention Write-Offs

By Emily Lu, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018


Filed under Campus

While attending the bi-annual JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago, eight staff members placed in their individual Write-Off Contest events. Even though this was the staff’s first time competing, students came away with several Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention ratings. ...