Westwood Horizon

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 15, 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 ...

Students Prepare for Districts at DECA Day

Students Prepare for Districts at DECA Day

By Keya Sampat, Campus News Editor

November 13, 2019

As a way to prepare for their district competition, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) hosted DECA Day on Nov. 9. The event consisted of lectures on how to improve performances for written events where students present a business plan, and gave each team the chance to participate in ...

Warriors Attend Annual Blacklight Pep Rally

Warriors Attend Annual Blacklight Pep Rally

By Catharine Li, Reporter

November 13, 2019

Under the gleam of glow sticks, hues of neon and violet welcomed students to the big gym for the annual black light pep rally on Friday, Nov. 8. Treated to performances from the SunDancers, breakdance club, and a variety of other groups on campus, energy was high, as the latest achievements of the ...

Instagram Removes Likes Feature

Instagram Removes Likes Feature

By Sara Momin, Assistant Community & World News Editor

November 12, 2019

Starting this week, Instagram is planning to test the removal of the likes feature for “some” users. Likes, otherwise known as hearts, will then disappear from chosen users Instagram's feed and user pages. Although the user will be able to see the amount of likes they get, their followers will not k...

Administration Responds to Shooting Threat Discovered On Social Media

Administration Responds to Shooting Threat Discovered On Social Media

By Hayden Swanson, Sports Editor

November 10, 2019

On Saturday, Nov. 9, a student posted pictures on Snapchat of themselves holding a gun with the message, "Don't pull up to school Monday." Screenshots were taken of these posts, and they were quickly spread on the app Nextdoor. Jamie Randall, a Nextdoor user and the first person to post the screens...