Westwood Horizon

New Exemption Policy Implemented

New Exemption Policy Implemented

By Ishani Pandya, Heritage Editor in Chief

December 9, 2014


Filed under News

A new exemption policy has been implemented this year that will affect all students who are exempting a midterm. Under the new rules, all students must be present at school for at least four hours even if they aren’t taking a midterm or be marked absent. In years past, while this policy was still...

Trail of Lights Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Trail of Lights Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By Simone Heim, News Editor

December 5, 2014


Filed under Community & World, Events

Starting Dec. 7, a time-honored Austin tradition has its 50th anniversary. The Austin Trail of Lights began in 1965 as a single display of lights, and has grown into a 5 kilometer run in Zilker park. Running for 14 days in Dec., the light show is open weekdays and weekends. The price is $3 for people...

TEDxYouth@Austin Registration Begins

TEDxYouth@Austin Registration Begins

By Emily Chang, Executive Editor

December 4, 2014


Filed under Community & World, Events

Throughout the world, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences are held as a platform for people to spread their ideas. On Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Westlake High School from 1- 6 p.m., speakers from around the country will fly in for the TEDxYouth@Austin event. The 2015 theme for the event...

Late Start Mornings Return in January

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, Events

For the month of December, there will not be any late start mornings. Classes will begin at the normal time of 9:05 and operate on the regular schedule. Once school resumes on January 6, the late start schedule will return.

Westwood Clubs Host Warrior Hour of Code

Westwood Clubs Host Warrior Hour of Code

By Ishani Pandya, Heritage Editor in Chief

December 1, 2014


Filed under News

During the week of Dec. 8-14, Westwood will be hosting the “Warrior Hour of Code”. Recognized worldwide in over 180 countries, this weeklong event aims to expose students to the basics of computer programming. Every day during that week, participants will be notified about a certain tutorial that...

Chuy’s Christmas Parade Marches Forth

Chuy’s Christmas Parade Marches Forth

By Simone Heim, News Editor

November 26, 2014


Filed under Community & World

If you’re free on Nov. 29, the Chuy’s Christmas Parade is a great place to take the whole family. The parade is taking place on Congress Avenue at 11:00 a.m. and ends at E. Cesar Chavez St. after about one hour of walking. The parade helps to support under-privileged children in Austin by requesting...

AP Physics C Students Participate in Interactive Lab

AP Physics C Students Participate in Interactive Lab

By Devika Patel, Heritage Portraits & Ads Editor

November 21, 2014


Filed under News

The Friday before Thanksgiving break, Ms. Leslie Drake’s AP Physics C classes conducted an interactive lab. Students tested how different sizes and weights of cans can affect the speed and distance in which they go. “We are learning about slipping and the motion of circular objects, we are ba...

Frontage Roads Presents Bohemia West

Frontage Roads Presents Bohemia West

By Tristan Seifert

November 18, 2014


Filed under Campus, Events

Westwood's literary magazine, Frontage Roads, hosted their annual talent show, Bohemia West, on Friday, Nov 14. Read More »...

New Books at the Library

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

November 18, 2014


Filed under News

Contributions by Shreya Dasari and Jarod Janner Fiction More Than This by Patrick Ness - "A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He r...

Austin Statesman Columnists Visit Journalism Class

Austin Statesman Columnists Visit Journalism Class

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

November 12, 2014


Filed under News

On Nov. 7, Austin Statesman sports columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden visited Mrs. Catuogno’s Journalism 1 class to answer questions about journalism as a career. Read More »...

College Apps: To Stress or not to Stress?

College Apps: To Stress or not to Stress?

By Vikas Reddy

November 12, 2014


Filed under News

It’s that time of year that every single senior in high school has to go through: the college application process. Many of these applications start before the school year and are due by the end of the year. Students are either applying to Texas universities through applytexas.org or other out-of st...

Girls Who Code Breaks Barriers

Girls Who Code Breaks Barriers

By Sanika Nayak, World News Editor

November 12, 2014


Filed under News

In the world of engineering, success is often only associated with men. But according to Girls Who Code, women are just as capable in this field. Sexism is prevalent in the field of engineering, with a negative stigma toward potential women engineers. Girls Who Code have set out to break such barriers...