Westwood Horizon

ROTC Change of Command Ceremony

By Vikas Reddy

January 23, 2014

On January 10 school organization ROTC had its change-of-command ceremony at the Westwood High School cafeteria from 7-8 p.m. The ceremony’s purpose was to elect a new group commander who would act as the leader over the ROTC cadets. After the event ended, the new person elected was senior Kyle Guerrer...

Crossfire: Internet Blocks Beneficial to Learning Environment

By Shreya Dasari, Editor in Chief

January 22, 2014

Despite many students’ arguments, internet blocks at school are highly beneficial. While lots of students have good intentions, others do not. These blocks are put in place to keep students and teachers from purposefully or accidentally finding sites with restricted content that has been deemed inapp...

A Guild of Giving

By lindayoowestwood

January 21, 2014

      Nowadays, students all over the country are finding ways to volunteer in their communities. School organizations promoting service have seen their chapters flourish. However, there is rarely much spirit in the act of giving back. Most students only find themselves lending a helping hand to c...

Contracting Senioritis

By stephenchao

January 17, 2014

Austin is currently in the midst of flu season, but there is actually a worse disease spreading through the hallways of Westwood; I would know. It’s only been two weeks since I’ve returned to class and I believe I’ve already contracted the highly contagious “senioritis.” Already the symptoms are m...

Crossfire: Internet Blocks Not Worth the Effort

By Tristan Seifert

January 17, 2014

With the growing popularity of the Internet, schools have taken it upon themselves to integrate it into the learning environment. However, RRISD’s internet blocks hurt students because they often block legitimate educational material, do not prevent students being off-task with technology, and can...

Westwood Speech and Debate Qualify Members for TFA

By lindayoowestwood

January 16, 2014

The Westwood Speech and Debate team competed at two tournaments last week, January 10 to 11. A set of competitors traveled to the Winston Churchill Classic in San Antonio and others attended the Bowie HS TFA qualifier. Many members of the team qualified for the state tournament held in Houston on M...

Seasonal and H1N1 Flus Sweep through Texas

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

January 13, 2014

In the last two months, Texas has faced the peak season for flus, lasting from around late October to May. Around 26 Texans have died recently due to having the flu, and about 175 have been hospitalized so far. Primarily, Texans have had H1N1, otherwise known as swine flu. In 2009, a pandemic of the H1...

Westwood Speech and Debate Continues Success

By lindayoowestwood

January 10, 2014

The Westwood Speech and Debate Team competed at the Stony Point/Cedar Ridge swing tournament on January 3rd and 4th. The swing was composed of two tournaments that were each one day in length. Many debaters qualified for the Texas Forensics Association Tournament, known as the State Tournament in the ...

Journalism Wins at First UIL Meet

By Lanie Catuogno

January 9, 2014

Students in the Journalism program recently competed in a virtual Central Texas Invitational UIL meet. Six Westwood students competed, and four placed in their events. Senior Stephen Chao, editor of the Horizon, placed first in News Writing with a story prompt about a gymnasium falling into a s...

Latin Club searching for convention volunteers

By Michael Cravey

January 9, 2014

The Westwood Junior Classical League (WJCL), more commonly known as Latin Club, will host the 2014 Texas State Junior Classical League (TSJCL) Convention, a gathering of nearly 2000 Latin students, teachers, and others from all over the state, on April 11-12. WJCL is currently looking for intereste...

Children’s Theatre Performs “Bocón”

By Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2013

The children’s theatre class will be putting on a production of Bocón, a comedy/drama by Lisa Loomer. It will be held in the New Black Box at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 13 as well as on December 14 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a middle school workshop. The play explores freedom of speech and e...

Westwood Speech and Debate Team Travels to Chicago

By lindayoowestwood

December 2, 2013

On November 22 to 25, the Westwood Speech and Debate team competed at the 2013 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament held in Illinois.  With much success, several debaters received bids to the Tournament of Champions at the Glenbrooks Tournament, as well as many other tournaments. Two bids from...