The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon


Simone Biles waves to the audience after winning a gold medal at the 2016  Olympics held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo courtesy of Danilo Borges.

Simone Biles Redefines the Meaning of Gymnastics

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor July 25, 2021

As the Olympic summer season approaches, my eyes lie on the athletes preparing for their events. Seeing their hard work and vigorous training finally get showcased to the world after a year of uncertainty...

With summer beginning, many trends including toxic diet culture start to emerge. As a society, we need to understand that looking and feeling healthy are two separate terms. Photo courtesy of @zabrinamotwani.

Demolishing Toxic Diet Culture Is Your Way Into a ‘Hot Girl Summer’

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor June 27, 2021

With summer just beginning, a new series of trends start to emerge. While some of them may be exciting and unique, many others create a disturbance in our lives. Each year, the recurring goal of having...

Pitbulls are sweet, loving, and kind dogs that have wrongfully been labeled as a dangerous breed. Photo courtesy of Al Case.

Don’t Believe the Misleading Stereotype of Pitbulls

By Emily Malone, Photographer May 20, 2021

Pitbulls are sweet, loving, and kind dogs that have wrongfully been labeled as a dangerous breed. The fact of the matter is there are no dangerous dog breeds, however, people fail to understand that. Dogs,...

The new Google icons are a colorful mess compared to the cool, heavily stylized look it once was. Photo courtesy of Zach Maynes.

The New Google Icons Need a Fix

By Zach Maynes, Reporter May 18, 2021

Ever since the world crossed over into this new decade, many companies have begun abandoning the iconography of the old 2010s, and in some cases, the results are decent. While the old faux-3D style known...

The weight room for the men at the NCAA college basketball tournament was well-stocked and expansive, while for the women it was extremely sparse. The disparity showed even in the food they were served and the goodie bags they got, showing the lack of equality for all genders in the sport. Photo Courtesy of ABC News.

NCAA Shows Double Standards in Collegiate Basketball

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor April 5, 2021

As teams began settling in for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women’s basketball tournament that began on Sunday, March 21, the female athletes found themselves looking at a weight...

Governor Greg Abbott lifted Texas' mask mandate and opened the state up completely. This move has sparked backlash from many, as the pandemic is still in full swing and his state continues to suffer the results of it. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Governor Greg Abbott’s Mask Mandate is Idiotic and Harmful

By Lipika Chatur, Reporter April 5, 2021

Effective March 10th, Republican Governor Greg Abbott placed an executive order lifting the mask mandate and reopening businesses and facilities. He claims that with the COVID-19 vaccines created, everyone...

A map of how the electoral college voted in the 2016 election. Though the system seems unfair, it gives a chance for citizens in less populated areas to have their voices heard. Photo Courtesy of Business Insider.

The Electoral College Should Not be Abolished

By Amoli Agarwal, Campus News Editor March 25, 2021

When I was watching the 2016 presidential election, I remember the states turning cherry red one by one, slowly pushing Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton. I remember I was perplexed as to why this...

In honor of International Women's Day, @BurgerKingUK tweeted a statement saying,

Burger King’s Tweet Serves as a Reminder for Why We Need Feminism

By Anouka Saha, Opinions Editor March 23, 2021

March 8 remains an important date across the world, a whole day dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments thanks to International Women’s Day. While many expressed their support on a personal...

The logo for energy company ERCOT. Texas using privatized energy seems to cause more harm than good, and future problems can be avoided or at least lessened if the state connects to power grids with the rest of the United States. Photo courtesy of ERCOT.

Texas Should Move Away from Privatized Energy

By Nashitha Azeez, Dreamcatcher Assistant Editor March 8, 2021

During the winter storm in February, millions of Texans suffered from power outages. Many didn’t have power for hours, or even days for a stretch. Others suffered from rolling blackouts. Texas has its...

A graph showing what percentage of respondents rated their homework-related stress on a scale of one to ten.

Homework is Stressing Students Out

By Chloe Boyd, Journalism 1 Student March 3, 2021

Despite efforts to reduce it, homework has been a major cause of stress for students all throughout middle and high school. It has placed pressure on students to do well in school for as long as the institution...

President Joe Biden did many things in his first few days in office, some actions which reversed the harmful effects of President Trump's administration. What he does symbolizes a new era for America, and a more equal life for all. Photo courtesy of

President Biden Makes Strides in his Presidency

By Sarah Wollney, Reporter February 24, 2021

As President Joe Biden’s first day in office came to a close, it became clear that he was off to a running start. He had signed 17 executive orders, ranging from COVID-19 safety procedures and health...

One of the many actions President Biden took in his time in office was stopping construction of the Keystone Pipeline. While news sources say this is hurting the economy and destroying jobs, the truth is much more complex than that. By taking this stance, President Biden is paving the way for a cleaner future and even more jobs. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Biden Administration Sets Their Priorities Straight With Keystone Pipeline Layoffs

By Amy Simon, Opinions Editor February 11, 2021

As I was scrolling through my daily recommended Google News headlines, I couldn’t help but stop at the one from Fox News- “Keystone Pipeline canceled, let the layoffs begin.” Although Fox News is...

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