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

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A portrait of an Indigenous person is painted in the field house gym. The school mascot is intertwined with Westwood sports traditions.

Not Enough: Examining the Cultural Implications of Westwood’s Warrior Mascot

Prima Changwatchai, Reporter October 26, 2022

At the end of each day at Westwood, a loud and distinctive song blares through the hallways. Although it can represent the end of a long school day for many exhausted students, the fierce and proud melody...

A defaced statue of Christopher Columbus splashed with red paint and a sign placed at the foot that reads stop celebrating genocide in Rhode Island. The statue was vandalized on Columbus Day in 2019. Columbus Day  has been the subject of controversy for decades since it was made a federal holiday in 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Reconsidering Columbus Day and the Importance of Recognizing Indigenous People

Alessandra Ashford and Lily Dooley October 9, 2022

We’ve all heard the phrase: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” but hardly do we hear about the diverse groups of Indigenous people that were the real foundation of the United States. Columbus...

The SAT seems to have quickly lost importance in recent years, mainly due to most colleges being test-optional. However, it can still be a helpful way to estimate a student’s performance in university, given that access to resources is provided and colleges continue to evaluate applications holistically.

The SAT Isn’t the Problem

Aanika Hirode, Arts & Entertainment Editor October 5, 2022

The Scholastic Aptitude Test, otherwise known as the SAT, was once a dreaded cornerstone of college admissions. Students study tirelessly for the assessment, purchasing expensive preparatory textbooks...

Amid threats of violence at Westwood High School, students are questioning the importance of education over safety.

Sense of Safety Shattered in a Day: The Cruel Reality of Schools in America

Zoejane Ostebo, Opinions Editor and Extras Editor September 26, 2022

Fear. Fear is the best word to describe the ghostly grip that has taken hold of the Westwood community since Thursday, Sept. 15, when the first official safety update reached student emails regarding...

With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many have risen in protest or support as the future of America has become uncertain.

The End of Roe v. Wade: A Precarious Future for All Americans

Sophia Sartor and Sabrina Kim June 30, 2022

In a controversial-at-best, catastrophic-at-worst Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade was overturned on Friday, June 24. This landmark ruling, passed in 1973, ensured nationwide abortion rights for nearly...

The aftermath of the massacre in Bucha, Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Sad Reality of Bucha, Ukraine

Milena Jandreski, Reporter May 20, 2022

Recently, many have felt the effects of the current and ongoing Ukrainian war to an even greater extent than those in the United States have let themselves imagine. There have been claims on several accounts...

There exists a magnificent synecdoche between poetry and journalism, two writing forms that seem to deeply contrast. In exploration of these powerful forms, I understand their conjunction and how they vitally garner strength from one another. Graphic by Hadley Norris

Poetry and Journalism: The Unlikely Pairing Serving as Advocacy’s Greatest Triumph

Keana Saberi, Editor in Chief May 10, 2022

Pairing poetry and journalism jargon is something that may seem contradictory. The methodical editing and the concise style of journalism may seem at odds with the bountiful flexibility or chosen inflexibility...

Students gather on the balcony overseeing Lake Travis before heading to the dance floor. The Oasis provided many views for students to remember the night by.

Breathalyzers, COVID-19, and the Importance of Slow Dances: Reflecting On Prom 2022

Chloe Boyd, Dreamcatcher Editor-in-Chief May 1, 2022

The Junior and Senior prom that took place at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company on April 30th, 2022, was medically unsafe. However, it seems that the attendees and their parents weren’t concern ed...

Is LED Skin Therapy Worth Your Attention?

Is LED Skin Therapy Worth Your Attention?

Savannah Estabrook, Yearbooker April 26, 2022

From our phones to the appliances we use, LED lights are subconsciously becoming a large part of our lives. According to Medical News Today, LED (Light Emitting-Diode) was originally developed by NASA...

Season two of Bridgerton  provides South Asian Representation in a respectful manner.

South Asian Representation In Netflix’s Bridgerton Depicts A Positive Trend in Television Media

Selena Molinari, Yearbooker April 25, 2022

When I was younger, I had a lot of questions. I was born rather inquisitive and all but demanded answers out of the world around me. I was constantly perplexed by the media and wanted to know the reason...

The parking lots were used to host the student walkout. Photo courtesy of Hadley Norris.

School-Wide Walkout Highlights Student Voicing Concerns

Milena Jandreski, Reporter March 30, 2022

In January, it was announced over the loudspeakers that there would be a student walkout in protest of the handling of COVID-19 in-person across RRISD districts. Many schools participated in this walkout,...

Rising concern about firearms policies continue following an unfortunate shooting at this years South by South West festival. Photo courtesy of Hadley Norris.

Gun Issues Violently Resurface Following Festival Shooting

Phoebe Taber, Heritage Photo Editor March 29, 2022

  After a two-year pause, the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival returned to Austin. However, this re-debut was accompanied by an unfortunate shooting on the last day of the festival. Such violence...

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