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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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...

Protests against racism and political repression scattered 21st Street in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes.

Appropriating Black History Month is Not Progressive, It is Exploitation

Alessandra Ashford, Reporter March 18, 2022

#BuyBlack and #BHM are trending hashtags on social media and have been made more popular in February by corporations who see it as an opportunity to cash in. But I question the authenticity behind the...

The problem with allowing Russia to continue participating in the Olympics.
Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Russia’s Doping Scandal in the Olympics Needs to be Regulated

Sarah Wollney, Reporter March 3, 2022

For years Russian figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze has trained some of the best and youngest figure skaters the world has ever seen. She has trained many gold-medalists such as Yulia Lipnitskaya,...

Popular teenage drama Euphoria glamorizes many issues teens face today. Photo courtesy of Hadley Norris.

A Less Euphoric Perspective On Euphoria 

Selena Molinari, Yearbooker March 2, 2022

What show poses an image of a world so close to our own yet so far away? A utopia so similar to reality but so detached all the same? A world that has a hold that revolts us and also has us feening for...

The controversial SAT exam has promised substantial changes. Photo courtesy of Hadley Norris.

New Changes to the SAT are a Step in the Right Direction

Selena Molinari, Yearbooker February 23, 2022

The SAT, a standardized test most commonly taken by high school students in the U.S., has recently been promised substantial changes. The exam has been controversial since its first initial administration...

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