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 a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, COVID-19 testing availability is inadequate at a time when testing is essential. Graphic courtesy of Hadley Norris.

COVID-19 Testing Availability is Inadequate

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter January 24, 2022

With the Omicron variant of coronavirus rapidly spreading, the demand for COVID-19 testing has increased immensely, but testing availability is not keeping up. At-home tests rapid tests are hard to come...

Although online school mightve been hard, it protected the health of students and their families in these trying times. Photo courtesy of HaticeEROL.

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Students Struggle with School Guidelines as Omicron Spreads

By Zoejane Ostebo, Extras Editor January 18, 2022

Last Friday, the entirety of the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) was sent an email by the new acting superintendent, Dr. Daniel Presley. His email addressed the widespread worries of the...

Attending school in-person is crucial to many students mental health and learning needs.

Schools Shouldn’t Shut Down Amid New Variant

By Lucia Santaolalla, Dreamcatcher Editor in Chief January 15, 2022

For the past three weeks, and with winter break traveling, the new COVID-19 variant Omicron has made its place in the world. By being the most contagious variant of all, Omicron has expanded throughout...

America needs to address its gun safety issues. Graphic created by Hadley Norris 24.

Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery: Why Relating These Two Cases Misses The Point

By Selena Molinari, Yearbooker January 14, 2022

When I first started researching the cases of Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse, my opinion was not what it is now. I believed these cases were very similar and highlighted the courts' handling of proceedings...

Dr. Hafedh Azaiez was hired in June 2021 with a 5-2 vote. In January, the RRISD school board heeded a recommendation from the Texas Education Agency (TEA)  to place Azaiez on paid administrative leave. Photo courtesy of Donna School District.

RRISD Needs to Prioritize Health Safety Over Personal Drama

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor January 14, 2022

As school resumed in January, the emotion that marked students’ post-winter break return was uncertainty. As news of schools across the country beginning to go virtual spread alongside the COVID-19 Omicron...

The newly locked athletic doors entrance prevents students from getting to their classes easily. As seen in the image, students have even pulled off the handle to enter.

Banning the Athletic Hallway is Not Fair to the Student Body

By Milena Jandreski, Reporter December 16, 2021

Recently, as many have probably noticed, swarms of students mass around the athletic halfway doors in the hopes that they may just get in. This is because of the new policy that prohibits non-athletes...

The U.S. needs to implement change for gun control. Photo courtesy of geralt.

Bullying is Only Relevant in Court When the “Victim” is White and Violent

By Caelyn Swendner, Yearbooker December 15, 2021

Last week, America fell victim to a mass shooting yet again as Oxford High School in Township, Michigan, lost four students at the hands of Ethan Crumbley, who allegedly took a gun out of his backpack...

School communities battle over whether critical race theory should be taught in classrooms. Photo courtesy of Ted Eytan.

Critical Race Theory Should be Taught in School to Combat Systemic Racism

By Mallory Milner, Reporter December 10, 2021

Over the past few years, the debate over critical race theory has presented itself in school communities all over the U.S. People argue whether it develops a firm understanding of how racism is embedded...

COVID-19 booster shots are now available to anyone over 18 and should be taken advantage of in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Photo courtesy of fernandozhiminaicela

Receiving a Booster Vaccine is The Next Step For Preventing The Spread of COVID-19

By Hannah McDonough, Reporter December 9, 2021

COVID-19 booster shots have become available to the public over the age of 18. With the pandemic still rapidly spreading, it is important to take advantage of the protection we have against it, including...

Alec Baldwin attending a press conference at San Diego convention center in California. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

The Production of Rust Highlights the Misuse of Firearms Within the Entertainment Industry

By Milena Jandreski, Reporter December 8, 2021

Recently, shock waves have been rolling out after the news of a fatal shooting incident involving acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was mortally wounded when Baldwin accidentally...

Since April 2012, Instagram has been a revolutionary tool that millions have used to connect with friends and share content. Photo courtesy of Chris Smith.

Reposting Political Opinions on Instagram is Appropriate, When Used Correctly

By Josh Shippen, Reporter December 7, 2021

On Monday, November 1, Instagram unleashed their newest feature for stories, the “Add Yours” sticker. The “Add Yours” sticker is a sticker that people can add to their Instagram stories to share...

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