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Eyeing the ball, Alek Mesarovic '24 split steps in preparation to frame a forehand volley return to his opponent. Playing singles in his first ever varsity match, Mesarovic battled his nerves to emerge triumphant with a score of 8-4.

Varsity Tennis Lands Commanding 11-2 Victory Over Round Rock in Fall Season Opener

September 17, 2020

Spirited racket clanks and face-masked smiles marked a momentous 11-2 win by the varsity tennis team over the Round Rock Dragons on Friday, Sept. 11. As athletics programs across the country reckon...

Sydney Miller ‘21 gets her laptop ready to do a presentation for the first meeting of the National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS). Before the meeting, she, along with the team, had to create a thoughtful presentation considering the virtual venue. “We put in a lot of time and effort over the summer to get SHH fully ready for the virtual environment,” Miller said.

NSHS Holds First Meeting of Year

September 13, 2020

The National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS) held its first meeting of the year while accommodating to the virtual situation. They used the platform Google Meet and hosted multiple meetings from Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Th...

In his stance, center Eric Taylor '21 waits to snap the ball. Players will have to wear masks under helmets during play. Photo courtesy of Ben Ramsey '22.

Fall Sports Start Practice as Seasons Approach

September 12, 2020

While the kinks of online learning are being ironed out, the obstacles of kickstarting athletics and team sports safely are being evaluated as Thursday, Sept. 10th approaches. Many teams have already begu...

Dealing with COVID-19 brings great levels of stress to ICU nurses. They face constant challenges, from seeing patients die alone to putting their lives at risk to care for the sick.

Austin ICU Nurses on COVID-19

September 12, 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19,  North Austin’s ICU nurses have been working around the clock to handle the increasing number of patients entering intensive care. Every day, these nurses and doctors a...

Students and Staff Adjust to Virtual Learning

Students and Staff Adjust to Virtual Learning

September 2, 2020

After the first week of school on the computer, students and teachers have started to settle into a virtual learning schedule. The challenges of new platforms, online lessons, and constant glitches have chan...

Black Lives Matter protesters gather to demonstrate against police brutality.

Trayford Pellerin Becomes Latest Victim of Police Brutality

August 24, 2020

After months of widespread protests over racial injustice and police brutality around the nation, another death has been reported in Lafayette, Louisiana. Trayford Pellerin, a 31-year-old African American man, was shot outside of a Shell gas station on Friday, August 21. Loui...

Recent discussions have brought issues with gender and racial discrimination to light.  Unfortunately, these problems seem to be present at Westwood High School as well, with students coming forward about the injustices they faced at this school. This can be fixed however, by promoting discussion and stricter disciplinary action against people who perpetuate a culture of hate.

Students Speak out About Race and Gender Discrimination

August 23, 2020

This story includes mentions of suicide and sexual assault which may be triggering to some individuals. Please read with caution. With the current movement to educate ourselves and others, many stu...

As students are set to return to school in a couple of weeks, teachers have many concerns that have yet to be addressed. Meanwhile, district officials are scrambling to put together a plan that keeps safety a priority while following TEA guidelines.

Here’s What Teachers Are Thinking About School Reopening Amid Global Pandemic

August 7, 2020

As summer comes to a close and the beginning of the fall semester approaches, the final preparations for a reinvented learning experience are unfolding. RRISD recently launched its Reimagining Education plan,...

Firefighters combat an industrial fire.

Explosion Rocks Beirut and Port, Threatening Supply of Goods

August 6, 2020

A massive explosion rocked Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, with at least 78 people reported dead, and over 4000 people injured and missing. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams dig through the rubble left by the explosion. The explosion struck w...

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will be the bubble site for the NBA and MLS. For the next few months, players will stay on the resort and complete their seasons in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Photo courtesy of Denis Adriana Macias.

Professional Sports Prepare to Return Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

July 29, 2020

In the early stages of quarantine, sports fans were deprived of the entertainment that had been a fixture in their lives. Supporters had been yearning for sports to return at some point, as it could prov...

Round Rock officials hosted a town hall that covered a litany of issues related to education in the coronavirus age. The panelists also fielded questions from parents and students on how the synchronous system would work.

Virtual Learning and Support Services Town Hall Recap

July 27, 2020

Officials held a town hall on Wednesday, July 22 discussing what virtual learning would look like in the coming fall semester. RRISD’s Reimagining Education plan has taken several factors into considerat...

During the first town hall, district officials covered a broad range of topics. These included how areas would be sanitized, in what ways schools and facilities would be updated, and many other safety subjects.

Public Health Guidelines and Safety Measures Town Hall Recap

July 26, 2020

District officials held a town hall meeting covering public health guidelines and safety measures for reopening schools on Monday, July 21. They discussed the actions that would be taken to keep students...