Westwood Horizon

Reid Harrison ’18 Wins Southwest Kia Austin T-shirt Design Contest

Reid Harrison ’18 Wins Southwest Kia Austin T-shirt Design Contest

Kamille Galloway, Reporter

April 10, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight, Student Spotlight

In honor of their new dealership, Southwest Kia Austin held a T-shirt design contest for students in the surrounding area to create a new design logo, which would be printed onto hundreds of shirts and given out at their grand opening event, where the design would be displayed. The winner would also receive a...

‘A Medical Miracle’: Matthew Moore Survives Against All Odds

‘A Medical Miracle’: Matthew Moore Survives Against All Odds

Emily Lu, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Spotlight

“They always tell these type of patients that you need a light at the end of the tunnel that you’re focusing on, without that there’s no motivation to work hard.” It was a long tunnel for Matthew Moore ‘18. A night drive to Whataburger on Feb. 4, 2017 quickly took a turn for the worse when ...

Neeharika Bandlapalli ’18 Gets Accepted Into Stanford University

Neeharika Bandlapalli ’18 Gets Accepted Into Stanford University

Faith Song, Extras Editor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Spotlight, Student Spotlight

   "When I started my application, I was very pessimistic. I felt like I was wasting my time with the application. I also sort of hated myself for being full of myself, thinking that I even had a shot at such an amazing school. As I continued working through the application, I began to enjoy myself. I don...

Heidi Jackson ‘19 Receives Honorable Delegate Award at Model UN Conference

Heidi Jackson ‘19 Receives Honorable Delegate Award at Model UN Conference

Sara Momin, Reporter

October 28, 2017


Filed under Spotlight

As the tired chatter draws to a close, restless teens squirmed on the hard blue chairs, waiting to go home, but riveted by the voice of the figure standing on the award ceremony stage. Then, a name was announced, a pair of wide eyes turned into joy, and Heidi Jackson ‘19 climbed up to the stage as chee...

Math Teacher Ms. Pamela Obarowski Transitions to Job As Instructional Coach

Math Teacher Ms. Pamela Obarowski Transitions to Job As Instructional Coach

Katie Harris, Reporter

October 5, 2017


Filed under Spotlight

For the past 12 years, Ms. Pamela Obarowski has been a dedicated teacher to the Westwood learning community, teaching everything from double block Algebra 2 to Pre-AP Geometry. However, two weeks ago, Ms. Obarowski left Westwood to become an instructional coach for Westwood, Canyon Vista, Grisham, and the ...

Q&A with KyAnh Truong ’21

Q&A with KyAnh Truong ’21

Amy Ma, Reporter

September 7, 2017


Filed under Aquatics, Sports, Spotlight

Q: When did you start swimming? A: I started summer league when I was six and then I started swimming competitive year round swimming when I was 11 or 12 Q: What’s your best stroke? A: Probably butterfly and freestyle. Q: Did you feel any pressure coming onto the swim team? A: Yes, I really was ex...

Ms. Holly Browning Steps Up as Lead Counselor

Ms. Holly Browning Steps Up as Lead Counselor

Emily Lu, Editor in Chief

August 14, 2017


Filed under School News, Spotlight

A change in the counseling department will take place for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Holly Browning, who served as an alpha counselor in the past, will now be working as the lead counselor. “A lead counselor, in my mind, is not only a student advocate, but they’re the counselor advocate,” Ms. Br...

Becky Donald Announced as Area Superintendent of Westwood Learning Community

Becky Donald Announced as Area Superintendent of Westwood Learning Community

Emily Lu, Editor in Chief

August 10, 2017


Filed under School News, Spotlight

For the upcoming school year, Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores has announced a new Area Superintendent of Learning Community model. This model provides each high school along with its feeder schools with an administrative leader, and Westwood has the privilege of being supported by former principal M...

Ms. Erin Campbell Returns to Westwood as Assistant Principal

Ms. Erin Campbell Returns to Westwood as Assistant Principal

Amy Vo, School News Editor

August 2, 2017


Filed under School News, Showcase, Spotlight

When Ms. Erin Campbell decided to apply for the assistant principal position at Westwood, it was a family decision. Her first day away from being assistant principal at Anderson High School would also be the first day that she and her husband didn’t work at the same school. However, after successfully passing the hir...

Freshman Capsules: Joyce Zhuang ’20

Freshman Capsules: Joyce Zhuang ’20

Amy Vo, Assistant A&E Editor

May 24, 2017


Filed under Student Spotlight