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Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

The student news site of Westwood High School.

Westwood Horizon

Bernice Chen

Bernice Chen, Opinions Editor

This is my second year on the student press staff and first year as an opinion editor. Aside from writing stories and taking photos for press, I spend my time reading through my Twitter feed, listening to music, doing homework, or preparing for my next debate tournament.

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A team in the gingerbread house contest poses with their finished product. After voting from all the ambassadors, the team was crowned the winner of the competition.

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February 11, 2020
Srivaishnavi Marreddy 22 throws a ping-pong ball while playing fish pong. Small prizes were given to students who scored points in the activity.

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February 11, 2020
Vani Shah 20 draws a snowflake on a graham cracker with icing. Along with other ambassadors, she participated in a gingerbread house competition.

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February 11, 2020
Sitting on blankets, students eat and chat. Blankets donated by students were used for the social and given to a veterinarians office afterwards.

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February 11, 2020
Lily Sayre 21 and Sophia Bombach 21 welcome everyone to the social. Sayre and Bombach were on the Winter Social Planning Committee and helped organize the event.

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December 5, 2019
In between rounds, Asa Kay 22, Devon Russin 23, and Imran Sohail 21 watch other players. The competitors were allowed to take breaks before their next rounds to get ready.

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November 24, 2019
Brady Richards 23 and alumni Hamza Ulla compete against each other in the first round. Ulla won the match by a score of 2-1.

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November 24, 2019
Players sit in front of projectors to compete. Three projectors and a computer were set up before the tournament to display the games.

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November 24, 2019
Before the games begin, seniors Erika Yao, Olivia Bowen, and Purva Kantawala take a photo together. Yao and Bowen participated in the tournaments while Kantawala watched.

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November 24, 2019
Spectators and competitors in the Smash Tournament take a group photo with Club Sponsor Mr. Bradley. Many students participated in the tournament, as well as some alumni.

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November 24, 2019
President of Smash Club Olivia Bowen 20 holds her trophy. Bowen won the solo tournament after several rounds against other players.

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November 24, 2019
Imran Sohail 22 and Olivia Bowen 20 look over the tournament brackets. For the players to easily see who they were competing against next, the brackets were projected at the front of the room.

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November 24, 2019
Athena Wang 21 plays the piano near the end of the gathering. Wang was one of the four students to play the piano, along with Nikhil Karnam 20, Sonny Stenson 20, and Yifan Sun 20.

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November 24, 2019
Starting off the lesson, the presenter talks about the 2017 stabbing in UT Austin. On May 1, 2017, Kendrex White killed one and injured three others when he went on a stabbing rampage on the college campus.

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October 28, 2019
At the end of the session, students gather around to try out wound packing. UT students gave tips to participants and answered questions once the lesson was over.

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October 28, 2019
Using a fake leg, the presenter shows students how to pack wounds with fabric. She advised participants to apply pressure on a wound while packing it with clean fabric to best stop the bleeding.

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October 28, 2019
Throughout the session, Junna Castel 20 pays close attention to the lesson. A powerpoint displayed at the front of the room relayed the information being taught by the presenters.

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October 28, 2019
Following the instructions of the lecturer, Helen Huang 21 practices proper posture for applying pressure. Presenters demonstrated and helped students with practicing compression.

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October 8, 2019
Teddie Hall 22 listens to the presentation. Throughout the session, students learned how to identify and address life-threatening bleeding.

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October 8, 2019
During the tournament, Nathan Fang 22, Daniel Tehrani 20, Sophia Wang 21, and Mika Freund 21 chat. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
In between rounds, Neil Choudhary 23 and Jhanvi Karthik 23 discuss their case with each other.

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September 30, 2019
Working together to prepare, Lincoln Douglas debaters sit at a table and work. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
While waiting for debate results, seniors Daniel Tehrani and Pranav Kulkarni take a photo with alumni Elisa Baxter. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
After their quarterfinals debate round, Juniors Jeff Freeman and Arnav Gunwani wait for the judges decisions. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
Starting off their semifinals round, Sharanya Gupta 23 reads out their case. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
Preparing for their next rounds, Lincoln Douglas debaters discuss arguments. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
To give a demonstration of Extemporaneous Speaking, EX Captain Anurima Mummaneni 20 gives a speech. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
Explaining the basics of Policy (CX) Debate, Debate President Daniel Shi 20 talks about this years topic. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
CX Novice Coordinator Jeffrey You 20 lays out the structure of a regular Policy (CX) Debate round. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
While talking about Extemporaneous Speaking, Debate Treasurer Rishob Dasgupta 20 discusses the benefits of participating in the event. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 30, 2019
To introduce herself, Davina Le 20 tells why she joined the Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate event.

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September 13, 2019
At the beginning of the Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate crash course session, LD Novice Coordinator Alice Zhang 20 describes the event. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 13, 2019
During their octo-finals round, Sruthi Ramaswamy 20 asks questions to her opponent while Sidh Pandit 21 prepares for his next speech. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Partners Akhil Bhale 22 and Joshua King 22 pose with their semi-finalist medals. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
While waiting for their results, debaters discuss the tournament. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
In between rounds, Anoop Rachakonda 22 shows Nathan Fang 22 and Bryce Keeler 21 an argument. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Getting another bowl of ice cream, Kevin Xiao 23 takes a scoop from the container. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
As she eats a popsicle, Erith Won 22 talks to another student. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Throughout their conversation, Akhila Keeranoor 20 and juniors Mika Freund, Sophia Wang, and Shawn Hatcher eat their ice cream. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Giving ice cream to the students at the social, Debate Secretary Pranav Kulkarni 20 puts a scoop of ice cream in a bowl. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
During the social, seniors Mihir Shah and Nikhil Karnam chat. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Before getting ice cream, varsity and new debaters talk to each other. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Sophomores Sneha Bhale and Rohan Reddy take a photo with freshmen Hanyu Wei and Neil Choudhary. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
While chatting with other students, Katherine Yan 22 poses. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Near the end of the social, debaters take a group photo together. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Helping to clean up, Executive Officer Vani Shah 20 and Caroline Jia 21 wipe the tables. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 10, 2019
Looking at the presentation, students listen to Ms. Sanchezs introduction to the Academy Ambassadors.

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September 10, 2019
To be introduced as Governing Team members, Harini Rao 20, Erika Yao 20, and Cathleen Li 21 stand at the front.

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September 10, 2019
During the icebreaker, Rehana Shaik 20 talks to another student.

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September 10, 2019
As part of an icebreaker, ambassadors separate into groups and chat with each other.

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September 10, 2019
As Mrs. Sanchez speaks, Srivaishnavi Marreddy 22 looks at the presentation.

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September 10, 2019
After the breakout session, Cesar Monagas 21 signs in on a laptop.

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September 10, 2019
Seniors Jordan Prado and Rustin Mehrabani-Farsi pay attention to the topics of the Business & Industry breakout session.

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September 10, 2019
While Darya Mohajeri 21 listens, Alyssa Andrew 22 talks about what she did over the summer. Mohajeri spoke about visiting France to the group. I visited my family who lives in France and it was a great trip, Mohajeri said.

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September 5, 2019
Welcoming new students to the Academy Ambassadors program, Academy Specialist Ms. Lucy Sanchez discusses ways to get involved.

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September 5, 2019
Starting off his semi-finals round, Frank Lai 20 reads out his case. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 5, 2019
Before her next round, Ariel Sun 23 reads out her case for practice. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 5, 2019
Getting ready for his quarter-finals round, Pranav Medikonduru 22 types on his laptop. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 5, 2019
To help him prepare against his opponents, Truman Le explains an argument to Saavan Myneni 20. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 5, 2019
Nathan Fang 22 chats to other debaters. Photo courtesy of WHS Speech and Debate.

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September 5, 2019
Vani Shah 20 wins the Student of the Year award.

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June 15, 2019
Juniors Jeffrey You, Sonny Stenson, Daniel Tehrani, and Clementine Larrouilh hold their shared Most Improved award.

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June 15, 2019
Aaron Greisdorf 19 gives his senior speech to the audience.

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June 15, 2019
Juniors Alice Zhang and Harsha Rajesh welcome everybody to the banquet.

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June 15, 2019
Students sit together and eat.

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June 15, 2019
Attendees of the banquet get food.

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June 15, 2019
Vikram Joshi 21 collects his prize from the raffle.

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June 15, 2019
Srilekha Cherukuvada 21 reads out a raffle ticket number.

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June 15, 2019
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