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Should We Ban Foam Cafeteria Trays?

Should We Ban Foam Cafeteria Trays?

Tanvi Reddy, Ava Nicosia, and Prithika Kalyan

October 22, 2019

  Close your eyes and picture a landfill. Do you see piles and piles of junk? Now, slowly build up the piles until there are looming mounds of trash staring back at you. Open your eyes now. Was that scene something nice to look at? Was it something you would like to see in the real world? If we...

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

Jessie Van Den Berg, Editor

October 11, 2019

Austin City Limits (ACL) is a music festival held right here in Austin. To be more specific, in Zilker Park. There are two weekends out of the year that is back to back in late September and early October, days Friday through Sunday when ACL takes place. There are tons of groups and artists who come...

Hurricane Season Has Begun

Hurricane Season Has Begun

Hannah McDonough, Editor

October 3, 2019

Hurricane season has begun, and we're only about halfway through. Hurricane season spans from June 1 to Nov. 30, and it's just at its peak. Many coastal cities in the Gulf of Mexico or along the East coast have been or will be getting pounded. According to NOAA, there has been above average hurricane activity since El Nino. It's essential to be aware of the tropica...

Full House! – Rescuing nearly a 100 dogs from Dorian

Full House! - Rescuing nearly a 100 dogs from Dorian

Shristi Dayal, Reporter

September 17, 2019

You have probably heard about the Category Five storm (at the time) creating death and despair in the Bahamas, but a woman in the Bahamas has got the four-legged citizens in check. Chella Philips has housed 97 dogs in her home, sheltering them from the hurricane. None of them tried to escape, they knew...

The Amazon Is On Fire

Photo courtesy of New York Times

Hannah McDonough, Editor

September 6, 2019

Since January, fires have been burning more and more of what many consider the earth's lungs: The Amazon Rain Forest. According to CNBC; Make it, more than 70,000 fires have occurred since January, that's up 84 percent since 2018, and the fire season is just getting started. The Amazon Rain forest is...

Dog Zone! – Dog Places for Dog People

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Shristi Dayal, Reporter

September 6, 2019

  I love taking my dog to fresh and exciting places. We have taken her camping, hiking, and set her off-leash. Of course, if you have a pomeranian or a dog breed that doesn't like physical activity, I have just the place for you! At the time, my puppy is only 9 months old but has visited so many...

Is Living By The Coast Good For You?

Is Living By The Coast Good For You?

June Jung, Reporter

August 30, 2019

The Coast Recently, I went to the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. Every morning I would take a walk down the beach to clear my mind and to smell the beach and hear the waves crashing against the shore. Then I wondered if it actually cleared my thoughts or if I just believed it to. The salt in the ai...

Genius Hour with Ms. Larson

a table was set up and filled with various foods brought by the students

May 21, 2019

On May 21, Ms. Larson's classes joined together for one large publishing party in the Cafeteria. There was snacks, comments, presentations, and music. Here are some images from the party.

What Is Dark Matter and Does It Exist?

What Is Dark Matter and Does It Exist?

June Jung, Reporter

May 3, 2019

The Big Idea Dark Matter is an idea that humans came up with to fill the empty void of space with at least - something, but the big question is what is it? No-one on planet Earth knows what dark matter is, but lots of scientists intend to find out. Dark matter has recently been accused of being a liquid...

The Truth Behind Mindfulness

Jessie Van Den Berg, Editor

May 1, 2019

Mindfulness, a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Mindfulness is something that everyone can improve and work on. I myself have started to di...

We Are Wasteful

Evlabia Konstantinou, Reporter

May 1, 2019

Intro We as a society produce so much trash. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texans disposed of about 6.83 pounds of trash per person per day of waste in 2016, sending approximately 34.73 million tons of waste to a landfill. At current rates, Texas landfill capacity will be ...

Why Isn’t ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Why Isn't ASL Allowed in the IB Program?

Claire Lawrence, Reporter

April 22, 2019

As you may know, if you're an eighth grader going to Westwood this year, ASL, (American Sign Language) is offered as a foreign language class. For many, the implied quiet atmosphere and the usefulness of the ‘language’. To learn ASL, it is just about hard as any other language, although you don't...