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The student news site of Westside High School

Howler News

The student news site of Westside High School

Howler News

Aidan Vu

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief

Aidan Vu is a junior at Westside High School. This is his third year on the Howler News staff, progressing his way to being its editor-in-chief. Consequently, he is committed to writing stories and voicing the unrepresented, strengthened by his dedication and perfectionism. He is an advocate for social and political issues, however, the telling of the narratives of students, staff, and faculty is what drives him most.

Additionally, he is a part of the FUTURE's program, which is centered for health science students at Westside. However, he plans to work in either the journalism or political fields to pursue his passion in life. He is a part of several clubs and organizations, such as the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Model UN, the Redcross Club, and an online book club.

He enjoys writing and reading controversial topics, ones that draw discussion and keeps the reader wanting more. Ultimately, he aspires to major in journalism or political science to chase his career goals and ideal future of unfolding the truths and misrepresentations that pollute the world. His future is one devoted to changing the environment of the media.

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Andrea DeLeonGarcia (11) next to a display dedicated to the graduating Class of 2022.

The Class of 2023: A Post-Pandemic Hope?

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief June 1, 2022

As Westside's Class of 2022 nears their graduation date, June 12th, it marks a truly significant moment as being the first class to do so in returning to in-person school since the Class of 2020. This...

Inertia Dance Companys Upcoming Auditions

Inertia Dance Company’s Upcoming Auditions

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief April 20, 2022

Westside Wolves! Westside's Inertia Dance Company is having auditions for the 2022 to 2023 school year. It will occur from April 25th to April 28th (Monday to Thursday) at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The auditions...

This is a visual of one of the donation boxes in the main office.

Supplies Needed for Refugee Families

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief April 1, 2022

Calling Westside Community! Ms. Azadeh, a teacher assistance for Westside's Special Education Department, is working with the Iranian Foundation to collect necessary and basic supplies for helping refugees....

Womens History Month: Lady Macbeth and Women in STEM

Women’s History Month: Lady Macbeth and Women in STEM

Aidan Vu and Ifraah Shegow March 29, 2022

The month of March celebrates Women’s History! There are numerous female figures who are known for their actions of progressiveness and achievement! One literary character who shows ambition and assertiveness...

A collection of dictionaries from various languages in Mrs. Stevies classroom.


A collection of dictionaries from various languages in Mrs. Stevie's classroom.

Howler Newspapers Aidan Vu interviewing junior Hamza Abdallah for his news article.

Recruitment for Westside High School’s Howler Newspaper

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief February 9, 2022

Westside High School's Howler Newspaper is recruiting staff members for the 2022-2023 school year. The process of course selections is nearing for the next school year and the Howler Newspaper team encourages...

From left to right are Jaison Escobar, Kortlin Allen, and Ifraah Shegow. They are members of the Howler Newspapers working on our Valentines Day project.


From left to right are Jaison Escobar, Kortlin Allen, and Ifraah Shegow. They are members of the Howler Newspapers working on our Valentine's Day project.

In February 2021, the state of Texas went through a historic and tragic cold spell that disabled many in obtaining the most basic items. This is especially seen with roads being not accessible.

Texas Freeze: A Reminder of an Eerie Past

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief January 9, 2022

It is nearly reaching the one year anniversary to the 2021 February winter storm that plagued the state of Texas. And with freeze watches and the transitioning to the winter season, it may stir painful...

The Student Support Center or SSC is the location for Westside High Schools social worker, which has fluctuated in its numbers throughout the course of the last few years. Having only one social worker responsible for the entirety of a single school after the toll of the pandemic and virtual learning.

Holding HISD Accountable

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief December 15, 2021

Superintendent Millard House II for Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas, had announced five priorities in molding a five-year strategical plan for the district based...

Addressing The Issue With The Restrooms

Addressing The Issue With The Restrooms

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief November 19, 2021

The prevalent issue on the conditions and spaces of restrooms at Westside High School questions the existence of respect and ethical values amongst the student body. The restrooms have been centers for...

The Trend of Book Bans

The Trend of Book Bans

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief November 8, 2021

In the events of the state, several school districts in Texas have been following this “witch hunt” of banning certain books in their libraries, many covering issues on race, gender, and sexuality....

Amelia Knowles, the Props Master for Doublewide Texas, on the set of the play.

The return of Westside’s theatrical productions: TPRO presents Doublewide Texas

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief October 25, 2021

Westside's Theatre Production Company or TPRO has begun their season of theatrical performances for the 2021-2022 school year. They started it with their highly anticipated show of  Doublewide Texas,...

A middle school student in virtual school, Samantha Vu.

The mental health crisis that a virtual school system has mobilized

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief, Writer May 22, 2021

Brrring! The alarm on my phone shook the entire bed while blaring that dreadful ringing to signal the time for my first class of the day. My mind is in a haze as I reach for the alarm. I gazed across my...

The surge of concern and questions for HISDs re-opening plan

The surge of concern and questions for HISD’s re-opening plan

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief, Writer April 30, 2021

The 2020-2021 school year will certainly make the history books. One dominated by masks and anti-bacterial products. One dominated through the video communications of Zoom and Microsoft Teams. One dominated...

The importance of men supporting women against gender inequality

Aidan Vu, Editor-In-Chief, Writer March 26, 2021

Men have always dominated global society, disregarding and discrediting the women with the same or having exceeding capabilities as their male counterparts. While March celebrates Women’s History Month,...

The importance of the presidential position of Black Student Union in a transformed America

The importance of the presidential position of Black Student Union in a transformed America

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer March 5, 2021

The United States of America has completely transformed since the “discrimination administration” under former President Trump that had rollbacked a number of civil and human rights and dominated by...

Black History Month Competition by Westsides Black Student Union

Black History Month Competition by Westside’s Black Student Union

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer February 3, 2021

The Black Student Union, or BSU, is having an arts and writing competition in honor of Black History Month. The art categories for the competition include, portraits, sculptures, canvases, collages, and...

Sources of comfort

Sources of comfort

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer January 20, 2021

Comfort, A sensation that seems to transport us to an entirely new dimension away from the despair Such as the melodies, harmonies, and voices of music That can take some to a world without chaos...

American society needs change as it is reflected from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer January 10, 2021

Democracy is the process that runs our nation of the United States of America, yet President Donald Trump ― who lost both the popular vote and electoral college vote ― has made it clear that he disregards...

Being a part of different politcal parties, determines someones entire basis of belief and priorities.


Being a part of different politcal parties, determines someone's entire basis of belief and priorities.

Code Orange, part I

Hiba Safie and Aidan Vu November 30, 2020

Harris County has surpassed its 7% COVID-19 positivity rate, exceeding the HISD's COVID gauge for permitting in-person school. As of Monday, November 16, 2020, the local positivity rates are moving in...

The process of the 2020 Election Day

Aidan Vu and Ifraah Shegow November 16, 2020

November 3rd can be seen as the most important day of the entire year of 2020 as it was Election Day, the last day of voting for candidates of public offices at local, state, and national levels. Election...

A portion of the Wolf Band returns playing for the Westisdes varisty footballs game against Chavez.
(From right to left the students are: Alejandro Estrada, Estevan Villagrana Ocasio, and Bjorn Wessels)

The return of Westside’s band

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer November 9, 2020

Westside's notorious Wolf Band, like the rest of the fine arts, have transitioned to a virtual schedule, however, their return in playing for crowds may come sooner than expected. The marching band...

Westside students will be following the set bell schedule, with a few minor tweeks. While on campus students will go to either their 4th or 5th period class for Office Hours.

Westside’s evolution of virtual learning to its reintroduction of in-person learning

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer October 9, 2020

COVID-19 has completely transformed the education system and can only expand to better its students and educators as long as the coronavirus persists in the public with no vaccine or cure. Westside High...

Staff pick: The Kings of Summer

Staff pick: “The Kings of Summer”

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer May 13, 2020

"The Kings of Summer" is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film with a cast that includes, Nick Robinson, Moisés Arias, Lili Reinhart, Alison Brie, and many other talented actors and actresses. This film displays...

Early release of 2020 movies while theaters are closed

Early release of 2020 movies while theaters are closed

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer May 12, 2020

More and more studios, including Warner Bros., SONY, Disney, and Universal Studios, are releasing new films digitally to consumers at home with on-demand providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These films...

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Westside’s Pride Dance Team virtual auditions

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer April 14, 2020

Westside's Pride Dance Team is now holding virtual auditions to be part of their group from April 13th to April 24th. Usually. Pride auditions would be held in the main gym at Westside High School....

COVID 19 is bringing families closer together.
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COVID-19 is rescuing American families

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer April 12, 2020

The time to spend with your families has become plentiful for many in the event of COVID-19, in which used to be rare and a burdensome to earn. It is the start for many parents and kids to be under...

Course Selection Night

Course selection night for Westside’s incoming 9th graders!

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer February 17, 2020

West Brair Middle School's 8th grade class will be able to come to Westside on Tuesday, February 18th at 6 PM. It will be presented by Principal Stewart and the deans at Westside in the Learning Commons....

inertia dance team poster from the Inertia Dance Company twitter.

Westside’s Inertia Dance Company’s 20th Circle Jam

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer January 13, 2020

Westside's Intertia Dance Company is hosting the 20th Circle Jam on January 25th at Westside High School. Inertia dancers will be able to display their skills and talents to a line of judges. These judges...

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Staff Picks: IN-N-OUT Burger’s Takeover of Houston

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer December 9, 2019

The California based burger chain, IN-N-OUT Burger have officially taken over Houston. IN-N-Out has locations throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas and Oregon. There are already two new...

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Edited by Aidan Vu

We Don’t Need Standardized Testing!

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer November 1, 2019

I strongly believe that standardized testing should not base the majority of a student's intelligence. Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT  measure a high school student's one common data point...

The Varsity Boys Swimming Team Are Turning The Tides!

The Varsity Boy’s Swimming Team Are Turning The Tides!

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer October 18, 2019

Westside's varsity boy's swimming team has splashed into deep water. Last week, on October 15th, they met and competed against Cypress Ranch High School in our natatorium from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. The...

Ifraah Shegow stresses over her school work.

Don’t Stress About It!

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer October 7, 2019

The transition of middle school to high school classes for freshmen can cause a lot of stress from the overwhelming amounts of homework, studying hours for quizzes and tests students have everyday,...

Savannah Adamson with exchange students from France.

Hosting An Exchange Student From France

Aidan Vu, Editor, Writer & Photographer September 18, 2019

Have you ever considered about housing a student from a different country? Students are able to host an exchange students from France during the fall semester, from October 18- October 28. For ten days,...

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