The Wolfpack

Celebrating The Graduates

Holding her basket of gifts, senior Sarah Rodriguez thanks her adoption family.

Lacie Perry, Reporter

May 27, 2020

 The COVID-19 virus may have taken away spring sports, prom and traditional graduation plans, but it can’t take away their celebration, thanks to one mom, Lisa Hunt, who started the “Adopt a Senior” group on Facebook for LISD seniors.  The “Adopt a Senior” was created in central Texas during the...

Nature to the Rescue

Milton Reimers Ranch Park is located in Travis County and allows for activities such as hiking, fishing, swimming and bike riding. Senior Mathew Minor has been participating in activities like these to take his mind off of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The lake has been a way to go outside and get fresh air without being close to other people,” Minor said. “I have been spending more time outside and on the lake than before.”

Addy Bates, Reporter

May 27, 2020

With school being over and graduation postponed, summer now begins earlier than expected and with entertainment facilities still being closed, students have been relying on nature as a getaway from the pressures from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Because Texas parks reopened before restaurants and stores, plac...

Best of Both Worlds

Senior Alison Dye smiles for the camera. Dye has been a member of many organizations in school, from playing the role of Mary Poppins in Princess Tea, to being a member of PALS and the Spanish Club, and reflects on her experience in these activities. “All of these activities have helped me come out of the shell,” Dye said. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with, [and the chance] to meet so many awesome people.”

Ruchi Sankolli, Reporter

May 26, 2020

As she leaves the choir room filled with melodic sounds, she enters a Spanish club meeting greeting members with  "Hola!" or her car for an eventful day as a PAL. From PALS to Spanish Club to choir, senior Alison Dye has a lot on her plate. However the workload is worth it for Dye as she said th...

Creative Quarantine

Sophomore Lexi Hall and Senior Cally hall show off their newly painted door.

Emily Mahoney, Reporter

May 25, 2020

While the world is in distress and the 2020 school year comes to an unceremonious close, it may seem as if everyone is in idle anticipation for life to return to normal. However, some students are taking advantage of extra time they may have to increase their creativity and enrich their lives, despite ...

Teaching Blues

With changes due to COVID-19, students are now expected to complete a series of virtual assignments and attend meetings as needed. Given the status quo, academic learning has been modified to better fit the variety of situations students are in. “For the most part, and for the majority of the students I would say [that they are meeting expectations],” AP Human Geography and AP Seminar teacher Cassandra Gray said. “I teach both AP Human Geography and AP Seminar and AP Exams are still happening, so there is a lot of review and prep work going into the next few weeks. For the most part, [the] majority of the students are completing the assignments as they are intended and are trying their best on them in order to get accurate feedback.

Ruchi Sankolli, Reporter

May 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all people equally, from closed schools to confinement at home. Although the response towards this unfortunate disaster is common, the ways people have been affected are far from common.  As this phase of quarantine drags on, schools and districts have shifted ...

Senior Slump: The Favorable, The Dreadful and The Disheartening

Seniors Iriyana Lipkin and Mallory Ramos show school spirit at the first white-out football game of the season in August. Ramos said that moments like these mean everything to seniors looking back on their high school experience and to the year that was left unfinished.

Addie Dawson, Reporter

May 19, 2020

This 2020 school year is the most unique year that many of us have ever lived through, with a global pandemic breaking out right before school let out for spring break on March 13. Little did the students know, once they left for spring break, they’d really be leaving for an early summer vacation, n...

Senior Prom, Quarantine Style

Julia Meyer and Kendee West practice social distancing while having their own senior prom at The Oasis. “My sweet family helped me get ready and my sister took pictures of me and my best friend Julia and we just talked and laughed,” West said. “It wasn’t exactly how I imagined senior prom, but I was happy that I could still spend time with my best friend even from 6 feet apart.”

Ava Caldwell, Reporter

May 18, 2020

As more and more plans have been canceled at the end of the year, some seniors have become more creative with their plans, including prom.  Seniors Julia Meyer and Kendee West decided to throw themselves a makeshift, socially-distanced prom at the Oasis. Meyer and West had bought their dresses pre-quarant...

Life As We Know It

One of many students also struggling with changes due to quarantine is junior John Courtright. Courtright, has been learning to deal with online school while also keeping himself busy and entertained to avoid boredom during isolation.
“I have been making sure to keep in constant contact with my friends, we have done things like movie night using Netflix Party,” Courtright said. “Finding motivation to do my work has been really hard. It is nice to do things at my own pace, but I find myself putting off things until the last second.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

May 14, 2020

As quarantine stretches on, students are beginning to look back on the school year and reflect on online schooling and life now. For some students, isolation has brought on thankful feelings about school and friends, changes with work and a new outlook on life. Senior Natalia Peck, who works at Austin Aqu...

The Most Important Book This Year

One of the three covers of the 2019-2020 yearbook is displayed.

Estefani Rios, Editor-in-Chief

May 8, 2020

Walking past room 2102 on A days at 12:33 p.m. the clicking of keys and periodical flow of students leaving and entering the room was a common sight. These 25 students spent 65 A days filling the 2020 Tracks Yearbook, and by March 13, most of the pages were ready for a final look. When Leander ISD ...

The Mental State

Students pose together during cabin week, a week where student actors and tech kids came together to practice their UIL performance. Junior John Courtright played Michael Cody, the father of main character Andy. Courtright said preparing for the role took both physical and mental changes.
“A lot of my prep for the role [was] trying to find a middle ground between ‘angry alcoholic father’ and just being a good father, but just exhausted,” Courtright said. “Me and Katie Smith, who plays my wife, Angela, worked a lot together to establish our dynamic of being very distant from each other, getting torn apart by our different views on how to take care of our struggling son. To get into character, I took a lot of time before rehearsal just to focus on my physical elements such as my posture. Once I physically feel like him then the mentality soon follows.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

April 2, 2020

Theater serves many purposes. It provides entertainment and acts as an outlet for creativity, but it also brings light to many issues. This year's UIL performance gave just that in their play, “The Mental State.” The play tackled mental health and school shootings, bringing up situations that man...

Ben Onstage

Playing the role of Michael Banks, freshman Ben McDanald performs during his eighth grade year in theatre's production of

Morgan Kasel, Reporter

April 1, 2020

The lights grow dim, and voices become whispers. The curtains part, revealing the perfect onstage set up of a modern bedroom, and the actors immediately entice the audience with the character they portray. For freshman Ben McDanald, the stage represents a place of creativity and storytelling. McDanald...

Young Wings

Standing in front of his Cardinal Airplane, Freshman Alex Trebilco reminisces about the good times he's had in it.

Lacie Perry, Reporter

March 26, 2020

The gusts of wind created by the propellers of the airplane wafts through the vents that had just been pushed opened, marking off yet another item from the checklist that has to be followed before take off. Each step that is followed ensures a sense of safety for the pilot and the passengers. Going over ...

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