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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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A portion of the debate team’s flier advertising their duct tape fundraiser. Debate team captain Delaney McClure said she hopes the fundraiser will raise the necessary funds to aid next year’s team with their expenses as the formerly debate class-exclusive team transitions into a club. “It costs money to do certain things that clubs have,” McClure said. “I just wanted to make sure that [the debate team] is all set up for next year and start doing fundraisers so we can get to that position as a club.” (Photo Courtesy of @debate_cphs on Instagram)

Duct Taping for Debate

Jaden Kolenbrander May 22, 2023

The debate team’s first-ever fundraiser will put teachers in a sticky situation.  Organized by junior and communications director Shika Menon with senior and debate captain Delaney McClure, the fundraiser...

Senior and HOSA officer Ryan Liu poses for a photo during his visit to Brown University. Brown University, an Ivy League college in Providence, Rhode Island, is where Liu was accepted and plans to major in both psychology and public health. “I want to [major in Public Health] because that connects with health equity and helps me develop policy skills to combine it with health care,” Liu said. “I’m also in their eight-year medical program, so I’ll just matriculate into their medical school after graduation.” (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Liu)

Never Liu-sing

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor May 2, 2023

HOSA officer. Valedictorian. Coca-Cola Regional Finalist. Captain of the Medical Reserve Corps. And, on top of it all, he cares about you.  Despite his extensive track record in medicine, senior Ryan...

The van of We Are Blood, the primary blood donation organization in the Austin area, sits outside the school. According to senior and HOSA officer Jennifer Pham, the blood drive required coordinating with We Are Blood and the school. “Planning the blood drive required many months of planning and lots of communication with the company We Are Blood and the school,” Pham said. “For us to have a successful blood drive, there were lots of requirements that we had to meet. We had to have a certain amount of donors to even be considered.”

Out For Blood

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor April 13, 2023

Just one donation can save three lives. That's why HOSA organized the first schoolwide blood drive to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic on March 30, taking blood from a total of 55 donors. The...

Junior Alexander Gilsbach poses with Karl, a resident at the Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community where Gilsbach works. Gilsbach said the interesting stories residents tell will motivate him to remember his life experiences as well. “Ive also learned to appreciate my time now, and to remember everything that I can - so many of our residents have fascinating stories, and they are always willing to share them with everyone.” (Photo Courtesy of Alexander Gilsbach)

One Man’s Work Is Another Man’s Retirement

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor April 4, 2023

The then-sophomore would have done any job. Two years later, he was playing piano for retirees, organizing Christmas Eve parties and learning about the little things that made a person’s day. The...

A picture of College and Career Transition Coordinator Chriss Hexter’s website, which contains a section about scholarships and financial aid. Hexter puts various scholarship opportunities on her site. “The next best way [to get financial assistance] is to just start Google searching for scholarships. I post [scholarships] on my website, [and] I vet the ones I post on my website.” (Photo Courtesy of Chriss Hexter)

Scholars Need Scholarships

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor February 21, 2023

In recent years, the ballooning cost of college leaves some students to wonder how they will pay the mountain of debt after graduating. Fortunately, students who excel in certain fields or qualify per...

The 2021 -2022 Medical Reserve Corps team poses for a photo alongside their first-aid kits. The first-aid kits were prototypes specifically meant for use by the visually impaired, an issue Liu became aware of after researching Hurricane Harvey. I saw reports of displacement of visually impaired and blind people during natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey,” Liu said. “Something as small as a power outage or a tornado - it’s hard for people who can see to get through it, let alone people who can’t see. I noticed that a lot of [the visually impaired] were dependent upon their caretakers, so I wanted to make them more independent in the case of an emergency.” (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Liu)

Helping One Kit At a Time

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor February 13, 2023

Without the right knowledge and training, anyone is unprepared for a medical emergency. That's why senior Ryan Liu brought the Medical Reserve Corps to the school to help. The MRC is a national network...

Members of the Mandarin Club assemble dumplings at their Dumpling Social. The social, which occurred in October, is one of the clubs monthly special events, which all try to offer them the opportunity to engage in a special aspect of Chinese culture. “I’m interested in learning more about Chinese culture and Taiwanese culture in general, so it helps me see more into it,” senior Natalia Sanchez-Mejorado said. “[My favorite event] would definitely be the dumplings. We did it step-by-step, basically, and it turned out really good, and we also hung out, with the [club member’s mom] teaching us a few words.” (Photo Courtesy of Eden Yu)

Mastering Mandarin

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor December 13, 2022

Foreign languages have a large presence in the school’s extracurricular activities, with clubs and organizations like the Spanish National Honor Society and Spanish Club allowing students to connect...

Holding her guinea pig, Vidrine dresses for Renaissance Day on Nov. 3, 2021. Instagram caption: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and I am a #guinea pig. (Photo Courtesy of Kim Vidrine)

Dressed for Success

Kacey Miller, Reporter November 16, 2022

English teacher Kim Vidrine uses a variety of ways to express herself - and that includes school outfits like dresses and skirts, which she said are her favorite things to wear. “I am kind of obsessed...

During the Nov. 11 ceremony, school nurse Tara Jo Frost recites the names of military veterans who have ties to the school as faculty members, former students or family of faculty members. According to Frost, the Veterans Day ceremony gives students an opportunity to recognize the importance of honoring the troops. I think that we dont have the ability to see the people that have fought for our country and know their stories, and [the ceremony] gives a chance for a younger population to see the importance, and see the reverence for why we do certain things we do for our government, Frost said.

Supporting the Troops

Jaden Kolenbrander, Reporter November 12, 2022

After days of planning, preparation and reports of potentially bad weather, Rho Kappa held the annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday to commemorate the federal holiday honoring the service of military veterans. Planning...

Behind the Ballot: School Board Candidates Q&A

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor November 7, 2022

As part of the Behind the Ballot series, The Wolfpack and Wolfcast collaborated to cover the 2022 Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees elections. Each candidate was invited to an interview...

Shawn Leege – Place 5

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor November 1, 2022

Q: Why are you running for school board?  A: I'm running for school board in general because I think that we've been ill-served, so “we” meaning the community that put our kids in public school...

Brandi Burkman – Place 2

Jaden Kolenbrander, Editor November 1, 2022

Q: Our first question is, why are you running for school board? A: Well, I have two high schoolers that attend Leander High. I've seen the changes in the district over the past few years, and they started...

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