The Wolfpack

Walking Off The Field

As high school comes to a close for senior Logan Johnson, she looks back on her four years balancing softball, school and AP photography. Johnson said she will be attending Texas State University in the fall and hopes to pursue her passions. “I am looking forward to the art and photography I am going to be doing at college,” Johnson said. “I am also so excited for all of the fun that I will be having with my friends and new friends I will make when I go to Texas State.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

May 27, 2020

As high school comes to a close for the class of 2020, senior Logan Johnson looks back on her high school years swinging the softball bat and running bases on the field while her teammates cheer her on from the dugout and practicing photography, as well as looking forward to her future and the path she ...

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...

Keeping Busy, The Right Way

As quarantine seems to stretch on, it isn’t strange to find ourselves down while stuck indoors. With no school to keep us busy, boredom strikes fast. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, there are plenty of healthy things to do to keep yourself entertained during these strange times. Working out, doing art, meditating, going outside and reading are some of the activities you can do at home, and all they have great health benefits besides just keeping you entertained.

Kieren Garner, Reporter

April 7, 2020

As quarantine seems to stretch on, it isn’t strange to find ourselves down while stuck indoors. With no school to keep us busy, boredom strikes fast. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, there are plenty of healthy things to do to keep yourself entertained during these strange times. While working...

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...

A Space For All

Senior Arturo Medina throws a football to a fellow classmate during Coach Ott's P.E class.  Coach Ott and ICAP teacher Shanna Walker have created a P.E class that integrates both ICAP students and General Education (Gen Ed) students into a single class period. According to Walker, P.E has proven to be beneficial for the students. “Some of the changes we see in the children are that they are building relationships with other students in the class, giving fist bumps or high fives in the hall, which in turn helps the special education student more confident in our hallways,” Walker said. “Our students enjoy going to P.E. where there is music being played and there is a routine with Gen Ed students. It's a positive environment for all involved.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

February 26, 2020

In order to make every student feel safe and included, Coach Donny Ott and ICAP teacher Shanna Walker have created a P.E class that integrates both ICAP students and General Education (Gen Ed) students into a single class period. This ensures that every student feels like they have a place at school and...

Making An Impact

Seniors Jackie Castillo and Shivesh Razdan pose for a picture during their DEN presentation over Alzheimers. Each year, Health Occupations Students of America, also known as HOSA create a project where groups of students strive to create a lasting effect on the community through their research. This year for the annual HOSA project, senior Layla Ismail decided to use her project to create awareness of Alzheimers, and the link between classical music and the disease. “I think that we as the youth of our community need to educate ourselves since we will be the generation taking care of our parents and relatives who will later develop Alzheimers,” Ismail said. “It’s important for people in high school to get involved with the Alzheimer's community because it’s an extremely humbling experience. It allows you to realize how lucky you are to be exactly where you are in life currently.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

February 14, 2020

Each year, Health Occupations Students of America, also known as HOSA creates a project where groups of students strive to create a lasting effect on the community through their research. This year for the annual HOSA project, senior Layla Ismail decided to use her project to create awareness of Alzheime...

The Hidden Addiction

Coffee cup is pictured in a classroom. There are many addictions in society today. Drugs, alcohol and now one that is quiet, but still relevant; caffeine. According to Medical News Today, heavy use of caffeine can cause nervousness, anxiety, jitteriness, sleep problems, gastrointestinal disturbances, tremors and increased heart rate. So while students struggling to balance their busy lives resort to a caffeinated beverage, they are actually putting themselves at risk of something much worse than low energy or sleepiness.

Kieren Garner, Reporter

February 6, 2020

There are many addictions in society today. Drugs, alcohol and now one that is quiet, but still relevant; caffeine. Caffeine addiction is defined by The Verywell Mind as the excessive and/or harmful use of caffeine over a period of time, which has negative effects on your health, social interactions, or other areas o...

A Journey’s Impact

Senior Faith Elliott smiles along with three Rwandan children in the village of  Kageyo, Rwanda. Elliott volunteers with a group called Africa New Life in Rwanda and said that the trip impacts her every year.

Kieren Garner, Reporter

January 2, 2020

It is usual for high school students to want to spend their free time sleeping in, hanging out with friends, or maybe even binging Netflix. But there are the rare few who want to spend their free time helping others in a completely foreign place. Senior Faith Elliott recently started a project called Project F...

Getting Inked, The Smart Way

Senior Kieren Garner shows off new tattoo. Before turning 18, Garner decided she wanted to get a tattoo and went through a thought out process to make sure the work came out the way she wanted. To make sure others don't make a mistake in rushing their tattoo, Garner offers advice through her own process.

Kieren Garner, Reporter

December 30, 2019

Turning 18 is what all teenagers look forward to. The day they can finally leave their adolescence behind and proclaim to the world that they are finally an adult. On their 18th birthday, many want to go and buy their first lottery ticket or open a bank account, but I wanted to sit in a tattoo shop ...

Which Christmas Movie are You?

Which Christmas Movie are You?

Kieren Garner, Reporter

December 24, 2019

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Suburban Safari

Senior Natalia Peck takes a picture with her pet tortoise, Jenga. According to Peck, animals have always been a love of hers, and she cannot recall ever wanting a job that did not deal with animals, and is currently working in reptile husbandry at the Austin Aquarium.
“I have wanted to work at the aquarium since I was thirteen,” Peck said. “I wasn’t old enough to work there until I was sixteen last year. I met a really good friend of mine who was working there, and she took me to my first interview there. I wouldn’t have been brave enough to get that job on my own. I work in reptile husbandry, so I take care of the cold blooded reptiles, which are one of my favorite things ever.

Kieren Garner, Reporter

November 27, 2019

It’s not uncommon for the average household to have a dog or a cat, or even a fish. But senior Natalia Peck is the proud owner to thirty one animals, ranging from the average dog, to eight legged creatures and animals with no legs at all. According to Peck, animals have always been a love of hers, and ...

Three’s A Charm

Sophomore Natalie Cohen stands with her twins, Jacob and Olivia Cohen. While growing up a triplet could seem intimidating, Cohen said that she really likes being a triplet.
“Being a triplet gives me a built-in interesting fact about myself,” Cohenn said. “I always have at least one sibling around, and it’s nice having two siblings around, especially since it’s one boy and one girl. It’s super fun when we occasionally get put in a class all together at school because it can be interesting and entertaining when we’re all together.”

Kieren Garner, Reporter

November 25, 2019

Many students have a younger or older brother or sister, maybe even multiple, but sophomore Natalie Cohen is a triplet with her siblings, Olivia and Jacob. While living with two other kids your age could seem intimidating, Cohen said that she really enjoys being a triplet. “Being a triplet giv...

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