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The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

Holiday Cheer Means Volunteer

Eight Places in Austin to Volunteer During the Holidays
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A list of eight Christmas volunteer spots in Austin to help spread joy to everyone this holiday season.

As the breeze becomes colder with every passing day, dressing for warmth becomes a necessity. The holiday season is getting closer and closer, and the thought of Christmas is on everyone’s mind. However, those who are less fortunate begin to prepare for the next few months of freezing temperatures and difficult times. But, we can do something to help. Volunteering time, money, food, or gifts can change lives. There are many places in Austin that aid those in need during the holiday season, and below is a compiled list of volunteer opportunities in the greater Austin area. The following provides brief information regarding these service organizations, but to learn more or find where to volunteer, each link will take you to their website with further descriptions. 

1. Holiday Wishes 

Holiday Wishes is a program founded by Partnerships for Children, with its purpose being to give children connected to Child Protective Services (CPS) in Central Texas happy memories surrounding the holidays. Volunteers are able to donate, send gifts, or sponsor a child to help turn their wishes into smiles. Although Holiday Wishes is explicitly a Christmas time program, Partnerships for Children is open to volunteers year round, with many opportunities to help children, youth, and families that are connected to CPS make long-lasting memories.

 

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2. Coats for Kids 

Coats for Kids is a community project hosted in Austin annually, where The Junior League of Austin, Jack Brown Cleaners, iHeartRadio and KVUE all partner to give warmth to those during the holiday season. More than 30,000 coats are distributed to children and youth each year, and the help of volunteers is vital. Whether community members donate coats, volunteer to sort the clothes, or help distribute, large amounts of volunteers are necessary in order to make this project successful. 

 

3. Toys for Tots 

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is intended to collect and distribute toys to America’s youth during the holidays. Children who are less fortunate deserve to have a happy Christmas and look forward to the excitement of gifts. The holiday season is a time for joy, and Toys for Tots actively works to put smiles on the faces of children all around Austin. Spanning over eight counties in the Central Texas area, Toys for Tots has already distributed 42,831 toys providing 36,172 children with support during the past two months. 

 

4. Mission Accomplished 

Mission Accomplished is another great nonprofit organization that serves Austin and its surrounding areas, focusing on giving those in need a helping hand. Their goal is to aid in getting people off the streets by giving them temporary housing, food, and care-packages. As of right now, Mission Accomplished is hosting Operation Clean Clothes (OCC) in which volunteers are able to help wash, dry, and fold clothes for those who aren’t able to do so themselves. Various places including churches and libraries around the Austin area have come together with Mission Accomplished to host days where volunteers are able to help out and learn more about the laundry services provided to those in need. 

 

5. Mobile Loaves & Fishes 

Being the largest prepared feeding program in the Central Texas area, Mobile Loaves & Fishes food trucks take to the street every night to give food to those in need. During Christmas time, they are asking for larger amounts of donations and volunteers to provide those with a sufficient holiday meal. Additionally, through their Community First! Village, Mobile Loaves & Fishes provides housing for the homeless. 

 

6. Austin Humane Society

Austin Humane Society, the longest-standing no-kill, non-profit animal shelter and adoption center, has been working this holiday season to provide abandoned animals with a warm home for Christmas. Many animals around the Austin area have never experienced a holiday season full of love, but this could change with the help of volunteers. By socializing with both cats and dogs, volunteers are able to share a meaningful experience with animals while also serving their community. 

 

7. SAFE Alliance 

Stop Abuse For Everyone Alliance (SAFE) is dedicated to helping out those who have experienced domestic abuse in their lives. They are now accepting holiday gift donations for those affiliated with the program which will be doubled thanks to Dell Foundation to further help survivors of abuse through their healing journey. One of the great things about SAFE is that those who will receive the donation are all of age, not just children. While most holiday volunteer programs focus on Austin’s youth, SAFE aids those of all ages, making it a great option for volunteering or donating. 

 

8. Caritas of Austin

This holiday season, Caritas of Austin is pairing with South Congress Hotel to help end homelessness in the Austin area. $15 hotel rooms will be available to book, giving those in Austin who are struggling through the cold a warm place to stay. Caritas of Austin also has many other donation and volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and are constantly pairing with other foundations and organizations to provide homes and shelter to the homeless around the Austin area.

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Caroline Howard, Reporter
Caroline is a senior and a first year reporter. In addition to being a staff member for the Wolfpack, she is involved in many clubs around CPHS, with her main focus being Timberwolves for the Environment and Spanish Honor Society in which she holds officer positions. She enjoys learning and writing all about people's different perspectives. She hopes to attend the University of Washington next fall to major in Nursing. Some fun facts about Caroline include: her goldendoodle named Luna, her Dr. Pepper addiction, and her love for all music, her favorites being Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. 

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