Letter from the Editor

Mercedes Ordonez

     To the student body of Cedar Park High School:

     It seems to me that our generation is becoming more and more apathetic towards issues around the world. If you ask a typical 16 year old what was on the news last night, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you. If one were to ask this teenager about current events, such as the latest economic crises in Mexico or even news within our own country, it’s doubtful that many students would know what you were talking about. How many high school sophomores can talk about the increase in the stimulus package that Vice President Joe Biden recently announced – not many.  However, if you bring up Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMA awards, these same sophomores would probably be able to tell you all about it.

     While global issues do not affect us suburban, middle-class high school students directly, these events definitely affect us indirectly. Anything that goes on within our own nation really does affect us as students. What is happening in the world now defines the future, and as soon-to-be-voting American citizens we need to pay attention in order to make educated decisions in the future.

      I won’t deny that many students have reached out to global issues such as the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, the Invisible Children organization and the charity work involved in mission trips. I am consistently amazed with the amount of hard work that students put into raising money for so many different causes. However, the everyday issues, the ones that don’t kill thousands of people, seem to be overlooked. There are things we need to be aware of that aren’t posted on your favorite celebrity’s blog or talked about on the Bobby Bones Show.

     There are several ways a student can educate themselves, whether it be taking that current event project in your History class seriously, or turning on the morning news while getting ready for school. Also, with today’s technological world you can subscribe to news sites and have breaking news instantly delivered to your email or even download a news app for your Blackberry or iPhone. We have so many resources all around us; why not browse CNN.com as you chat with friends on Facebook? Why not read a newspaper while you wait for your friend to come pick you up?  Why not make an effort to stay informed of noteworthy events around the world?

     As a high school newspaper staff, The Wolfpack is constantly striving to report on noteworthy news events around the school and even around the community. In this issue, we cover everything from students at Cedar Park participating in the Latin Forum to budget saving ideas for the prom season. While some of these stories you see in the paper may seem boring, try reading them. They caught the interest of the student who wrote it, so maybe the story will interest you too. If you don’t like something in our paper and have any critiques or suggestions, let us know! We want to print news that students are interested in and we welcome comments. They let us know that we do have some readership and we are always looking to improve. And, if you really want to make a difference in our paper, apply to join our staff!