The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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,...

Out of Stock

Juniors Compete in Finance Category for DECA
Kaydence Wilkinson
Researching today’s stock market and looking for trends, junior Mason Crews competes with his twin brother Owen Crews in the DECA Stock Market Game. According to Mason, working as a team makes it easier to spot trends that would negatively affect their value. “There’s been a few times where I found something I thought would work and then Owen found some sort of trend or something that makes it look like [a stock] is going to go up,” Mason said. “Then we don’t [buy] it and the next day it goes up 40%. Or I research the stocks for the day and I don’t find anything but Owen finds something that’s going to go up 40% the next day.”

Trading on the stock market is a gamble. A wrong mistake or bad day could cause a person to lose half their worth while a lucky guess could earn a person $100,000 in profit. Creating a new business involves even more risk, as it could either take off and turn into a multimillion-dollar company or result in a big waste of money and time.

Juniors Owen Crews and Mason Crews are competing in two competitions for DECA this year. The first one is titled Start Up Business Proposal, where they have to write an essay with an idea for a business and present it to judges. The second competition is titled the Stock Market Game, which simulates the real-world stock market and allows students to trade current stocks but fake money. This game is a part of the finance category in DECA and teaches students how to manage money. Districts for the Start-Up Business Proposal contest took place on Jan. 9. The Crews  based their proposal off the Uber app and have titled their plan, “Chore Army.”

“If you look on the Uber [app] there are two options, you can either be the person that orders the car to drive you or you can be the person who drives people around for money,” Owen said. “[Our idea is] that but for chores. So if you’re an old person you can hire someone to fold your laundry or if you’re young you can become the person to fold somebody’s laundry. There’s infinite flexibility and [a person] can choose how much they get paid.”

The stock market game has two stages. The first stage involves trading stocks over the course of three months with a starting amount of 100,000 dollars. To compete in the Stock Market Game competitors go to a website where they put in their orders for the stock they want. The participants are responsible for researching the stocks and trends on their own.

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“We go on a website called FINVIZ and we look for stocks there, it’s a stocks screener,” Owen said. “We also have a watch list or a bunch of watch lists on our own stocks to keep track of different stocks and so we can sort from high percentage to low percentage gain.”

According to Mason, researching stocks is a bit of a time commitment.

“Basically whenever I’m not doing work in class I’m on the FINVIZ app screen[ing] stocks,” Mason said. “I figure out what looks good and then I write it all down in a shared note we have. In total I’ve probably spent like three hours a day looking at stocks.

To effectively trade stocks, the team often discusses their ideas with each other and shares their research before making any decisions. Trading stocks as a team is all about collaboration, according to Owen.

“Usually we research stocks individually and then propose what stocks we think are a good idea,” Owen said. “We collaborate between each other to say ‘oh yeah that’s a good idea’ or ‘that’s not a good idea.’ That way we kind of have a second opinion on everything so we don’t make stupid mistakes.”

With their strategy in the stock market game, they are hoping for the percent representing the value of the stock to go down because it means they will earn more money. If it goes up then they lose money. According to Mason, working as a team makes it easier to spot the trends that will cause stocks to go down and stop them from buying them.

“There’s been a few times where I found something I thought would work and then Owen found some sort of trend or something that makes it look like it’s going to go up,” Mason said. “Then we don’t [buy] it and the next day it goes up 40%. Or I research the stocks for the day and I don’t find anything but Owen finds something that’s going to go up 40% the next day.”

The stock market app competitors use throughout the competition is all based on real stocks. The prices of every stock are exactly the same as they would be in real life but the app changes some of the rules of the real stock market.

“One big difference is that you can only do end of day trades,” Owen said. “So instead of trading and getting what [that] price is at that moment, you put in an order and it goes through at market close which is 3:00 p.m. CST or 4:00 EST. At market close you basically predict what you think that price is going to be at the end of the day in order to predict what the price is going to be at the end of the next day in order to get that change and hopefully make money off of it.”

The Crews have already completed the first stage of the contest and moved on to the second stage with a total of 600,000 dollars. The top 25 participants in the region with the most money advance to the second stage. The second stage is an international meet where competitors will present a written ten page portfolio essay to the judges. The money gained in the first stage doesn’t not matter, only their presentation is judged in this meet. This competition will take place on April 20th. The competitors weren’t given much instruction regarding this presentation, according to Owen.

“I have zero clue what to do, but we’ll figure it out,” Owen said. “[All we know is] that in the essay you write how you got different stocks, what your plan was going into it, and what you ended up doing. [You also explain] your biggest decisions, biggest money makers, biggest losses, and your overall gains and losses.”

Trading stocks is very unpredictable, according to Mason. This makes the Stock Market Game fun, hard, scary, and sometimes easy depending on the stock market of each day.

“Sometimes there’s just so many good options that we can’t decide which one to choose and then it turns out that it doesn’t matter because they all fail,” Mason said. “And then some days it’s like the worst thing you’ve ever seen. It’s all 50/50 gambles and we don’t know if we’re gonna make 50% the next day or if we’re gonna lose half our money. So it depends. Some days it’s really easy and some days it’s very scary.”

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About the Contributors
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter
Kassidy is a junior and second year reporter. She was born in the early 2000s to Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson who gave her a name and a few other things like shelter, hope... and four other siblings her exact age. Along with her other quintuplet siblings, Kassidy is a part of the CPHS pickleball club. She believes Diet Coke is heaven's water, and spends her time reading romance novels, dreaming of Torchy’s Tacos and writing articles.
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter
Kaydence is a junior and first year reporter. She began her newspaper career at the age of zero when she was on the front page of Austin American-Statesman along with the rest of her quintuplet siblings after her birth. She is co-founder of the Pickleball Club and enjoys reading Brandon Sanderson, watching K dramas and running... away from people trying to make her run. After she graduates, Kaydence hopes to attend Brigham Young University where she will miss Torchy’s Tacos, but enjoy the cooler temperatures of Utah.

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