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,...

Success For the Streets

Student Project to Educate the Homeless Population
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Roselyn Nguyen
Pictured above is the local Streets to Success campaign that juniors Jen and Roselyn Nguyen have organized. Their ultimate goal is to bring education to homeless children. “We work with a lot of kids and we see that if they don’t have an education it’s a disadvantage for them,” Jen said. “I feel very sad for these little kids that lack [an education] so I think [the project] is such a great way to make not just myself more educated on the matters but everyone else.” Used with permission from Roselyn Nguyen

Dirty pavement absorbs the blazing heat from the sun as it beats down on the few souls brave enough or forced to be standing in the sauna of what an Austin summer is. One can see the waves of heat coming off of the cars as the heat holds a suffocating grip on their airways, making it so hard to breathe in the muggy air. For the homeless in the Austin area, this is a typical day for them during the summer season.

With the growing issue of homelessness in Austin, some students chose to focus on spreading awareness on the lack of education in the homeless community for this year’s DECA competition. The “Streets to Success” project was created by juniors Jen and Roselyn Nguyen in order to inform and ultimately bring easier access to education to the homeless community. 

“We really connected with the homeless people in our community,Jen said. “We feel [that] they are so vulnerable, especially the kids, because they don’t have educational opportunities.”

Both Jen and Roselyn, who are twin sisters, have been working as tutors at Kumon, an educational center that helps kids learn reading and math, since the COVID-19 pandemic. Both have seen the effects of education on kids.

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“We saw the importance of education during times where many individuals couldn’t afford an education,” Roselyn said. “We believe now [that] COVID is still impacting those who want an education but cannot afford one. That’s why we wanted to initiate this project.”

Starting this project was something that had been planned for a while, according to Roselyn.

“I initially started this project because it was something I have always wanted to start as a passion project in high school,” Roselyn said. “I saw the opportunity when my sister and I wanted to compete in DECA, but we definitely want to still continue this project even after DECA competitions.”

According to Jen, the project is supposed to target kids and younger audiences.

“We work with a lot of kids and we see that if they don’t have an education it’s a disadvantage for them,” Jen said. “I feel very sad for these little kids that lack [an education] so I think [the project] is such a great way to make not just myself more educated on the matters but everyone else.”

We want to mitigate the stigma behind homelessness because I know that a lot of people tend to see a homeless person on the street and just think about all the negative aspects of it. We just want to find a way for us to spread awareness about it.”

— Jen Nguyen, 11

One of the main goals behind this project is to spread awareness over the lack of education in the homeless community 

“A lot of people don’t realize how big and severe the issue is,” Jen said. “We want to mitigate the stigma behind homelessness because I know that a lot of people tend to see a homeless person on the street and just think about all the negative aspects of it. We just want to find a way for us to spread awareness about it.”

To begin spreading awareness, the sisters plan on using social media and the internet to get their word out.

“We think [social media] is one of the main proponents to our project because a lot of people use social media,” Jen said. “We’re making posts and also being in contact with some schools so that we can implement some workshops.”

According to Jen, these workshops are going to take place at elementary schools with younger kids and possibly move on to older generations of schools.

“We’re thinking of making a community awareness video and then showing the elementary kids this video,” Jen said. “Then we’re doing a pre and then post quiz so we get their knowledge of homelessness before watching the video and then after to see if they changed or if they learned anything new.”

Coming up with ideas for collaborative types of projects can be difficult if they’re not done with the right people.

“I really like working with my sister because it’s easy to communicate with her because we literally are with each other 24/7,” Jen said. “It’s also a really good way to synthesize our ideas because we have lots of strong emotions about homelessness and the Austin area.”

This project has some exciting plans coming up, according to Roselyn, and will be partnering with different groups to spread awareness about the lack of education for the homeless.

“As of now, we’ve reached out to schools in the district and are currently waiting on responses,” Roselyn said. “We hope to potentially implement tutoring workshops in the future, especially in prominent places of homelessness in the greater Austin area, where we [can] provide access to education for all.”

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Julia Seiden, Reporter
Julia is a junior and first year reporter. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and listening to music. She enjoys getting to write about people’s lives and telling a good story for everyone to enjoy. She wants to be a photojournalist and wants to travel and explore the world. She is super excited to be writing for The Wolfpack this school year.

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