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,...

The Biggest Win of All

HOSA Hosts Bi-Annual Blood Drive
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Standing next to several other HOSA volunteers, junior Gwen Greer poses for a picture at the HOSA blood drive on Dec. 21. At this event, Greer was in charge of taking students or teachers back to their rooms, and monitoring patients to make sure they were in good condition. “I think that the best part was seeing how happy people were after they donated because that really does make a big difference,” Greer said. “It’s only a pint of blood, but [donating] really does help people because it can save three lives.”

A screech of tires on the pavement, a crash of metal on metal that rings through the night air, and an emergency team rushing injured patients to the hospital. Loss of blood from an injury such as a car accident can be fatal in many situations, or cause lasting negative effects to one’s health. Fortunately, hospitals are often able to save these patients through blood transfusions with blood donated from people in the community. HOSA recently contributed to this effort by hosting a blood drive and inviting students, parents and staff to participate.

From the first day of school, HOSA members began preparing for the blood drive by setting weekly meetings, making monthly checklists and working with We Are Blood, a local blood donation organization. The blood drive took place on Dec. 21 in the lecture hall, and over 45 people donated blood.

“It was really simple [to donate blood],” senior and first-time blood donor Noah Luttrell said. “You just register for a time online, fill out a little questionnaire beforehand, and then they draw your blood. All of the teachers were super nice [when you leave your class] because it’s a good cause [and] it helps a lot of people. Saving lives is a really big deal.”

Not only was donating blood beneficial for those receiving the donation, but it was also valuable for the volunteering HOSA students who were in charge of monitoring donors after they got their blood drawn. Health Science Practicum and Health Science Theory teacher Robin Spinelli said she was happy to see the students play such a vital role in patient care.

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“When a patient came in for recovery, that was [the students’ patient],” Spinelli said. “They had the experience of seeing how you would interview a patient [and] they saw the blood donation process [as well as] the equipment used. They got to actively use their skills to monitor patients, [and] they could respond if a patient had low blood pressure or if they felt dizzy. [The students learned] things that you can’t learn in a classroom.”

HOSA Treasurer and senior Tiffany Lam volunteered at the blood drive during first and third periods. Lam said she enjoyed watching people come in to donate and helping them recover after getting their blood drawn. 

“I made sure that the people who had donated blood were eating and drinking enough, they were sitting down and weren’t feeling faint or dizzy or confused,” Lam said. “[Each patient] had to be there for around 20 minutes, because that is usually when most of the side effects of fainting and dizziness [occur]. Afterward, I would help walk them back to where they needed to go.”

According to Spinelli, the blood contribution of teenagers 17 years and up makes up over 12% of the blood supply that goes out to local hospitals, so high school blood drives are very important for the community. Lam said that donated blood is especially important during pandemics, when many people require a blood transfusion. 

“During COVID, there was a shortage of things in the hospital and one of them was often blood,” Lam said. “Especially during pandemics, many people need surgeries or just need different components of blood like platelets, so donating blood is very important.”

Senior Phoebe Solberg also donated for the first time at the blood drive event, and she encourages those who are worried about the process to donate blood and help their community.

“It’s a good overall process, and [it’s] rewarding,” Solberg said. “[The phlebotomists of We Are Blood] are professional, [so] if you have any side effects, they’re trained to take care of that, so you shouldn’t be worried.”

Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology, and Kinesiology teacher Amy Buffington said that donating blood is a great gift to give to those who need it.

“I think [donating blood] is very important,” Buffington said. “One donation can save three lives. The total process takes probably about 30 minutes to come in [and] your donation only takes about five minutes, so within that amount of time being able to save three lives is pretty amazing.”

Spinelli and Buffington witnessed firsthand the importance of blood donations to people in the community.

“There was a lady that is one of our acquaintances who has been going through cancer treatment, and she had a critical need for platelets during the winter break,” Spinelli said. “She acquired a transfusion of platelets, and for all we know it could have been our donations that helped save her life over the holidays. For me, that is the biggest win of all.”

Parents, students, and faculty who wish to donate blood will have an opportunity at the HOSA blood drive in the spring, or they can make an appointment with local organizations such as We Are Blood or American Red Cross. Students must be 17 or older, weigh at least 115 pounds, and have signed consent from a parent or guardian to donate.

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About the Contributors
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.
Cason Johnson, Reporter
Cason is a senior and first year reporter for the Wolfpack Newspaper. He is also heavily involved in CPHS’s award winning Broadcast Journalism program, the Wolfcast, as a fourth year reporter and Executive Producer. He enjoys interviewing others and discovering their stories and passions. He wants to pursue journalism through attending UT. He’s a sucker for the seaside and strawberry daiquiris on a hot summer day. He’s also into making music with his band on weekends and is overall a laid back and approachable person. 

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