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,...

Diving Into the Future

Junior Student Athlete Commits to UT Women’s Swim, Dive Team
Junior+Swimmer+Ella+Mongenel+commits+to+the+University+of+Texas+to+continue+her+academic+and+athletic+career+on+the+Women%E2%80%99s+Swim+and+Dive+team.+She+has+been+in+communication+with+the+Longhorn+swimming+staff+since+June%2C+and+committed+in+November.+%E2%80%9CEven+though+swimming+is+so+individualized+when+you+compete%2Chaving+teammates+there+to+support+you+makes+a+big+difference%2C%E2%80%9D+Mongenel+said.+%E2%80%9CI+am+thankful+for+all+the+people+that+I+have+met+throughout+my+swimming+career+and+how+they+helped+me+push+through.%E2%80%9D
Ella Mongenel
Junior Swimmer Ella Mongenel commits to the University of Texas to continue her academic and athletic career on the Women’s Swim and Dive team. She has been in communication with the Longhorn swimming staff since June, and committed in November. “Even though swimming is so individualized when you compete,having teammates there to support you makes a big difference,” Mongenel said. “I am thankful for all the people that I have met throughout my swimming career and how they helped me push through.”

She waits in anticipation for the phone call that could change her life. Thinking of all the hard work that she has put into her training and the people that have motivated her to get to where she is today, she knows she is ready to start her future swimming journey. Then, the phone rings and she is welcomed into the Longhorn family.

Junior student athlete Ella Mongenel committed to the University of Texas on the Women’s Swim and Dive team this November. She has participated in competitive swimming since she was three years old and competed on club swim team since she was eight years old. Although Mongenel committed in November, she has been in contact with the UT coaches since June.

“The recruiting process has been a really long process,” Mongenel said. “There were lots of phone calls I had to make with the college coaches. I also had to take recruiting trips where I had to go to the school and really get to see the campus and get to know the coaches and have them watch me swim.”

Throughout the course of getting recruited, Mongenel was in constant communication with the University coaches in order to finalize her commitment. According to Mongenel, the swimming community is small, so she had already known the coaches throughout her years of club swimming and swimming camps; this helped her stay connected and later commit.

Story continues below advertisement

“They reached out to me and I continued talking to them throughout the months [leading up to my commitment],” Mongenel said. “They would come to certain competitions and they would watch me swim. I was able to take an official recruiting swimming trip to UT and got to see the college swimmers and really get to know them. I even got to train with them for a day, so that was a really cool experience to see the academic and swimming side of UT.”

Mongenel competes at Nitro Swimming, where she mainly competes in sprinting heats, which includes the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle but does not exclude participating in other events such as the 200 meter individual medley and 100 meter breastroke. Mongenel is continuing to train at Nitro, where she practices every morning and afternoon.

“I am definitely training a lot,” Mongenel said. “I am training morning and at night so I definitely go back and forth between academics and sports. In practice, I do a lot of technique based stuff, endurance training, aerobic work, stroke training; just a little bit of everything”

Mongenel was a member of the 2023 5A State Championship Girls Swim and Dive Team, where she contributed to the achievement with a 1st place in the 50 meter freestyle and 2nd place in the 100 meter Freestyle. Although Mongenel is only competing in club swim this year, she plans on rejoining the school’s Girls Swim and Dive team for her senior year.

“One of my favorite memories is winning state with the girls,” Mongenel said. “It is my proudest accomplishment for high school [career]. I really enjoyed the senior class of 2023 and I felt like we were very close and really bonded. Everything clicked at state and we were all very motivated to accomplish big dreams for CPHS.”

Mongenel’s love of swimming began when she was very young, and as she got older swim became more than just her love for the sport but also helped her get into her dream school. She has now been competing with various club organizations for nine years of her swimming career.

“From a very young age my mom put me into swim,” Mongenel said. “She wanted to make sure I learned it as a basic survival skill and I fell in love with it. I stuck it out and continued to fall in love with it. Now I have been doing club for about nine years and been through a few club programs.”

According to Mongenel, her commitment is not finalized until her senior year but she is eager for her future swimming career as a Longhorn. She said the people around her such as her teammates and her family have been a heavy influence on how she has gotten to where she is today.

“To young swimmers,” Mongenel said. “Don’t be so hard on yourselves. Trust the process and don’t overthink everything that you can’t control. Focus on the things you can control and have fun with the sport. You can’t swim forever so make the best memories you possibly can with the teammates around you.”

Leave a Comment
About the Contributor
Penny Moreno, Reporter
Penny is a senior and a third year reporter. In addition to being a staff member of The Wolfpack, she is also a part of the T-Wolf volleyball team and has been since her freshman year. In her free time, she likes to read and hangout with her friends. She enjoys learning more about writing and meeting new people. She hopes to go to the University of Houston to study political science. She loves playing with her cat, sleeping, and eating snacks.

Comments (0)

Comments on The Wolfpack must be approved before posting.
All The Wolfpack Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *