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,...

Grader Than Ever

Language Journey of Spanish Teacher Kris Campos
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Photo by Kris Campos
Young Spanish III, AP IV, and AP V teacher and AP grader Kris Campos stands on some rocks at a historic site in France. Campos’ grandparents spoke German, so she took a few German classes in elementary school but did not learn much of the language past that. In high school, however, Campos began learning French and continued to learn more in college. “I had an aunt in France [who] worked in the fashion world, and she was gorgeous,” Campos said. “I wanted to understand what she was saying, so when I went to college I took French. And I loved it. I took French one, two, three, four, and then I did my junior year abroad in France, and studying abroad was absolutely life-changing. France was [my] first life-changing experience because I had never been out of the country before, [and] I met people from all over the world.”

Sinking her feet into the foreign soil, she stares in wonder and awe at the new world in front of her. She is surrounded by new people speaking a language different from the one back home, delicious smells from the pastries lining the stores along the street and beautiful monuments and historic sights soaring above it all. Kris Campos is about to experience something that will change her life forever: a study abroad in France. 

As a college student spending time abroad for the first time, Campos developed a passion for languages that fueled her desire to become a teacher during her trip to France. Campos has been teaching for 27 years in total, with 16 years at the school, where she teaches Spanish III Advanced, Spanish IV AP, and Spanish V AP. Campos grew up in a small town in Kansas where, unlike many schools where most students are only able to focus on one club or sport, Campos had many opportunities because of the small size of her high school. 

“High school was really fun for me,” Campos said. “I played tennis, I played basketball, I ran track, I was in the band, I was on the dance team, I was in theater, and I was on the student council. [Because my high school was small] you just did everything or you did nothing, and I was one of the ones that did everything.”

Campos’ grandparents spoke German, so she took a few German classes in elementary school but did not learn much of the language past that. In high school, however, Campos began learning French and continued to learn more in college. 

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“I had an aunt in France [who] worked in the fashion world, and she was gorgeous,” Campos said. “I wanted to understand what she was saying, so when I went to college I took French. And I loved it. I took French one, two, three, four, and then I did my junior year abroad in France, and studying abroad was absolutely life-changing. France was [my] first life-changing experience because I had never been out of the country before, [and] I met people from all over the world.”

After her study-abroad experience in France, Campos said she wanted to learn an additional language, and she decided to learn Spanish. 

“While I was in France, I had Spanish-speaking friends, and I also wanted to make myself more marketable as a teacher, so when I came back [to the United States] I started taking Spanish [classes],” Campos said. “I tested out of some [classes], and then I studied abroad in Mexico after my student teaching.”

According to Campos, studying abroad was one of the things that helped most when learning Spanish and French.

“It’s a well-known fact that immersion is a great way to learn,” Campos said. “I got to where I had advanced levels of proficiency [in Spanish] through studying abroad because [the language] comes at you from all directions all the time. You have to use Spanish to get to school, you have to use Spanish to go to a restaurant, [and] you have to use Spanish to go to a movie. It’s survival and that’s how [for] someone like me, [speaking] can become very natural.”

After going through several transformative experiences during her foreign studies, Campos believes that all students should study abroad if they want to master another language, and learn about a culture other than their own.

“I think [student exchange programs] should be required for everyone,” Campos said. “You learn a lot about other cultures and the way other people think, which develops empathy and tolerance. You also understand yourself, your way of thinking, and your culture better as well. If you never leave the place where you were born, you have a very limited view of the world. Travel doesn’t do it because you go to the tourist sites and you’re still in a bubble. You [have] to interact with the people.”

At the beginning of her career in teaching as a student teacher, Campos was encouraged by her cooperating teacher to apply to be a College Board Advanced Placement, or AP grader. So, after three years of teaching Spanish AP, Campos applied and now has the unique opportunity to be an AP grader for the speaking section of the Spanish IV AP test.

“[Being an AP test grader] has absolutely made me a better teacher,” Campos said.” I know exactly what [the test graders are] looking for. I’ve listened to thousands and thousands and thousands of samples, but also I’ve talked to a lot of people that grade the parts that I don’t grade. I spend a week [each year] focused on the AP test, so [I] always have some notes to bring back for what to change next year.”

Campos has since advanced from being a grader to table leader, where she has several additional responsibilities.

“I’m in leadership, [and] what we do on leadership days is we find samples [and] benchmarks,” Campos said. “[For example, we find a] prime example of a five, write the justification, and that becomes training for the people who grade it. So we have a benchmark five, four, three, two, [and] one. Then we have some samples that we score [for new graders who] go through a training process [where] they have to score [tests] that we’ve already scored and discussed thoroughly.”

Because years have passed since her student exchanges and professional schooling, Campos maintains her knowledge of Spanish by surrounding herself with Spanish media, and she encourages others to do the same.

“The key for anyone to keep up [with] their language is to consume as much [of it] as you can,” Campos said. “[You should] follow people on social media that speak Spanish [and] watch movies and TV in Spanish. It takes effort, [but] you have to just keep doing it.”

Campos loves languages and she hopes that her students can share her passion for them through her teaching.

“I love hanging out with teenagers,” Campos said. “I love how they can still be goofy and get excited about [getting] a sticker like an elementary school kid and a piece of candy on their birthday. I’m really passionate about traveling and culture and languages, and I enjoy opening up people’s eyes to] [other] parts of the world and hopefully inspiring [my students] to keep studying languages.”

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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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