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,...

Getting my Green Card

     Many people are rightly angry about the state of immigration; they take offense to the large numbers of illegal immigrants flowing into the country. However, many do not know about the complex immigration system that unwittingly sustains this flux. To be honest, why should they? If you’re already a citizen there is no real reason to know how to become one. However, the process of gaining a green card is much harder than is thought. As one of the lucky ones, I received my green card after months of application after application, but my case proves to be the exception rather than the rule.

     My experience with the American immigration system started a little over five years ago. Shortly after my dad received an offer to transfer to the country, the ordeal began. While many people assume that you need a green card to live in the country as a foreigner, that isn’t entirely true. Rather than applying for permanent residency (green card), it is possible to apply for a visa which is shorter term. The dizzying varieties of visas cover everything from diplomats to victims of human trafficking. The result of this and the amazing number of forms required is the need for lawyers to fill in the paper work. This, as you might imagine, is not cheap. Thankfully in my case my family and I were sponsored by my dad’s company.

     After several trips to London for interviews and finger prints at the US embassy, we were accepted for L visas (the kind for intra-company transfers). Our passports were taken away to have the visa attached, that way we could travel. These visas only lasted three years then the ordeal began again. To renew our visas, we had to travel outside of the country to get a particular stamp and to have all of our finger prints taken again. For this, we had to schedule an appointment several months in advance and spend almost a week out of the country without a passport. We decided to make a holiday of it in Mexico. Driving past the slums in Mexico City it is easy to see why people are so desperate to get out of there. The queue for visas at the embassy was hundreds of people long and was renewed each hour as people arrived for their appointed time.  After waiting for hours, we were interviewed on the reasons for applying and about our employment, questions that they already knew the answer to because of the forms. Once the week was up we finally recovered our passports and headed home.

     Since then, the family has decided that there isn’t enough work back home so the best option was to get a green card and stay in the US. For many people it takes years to just get an interview. However because, once again, it was part of an intra-company transfer the process was relatively painless. Usually, it entails interviews, serious passport style photos and finger prints of every finger and thumb. Luckily, we got away with just the photos and finger prints. This would have been fine but the day we were scheduled to have them done was the snow day. All of the immigrants turned up but the contractors who worked in the office didn’t. Once we sorted that out, it was a matter of waiting.

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      This isn’t the usual process. The tenants in our UK house for example, applied a few months before we left for the states five years ago. They still haven’t been called for an interview. This is more like the process that most experience. Without company sponsorship, it takes ages of waiting and pestering lawyers just to get a visa, never mind a green card. Combine this with the massive numbers of poor people who want immigrate but can’t afford it and it is no wonder that the US is experiencing massive problems with immigration.

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