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,...

Sexting leads to criminal charges

     Texting is rapidly becoming a staple of the average teenager’s life, and as such, is beginning to work its way into other aspects of teens’ social lives. A new method of flirting, known as “sexting,”  has re-gained national attention in the last few months This racy practice has quickly gained popularity amongst a staggering number of teenagers across the country, but unbeknownst to many, is also leading to incredible developments in law.

     Several students in different states across the country were found in possession of sexting images by parents or school officials, and the consequences have been considerably more serious than simple referrals. Most notably, a recent case in Massachusetts involving a young boy who received a “sext” and then spread it amongst his friends, led to child pornography charges.

     Because most sexts include pictures of minors (often children around 15), some law prosecutors have concluded that these pictures are child pornography, and saving the images on a phone can be deemed possession of such illegal materials. Sending these images to friends can be considered distribution of child pornography. Possession of child pornography is a serious felony in the United States and could lead to a maximum of five years in jail. Distribution, on the other hand, is considered a more serious offense, with a maximum jail sentence of 15 years.

     In Pennsylvania earlier this year, approximately twenty students (both boys and girls) were prosecuted for possessing and distributing a picture of several semi-nude girls, and were given a choice between probation and classes on the dangers of sex abuse or being charged with sexual abuse. While most agreed to take the classes, some are currently appealing the verdict out of principle.

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     One of the most momentous developments in the sexting controversy, however, occurred recently in Florida where an 18 year old boy was charged as a sex offender for sending a nude image of his girlfriend to several people after a fight. Indicted with distribution of child pornography, the young man must now undergo probation and is registered as a sex offender, a serious label that will remain with him until he becomes 43.

     In the fall of 2008, a survey conducted by TRU, a world leader in teenage research, revealed that 1 in every 5 teens admits to having sent or posted nude or semi-nude videos or pictures of themselves. Most teenagers understand that there can be serious consequences to sexting (75% according to TRU), but whether those teenagers understand that these pictures can be spread around or that they could lead to several years in jail, is unclear.

     Many parents across the country are outraged at the possibility of prosecution for sexting. If it is true that 20% of all teens are engaging in the illicit practice, then law enforcement may find it difficult to carry out felony prosecution on such a wide scale. The father of one of the students involved in the Massachusetts case said recently that he feels the charges were much too harsh and the boys had “learned their lesson.” This statement echoes the concerns of many across the country who believe that the natural consequences of sexting, which may include harassment or parental punishment, should be enough.

     Still, some prosecutors are trying to drive home the point that sexting should not be a common practice for minors, and are doing so by applying heavy felony charges to those currently involved.

     While many teens and parents may argue that child pornography charges are too severe for young teens in the midst of flirtatious behavior, many judges and district attorneys disagree. Some attorneys believe that these more serious charges are part of a necessary effort to create a precedent that would discourage teens from participating in this highly dangerous behavior. Students, who have had pictures or videos of themselves distributed in the past, have been known to change schools or even commit suicide to avoid the resulting harassment.

     While teenage flirtation is a normal part of adolescence, the stakes have changed. In the digital age, the pictures teenagers take of themselves have lives of their own and may be found months, or even years later on a phone or the Internet. Such was the case with the teenage actor Vanessa Hudgens whose risqué pictures surfaced many years after being taken. So, although no consensus has been reached on a legal or non-legal approach to the problem, it is clear that this issue is far from resolved.

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