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

Posing with her USA gold medal, junior Aahana Mulchandani holds the certificate verifying her place on Team USA Taekwondo team. Mulchandani will represent the team this April in the Dominican Republic for the Pan American Taekwondo Championships. “Im really excited to go [to the Dominican Republic because] Ive never been there,” Mulchandani said. “Im a little bit nervous too, [but] I feel very honored to [compete] because I fought so hard [to make the team]. I have a very [good] shot [at winning] if I do my best. My coach would probably kill me if I didn’t.” (Photo Courtesy of Aahana Mulchandani)

Taek-“Win”-do

Kacey Miller, Reporter March 22, 2023

Everything is silent. She can’t hear the clapping crowd’s whistles, the voices speaking to her or feel the rough pats on her back. Frantically whipping her head around, she looks for the one face that...

Whereas classical art depicts a scene and tells a story, often of mythology or religious references, artists of modern times focus more on expressing ideas and feelings. The style of back then has since been replaced by splashes of color, curvy lines and other new art techniques. [Over time] I think art has shifted more to emotion rather than human beauty,  sophomore Braeden Murray said. Modern art is significantly more abstract and doesnt have an obvious theme in mind. Very simple shapes, no people to be seen, and more colorful. I think in the older [time period] the art was definitely more human based, with biblical [references] while modern art is more emotion based because its not depicting a particular scene or action thats happening.”

The Vanishing Point of Art Styles

Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter March 21, 2023

Leonardo da Vinci wrote in reverse so his journals could only be read in the reflection of a mirror. Michelangelo created a name for himself after a failed attempt at art fraud. Donatello destroyed his...

According to the Centers for Disease Controls Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the share of teenage girls that have experienced feelings of sadness and/or hopelessness increased from 36% to 57% in the past decade.

ARE YOU (NOT) OKAY?

Iliana Tangarova, Reporter March 17, 2023

Anxiety. A seven-letter word that causes teenagers’ heart rates to skyrocket with just a mention. My take on it? Anxiety is yuck. According to the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior...

Ready to pounce at his opponent, sophomore Max Brandt considers each way he could pin his opponent. During his regular season, he went 24-3. “Wrestling is my whole life,” Brandt said. “I’ve done it since I’ve walked. It teaches you a lot of good stuff on how to be a better human, and you can definitely learn a lot rather than just how to pin someone. You can learn how to defend yourself - it just makes you a better person, I think.” (Photo Courtesy of Max Brandt)

Practice, Win, Repeat

Heidi Williams, Reporter March 15, 2023

After drinking his Liquid I.V. and finishing his sandwich, sophomore Max Brandt is ready to prepare for his upcoming wrestling match. He completes his routine - adjusting his headphones to start warming...

Alumnus Jorge Chong poses in front of the Orion spacecraft used in NASAs Artemis I mission, the first phase in the Artemis programs plan to land the first astronauts on the moon in over 50 years. Chong is one of the engineers responsible for the next groundbreaking lunar mission. “I began becoming very interested in aerospace in high school and started becoming passionate about it then,” Chong said. “I honestly thought I would work in the aeronautics sector, working with aircraft and airplanes. I didnt anticipate working with spacecraft or working in the space world at all. So that was kind of unexpected, but thats where the doors ended up opening, and it became something that I really love.” (Photo Courtesy of Jorge Chong)

To Infinity And Beyond

Jack Polishook, Reporter March 14, 2023

Graduating in 2012, alumnus Jorge Chong is now working at NASA as an aerospace engineer handling navigation systems on the latest Artemis mission launches and collaborating on some of the latest innovations...

The Luminaries Performance Team smiles for the camera in their matching outfits. Sophomore and sergeant Ali Cooper joined Luminaries her freshman year, the first year the team existed. “My favorite part of being on Luminaries is the community-based performance,” Cooper said. “We get to go to hospital homes and entertain the elderly with some fun dances. Everyone is super sweet and we’re all friends on the team.” (Photo Courtesy of the Luminaries)

Luminaries Light Up The Community

Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter March 13, 2023

A yellow ray is caught by the inky black sequins, making them shine in the artificial light. Feet hit the ground in sync, following the practiced rhythm. Hair blows in the wind, escaping from a rubber...

Soundwave poses for a picture after performing in the Legislative Prayer Breakfast for Texas politicians. Multiple audience members, such as State Rep. Terry Wilson, approached the students afterwards or requested to take photos with the singers. “[A woman] told us that it reminded her of singing when she was younger,” Ferguson said. “She said she sang the same song, but a different version and that it was one of her Dad’s favorites. She was really proud and really liked the performance.” (Photo Courtesy of Kyra Cox)

Soundwave Sings Their Way To The Capitol

Ava Callaway, Reporter March 10, 2023

On Feb. 23, the choir went from the PAC stage with an audience of family and peers to singing for hundreds of politicians in downtown Austin. The choir ensemble Soundwave, which consists of the girls'...

Posing for the picture as evidence of his “assassination”, senior Paisley Schalles holds up her water gun to her target, senior Dominic Ridder. The game of Senior Assassin began on March 1 and will be played by 176 seniors across campus. “I was so tired,” Ridder said. “I was kind of just surprised at first because I live pretty far, so I didn’t expect anyone to be out there. I mean, it was interesting, I was just super tired, so it surprised me a little bit. But I’m still going to help out my team and everything. So far it seems pretty cool, the water guns are the best option.”

One Spray and You’re Dead

Madison Shields, Editor March 9, 2023

Senior Assassin has become increasingly popular throughout recent years due to numerous clips from high schools nationwide going viral on TikTok. Now, it’s been brought to the school, pitting its seniors...

Running toward the goal, captain and senior Antonio DeLaRosa protects the ball away from the opposing team. The team currently has a four win to two lose to two tie record and continues to progress through district play. “I think our work rate separates us from other teams,” Antonio DeLaRosa said. “This is easily one of the hardest working teams I’ve ever been a part of, and not a lot of teams can keep up with our intensity.”

Kicking It Up a Notch

Penny Moreno, Reporter February 27, 2023

Sprinting down the field, he swiftly moves the ball with strategy in order to dodge his opponents. As he nears the goal, he precisely places his foot on the ball as he prepares to shoot for the goal. He...

UIL Academics, a largely student-run program where competitors of varying academic interests compete for  awards, poses for a photo after the Jan. 14 Burnet practice invitational. From Computer Science to Social Studies, Literary Criticism to Journalism and Current Events, there’s something for everyone. “Of course, the competitions have a lot of weight attached to them,” senior and captain of the UIL Current Events team Kaci Craddock said. “But I try to remind myself that at the end of the day, its a fun extracurricular activity. I think it’s very challenging, but also extremely rewarding.”

Going for the Gold

Jack Polishook, Reporter February 23, 2023

UIL Academics competitions provide a variety of opportunities for students to test their knowledge in a wide array of subjects. From Social Studies to Computer Science, from Journalism to Literary Criticism,...

Raising his hand to ask a question, junior Jack Garrett pays attention to the lecture in his AP Seminar class. AP Seminar is the first course in the AP Capstone program, a two-year program where students learn how to analyze, conduct research and give presentations and write essays over their findings. “Both [classes] are centered around research,” AP Research student and junior Amanda Eklund said. “Seminar [teaches you] how to research, and [you] look at other people’s research and combine th[eir] ideas together [for a grade], while Research is conducting your own [experiment].” To learn more about this program and enroll in it for the 2023-2024 school year, contact AP Research teacher Lauren Brannan at Lauren.Madrid@leanderisd.org.

Academic Weapons

Kacey Miller, Reporter February 22, 2023

The AP Capstone diploma program, run by College Board, will be open again this year to ninth and tenth graders as class options in Home Access Center when it allows students to make their course selections....

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