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,...

CP Night Spotlight

All Students Welcome on Jan. 30
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Caroline Howard
On Jan. 30, CP Night will be held to aid incoming freshmen with course selection. “While we focus a lot on incoming 9th graders, we encourage all of our grade levels to come out because we’ll highlight ACC, advanced programs, [and] all of our extracurricular options,” Colman said. “Anyone who is still struggling with a decision about what to do [or] how to progress [have the option] to pick and choose.”

Taking the next step and transitioning from middle to high school can be stressful, but with the aid of Cedar Park High School’s counselors, assistant principals and staff, students as well as parents are able to understand what high school looks like and become accustomed with the programs within Cedar Park. 

CP Night will be hosted this year on Jan. 30 from 6-8 p.m. in the library, lecture hall, cafeteria and PAC. Geared towards incoming freshmen, the event is an opportunity for students to learn about all that Cedar Park has to offer and what is available to them. 

“CP Night is a way for our incoming families to get a chance to be on campus, meet the staff, hear about our programs, get to visit the CTE classroom,” lead counselor Sarah Cable said. “[That] is a big thing especially when they’re trying to decide what pathways and elective classes that they want to take, and ask questions about athletics and band so that they know what to prepare for and what to expect. It helps that transition from middle school to high school because they’re not just showing up here the first time on the first day of school. They have multiple opportunities to be on campus and have exposure, and start feeling like a Timberwolf.”

While CP Night stands for Cedar Park Night, there is also a double meaning of Course Planning Night. The entire focus of the event is for students to learn about all the courses available to them and the programs that CPHS contains.

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“I think the most important [thing] is getting to learn about all the stuff,” Dean of Instruction Jennifer Colman said. “There’s so much that goes with choosing your classes but also preparing for college or postsecondary options. Getting the information available is always [useful for the future].”

Going into the 2024-2025 school year, Cedar Park will experience a lot of zoning changes. Many students that went to middle schools such as Henry Middle School and Running Brushy Middle School will now be attending Cedar Park High School. This transition is likely to feel worrisome for many, however, with CP Night, these students have the opportunity to get a first glance at what their high school will be like.

“With our transfer kids it’s important for them to feel familiar with the campus and start to feel a little more at home,” College and Career Transition Coordinator Chriss Hexter said. “For some of our parents this will be the first opportunity they have to see the inside of Cedar Park High School. That’ll help them feel a little more [in] the Cedar Park community.”

All students have the opportunity to learn about advanced courses and what college credit looks like in high school. With college courses taken through Austin Community College or Advanced Placement programs that offer college credit, students have a plethora of options available when it comes to getting a head start on their future.

“While we focus a lot on incoming ninth graders, we encourage all of our grade levels to come out because we’ll highlight ACC, advanced programs, [and] all of our extracurricular options,” Colman said. “Anyone who is still struggling with a decision about what to do [or] how to progress [have the option] to pick and choose.”

Career and technical education programs are highlighted throughout the night. What programs such as ROTC, culinary arts, health science and more have to offer are explained to students. For many students, this will be the first time they get to hear about these programs in high school and start thinking about what extracurriculars they want to partake in as well as what programs peak their interest.

“I think it’s important to come on campus and see staff and see the building because when all you do is have a paper choice sheet, that’s just words, but when you meet the people and you see the classrooms and you see what they accomplish in those programs it’s a very different feeling, you can know if it feels right or [if] it doesn’t,” Cable said. “When they get to see what’s going on in the room they’re like ‘yeah, that’s really what I want to do’ and it gives them an opportunity to do that before they pick out the classes.”

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Caroline Howard, Reporter
Caroline is a senior and a first year reporter. In addition to being a staff member for the Wolfpack, she is involved in many clubs around CPHS, with her main focus being Timberwolves for the Environment and Spanish Honor Society in which she holds officer positions. She enjoys learning and writing all about people's different perspectives. She hopes to attend the University of Washington next fall to major in Nursing. Some fun facts about Caroline include: her goldendoodle named Luna, her Dr. Pepper addiction, and her love for all music, her favorites being Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar. 

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