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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

The Wolfpack

Ariana Grande released “eternal sunshine” on Mar. 8 along with a music video for her track “we can’t be friends.” With smooth instrumentals, melodic vocals and complex lyrics, I give this album a 9/10 stars.
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Julia Seiden, Reporter • April 12, 2024

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Catching a ball, junior Alivia Robinson plays at the Cedar Park vs Glenn game. Having played since she was 5 years old, she is dedicated to softball and has committed to UTPB for softball. “When I got my offer it took me a very long time to decide where,” Robinson said. “Softball has always been my dream for college, and UTPB is my fit. When [I committed] I knew I was going to be loved and supported.”
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Julia Seiden, Reporter • April 12, 2024

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Junior Abby Williams on the set of The One Act Play That Goes Wrong posing next to senior Noa Avigdor, juniors Evan Schmitt and Seth Loudenslager, and sophomore Ben Akers. “I still think that ‘The One Act Play That Goes Wrong’ has to be my favorite,” Williams said. “Its the show where I discovered my love for comedy and comedic acting, and where I found out that I have really good comedic timing, if I do say so myself. I got a round of applause in the middle of the show for a moment that I am very proud of.”
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Mia Morneault, Reporter • April 11, 2024

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Posing with their “Featured Yearbook” banner, signifying that the 2022-2023 yearbook is used as an example for other yearbook classes, the yearbook team smiles at the camera. Yearbooks have been on sale for $80 all school year, with 90 left in stock. “Im really happy with this book,” content editor and senior James Sanderson said. “I think other people are going to be happy with it; all our pages look really cute. Issues are a thing, but we have them every single year and we dont let them get in the way. We work on a very, very tight schedule and theres no pushing deadlines back. It’s a lot of fun, though. It is such an amazing staff and a very engaging team. Its very fulfilling work.” Photo courtesy of Paige Hert
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Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief • April 10, 2024

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Standing for a group photo, Rho Kappa volunteers group together to run the Women’s History Month gallery walk in the library. “The members’ involvement was really nice to see,” Rho Kappa Vice President James Sanderson said. “I liked seeing our Rho Kappa members actively participate in community events, especially with something as important as women’s history. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Fortenberry
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Team 14361 Wins UIL 5 State FTC Robotics Competition
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Robotics team 14361 holding their trophy after winning the UIL 5A State FTC competition on March 21 in Belton. “It felt amazing since we finally saw all of our hard work pay off,” junior Luyang Chen said. “Every single person on the team was overjoyed. For many, it was probably one of the best moments of the season.” Photo courtesy of Arav Neroth

Anticipation fills the room in Belton as they patiently wait for the scores to be revealed on March 21. Robotics team 14361 bursts out into screams and hugs as the realization hit that they had just won the 5A State UIL FTC Competition after months and months of dedication and hard work. The entirety of the team was in shock and couldn’t believe it. 

It felt amazing since we finally saw all of our hard work pay off,” junior hardware member Luyang Chen said. “Every single person on the team was overjoyed. For many, it was probably one of the best moments of the season.”

The competition this year consisted of three main tasks: placing hexagon-shaped pixels on a backboard, hanging the robot in the air and shooting a paper airplane. After six qualification matches, the team made it to state and averaged at a score of approximately 200, which was the high score for 5A UIL.

“This year was even more competitive than usual and the teams that we collaborated with were extremely motivated to be successful,” junior software member Gulin Gurbuz said. “Having to join up with other teams was worrisome at first, but since we did really well in our qualification matches, a lot of other schools wanted to be on our team.”

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The team almost qualified for Worlds, which is a competition with the best robotics team from around the globe. They finished as division finalists as the 18th team out of 72. Only the top 12 teams in Texas proceed to Worlds, so while the team is ecstatic about winning 5A UIL State, it was disappointing to not qualify for the next level.

“We were pretty close to qualifying for worlds,” Gurbuz said. “We were in the finals, so if we had won those we would have gone to worlds. I think we were all upset when we realized that we didn’t qualify, but we understand that Texas is one of the hardest states to qualify in, so we will just come back bigger and better next year.” 

According to junior business member Adhit Eswaramoorthi, the team has been practicing every day after school for at least three hours for the past three months. After receiving information regarding details on the competition goals, the team has been locked in and focused on making their robot the best possible. 

“Honestly, I’ve put in so many hours [that] I’ve lost count,” Gurbuz said. “Over spring break I think I was spending around eight or more hours every day. If I were to estimate, [I have] probably [put in] about 200 hours. We meet every single day, [so] the amount of time that we have dedicated solely to robotics is too much to count.”

Many challenges arose considering this year’s required tasks were more technical than years past. The tight-knit team overcame these hardships by communicating effectively and working together to make necessary changes in a short amount of time. According to Eswaramoorthi, the team had a fast turnover rate that helped their robot adapt to new situations and predicaments.

“The biggest challenge we faced was making our robot more simple,” Gurbuz said. “Our robot was super complicated at first and we weren’t able to implement some parts correctly. We were able to overcome it by simplifying our robot design through pitching new ideas.”

The outreach that we do with our community really changed me as a person and helped me understand the impact that technology can have on our community. It’s just like the real world, talking to other people and making those connections is really important. Those connections you make will really pay off in the end.”

— Adhit Eswaramoorthi (11)

While most of the other robots in the competition were on par with team 14361’s technically, the adaptability that the team’s robot had made all the difference at the state competition.

“If one design didn’t work we didn’t stay stuck on that,” Eswaramoorthi said. “We instantly started brainstorming new ideas we could implement into the next iteration of our robot and so I think our fast design process and commitment to making the robot the best we could really set us apart from the competition.”

Eswaramoorthi said that robotics has taught many members valuable lessons that will stick with them throughout their lives. Projects such as starting up a coding camp in Nigeria, features on local news channels, ice cream socials to promote new members, communicating with other robotics teams all over the world, and assisting a non-profit organization in South America have permanently changed the lives of all the current and future robotics members. 

“The outreach that we do with our community really changed me as a person and helped me understand the impact that technology can have on our community,” Eswaramoorthi said. “It’s just like the real world, talking to other people and making those connections is really important. Those connections you make will really pay off in the end.”

According to Gurbuz, almost all of the members of the team were new to robotics this year and picked it up in an instant. To those interested in joining robotics, the accepting community makes it extremely easy to learn, Gurbuz said. 

“The number one advice I always give is to not be intimidated,” Chen said. “Competitive robotics is fun for anyone who joins and makes you learn both STEM and teamwork. Our program can teach anyone who is willing or wanting to join.”

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About the Contributor
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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