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,...

I’m a Barbie Girl, In a Non-Barbie World

Opposing Views of Content in Popular Summer Movie
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“Barbie” was released July 21 in theaters, accumulating $155 million over opening weekend. What looks to be a happy introduction with the pink Warner Bros. logo, it soon turns into a movie discussing the serious topic of feminism. “I didn’t realize that it was going to be as in-depth as it was,” biology teacher Adam Babich said. “I thought it was just a fun, campy movie and when I went and saw it I just instantly fell in love.” Photo by Caroline Howard

The lights dim and the smell of popcorn fills the air. All ages of audience are in the theater, prepared to watch a once-in-a-lifetime movie. Laughter commences, jokes are made and sobbing begins as the oh-so-real struggles of womanhood are expressed. Whether the crying in the theater was from joy or from sorrow, the Barbie movie was a serious tearjerker.

“It was more than just comedy,” librarian Keri Burns said. “It was really speaking to a lot of the plight and struggles of women.”

The movie “Barbie” was released on July 21 and was highly anticipated for the collaboration of famous actors and actresses including Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Will Ferrell. And while many people were expecting a cheerful two hours like the trailers suggested, the everlasting shadow of feminism struggles quickly became the focus of the movie.

“I didn’t realize that it was going to be as in-depth as it was,” biology teacher Adam Babich said. “I thought it was just a fun, campy movie and when I went and saw it, I just instantly fell in love with the characters, the music, it was great.”

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Burns said she thinks “Barbie” overcame today’s stereotypes of being a feminist and the negative connotation that supporting women has garnered over the past several years.

“I think the Barbie movie did a great job of showing that you can be for women and not be against men,” Burns said. “I feel like we’re finally getting away, I hope, I think, I pray, from feminism being a dirty word. [‘Barbie’] did a really good job of showing feminism is not about hating men. It’s about wanting equality for women and men; it’s [about] giving [an] equal opportunity to everybody.”

Babich said he believes that the feminist views portrayed coincided with the comedy perfectly and created a balance between the two.

“They communicated the message effectively, tactfully, wittily, and emotionally,” Babich said. “The comedic timing was perfect. When they were all dancing at the party, Barbie, while still dancing and smiling, asks the other Barbies if they ever think about dying. The juxtaposition of a serious question with the light and fun atmosphere made me chuckle out loud.”

Alongside the humor, “Barbie” displayed serious topics like growing old and mothers losing their sense of self while raising children, with the recognizable line, “we mothers stand still so our daughters can look back to see how far they have come that created a sudden sense of melancholy, even making some viewers sob in the theater.

“They rang some true moments in there but they also [balanced them] with comedy,” Burns said. “[There were many] gut-wrenching moments. I cried when Barbie realized that the world wasn’t so fem-positive and happy as she hoped it would be. It just hit me.”

Posing in his custom T-shirt that librarian Keri Burns made for him, principal John Sloan shows his support for the movie. Burns and her assistant librarian, Amy Koski, wanted to engage high school students by incorporating Barbie into the library’s ambiance, so they created a Barbie box as a photo op that is still available in the library. “[Sloan] was very supportive and happy to be the face of Kenough,” Burns said. Photo by Paige Hert

Junior Eren Bassett said she believes the promotion of feminism in the community is important, but the way “Barbie” portrayed it did not quite meet her expectations. However, there were a few scenes where the emotion was just too strong to not get watery eyes.

“I did come close to crying,” Bassett said. “It talked about very real issues [in society]. I think the topic of feminism is fine and needs to be shared. Just whenever a movie tries to push it so forward like the Barbie movie did, it makes people want to steer away from it more.”

Babich said that the scene that resonated with him the most was when Barbie went back into Barbie world feeling defeated due to a sense of hopelessness. He believes this feeling is one every human has experienced at least once in their lives.

“I think we’ve all felt that before,” Babich said. “Where we have a plan of who we are, [then] our world gets turned upside down and we’re like, ‘who are we, [or] what’s [our] purpose?’”

Dustin Nguyen, a junior and movie fanatic, said that while the movie’s message was overbearing, the jokes throughout were amusing.

“I feel like it was definitely overhyped [and] the message of the actual movie was force-fed,” Nguyen said. “But I think that the movie was actually really funny and the comedy was really great.”

Although Bassett was also not a big fan of Barbie, she admits that the humor was a plus and appealed to all audiences.

“I really liked the jokes in the movie, I thought the humor was really good,” Bassett said. “I think [the jokes were] good for both an adult and a kid audience.”

However, kids aren’t the only ones that are able to enjoy the Barbie franchise. As the beginning of the school year commenced, Burns and her assistant librarian, Amy Koski, wanted to engage high school students by incorporating Barbie into the library’s ambiance, so they created a Barbie box as a photo op. It is still available for students to take photos with.

“It was a dream that [Koski] and I had together,” Burns said. “She and her husband made it happen. They spent a whole week building it, painting it, and everyone has loved it.”

Cedar Park’s very own principal John Sloan even posed for a photo inside of the Barbie box during its debut.

“[Sloan] was very supportive and happy to be the face of Kenough,” Burns said.

With both positive and negative reviews, “Barbie” was a blockbuster this summer, making $155 million on opening weekend, according to Forbes. In the movie, it is mentioned that the purpose of Barbie is to help young girls imagine a life other than what is stereotypical. In 1959, when Mattel created Barbie, she was the first non-baby doll for kids.

“Being able to see Barbie as an astronaut, Barbie as a politician, Barbie as a teacher, Barbie as a [whatever],” Burns said, “helped kids who didn’t see [these paths] in their neighborhood [or] didn’t see it in their family be able to imagine [endless possibilities] for themselves.”

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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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