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,...

Return of the OG

Global Video Games “Fortnite” Retakes Internet
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Caroline Howard
“I was very happy to hear the OG season was coming back,” junior Gulin Gurbuz said. “It’s very nostalgic for me and I am sad [the old map] is gone now. Fortnite has definitely made me more friends because it lets me talk to a lot of different people, and it [also] helps strengthen [our] connections.” Fortnite images courtesy of Epic Games

A loud blare echoes in the headsets of many, indicating that the circle has once again reduced in size. As player after player runs from the damage-inflicting storm, fights break out amongst those who spot each other. Weapons that have not been available in over two years are seen throughout the map and places that are reminiscent of a past era bring about a sense of nostalgia. Inside of a one-by-one hut built solely for the purpose of reviving teammates and taking a chug jug, players begin to feel as though they are reliving the time that Fortnite struck the world for the first time.

Fortnite, considered the world’s most popular video game in 2021, re-released their original map on Nov. 3, 2023. After this update, the Epic Games franchise began to see a significant increase in the number of players, sales and demand. After many speculations and player requests for Fortnite OG—a term used to refer to the original Fortnite version from when the game first swept the globe—to come back, Epic Games announced the return of the classic weapons and widely-known locations.

“I was very happy to hear the OG season was coming back,” junior Gulin Gurbuz said. “It’s very nostalgic for me and I am sad [the old map] is gone now. Fortnite has definitely made me more friends because it lets me talk to a lot of different people, and it [also] helps strengthen [our] connections.”

Senior Charles Frease similarly said that he was excited for the new season’s release and that he has begun to play much more with friends than in the past. One of the reasons people play online games is to build further connections with others, and Fortnite succeeds in doing just that.

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“I play Fortnite around one to two times per day with friends,” Frease said. “I played the game on the first day the map came back and it was so fun seeing all the nostalgic memories of the old places on the map.”

However, many players believe that although the OG map and weapons returned, the game did not have the same atmosphere that it used to. As the generation that was brought up on Fortnite grew, it became difficult to recreate the same vibes that were once present, considering the past target audience aren’t as young anymore.

“I was very happy to hear about OG Fortnite coming back because I had missed how Fortnite used to be and I was hoping that the gameplay would feel that same as it used to,” sophomore Cole Elliott said. “I think the game has already started to die down because of how fast updates are coming. Everybody liked when the game was in its prime, [and] not after the updates kept being added.”

As Fortnite continues to bring in a larger audience, the corporation of Epic Games has utilized Fortnite’s “item shop,” in which players are able to customize their characters with unique skins, backblings, pickaxes, and more.

“I have bought a few skins since the rerelease happened,” Frease said. “I’ve probably spent about 40 bucks on the game within the past month, and it’s really easy to spend money without realizing the total amount [I’m spending]. When you’re playing games with friends, it’s really easy for them to persuade you into buying things, and this is what happened to me with Fortnite.”

Due to the large demand and popularity that the original map garnered, Fortnite has announced that there will once again be another return of the OG Fortnite in 2024.

“I have definitely heard people talking about Fortnite and I think a lot of people started playing again,” Gurbuz said. “While I don’t think I’ll play the game for much longer, I’m excited to know that OG Fortnite will return again, and that I can experience the same game as I grow older.”

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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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