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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,...

Sci-fi writers broaden horizons

Ironically, science fiction is not necessarily about science. Believing in aliens, quantum physics, or that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars isn’t required. Hyped into frenzy by classic but repetitive franchises like Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, the sci-fi section in major bookstores now seems too weird and overblown for many. This first impression easily erodes in light of overriding diversity in the genre. Nowadays, instead of being removed to a secluded corner of the bookstore, sci-fi should take center-aisle in the fiction section.

Science-fiction has a knack for taking a clever twist on various genres of books. It is commonly associated with fantasy – most readers only vaguely perceive the line between the two. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix, for example, weaves hack-and-slash action into a post-apocalyptic setting, bringing The Matrix to mind. Gold Eye and the other escaped children discover that the Overlords have enslaved mankind to power their armies of robots, the Myrmidons. Written for younger readers, the novel didn’t gain as much attention as Nix’s Sabriel, a sword-and-sorcery fantasy that spread his literary fame outside of Australia. Though distanced from fantasy, sci-fi can strike a middle road between the two genres.

The expansion of science-fiction into other generic “styles” of fiction exploded over the past decade. What’s actually popular right now is more down-to-earth than the lofty sagas of Star Wars. Before, tales of grand intergalactic wars ruled the shelves. Right now, thriller, comedy and horror can all claim representation in the latest sci-fi picks. A noteworthy fusion of these mainstream genres includes The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The series revolves around the daily life of gutsy Chicago wizard and paranormal investigator Harry Dresden. In his battles against vampires, the undead, demons and faeries, Dresden deals with all manner of occult villains in an underworld of magical crime. Small Favors, the latest release, premiered in December after the last novel, White Night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list a year ago. Like Garth Nix, Jim Butcher has expanded into other genres with his Codex Alera books, partly an historical fantasy set in the Roman era.

Novelists have even come up with sci-fi specializing on great “what-if’s.” When it comes to “alternate history,” Harry Turtledove is king. His latest offerings, Opening Atlantis and The United States of Atlantis take a spin on how another continent could’ve produced a different American history. Turtledove falters with some audiences, on the other hand, for his surreal treatment of characters he doesn’t have enough time to flesh out before he moves on to the next generation. Opening Atlantis boasts wag-about pirates and English explorers more scandalous than the merry outlaws in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. To be fair, Atlantis is only the latest in Turtledove’s lengthy writing career, so let history buffs feel free to explore his work further.

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Ironically, sci-fi’s borders are almost too broad to clearly define. Writers continually expand its definitions with titles attempting to surpass the norm. In a genre that has broken free from many stereotypes, readers can benefit from the gathering variety of the science-fiction racks in the book-store. Sci-fi stories are no longer of one stock – writers now mix in humor, wit and all the best parts of other books and genres. By now science fiction has all the bases covered. With the best of both worlds, readers can now enjoy something interesting and fun, one book at a time.    

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