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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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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,...

The 12 Movies of Christmas

Six Great (and Six Horrible) Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season
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Kacey Miller
A list of 12 Christmas movies you should watch this holiday season!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – again. My second personal favorite time of the year. Christmas is about the season of giving, and there is nothing more I would love to give you than my opinions on movies that you didn’t ask for. You can find a COUPLE of good Christmas movies, but if you go to the bargain bin section of a Target you will find 80 horrible Hallmark movies that all feature the same guy. So, my gift to the CPHS community is a list of the six best Christmas movies I’ve seen, and the six worst. Once again, these aren’t in any particular order, but some are for sure better than others. Let the Christmas countdown commence, starting with the best movies.

“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” by Chris Columbus

Length: 120 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“How is he lost, the streets are NUMBERED.”

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This is my favorite movie in the “Home Alone” franchise, and it holds a special place in my heart. If you liked the first one, just know that this time he gets more people. The Wet Bandits are back with a plot to rob the city of all the toys, so obviously it is up to Macaulay Culkin to save the day, not the 2,000 police officers in the city. Go ahead and turn your brain off, and just enjoy that jolly Christmas spirit.

 

“Black Mirror: White Christmas” by Carl Tibbetts

Length: 74 minutes

How to watch: Netflix

“I tried watching this, but this guy came down my street riding a horse shirtless.”

“Black Mirror” is one of my favorite anthology series of all time, I love half of it and hate the other. “Black Mirror: White Christmas” is a rollercoaster in emotion and a great sci-fi horror. Jon Hamm gives an amazing performance as just the most unlikable person and I hated him the whole time. While it isn’t the traditional Christmas movie, you should definitely give with a watch.

 

“The Muppet Chrismas Carol” by Brian Henson

Length: 89 minutes

How to watch: Amazon, Hulu

“Tim sure does look tiny here, Waka Wakaaa.”

It’s the Muppets doing a rendition of A Christmas Carol. There is no more that needs to be said. Five stars.

 

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Ron Howard

Length: 104 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“I can’t believe this is the same guy who did ‘The Truman Show’…”

This is a Christmas Classic, an absolute banger, a jolly good time, in fact. Now, I am a huge Jim Carey fan, so take this with a grain of salt when I say that he is the best actor to ever be in a Christmas movie, ever. Everybody knows the story of the Grinch, and everybody has seen it once. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see it again. You should. You will.

 

“Elf” by Jon Favreau

Length: 97 minutes

How to watch: Amazon, Hulu

“You gotta be sparklejollytwinklejingley to truly understand this movie.”

“Elf,” in my opinion, is the best traditional Christmas movie. This movie is too jolly for its own good, maybe too cheerful with its happy Christmas spirit, and this is a good thing. It is my personal favorite Will Ferrel movie of all time and really deserves to be put in the Christmas Movie Hall of Fame, and maybe a statue too.

 

“A VHS Christmas Carol” by Corey Lubowich

Length: 42 minutes

How to watch: Youtube

“Guys, what if Scrooge was from the 80s and knew about Nintendo…”

This isn’t a standard movie, and it’s a full production of a musical. Now, even if you don’t LIKE musicals, you will still love AVHSCC. It has some of the funniest dialogue and a fantastic soundtrack to back it up. I’ve watched this every year since 2020, and I fully believe that you should too.  In my last article, I didn’t get the opportunity to plug Starkid, so now I absolutely will take the chance.

 

Now that we got through all of that jolly holiday cheer, we can finally take a look at these horrible Hallmark movies, all of which you should watch because they are just that good – and bad. 

 

“Deck the Heart” by Candice T. Cain

Length: 109 minutes

How to watch: Youtube, Amazon

“I wanna know what the game room looked like…”

“Deck the Heart” is the pinnacle of nearly unwatchable Christmas movies. This movie features the king of bad Christmas movies, Joe Kurak. Kurak is like if C3PO wished to be a real boy. Every single physical movement this man makes has me bursting out laughing. I’m convinced that he just learned to walk. The movie follows a man named Chris who inherits a mansion and is now supposed to host a party of 10 for his family. Naturally, since he is a busy businessman, he has no holiday cheer or spirit, so he hires a party planner and gives her a budget of $12,000. The rest is pretty formulaic, man falls for woman, woman teaches man the meaning of Christmas, smooch smooch and they stay together forever. The only thing I learned from this movie is that I need Joe Kurak to be in more movies.

 

“Christmas at the Holly Hotel” by Joel Paul Resig

Length: 85 minutes

How to watch: Youtube, Amazon

“So yeah, I’m out here in the cold, out of my jurisdiction, abusing my police powers. But that’s not crazy!” 

Guys, my Christmas wish came early, Joe Kurak is in this movie and he plays a police officer. This movie is so cheesy, over the top, and one of the worst movies I have ever seen. This is the generic Hallmark-style Christmas movie, but now with a police officer. I can’t give much away without spoiling everything, so just trust me and give it a watch.

 

“No Sleep ‘Til Christmas” by Phil Traill

Length: 85 minutes

How to watch: Youtube, Amazon

“This is a middle-aged white womans ‘Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World’ and I stand by this.”

This movie made me feel like I was inside a fever dream, and I hated it and loved it so much. Nobody in this movie acts like a regular person, and everybody is insanely evil for their actions. The whole plot of the movie is that a girl with insomnia can’t sleep until she reconnects with an old friend. She is getting married and has to juggle being able to sleep in the same room as her friend, and not upset her fiance. This movie fills me with rage and I hate how stupid it is. I watch this movie every year and I love it. I am the duality of man.

 

“Summertime Christmas” by Andrew von Ehrenkrook

Length: 110 minutes

How to watch: Amazon

“Quick, catch that moving train at four miles per hour!”

“Summertime Christmas” takes place in the faraway land of ‘Small-Town USA’, as two elves are tasked with a special assignment from Santa Claus… to dig this down out of an economic depression and spread Christmas cheer while doing so. In this world, parents are BANNED from disciplining their children, making all kids permanently on the naughty list. This movie is for sure the most boring on the list but still has some great horrible moments. 

 

“Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa” by Colin Slater

Length: 42 minutes

How to watch: Youtube

“Great grandma, you ALWAYS know what to say!”

You have seen this movie before. You have at least seen the ending, which means you should now see the whole thing. This movie is one of the ugliest looking things I have ever seen, and it looks like it was animated on an Atari 2600. Watch this as soon as possible if you want to laugh.

 

“Christmas Mail” by John Murlowsky

Length: 89 minutes

How to watch: Peacock

“I was sold on this movie when in the first five minutes, an extra couldn’t get back into the house so they just stood in the corner while staring directly into the camera.”

This is my favorite Christmas movie, and it’s horrible. It is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen, and it is just a horrible mess to look at. This movie is filled with plot holes, horrible acting, terrible editing and some of the worst writing to ever be featured in a movie. It follows a single-parent postal serviceman who finds out the girl of his dreams… also works at the post office. His boss is angry that there is more mail coming through, so he orders that every letter to Santa must be thrown away. This makes no sense for the main reason that more mail would be beneficial to the post office, but I digress. Please give this a watch, you won’t regret it.

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About the Contributors
Mia Morneault, Reporter
Mia is a sophomore and its her first year as a reporter for The Wolfpack, and second year on The Wolfcast staff. She enjoys creative writing and making scripts for video essays, skits and screenplays. Mia primarily enjoys writing opinion or review articles. She loves learning new things and applying it to her work, such as animation, music and VFX work. While she has a long way ahead of her before she goes to college, she hopes to attend the University of Southern California. She has many other interests such as movies, video games and reading comic books. She is always trying to improve her skills and brighten peoples day with laughs.
Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief
Kacey is a junior and third year reporter. She loves learning about her fellow students and writing about their stories. In addition to being a staff member for The Wolfpack, she is a UIL journalism competitor, the Cedar Park FFA Vice President and has a show lamb named Winnie. If she’s not at the barn or practicing for her FFA contests, she’s probably doing homework. You can find her at every football game, either in the stands or on the sidelines taking pictures. Some of her favorite memories are from reading the Bible with her little sisters. She plans to attend college somewhere cold, but also doesn’t want to be too far away from her family. Her favorite animal is a bear and sometimes she wishes she could hibernate like one.

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