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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.
A “Supernatural” Album
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.”
Swinging For Success
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.”
A Seasons Sensation
Mia Morneault, Reporter • April 11, 2024

Captain of her troupe, a first...

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
The Staff Behind the Spreads
Kacey Miller, Editor-in-Chief • April 10, 2024

He rings the classroom doorbell...

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
Walking Through Time
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • April 9, 2024

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
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Disney’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” Review
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Alyssa Fox
Percy Jackson and The Olympians was released on Disney+ and Hulu on Dec. 19. The show starred 15-year-old Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson and produced by the book series’ author, Rick Riordan.

It’s no secret that Hollywood’s take on Rick Riordan’s hit YA fantasy series “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” hasn’t been the most pleasant experience. The two-part movie series that came out in 2010 and 2013 starring 2010s heart-throb Logan Lerman was everything but accurate with the books, earning the disapproval from Riordan himself. So, when Disney came out with news that they were doing their own take on the book series, a more accurate one per say, the expectations were set high for the fifthgrade girl inside of me that read every book in less than a month. 

The idea started out with a bang when the casting list revealed 14-year-old Walker Scobell was cast to play 12-year-old Percy, and Riordan was set to be a producer of the show. The anticipation kept building from there until the show was released on Dec. 19. 

The first episode begins just as the books, with Percy struggling from school to school with bullies and his learning disabilities. Then, with some help from his beloved mother, the show jumps right to it and reveals Percy is a Demi-God and his father is actually the Greek God of the ocean, Poisiden. Oh, and his best friend Grover is half goat and a satyr sent to protect Percy.

One thing I liked about the show right off the bat was not only the accuracy, but also the pace. No shimmer and shine, just straight to the point of the plot. The ‘big secret’ is revealed by Sally Jackson, Percy’s mother, at the end of the first episode, which immediately gravitates you towards watching the second episode.

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In the second and third episode, we see Percy’s life completely unravel as he loses his mom to the ‘Underworld’ with Hades, and he is thrown into Camp Half-Blood, a place where he is protected along with many other Demi-God children. There he meets Annabeth, daughter of Athena and Luke, son of Hermes. He faces issues of fitting in, once again, until he discovers and is claimed by the power of his father during an event of ‘Capture the Flag’. Then, it is revealed that Percy has been called upon to go on a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt as his father has been accused of the one stealing it, however he was falsely accused. If Percy doesn’t return the bolt by the summer solstice, war will break out among the innocent people. 

With the help of his chosen companions, Annabeth and Grover, Percy embarks on a troubling quest throughout the rest of the series. 

Now, I won’t spoil what happens the rest of the way in Percy’s journey, because I did enjoy the show and I believe you should watch it instead of reading about what happened. But, let’s just say he meets some friends and foes along the way, such as the stone-cold Medusa and his cousin Ares, as well as Luke’s father Hermes who is played by everyone’s favorite founding father, Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Overall, the show does a really good job of telling you the story as Rick Riordan intended for it to be told, but I do believe  it was rushed at times. It felt as if there was obviously too much for an eight episode series, and the writers did not necessarily know how to pace it all. So the show probably would have benefited from being a 10 episode series rather than eight, but that’s not much of a complaint as much as a suggestion. 

My only minor complaint against “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is you could tell, at times, the acting was immature. It wasn’t always perfect, but I feel as though that is appropriate for a show that is supposed to be about middle schoolers rather than fully grown adults portraying teenagers in high school. Walker Scobell did a job well done portraying Percy, and he has captured the hearts of many teenage girls on the internet as well. Leah Jefferies, who played Annabeth, poured much emotion into her character and the on-screen chemistry with Scobell paid off. Besides the couple of dull moments, the acting and storytelling overall was really well done. 

Overall, I give “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” 7.5 out of 10 stars. It was a little rushed, and the acting fell short a few times, but overall did justice to Riordan’s books. The show has already been renewed for a second season, which obviously means I recommend you should immediately watch the show, then read all the books in the series (maybe again if you already have) and then immediately start counting down the days for season two. Hopefully, a season that will deliver just as much as the first. 

 

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About the Contributor
Alyssa Fox, Reporter
Alyssa is a junior and a first year reporter. Along with being a staff member for The Wolfpack, she is a Content Editor for the Tracks Yearbook and a member of the UIL Journalism team. She loves writing about her classmates and peers, as well as exciting things happening around the school. When she’s not doing homework, you can usually find her at one of the sporting events happening at school or watching a hockey game. Her favorite band is 5 Seconds of Summer and she loves Raising Canes chicken tenders. She also enjoys binge-watching early 2000s teen drama shows, superhero movies and taking weekly visits to Barnes and Noble. Alyssa hopes to attend a college up north and study journalism, with aspirations of becoming a sports reporter in either the NFL or the NHL.

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