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

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

As an Ariana Grande fan for many...

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

This season, the softball team...

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

To celebrate Women’s History...

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
Caroline Howard, Reporter • April 9, 2024

As someone who searches for chicken...

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Testing Tips For Students
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With the SAT, ACT, and PSAT around the corner, students like senior Frances Tran purchase workbooks to help them study. When she was studying for the SAT, Tran practiced reading on Monday, writing on Tuesday, math on Wednesday, and when she felt she had studied a topic enough, she moved on.“[In order to study] during the summer, I bought these Panda Books,” Tran said. “You can buy them on Amazon, and you can get them in specified subjects. I thought those were really good for helping you study because they teach you specific types of problems that the SAT is going to have. I also use Khan Academy to do the full practice tests.”

The room is quiet except for the sound of tapping feet and clacking keyboards. Rows of white desks line the area, and everyone has identical expressions of fear. As the students scramble to remember everything they learned, they can’t help but feel unprepared when their minds come up empty. Right as the tension becomes practically unbearable, a woman’s voice pierces the air, “You may now begin,” and the students rush to finish the SAT before their time runs out.

Arriving unprepared for a test such as the ACT, the SAT, or the PSAT will lower a student’s chances of getting their goal score. However, there are several things that can help a student feel and be more prepared for their tests. According to Pre-calculus On Ramps and PSAT Team teacher Pam Martin, one way to be more prepared is to understand how the different tests are evolving in the future. The SAT will be going digital starting in January, and the PSAT is digital now. One of the most important changes this brings is that the math section will be allowing Desmos.

“Learning to do SAT and PSAT Desmos tricks to make you faster is going to be incredibly important,” Martin said. “[Throughout] the whole country [and] the whole world, the kids who figure [out the Desmos tricks] are going to be the kids who have the new high scores.” 

AP Capstone and PSAT Team teacher Lauren Brannan suggests that students do practice problems before they take the test to assess what they know or do not know.

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“My advice is to know what your weaker areas are so you can go and really practice those areas,” Brannan said. “I also think that having a mindset that you can do hard things and make it through a hard test or a hard class with the help of your classmates and your teachers [is important]. Try and have a calm attitude or find a calm place within yourself when you’re taking [tests] that can be stressful.”

According to Brannan, it is important not just to prepare mentally, but to prepare physically as well. To avoid unnecessary stress on the morning of a test, students should place their calculator, ID, and charged computer in their bag the night before, Brannan said. She also recommends a healthy diet leading up to the test to have the best chance of doing well. 

“In the morning [before a test], you need to eat breakfast that includes protein,” Brannan said. “Carbs will get you going, [but] protein keeps you going. I also recommend having a snack that you can eat during snack time of the test that [also] includes some sort of protein.”

According to junior Parker Huang, one of the benefits of the digital test is that it lessens students’ concerns when getting multiple letters in a row because there are no scantrons so patterns are less noticeable. If multiple of the same letter is chosen in a row and a student is concerned about it, Huang advises students to not worry. 

“The correct answer is the correct answer; it doesn’t matter which choice it is,” Huang said. “Just don’t worry. Maybe worry if you’re not confident in your answer, but if you are confident in your answer, you shouldn’t worry.”

According to senior Frances Tran, one of the biggest mistakes that students can make when taking tests, especially timed tests, is continuing to work on a question that they can’t figure out. Tran advises students to skip those questions because it causes them to waste their time. 

“If you don’t know, move on,” Tran said. “If you spend thirty minutes on one question, it ruins your chances of getting a good score in the end because you are not going to have time on questions that you already know. So answer [the questions or] skip them.”

A student’s schedule can be hectic and it may be difficult to find time to study for tests. In order to manage her time wisely, Tran has a schedule for when to study. When she was studying for the SAT, She practiced reading on Monday, writing on Tuesday, math on Wednesday, and when she felt she had studied a topic enough, she moved on. Resources that she uses to explore these topics are Panda Books and Khan Academy.

“[In order to study] during the summer, I bought these Panda Books,” Tran said. “You can buy them on Amazon, and you can get them in specified subjects. I thought those were really good for helping you study because they teach you specific types of problems that the SAT is going to have. I also use Khan Academy to do the full practice tests.”

Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 24. All students can register for the SAT through College Board, and students can register for the ACT online at ACT.org.

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Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter
Kaydence is a junior and first year reporter. She began her newspaper career at the age of zero when she was on the front page of Austin American-Statesman along with the rest of her quintuplet siblings after her birth. She is co-founder of the Pickleball Club and enjoys reading Brandon Sanderson, watching K dramas and running... away from people trying to make her run. After she graduates, Kaydence hopes to attend Brigham Young University where she will miss Torchy’s Tacos, but enjoy the cooler temperatures of Utah.

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