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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

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Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

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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

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Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

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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

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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

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Celebs prepare for spring showcase

     Throughout the year the Celebrities have dazzled audiences at football games, dance shows, competitions and even at the Cotton Bowl. But the team isn’t finished yet; their biggest performance of the year is just around the corner. At the end of every school year the Celebrities dance team performs their annual Spring Show, which showcases dances not only performed by the Celebrities but also the dance classes, guard, the JV dance team and the Rising Stars. Every year the show has a theme which guides music selections and dance choreography. This year’s theme is Fame, which Celebrities director Samantha Cockerham says was partially inspired by the recent movie remake of the same name and relates to the Celebrities.

      “The Celebrities have a fun, techno opener that’ll be a big hit and a big team jazz, [and] there will be hip hop, novelty, lyrical, modern and the captain’s [Alisa Guardiola, senior] solo which is exciting.” Cockerham said.

     Students begin preparing for the show at the end of football season, picking music that relates to the theme, preparing and teaching choreography, choosing costumes and planning the social skit, which will feature a new storyline this year that runs throughout the entire show. Spring show is longer than the dance department’s fall showcase and does not feature Leander and Vista Ridge High School like iDance. The show features professional lights, scenery, effects and backdrops. In addition, the Celebrities are heavily featured in the show, accounting for about  90 percent of the show Cockerham says, whereas in fall showcase they only had one dance.

     “I think Stardust [Spring Show] this year is going to be incredible,” Madeline Strickland, junior Celebrity, said. “I’m so excited to be a part of a team that will be performing many diverse dances on stage.”

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     Preparation involves the entire dance department and takes months. Cockerham says that the most difficult aspect of the preparing for the show is practice week on the Performing Arts Center stage, which involves reviewing the dances on stage, making sure they are complete and ready for performance and other last minute details. While for some dancers this is their first time performing on stage, others have been performing for years.

     “I’m really excited,” Milan Matuté, junior and Dance IV student, said.“It’s always super fun. The best part is getting ready for the show backstage and hanging out with the other girls and wishing them good luck.”

     Spring Show also features the Rising Stars, next year’s first year Celebrities. The show signifies the end of their preparation to become dance team members and is their first public performance.

     “It’s been hard work preparing for [the show] but it will definitely pay off in the end,” Jenna Erben, sophomore Rising Star, said. “It’s like ‘look how far we’ve come from fall show to now.’ I’m excited to perform up on the stage and shine with all of the other Rising Stars.”

     For members already on the team, the show means the end of their rookie year. Strickland is finishing her first year on Celebrities and looks forward to her future on the dance team.

     “It’s been quite a year. I’ve improved in dance, but more than anything I’ve learned the importance of being responsible and pursuing what you want with confidence.” Strickland said.

     Spring Show is significantly larger than fall showcase which takes place in November. Spring Show incorporates more types of dance and also gives the dancers another opportunity to perform for their fellow students.

     “I prefer Spring Show for sure.” Strickland said. “Spring Show is as huge a deal in the dance team world as red lipstick and kicking. It’s all about glitz and glamour and showing the dance team’s talent.”

     Most dancers prefer Spring Show, including the dance classes. The performance shows how far the Celebrities have come, but also the dance students. They have been working hard throughout the year to prepare for their final school-wide performance as well.

     “There are more dances and it’s like a goodbye party for the senior Celebrities,” Matuté said.  “It’s hard work and stressful at times, but our class works together well.What we learn in class really helps our performance to be better. We give each other feedback and learn new styles from Mrs. Cockerham and Mrs. Danielson; and we incorporate dance moves for the future. We have a bunch of really talented girls.”

     Matuté says that dance steps learned from Cockerham and Danielson throughout the year are incorporated into Spring Show choreography. Creating the dances is a collaborate effort, and the dancers give each other feedback.

     The show will be performed on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 pm in the CPHS PAC.  Tickets can be purchased from any Celebrity or the dance directors. Both the performers and directors encourage all students to come and enjoy the show.

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