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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,...

Crafty Christmas

     Christmas is not a cheap holiday. In addition to the food, decorations, tree, glossy wrapping paper, shimmering gift bags and hot cocoa, there are also gifts that need to be purchased. This is a time of giving  – not receiving, right? So you give to your family, friends, significant other, acquaintances that you feel obligated to buy something for. And you even decide to dip into your Christmas fund for the cat, because after all, she was pretty good this year. All of this giving takes a serious hit to your wallet, and before you know it, there isn’t enough money left to go around for everyone you wanted to buy gifts for.

     Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. Depending on the recipient, it is often more practical to make something with your own two hands. Of course,  the levels of difficulty for this task rely on the creator’s artistic and creative abilities. However, by putting a little extra thought and time into a gift, it will likely be appreciated more than a gift card.

      A homemade scarf as a gift is not only seasonable, but it is extremely sensible. For those who can crotchet or knit, this is an excellent idea. However, there’s a secret for those of us who cannot. Often times they have sales on fleece at fabric stores. By snipping off the edges and cutting the fabric to the appropriate length, a just as unique scarf can be created. These scarves can be personalized with fun prints, vibrant colors, etc.

     Try creating a personalized gift basket. Many of you have probably seen a Movie Buff basket that contains the movie snacks, a Cinemark gift card and a few DVD’s but you can use this idea for just about any theme! If you have a best friend who is obsessed with Robert Pattinson, get creative with photos, Twilight icons, and magazine articles featuring him.  Baskets can be purchased just about anywhere, and to enhance its appearance, arrange colored shredded paper inside of the basket.

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     For a music lover, a mix CD, preferably not full of Christmas music because after the holiday everyone will be sick of it, is the perfect gift. Favorite songs of the recipient, favorite artists, favorite genres and favorite decades are all things to consider when making a CD. Keep it interesting; a CD devoted to Matchbox Twenty is amazing and all, but chances are, they rather see a CD spiced with variety. This really depends on how well you know the person you are giving it to. As long as you have a good idea of their musical taste, you can’t really go wrong with a CD. Plus, it’s always fun to listen to a CD that someone else spent the time to make for you. Include songs that you haven’t listened to in a while. Bonus points for making a really cute or original case!

     This next gift is for the more crafty givers. A homemade snow globe is not only something that can be embellished for the holidays, but it is a decoration that can be used every day. To make a snow globe, you need a glass jar with a lid, distilled water, white or silver glitter, a waterproof figurine of your choice, glycerin this helps make the snow fall more slowly), silicone sealant that is clear colored, some sort of plastic base that will fit in the jar  and an additional jar lid to elevate the globe. First use the sealant to glue the figurine to the plastic base. Give it a full day to dry. Next, insert the figurine in the glass. Now partially fill the glass with distilled water and add a teaspoon of glitter. When the glitter is at a level you like, add the glycerin. Glue the tightly clamped lid onto the jar, and shake the jar!

     Food is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. Peppermint bark is a holiday season favorite. You need two pounds of white chocolate and one cup of crushed candy canes. First, place all candy cane pieces in a plastic bag and crush them into tiny pieces. Next, melt the white chocolate and add the candy cane pieces as it begins to melt. Pour the mixture into a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment. Leave it in the refrigerator for about an hour. When the peppermint bark is out of the refrigerator, break it into pieces. When giving this away, place it in a holiday ornamented container or decorative basket.  It is easy to make, and delicious.

     Remember that if it comes from the heart, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Homemade gifts, even if they’re just things like an elaborate Christmas card, are cherished just as much, if not more, than gift cards or expensive clothes. I wish you the best of luck during your Crafty Christmas Expedition!

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