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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

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.
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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.”
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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

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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
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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
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Feature on 7th in state TMEA winner Giovani Lang-pale
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Cason Johnson
Hands flying up and down the bass clarinet, Giovani Lang-pale belts out a tune within the confines of his personal practice room. “It’s incredible,” Lang-pale said. “The feeling, the feeling that you feel whenever you’re like, okay, I did this. Nice. That was good. Now I have to think about this. Okay, I’m doing this. Look over there. Look at this. It’s really cool to have your brain be able to process so many things simultaneously while you’re running. You’re marching. You’re playing. And it’s really hard to. Which is what makes it fun, you know?”

Silence fills the room as order of the judges, who stare across the room at the standalone figure. The player clutches his instrument close to his chest in anticipation, the instrument composed of a series of buttons and spastic tubing. Giovani Lang-pale blows into his instrument, and the bass clarinet’s melody fills the room.

Giovani Lamg-pale is a senior who has been part of the honor band for two years. Lang-pale first joined band in seventh grade, and continued his journey throughout his four years of high school. The dual wielding clarinet player didn’t always have his eyes set on band, but there were moments throughout school that instilled in him a love for band.

“It first hit me in seventh grade in middle school,” Lang-pale said. “Whenever I saw my teacher teach the band and do everything that he did, he always seemed so happy, so excited, so enthusiastic to be there. I was pushed to stay and continue growing in band the first year I was able to actually march in the Cedar Park High School Band. I remember the thrill and the excitement that you feel when you’re on the field and doing the first full performance where you know for sure you’re going to nail it.”

Last year, Lang-pale placed third in the clarinet room for solo ensemble. At the Cedar Park High sShool Young Artist Competition, or CPAC, he played a solo with a pianist accompaniment and got an overall score of 93, but still wanted to improve his playing skills.

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“It was very exciting to see the fruits of my labor reap something,” Lang-pale said. “My sophomore year I wasn’t as enthusiastic about doing all the music stuff. I wasn’t as engaged into my instrument or anything like that. So whenever the time came around for [CPAC], I did all right. But I didn’t do as good as I knew I could, and I didn’t do as good as I wanted to.”

This year, Lang-pale went off to compete in the TMEA state competition, placing seventh in state for bass clarinet. 

I play the B-flat clarinet,” Lang-pale said. “The B-flat is basically just the smaller version of the bass clarinet. I started off on the B-flat, and I’m playing it again this year for the CPAC. These are my loves. I love them.”

Although Lang-pale plays mainly the bass and B-flat clarinet, he also spends his free time playing saxophone, drawing and playing video games between his busy band schedule. Lang-pale hopes that his talents will be recognized by the University of Central Arkansas, which is where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his band private lesson teacher.

“I’ve met the clarinet professor at UCA,” Lang-pale said. “She’s trained me and helped me with clarinet whenever I was auditioning for All-State. That was pretty cool. I hope my auditions go well; I audition March 9th, so that’ll be cool. From then on my goal is just to get a music degree and go from there.”

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Cason Johnson, Reporter
Cason is a senior and first year reporter for the Wolfpack Newspaper. He is also heavily involved in CPHS’s award winning Broadcast Journalism program, the Wolfcast, as a fourth year reporter and Executive Producer. He enjoys interviewing others and discovering their stories and passions. He wants to pursue journalism through attending UT. He’s a sucker for the seaside and strawberry daiquiris on a hot summer day. He’s also into making music with his band on weekends and is overall a laid back and approachable person. 

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