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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

After running 5 kilometers, senior Sanil Desai finishes his cross country race at Vista Ridge. Desai will be attending Brown University in the fall to pursue an education in medicine. “The feeling of finishing a race is so rewarding,” Desai said. “Being involved in a variety of extracurriculars has taught me how to balance my time and be well rounded. These activities have also allowed me to be involved in my interests and the school.
Photo by Mai Cachila
Time to Scrub in
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 24, 2024

His cursor hovers over the email...

Crossing her fingers tightly, senior Sophie Triche smiles proudly for her senior photo. Triche plans to attend Kilgore college and is hopeful to continue high kicking with the Rangerettes in the fall. “When I first saw the Rangerettes, I was enamored by how professional they were,” Triche said. “It made me absolutely fall in love with them and everything they do. I knew I wanted to dance after high school and the Rangerettes to me, feels like home. I could not be more excited when I made the official decision to try out and let my friends and family know that I was committed to be a hopeful for such a world renowned dance team.” Photo Courtesy of Sophie Triche
Kicking into History
Morgan Nabi, Guest Reporter • May 24, 2024

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Instructing his students, tennis coach Randy Ballenger gives feedback on the dish in front of them. Ballenger has been teaching at Cedar Park for 19 years and just took on the introduction to culinary course this school year. “For the most part its been just a unique amazing work,” Ballenger said. “It’s the community that keeps me here, the people that I work with and just the encompassing school. Its just an amazing place and Im definitely rooted here for a while.”
Photo by Mai Cachila
Much More than a Coach
Mai Cachila, Reporter • May 23, 2024

After having coached tennis, taught...

Standing with his guitar during Garage Band practice, senior Trevor Von Wupperfeld smiles for the camera. Von Wupperfeld was a founding member of the club, along with a long line of other activities at Cedar Park that earned him the title of Most Involved. “All of the music programs at our school are very, very dedicated, Von Wupperfeld said. Its kind of an all or nothing type of deal. And I am not a big fan of the all or nothing. So I kinda found a garage band to house all of the musicians who didnt have a place in the school or people who didnt have a traditional instrument they played. We take guitarists and basses and all kinds of stuff.  Photo Courtesy of Trevor Von Wupperfeld
Rockstar President
Arav Neroth, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

From making music with his club...

Holding her debut novel Lorida, senior Lilly Stone poses with her self-published novel for her senior photos. Stone said that she is optimistic about what her future holds in the literary world, and is proud of how far she has come despite the odds. “It doesnt take a special skill set to write a book, and you don’t have to be anyone special to do it,” Stone said. “If you have the drive and motivation, you have to just keep pushing yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it, because, in the end, you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Courtesy of Lilly Stone
Fresh Face in Fiction
Gaby Coutts, Guest Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Waterloo swim instructor, Emler swim instructor, and Camp Hope leader are just some of the jobs available for students over the summer. Junior Clara Rabago will be working as a small group leader at Camp Hope for two weeks over the summer where she will be taking care of the children there and participating in activities such as church services, games, art, and science. “I’m excited to have my own kids this year,” Rabago said. “I like seeing how a kid will come in and be super shy, but then they come out all being friends. They’re so happy and energetic and it’s just cool to see how much these kids grow within a week.”
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Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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With cheer slowing down due to football season ending, freshman Raye Affotler has had some time to get involved in competition cheer.

Affolter started gymnastics when she was four years old.  She began at Actrotex then switched to Austin Cheer Factory. Currently Affolter is on level four at ACF and competes every weekend. Competition cheer began Jan. 19 and is coming to an end in three weeks.  Affolter’s team has won first place in all of the four competitions she has competed in.

“I decided to do comp cheer so that I can advance more in my tumbling,” Affolter said.

Affolter practices two times a week for two hours, goes to two open gyms a week and does private lessons on the weekend.

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“Practice is my favorite thing about cheer,” Affolter said. “I can just forget about school and have fun and do what I love with my friends.”

Affolter is also on the freshman squad for Cedar Park.

“Comp cheer is much more demanding and a lot of effort, but high school cheer is also hard,” Affolter said.

Although Affolter is already at an advanced level, she keeps practicing to continue improving.

“What really motivates me to practice is to be on level five next year,” Affolter said. “I just keep trying to get better and better.”

Affolter has a future in cheer ahead of her judging that she is at such a high level already as only a freshman.

“I would like to cheer in college and also to work for UCA or NCA,” Affotler said.

Cheer is a huge commitment, a lot of hard work and practice, but Affolter makes it look easy. She spends most of her time practicing and improving her talents.

“Cheer gives me the best feeling in the world,” Affolter said. “I love being at the gym five days a week, I just love it so much.”

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