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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

Kicking the ball down the field, junior Jake Briseno punts to his teammates during their district match on Feb. 9 against Leander. The team battles through the second round to secure a spot in the postseason. The little things we do definitely contribute to the chemistry we have with each other, Briseno said. This year it has been continuing and I think we can go far with how close we are.” Photo by Mai Cachila
Get Your Kicks Up
Penny Moreno, Reporter • February 28, 2024

He looks at the clock and sees...

Setting up for her kick, junior and varsity forward, Meredith Koltz, swings her leg for the goal she is about to score. The varsity team is currently 7-2-1 and plays Buda Hays tonight on the home field at 7:15 p.m. “I think this team is full of amazing individuals who all have the same goal of wanting to compete with the best and play our best soccer,” Koltz said. “I have high expectations for this team and I know with our chemistry and worth ethic we can get just about anything accomplished.” Photo by Caroline Howard
A Prodigy Since Birth
Heidi Williams, Reporter • February 27, 2024

Steam from the players rises up...

Senior Adriana Slack works on her computer in her AP Capstone Research class. Slack’s research project looked into the connection between how K-pop idols and their companies utilize social media accounts to connect with American K-pop fans. “It’s hard to look at two months worth of content on a total of 100 accounts across three social media apps,” Slack said. “I’ve learned that there is a lot of potential for mistakes to be made in the research process. If the variables aren’t clear, or your survey questions are accidentally worded in a guided way, or if the identity of your participants is leaked, it could ruin your research by skewing your data or result in what could be considered an ethical wrongdoing in research.” Photo courtesy of Romy Ford
Searching for an Answer
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter • February 27, 2024

The Capstone program involves two...

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...

17 going on 5

     You know what really grinds my gears? High school. I can remember countless days in elementary school when I thought to myself, “I cannot wait to be out of here and onto something bigger and better where they don’t treat me like a baby.” Today, I still find myself saying the same thing. You would think that as an “upperclassmen” in high school you would get more privileges, considering at this point in your life you are allowed to legally do so many things that before you could not.  However, I find myself being treated in school almost the same as I was 10 years ago.

     As a high school student, I feel I should have the right to use the restroom when needed, yet I am still not allowed to use the restroom without permission. Bathroom passes, everyone gets them, usually two or three a semester.  Why do teachers think they have the right to decide if I will learn more by sitting cross-legged and unable to concentrate or by being able to take care of my business so I can turn my full attention to my work? To tell me when I can and cannot use the restroom is absurd.  Experts encourage everyone to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day to keep yourself healthy, yet the majority of the time you are denied the opportunity to even relieve yourself?  Don’t they know what goes in must come out? These are 90 minute periods, with five minute passing periods to travel between up to five or so buildings. Shouldn’t a young woman or man of 17 or 18 years of age be able to make these decisions on their own? I am old enough to be trusted to do many things, and I should be trusted enough to know when I have to go to the restroom. 

     In our district, we stress the importance of the moral educational curriculum, as evidenced by the Learning Model and Graduate Profile. Part of doing “right and good by all” is treating people fairly. Although equality is emphasized, favoritism still happens in some classes. Many of my teachers over the years have shown favoritism to some of their students.  Just because I don’t go out of my way to do extra things to please a certain teacher, doesn’t mean I should be put at a disadvantage. Favoritism is just plain frustrating.  If I walk into the class three minutes late and am told to go get a late pass, then when the teacher’s pet walks in five minutes late, they should be required to get one too.  Teachers should be more consistent with their enforcement of school and class rules. If someone is texting in class and their phone is taken the person behind then should have his phone taken up too for the same offense.

     I also do not understand why there is so much excessive control over students.  We can’t dress the way we want, we can’t have uncommon piercings, we can’t have facial hair, we aren’t allowed to wear hats, and we cannot text during lunch or during passing periods. They pretty much have us locked down as tight as the computer resources we’re supposed to use for research and productivity.

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     One thing that high school has taught me is that no matter how much you disagree with the rules you can’t be a rebel. You’ve got to sit back and accept that independence is not what high school is about. It’s about the grades, it’s about passing your classes and getting the credits you need to move onto the next level and it’s about the GPA you need to get into the college you want to attend. Whether you are a senior with only two months left, or a freshman with three long years ahead of you, just remember, high school is a transition period from the dependence of junior high to the independence of a college bound student. Get the most  you can from the experience by developing your skills and your judgment.

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