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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

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...

American Values

     In this economy, it’s a struggle to imagine any money, but humor me, and picture a dollar bill. Imagine our good friend, George Washington—his stolid expression and unresponsive eyes giving no allusion to the great American values he represents. Life, liberty…and the pursuit of money?  What would George say if he heard that? The fact is, in a civilized world, money is a necessity, but do Americans value their money too much? How did it become a virtue to be wealthy?

     The American ardor for money is not a new addition to our mindsets. Long ago, the American Dream promised that a man in America has the opportunity to start with nothing and become a rich and therefore successful person. Whether that be VIA goldmines, cattle ranching, railroads, oil- America had it all! And thusly immigrants flocked in from all over the world to “cash in.” In the 1890s, banker J.P. Morgan single handedly bailed the US out of detrimental debt. With events like this, Americans quickly realized that money is power. With the belief that great wealth is plausible, is it easy to see why Americans began to believe that those who could not obtain it weren’t as capable as those who could. In the classic psychology experiment, Pavlov trained his dogs to salivate at the tone of a bell, for they had been programmed to connect the sound to the coming of food. It just may be that Americans have falsely connected the “ka-ching!” of a cash register to our perception of success.

     In the news and media today the biggest stories are ones that tell of the latest gossip or drama in our favorite celebrities lives—and you can bet any magazine or newspaper that aims to sell copies will make these their front page stories. When the most prevalent people in news are the rich and famous, we begin to think that rich people are more important.  Sorry doctors, artists, governors, philosophers, and peace corps members, you are all going to have to take a backseat to Britney Spears. In fact, this is the reason Britney can demand twenty bottles of lukewarm water, a bag of only green M&Ms and a heated toilet seat, while the cancer cure researchers can barely get their dirty bathroom made a priority. While Britney contributes to the world in her own special way (sugary pop singles, sensual dances, and bringing the shaved head back in style), it can be argued that the cancer cure researchers have a slightly higher purpose. But in face to face with a cancer researcher we are not in the teary-eyed, sweaty awe that a Britney meeting would bring on. Their dignity does not touch us, nor does their intellect impress us. Here is the difference: money.

 
     To an American “the visible signs of wealth testify to an inward state of grace.” So naturally, we are compelled to flaunt as many signs of our wealth as possible. Those new designer earrings go great with your Gucci bag! But you might need to get a different color Lexus to match… what a better way to nonverbally shout, “Hey world! Look how well I do!”  In our society, people aren’t considered successful unless they have something physical to personify their success. And we are so distracted by the pursuit of money that we often forget that there are other things in the world for pursuing– like our relationships, families, and passions. These days you might find more artists going to college for accounting than art. Art may not always pay the bills, but aren’t you sacrificing a lot more by not making art? I recently read an article written by a European man which noted that “in America you are honored because of the money you possess,” this was in direct contrast with his culture where wisdom and character make you an honored individual. Imagine a society where people who posess these qualities demand the highest level of respect. Your grandparents and teachers might be the celebrities!

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     Those who become rich are few and far between. Because Americans believe they make their own fate in this world, what money represents is an incalculable source of our identity. It is important for everyone (not just Americans) to remember that money has no actual value other than what we attach to it. Hopefully our children won’t live in a world where the Lady Liberty drops her book for a Coach bag,or where our Eagle drops its olive branches for a stack of twenties.

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