The student newspaper and broadcast of Cedar Park High School

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

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,...

And They Lived Happily Ever After

Composition of a Good Romance Novel
Kassidy Wilkinson
I read romance books because I enjoy the rollercoaster of emotions they take me on. If a romance book isn’t full of undeniable chemistry, quirky main characters that claim to hate each other, and a very climatic fight, then it resembles the “It’s a Small World Ride” at Disney World. Boring, annoying, and untasteful. I want to be impressed by romantic writing, and I’ve compiled some of the most important parts in making a perfect romance novel.

The male protagonist runs through the airport, his feet pounding on the ground. Despite her small five-foot-three frame he can see her head weaving through the crowd, just out of reach. The overhead speakers call her flight and she lines up to board the plane. Just as she takes her seat and gives one last goodbye glance towards the city where she met the love of her life, a stranger slides into the seat next to her. He’s breathing heavily and she looks over at him in curiosity. Their eyes meet and they both know. They can’t live without each other.

This is the ending of many romance novels, and it is loved by authors because it’s a story wrap-up that leaves readers right on the edge of their seat, wondering if the promised “happily ever after” that comes from reading this genre will happen despite the impossible circumstances. Every year I read on average 36 romance novels and they all involve these “impossible circumstances.” Whether they are star-crossed lovers, friends, enemies, competing business partners, or two unlucky people that find themselves destined to be together, the couple in every book manages to end their story with a sky full of fireworks while they whisper to each other, “I love you.” However, not all these books are good books.

In my experience with most of the romance books I’ve read, I find myself hooked in the beginning, suffering through the middle, and ending up only mildly satisfied with the kiss at the end. But I don’t want to be mildly satisfied when I finish a book, I want to be grinning from ear to ear, blushing a little and celebrating the couple I just spent hours reading about. So what is a good romance book? The first key part of a romance novel, while it may seem obvious, is the two protagonists have to actually fall in love.

Sometimes you reach the end of a romance book and realize the two leading characters don’t know anything about each other. I mean I get the whole “love at first” sight thing, or “when you know you know.” My grandma proposed to my grandpa on the second date and they are still happily married after 50 years. My own parents met in January of 1997 and got engaged in that following April. But, for both my grandparents and my parents, they both had enough time to build their relationship and feel the chemistry. The time the two protagonists know each other doesn’t matter, but if there is no connection between them that I, as the reader, can feel, then the book is only getting a maximum of two stars from me.

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Next, enemies to lovers is the only trope worth reading. I don’t want to spend hours reading about two friends that suddenly realize they have feelings for each other and now their world is going to end. Boring. Instead I want a prideful Elizabeth Bennet and a rude Mr. Darcy to transform into a dashing Westley and a beautiful Buttercup, who were willing to sacrifice anything for love like in the story of “The Princess Bride.” Lots of people prefer the trope created from “Romeo and Juliet,” where two star-crossed lovers will do anything to be with each other, but that’s way too dramatic for me. I’d much rather read witty banter between two sworn enemies that are falling for each other over hidden feelings and secret meetings.

If you’ve ever read a romance book or watched a romance movie, you’d know that this genre follows a very simple pattern. The two leads meet, spend time together, fall in love, then they fight and make up and their story ends with a kiss. The climax of these stories is when the fight occurs, which is always a misunderstanding that can easily be resolved if the two protagonists actually talked to each other about. But let me tell you, this fight can make or break a novel. Misunderstandings are what take the main couple from I like you to I love you because, according to every romance book, two people can’t realize that they can’t live without each other until they are torn apart. If this misunderstanding is quickly resolved, then the book feels like it’s missing a huge part of its story. People that read romance novels want to see the male protagonist running through the airport to stop the girl from boarding her flight; they want to see the two characters searching for each other and the moment when they decide to forgive each other after realizing they love each other.

I read romance books because I enjoy the fluctuation of emotions they make me feel. If a romance book isn’t full of undeniable chemistry, quirky main characters that claim to hate each other, and a very climatic fight, then it’s basically as exciting as the “It’s a Small World Ride” at Disney World. Super boring, very repetitive and also really annoying. If I’m reading a romance novel, then I want it to be a thrilling roller coaster ride that makes me grip the handles tight  and triple check if my seat belts are buckled correctly. If you want to read romance novels but you don’t want to read a bad one, here are a couple of my favorites: “Cross My Heart” by Julie Wright, “Edenbrooke” by Julianne Donaldson, and “Listen to Your Heart” by Kasie West. Happy reading!

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Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter
Kassidy is a junior and second year reporter. She was born in the early 2000s to Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson who gave her a name and a few other things like shelter, hope... and four other siblings her exact age. Along with her other quintuplet siblings, Kassidy is a part of the CPHS pickleball club. She believes Diet Coke is heaven's water, and spends her time reading romance novels, dreaming of Torchy’s Tacos and writing articles.

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