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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

The hours of training, listening...

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.”
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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

Starting by picking up a journal...

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.”
Free At Last... Or Maybe Not
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • May 23, 2024

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Living in the present

      I hear the cliché expressions “life is short,” “live each moment like it’s your last” and “live in the now” quite often in my everyday life but I never see them practiced. Instead, I see a completely different trend developing that proclaims a completely different message; “All I have to do is make it to the summer” or “one month left until spring break when I can finally get some sleep.” People have countdowns until holidays, summer and even graduation. This world is so future orientated that living in the present is nearly impossible, and when the future that we have been waiting for so long is finally  the present, we already have something new to look forward to.

     Generally, humans are never satisfied. By nature, our brains are constantly struggling with a new worry or dealing with an exciting happening in the near or distant future. There is always something around the corner, from things like new technology, to the next best way to prepare for your higher educational future. However, there is a difference between having goals, and wasting your life away waiting for the future to arrive.

     Humor me, and pretend that you spent your elementary school life wishing you were in middle school so you can stay up late like your older brother. When middle school arrives you wish that you could drive like the cool high school kids in your neighborhood. You know that if you can make it through these three awkward years of adolescence that time will soon come. But by the time you can drive, you are constantly being forced by teachers, parents and the world that you need to make major decisions about what your future will hold; where you will attend college and what you want to do with your life. When senior year arrives and the inescapable senioritis kicks in, you inevitably spend the entire year wishing that graduation was there and longing for college. After you’ve been at college for a while, you wish you had your degree already so you didn’t have to wake up and take classes anymore. One thing leads to another, and eventually, you are fifty five years old and wanting to retire so you don’t have to work anymore. What kind of life is that, always thinking of the future and never thinking about the here and now?

     Maybe part of this situation sounded a little familiar. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it is something that humanity should be aware of. In today’s world, it is just how the majority of us are taught to be. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to have goals and things that you look forward to. However, in an extreme case, you end up just like the scenario I presented. In the fast paced lives we lead, it’s often difficult to take a deep breath and truly realize what we are doing. Sometimes it’s necessary to open your eyes to the moment, take in everything that you’re doing, feeling, hearing and just reflect on what is going on in the present. Give your mind a break, and set the future aside.

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     The problem is all this revolves around balance. Obviously, one can’t live a perfectly random life and expect everything to be all flowers and rainbows. Face it, some planning will always need to occur. However, it’s the focus that needs to be altered. It is entirely possible to be happy and content with the life you have, while maintaining a well rounded perspective and outlook on the future. Just don’t make it a habit to dwell in that futuristic home you dream about. When you start to center everything around what has yet to come, you start to lose sight of things that are really important.

     Looking ahead to the future to the point of not living in the present takes away from the wonderful memories and lessons that you learn along the way. Every day you live, you have one day less of living. So open your eyes and live!  Remember that it’s the journey, not the destination and half of the fun is getting there.

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Living in the present