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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

AT&T stadium in Arlington is the next big hurdle the Longhorns need to leap over in order to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Is Texas Back?
Jonathan Levinsky, Reporter • December 1, 2023

“Longhorn Nation,...

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Taking a selfie with some of their castmates, including senior Aidan Cox, who plays Buddy the Elf, junior Brooke Ferguson shows off a sign presenting the arrival of “Elf. This year’s musical, “Elf” runs Dec. 1-3 in the CPHS PAC. “[Learning a new script is] always kind of a challenge,” Ferguson said. “You get a new cast and you get your own part. I’ve never worked closely with these people before. It’s a different environment and doing character work with someone new, trying to partner work and scene work is interesting. The script is good and it has a lot of jokes, it’ll be a lot of laughs.” Photo by Brooke Ferguson
Elf on the Stage
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • December 1, 2023

A mix of unprecedented...

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The original gang goes down in cinema history, left to terrify their beloved audience for all eternity...
Cason’s Fanatical FNAF Movie Review
Cason Johnson, Reporter • November 30, 2023

If you haven’t...

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Dressed as “H-E-B Buddy,” senior Logan Hedges entertains shoppers during a shift at H-E-B. Hedges has fun on the job, as there’s significantly less pressure than other jobs he has had. “I [used to umpire] little league baseball, and it’s definitely less stressful,” Hedges said. “There’s not much [that can go wrong] scanning groceries. Making a bad call in baseball is so easy.”
Where the Cool Kids Work
Jonathan Levinsky, Reporter • November 21, 2023

“Hello, how...

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On the Sunday after we arrive, we always take family pictures on the beach—no amount of complaining about the temperature of the sand or the angle of the sun in our eyes will convince our mom that these pictures are unnecessary. Generally, the beach is associated with warmth and sun, but Thanksgiving week can get cold and even rainy making for some long family picture sessions. But with all the practice we’ve gotten over the years, I am happy to say that I am a pro at taking jumping pictures, getting my jeans only half full of sand, and timing everything just right to get the beautiful sunset in the background. Despite all the hours we spend posing on the beach, I always really like the pictures in the end as well as the time that we get to spend together as a family.
The Sea-son to be Thankful
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • November 20, 2023

Every year, starting...

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In his documentary released on Sept. 12 on Amazon Prime Video, Philadelphia Eagles football player Jason Kelce, shows off different aspects of  his life throughout the 2022-2023 NFL season. His brother, Travis Kelce, is the tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, and defeated the Eagles during the last Super Bowl in February. The documentary gives insight on the popular Kelce family and provides some perspective on the struggles of being a professional athlete.
Big Reputation (Jason Kelce’s Version)
Penny Moreno, Reporter • November 16, 2023

This past weekend,...

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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.

     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