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Starting his second lap of the race, senior Sanil Desai continues through the course at the Vista Ridge cross country invitational on Aug. 25. This was the second meet of the season and Desai finished in 19th place. “I was thinking about the team placements,” Desai said. “A lot of the schools at the Vista meet will be at districts so I was trying to pass as many people as I could, I’m mostly worried about Leander because they have an all around strong team.”
In It For the Long Run
Mai Cachila, Reporter • September 21, 2023

Getting into...

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In the weight room, Coach K directs her basketball athletes as they get a lift in during their athletic period. According to Coach K, she hopes to not only continue the success of the program but also make them better players and people. “I feel like one of my biggest roles is to be a mentor and a person they can look up to,” Coach K said. “Someone who will be there for them long after they’re gone from the program.”
Born to Ball
Penny Moreno, Reporter • September 20, 2023

Two minutes remain...

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Handing a towel to a coach, freshman Norah Goett  fulfills her duties as an athletic trainer at the JV game against Vandegrift on August 31. As a part of being a student trainer, Goett is required to go to every football practice and game. I enjoy the fun of helping people,” Goett said. “Being able to go to the games and be on the field and have that experience is really cool.”
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The Anatomy of Sports Medicine
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • September 19, 2023

In the gleam...

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“Barbie” was released July 21 in theaters, accumulating $155 million over opening weekend. What looks to be a happy introduction with the pink Warner Bros. logo, it soon turns into a movie discussing the serious topic of feminism. “I didn’t realize that it was going to be as in-depth as it was,” biology teacher Adam Babich said. “I thought it was just a fun, campy movie and when I went and saw it I just instantly fell in love.”

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I'm a Barbie Girl, In a Non-Barbie World
Caroline Howard, Reporter • September 18, 2023

The lights dim...

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Starting the early morning practice, new swim and dive coach Kyla Gargiulo informs her student-athletes of their next set, giving them tips to help along the way. Gargiulo looks forward to keeping the swim team competitive and improving throughout the year. “The thing I love most about coaching is getting to be a part of the sport that I fell in love with,” Gargiulo said. “[I also love getting to] help the current team achieve and surpass their goals while having fun.”  Photo by Kaydence Wilkinson
Rookies of the Year
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • September 15, 2023

Volleyball, basketball,...

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Leaning back on her right, varsity tennis member junior Mia Petty prepares to receive the ball with the traditional racket swing. For student athletes, the heat has caused many changes to previously created habits involved in sport practices, but it can also be a tool, according to Petty. The heat is definitely annoying, Petty said. There are so many things that you have to do to avoid exhaustion and it feels excessive at times. [However], I think the heat further encourages me to get outside. [I want to] be exposed to the heat as much as possible so I can better acclimate to being hot and tired.
A Love-Heat Relationship With Texas
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter • September 14, 2023

As the thin red...

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Marissa Caputo Senior Columns

     Throughout the four years I’ve spent at Cedar Park, I’d like to think that I’ve gone through enough nonsense to have some pretty useful advice to all you underclassmen.

     First of all, don’t take anything too seriously. NOTHING in high school is worth crying over. You may realize that your best friend since elementary school really isn’t so trustworthy, or that your beloved girlfriend of 6 months really isn’t so monogamous. But that’s okay. Learn the lesson you were meant to learn and move on. Before you freak out over any situation, ask yourself this question, “In five years, will I still care about this?” I’m betting that in most situations, you won’t. This is the place to have fun, and the further you distance yourself from “the drama,” the happier you’ll be.

     Don’t waste time trying to keep up with the trends. Just because Jessica Alba wears it doesn’t mean it’s cool. You may think you look cute today in your skinny jeans, flats, crossover bag, V-neck, leggings and thick-rimmed glasses, but two years from now you may wonder why you spent so much time trying to look “in” and so little trying to get an education.

     The minute you decide to start caring about what other people think of you, all hope is lost. Do what makes you happy. That may mean joining marching band because secretly, you get a kick out of walking in synchronization with others while playing the tuba. Or it could mean that you dedicate all of your afterschool hours practicing with your heavy metal band and dreaming about the world tour you’ll one day go on. All that matters is that you do what you enjoy.

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     High school is not the place to fall in love. Yes, I do think it’s possible to love someone at such a relatively young age, but the truth of the matter is that we’re not always mature enough to handle the aftermath. When things go south and you’re left losing not only someone you care about, but also a major part of your life, all of the fun times, cute dates and even that first kiss seem less like fond memories and more like a slap in the face.

     High school is also not the place to slack off. Take it from me: procrastination is deadly. And while I hate to say this, grades are important in determining your options in college. English online is not a loophole for getting out of senior project. You’re not being clever by taking the class online; The hours and days and weeks and months you spend working on the online lessons will more than add up to the amount of time you thought you were avoiding.

     Teachers are not evil. You may not enjoy being in their class and, let’s be honest, they may not enjoy you either, but I really think that teachers obtain some of the most useful information you’ll ever need in life, whether or not it has anything to do with their subject.

     Treat others the way you want to be treated. I know, we’ve heard that since we were in Kindergarten, but it honestly is the most important thing you can do. Everyone you meet comes into your life for a reason, so take full advantage of that.

     But the most important thing to remember is that high school is ultimately what you make of it. These four years can either be a time of misery or the happiest ones of your life; the choice is yours.

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Marissa Caputo Senior Columns