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,...

Snow Much Love

Gift Ideas for the Completely Clueless
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Jane Yermakov
This busy holiday season is usually portrayed as a time of joy seeping through the air. What else seems to be seeping through the air? Stress, procrastination, coldness and more. Hopefully, this list can prove helpful in the endeavor that is gift giving and get one thing off the to-do checklist. Graphic by Jane Yermakov

‘Tis the season of frantically buying gifts, getting shocked by the dramatic changes in the weather and thinking about the looming excitement of the nearing holiday. All through the house not a thing was stirring… except for wildly beating hearts that ache of stress. Although exciting, with the busy end of year tests for students and quotas to meet for adults, the added stress of finding the perfect thing for that special person does nothing short of take away the magical cheeriness of this time of year. 

For those who find such a tale relatable, have no fear, for I am here! Allow me to take some of the stress off your shoulders with a special list of gift ideas. As a teenager myself, I am relatively well equipped with top-notch, super secret (not really) information on some things someone of my demographic would want, as well as great, affordable gifts in general.

Accessories

Jewelry shopping has an abundance of shapes, sizes, styles, colors, and many more factors to take into account – it’s safe to say that this is a pretty daunting category to consider. It’s not only daunting though, there’s always going to be something perfect for everyone. With jewelry, it’s oftentimes difficult to strike a balance between personal taste and timeless appeal. Although subjective, it’s all about attention to detail. Jewelry is a way to present exactly how much you pay attention to their tastes, making it an endearing and intimate gift.

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Two popular options from the ever-changing trends of the internet are a personalized charm necklace as well as Italian charm bracelets. You get to choose the charms yourself, making it all the more unique. 

A more underrated idea would be wallets, card holders, small clutches or other storage devices of that nature. Some might find this to be a more lame idea, but those who do fail to realize the benefits. Wallets are a daily essential item for most and yet people often don’t put much thought into what they use to hold the things they need. Victoria Secret, Coach and other brands have options for all age groups. A newer and nicer wallet is an excellent way to spruce up everyday life and add extra convenience to someone’s day.

An increasingly common staple in the lives of teenagers are disposable cameras. Pictures hold memories and eventually sentimental attachment after enough time. With this gift, not only do the photos hold memory, but so does the camera. The grainy nostalgic energy of the pictures will make great decorations for bedrooms and will be a constant reminder of all the good things in life. In a world dominated by digital photography and phones, this camera provides a tangible way to capture and relive moments – and to build more.

Self Care

Sephora is probably one of the scariest places on Earth for someone who is unfamiliar with beauty products. Similar to the subjectivity of jewelry, makeup’s variety in shades, brands, formulas, products, colors, and more all make it difficult to narrow down. Luckily, buying a set of makeup or skincare is usually cheaper and more compact than buying it individually. This means less waste if the recipient doesn’t like it or bragging rights for you since you discovered their new favorite product.

On a similar note, we have perfumes and colognes. This is another difficult category since there is usually quite a bit of fragrance in a normal size bottle and if the recipient doesn’t like the scent, they’re stuck with something they have no use for. Discovery sets are a great solution to this problem. The smaller size, but increased quantity, provides an opportunity to try something new without the commitment of deciding to wear a new scent immediately.

Miscellaneous

Some of the fun items that would be perfect for a friend or family member. Graphic by Jane Yermakov

The broadest category of all! A little bit of everything for basically everyone.

Some might say that a stuffed animal might be a gift for someone of a younger age, but I beg to differ, especially with the increasing popularity of a specific brand: Jellycats. This brand has gained a cult following on Tiktok and Pinterest because of their creative and impossibly cute stuffed animals.

Jellycats were the main mention for the category of stuffed animals, but it’s really not hard to find a super cute stuffie. Squishmallows and most other brands alike achieve the same goal as a Jellycat, but even making one yourself could add the missing personal touch.

(For a potential secret admirer: get me the penguin Jellycat with the fluffy head.)

Another one of my personal favorites: legos. This might seem extremely childish (in some cases, it is), but Lego has some sets that are definitely out of the skillset or interest of a child. They’re extremely fun to build, either individually or together (bonding moment!) and a brilliant addition to the visuals in a home.

Not everyone has the time or expertise to make something DIY, but it’s still an option to take into account if the ideas are really lacking. This is a reminder that a thoughtful card can go much further than a nice bag with a big ol’ price tag on it. There is nothing wrong with an imperfect crocheted creation or handmade painting.

Gift giving is just an avenue to express love, appreciation and understanding for those who hold special places in our hearts. It’s not only about the material exchange of objects, but the intangible exchange of what goes unspoken. The most priceless gift is what already exists between you and your gift-recipient. Happy holidays!

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Jane Yermakov, Reporter
Jane is a sophomore and a first year reporter. She’s always excited to meet new people, give them a voice and put their stories into writing. She loves listening to all different types of music and has been playing the piano for around two years. She loves to write about people and their unique stories. After graduation, she’s still not sure what she wants to do, but hopes to attend UT Austin. She’s obsessed with looking too deeply into movies, watching corny shows with her friends and she loves her dog.

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