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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

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,...

Les Miserables is un‘mis’able

Name: Les Miserables (PG-13)

Director: Tom Hooper

Rating: 8.5/10

Now playing at: Regal Lakeline Mall 9, Cinemark Cedar Park, Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek, and Galaxy Moviehouse and Eatery.

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On Dec. 252012, “Les Miserables”, the highly acclaimed musical, made the transition from Broadway to the big screen. The movie, adapted from the novel written by Victor Hugo, takes place in 19th century France during the rise of the French Revolution. Overall, this movie was exceptional. All the actors did a spectacular job of portraying their characters and conveying their emotions.

The movie follows the life of Jean Valjean, a former slave who starts a new life and adopts the young daughter of a struggling woman. Valjean and his daughter, Cosette, are constantly moving to protect his identity from Javert who, if Valjean is recognized, will place him back in slavery. Trouble arises when Cosette falls in love with a revolutionary named Marius. Though Cosette begs her father to stay, Valjean senses that townspeople know who he is and is convinced they must leave. The end of the movie follows the love of Cosette and Marius, the history between Valjean and Javert, and the revolutionary hopes of Marius and the young rebels.

The all star cast includes Hugh Jackman (Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier), Samantha Barks (Eponine), along with other seasoned actors. However, the actress that stood out was Samantha Barks as Eponine. Barks plays the role of a lovesick and heartbroken girl who pines for Marius only to find that he loves Cosette, her childhood friend. Barks, who played Eponine on stage in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, had the most beautiful voice out of all the actors. Barks was also the most relatable while portraying her character.

The movie was surprisingly captivating, contrary to my preconceived notions. What I thought was going to be a boring historical film turned out to be an interesting and tear-jerking musical. The collection of astonishing actors adds a sense of reality to the harsh plot of life in an unfortunate situation. The fact that all the singing was recorded live, as opposed to the traditional pre-recording and lip synching, made a huge contribution to the realness of the film. Though some have commented that the singing quality was not meeting the expected standards, I strongly disagree. The whole point of singing live was for the actors to sing as the characters would. This gave the characters such a lifelike quality which drew the audience into the film.

After viewing this movie I vowed to myself that I should return and see it again, and I suggest it to anyone who has an appreciation for theatre or history.

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Paige Parks, Writer
Paige “Swaggie” Parks is a junior and second year staffer for The Wolfpack. Born and raised in Cedar Park, she loves the area and its proximity to Austin. Paige is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plays varsity softball for CPHS. When she is not playing softball, she drowns herself in homework. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Duncan, and buying him cute sweaters that he refuses to wear. Her favorite teacher is none other than Mrs. Hert, whom she admires. Paige is looking forward to another great year for The Wolfpack.

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