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Estefani Rios

Estefani Rios, Editor-in-Chief

Estefani or Stef is a senior and third-year reporter. This year marks her second year as Editor-In-Chief and she is very excited to continue producing articles the community is interested in. In addition to being a staff member of The Wolfpack, she is also part of the yearbook staff. She enjoys learning and writing about peoples' stories and passions. Estefani hopes to attend UT next fall to major in Social Work. Some facts about her include; her love for tea (the beverage not drama), socks, funky earrings and artists Ashe and Harry Styles. She is still prone to tripping over her own feet, losing socks and laughing at bad puns. 

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After running the 3200m event with a time of 10:26.49 at the track State Competition on May 7, freshman Isabel Conde De Frankenberg shows off her first medal of the day. Conde De Frankenberg also earned silver for her time of 2:09.21 in the 800m event. “It felt amazing to earn a gold medal at state,” Conde de Frankenberg said. “It was very exciting to know that my training over the season paid off. This state competition was very memorable to me because it was my first [state] competition, so it was just really exciting being able to go out there as a freshman and accomplishing what I did.”

One Track Mind

May 19, 2021
In her cheer uniform, senior Kaitlyn Armstrong poses for her senior pictures. According to Armstrong, to be a true cheerleader one must have the passion and willingness to adjust.  “To me, it’s essential to be dedicated, self-motivated and flexible to be a cheerleader,” Armstrong said. “Of course, skills are important, however, since our schedule sometimes is based around other sports, our schedules can change easily, thus flexibility.

Loud and Proud

May 14, 2021
Preparing to hit the incoming ball, sophomore Mary Lawler looks forward on Feb. 6. As Lawler prepares for another season, she said she hopes the team is able to play their whole season with minimal interruptions. Im looking most forward to the games this season since last years were canceled by [COVID-19], Lawler said. I like the individuality of the sport and how I can put my focus into one position.

In the Swing of Things

February 11, 2021
Expanding the senior-exclusive program, COOL Week, COOL Experiences combines both virtual and hands-on career exploration. Transition Coordinator Chriss Hexter said that both upperclassmen and underclassmen can find benefits in the program, especially with the ability to attend multiple COOL Experience offerings. 
A unique opportunity this year that hasn’t been offered to kiddos in the past, aside from the grade levels that it’s open to other than grade 12, is that they can participate in more than one, Hexter said. I totally think kids should, if and when, there are opportunities to participate or attend more than one, that they should participate in more than one.

A COOL Revamp

February 5, 2021
Looking to the side, senior Sydney Poulsen extends her leg while en pointe at the Celebrities holiday show on Dec. 13. This performance was the first time Poulsen had performed while en pointe in two years. It was fun to be able to perform en pointe again,” Poulsen said. “I also loved getting to wear my old tutu because they are super pretty. It was definitely difficult to perform because I had a tiny piece of marley and I [couldnt] travel as far as I normally would. Overall though, the variation went super well and I felt strong on pointe.

Celebrities Winter Show

February 1, 2021
The Yerd Life

The Yerd Life

January 19, 2021
As her daughter, Aven Powell, pretends to be a CPHS News Reporter, AP Mitzi Powell smiles on the sidelines of Gupton Stadium in 2019. After three and a half years as assistant principal at CPHS, Powell is leaving to take the job as the districts Career Development Coordinator. I just want to say thank you to everyone who embraced me when I first got hired here and who has been part of my journey and coaching me and actually listening to me and supporting me along the way, Powell said.

Little Firecracker

December 16, 2020
Eyes forward and head out of water, junior Thomas Wu competes at the 5A state championships in February. Wu made it to the finals for the 100yd butterfly and 100yd breaststroke events.  “Breaststroke has always been my best and favorite strokes since I started swimming, and I have spent a lot of time and effort working on it,” Wu said. “For the past year or so, Ive also been trying to expand my horizons and improve my other events. For example, last year I really focused on the 100 butterfly and I improved a lot finishing fourth at the state championships.”

A “Pool” Kid

November 27, 2020
For the first time in my young life, I decided to attend an event related to the Cedar Park City Council. Although it was an enlightening experience, the problems I saw within the hour and a half forum makes me hesitant on attending another event.

Look Who’s Growing Up

October 26, 2020
Smiling, senior Lindsay Doves poses for the camera. Dove has played eight theatre roles in her high school career, all varying in genre. However her favorite was Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. “I got to perform as a character I wouldn’t normally play,” Dove said. “Altering my appearance and personality was probably the most difficult part of playing Elle Woods. I prepared by seeking constructive criticism from my directors and walked in heels for the entirety of rehearsal to get used to Elle’s energy.” 

Taking the Lead

May 22, 2020
Walking towards her family, senior varsity basketball captain, Takara Holst, smiles while holding her scholarship check on Jan. 23. Holst received the scholarship as part of the KVUE Scholar Athlete of the Month Program. I was in complete shock, Takara said. The fact that not only KVUE, but also Ted Lorenz himself came to grant me a scholarship was just amazing.

Aiming High

January 27, 2020
Before I decided to buy a memory box, I kept all of my objects in the drawers of my desk and dresser or in folders. After a while, it piled up and for a couple of months, my intention was to buy a box of some sort to contain them all. Finally, after an impromptu trip to Michaels and an offer for photo boxes that I could not resist, I bought a memory box. 

I Forgot That You Existed

November 28, 2019
Sitting on the Gupton stadium football field on Sept.27, junior Celebrities captain Rylee Tonacao performs at halftime with fellow team members. When Tonacao received the news that she was chosen as the 2019-2020 Celebrities dance captain, she was shocked. Its not that dance teams or drill team in general have like a set [grade], Tonacao said. But typically captains are seniors and I just had that mindset going in. So, obviously I was shocked.

A Leap of Faith

November 8, 2019
Surrounded by her fellow band members, sophomore Kierstyn Born holds the UIL state championship trophy. Born played Icarus in this years show. She said that although she was nervous leading up to finals, afterwards she felt confident in their performance. I was thrilled because I genuinely thought that was the best we had ever done, Born said.

Back to Back to Back

November 7, 2019
As an opportunity to empower women, freshmen Paisley Schalles, Ava Manci, Ellie Keller and sophomore Katie Smith are teaming up with English teachers, Sarah Alarcon and Kim Vidrine, to host an All-Girls Considered (AGC) podcast chapter. Schalles first learned of AGC through a family friend who is on the AGC board and decided to join the organization this year. 
“I think thing AGC is a very interesting and empowering organization for young women to be a part of, or even just to listen to some of the podcasts,” Schalles said. “We feature strong girls who are making something of themselves in a male-centered economy, so it is truly inspirational to watch.” 

Paisley With a Pod

September 18, 2019
Alumna Eunice Lee stands on stage during the first Meridiem Music Marathon in 2018. This year, Meridiem was able to raise over $15,000 for Variety- Childrens Charity of Texas. “It was incredibly overwhelming to receive the news that our funds were going towards building a playground at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children,” Lee said. “I just wanted to do something that would further our society toward building a bridge between communities...and I wanted to do that through music. I think that we’ve accomplished [our mission] with our partnership with Variety and the Meridiem Instrument Petting Zoo.”

Bringing Harmony

September 17, 2019
French teacher, Tammy Nettles and freshman Meredith Jenkins hover over the selection of courses, as Nettles instructs the class. Jenkins baked the palmiers and said that a part from getting the baking time right, the process of making them was easy. I really enjoyed this project because it was exciting to immerse myself into the cuisine of france, Jenkins said.

Bon Appétit

May 31, 2019
Senior and Celebrities captain, Caiti Dodge performs with her team at the Celebrities Spring Show on April 6. Dodge said that closing night of the Spring Show marked one of her proudest moments. I just kind of realized that I think I’ve left my mark on my team and we succeeded as a team, I was proud to be their captain, Dodge said.

Owning the Stage

May 30, 2019
The piña colada ice cream is one of many unique flavors at I-CE-NY in Lakeline Mall.

Roll With It

March 22, 2019
I walked into the movie with high expectations and I was disappointed.

No, It Isn’t Romantic

February 20, 2019
Katlyn Weeks (12)

Katlyn Weeks (12)

January 1, 2019
Year Rewind

Year Rewind

January 1, 2019
Miranda Strawther (11)

Miranda Strawther (11)

January 1, 2019
Lucy Walter (9)

Lucy Walter (9)

January 1, 2019
Lacie Perry (9)

Lacie Perry (9)

January 1, 2019
Jeffrey Morphis (11)

Jeffrey Morphis (11)

January 1, 2019
Freshman Carlton Marcom poses with fellow Rising Star Ava Caldwell. Marcom auditioned on Nov. 29 after attending multiple clinics leading up to audition day. The first day, it went super fast, we learned a really [difficult] routine [at a] really fast pace, Marcom said. But at the end of tryouts and clinics I [felt] more confident because of practice.

Hitting Their Mark

December 10, 2018
Helping out Jess Gilles, an instructor for Hopeful Hearts, freshman MJ Kelly poses with horse Hercules on Oct. 20. Kelly rode on Hercules and practiced their trotting and right diagonal. Hercules is a really chill horse, but once you get him going he can go really fast and do some incredible things, Kelly said. Hes also super sweet, so he works well with kids.

Time to Volunteer

October 22, 2018
If you can take away anything from this let it be that although we may classify ourselves as introverts, we still like to be included. Being introverted is not a disease, and it does not define a person.

The Quiet Shall Speak

October 3, 2018
Thats Not My Name

That’s Not My Name

September 14, 2018
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