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

Jaden Kolenbrander

Jaden Kolenbrander, Reporter

Jaden is a junior and this is his second year on staff. While his main activity is writing and posting articles for the newspaper team, he also enjoys graphic design on the side, being in the school's graphic design class and using Photoshop in his spare time. He likes to write stories that delve into the topic beyond a surface level, whether it be a club, school event or a book or movie he's reviewing. He plans to enroll and major in political science at the University of Texas with a minor in economics. Outside of school, he enjoys listening to music of all genres, riding his bike, sleeping and playing (and eventually quitting) video games.

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“King Richard,” the new biographical film about Richard Williams, is an interesting and entertaining dive into the man who coached future tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams through watching instructional videos about the sport. Portrayed throughout the movie are his strengths, weaknesses and quirks which enabled him to coach his daughters while living in the streets of early 1990s Compton, California. This film is easily one of 2021’s highlights, and anyone looking for an inspirational tennis story about the bond of family should check it out.

Raising Success

December 16, 2021
Executive Editor and senior Brynn Clare designs an advertisement for the Timberwolf Agency. Clare took on the role of Executive Editor, the highest leadership position in the Timberwolf Agency, to have a more active role in the class. I didnt know about the leadership positions beforehand, but I thought that being able to work a little closer with everyone else sounded fun, Clare said. Besides, I plan to major in a graphic-design related field and the experience will be nice to have.

Image is Everything

November 15, 2021
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Bill are two parts of Biden’s Build Back Better plan to recover the American economy. Both of them provide well-needed funding to recover from the COVID-19 recession. However, the difference between the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and the Build Back Better Bill’s legislative processes opens up interesting questions about the need for bipartisanship in dire economic times like these.

Cooperation or Conflict

November 11, 2021
Watching the Board of Trustee’s presentation, parents and teachers listen about the upcoming bond proposal and vote being held on Nov. 2. This vote will include the key issue of how LISD plans to fund their $772 million funding plan with bonds. “Bond dollars are not part of the district’s budget,” President of the Board of Trustees Trish Bode said. “Additionally, bond dollars are not subject to recapture, a state law where LISD receives less money in state aid for every additional dollar in local tax collections. Bond dollars are $1 for $1 investment in our district; the state doesn’t remove aid based on collections for debt service.

Bonding Session

October 7, 2021
Junior and Mobile App Development student Dominic Caruso works on a project in class. Caruso was one of many Mobile Makers and Mobile App Development students who saw Cody Shilts presentation and praised the usefulness of the more technical aspects of Shilts presentation as well as the class in general. It really helped us create what we needed to do by showing us how to put functions on a simulated app, Caruso said. In general, this is a very interesting class, and I love the idea of developing my own app, and it has sparked the idea of turning this into a career.

Secrets of the Trade

September 17, 2021
Sitting in the cafeteria, masked juniors eat lunch together. Schoolwide, students like junior Yash Shah are in full support of the mask mandate as a necessary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are CDC-approved equipment that amount to a simple piece of cloth on your face, so I think people should at least wear them, Shah said.

Stopping the Spread

September 10, 2021
Next year, sophomore Ryan Green is planning to start a geography club that both geography amateurs and experts can enjoy. The geography club is a worthwhile time for anyone who’s willing to participate. The more people that join, the more fun everyone will have discussing and researching geography together.

Around The World

May 27, 2021
Student Councils full list of 2021 - 2022 officers. Junior Riley Pritzlaff, previously the junior class president, will be promoted to student body president. As student body president, I will do everything in my power to make Cedar Park High School the best that it can be, Pritzlaff said. However, a culture is not defined by one person. Ask yourself what you want Cedar Park to be.”

In With the New

May 26, 2021
Senior Aidan Brown has played the saxophone since the beginning of middle school. He plans to continue his music career at UT Austin, where he is majoring in Music Performance. In fifth grade, we had to make a choice on our instruments for middle school band, Brown said. Since then, practicing the saxophone and perfecting my craft has been my primary motivation.

The Cooler Sax

May 12, 2021
A sample essay prompt for the English II STAAR exam is shown. English Teacher Lauren Madrid said believes that her students are prepared to take the exam. I will give my students all the material they need to succeed - grammar assessments, opportunities to read essays from the past, poetry analysis and more, Madrid said. To me, it’s realistic that some of my classes can all score above 80, even if the district isn’t graded by results this year.”

STAAR-Gazing

April 21, 2021
Trains are the way to ensure a cleaner, more efficient transportation system for the future.

The Case for Railway

April 14, 2021
The CPHS campus covered in snow. On Feb. 14, Leander School District called classes off for a period that lasted over a week as students and teachers suffered power outages. The water supply to my house was cut off for two days, sophomore Caleb Taylor said. Power came back on the midnight of Feb. 16.

The Big Freeze

March 4, 2021
Polishook reports for the CPHS WolfPack. Broadcast is one of the sophomores many interests. “I took Broadcast just because its a career choice that Im interested in, whether that be reporting, journalism or operating a camera, Polishook said.

Finding Yourself

December 3, 2020
Sophomore Kai Gray rehearses drumline show music while keeping in line with quarantine measures. Gray, and the rest of the percussion section, came back on Aug. 24. “Once we’re together playing music, I don’t really pay attention to the masks or distancing, and things feel pretty normal,” Gray said.

A Long March Ahead

September 25, 2020
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