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

Rachana Kommineni

Rachana Kommineni, Reporter

Rachana is a senior and a second year reporter. She is involved in DECA, WISE, Spanish Club and theater. She has also done dance and theater since she was five. She hopes to major in data science and minor in theater at either Texas A&M or Northwestern University. She enjoys writing feature stories because she gets to learn different perspectives on certain topics and new things in general. She hopes to attend Northwestern to major in data science, and minor in theater. She loves Mike and Ike, taking sunset pictures, watching Spanish dramas on Netflix and listening to rap music.

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The Medical Reserves Corp Partnership team poses as they win fourth place at the state conference in Galveston. Junior Claudia Shen said that even though her team didn’t place, she still benefited from learning about the medical field along the way. “We were confident that we would get top five, so we were excited even though we didn’t place because our hard work paid off,” Shen said.

Born to Care

May 24, 2022
The cast of “Something Rotten” perform “Will Power” at the Heller Awards on Apr. 14. As a stage manager, senior Emma Frith was back stage and felt emotional watching the cast perform. “It was so fun getting that experience and taking the cast back stage and watching the performance at the Heller Awards, and them having fun made me have fun. I was doing my job, like my part of the show.”

The Bigger Stage

May 5, 2022
Senior and president of HOSA Aashna Ravi explains what Be the Match is and why HOSA is fundraising for it. Last year, they did fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, but this is their first year doing it for Be the Match. “The HOSA trivia night is something we’ve done for the last two years, and it’s just a fun way of doing fundraising where the community can come together and test their knowledge,” Ravi said.

A Work of 36 Years

March 22, 2022
Posing with the photo prop, sophomores and color guard members Lily Dodds and Hope Gibbs smile at the audience at the Band Gold Ceremony on Jan. 26. Gibbs said that it was a really exciting experience to receive the medal because she had been waiting for it for a long time and it was really satisfying to finally receive it. I was mostly just really proud of my team, Gibbs said. I wouldn’t have gotten here without them and they all absolutely deserve their medals.

Crowned for a Fourth

February 9, 2022
Coaching the Cedar Park Bulldogs, a youth football team, senior Eric Skinner discusses the plays with the team. As part of his training company, Skinner Elite Training, Skinner develops the skills of the next generation of football players. “‘Next play’ mentality means if you make a mistake that’s okay,” Skinner said. “The play is over and move on. It’s not about if you make a mistake or not, it’s about how you react and recover from that one mistake.”

My Turf is Yours

January 5, 2022
Holding up her computer, psychology club president and senior Naomi Stein speaks about how people in the military are classically conditioned to do their job without medical consequences at a club meeting in November. Stein said that she liked how everyone is able to collaboratively discuss the topics at hand, and learn more about others opinions on those matters along the way. “I like how everyone gets to learn more about others perspectives, like their standpoint on nature vs nurture, which is a big topic in psychology,” Stein said.

Enter the Human Mind

December 14, 2021
With green and white, senior Mckenna Lemons paints her picture of a splattered run over Plankton from ‘Spongebob’. She painted this in order to embrace her inner child even when she graduates high school and enters college. “I chose to paint Plankton because ‘Spongebob’ is one of my favorite shows,” Lemons said. “I felt that the splattered paint was humorous, as I would be parking on him every day, as if I ran over him.”

Painting Memories

December 7, 2021
Raising a pink pom, senior Sophia Franco helps lead the crowd in a chant during the Pink Out pep rally on Oct. 15. The pep rally was the first in-school pep rally since March of 2020 and was located on the football field to help with social distancing.

Where Ya From?

November 16, 2021
Rushing to get to class, senior Sophia Migchelbrink gives a tardy pass to a student. According to Migchelbrink, being a student aide for the front office lets her be in a quiet and friendly atmosphere, and she is able to get some exercise by walking around the school to deliver passes. “If you’re late you can come to the front of the attendance office and give us your last name or your student ID number and we type it into the computer which we can then pick if the tardy is excused or unexcused depending on why you are late,” Migchelbrink said. “Then we just print it out and give it to you to give to your teacher.”

Runs Like Clockwork

November 8, 2021
Posing for senior pictures, senior Callie Hobbs shows her dedication to FFA with her District Officer jacket. Hobbs started FFA in the fall of 2016 when she was in seventh grade, and as a Junior FFA member, she raised show swine and went to shows around the county as well and around Texas. “I wanted to take pictures with my cattle to show off the livestock projects that I have spent months training, preparing, and showing,” Hobbs said. “These pictures serve as a way to look back on past memories and to give me a chance to see what my animals look like when the judge sees them from a different angle. Sometimes it is hard to know what to change or fix about my animal until I can see them from a different angle, but it’s hard to do that when I’m walking them so the pictures can help to show me what to improve.”

Lovin’ the Farm Life

October 19, 2021
Concentrating hard on getting her Acarte perfect, freshman Alison Cooper prepares for her eight ballet body positions assessment. The team spent two class periods learning each of the dances and then learned and memorized the names so that they could do well on their test. I love performing because I am able to make the audience happy, and it’s just a lot of fun when you perform because it is an automatic smile for me because most people are always having to force a smile, Cooper said. Yes, it hurts once you stop performing and you can stop smiling and your cheeks start burning, but it is just natural because I am so happy when I am out on the stage and the lights are on me.

Let There Be Light

September 27, 2021
Finally done with high school, senior Lilly McPherson can be seen tossing her graduation cap in the air. According to McPherson, changing schools was very difficult for her since she went to a private school and went from a class of 35 to around 500 people, so she said making it into tennis was a bit harder when she moved, since there were more people. I took a break from tennis because I was scared I wouldn’t be good enough for making the team, but I got over my fear and tried out and I kept playing because it was the sport that I loved the most, McPherson said.

You Got Served

May 26, 2021
Hadley listens to her podcast to ensure that everything is good to go before she uploads it. Davis said that they started the podcast during the pandemic as a way for them to connect with their friends and family who they don’t get to see or talk to too often. We wanted them to feel like they are right there with us having a conversation, Davis said.

On the Air

May 10, 2021
Next to the NCA trophy, the varsity cheer squad shows off their medals and NCA jackets. The team competed in the Game Day category against teams all over the country, ultimately placing first. 
We felt so rewarded and happy that we finally had our reward for winning, senior captain Sofia Attaguile said.

Go Big or Go Home

April 21, 2021
Stepping out into the mat, sophomore Erika Peterson prepares for her wrestling match for the district tournament last year. Peterson was hoping to pass district and then go to regionals, however because of the pandemic the 2019-2020 season was cut short. I was pretty excited to go to regionals, Peterson said. I was glad that COVID hadnt knocked down my motivation to practice hard and succeed.

Ready to Rumble?

March 11, 2021
Sophomore Ben McDanald invests all his emotions into portraying the role of Connor. He chose that particular scene because it showed a variety of emotions which captures the character at his finest. It showed a giant character change in Conor when he finally accepts that his mom is going to die, and we can see him become emotionally vulnerable for the first time, McDanald said.

From Home to the Stage

December 18, 2020
Google classroom has been a very helpful tool during online schooling. It helps me keep track of my work, helps me to be organized and is easier to see the due dates for all of my assignments.

From School to Home

December 15, 2020
The UT Observatory is one of the trips that WISE went to to learn more about space. They explored the UT campus and for the first time, they saw Jupiter through a telescope. It was really cool to see Jupiter through the telescope while it was moving, Goje said.

Uncovering the Passion

December 10, 2020
With carefully painted covers, sophomore Claire Poulter showcases some of her favorite greeting cards she made since she began her business. Poulter started Elizabeth Illustrations at the beginning of quarantine because she had a lot of time on her hands and wanted to do something that she was passionate about. All of my vinyls are commissioned pieces so most of them are designs that people come up with themselves, Poulter said. Whereas cards are almost all my own designs, unless someone orders a custom one, in which case I paint whatever I want. And I’ll look for inspiration anywhere really, but a lot of my favorite cards have come from my friends and families ideas.

An Artist at Work

September 30, 2020
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