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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

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Photo by Mai Cachila
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Crossing her fingers tightly, senior Sophie Triche smiles proudly for her senior photo. Triche plans to attend Kilgore college and is hopeful to continue high kicking with the Rangerettes in the fall. “When I first saw the Rangerettes, I was enamored by how professional they were,” Triche said. “It made me absolutely fall in love with them and everything they do. I knew I wanted to dance after high school and the Rangerettes to me, feels like home. I could not be more excited when I made the official decision to try out and let my friends and family know that I was committed to be a hopeful for such a world renowned dance team.” Photo Courtesy of Sophie Triche
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Instructing his students, tennis coach Randy Ballenger gives feedback on the dish in front of them. Ballenger has been teaching at Cedar Park for 19 years and just took on the introduction to culinary course this school year. “For the most part its been just a unique amazing work,” Ballenger said. “It’s the community that keeps me here, the people that I work with and just the encompassing school. Its just an amazing place and Im definitely rooted here for a while.”
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Standing with his guitar during Garage Band practice, senior Trevor Von Wupperfeld smiles for the camera. Von Wupperfeld was a founding member of the club, along with a long line of other activities at Cedar Park that earned him the title of Most Involved. “All of the music programs at our school are very, very dedicated, Von Wupperfeld said. Its kind of an all or nothing type of deal. And I am not a big fan of the all or nothing. So I kinda found a garage band to house all of the musicians who didnt have a place in the school or people who didnt have a traditional instrument they played. We take guitarists and basses and all kinds of stuff.  Photo Courtesy of Trevor Von Wupperfeld
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Holding her debut novel Lorida, senior Lilly Stone poses with her self-published novel for her senior photos. Stone said that she is optimistic about what her future holds in the literary world, and is proud of how far she has come despite the odds. “It doesnt take a special skill set to write a book, and you don’t have to be anyone special to do it,” Stone said. “If you have the drive and motivation, you have to just keep pushing yourself to write even when you don’t feel like it, because, in the end, you will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.” Courtesy of Lilly Stone
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Waterloo swim instructor, Emler swim instructor, and Camp Hope leader are just some of the jobs available for students over the summer. Junior Clara Rabago will be working as a small group leader at Camp Hope for two weeks over the summer where she will be taking care of the children there and participating in activities such as church services, games, art, and science. “I’m excited to have my own kids this year,” Rabago said. “I like seeing how a kid will come in and be super shy, but then they come out all being friends. They’re so happy and energetic and it’s just cool to see how much these kids grow within a week.”
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Annual Community Event Draws Crowd
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Dressed as a cow, PALs member and junior Lynnea Bergman smiles at her friends with a face covered in whipped cream. The annual trunk or treat took place on Oct. 26 during which the PALs pie in the face activity was very popular, according to Bergman. “We were doing a pie in the face and cakewalk to get the kids to have fun,” Bergman said. “Some of the kids in the PALs [program were at the trunk or treat] and they got to pie us in the face. [My favorite memory] so far is probably getting pied in the face by a four year old. He went so hard and it was very funny.” Photo courtesy of Lilly Adams, used with permission

From two-feet-tall construction workers to a seven-foot-tall banana, the parking lot turned into another world during the annual trunk or treat last night. Giant pizzas walked hand-in-hand with burgers and large dinosaurs as the night’s event filled with people. 

After the forecasted storm clouds cleared from the sky and it was announced the yearly trunk or treat was officially going to happen, clubs claimed their spots in the parking lot and began to set up yesterday after school. Each club hosted their own activities at their booths. Among these games were a twister board with candy taped to each circle, a face painting station and water balloons.

“I really look[ed] forward to the [trunk or treat this year] because this was the first time I came with my younger sister,” junior Eden Yu said. “It’s just really cool that you get to [come to the high school parking lot] and see all different aspects of the school as well as the Cedar Park community.”

The wrestling team had a mat set up behind their trunk where trick or treaters could wrestle for more candy if they wanted to.

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“Whether they win or lose they get candy,” sophomore Carter Long said. “It’s pretty safe because we pair them with similar weights and [we] teach them not to do certain things and how to win.”

According to senior swim team member Santhi Marquez, the team’s walk the plank and ring toss game was very popular, but the best activity, in his opinion, was created by PALs.

“I really like[d] the PAL’s pie in the face activity,” Marquez said. “I feel like it brings joy to the people that are getting pied even though it looks kind of aggressive. And the smiles on the faces of the kids that are actually doing the smashing are really big.”

Children of all shapes, sizes and costumes formed a long line to pie the PALs members in the face. One of these members was junior Lynnea Bergman, whose face was covered in whipped cream for most of the night.

“We were doing a pie in the face and cakewalk to get the kids to have fun,” Bergman said. “Some of the kids in the PALs [program were at the trunk or treat] and they got to pie us in the face. [My favorite memory] so far is probably getting pied in the face by a four year old. He went so hard and it was very funny.”

Decked in spiderwebs, the HOSA trunk used a life-size model of human skeleton to represent their club as they passed out candy and quizzed their trick-or-treaters.

“I personally think our car was the best,” sophomore HOSA member Jessica Vajrala said. “We ask[ed] a bunch of medically-related questions to the people that came to the car. They’re very simple questions and everyone leaves having fun.”

With a stream of both young children and their parents, not everyone knows the answers to the questions Vajrala asked those who visited her station. The HOSA members were able to teach the trick or treaters while they passed out candy by helping them answer the questions.

“We were asking questions like ‘what is the largest organ in the body,’” Vajrala said. “[Or] ‘what is the strongest muscle in your body?’ [If they needed] help, I show[ed] them the heart symbol or point[ed] to my skin.”

The group FCCLA designed their trunk activity after the party game “pin the tail on the donkey.” Their version included pin the cherry on the cupcake, pin the tie on the suit and pin the caterpillar on the apple.

“I like interacting with all the kids,” FCCLA club president and senior Emily Plaisted said. “My favorite [part of the night] was just seeing how happy they got whenever they get close to being right [while sticking the cherry to the cupcake] or just getting candy.”

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Kassidy Wilkinson
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter
Kassidy is a junior and second year reporter. She was born in the early 2000s to Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson who gave her a name and a few other things like shelter, hope... and four other siblings her exact age. Along with her other quintuplet siblings, Kassidy is a part of the CPHS pickleball club. She believes Diet Coke is heaven's water, and spends her time reading romance novels, dreaming of Torchy’s Tacos and writing articles.

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