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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

Starting his second lap of the race, senior Sanil Desai continues through the course at the Vista Ridge cross country invitational on Aug. 25. This was the second meet of the season and Desai finished in 19th place. “I was thinking about the team placements,” Desai said. “A lot of the schools at the Vista meet will be at districts so I was trying to pass as many people as I could, I’m mostly worried about Leander because they have an all around strong team.”
In It For the Long Run
Mai Cachila, Reporter • September 21, 2023

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In the weight room, Coach K directs her basketball athletes as they get a lift in during their athletic period. According to Coach K, she hopes to not only continue the success of the program but also make them better players and people. “I feel like one of my biggest roles is to be a mentor and a person they can look up to,” Coach K said. “Someone who will be there for them long after they’re gone from the program.”
Born to Ball
Penny Moreno, Reporter • September 20, 2023

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Handing a towel to a coach, freshman Norah Goett  fulfills her duties as an athletic trainer at the JV game against Vandegrift on August 31. As a part of being a student trainer, Goett is required to go to every football practice and game. I enjoy the fun of helping people,” Goett said. “Being able to go to the games and be on the field and have that experience is really cool.”
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The Anatomy of Sports Medicine
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • September 19, 2023

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“Barbie” was released July 21 in theaters, accumulating $155 million over opening weekend. What looks to be a happy introduction with the pink Warner Bros. logo, it soon turns into a movie discussing the serious topic of feminism. “I didn’t realize that it was going to be as in-depth as it was,” biology teacher Adam Babich said. “I thought it was just a fun, campy movie and when I went and saw it I just instantly fell in love.”

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I'm a Barbie Girl, In a Non-Barbie World
Caroline Howard, Reporter • September 18, 2023

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Starting the early morning practice, new swim and dive coach Kyla Gargiulo informs her student-athletes of their next set, giving them tips to help along the way. Gargiulo looks forward to keeping the swim team competitive and improving throughout the year. “The thing I love most about coaching is getting to be a part of the sport that I fell in love with,” Gargiulo said. “[I also love getting to] help the current team achieve and surpass their goals while having fun.”  Photo by Kaydence Wilkinson
Rookies of the Year
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • September 15, 2023

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Leaning back on her right, varsity tennis member junior Mia Petty prepares to receive the ball with the traditional racket swing. For student athletes, the heat has caused many changes to previously created habits involved in sport practices, but it can also be a tool, according to Petty. The heat is definitely annoying, Petty said. There are so many things that you have to do to avoid exhaustion and it feels excessive at times. [However], I think the heat further encourages me to get outside. [I want to] be exposed to the heat as much as possible so I can better acclimate to being hot and tired.
A Love-Heat Relationship With Texas
Kassidy Wilkinson, Reporter • September 14, 2023

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Coffee House inspires students

     Coffee House is a safe haven where students present their written compositions, poetry, music, photography and art. It meets every third Tuesday of each month.  Many students participate in order to display their talents to an audience and receive feedback for further improvement. Ms. Michelle Iskra, the AP English IV and ACC professor, sponsors the group by allowing them to meet in her room while also providing positive reinforcement for the students. Many kids bring in food and beverages to give a more comfortable feel to the whole situation.

     Coffee house started because students expressed their want to be able to show their talents to their peers.

     “Students came to me a few years ago who wanted to perform but didn’t have a venue and asked that I sponsor something after school,” Iskra said.

     Presenting a creative work to a group of peers can be very nerve racking for some but the club is great practice for the future. Coffee House offers a judgment-free environment to inspire creative expression. A unique quality of this performance forum is that everyone is welcome to come and go as they please. There is no membership requirement or fee to pay; just students with common interests getting together and sharing their passions with the world.

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     “[I go because] I like to experience the artistic side of many of my fellow students,” Doug Duong, senior, said.

     Not all the students who show up present something. Many just sit back and enjoy two hours of art and literature. The high levels of skill some of the students possess tend to shock first time attendees.

     “It’s really cool to see how talented some of the students are. Some of the stories are so good it’s hard to believe that students came up with them,” Alisha Mehta, senior, said.

     Iskra shows her passion for her work by letting students explore their own dreams with the same amount of passion, and believes that Coffee House has influenced her students.

      “Kids who are otherwise not heard have a voice (literally). The poets who are not published, the artists with no galleries  have an audience and are able to get feedback [for their work],” Iskra said.

     Iskra also opened Coffee House because she is so passionate about writing and the opportunities it holds for those who embrace it.

      “[Writing] is one of the hardest things we do and most people don’t do it because it is so difficult. Writing diffuses emotions and allows a person to express themselves more concretely than just speaking,” Iskra said.

     Iskra encourages all students to come and enjoy what others have to offer because she believes it will enrich the lives of all students at Cedar Park. Many students have become each other’s biggest fans. The room fills up very quickly so being on time is essential. It’s a great organization to get kids to open up and share their talents with the world.

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