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

Senior executive editor Natalie Murray, senior associate editor Lily Cooper and junior designer Ava Eaton all sit in conversation with recent clients. After the completion of the Parks and Trails Foundation logo, representatives visited the T-Wolf Agency to provide thanks for all the work done. “I know how beneficial it is to be able to work with clients,” Murray said. “We had a previous executive editor come back and tell us how good of an opportunity it is to have this agency here especially if you want to go into graphic design after high school. The people she’s in classes with didn’t have any access to the things we do here and theres only one other LISD school that has a class like this. It’s just a really good opportunity to get real world experience especially when we get to work with people outside the school. It’s just so real to get that experience with actual clientele and how things really work in the industry.”
Photo by Paige Hert
Sketch to Screen
Jane Yermakov, Reporter • February 23, 2024

Walking through the halls, climbing...

Posing with the gold ball trophy, the varsity girls basketball team takes a team photo after beating Liberty Hill 42-37 in round three of the playoffs. The team will face Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m in San Antonio. “I’m feeling so excited [to move on in the playoffs],” senior guard Avery Allmer said. “I feel like this is a big moral boost because we’ve lost a lot of close games and I feel like this is just a really big win for us.” Photo by Alyssa Fox
Third Time's a Charm
Alyssa Fox, Reporter • February 21, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team...

Carefully balancing one piece of paper over another, junior Ryder Wilkinson builds a paper tower with his team at the Architecture Club’s second meeting. Ryder said he was interested in architecture in the past, but the Architecture Club allowed him to get back into it and learn new things. “I [won] one of the competitions, the first one that we had,” Wilkinson said. “[In the second competition] we lost [because] we could not build a tall enough tower that could withstand the blow of a powerful fan, [but] I still had fun because I was with my friends.”
Building A Legacy
Kaydence Wilkinson, Reporter • February 21, 2024

After hours of sketching, days...

A few of my favorite movies of this month are shown in this image. I had to limit myself to only two Andy Samberg movies, otherwise the graphic looks more like a memorial.
Movie a Day: January
Mia Morneault, Reporter • February 20, 2024

I know, another movie review article...

Echo is a short TV series about a deaf Native American assassin who tasks herself to discover the secret behind her extraordinary ancestral gifts, while trying to fall her uncle’s empire in the process. Graphic by Cason Johnson
Sight of Sound
Cason Johnson, Reporter • February 16, 2024

I was lazily scrolling through...

Pictured above is the crafting club social media page that junior Makena Filippoff and sophomore James Morris-Hodges created. The crafting club was created to allow students to have an opportunity to learn how to create different kinds of crafts and to collaborate with other students interested in crafting. “I love to do crafts but I find myself feeling lonely when doing crafts,” Filippoff said. “With no one to share my ideas or experiences with, it can get boring. I wanted to get a group of people that have an interest in learning [and] doing crafts to be able to have fun and socialize while crafting.”
Photo used with permission from Makena Filippoff
Sewing and Social Hour
Julia Seiden, Reporter • February 16, 2024

The sound of scissors snipping,...

Robot Babies On the Loose

Human Growth and Development Class Takes Home Babies
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Pictured above is a RealCare baby that is used for the baby care project. Students in the Human Growth and Development class had to take home these babies for a weekend and learn how to care for a baby’s needs. “I liked having a constant companion with me,” Lehman said. “I was never alone for more than two seconds because it was really loud and needed constant attention.” Photo by Julia Seiden

Her dark room is finally quiet as she starts to fall asleep. She can hear the flutter of her posters on her walls from the fan rapidly blowing air. She can hear her clock downstairs in the kitchen ticking away. She can hear her breathing slow as she slips into unconsciousness. All of a sudden, as her mind begins to unfold into pale colors and dreamy bliss, she’s jolted awake from a piercing siren. Frantically, she bolts upright, looks around and breathes a sigh of dread as she realizes that her “baby” needs to be fed again. 

The RealCare baby is an infant simulator used for projects and classes such as the baby care project in the Human Growth and Development class. Students get to sign up for a weekend to take this simulation home and tend to its needs like an actual baby. 

“I thought it was going to be really easy because I thought that it didn’t take that long to do [tend to needs],” junior Elia Reed said. “[I thought] it would cry and I would quickly do it [take care of it] and then it would sleep.”

Because the simulation mimics a real baby’s needs, it requires students to be up at night when the baby needs to be tended to. 

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“Waking up was the worst part,” Reed said. “I was awake from 2 am to 4 am and I had to wake up again at 6 am. Everything else was honestly manageable, it’s just how much it cried at night.”

Some of the needs that the babies cry for are feeding, burping, rocking and diaper changing. Because the babies are on different care schedules, this project’s overall difficulty varied for some people.

“It was a lot more than I was expecting,” junior Charlie Lehman said. “It was stressful and the baby was really loud and it needed constant attention.”

For junior Cheyanne Avery, this project was not as hard for her as it was for other students. 

“Caring for the baby [I] didn’t really have to do much,” Avery said. “[I] just kept it in the carrier, rocked it in the carrier, and burped it in the carrier.”  

 Because it’s turned on all weekend, the baby can cry at any point and time. According to students, doing this project can be stressful and inconvenient.

“It’s such a hard assignment and it’s so exhausting having to do it,” Reed said. “You have to be up all night, you have to constantly stop what you are doing to take care of the baby, you have to completely pull over if the baby starts crying. It’s annoying and it’s just not fun.”

There are some mixed feelings about how accurate this project really is compared to taking care of an actual baby

“I think part of it was accurate but some of it was over exaggerated and some of it was under exaggerated,” junior Cheyanne Avery said. “You would never feed a baby for 40 minutes straight, you don’t have to rock it [for 40 minutes], and you don’t have to scan an ID.”

For Lehman, doing this project meant that she didn’t have a lot of alone time.

“I liked having a constant companion with me,” Lehman said. “I was never alone for more than two seconds because it was really loud and needed constant attention.” 

In addition to learning how to care for a real baby, there are also some positive aspects to this project according to Reed.

“Everywhere [I went] people would ask [me] about it and talk to [me],” Reed said. “It’s a good conversation starter. There would be multiple times where fast food workers would talk to me about the fact that there’s a baby in the passenger seat, and it was really just something cool to talk about.” 

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Julia Seiden, Reporter
Julia is a junior and first year reporter. In her free time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and listening to music. She enjoys getting to write about people’s lives and telling a good story for everyone to enjoy. She wants to be a photojournalist and wants to travel and explore the world. She is super excited to be writing for The Wolfpack this school year.

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