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,...

Students prepare for a night of substance-free fun

     Finally, the time is here seniors. After making it through the difficult high school years the senior class will finally wave goodbye to high school and head toward their futures. However, it doesn’t have to end here. For years, CPHS seniors have been celebrating graduation night at Project Graduation, an all night celebration for graduating seniors. This year, the annual festivities take place at Dave and Buster’s  June 5 at 10:30 PM and continue till 5:30 AM the following morning. The purpose of Project Graduation is to celebrate all of the seniors’ success in attaining that well-earned diploma. The party will include food, games, activities, prizes and much more.

     Project Graduation started in Maine in 1980, when eighteen people died during two graduation seasons due to alcohol related accidents. It was so popular that it spread among all fifty states. The name “Project Graduation” became a generic term for the substance -free and school sponsored parties that allow graduates to celebrate their success in a safe way.

     “Not all schools and communities have Grad Night Parties,” Cynthia LaBrake, President of the 2010 CPHS Project Graduation Board, said. “We are very fortunate in our community that so many adults, both parents and business owners, value and honor our graduates. The financial support we have gotten and the volunteer hours that have been committed are expressions of love and hope for the future.”

     An elected group of parent volunteers have been working all year to prepare this night to be one to remember. Although it is free for the students, Project Graduation costs about 100 dollars per student to fund the party. This includes use of the venue, food, activities and the prizes. Prizes include an iPad, nineteen color televisions, an E-reader, a GPS, iPods, gift cards, a Vera Bradley gift set and many other surprise giveaways. Activities include a performing hypnotist, sumo wrestling, a Velcro-wall and pool tables. A DJ will provide a variety of music and a rave will take place for a part of the night. All grads will be given an e-card for unlimited games and can redeem their game tickets for Dave and Buster’s prizes. There will be a buffet open all night, and unlimited soft drinks will be provided. The money for all of these activities was raised by an army of parent and student volunteers.

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     “It is quite an honor and a privilege to be the recipient of the grad night party,” LaBrake said. “The Project Grad Committee has the mission of providing a safe, free grad night party to every graduate who wants to attend. We are looking forward to extending our love and best wishes to all CPHS graduates by providing a fun, memorable and safe event.”

      Fund-raising has been going on all year so that all seniors will be able to attend. The Legacy Bricks fund-raiser allows seniors to purchase memorial bricks for the CPHS alumni circle in front of the school. The bricks include the graduate’s name and graduation year on them and will on sale for 50 dollars throughout May. Another fund- raiser is ‘baby photo May’ where senior parent’s paid fifteen dollars to have their senior’s baby picture displayed in the hall all month. Students and parents alike raised money for Project Graduation by providing and selling baked goods at the Holiday Bazaar in December. Also, parents have volunteered at the Cedar Park Center, giving their time so students can attend Project Graduation for free.

    Any graduating seniors who registered by turning in the proper paperwork by May 28 can attend for free.

     Students who will be attending can meet at Cedar Park High School by 11:00 p.m. at which time they will check in at the cafeteria. The buses will leave no later than 11:30, so be prompt. It is required that the graduates arrive to Dave and Buster’s by the buses that the school provides. No one can meet at Dave and Buster’s. Each student attending must show photo ID for admission and no guests will be allowed at The Project Grad Party.

     Keys, ID and all other personal items will be checked in during registration. Any extra items on your person will be confiscated until the end of the event, including cell phones. There will be phones available for use in case of emergency situations, and parents will be given the phone number of the chaperone in charge in case they need to reach the graduates while at the party.

     “There are many reasons that the items are collected,” LaBrake said. “The parents are responsible for everyone’s safety, so if you can bring some things and not other things, then students might hide something unsafe in a personal item. Another reason we collect everything is so that nothing will get lost. Finally, the focus of the party is not what’s going on outside the party, but rather what is going on inside the party. This is the last time you will see some of the people you have been in school with for thirteen years.”

     Graduates must not arrive under the influence, and are required to abstain from any drug or alcohol use throughout the event. Failure to remain substance free will result in parent notification and removal from the party. School rules and codes of conduct also apply, including zero tolerance policies. Seniors cannot leave early unless they are picked up by their parent or legal guardian and must have their early departures approved before the event.

     A special thanks goes out to the 2010 Project Graduation Board and Committees, and all the volunteers who donated their time and money to make this night possible.

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